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Plans for dams on Mekong River could spell disaster for area fisheries

A massive expansion of hydropower planned for the Mekong River Basin in Southeast Asia could have a catastrophic impact on the river's fishery and millions of people who depend on it, according to a new study by researchers including scientists from Princeton University.

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Revised language for 2012-13 Rights, Rules, Responsibilities

The following is revised language that will be included in the 2012-13 Rights, Rules, Responsibilities to reflect the prohibition on freshmen from affiliating with a fraternity or sorority during their freshman year, and on students soliciting the p...

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Revised language for 2012-13 Rights, Rules, Responsibilities

The following is revised language that will be included in the 2012-13 Rights, Rules, Responsibilities to reflect the prohibition on freshmen from affiliating with a fraternity or sorority during their freshman year, and on students soliciting the p...

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University adopts proposed fraternity, sorority rush policies

Princeton University President Shirley M. Tilghman has adopted the recommendations of the Committee on Freshmen Rush Policy for administering and enforcing the prohibition on freshmen from affiliating with a fraternity or sorority during their freshman year, and on students soliciting the participation of freshmen in a fraternity or sorority. The new policy will take effect as of Sept. 1.

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NOAA head to discuss science as a solution to global challenges

Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Dodds Auditorium

Jane Lubchenco, administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will discuss science as a practical solution to problems such as climate change, pollution and food scarcity at 4:30 p.m. Wednesay, May 9, in Robertson Hall, Dodds Auditorium. Lubchenco will highlight notable examples of "use-inspired science" that is innovative and timely. The event is the 2012 Taplin Environmental Lecture sponsored by the Princeton Environmental Institute.

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Campus community invited to CPUC meeting

Monday, May 7, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · Friend Center, Room 101

The Council of the Princeton University Community (CPUC) will meet at 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 7, in the Friend Center, Room 101. The agenda will includes a report from the CPUC Resources Committee, as well as a report on the pilot discount program for students who buy their coursebooks through Labyrinth Books. The meeting is open to all members of the University community.

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Toni Morrison receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

Toni Morrison, the renowned author and the Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Humanities Emeritus at Princeton University, was named by President Barack Obama a 2012 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.

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With 'Power in a Box,' Princeton students win national competition

Converting a standard shipping container into a sustainable source of energy for remote or disaster-torn regions, a team of Princeton University students took top honors in an 18-month national competition that culminated April 21 and 22 on the Washington, D.C., Mall.

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Student artist performance to kick off multimedia installation

Tuesday, May 1, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · 185 Nassau St.

Senior Lex Brown will present an outdoor performance as part of "Inside that thing that is and is and isn't" her first solo multimedia installation, at 4:30 p.m. in front of the building at 185 Nassau St. The installation is on view through Saturday, May 12, at 185 Nassau St., in the Lucas Gallery. A reception takes place Thursday, May 3, at 7 p.m.

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From Sophocles to Shelley

Humanities course sequence at Princeton University

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Video feature: Freshmen delve into a humanities 'blockbuster' course

"Two semesters. 10 professors. 3,000 years of culture." It's not a film trailer, but the catchphrase used to describe a "blockbuster" course at Princeton for freshmen titled "Interdisciplinary Approaches to Western Culture from Antiquity to the Modern Period." A video offers comments from students enrolled in the course.

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FACULTY AWARD: Three Princeton faculty elected members of the American Philosophical Society

Princeton University faculty members Bonnie Bassler, Brent Shaw and Christopher Sims were among 35 new members recently elected to the American Philosophical Society (APS), the nation's oldest scholarly organization.

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Forum to showcase undergraduate economic research

Thursday, May 3, 2012, 4 p.m. · Burr Hall, Room 219

Four undergraduate students will present research during a forum sponsored by the Griswold Center for Economic Policy Studies.

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Expectation of extraterrestrial life built more on optimism than evidence, study finds

Princeton University researchers have found that the expectation that life — from bacteria to sentient beings — has or will develop on other planets as on Earth might be based more on optimism than scientific evidence.

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Bradley to discuss new book

Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · McCosh Hall, Room 50

Bill Bradley, a 1965 Princeton alumnus and former U.S. senator from New Jersey, will discuss his new book, "We Can All Do Better," at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, in McCosh Hall, Room 50.  

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Panel to discuss French presidential election

Tuesday, May 1, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Room 16

"Before Round Two: A Panel Discussion on the French Presidential Election" will offer insights ahead of the May 6 runoff election in France at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, in Robertson Hall, Room 16.

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'Welcome to My Dorm!'

Four Princeton students give an insider's tour of their dorms.

