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Archive – November, 2011

Princeton senior Swanson to direct thesis musical 'Eden'

Sunday through Tuesday, Dec. 11–13, 2011, 8 p.m. · Whitman College, Class of 1970 Theater

The Program in Theater will present "Eden," a musical created and directed by Elizabeth Swanson of the Class of 2012 as part of her senior thesis, at 8 p.m. from Sunday through Tuesday, Dec. 11–13, 2011, in Whitman College's Class of 1970 Theater. Donations of canned goods or $3 per patron are suggested, to benefit the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen.

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Princeton senior Keimach to direct thesis production of 'Hamlet'

Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-3, 8:15 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4, 2 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 7-9, 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, 1 p.m. · McCarter Theatre Center, Berlind Rehearsal Room

The Lewis Center for the Arts will present the classic William Shakespeare drama "Hamlet," directed by University senior Julia Keimach — a certificate student in the program in theater — as part of her senior thesis. Performances will occur at 8:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-3; at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4; at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 7-9; and at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, in the McCarter Theatre Center's Berlind Rehearsal Room.

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Roundtable to discuss 'Hands on the Freedom Plow'

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, 4:30 p.m. · Lewis Library, Room 120

roundtable discussion of the book "Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC," by former Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) workers and moderated by Professor of History and Center for African American Studies Tera Hunter, will take place at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, in the Lewis Library, Room 120.

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Princeton's new computing research center builds research capacity

After several years of planning and more than a year of construction, Princeton University's High-Performance Computing Research Center opened its doors this week. Situated on the Forrestal campus, the facility gives researchers on campus new capacity to tackle some of the world's most complex scientific challenges.

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Glee Club and Chamber Choir to perform carols, readings

Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, 8 p.m. · Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

The University Glee Club and Chamber Choir will perform "Readings and Carols" at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. The program will feature Christmas music from four centuries, as well as readings of literary work inspired by the holiday season. Tickets are $15; $5 for University students.

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UPDATE-Steve Martin to speak on stand-up career

Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, 8 p.m. · McCosh Hall, Room 50

Tickets for this event are no longer available. There will be a wait line before the event for any unclaimed seats, as well as a simulcast in McCosh Hall, Room 10, with no ticket necessary.

Actor, comedian and author Steve Martin will deliver a talk about his early career as a comedian, titled "Stand Up: My Rise and Collapse," at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, in McCosh Hall, Room 50. Free tickets are required for admission. Tickets will be available for Princeton students, faculty and staff beginning at noon Tuesday, Nov. 29, at the University Ticketing Office in the Frist Campus Center. Members of the general public may obtain tickets from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Richardson Auditorium box office in Alexander Hall. Details are available on the University Public Lectures Series website.

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Students: See your work on the homepage

Submit your creative work and it may be featured on the homepage.

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Signatures in light: The windows of Princeton

Whether they inspire delight, or simply serve their daily function of admitting light, the windows of Princeton University are unquestionably an integral part of the campus's personality. When designed correctly, a window can be both efficient and evocative, complementing the diverse architecture for which the University is so well known. The next time you're strolling through campus, take note of the windows you see — and notice how their reflections and moods sometimes change with the time of day and from season to season.

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Princeton technique puts chemistry breakthroughs on the fast track

Scientists can now take that "a-ha" moment to go with a method Princeton University researchers developed — and successfully tested — to accomplish "accelerated serendipity" and speed up the chances of an unexpected yet groundbreaking chemical discovery.

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Health policy expert McClellan to discuss reforming health care

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Dodds Auditorium

Mark McClellan, director of the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform, senior fellow of economic studies, and the Leonard D. Schaeffer Chair in Health Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution, will present a talk titled "Bending the Health Care Cost Curve: Pathway to Real Reform" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

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Two-day symposium to highlight performance studies

Friday, Dec. 9, 4:30 p.m. through Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, 8 p.m. · Stewart Theater, 185 Nassau St.

The Lewis Center for the Arts will present a two-day symposium, "Performance Studies: Memories and Futures," beginning at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, and continuing through 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, in the Stewart Theater at 185 Nassau St. The symposium will include a lecture by New York University Professor of Performance Studies Richard Schechner, as well as re-enactments of a scene from the 1968 performance "Dionysus in 69" and a panel discussion moderated by Jill Dolan, the Annan Professor in English and a professor of English and theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts. Pre-registration is required.

