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Archive – August, 2012

Opening Exercises ceremony marks start of year

Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, 3 p.m. · University Chapel

The University will mark the beginning of the academic year with Opening Exercises at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, in the University Chapel.

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Mass notification system sound tests scheduled

The University will conduct final sound testing of a campus mass notification system starting Tuesday, Sept. 4. The testing will occur between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., and may occur over four days.

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Historian and writer to discuss women under the new Egyptian regime

Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, 5 p.m. · 185 Nassau St., Stewart Theater

"A Conversation on Women and the Revolution in Egypt," with Margot Badran of the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, and Yasmine El Rashidi, a Cairo-based writer and 2012-13 Hodder Fellow at the Lewis Center for the Arts, will take place at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, in the Stewart Theater, 185 Nassau St. The event is part of "The Fertile Crescent," a regionwide, multidimensional project focusing on contemporary women artists, writers, filmmakers, composers and performers from the Middle East and the Middle East diaspora.

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eLab accelerates student entrepreneurship

On the inaugural eLab Demo Day on Aug. 15, about 150 business people from the Princeton area and beyond listened attentively as four teams of Princeton students and recent graduates presented the ventures they had worked on intensively over the summer, the capstone of a new entrepreneurship program offered by the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education.

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$3 million in federal funds to enhance climate science, education

The Cooperative Institute for Climate Science (CICS) at Princeton University recently received more than $3 million in new federal funding intended to support climate science and education.

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Perry to give Constitution Day lecture on Frederick Douglass

Thursday, 
Sept. 13, 2012, 
4:30 p.m. · 
Robertson Hall, Dodds Auditorium


For the University's annual Constitution Day Lecture, Imani Perry, a Princeton professor of African American studies, will give a talk titled " The Belief in Things Unseen: Frederick Douglass and the Constitutional Imagination" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, in Dodds Auditorium , Robertson Hall. The respondents, both Princeton faculty members, will be Robert George, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and professor of politics; and Nell Painter, the Edwards Professor of American History, Emeritus.

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PPPL-designed coils arrive in Germany for fusion experiment

Engineers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have designed and delivered to Germany two critical components for a major device to develop fusion power.

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PLOrk performs 'A Horde of Premieres and Pianos'

The Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk) performed seven new works in a show titled "A Horde of Premieres and Pianos" earlier this year.

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Video feature: PLOrk performs 'A Horde of Premieres and Pianos'

Over the seven years since its founding, the Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk) has inspired the formation of laptop orchestras around the world and has performed at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York City. This spring, PLOrk returned to Princeton's Richardson Auditorium to perform seven new works in a show titled "A Horde of Premieres and Pianos."

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Telephone facilities being repaired-UPDATED

Repairs have been completed and telephone service has been restored as of 2:45 p.m. Tuesday. Crews are working to repair a problem with the telephone facilities connecting the University to the public network. Until the problem is corrected, there will be limited circuits available to make or receive calls to or from non-University numbers.

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Fleming named valedictorian, Butterworth selected as salutatorian

Nathaniel Fleming, a psychology major from Eugene, Ore., has been selected as valedictorian of Princeton University's Class of 2012. Elizabeth Butterworth, a classics major from Auburn, Mass., has been named the Latin salutatorian.

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Video-gaming fish play out the advantages of groups

Princeton University researchers designed a video game for predatory fish that has unraveled some lingering evolutionary questions about group formation and movement in animals.

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First X, Then Y, Now Z: Landmark Thematic Maps

The modern concept of map "layers," from weather to traffic, rests upon centuries of experimentation in what makes an intuitive and informative graphic. Opening on Aug. 24 in the main exhibition gallery of Firestone Library, "First X, Then Y, Now Z: Landmark Thematic Maps" examines the early history of thematic mapping — layering alternate content (Z) on top of geographic space (X and Y).

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High school students learn journalism and more in Princeton summer program

For 11 intense and enlightening days in August, a select group of high school seniors came to the Princeton campus to explore the craft of journalism and be introduced to the intellectual rigors of college life.

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Scientist finds new way to predict heat layer troublemaker in fusion research

A top scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has developed a model for predicting the outflow of heat during fusion experiments, which may help overcome a key barrier to the fusion process.