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Video feature: 'Welcome to My Dorm!'

Some of Princeton University's most distinctive characteristics are the close-knit residential community and the variety of dormitory options in the six residential colleges. Each architecturally diverse college is made up of dormitory halls and a range of facilities, including a main dining hall, libraries, common rooms, and arts and entertainment resources. Student living areas range from single rooms to suites, and each college has something that makes it unique.

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Author to discuss genetics with Tilghman, Botstein five years later

Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · McDonnell Hall Auditorium

Author Jane Gitschier, a geneticist at the University of California-San Francisco, will explore the field of genetics in interviews with President Shirley M. Tilghman and David Botstein, Princeton's Anthony B. Evnin '62 Professor of Genomics, professor of moleculary biology and director of the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, in McDonnell Hall Auditorium. The conversations follow up on 2006 interviews with Tilghman and Botstein that Gitschier published in the journal PLoS Genetics and in her 2010 book "Speaking of Genetics: A Collection of Interviews."

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Economist to discuss 'A Decade of Debt'

Thursday, May 3, 2012, 8 p.m. · McCosh Hall, Room 50

Carmen Reinhart, the Dennis Weatherstone Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, will speak on "A Decade of Debt" at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 3, in McCosh Hall, Room 50.

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In designing robots, students learn to drive a project

An initiative to add a project management component into one of Princeton's core engineering design courses aims not just to teach students better time-management skills but also to help keep them safe in their laboratory work.

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Panel discussion will focus on gender and theater criticism

Saturday, April 28, 2012, 2 p.m. · Prospect House, Garden Room

A panel discussion about gender and theater criticism will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Prospect House, in the Garden Room. Participants include Jill Dolan, the Annan Professor in English, professor of English and theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts, and director of the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies.

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Artist Sciolli to open exhibition

Friday, May 18, 2012, 5 p.m. · 171 Broadmead St.

An exhibition of works by artist Vittorio Sciolli, a painter, printmaker and sculptor whose work focuses on the human figure, will open with a reception at 5 p.m. Friday, May 18, at 171 Broadmead St. The exhibition is sponsored by the Princeton University League.

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Former Olympic track medalist Carlos to speak

Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 7:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Dodds Auditorium

John Carlos, activist, author and 1968 Olympic medalist in track, will speak as part of the Jake McCandless '51 PVC Speaker Series at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. The event is co-sponsored by the Program in American Studies and the Center for African American Studies.

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Senior thesis production 'Roll!' echoes Camus

Tuesday through Thursday, May 1-3, 8 p.m. · 185 Nassau St., Matthews Acting Studio

Performances of senior Jeff Kuperman's "Roll!" will take place at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, May 1-3, in the Matthews Acting Studio, 185 Nassau St.  Kuperman wrote and directs this physical theater piece, which was inspired by Camus' famous absurdist essay "The Myth of Sisyphus."

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Yeast cell reaction to Zoloft suggests alternative cause, drug target for depression

Princeton University researchers have observed a self-degradation response to the antidepressant Zoloft in yeast cells that could help provide new answers to lingering questions among scientists about how antidepressants work, as well as support the idea that depression is not solely linked to the neurotransmitter serotonin.

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Lecture to cover global economics of cheap biotech

Friday, May 4, 2012, noon · Icahn Laboratory, Room 280

The global proliferation of cheap biological technology has opened up new economic opportunities for developing countries as well as security concerns that will be the topic of "Biology is Technology: Garage Biology, Microbrewing and the Economic Drivers of Distributed Biological Production," at noon Friday, May 4, in Icahn Laboratory, Room 280. The event is part of the Biosecurity Seminar Series sponsored by Princeton's Program on Science and Global Security. Lunch will be provided.

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Lecture addresses steps to integrate renewable energy

Friday, May 4, 2012, noon · Icahn Laboratory, Room 280

Considerations for how to best integrate renewable energy sources into the existing power grid will be the topic of the lecture "Toward Renewable and Efficient Power Systems" at 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 4, in Bowen Hall, Room 222. Dennice Gayme, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Johns Hopkins University, will examine strategies through case studies of wind power. The lecture is hosted by Princeton's Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

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PPPL scientists propose a solution to a critical barrier to producing fusion

Physicists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory have discovered a possible solution to a mystery that has long baffled researchers working to harness fusion. If confirmed by experiment, the finding could help scientists eliminate a major impediment to the development of fusion as a clean and abundant source of energy for producing electric power.

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Devising a 'silver bullet' for measuring water use by plants

Princeton civil and environmental engineering major Ida Posner's senior thesis project focuses on the development of a filter to allow scientists to quickly measure water use by plants, which is critical for understanding how ecosystems are affected by drought, development or climate change.  