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Gansa to speak on television writing career

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, 4:30 p.m. · Stewart Theater, 185 Nassau St.

Television writer and producer Alex Gansa, a member of the Class of 1984 who has worked on television shows including "24," "Entourage," and "The X Files," will speak about his career in a lecture entitled "Writing for Television: The Road to Homeland," at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Lewis Center for the Arts' Stewart Theater at 185 Nassau St.

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Hirschhorn, art museum international artist in residence, to lecture

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, 4:30 p.m. · McCormick Hall, Room 101

Swiss mixed-media artist Thomas Hirschhorn, the 2011-2012 Sarah Lee Elson, Class of 1984, International Artist in Residence at the Princeton University Art Museum, will give a lecture titled "My World in Your World" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, in McCormick Hall, Room 101. Hal Foster, the Townsend Martin, Class of 1917, Professor of Art and Archaeology, will respond.

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Lectures, dance performance to pay tribute to Balanchine

Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, 4:30 p.m. · McCarter Theatre Center, Berlind Theatre

In a tribute to ballet choreographer George Balanchine, the Lewis Center for the Arts will present "Genius UpClose: George Balanchine" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, in the Berlind Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center. The tribute will feature lectures by former stars of the New York City Ballet Heather Watts, currently a visiting lecturer at the University, and Damian Woetzel, as well as dance excerpts from Balanchine masterpieces by members of the New York City Ballet.

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Princeton and Columbia jazz ensembles to perform

Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, 8 p.m. · Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

The jazz program will present "Conversations: The Columbia/Princeton Jazz Summit" at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall, featuring the Princeton University Concert Jazz Ensemble and two Columbia University jazz combos. Tickets cost $15; $5 for University students.

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Civil War's Revolutionary origins are subject of Wood talk

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, 4:30 p.m. · McDonnell Hall, Room A01

Gordon Wood, the Alva O. Way University Professor and a professor emeritus of history at Brown University, will give a talk titled "The Revolutionary Origins of the Civil War" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, in McDonnell Hall, Room A01.

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Three Princeton seniors, two alumni awarded Marshall Scholarships

Three Princeton University seniors — Christina Chang, Kyle Edwards and Emily Rutherford — and two alumni, Samuel Dorison and Alice Easton, are five of 36 American college students who have been awarded 2012 Marshall Scholarships.

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Hayden Planetarium director to discuss space exploration

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, 8 p.m. · McCosh Hall, Room 50

Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the American Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium, will discuss the ambitions, achievements and shortcomings of NASA's Apollo space program at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, in McCosh Hall, Room 50. The illustrated lecture, "Delusions of Space Enthusiasts," is sponsored by the Princeton University Public Lectures’ Louis Clark Vanuxem Fund and the University's Department of Astrophysical Sciences.

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Blocked holes can enhance rather than stop light going through, engineers find

Conventional wisdom would say that blocking a hole would prevent light from going through it, but Princeton University engineers have discovered the opposite to be true. A research team has found that placing a metal cap over a small hole in a metal film does not stop the light at all, but rather enhances its transmission.

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Princeton establishes Stanley J. Seeger '52 Center for Hellenic Studies

Building on its 30-year history of developing one of the nation's leading programs in Hellenic studies, Princeton University has established the Stanley J. Seeger '52 Center for Hellenic Studies to consolidate and expand its research activities, international initiatives, scholarly exchanges and offerings in the classroom.

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Galinsky to speak on achieving the entrepreneurial dream

Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, 7 p.m. · Friend Center, Room 113

Adam Galinsky, a 1999 Princeton graduate alumnus and a professor of ethics and decision in management at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, will present, "Achieving the Entrepreneurial Dream: The Six Steps of Effective Negotiations," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Friend Center, Room 113. The event is sponsored by Princeton's Graduate School, Butler College and Keller Center, and is the first in the lecture series titled, "The Power of E: Advancing the Boundaries of Entrepreneurship."

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Keller Center hosts panel on women in entrepreneurship

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, 5 p.m. · Bowen Hall Auditorium, Room 222

A panel of women entrepreneurs at various stages in their careers will share their experiences with entrepreneurship at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the Bowen Hall Auditorium, Room 222. The event is sponsored by Princeton's Keller Center, the JumpStart NJ Angel Network and the lawfirm Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP.

