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Archive – December, 2012

Lecture to focus on slavery, conversion as empires meet

Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · Burr Hall, Room 216

Alison Frank Johnson, a professor of history and associate director of the Center for History and Economics at Harvard University, will speak on "The Strange, Sad Case of Mara Illic: Slavery and Conversion at the Meeting of Two Empires," at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, in Burr Hall, Room 216. The event is presented by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies' research community "Empires: Domination, Collaboration and Resistance."

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Multimedia: 'Finding the Enduring Shield of Princeton'

The Princeton University shield appears in a variety of forms throughout the campus.

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Video feature: 'Finding the Enduring Shield of Princeton'

The Princeton University shield has a widespread presence throughout the campus. With a keen eye, one can catch a glimpse of this icon in campus architecture — from interiors to facades — and it also adorns sport venues, commercial items, publications and more. Whether small or large, sculptural, carved, or printed in ink, the University shield serves as an emblem of Princeton's rich traditions.

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Early morning at Princeton

Inspired by Princeton University's 2012-13 "Admission Viewbook," this collection of photos reflects the quiet calm across campus as faculty, staff and students prepare for the promise of each day.

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PPPL teams with South Korea on the forerunner of a commercial fusion power station

The U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has joined forces with researchers in South Korea to develop a pre-conceptual design for a pioneering fusion facility in that Asian nation. The proposed device, called K-DEMO, could be completed in the mid- to late 2030s as the final step before construction of a commercial fusion power plant that would produce clean and abundant energy for generating electricity.

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Science of light — and pickles — illuminate the holidays

Children let out "oohs" and "ahhs" the moment the big gas flame hit samples of lithium, sodium, copper and phosphorus on a lab table at Princeton University. It was just the reaction that Professor Howard Stone was seeking. Stone, the Donald R. Dixon '69 and Elizabeth W. Dixon Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton, was leading the fourth annual Holiday Science Lecture for a packed audience of parents and children in McDonnell Hall on Saturday, Dec. 15.

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Arts and Transit plans approved; construction to begin in 2013

The Regional Planning Board of Princeton approved Princeton University's proposed Arts and Transit neighborhood plan at a meeting Tuesday, Dec. 18, by a vote of 9-1. The approval clears the way for the University to break ground in early 2013.

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Peter B. Kenen, Princeton professor and leading international economist, dies

Peter B. Kenen, a leading international economist and an expert on the Eurozone, died at his home in Princeton late Monday night, Dec. 17.

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Wilderness First Responder Course will be offered

Sunday-Sunday, Jan. 27-Feb. 3, 2012, various times · Jadwin Hall, Room A06

A Wilderness First Responder Course, which will teach advanced first aid, will be offered Sunday, Jan. 27-Sunday, Feb. 3, in Jadwin Hall, Room A06. Class will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Jan. 27, and then daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The last day of class on Feb. 3 will end at noon. Registration is $495 for students with Princeton University ID and $650 for University faculty, staff and general public. Members of the University community should register with their Net ID via the Outdoor Action Program website at, while the public should register by contacting Outdoor Action directly at or 609-258-6230.

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Candlelight vigil will remember Newtown shooting victims

Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, 5:30 p.m. · Palmer Square

An interfaith gathering to remember the victims of the Dec. 14 Newtown, Conn., school shooting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, Palmer Square in Princeton. Religious and civic leaders from Princeton University, Princeton Borough and Princeton Township will lead the candlelight vigil. The event is sponsored by Princeton University's Office of Religious Life, the Princeton Clergy Association, Fellowship in Prayer, Palmer Square Management and the Nassau Inn.

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Princeton offers early action admission to 697 students for Class of 2017

Princeton University has offered admission to 697 students from a pool of 3,810 candidates who applied through single-choice early action for the Class of 2017.

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Conference explores ways to nurture diversity on campus

From improving financial aid to cultivating leaders who value different people and viewpoints, the Princeton University conference "Diversity on Campus: Practices, Policies and Culture" examined a spectrum of ways to promote diversity within higher education.

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The best-laid plans: How we update our goals based on new information

Humans are adept at setting goals and updating them as new situations arise — for example, a person who is playing a video game may switch to a new goal when their phone rings. Now, Princeton University researchers have identified mechanisms that govern how the brain incorporates information about new situations into our existing goals, according to research recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

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Mass notification system sound tests scheduled

The University will conduct sound testing of the new University campus mass notification system starting Monday, Dec. 17. The testing will occur between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., and may take place over three days.

