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Archive – January, 2012

Philosopher Nasr to discuss Islam in the modern world

Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, 4 p.m. · Whig Hall Senate Chamber

Islamic philosopher and scholar Seyyed Nasr will speak on the place of traditional Islam in the modern world at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, in the Whig Hall Senate Chamber. The event is sponsored by the Muslim Life Program in the Office of Religious Life and the American Whig-Cliosophic Society.

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Leydon to retire as VP and CIO after more than 30 years in IT field

Betty Leydon, who has served as the vice president for information technology and chief information officer at Princeton University for more than 10 years, has announced plans to retire at the end of the academic year on June 30.

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Chamber music to feature setting of poems by James Joyce

Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · Fine Hall, Taplin Auditorium

Soprano Judith Kellock, pianist Janice Weber and theater critic Fintan O'Toole will present a chamber music performance of Ross Lee Finney's setting of poems by James Joyce at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, in Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall. The performance is part of a series presented by Princeton's Fund for Irish Studies. 

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Video: Halftime retreat

Sophomores can attend a winter retreat to reflect on their Princeton experiences and to explore new ways to think about their upcoming academic and career choices.

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Video: It's Swing Club, Baby!

The Princeton Swing Club, a collection of undergraduates, graduate students and local community members, gathers at the Fields Center to get their Lindy Hop groove on.

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Video feature: Halftime retreat

Sophomore year is a time of transition for many Princeton students, who face several important choices from selecting their majors to evaluating dining options to deciding whether to study abroad. This video documents the Halftime retreat, a three-day program offered during fall break and intercession to allow sophomores to travel off campus with their peers and spend time reflecting upon their Princeton experiences.

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Princeton University to host panel on Syria Feb. 7

Richard Murphy, former U.S. ambassador to Syria, will speak on the latest developments in Syria at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall, at Princeton University. The event, "Up to the Minute: The Latest Political Developments in Syria," is free and open to the public, and presented by the Workshop on Arab Political Development.

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Princeton receives near-record applications

Princeton University has received 26,663 applications for admission to the Class of 2016, with many of them also applying for the University’s no-loan financial aid program. 

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Princeton trustees approve operating budget, bolster financial aid

Princeton University trustees Jan. 28 approved a 5.6 percent increase in undergraduate financial aid in adopting an operating budget for 2012-13 that includes a 4.5 percent increase in tuition, to $38,650. 

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Widner to give talk on institution-building-CANCELED

Wednesday, March 7, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · Burr Hall, Room 216

This event has been canceled.

Jennifer Widner, a professor of politics and international affairs in Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, will give a lecture titled "Institution-building in Hard Places: Challenges, Contexts, Pathways" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, in Burr Hall, Room 216.

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Ugandan drumming and dance are focus of Mabingo talk

Tuesday, March 6, 2012, noon · Burr Hall, Room 216

Alfdaniels Mabingo of New York University will give a talk titled "Ugandan Drumming and Dance" at noon Tuesday, March 6, in Burr Hall, Room 216.

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Translating Roberto Bolaño is focus of Wimmer lecture

Monday, March 5, 2012, noon · Burr Hall, Room 216

Translator Natasha Wimmer will present a lecture titled "Translating Roberto Bolaño" at noon Monday, March 5, in Burr Hall, Room 216.

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Egyptian revolution is focus of book forum

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · Burr Hall, Room 219

The Cyril Black International Book Forum, which will feature Steven A. Cook, author of "The Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square," and include Princeton professors in Near Eastern studies, politics and public and international affairs as discussants, will be held at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, in Burr Hall, Room 219.

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Leninism, newspapers and revolution are focus of Flatley talk

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · East Pyne, Room 010

Jonathan Flatley, an associate professor of English at Wayne State University, will present a lecture titled "Black Leninism; or, Newspapers and Revolutionary Attunement From Lenin to the League of Revolutionary Black Workers" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, in East Pyne, Room 010.

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Barany to give talk on translating Euclidean diagrams

Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, noon · Burr Hall, Room 216

Michael Barany, a Ph.D. candidate in Princeton's Program in History of Science, will give a talk titled "'For nother is there anie matter more straunge in the englishe tungue': Translating Euclidean Diagrams at the Dawn of 'Englishe Geometrie'" at noon Monday, Feb. 27, in Burr Hall, Room 216.

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Contemporary Sudanese slave narratives are subject of Powell talk-CANCELED

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, noon · Burr Hall, Room 216

UPDATE: This event has been canceled.