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State of economy is subject of Morgenson talk

Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Dodds Auditorium

Gretchen Morgenson, assistant business and financial editor and columnist at The New York Times, will present a talk titled "Three Years After the Meltdown — Where Do We Stand?" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

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Panel to discuss role of documentary in policymaking

Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Room 016

A panel discussion on "The Role of Documentary in Shaping Public Policy" will be held at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, in Robertson Hall, Room 016. Panel participants will include Purcell Carson, documentary filmmaker and editor, and a documentary production specialist at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; and Emily Holland, a TV producer, human rights law scholar, co-author of "And Still Peace Did Not Come" and 2001 Princeton alumna.

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Peck to speak on saving the middle class

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Dodds Auditorium

Don Peck, a features editor of The Atlantic, author of "Pinched: How the Great Recession Has Narrowed Our Futures and What We Can Do About It" and a 1994 Princeton graduate alumnus, will present a talk titled "Can the Middle Class Be Saved?" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

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STAFF AWARD: Needham wins Bibliographical Society gold award

Paul Needham, librarian of the Scheide Library, Princeton, was awarded the Gold Medal of the Bibliographical Society at its meeting in London on Nov. 15. Founded in 1892, the Bibliographical Society is the senior learned society dealing with the study of the book and its history. From time to time, the society awards a Gold Medal for distinguished services to bibliography to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the development of the subject and the furtherance of the society's aims. Needham's award is the 40th made since the Medal Fund was established in 1929. Of these 40, Needham is the sixth American to receive the medal.

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Video feature: Putting the squeeze on batteries

People depend upon lithium-ion batteries every day to power cellphones, laptops and other electronic devices, and perhaps one day to run cars. This video shows how Craig Arnold, an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton University, is working to make those batteries last longer and provide more energy.

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Putting the squeeze on batteries

Professor Craig Arnold is working to make lithium-ion batteries last longer and provide more energy.

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Three seniors, one alumnus awarded Rhodes Scholarships

Three Princeton seniors — Elizabeth Butterworth, Miriam Rosenbaum and Astrid Stuth — and one Class of 2011 graduate, Mohit Agrawal, have been awarded Rhodes Scholarships for graduate study at the University of Oxford.

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Gruenberg to discuss FDIC response to financial crisis

Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Dodds Auditorium

Martin Gruenberg '75, acting chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Board of Directors and a 1975 Princeton alumnus, will present a talk titled "The FDIC's Response to the Financial Crisis" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

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Brokaw to give talk on recapturing the American Dream

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, 4:30 p.m. · Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

Tom Brokaw, broadcast journalist, author and special correspondent for NBC News, will present a public lecture about recapturing the American Dream, titled "The Time of Our Lives," and will sign copies of his latest book on the same topic at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. The event is free and open to the public, but it is a ticketed event; tickets will be available beginning Nov. 28 and more ticketing and event information is available on the Woodrow Wilson School website.

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Media Advisory: Princeton's Oppenheimer offers comments on IPCC’s special report on extreme events and disasters and new focus on human toll of climate change

The significant feature of the special report, "Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation," released Nov. 18 by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is its focus on governmental responses to climate disasters including those related to climate change, according to Michael Oppenheimer, a Princeton University professor  and a coordinating lead author of the report.

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Examining a life worth living

As they embark on their Princeton University careers, 15 freshmen are grappling with a question that will be central to their lives: What is the meaning of a good life?

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Massive volcanoes, meteorite impacts delivered one-two death punch to dinosaurs

A cosmic one-two punch of colossal volcanic eruptions and meteorite strikes likely caused the mass-extinction event at the end of the Cretaceous period that is famous for killing the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, according to two Princeton University reports that reject the prevailing theory that the extinction was caused by a single large meteorite.

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University to realign Facilities and University Services operations

Princeton University's Office of the Executive Vice President has developed an organizational plan to realign responsibilities within the Facilities Organization and University Services. Facilities will focus on stewarding Princeton's grounds and buildings, and University Services will focus on provision of services, with each organization led by a vice president.

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Harm not those strangers that pollinate, study warns

Princeton University researchers found that invasive species can become essential to the very ecosystems threatened by their presence, taking on important biological roles — such as flower pollination — once held by the species the interlopers helped eliminate. As a result, campaigns to curb invasive animal populations should include efforts to understand the role of the invasive species in question and, if necessary, reintroduce missing native animals.