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Exploring the crossroads of genetics and policy

"Genes and Justice." That unexpected combination of words led to the "question of the day" that lit up on a screen in front of 26 Princeton undergraduates: "What changes in policy and society, if any, are needed to ensure that genetic evidence produces true justice?" The course where the question is being posed is "Modern Genetics and Public Policy," which is being taught for the first time this semester by Shirley M. Tilghman, president of Princeton University, and Keith Wailoo, the Townsend Martin Professor of history and public affairs.

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Burstein selected to be next president of Lawrence University

Mark Burstein, Princeton University's executive vice president, has been named the next president of Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis. Lawrence announced his appointment Dec. 13.

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Scalia favors 'enduring,' not living, Constitution

In a lighthearted, plainspoken talk at Princeton University, Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia discussed his judicial philosophy of reading the U.S. Constitution on its textual basis and original meaning. "The fairest reading of the text is what the law means," he said Monday, Dec. 10, to an audience of more than 700 at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall.

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Students to perform recital

Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, 7:30 p.m. · Fine Hall, Taplin Auditorium

Violinist Dean Wang and pianist Jeff Li, who are both seniors pursuing certificates in musical performance, will present a free recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, in Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall. The program includes Bach's Sonata No. 3 in C Major for Solo Violin, and Beethoven's Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano, Op. 47.

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Sinfonia to present concert

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, 7:30 p.m. · Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

The Princeton University Sinfonia will perform "Winter Symphonic Celebration" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. The program will include works by Mozart and Tchaikovsky, as well as "Ballade" by Frank Martin, featuring sophomore Jamie Chong, winner of the 2012 Sinfonia Concerto Competition, on flute. Tickets are available by calling University ticketing at 609-258-9220 or in person at the Frist Campus Center Box Office.

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Student musicians to perform jazz program

Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, 8 p.m. · Fine Hall, Taplin Auditorium

Students enrolled in the course "Projects in Jazz Performance," taught by visiting lecturer James Ridl, will present a free jazz concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 in Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall.

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Princeton University Ballet to perform winter show

Tuesday and Thursday, Dec. 11 and 13, 2012, 8 and 10 p.m. · Frist Campus Center Theater

The Princeton University Ballet will present its winter show, "NUTZ," a one-hour production featuring excerpts from "The Nutcracker," as well as original choreography by students and guest artists, at 8 and 10 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, Dec. 11 and 13, in the Frist Campus Center Theater. Tickets are available by calling University ticketing at 609-258-9220 or in person at the Frist Campus Center Box Office.

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Holiday Science Lecture focuses on light and color

Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. · McDonnell Hall, Room A02

The 2012 Princeton University Holiday Science Lecture will focus on the science of light and color, and the importance of both in our lives at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, in McDonnell Hall, Room A02. The lecture is presented by the Princeton Center for Complex Materials Education Outreach.

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Tiny structure gives big boost to solar power

Princeton researchers led by electrical engineer Stephen Chou have found a simple and economical way to nearly triple the efficiency of organic solar cells, the cheap and flexible plastic devices that many scientists believe could be the future of solar power.

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'Devising Theater With Youth'

In the "Devising Theater With Youth" course offered this semester, Princeton students are working with children in an on-campus after-school program to produce a play.

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Video feature: 'Devising Theater With Youth'

The Princeton University Program in Theater, in partnership with Community House and the Community-Based Learning Initiative, is offering the course "Devising Theater With Youth" this semester as part of a continuing effort to expose students to the broadest possible range of performance theory and practice. This course serves as an example of the Lewis Center for the Arts' commitment to encouraging undergraduates to think critically about the role of the arts in community and civic engagement.

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Princeton graduate student Jessica Bongiovanni dies

Princeton University doctoral student Jessica Bongiovanni died Dec. 2 at the Kimball Medical Center in Lakewood, N.J., of complications from cancer. She was 25.

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Mamdani lecture to focus on settler colonialism

Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, 5 p.m. · McCosh Hall, Room 10

Mahmood Mamdani, the Herbert Lehman Professor of Government at Columbia University and professor and director of the Makerere Institute of Social Research at Makerere University in Uganda, will present the 10th annual Edward W. Said '57 Memorial Lecture on "Settler Colonialism: Then and Now" at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, in McCosh Hall, Room 10.

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Two seniors named Sachs Scholars

Two seniors with track records of achievement in academics and research have been named recipients of the Daniel M. Sachs Class of 1960 Graduating Scholarship, one of the highest awards given to Princeton undergraduates.