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University submits Arts and Transit project to Planning Board

Princeton University has submitted its Arts and Transit project to the Regional Planning Board of Princeton for the site plan approval that is necessary to begin construction. The University hopes to begin work on the $300 million project early in 2013.

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FACULTY AWARD: MacMillan, Bassler among 2012 Royal Society fellows

Princeton University professors David MacMillan, the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry and chair of the department, and Bonnie Bassler, Squibb Professor of Molecular Biology, were among the noted scientists elected as fellows of the Royal Society in 2012.

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Black Arts Company will present 'Balancing Act'

Thursday-Saturday, April 26-28, 2012, 9:30 p.m., Saturday, April 27, 2012, 4 p.m. · Whitman College, Class of 1970 Theater

The Black Arts Company Drama will present "Balancing Act," the first originally written play since BAC Drama's creation in 1995, in the Whitman College Class of 1970 Theater. Show times are 9:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday April 26-28, and 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28. Tickets are $7 and will be available starting April 23 at the Frist Campus Center ticket office. 

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British politician MacShane will discuss 'rise of extremist politics in Europe'

Monday, April 23, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · Whig Hall Senate Chamber

The Whig-Cliosophic Society and the Center for Jewish Life will host a public lecture by Denis MacShane, a member of the British Parliament for Rotherham, at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 23, in the Whig Hall Senate Chamber. The lecture is titled "The Rise of Extremist Politics in Europe: How European Political Discourse is Reverting to Old Themes -Nationalist, Racist and Anti-Semitic Ideologies Have Resurfaced in European Politics."

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Student-written musical 'Admissions' will be performed

Thursday-Saturday, April 19-21 and April 26-28, 2012, 8 p.m. · Hamilton Murray Theater

Theatre Intime and Princeton University Players will perform the original student-written musical "Admissions" in the Hamilton Murray Theater. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 19-21 and Thursday through Saturday, April 26-28. An additional show also will be performed at 11:59 p.m. Friday, April 27. Tickets are $8 for students, $10 for faculty, staff and senior citizens, and $12 for general admission, and are available at the Frist Campus Center ticket office, on the Theatre Intime website or at the door.

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BodyHype 'Princeton Preview Dance 2012'

Student troupe BodyHype Dance Company presents its Princeton Preview 2012 show from 2-4 p.m. Friday, April 27, in the Dillon Gym Multipurpose Room.

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Two Dale winners to explore new settings through baseball, public health

Princeton seniors Zachary Newick and Shivani Sud will explore minor league baseball in the United States and rural health clinics in India, respectively, over the next year as the 2012 winners of Princeton's Martin Dale Fellowship.

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I <3 Princeton

The Princeton University community shows its heart.

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Video feature: 'I <3 Princeton'

The video "I <3 [Heart] Princeton" features some of the more 1,100 faculty members, nearly 8,000 undergraduates and graduate students, and almost 6,000 employees at the University, as well as some of the 80,000 alumni and parents, visitors and others, showing their appreciation for Princeton by making a heart symbol with their hands. From the leafy heart of campus to athletic events home and away, these individuals were eager to share their affinity for all Princeton has to offer.

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Conference addresses 'America Invents Act'

Friday, May 11, 2012, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. · Friend Center Convocation Room

A conference titled "Patent Success or Failure? The America Invents Act and Beyond" will take place from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, in the Friend Center Convocation Room. Randall Radar, chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and Paul Michel, former chief judge of the court, will give keynote addresses.

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Princeton University Wind Ensemble to perform spring concert

Thursday, May 10, 2012, 8 p.m. · Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

The Princeton University Wind Ensemble will perform its annual spring concert titled "Movie Music Madness," at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 10, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. The concert will feature guest soloist Paul Cohen on alto saxophone.

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Princeton University Wind Ensemble to perform outdoors

Saturday, May 5, 2012, 9 p.m. · 1897 Green, Frist North Lawn

The Princeton University Wind Ensemble will perform its annual "Concert Under the Stars" at 9 p.m. Saturday, May 5, on the 1897 Green, Frist North Lawn.

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Artist Stynes Strow to open exhibition

Friday, April 20, 2012, 6 p.m. · 171 Broadmead St.

"Celtic Myth and Faith," an exhibition of paintings by Irish native and Princeton resident Rita Stynes Strow, will open with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 20, at 171 Broadmead St. The exhibition is sponsored by the Princeton University League.