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Event foregrounds science education as key to future of New Jersey

Science deans and educators from New Jersey's universities and colleges came to Princeton University Monday, Nov. 14, to meet with each other and with business and government leaders to discuss ways to revive the state's economy and create jobs through programs in science, technology, engineering and math.

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Erratic, extreme day-to-day weather puts climate change in new light

Princeton University researchers report the first climate study to focus on variations in daily weather conditions, which found that day-to-day weather has grown increasingly erratic and extreme, with significant fluctuations in sunshine and rainfall affecting more than a third of the planet. These swings could have consequences for ecosystem stability and the control of pests and diseases; industries such as agriculture and solar-energy production; and could affect what scientists can expect to see as the Earth's climate changes.

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Cerf to discuss leadership challenges, opportunities in American education

Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, 5 p.m. · Fields Center, Room 104

Chris Cerf, New Jersey acting commissioner of education, will discuss the challenges of and opportunities for leadership in the U.S. education system at 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, in the Fields Center, Room 104. The event is part of the Leadership Dialogue Series presented by Princeton's Keller Center and Pace Center for Civic Engagement.

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Exhibit features watercolors by Gwen John

A group of recently rediscovered watercolors by British painter Gwen John (1876–1939) are on exhibit in the 18th-Century Window of the Main Gallery at Firestone Library from Monday, Nov. 21, through Dec. 31, 2011.

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Dance students to perform choreography by Bill T. Jones

Friday, Dec. 2, 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. · McCarter Theatre Center, Berlind Theatre

The Lewis Center for the Arts and the Program in Dance will present "GROOVE," a dance concert with performances by six Princeton students directed by acclaimed choreographer Bill T. Jones, at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, and at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in the Berlind Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center. Tickets cost $15 per person, $10 for students and seniors.

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Mueller, Jackson to receive top alumni awards

Princeton University will present its top honors for alumni to Robert S. Mueller III, director of the FBI, and Lisa Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Mueller, a member of the Class of 1966, will receive the Woodrow Wilson Award. Jackson, who earned a master's degree in chemical engineering in 1986, will receive the James Madison Medal. They will be presented with the awards and deliver addresses on campus during Alumni Day activities on Saturday, Feb. 25.

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University Wind Ensemble to perform winter concert

Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, 4 p.m. · Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

The Princeton University Wind Ensemble will present "Winter Tales of Kings and Candles: A Winter Concert" at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $6 for students and $5 for children 12 and under.

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Video feature: Freshman Seminar: 'Silence, Noise, Sound and Music'

When Princeton music professor Barbara White faced a number of personal health challenges that affected her ability to experience music, she channeled her coping into a new field of artistic exploration. In this video, White explains how her experience led her to a journey in search of silence, which she is sharing with a group of freshmen this fall in a new seminar.

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Video: Freshman Seminar: 'Silence, Noise, Sound and Music'

Princeton music professor Barbara White leads a freshman seminar dealing with the elusiveness of quiet and blurring boundaries between everyday life and art.

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Employee obituaries: November 2011

The following is an updated list of University employee obituaries.

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By the numbers: Makeup of new undergraduate and graduate classes

The following figures, provided by the Office of the Registrar, reflect the makeup of Princeton's undergraduate Class of 2015 and this year's new graduate students. University enrollment statistics and other data can be found on the registrar's website.

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Employee retirements: November 2011

The following is an updated list of University employee retirements.

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Employee spotlight: Evangeline Kubu

Employee spotlight: Evangeline Kubu, manager of communications and outreach for the Office of Career Services.

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Orange and Black Ball revives large-scale campuswide social event

After more than eight months of planning, Princeton University held its first Orange and Black Ball since the 1960s in Dillon Gym Friday, Nov. 11. Held on homecoming weekend, the event, which had sold out of approximately 3,000 tickets on Wednesday ...

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Remembering Princeton's veterans

Bronze stars have been placed outside the windows of Princeton dorm rooms that housed students who lost their lives in U.S. military service.

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Exhibit features watercolors by Gwen John

Monday, Nov. 21, through Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, various hours · Firestone Library, Main Gallery, 18th-Century Window

A group of recently rediscovered watercolors by British painter Gwen John (1876–1939) are on exhibit in the 18th-Century Window of the Main Gallery of Firestone Library from Monday, Nov. 21, through Dec. 31.