Eve Troutt Powell, an associate professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania, will give a lecture titled "Contemporary African Slave Narratives From Sudan" at noon Tuesday, Feb. 21, Burr Hall, Room 216.

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Tsivian and Khitrova to discuss Russian and Soviet narrative

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · East Pyne, Room 010

Yuri Tsivian, a professor in the art history department at the University of Chicago, and Daria Khitrova, a visiting assistant professor in the Slavic department at the University of California-Los Angeles, will give a talk titled "Russian Endings, Soviet Endings: How to Wake Up the Sleeping Beauty" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in East Pyne, Room 010.

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Venjara to discuss non-Arabic Quran renderings

Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, noon · Burr Hall, Room 216

Amin Venjara, a Ph.D. candidate in Princeton's Department of Religion, will give a talk titled "Between Translation and Commentary: Non-Arabic Renderings of the Quran in Early-20th-century Egypt and South Asia" at noon Monday, Feb. 13, in Burr Hall, Room 216.

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Development in Latin America is subject of Schneider talk

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · Burr Hall, Room 216

Ben Ross Schneider, the Ford International Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will give a talk titled "Hierarchical Capitalism: Business, Labor and the Challenges of Equitable Development in Latin America" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, in Burr Hall, Room 216.

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Bradley Dickinson, Princeton electrical engineer and advocate for undergraduates, dies

Bradley Dickinson, a professor of electrical engineering at Princeton University who helped shape one of the engineering school's fundamental design courses, died of cardiac arrest Jan. 22 at Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton. He was 63.

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Historian Gaddis to discuss new biography of George Kennan

Thursday, March 1, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Dodds Auditorium

Historian John Lewis Gaddis will hold a conversation with 1982 Princeton alumnus Bart Gellman, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Washington Post correspondent, and visiting lecturer in public and international affairs, on Gaddis' new book, "George F. Kennan: An American Life," at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

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Nye to give two lectures on foreign policy

Tuesday, Feb. 21, and Wednesday, Feb. 22, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall

Joseph Nye Jr., a 1958 Princeton alumnus who is considered the co-founder of the international relations theory of neoliberalism and is the Distinguished Service Professor at Harvard University, will give two lectures on foreign policy, “Presidents and the Transformation of American Foreign Policy in the 20th Century,” at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall, and “Ethics and Good Leadership in Foreign Policy,” at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, in Robertson Hall, Room 016, as part of the 2012 Richard Ullman Lecture Series.

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Mother-child HIV transmission is subject of film, discussion

Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Dodds Auditorium

The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs will hold a film screening and discussion about "The Carrier," a film about the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, with Maggie Betts, longtime advocate for the rights of HIV positive women and children in sub-Saharan Africa, producer and director of the film and a 1999 Princeton alumna, and Bill and Susan Belfiore, family ambassadors of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

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Panel to discuss art and protest in Mexico

Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Room 016

"Born in the Zocalo: Art and Protest in Oaxaca, Mexico" will be the topic of a panel discussion featuring Douglas Massey, Princeton's Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs; Kevin McCloskey, professor of communication design at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania; and moderator Stanley Katz, professor of public and international affairs and director of the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, that will be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, in Robertson Hall, Room 016, in conjunction with the art exhibit titled “ASARO: Art and Activism in Oaxaca, Mexico,” featured in the Bernstein Gallery in the lower level of Robertson Hall.

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Kurtzer and Wexler to speak on Mideast peace

Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Dodds Auditorium

Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer, former U.S. ambassador to Israel and Egypt and the S. Daniel Abraham Visiting Professor in Middle East Policy Studies at Princeton, and former U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Fla., president of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace in Washington, D.C., will participate in the first of a two-part lecture series titled "Is Peace Possible?" focusing on a thorough examination of the impediments to and opportunities for Middle East peace at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

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Survey suggests family history of psychiatric disorders shapes intellectual interests

Survey results published by Princeton University researchers in the journal PLoS ONE suggest that a family history of psychiatric conditions such as autism and depression could influence the subjects a person finds engaging. Although preliminary, the findings provide a new look at the oft-studied link between psychiatric conditions and aptitude in the arts or sciences.

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Video feature: 'Intelligent design' is theme of Art of Science exhibit

"Intelligent design" is the theme of the fifth "Art of Science" exhibition — featuring images made by Princeton University community members during the course of scientific research — now on view in the Friend Center and in an online gallery.

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Art of Science 2011

The theme for this year's "Art of Science" exhibition is "intelligent design."