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Historian Gordon to speak on Japan

Tuesday, May 2, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · Jones Hall, Room 202

Andrew Gordon, a history professor at Harvard University, will give the 2012 Marius B. Jansen Memorial Lecture, sponsored by the East Asian studies program, titled "The Many Lives of the Japanese Employment System" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, in Jones Hall, Room 202.

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Lecture explores how organizations shape entrepreneurs

Monday, April 23, 2012, 7 p.m. · Friend Center Convocation Room

A lecture titled "How Do Work Environments Shape Entrepreneurial Transitions?" is set for 7 p.m. Monday, April 23, in the Friend Center Convocation Room. Stanford University professor Jesper Sorensen will discuss how, despite tales of commercial empires that began as cottage industries, most entrepreneurs are first seasoned by working in firms and organizations related to their field, and how that experience helps the transition to self-employment. A light reception and networking will follow.

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Persisting in a search for new cancer treatment

Molecular biology major Kristan Scott focused his senior thesis on a mutant gene linked not only to colorectal cancer but also to the cancer’s ability to resist chemotherapy. Working with special yeast cells created in the lab of his thesis adviser, Senior Lecturer Alison Gammie, Scott helped figure out the combination of cancer treatments that restored sensitivity to chemotherapy — a result that suggests a potential new chemotherapeutic approach for treating certain cancers.

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Irish biologist Loftus to speak on genome sequencing

Friday, April 20, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · 185 Nassau St., Stewart Theater

Brendan Loftus, a professor of comparative genomics at the Conway Institute of University College, Dublin, will present a lecture titled "Postcards From the Edge of Europe: Confessions of an Irish Genome," at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, in the Stewart Theater, 185 Nassau St. The lecture is part of a series presented by the University's Fund for Irish Studies.

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University will use Coursera to explore online class materials

As part of efforts to employ technology to enhance the Princeton academic experience and enable faculty to extend their teaching beyond the physical borders of the campus, the University will explore the development of online class materials via the new educational platform Coursera. According to Coursera, Princeton will join Stanford University, the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania in developing Web-based course materials from a variety of academic fields.

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FACULTY AWARD: Eight named to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Eight Princeton faculty members have been named fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. They are among 220 leaders in scholarship, business, the arts and public affairs elected this year in recognition of their contributions to their respective fields.

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A.J. Stewart Smith to be named VP for PPPL, search for new dean for research to begin

A.J. Stewart Smith, who has served as Princeton University's first dean for research since 2006, will assume a newly created position as vice president for the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) to serve as the University's primary liaison with DOE. Smith is expected to begin his new role on Jan. 1, 2013. A national search for his successor as dean for research will begin immediately.

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UPDATE: Princeton's Tracy K. Smith wins Pulitzer Prize for poetry

Princeton University professor Tracy K. Smith has been awarded the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for poetry for her collection "Life on Mars."

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Video feature: Princeton Student Colony

A platform and a tent in a very public place — near the Dinky station — make up the Princeton Student Colony, which has grown out a class being team-taught by artist and ecologist Fritz Haeg and architect Daniel Wood, visiting lecturers in the Lewis Center for the Arts and the Princeton Atelier. The site is "colonized" by the nine students who are making decisions about daily living as a group for the duration of the spring semester.

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Princeton Student Colony

Princeton Atelier launches the "Princeton Student Colony."

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Admitted students, families to arrive for Princeton Preview

More than 2,000 people are expected to visit campus this month for Princeton Preview, as newly admitted students and their families arrive to sample the University's academic, residential and social offerings. The annual hosting program will be held Thursday through Saturday, April 19-21 and 26-28.

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Science writers Sobel, Ackerman to hold conversation

Friday, April 27, 2012, 7 p.m. · McCosh Hall, Room 50

Noted science writers Dava Sobel and Diane Ackerman will interview one another about the challenges inherent in their most recent works, "A More Perfect Heaven" and "One Hundred Names for Love" at 7 p.m. Friday, April 27, in McCosh Hall, Room 50.

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German scholar Raulff to present lecture

Monday, April 16, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · East Pyne, Room 010

Ulrich Raulff, historian and director of the German Literature Archive in Marbach, Germany, will give the 2012 Eberhard L. Faber Memorial Lecture, co-sponsored by the Department of German and the Council of Humanities, titled "Rider, Reader, Soldier, Horse: Reinhart Koselleck and the End of the Equestrian Era," at 4:30 p.m., Monday, April 16, in East Pyne, Room 101. A reception follows.

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Employee spotlight: Matthew Armstead

Employee spotlight on Matthew Armstead, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender program coordinator in the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students.