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Novelist Irving, poet Armantrout, Princeton senior Shakespear to read

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, 4:30 p.m. · McCosh Hall, Room 50

Academy Award-winning novelist and screenwriter John Irving, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rae Armantrout and senior John Shakespear will read from their work at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, in McCosh Hall, Room 50. The talks are part of the Lewis Center for the Arts' Althea Ward Clark W'21 Reading Series.

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Holiday outreach initiatives planned

Members of the University community will have the opportunity to share the holiday spirit through a series of community service initiatives and special events planned for December and January.

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Seven faculty appointments approved

The Board of Trustees has approved the appointments of seven faculty members, including three full professors and four assistant professors.

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FACULTY AWARD: Kahneman receives Talcott Parsons Prize

Daniel Kahneman — the Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology, emeritus; a professor emeritus of psychology and public affairs; and a senior scholar in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs — has been awarded the Talcott Parsons Prize by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences for his pioneering research in behavioral economics. The award, presented at a ceremony Nov. 9 in Cambridge, Mass., honors outstanding contributions to the social sciences.

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Princeton Chinese Theatre presents fall show

Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 17–19, 8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, 2 p.m. · Frist Campus Film and Performance Theatre

The Princeton Chinese Theatre will present its annual fall show at the Frist Campus Film and Performance Theatre, telling the story of a young engineer whose life is changed by an unexpected encounter. The show will take place at 8 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 17, 18 and 19, and also at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19. Tickets cost $8 for University students, $12 for members of the general public.  

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Video feature: Open Doors: Princeton Graduate School

In this video, students and faculty discuss the opportunities and traditions that are found in Princeton University's Graduate School, which offers advanced degrees spanning the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering.

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Open Doors: Princeton Graduate School

In this video, students and faculty discuss the opportunities and traditions that are found in Princeton University's Graduate School, which offers advanced degrees spanning the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering.

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Author Zadie Smith to speak on writing

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, 5 p.m. · McCosh Hall, Room 10

British author Zadie Smith, a professor of creative writing at New York University, will speak on the topic of "Why Write?" at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in McCosh Hall, Room 10. The talk is part of the Wilson College Signature Lecture Series.  

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Panel to discuss Emerson's political activism

Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, 4:30 p.m. · Lewis Library, Room 120

A book panel discussion on "A Political Companion to Ralph Waldo Emerson," including the book's editors, Alan Levine, an associate professor of government at American University, and Daniel Malachuk, an associate professor of English at Western Illinois University, will be held at 4:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18, in Lewis Library, Room 120.

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'She Flourishes' exhibit showcases history of women at Princeton

The Mudd Manuscript Library is hosting the  exhibit, "She Flourishes: Chapters in the History of Princeton Women," which documents the struggles and accomplishments of women scholars, students, staff and other women associated with the institution. The exhibit includes a video compilation of archival footage. The exhibit is open to the public Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, through Friday, August 31, 2012.

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Princeton University to draw science and technology leaders from New Jersey colleges and universities for first Einstein's Alley event

Princeton University will host the first in a series of events scheduled to promote the Einstein's Alley initiative to foster technology- and science-based economic growth in Central New Jersey at the recently dedicated Frick Chemistry Building on the University campus at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14. 

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Wilentz to present President's Lecture on political partisanship

Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, 4:30 p.m. · Friend Center, Room 101

Princeton historian Sean Wilentz will speak on "The Long and Tragical History of Post-Partisanship" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, in the Friend Center, Room 101. The talk is the second installment of the 2011-12 President's Lecture Series. From George Washington's presidency and the eras of the Federalist and Whig parties, to the Confederacy and the present day, Wilentz will examine the longstanding "illusion of post-partisanship" that has marked the American political scene. The lecture will be webcast.

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Princeton Chinese Theatre presents '27'

The Princeton Chinese Theatre presents '27' Nov. 17-19 in the Frist Campus Center theater. English subtitles provided.

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Exhibit showcases history of women at Princeton

Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, through Friday, Aug. 31, 2012 · Mudd Manuscript Library

The exhibit "She Flourishes: Chapters in the History of Princeton Women" at the Mudd Manuscript Library chronicles the history of women at the University, from the late 1800s through the advent of coeducation to the presidency of Shirley M. Tilghman. The exhibit includes a video compilation of archival footage. The exhibit is open from Monday, Nov. 14, through August 31, 2012.

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Princeton continues progress on sustainability goals, enters new phase of plan

Princeton University's greenhouse gas emissions have remained below 2008 levels for three years, and campus water usage and landfill waste each have declined by 13 percent since 2006. These key achievements are noted in the University's third annual Sustainability Report, published online Nov. 9.

