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Archive – March, 2012

Princeton, Max Planck Society launch new research center for plasma physics

Princeton University and the Max Planck Society of Germany have joined forces in a scientific collaboration that is designed to accelerate progress in cutting-edge research ranging from harnessing nuclear fusion to understanding solar storms.

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Firestone Library to host furniture open house

Tuesday and Wednesday, April 3-4, 2012, 8 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. · Firestone Library

Firestone Library is hosting an open house Tuesday and Wednesday, April 3-4, for campus community members to preview the new furniture to be installed as part of the library's renovation project. Tables, chairs and student carrels will be on display in front of the DeLong Room from 8 a.m. to 11:45 p.m., and design team members will be available each day from 4 to 7 p.m. to answer questions. Light refreshments will be served.

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FACULTY AWARD: Arora wins ACM-Infosys Foundation Award

Sanjeev Arora, Princeton University's Charles C. Fitzmorris Professor in Computer Science, has been awarded the 2011 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award for work that brings new understanding to the ability to compute approximate solutions to a famous group of mathematical problems. The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is the world's largest educational and scientific computing society. The ACM-Infosys Foundation Award recognizes contributions by scientists and system developers to innovation that exemplifies the greatest recent achievements in computing.

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Employees honored for dedication and service

Five Princeton University staff members were recognized for their commitment to excellence and exceptional performance during the annual Service Recognition Luncheon on March 29 in Jadwin Gymnasium. In addition, two staff members were honored for their leadership potential.

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Sky for a ceiling: Andlinger Lab design reflects science in service of the planet

In the new home of Princeton University's Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, architects seek to reflect the goal of scientific research in service to the earth.

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Princeton offers admission to 7.86 percent of applicants

Princeton University has offered admission to 2,095 students, or 7.86 percent of the near-record 26,664 applicants for the Class of 2016, in what is expected to be the most selective admission process in the University's history. This compares with Princeton's final admission rate of a record-low 8.5 percent for last year’s class.

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Reid to screen health care documentary

Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Room 2

Journalist and author T.R. Reid, who is also a 1966 alumnus and former University trustee, will screen the documentary "U.S. Health Care: The Good News," for which he was the correspondent, at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, in Robertson Hall, Room 2.

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State Department's CdeBaca to discuss human trafficking

Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Room 016

Luis CdeBaca, director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the State Department, will give a talk titled "The U.S. State Department's Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, in Robertson Hall, Room 016.

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Women's role in peace and security is panel's focus

Thursday, April 5, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Room 001

The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination will hold a panel discussion titled "Assessing the Successes and Challenges of the U.N. Women, Peace and Security Agenda," featuring speakers from the United Nations and the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5, in Robertson Hall, Room 001.

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Proposition 8 debate is subject of Robinson talk-CANCELED

Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · Lewis Library, Room 120

This event has been canceled.

Daniel Robinson, a fellow in philosophy at the University of Oxford and an emeritus philosophy professor at Georgetown University, will give a talk titled "Proposition 8 and the Distractions of Social Science" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, in Lewis Library, Room 120.

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FACULTY AWARD: Oates wins Blue Met Literary Grand Prize

Joyce Carol Oates, the Roger S. Berlind '52 Professor of Humanities and professor of writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts, has won the Blue Metropolis International Literary Grand Prize for 2012 that honors a lifetime of literary achievement. The prize is given annually by the Blue Metropolis Foundation and has an award of $10,000. Oates will receive the award in Montreal on April 21, 2012.

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'Terrible Beauty of the Slum' is lecture topic

Monday, April 9, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · McCormick Hall, Room 101

Columbia University scholar Saidiya Hartman will deliver a lecture titled "The Terrible Beauty of the Slum," which examines the role of sociological aesthetics and visual culture in the making of the slum, at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 9, in McCormick Hall, Room 101. The talk is the 2012 Meredith Miller Memorial Lecture sponsored by the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies.

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Zaera-Polo named dean of Princeton's School of Architecture

Alejandro Zaera-Polo, an internationally renowned architect and scholar, has been selected as the next dean of Princeton University's School of Architecture.

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UPDATE: Google's Schmidt to speak at celebration of 100th birthday of Alan Turing

Thursday through Saturday, May 10-12, 2012, various times · Various locations

Registration is now closed for the Princeton Turing Centennial Celebration, a three-day series of events in honor of the 100th birthday of Princeton alumnus and "father of computer science," Alan Turing. For those unable to attend the celebration, events will be simulcast on the Princeton Webmedia site.

Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google and a 1976 graduate of Princeton, will deliver a public address at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 10. The celebration will take place Thursday through Saturday, May 10-12, at various times and in various locations on campus; see the schedule of events for details. Turing, whose ideas strongly influenced the development of modern computers, received his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1938.

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Ncube to speak on African development-UPDATED

Monday, April 9, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Room 16

This event's location has been changed from Dodds Auditorium to Room 16 in Robertson Hall.

Mthuli Ncube, chief economist and vice president of the African Development Bank, will present a lecture titled "Africa: Towards Strong, Sustained and Inclusive Growth" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 9, in Robertson Hall, Room 16.

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Climate legislation is subject of Barnett talk-UPDATED

Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Room 16

This event's location has been changed from Dodds Auditorium to Room 16 in Robertson Hall.

Phil Barnett, minority staff director for the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce and a 1979 alumnus, will present a talk titled "The Politics of Climate Legislation: Failed Attempts and the Prospect for Future Legislation" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, in Robertson Hall, Room 16.

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Bloomberg's Winkler to speak on banking practices

Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Dodds Auditorium

Matthew Winkler, editor-in-chief and co-founder of Bloomberg News, will present a talk titled "The Peril of Financial Dark Arts: How the West Got Lost Emulating Secretive Swiss Universal Banking" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

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Acting on climate change is subject of Watson lecture

Monday, April 2, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Dodds Auditorium

Robert Watson, chair of the intergovernmental panel on climate change from 1997 to 2002, will give a talk titled "Environment and Development Challenges: The Imperative to Act" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 2, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

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Russian political literature is subject of Spieker talk

Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · Burr Hall, Room 219

Sven Spieker, professor of Russian and comparative literature at University of California-Santa Barbara, will give a talk titled "The Politics of Ignorance: Critical Pedagogy as Poetics in Chto Delat" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, in Burr Hall, Room 219.

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Campbell appointed as executive director of campus services and planning

Amy Campbell, who has been an administrator in campus life and athletics at Princeton University for a total of 17 years, has been named executive director of campus services and planning for University Services. Her appointment is effective April 1.

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Koel applies science of surface chemistry to fusion research at PPPL

The fusing together of atoms releases vast amounts of energy, but the process can take place only at extremely high temperatures. For fusion to be the basis of the power plant of the future, scientists need to find ways to keep the process from cooling. By using his expertise in surface chemistry, chemical and biological engineering professor Bruce Koel is working with scientists at the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab to address this goal.

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Schwedler to discuss Arab Spring's political geography

Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Room 1

Jillian Schwedler, an associate professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, will give a talk titled "The Political Geography of the Arab Spring" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, in Robertson Hall, Room 1.

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FACULTY HONOR: George appointed to federal commission on religious freedom

Robert George, Princeton University's McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and a professor of politics, has been appointed to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. The commission is an independent, bipartisan group that monitors freedom of religion abroad and provides policy recommendations; members are appointed by the president and leaders of both political parties in the Senate and House of Representatives. George was appointed Friday, March 23, by House Speaker John Boehner to serve a two-year term.

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Committee recommends freshman fraternity, sorority policies

The University's Committee on Freshmen Rush Policy has issued recommendations for administering and enforcing the prohibition on Princeton freshmen from affiliating with a fraternity or sorority during their freshman year, and on students from soliciting the participation of freshmen in a fraternity or sorority. The recommendations have been presented to President Shirley M. Tilghman, who will make a final decision on the recommended policies and practices later this spring.

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Lecture surveys the maturation of wind-energy technology, market

Thursday, April 19, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · Friend Center, Room 006

The distribution logistics and greater customer expectations that have accompanied the development of wind power into a legitimate commodity will be the topic of the lecture "Wind Energy ... the Journey" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, in the Friend Center, Room 006. The lecture is part of the Highlight Seminar Series sponsored by Princeton's Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. A reception will follow.

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Lecture explores carbon dioxide to liquid fuel conversion

Thursday, April 5, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · Friend Center, Room 006

Inventor and clean-energy venture capitalist David Berry will deliver the lecture "Biocatalytic Conversion of Carbon Dioxide to Liquid Fuels" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5, in the Friend Center, Room 006. The lecture is part of the Highlight Seminar Series sponsored by Princeton's Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. A reception will follow.