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Princeton study reveals the brain's mysterious switchboard operator

Princeton University researchers report that a mysterious region deep in the human brain could be where we sort through the onslaught of stimuli from the outside world and focus on the information most important to our behavior and survival.

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Ai Weiwei sculpture installation time-lapse video

Time-lapse images show the work involved in setting up the "Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads" sculptures outside Robertson Hall.

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Video feature: Visually capturing the installation of Ai Weiwei sculptures on campus

How do you capture the work it takes to install 12 dramatic sculptures depicting the Chinese zodiac? When "Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads" by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was set up on Scudder Plaza on the Princeton campus on July 30 and 31, a photography crew recorded a series of time-lapse sequences of the installation from more than 50 angles with three cameras, some of them firing simultaneously. In all, the cameras took 3,315 images.

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High school students get glimpse of lab life through summer program

Collaboration and hands-on work are instrumental to lab research, 45 high school students are discovering at Princeton this summer. Through the University's Laboratory Learning Program, the students are exploring many ways to be inspired by science.

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Exhibit showcases women's art in today's Fertile Crescent

Monday, Aug. 20, through Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012 · Robertson Hall, Bernstein Gallery

Works from seven contemporary feminist artists will be on display in "The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art and Society," part of a regionwide, multidimensional project focusing on contemporary women artists, writers, filmmakers, composers and performers from the Middle East and the Middle East diaspora. The exhibit is open Monday, Aug. 20, through Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Bernstein Gallery in Robertson Hall. The gallery is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For a weekend appointment, contact Kate Somers at 609-497-2441.

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Olympics Update: Princetonians win medals

The journey to the Olympics takes many paths. Just ask Donn Cabral and Katie and Julia Reinprecht, three of the 16 Princetonians who will compete at the London games through Aug. 12.

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Video feature: '24 Hours at Princeton University'

The video "24 Hours at Princeton University" reflects how the appearance of more than a dozen campus locations evolves from dawn to dusk.

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'24 Hours at Princeton University'

This video reflects how the appearance of more than a dozen campus locations evolves from dawn to dusk.

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Employee retirements: July-August 2012

The following is an updated list of University employee retirements.

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Employee obituaries: July-August 2012

The following is an updated list of University employee obituaries.

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Campus vigil planned for victims of Wisconsin shooting

Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, 8 p.m. · Robertson Hall

A vigil to remember the victims of a deadly shooting rampage at The Sikh Temple of Wisconsin will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, by the fountain outside the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Robertson Hall.   Activities will include lighting candles in memory of those killed at the gurudwara in suburban Milwaukee on Sunday. Further information is available on a Facebook page created for the vigil.

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College prep program's alumni spend summer working and learning on campus

The 74 high school students participating in the Princeton University Preparatory Program's (PUPP) summer institute have spent the past six weeks building up academic and life skills designed to help the high-achieving, low-income students succeed in college.

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Princeton Slavicist and gifted linguist Burgi dies

Richard Burgi, Princeton University professor emeritus of Slavic languages and literatures, died of natural causes July 26 in Athens. Remembered for his deep understanding of Russian poetry as well as Hellenic studies, he also was known as a mentor to many students. He was 90.

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Ethiopian Castles, Monasteries and More

Photographs by Wendy Laura Belcher capture castles, monasteries and more scenes from Ethiopia.

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Belcher: Perspective on ancient Ethiopian texts

In 2011, Wendy Laura Belcher, an assistant professor of comparative literature and African American studies, spent a year in Ethiopia on a Fulbright fellowship researching ancient manuscripts illuminating the lives of women now regarded as saints in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, which dates back to the fourth century.

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Students showcase startups at inaugural eLab Demo Day

Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, 4 p.m. · Friend Center Convocation Room

Princeton students will present their entrepreneurial pursuits to investors and fellow entrepreneurs during the inaugural eLab Demo Day at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, in the Friend Center Convocation Room. The demo day is the culmination of eLab, a 10-week summer program hosted by Princeton's Keller Center intended to help students cultivate startup ideas. Registration is required for demo day; RSVP to Stephanie Landers at slanders@princeton.edu by Aug. 13.

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