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War's health consequences is subject of lecture

Friday, May 11, 2012, 12:30 p.m. · Icahn Laboratory, Room 280

Victor Sidel a distinguished university professor of social medicine at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Barry Levy, an adjunct professor of public health at Tufts University School of Medicine, both of whom were affiliated with the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, will give a talk titled "The Health Consequences of the 'War on Terror': An Agenda for the Future" at 12:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, in Icahn Laboratory, Room 280.

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Hasan to speak on middle-class discontent in India

Tuesday, May 1, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · Burr Hall, Room 219

Zoya Hasan, a professor of political science at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, will give a talk titled "The Rise of the Anti-political: Anna Hazare Movement and Middle Class Discontent" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, in Burr Hall, Room 219.

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Soviet photographic utopia is subject of Gough talk

Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · Burr Hall, Room 219

Maria Gough, the Joseph Pulitzer Jr. Professor of Modern Art at Harvard University, will give a lecture titled "Radical Tourists in Soviet Photographic Utopia" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, in Burr Hall, Room 219.

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UPDATE: OIT restores access to survey website

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) has restored Princeton University campus network access to the website of SurveyMonkey, a widely used survey tool.

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Fristfest celebration planned

Thursday through Saturday, May 3-5, 2012, various times · Frist Campus Center

Princeton University students, faculty, staff and their families are invited to celebrate the annual Fristfest Weekend at the Frist Campus Center Thursday through Saturday, May 3-5. Fristfest activities for May 3 will be held at Frist as planned from 4 to 10 p.m. Due to weather conditions, adjustments have been made for meal plan holders. Residential college dining halls will be open for dinner. Late meals will be available at Frist from 8:30 to 10 p.m. There also will be $2 food specials in the Frist Food Gallery from 5 to 7:30 p.m., as well as complimentary beverages and desserts.  

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OIT temporarily blocking survey website due to phishing email

In response to a fraudulent email sent to members of the Princeton University campus community today, the Office of Information Technology (OIT) has temporarily blocked campus network access to the website of SurveyMonkey, a widely used survey tool.

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Broadway actress Glover to speak on career

Monday, April 16, 2012, 1:30 p.m. · Whitman College, Class of 1970 Theatre

Tony Award-nominated actress Montego Glover, currently appearing in the musical "Memphis," will speak about her career at 1:30 p.m. Monday, April 16, in Whitman College's Class of 1970 Theatre. The event is the last in a series leading to the symposium "Making Broadway Musicals: Artists and Scholars in Conversation," to be held Saturday, April 21, in the Stewart Theater, 185 Nassau St.

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Annual Communiversity celebration planned

Saturday, April 28, 2012, noon to 5 p.m. · Nassau and Witherspoon streets; University campus

The Communiversity celebration, which annually brings the town and University together for a day of performances, food, games and more, is planned for noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 28.

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Labouisse winners to create community-based organization in Tanzania

Princeton University seniors Brittany Cesarini and Sandra Mukasa have been awarded the Henry Richardson Labouisse '26 Prize, which was given jointly this year for the first time since it was instituted in 1984. The $25,000 prize will support the students in their endeavor to spend the next year establishing a community-based organization in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to target gender-based violence and HIV/AIDS.

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FACULTY AWARD: Four win Guggenheim Fellowships

Four Princeton faculty members have received 2012 Guggenheim Fellowships: Eve Aschheim, senior lecturer in visual arts in the Lewis Center for the Arts; Laura Landweber, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, for the project "RNA-mediated Epigenetic Inheritance and the Origin of Genetic Systems"; Melissa Lane, professor of politics, for the project "The Rule of Knowledge: Platonic Psychology and Politics"; and Eldar Shafir, the William Stewart Tod Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs, for the project "The Context and Psychology of Scarcity."

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Krugman to give talk on Europe's economic woes

Thursday, April 19, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Dodds Auditorium

Paul Krugman — professor of economics and international affairs in Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, winner of the Nobel Prizein Economic Sciences  and New York Times columnist — will give a talk titled "Europe's Two Depressions" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. The address is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for entry and will be distributed via wait line the day of the event.

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Political insiders to debate 2012 races

Monday, April 16, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Dodds Auditorium

The Woodrow Wilson Political Network, a student and alumni initiative, will host a live debate titled "State of the Races 2012" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 16, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. The event will be moderated by Jonathan Martin, a senior political reporter at Politico; the debators include Mike Duncan, chair of the American Crossroads Super PAC and former chair of the Republican National Committee; Jim Dyke, president of the firm JDA Frontline and former communications adviser to President George W. Bush; Jesse Ferguson, national press secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee; and Nu Wexler, communications director for Sen. Richard Blumenthal and former communications director for the House Budget Committee.