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IBM counsel to present primer on patents

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011, 5:30 p.m. · Friend Center, Room 101

Manny Schecter, chief patent counsel for IBM, will present "A Primer on Patents" at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, in the Friend Center, Room 101. This overview of how to understand new patent law and create strong patents is hosted by Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy and the Keller Center.

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Video: 'Fuente Ovejuna'

"Fuente Ovejuna: A Disloyal Adaptation," a student production based on real events in 15th-century Spain, will be performed at 8 p.m., Nov. 11-12 and 17-19 at Berlind Theatre.

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Kurtzer and Jamal to discuss Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Dodds Auditorium

Daniel Kurtzer, former U.S. ambassador to Israel and Egypt and the S. Daniel Abraham Visiting Professor in Middle East Policy Studies at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and Princeton's Amaney Jamal, an associate professor of politics who studies democratization and the politics of civic engagement in the Arab World, will have a discussion on the topic of "Two States for Two Peoples? The Palestinian Bid for Statehood and the Road to Peace" in an event at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

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Conference focuses on developing empowered communities

Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11-12, 2011, 10 a.m. · Fields Center

The Princeton University chapter of Engineers Without Borders will host its second annual conference on international development, "Collective Motion 2.0: Developing Empowered Communities," from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11-12, in the Fields Center.

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FACULTY AWARD: Bassler to receive L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award

Princeton University professor Bonnie Bassler was among five scientists worldwide selected to receive the 2012 For Women in Science Award presented by UNESCO and cosmetics company L'Oréal. The award, now in its 14th year, recognizes women whose work...

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Blinder to give talk on U.S. economy

Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Dodds Auditorium

Alan Blinder, the Gordon S. Rentschler Memorial Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, will present a lecture about the U.S. economy as part of a series on economic recovery at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

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Online survey seeks ideas for implementing freshman Greek ban

The committee of students, faculty and staff formed to develop procedures for administering the ban on Princeton freshman participation in fraternities and sororities is encouraging members of the campus community to complete a survey to share ideas and suggestions for implementing the policy.

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Campus community invited to Nov. 14 CPUC meeting

Monday, Nov. 14, 4:30 p.m. · Friend Center, Room 101

The Council of the Princeton University Community (CPUC) will meet at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, in the Friend Center, Room 101. All members of the campus community are invited to attend.

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Guggenheim curator, artists to lecture on visual arts and dance

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 12:15 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, 7:30 p.m. · Hagan Dance Studio, 185 Nassau St. 

Nancy Spector, chief curator for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City; Japanese choreographer and performance artist Eiko Otake; and visual and performance artist Janine Antoni will each discuss the intersections of visual art and movement in two upcoming lectures at the Lewis Center for the Arts. Spector will speak Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 12:15 p.m. and Otake on Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 7:30 p.m., both at the center's Patricia and Ward Hagan '48 Dance Studio at 185 Nassau St. Both talks are free and open to the public, and are part of a semester-long interdisciplinary series of Lewis Center lectures titled "Muscle Memory."

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Tackling tough questions about global environmental change

The freshman seminar "Global Environmental Change: Science, Technology and Policy," which is being offered for the first time this fall, addresses the issue of climate and sustainability through the lens of many disciplines.

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Rep. Holt to offer perspectives on faith

Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, 4:30 p.m. · Murray-Dodge Hall, West Room

U.S. Rep. Rush Holt will speak in a program sponsored by the Office of Religious Life titled "Finding God in the Questions: A Politician's Perspective" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in the West Room of Murray-Dodge Hall.

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Faces of Princeton

In his new novel "The Marriage Plot," Princeton creative writing professor Jeffrey Eugenides takes the reader into a college classroom where English major Madeleine Hanna is trying to carve out a life for herself in which literature is a guiding force. Eugenides, who himself was once a student with similar aspirations, hopes to help Princeton undergraduates also engage deeply with writing in his own classroom. Teaching, he says, is one of the toughest challenges he faces.

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At Princeton and in fiction, Eugenides dives into classroom

In his new novel "The Marriage Plot," Princeton creative writing professor Jeffrey Eugenides takes the reader into a college classroom where English major Madeleine Hanna is trying to carve out a life for herself in which literature is a guiding force. Eugenides, who himself was once a student with similar aspirations, hopes to help Princeton undergraduates also engage deeply with writing in his own classroom. Teaching, he says, is one of the toughest challenges he faces. 