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Kornbluth to perform comic monologue about his Princeton years

Thursday, April 5, 2012, 8 p.m. · McCosh Hall, Room 50

Josh Kornbluth, a 1980 Princeton graduate, will present "The Mathematics of Change: A Comic Monologue About Failure at Princeton" at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 5, in McCosh Hall, Room 50.

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Lecture examines balance of safety and productivity in industry

Friday, March 30, 2012, 3:30 p.m. · Bowen Hall, Room 222

The collaborations that led to increased safety and productivity for commercial aviation will be discussed as a guide to other complex industries during the lecture "Reducing Risk While Improving Productivity: Aviation Safety Lessons Learned" at 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 30, in Bowen Hall, Room 222. Speaker Christopher Hart, vice chairman of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, will discuss whether this approach can extend to other potentially hazardous industries such as nuclear power and petroleum extraction and refining.

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Screening examines science behind film 'The Day After Tomorrow'

Thursday, March 29, 2012, 8 p.m. · Frist Campus Center, Multipurose Room C

The true and exaggerated climate science behind the 2004 movie "The Day After Tomorrow" will be examined during a screening at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at the Frist Campus Center, Multipurpose Room C. Daniel Sigman, Princeton's Dusenbury Professor of Geological and Geophysical Sciences, will lead the discussion. The screening is the first in the "Hollywood Science Gone Bad" film series hosted by the Princeton Undergraduate Geosciences Society.

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Video feature: Princeton's Cogeneration Plant

Princeton University's district energy system provides a number of benefits to campus sustainability. In this video produced by the Student Environmental Communication Network, Edward "Ted" Borer, the University's energy plant manager, gives a tour through Princeton's cogeneration plant and provides a detailed look into the intricacies of cogeneration and Princeton's heat and electricity production.

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Princeton's Cogeneration Plant

In this video produced by the Student Environmental Communication Network, Edward "Ted" Borer, the University's energy plant manager, gives a tour through Princeton's cogeneration plant, heat and electricity production.

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Spirit of Princeton nominations due April 16

Nominations for the 17th annual Sprit of Princeton Awards, which honor undergraduates for their positive contributions to campus life, are due by noon Monday, April 16.

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Video: Women's hoops at the NCAA tournament

Follow the Princeton women's basketball team before, during and after the final game of their historic season.

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Symposium to feature 'The Humanities in the Public Sphere'

Thursday and Friday, April 19-20, 2012, various times · various locations

A symposium focusing on "The Humanities in the Public Sphere" will be held Thursday and Friday, April 19-20, starting at 4:30 p.m. April 19 with a keynote address by philosopher and cultural critic Judith Butler, in McCosh Hall, Room 46. Three panel sessions moderated by Peter Brooks will be held the following day from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Robertson Hall, Room 16.

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Choreographer Jones to present three-part Toni Morrison Lectures

Tuesday, April 17, Thursday, April 19, and Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 8 p.m. · Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium, and McCosh Hall, Room 10

Tony Award-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones will present three talks on "The Life of an Idea: Investigating Belonging, Appropriating and Adapting in the Context of Time" as part of the Toni Morrison Lectures. The talks will take place at 8 p.m. on the following dates: Tuesday, April 17, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall; Thursday, April 19, in McCosh Hall, Room 10; and Tuesday, April 24, in Richardson Auditorium. Tickets are required.

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Brown-Nagin to speak on social change and Baker Motley

Wednesday, April 4, 2012, noon · Dickinson Hall, Room 210

Legal scholar and historian Tomiko Brown-Nagin will speak on "Lawyers, the Grassroots and Social Change" Contance Baker Motley at the Bar and on the Bench" at noon Wednesday, April 4, in Dickinson Hall, Room 210.

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Lutenski to lecture on black diaspora in the American West

Monday, April 2, 2012, noon · Stanhope Hall, Room 201

Emily Lutenski, a postdoctoral research associate at the Center for African American Studies, will present a talk on "'A Veritable Little Harlem': The New Negro Renaissance in the American West" at noon Monday, April 2, in Stanhope Hall, Room 201.

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Documentary 'Bad Friday' to be shown

Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · East Pyne, Room 010

The documentary "Bad Friday: Rastafari After Coral Gardens" will be shown, along with a director's talk with Deborah Thomas, at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, in East Pyne, Room 010.