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Richard Okada, Princeton scholar of East Asian studies and mentor, dies

Richard Okada, a professor of East Asian studies at Princeton University who was known for his work spanning classical as well as contemporary Japanese literature, died of natural causes April 4 at a care center in Monmouth Junction, N.J. He was 66.

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Princeton Prize Symposium on Race set

Saturday, April 28, 2012, 9 a.m. to noon · Robertson Hall, Dodds Auditorium

Winners of the Princeton Prize in Race Relations and Robert Kim, senior counsel in the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, will present talks from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 28, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall, as part of the Princeton Prize Symposium on Race. The symposium is sponsored by members of the University's Class of 1966.

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'Frogs + Forms'

Jaewon Choi created a large-scale painting for her visual arts senior thesis show. Meanwhile, her physics thesis explores light emitted at the beginning of the universe.

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Video feature: 'Frogs + Forms'

Jaewon Choi's visual arts senior thesis project explores the boundaries of painting on a very large scale. Meanwhile, her physics thesis project examines the origins of light on the largest scale imaginable. A video documenting Choi's first solo art exhibition, "Frogs + Forms," follows her process in creating a monumental 16-foot-wide by 8-foot-high painting.

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Two students named Goldwater Scholars

Two Princeton students, sophomore Eugene Katsevich and junior Aman Sinha, have been awarded Goldwater Scholarships, the premier award for outstanding undergraduates interested in careers in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.

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Student group will present original play 'Bombay Confidential'

Thursday-Saturday, April 19-21, 2012, various times · Wilson College, Blackbox Theater

Princeton South Asian Theatrics, a student comedic acting group that writes and performs original plays, will present its spring show "Bombay Confidential" at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, April 19-20 and at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday, April 21. The show will be performed in the Blackbox Theater at Wilson College. Tickets are $7 and may be purchased at the Frist Campus Center ticketing office or at the door on the night of the performances.

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UPDATE-Cornel West retirement celebration is planned

Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 7:30 p.m. · McCarter Theatre

"A Bluesman in the Life of the Mind: A Retirement Celebration for Professor Cornel West" will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, in McCarter Theatre. Free tickets are required for admission. Tickets will be available for Princeton students, faculty and staff to pick up in person, with proof of University I.D., beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 11, at McCarter Theatre Center's box office. Tickets for the general public will be available starting April 18. Limit two tickets per person. The May 16 event will feature spoken word tributes and musical performances.

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Video: Student work: BAC presents 'Urban Legend'

Student troupe Black Arts Company: Dance presents its spring show April 12-14 in the Frist Campus Center theater. 

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UPDATE: Building occupants return after gas leak

Occupants have returned to Princeton University campus buildings that were evacuated due to a gas leak earlier this afternoon, according to the Department of Public Safety.

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Gas leak causing evacuation of some campus buildings

Some Princeton University campus buildings are being evacuated as a precaution after workers in the vicinity of William and Charlton streets ruptured a gas line this afternoon, according to the Department of Public Safety. Pedestrians should avoid the area until further notice.

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Identifying new norms in fertility treatment experiences

Princeton University sociology major Lauren Brachman's senior thesis offers a modern analysis of an age-old question: Where do babies come from? Brachman explored patients and clinicians' experience with in vitro fertilization (IVF), spending time at a California fertility clinic, observing and conducting interviews. 

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Princeton University Orchestra to perform annual memorial concert

Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28, 2012, 8 p.m. · Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

The Princeton University Orchestra, conducted by Michael Pratt, will perform its annual Stuart Mindlin Memorial Concert at 8 p.m. Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. The program will include three pieces from Berg's "Wozzeck," as well as Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring.

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Three musical groups to present concert

Sunday, April 22, 2012, 3 p.m. · Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

The annual Walter L. Nollner Memorial Concert to be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 22, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall, will join together three choral and symphonic groups: Princeton Glee Club, Chamber Choir and Nassau Sinfonia. The concert, conducted by Gabriel Crouch, will present the Fauré Requiem, Vaughn Williams' "Five Mystical Songs" and "Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis.

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Biondi to speak on 'The Black Revolution on Campus'

Thursday, April 26, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · Lewis Library, Room 120

Martha Biondi, associate professor of African American studies and history at Northwestern University, will give a lecture titled "The Black Revolution on Campus," also the title of her forthcoming book, at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in the Lewis Library, Room 120. This is the inaugural lecture in a new series sponsored by the Center for African American Studies.