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Janeway to speak on innovation economy

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, 6 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Room 002

William Janeway, a senior adviser at Warburg Pincus, a member of the Bendheim Center for Finance's advisory council and a member of Princeton's Class of 1965, will speak on his new book, "Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy," at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, in Robertson Hall, Room 002.  

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Football in America is subject of lecture

Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, 7:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Dodds Auditorium

Mark Edmundson, professor of English at the University of Virginia, will speak about "Terrible Beauty: Football in America," at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. The lecture is part of the Jack McCandless '51 Princeton Varsity Club Speaker Series.

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Glee Club to perform Latin American holiday concert

Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, 3 p.m. · Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

The Princeton University Glee Club will present "A Holiday Celebration of Latin American Music," featuring folkloric and classical traditions that have shaped choral music in South America since the early 17th century, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, in Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium.

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Creative writing students to read from their work

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, 5:15 p.m. · Chancellor Green Rotunda

Students in the Lewis Center for the Arts' Program in Creative Writing will present new work — including fiction, poetry, nonfiction, screenwriting and literary translation — in a reading at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, in Chancellor Green Rotunda.

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Resident choreographers to present works-in-progress

Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, 6:30 p.m. · 185 Nassau St., Hagan Dance Studio

Choreographers Ann Carlson, Sharon Moore and Aynsley Vandenbroucke will present their works-in-progress, as well as discuss their current artistic undertakings, as part of the Program in Dance's "Choreographers in Residence and Conversation" series at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, in the Hagan Dance Studio, 185 Nassau St.

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Orchestra to perform classical and new work

Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8, 2012, 7:30 p.m. · Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

The Princeton University Orchestra closes the fall semester with performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. The program includes masterpieces by Bartók and Strauss performed by sophomore Caitlin Wood and senior Max Jacobson, student winners of the 2012 Concerto Competition, as well as the world premiere of "Dragon Mother" by graduate student composer Gilad Cohen. Tickets are available by calling University ticketing at 609-258-9220.

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Rock ensemble to present winter show

Thursday and Friday, Dec. 6 and 7, 2012, 9 p.m. · Frist Campus Center Theater

The Princeton University Rock Ensemble, also known as PURE, will present its winter show "Plug In," featuring pieces from all eras of rock music history, from the 1960 to the present, at 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 6 and 7, in the Frist Campus Center Theater. Tickets are available by calling University ticketing at 609-258-9220 or in person at the Frist Campus Center Ticket Office.

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Senior theater certificate students to present 'Kiss Me, Kate'

Thursday and Friday, Dec. 6 and 7, 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, 2 p.m. · 185 Nassau St., Matthews Acting Studio

The Lewis Center for the Arts' Program in Theater will present a concert version of Cole Porter's classic "play-within-a-play" musical "Kiss Me, Kate" at 8:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 6 and 7, and at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in the Matthews Acting Studio, 185 Nassau St. The production represents the senior thesis projects of theater certificate students Brad Wilson, who directs, and Catherine Cohen, who stars as Lilli. Tickets are available by calling University ticketing at 609-258-9220 or in person at the Frist Campus Center Ticket Office.

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diSiac Dance Company to present 'Rush'

Thursday and Friday, Dec. 6 and 7, 2012, 7 and 10 p.m. · McCarter Theatre Center, Berlind Theatre

The diSaic Dance Company, which focuses on hip-hop and lyrical/contemporary dance styles as well as other forms of performance and movement, will present "Rush" at 7 and 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 6 and 7, in the Berlind Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center.

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University invited to attend Dec. 10 CPUC meeting

Monday, Dec. 10. 2012, 4:30 p.m. · East Pyne, Room 10

The Council of the Princeton University Community will meet at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, in East Pyne, Room 10. All members of the University community are invited to attend. Agenda items include brief remarks from Dean of the School of Architecture Alejandro Zaera-Polo and a report on Career Services at Princeton led by Director of Career Services Beverly Hamilton-Chandler.

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University celebrates Princeton inventions

Princeton-led discoveries show up not only on the pages of scientific journals — they are also on the shelves of major retailers. At the Celebrate Princeton Invention reception Nov. 29, the University honored its faculty, staff and student inventors for their role in technology transfer — which includes patenting and licensing of inventions — to bring research innovations to the marketplace.

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Video feature: 'Three Students'

Princeton University attracts a diverse mix of students with a wide variety of interests and talent. This video features three Princeton students who are pursuing their passions in distinctive ways.

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'Three Students'

These three Princeton students are pursuing their passions in distinctive ways.

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Holiday outreach initiatives planned

Dec. 7-19, 2012, various times · Various locations

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

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