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Plasma source created by PPPL will benefit major particle accelerator experiment

A major effort to study a mysterious substance that could enhance understanding of the cosmos and fusion energy has received a critical boost from the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL).

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Detection of cosmic effect may bring universe's formation into sharper focus

A project initiated at Princeton made the first observation of a cosmic effect theorized 40 years ago that could provide astronomers with a more precise tool for understanding the forces behind the universe's formation and growth, including the enigmatic phenomena of dark energy and dark matter.

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Lecture focuses on the struggle for Internet freedom

Thursday, March 29, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · Sherrerd Hall, Room 101

Rebecca MacKinnon, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, will discuss the global struggle for control of the Internet at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in Sherrerd Hall, Room 101. MacKinnon will address how technology should be structured and governed to support the rights and liberties of all the world’s Internet users. The lecture is sponsored by Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy. A reception will follow on the third-floor atrium.

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Video: Student work: Underwater robotics

Princeton seniors David Clifton and David Heinz spent a summer testing a robot called the "beluga" in engineering professor Naomi Leonard's laboratory.

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Petroski to explore differences between scientists, engineers

Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 8 p.m. · McCosh Hall, Room 50

Henry Petroski, a professor of civil engineering and history at Duke University, will present a lecture titled "Einstein and Steinmetz: Prototypes or Stereotypes of Scientists and Engineers?" at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, in McCosh Hall, Room 50. Petroski will discuss how e ngineers and scientists are often grouped under the single rubric of "scientists," which masks some fundamental differences in how members of the two scientific cultures think and what they do.

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Poet Tate, novelist Smith to read from work

Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · McCosh Hall, Room 50

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet James Tate and novelist Zadie Smith will read from their works at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March, 28, in McCosh Hall, Room 50, as part of the Program in Creative Writing's Althea Ward Clark W'21 Reading Series.

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The ultimate programmable calculator — the brain

Princeton professor Carlos Brody is seeking to understand the mechanisms that control brain cells involved in short-term memory and decision-making.

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Video feature: Brody studies the ultimate programmable calculator — the brain

Princeton professor Carlos Brody is seeking to understand the mechanisms that control brain cells involved in short-term memory and decision-making.

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Work progresses for groups focusing on campus pub and student life issues

The steering committee that will develop a proposal to reinstate a campus pub at Princeton University has established its membership and will begin meeting this spring. At the same time, the five other groups created this fall to enhance the undergraduate experience have been working to address student life and leadership issues.

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Kalyvas to give talk on Marxist paradox

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

Stathis Kalyvas, the Arnold Wolfers Professor of Political Science and director of the Program on Order, Conflict and Violence at Yale University, will give a talk titled "The Marxist Paradox: Socialist Revolutionary Rebels and Civil Wars" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, in Burr Hall, Room 216.

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Egyptian journalist Attalah to give 2011 retrospective

Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 4:30 p.m · Robertson Hall, Room 1

Lina Attalah, managing editor of the Web publication Egypt Independent, will give a talk titled "Egypt 2011: A Year of Bridges and Walls" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, in Robertson Hall, Room 1.

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Gasparov to discuss Russian revolutionary ideology-CANCELED

Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · Burr Hall, Room 219

UPDATE: This event has been canceled.

Boris Gasparov, the Boris Bakhmeteff Professor of Russian at Columbia University, will give a talk titled "The Noise of Ideology: Andrei Platanov and His 19th-century Precursor, Fedor Mikhailovich Reshetnickov" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, in Burr Hall, Room 219.

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Human trafficking is focus of two-day workshop

Friday, March 30, and Saturday, March 31, 2012 · Robertson Hall

A two-day workshop on "Human Trafficking in the Twenty-first Century" will be held Friday, March 30, and Saturday, March 31, in Robertson Hall.

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Katznelson to give two lectures on American political development

Tuesday, March 27, and Thursday, March 29, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall

American political scientist and historian Ira Katznelson, currently the Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History at Columbia University, will deliver two public talks on the theme of "The People and the State: Reflections on American Political Development" at Princeton. The first, "The Liberal Premise," will be at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall; the second, "Membership and Might," will be at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in Robertson Hall, Room 016.

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Former Israeli Prime Minister Olmert to give public lecture

Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 7:30 p.m. · McCosh Hall, Room 50

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will present a public lecture at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, in McCosh Hall, Room 50. The talk is free and open to the public; tickets are required for entry.