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Hodges to speak on Turing's time at Princeton

Monday, April 23, 2012, 8 p.m. · McCosh Hall, Room 50

University of Oxford mathematician Andrew Hodges will deliver a lecture titled "Alan Turing: An Atlantic Perspective" at 8 p.m. Monday, April 23, in McCosh Hall, Room 50. The talk will focus on the Turing's work as a graduate student at Princeton that paved the way for modern computer science.

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Gikandi to speak on new book on slavery

Tuesday, April 24, 2012, noon · Burr Hall, Room 219

Simon Gikandi, the  Robert Schirmer Professor of English, will speak on his new book titled "Slavery and the Culture of Taste" at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies Director's Book Forum at noon Tuesday, April 24, in Burr Hall, Room 219.

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Symposium to be held on creating Broadway musicals

Saturday, April 21, 2012, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. · 185 Nassau St., Stewart Theater

Princeton theater professor Stacy Wolf and Harvard music professor Carol Oja are hosting the symposium "Making Broadway Musicals: Artists and Scholars in Conversation" 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 21, in Stewart Theater, 185 Nassau Street. Guest artists include Tony and Drama Desk award-winning professionals working today in musical theater.

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Historian Penslar to speak on Zionism

Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Bowl 16

Derek Penslar, a professor of Jewish history at the University of Toronto, will give a lecture titled "Jews into Israelis: Zionism as a Revolutionary Project" at 4:30 p.m.  Tuesday, April 17, in Robertson Hall, Bowl 16.

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Three lectures will focus on East Asian art history

Monday and Tuesday April 16-17, and Thursday, April 19, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · McCormick Hall, Room 101

Claudia Brown, professor of art history at Arizona State University, will give three lectures: "Proceeding Down the Grand Canal: The Qing Emperors' Maps and Topographical Paintings" on Monday, April 16; "The Emperor Commissions an Inventory: The State of the Field of Qing Painting Studies" on Tuesday, April 17; and "Scholar Zhang Peeks at Yingying: How Printed Books Inspired Painters of the Qing Dynasty" on Thursday, April 18. All lectures take place at 4:30 p.m. in McCormick Hall, Room 101.

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'Pippin' senior thesis to be performed

Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14, and Thursday through Saturday, April 19 to 21, 2012, 8 p.m. · Berlind Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center

Adam Hyndman's senior thesis project will present a modern reimagining of Stephen Schwartz's 1972 musical "Pippin," with performances taking place at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14, and Thursday through Saturday, April 19 to 21, at the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center.

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Lonergan to lecture on post-2007 Irish theater

Friday, April 13, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · 185 Nassau St., Stewart Theater

Patrick Lonergan, a professor of English and drama at the National University of Ireland in Galway, will present a lecture titled "Irish Drama After the Celtic Tiger" at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, in Stewart Theater, 185 Nassau St.

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Alto saxophonist Bernstein to perform with University jazztet

Thursday, April 12, 2012, 8 p.m. · Fine Hall, Taplin Auditorium

Marc Bernstein, a Brooklyn native now at the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Denmark, will perform with the Princeton University Jazztet at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall. The concert is part of a three-day residency with the Program in Jazz Studies.

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Civil rights leader Moses to speak

Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · McCormick Hall, Room 101

Bob Moses, civil rights leader, author and a visiting lecturer in the Center for African American Studies, will give a lecture titled "'We the People': Two for Princeton (William Alexander Percy vs. John Doar)" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, in McCormick Hall, Room 101.

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DeMuth to discuss growth of regulatory power

Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · Lewis Library, Room 120

Christopher DeMuth, a distinguished fellow at the Hudson Institute and former president of the American Enterprise Institute, will give a talk titled "The New Regulatory State" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, in Lewis Library, Room 120.

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Memorial gathering for Dickinson planned

Monday, April 23, 2012, 4 p.m. · Computer Science Building Auditorium

A memorial gathering for Bradley Dickinson, a professor of electrical engineering, will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, April 23, in the Computer Science Building Auditorium, with a reception immediately afterward.

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Two seniors win ReachOut grants for public service

Princeton University seniors Ceymi Doenyas and Cristina Martinez have been awarded 2012 fellowships from ReachOut 56-81-06, an alumni-funded effort to support yearlong public service projects after graduation.

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Lecture focuses on DNA clues into large mammal extinction

Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · Friend Center Auditorium

The extinction of large mammals will be the subject of the lecture "What Killed the Giant Mammals? Insights From Ancient DNA" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, in the Friend Center Auditorium. Speaker Beth Shapiro, an associate professor of biology at the University of California-Santa Cruz, specializes in ancient DNA and the genetics of Ice Age plants and animals.