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City lights could reveal extraterrestrial civilization

Researchers from Princeton and Harvard universities have suggested a straightforward method to aid in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence — see who's left the light on. A paper submitted to the journal Astrobiology presents a mathematical algorithm to detect and observe from Earth the artificial light that would emanate from alien cities.

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'Gothic Revolution' music conference to be held

Friday through Sunday, Nov 4-6, 2011, various times · Various locations

A conference titled "The Gothic Revolution: Music in Western Europe, 1100-1300" will be held Friday through Sunday, Nov 4-6, in various locations on the Princeton campus.

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Halmai to discuss Hungarian revolutions

Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, 4:30 p.m. · Burr Hall, Room 216

Gábor Halmai, a professor of law and director of the Institute for Political and International Studies at Etövös Lóránd University in Budapest, director of the Hungarian Human Rights Information and Documentation Center, and a visiting research scholar at Princeton, will give a talk titled "From the 'Rule of Law Revolution' to the Constitutional Counter-Revolution in Hungary" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, in Burr Hall, Room 216.

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Conference focuses on understanding historians

Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, 1:30 to 6 p.m. · Burr Hall, Room 219

A conference titled "Historians' Biographies and Historians' Works: Can We Understand History Without Understanding the Historian?" will be held from 1:30 to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, in Burr Hall, Room 219.

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Palestinians' Nationalist-Islamist split is subject of Shikaki talk

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011, 4:30 p.m. · East Pyne Building, Room 10

Khalil Shikaki, a professor of political science and the director of the Ramallah-based Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, will give a talk titled "The Nationalist-Islamist Split Among Palestinians and Its Impact on Palestinian-Israeli Relations" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in East Pyne Building, Room 10.

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Veterans Day observance planned

Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, 8:30 a.m. · University Chapel

A Veterans Day observance is planned for 8:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 11, in the Princeton University Chapel. Remarks will be delivered by former U.S. Ambassador to the Congo Alan Lukens, a member of Princeton's class of 1946.

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Jonathan Safran Foer, Joyce Carol Oates to discuss 'Writing Life'

Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, 8 p.m. · McCosh Hall, Room 50

Princeton alumnus Jonathan Safran Foer, the best-selling author of "Everything is Illuminated" and "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," will participate in a public discussion with novelist and Princeton faculty member Joyce Carol Oates at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, McCosh Hall, Room 50. Their conversation, titled "Writing Life," will address writing as a profession as well as autobiographical elements and questions of Jewish identity in Foer's work.

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Conference explores work of critic and philosopher Benjamin

Wednesday through Saturday, Nov. 2-5, 2011, various times · Various locations

A conference on the work of the German-Jewish critic and philosopher Walter Benjamin, titled "Schrift: Writing and Image-Character in the Work of Walter Benjamin," is scheduled for Wednesday through Saturday, Nov. 2-5, in various locations on the Princeton campus.

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Conference on 'Delicate Art: Transparency and Opacity' to be held

Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, 1:30 p.m. · McCormick Hall, Room 106

A conference on "Delicate Art: Transparency and Opacity" will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at McCormick Hall, Room 106.

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Ensemble Avalon to perform

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011, 8 p.m. · Fine Hall, Taplin Auditorium

Ensemble Avalon, a piano trio made up of Irish musicians, will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall. 

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University begins operating Dinky waiting room

Passengers waiting to ride the Dinky at the Princeton commuter rail station now have access to a climate-controlled space before they board the train on weekday mornings. Under the terms of a memorandum of understanding approved by Princeton Borough and Township, Princeton University will operate the Dinky station waiting room from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m., five days a week, beginning Nov. 1.  

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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and legal historian to lead Nov. 10 Roe v. Wade panel discussion

Linda Greenhouse and Reva Siegel, co-authors of "Before Roe v. Wade: Voices That Shaped the Abortion Debate Before the Supreme Court's Ruling" (2010), will participate in a panel discussion at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in Dodds Auditorium, Robert...

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Roe v. Wade backlash is subject of discussion

Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Dodds Auditorium

Journalist Linda Greenhouse and legal historian Reva Siegel, co-authors of a book about the abortion debate leading to the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade ruling, will participate in a panel discussion titled "Before (and After) Roe v. Wade: New Perspectives on Backlash" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

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