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Richards to discuss politics and women's health

Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Dodds Auditorium

Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, will present a talk titled "Keeping Politics Out of Women’s Health" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. This is a free event, but tickets are required.

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Princeton scientists identify neural activity sequences that help form memory, decision-making

Princeton University researchers have used a novel virtual reality and brain imaging system to detect a form of neural activity underlying how the brain forms short-term memories that are used in making decisions.

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Employee obituaries: March 2012

The following is an updated list of University employee obituaries.

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'Robin Hood' is Princyclopedia theme

Saturday, April 14, 2012, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. · Dillon Gymnasium

"Robin Hood" is the theme of this year's Princyclopedia, an interactive book convention hosted annually by the Cotsen Children's Library. The all-ages event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 14, in Dillon Gymnasium.

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Celebrating Einstein's birthday on Pi Day

More than 6,000 members of the Princeton University campus and local communities kicked off the annual Pi Day events, which commemorate Albert Einstein's birthday through math-related activities.

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Hoffman Scholars will present doctoral research

Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 7:30 p.m. · Lewis Library, Room 120

The 2012 Hoffman Scholars will present their doctoral research during an event at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, in Lewis Library, Room 120. The Alumni Council's Committee on Academic Programs for Alumni sponsors the annual program recognizing the work of three graduate students.

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Campus community invited to CPUC meeting

Monday, March 26, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · Friend Center, Room 101

The Council of the Princeton University Community will meet at 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 26, in the Friend Center, Room 101.

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Two faculty appointments approved

The Board of Trustees has approved the appointments of two faculty members.

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Grenfell named to endowed chair

Bryan Grenfell, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and public affairs, has been named the Kathryn Briger and Sarah Fenton Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Public Affairs, effective Feb. 1, 2012.

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Employee spotlight: Omelan Stryzak

Employee spotlight on Omelan Stryzak, lecture demonstration specialist in the Department of Physics.

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EQuad News: Health and engineering

The winter 2012 issue of EQuad News, the magazine of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, focuses on health-related research. The projects often extend well beyond engineering and includes collaborations with faculty and students at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics and the departments of molecular biology and psychology. The magazine also includes a Q&A with alumni who bring a variety of perspectives to bear on the coming challenges and opportunities in global health.

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Board approves four promotions

The Board of Trustees has approved the promotions of four faculty members.

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Faculty members submit resignations

Two faculty members have submitted their resignations, effective Feb. 1, 2012.

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Employee retirements: February-March 2012

The following is an updated list of University employee retirements.

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Shelton named Butler College master

Professor of Psychology Nicole Shelton has been named master of Butler College, one of Princeton's six residential colleges. She will begin her four-year term on July 1. 

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Public Issue Day to focus on building online knowledge-base

Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 5:30 p.m. · Friend Center, Room 113

Public Issue Day, an event open to the University community, is intended to build an online knowledge-base of information about public issues and will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Friend Center, Room 113. Sign-up is requested.

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Students perceive new worlds with an 'International Eye'

Princeton University students are showcasing their many opportunities to experience life abroad through "International Eye," an exhibition of photographs taken by undergraduates on five continents while participating in international study, internships, service and research.

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Video feature: Students perceive new worlds with an 'International Eye'

Princeton University students are showcasing their many opportunities to experience life abroad through "International Eye," an exhibition of photographs taken by undergraduates on five continents while participating in international study, internships, service and research.

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Video: Student work: 'Woyzeck'

Cara Tucker '12 directs her senior thesis production of the classic German play, "Woyzeck," March 9-10 and 14-16 in the Berlind Theatre at the McCarter Theatre Center.

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Original one-act operas to be performed

Friday and Saturday, March 30-31, 2012, 8 p.m. · Berlind Theatre

The Princeton One-Act-Opera Project will present an evening of three original one-act operas at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 30-31, in Berlind Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center.

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Lecture to focus on research on early manuscripts of Ethiopia

Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · East Pyne, Room 127

Denis Nosnitsin, an expert in African literatures, especially that in Ge`ez (Ethiopic), Amharic and Tigrigna, will give a talk on "Preserving the African Archive: Field Research on Early Manuscripts and Monasteries in Northern Ethiopia" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, in East Pyne, Room 127.