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Festival will feature adventure sport films

Friday and Saturday, April 20-21, 2012, 7 p.m. · McCosh Hall, Room 10

The Banff Mountain Film Festival, which will feature mountain and adventure sport films, will be held from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 20-21, in McCosh Hall, Room 10. The festival is sponsored by the University's Outdoor Action Program and Blue Ridge Mountain Sports. Students may purchase tickets in advance for $10 on the University Ticketing website or by calling 609-258-9220. Any remaining tickets will be available at the event for $15.

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Gastfriend awarded Truman Scholarship for public service pursuits

Princeton University junior Daniel Gastfriend has been awarded a 2012 Truman Scholarship, which provides up to $30,000 for graduate study.

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Princeternship program connects students to careers through alumni

From working at an auction house to meeting government leaders, Princeton University undergraduates participating in the Office of Career Services' Princeternship program explore potential careers by getting an inside look at the jobs of alumni.

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Princeton investigation finds no evidence to back animal research allegations

An internal investigation by Princeton University has found no evidence to support allegations about noncompliance in animal care at the University that were made by an animal rights group last September. The inquiry by a subcommittee of the University's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) was launched in response to the allegations, which were based on an anonymous statement.

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Study reveals impact of socioeconomic factors on the racial gap in life expectancy

A Princeton University report reveals that disparities in socioeconomic characteristics can account for 80 percent of the life-expectancy divide between black and white men, and for 70 percent of the imbalance between black and white women. The study is one of the first to put a number on how much of the divide can be attributed to racial differences in factors such as income, education and marital status.

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Civil war and democracy are subject of Bermeo lecture

Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · Burr Hall, Room 216

Nancy Bermeo, the Nuffield Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Oxford, will give a talk titled “From Armies to Parties: Civil War and New Democracies” at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, in Burr Hall, Room 216.

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Yamaoka to speak on China and World Trade Organization

Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · Burr Hall, Room 216

Tokio Yamaoka, of Customs and the Ministry of Finance in Japan and a visiting professional specialist in the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, will give a talk titled "Analysis of China's Accession Commitments to the WTO: New Taxonomy of More and Less Stringent Commitments and the Struggle for Mitigation by China" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, in Burr Hall, Room 216.

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Bibas' book on criminal justice is subject of panel discussion

Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · Lewis Library, Room 120

A panel discussion focusing on "The Machinery of Criminal Justice," a new book by University of Pennsylvania Law School professor Stephanos Bibas, will be held at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, in Lewis Library, Room 120.

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Princeton University Opera to perform 'Albert Herring'

Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14, 2012, 8 p.m. · Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

The Princeton University Opera will perform Benjamin Britten's "Albert Herring," directed by Gabriel Crouch, at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14 in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.

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Photographer Sheikh to give talk

Thursday, April 12, 2012, 5 p.m. · McCosh Hall, Room 10

Photographer Fazal Sheikh, a 1987 Princeton alumnus, will give a talk on the portraits he has taken over the last two decades and on his recent project in Israel and the West Bank at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in McCosh Hall, Room 10.

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Poet Ruefle, novelist Smiley and student Liuzzi to read

Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · McCosh Hall, Room 50

Poet Mary Ruefle, novelist Jane Smiley and Princeton senior Cara Liuzzi will read from their work at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, in McCosh Hall, Room 50, as part of the Althea Ward Clark W'21 Reading Series at the Lewis Center for the Arts.

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Video feature: Roommates

Before starting freshman year, each incoming student is asked to fill out a detailed questionnaire asking questions such as, "Are you an early riser?" or "Do you consider yourself organized and neat?" in relation their living habits.

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Roommates at Princeton

Roommate advice from Freshmen and Senior class members.

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Politics of race is topic of discussion

Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · McCormick Hall, Room 106

A conversation titled "'Enabling Violations': Race, Theater and Experimentation" will be held between Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas, founder of Fulcrum Theater, and Young Jean Lee, founder of Young Jean Lee Theater Company, at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, in McCormick Hall, Room 106.

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FBI's You to discuss research institutions' role in biosecurity

Friday, April 20, 2012, 12:30 p.m. · Icahn Laboratory, Room 280

Edward You, a supervisory special agent in the FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate in the Biological Countermeasures Unit, will speak on “Addressing Biosecurity: Roles and Responsibilities of the Research and Security Communities” at 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, in Icahn Laboratory, Room 280.

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L'Avant-Scène to perform Ionesco drama

Thursday, April 5 and Saturday, April 7, 2012, various times · Matthews Acting Studio, 185 Nassau St.

The French theater workshop L'Avant-Scène will perform the absurdist drama "Le Roi se meurt" by Eugène Ionesco at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 5, and at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 7, in the Matthews Acting Studio, 185 Nassau St.

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