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Performances, conference to highlight banned 1936 'Eugene Onegin'

Thursday, Feb. 9, through Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, various times · Various locations

From Feb. 9 through Feb. 18, Princeton will be the site of three events centered on the banned dramatization of Alexander Pushkin's literary masterpiece, "Eugene Onegin," including a musical and balletic performance, a theater production and a conference. There are various times and locations, and tickets are required for the performances; registration is required for the conference.

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Princeton University Art Museum, Italy reach new antiquities agreement

The Princeton University Art Museum and Italian cultural authorities have completed the transfer of ownership of six works of art in the museum's collections.

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Dramatist Holzman to discuss career in musical theater

Thursday, Feb. 9., 2012, 1:30 p.m. · Fine Hall, Taplin Auditorium

As the first part of a series about working in the musical theater field, Princeton alumna Winnie Holzman, dramatist, screenwriter, actress and librettist for the hit Broadway musical "Wicked," will speak about her career at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, in Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall.

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Hurricane Katrina survivors struggle with mental health years later, study says

Survivors of Hurricane Katrina have struggled with poor mental health for years after the storm, according to a new study of low-income mothers in the New Orleans area. The study's lead author, Christina Paxson of Princeton University, and her collaborators were able to collect data on the participants before Katrina and nearly five years after the August 2005 storm, finding a persistence of poor mental health and gaining insights into how different types of hurricane-related stressors affect mental health.

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Testing in Firestone shows no elevated asbestos levels

Extensive testing has found no elevated levels of asbestos in Firestone Library, where a small amount of debris containing asbestos was found in a B level office area last week.

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Telles broadens study of race and inequality

By spanning the social sciences and the Americas in his research, Professor Edward Telles has helped increase understanding of how race and inequality interact. Telles, a professor of sociology at Princeton University since 2008, studies immigration, race relations and social demography, focusing on race and inequality across Latin America and on Mexican Americans' assimilation in the United States.

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Charge: Trustee Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity

The charge to the Trustee Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity from President Shirley M. Tilghman.

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Committee will focus on diversity of faculty, grad students, administrators

A new committee will work to identify ways to enhance the diversity of Princeton University's faculty, graduate student body and senior administration, seeking to build upon advancements in diversity across many areas of campus. The Trustee Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity, which will meet for the first time Jan. 26, includes University trustees, faculty, graduate students and staff members. The 19-member committee will work to develop recommendations for strategies to attract and retain more diverse campus community members, including people of color and women, in areas where the University's efforts to advance diversity have had more limited success.

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The Sweet Life at Princeton's Bake Shop

The bake shop at Princeton University offers sweet treats made with a whole lot of love.

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Video feature: 'The Sweet Life at Princeton's Bake Shop'

Anyone passing by the area of University Place and Nassau Street on a weekday morning may notice a tantalizing aroma but not realize where it's coming from. The bouquet of butter, sugar and spice emanates from the University bake shop, which has been located in the lower level of Madison Hall since 1979.

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Plans for Merwick, Stanworth housing unveiled

Princeton University has unveiled plans to redevelop the Merwick and Stanworth sites north of campus as a residential community for University faculty, staff and their families. The project will feature a mix of apartments and townhomes, including affordable units available to local residents with low-to-moderate incomes. 

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FACULTY AWARD: Harold Shapiro to receive Public Welfare Medal

Harold Shapiro, Princeton University's president emeritus and a professor of economics and public affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, has been awarded the National Academy of Sciences' Public Welfare Medal for his efforts to promote public understanding of controversial and complex scientific issues. The medal, to be presented at a ceremony April 30 in Washington, D.C., is awarded annually to honor extraordinary use of science for the public good and is considered the academy's most prestigious award.

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Class snapshot: 'Economic Patriotism?'

In the course "Economic Patriotism? The Politics of Dealing With Chinese Takeovers," students examine the growing level of Chinese investment in the United States and the policy issues that it raises. The class is also a junior task force, a distinctive element of the Wilson School in which a small group of juniors conduct research to shed light on a policy question.

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Moses calls for equality in education at King Day celebration

After decades of fighting for equality, civil rights leader and educator Bob Moses exhorted young people attending Princeton University's annual King Day celebration on Jan. 16 to remove segregation from a critical facet of public life where it still exists: education.

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Centeno, Mukasa receive MLK Day Journey Awards

Princeton University professor Miguel Angel Centeno and senior Sandra Mukasa were honored Jan. 16 with MLK Day Journey Awards, which recognize efforts to continue the effort to achieve Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision.

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Employee retirements: January 2012

The following is an updated list of University employee retirements.