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Two Princeton seniors feature paintings in thesis show

Monday, March 12 through Friday, March 16, 2012, various times · 185 Nassau St, Lucas Gallery

The Program in Visual Arts will present "Medium Rare," a senior art show by Joanne Chong and Dao Mi from Monday, March 12 through Friday, March 16, in the Lucas Gallery, 185 Nassau St.

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Couple will speak about journey 'from finance to farming'

Thursday, March 29, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · Fields Center, Room 104

Robin and Jon McConaughy, former investment bankers and current owners of Double Brook Farm in Hopewell, N.J., will give a talk titled "From Finance to Farming: One Couple's Journey From Wall Street to Sustainable Agriculture," at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in the Fields Center, Room 104. The talk is sponsored by the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education, the Pace Center for Civic Engagement, Community Based Learning Initiative (CBLI), the Office of Sustainability and the Princeton Environmental Institute.

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Greenblatt lectures to focus on Shakespeare and life stories – UPDATED

Wednesday, March 14, and Thursday, March 15, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · McCormick Hall, Room 101, and McCosh Hall, Room 50

The location of Thursday's lecture has been changed from McCormick Hall, Room 101, to McCosh Hall, Room 50.

Stephen Greenblatt, the John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University, will give two lectures on "Shakespeare and the Shape of a Life" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, in McCormick Hall, Room 101, and Thursday, March 15, in McCosh Hall, Room 50.

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Alice Chang: Perspective on the future of Princeton mathematics

In a perspective on the future of mathematics at Princeton, Sun-Yung Alice Chang, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Mathematics and chair of the Department of Mathematics, discusses the department's current and burgeoning strengths, its recent popularity with students, and the effort to attract more women to a traditionally male-dominated field.

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Natural levels of nitrogen in tropical forests may increase vulnerability to pollution

Waterways in remote, pristine tropical forests located in the Caribbean and Central America contain levels of nitrogen comparable to amounts found in streams and rivers flowing through polluted forests in the United States and Europe. This discovery by a Princeton University-led research team raises questions about how tropical forests might respond if they were to become exposed to additional nitrogen through water and air pollution.

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Student adaptation of 'Woyzeck' to be staged

Friday and Saturday, March 9-10, and Wednesday through Friday, March 14-16, 2012, 8 p.m. · Berlind Theatre

An adaptation by senior Cara Tucker of the classic play "Woyzeck" by Georg Büchner will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 9-10, and Wednesday through Friday, March 14-16, at the Berlind Theatre at the McCarter Theatre Center.

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Student video game competition will be held

Friday, March 9 through Saturday, March 10, 2012, various times · Frist Campus Center, multipurpose rooms

The computer video gaming competition Princeton Collegiate StarCraft II LAN will take place on Friday, March 9 through Saturday, March 10, in the Frist Campus Center multipurpose rooms. The opening ceremony begins at 4:30 p.m. March 9. The event is sponsored by the student organization Princeton Smashcraft Heroes.

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Paxson selected to be next president of Brown

Christina Paxson, dean of Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, has been selected to serve as the next president of Brown University. The Corporation of Brown University voted on her appointment in a special session March 2.

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Times' Morgenson to discuss financial ethics

Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · Friend Center, Room 101

Gretchen Morgenson, a columnist and assistant business and financial editor at The New York Times, will give a talk titled "Where Did All the Ethics Go? An Examination of the Recent Financial Boom and Bust" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, in the Friend Center, Room 101

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Political theorist Tomasi to speak on free markets

Wednesday, March 7, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · Lewis Library, Room 120

John Tomasi, a professor of political science and philosophy at Brown University, will present a lecture titled "Free Market Fairness" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, in Lewis Library, Room 120.

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Student work: The Ghana school library initiative, part 2

Jeremy Blair '13 chronicles the construction of a library in Ghana, which was built with the help of Princeton's chapter of Engineers Without Borders.

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Video feature: The Ghana school library initiative, part 2

In the summer of 2011, five students from Princeton University's Engineers Without Borders (EWB) chapter spent two months in Ashaiman, Ghana, to finish the construction of a community library. This video chronicles the trip, which was the culmination of a three-year project to provide the area with improved education and digital resources.

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Video: Student work: Naacho presents 'Yaadein'

Student dance troupe Naacho presents its 10th anniversary show, "Yaadein: The Bollywood Movie of Life," March 1-3 in the Frist Campus Center theater.

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