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Employee spotlight: Amanda Pike

Name: Amanda Pike Position: Special collections assistant for public services at the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library. Helping remote patrons with historical research using materials from the University Archives. Supervising photo and manuscript d...

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'Gently used' clothing needed for annual drive

Princeton University is conducting its annual clothing drive Jan. 25 through Feb. 1 to benefit HomeFront's Suitably Dressed, the Mercer County Community College Career Training Institute and Operation Fatherhood of Trenton, organizations that collect "gently used" business attire for men and women.

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Video: Student work: Ensemble ACJW to present concert

Ensemble ACJW, featuring musicians from The Academy at Carnegie Hall, will perform in the Princeton University Concerts series Jan. 19 in Richardson Auditorium.

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Quasicrystal is extraterrestrial in origin, Princeton researchers find

A rare and exotic mineral, so unusual that it was thought impossible to exist, came to Earth on a meteorite, according to an international team of researchers led by Princeton University scientists. The discovery provides evidence for the extraterrestrial origins of the world's only known sample of a naturally occurring quasicrystal.

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Class snapshot: 'Disease Ecology, Economics and Policy'

In the course "Disease Ecology, Economics and Policy," Princeton University students focus on global health, combining insights from epidemiology, biology and economics to see how these influence policy. The course is led by Bryan Grenfell, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and public affairs, and Ramanan Laxminarayan, a research scholar in the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI), and a lecturer in economics and PEI.

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Choreographing dance of electrons offers promise in pursuit of quantum computers

Princeton University engineers Alexei Tyryshkin and Stephen Lyon have choreographed the dance of 100 billion electrons across a silicon crystal — an impressive achievement on its own — and also a stride toward developing the technology for powerful machines known as quantum computers.

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Ensemble AJCW to present concert

Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, 8 p.m. · Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

Ensemble ACJW — a youth ensemble program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School and the Weill Music Institute — will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, in Richardson Auditorium of Alexander Hall.

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Orchestra to present all-Handel concert

Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, 8 p.m. · Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

The Princeton University Orchestra, led by guest conductor Ruth Ochs, will perform an all-Handel concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, in Richardson Auditorium of Alexander Hall.

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FACULTY AWARD: Cava receives Humboldt Research Award

Robert Cava, the Russell Wellman Moore Professor of Chemistry at Princeton, received a Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany.

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Symposium enables early-career researchers to reach broad audience

The annual Princeton Research Symposium offers graduate students and postdoctoral researchers at the University the opportunity to present their work to a broad audience of fellow students, faculty members, alumni and community members.

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PPPL to launch major upgrade of key fusion energy test facility

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) is getting an earlier-than-expected start on a $94 million project as the next stage of its mission to chart an attractive course for the development of nuclear fusion as a clean, safe and abundant fuel for generating electricity.

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Princeton University to celebrate King's legacy

Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, 1 p.m. · Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

Princeton University will commemorate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with its annual King Day celebration Monday, Jan. 16, in Richardson Auditorium of Alexander Hall. Doors open at 1 p.m. The keynote address will be delivered by civil rights leader and educator Bob Moses, a visiting fellow in Princeton's Center for African American Studies.

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Connecting at Princeton

Opportunities to experience genuine connection with others — in academic, extracurricular and social settings — abound at Princeton.

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Klaus appointed vice president for University Services

Chad Klaus, a member of Princeton University's Facilities Organization staff for 11 years, has been named vice president for University Services. The newly created position is part of a realignment of the responsibilities within Facilities and University Services to strengthen the University's capacity to manage its facilities and provide critical services to members of the campus community. Klaus' appointment is effective Jan. 5.

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Video: Student work: BodyHype presents 'Unleashed'

Student dance troupe BodyHype presents its winter show, "Unleashed," Jan. 12-14 in the Hamilton Murray Theater in Murray-Dodge Hall.

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Former U.S. ambassador to Syria to discuss political developments

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Dodds Auditorium

A panel titled "Up to the Minute: The Latest Political Developments in Syria," featuring Richard Murphy, former U.S. ambassador to Syria, Saudi Arabia, the Philippines and Mauritania; Marwa Daoudy, visiting lecturer in international affairs and visiting research scholar at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; Karam Nachar, a graduate student in history and Syria specialist; and moderator Daniel Kurtzer, lecturer and the S. Daniel Abraham Visiting Professor in Middle East Policy Studies at the Wilson School, and former U.S. Ambassador to Israel and Egypt, will be held at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

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Student work: 'Work for Hire'

Princeton's student tap dancing troupe, TapCats, presents "Help Wanted" at 8 p.m. Jan. 12-14 in the Frist Campus Center theater.

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