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Archive – June, 2013

Award-winning photographer and educator Sarah Charlesworth dies

Sarah Charlesworth, a Princeton University professor in the Program in Visual Arts and an award-winning photographic artist, died suddenly at her home in Connecticut on June 26. She was 66.

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University selects U-NOW as child care provider for future on-campus center

Princeton University has selected U-NOW Day Nursery to provide child care for a new full-day, on-campus child care center that is anticipated to open in about four years. The new center will serve around 150 to 180 children from infants to age 5 and will be available to children of University faculty, staff and graduate students.

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'A Year in Review: 2012-13'

The academic year at Princeton starts in the warmth of September as new and returning students come to campus full of aspirations. Over the next several months, the campus is a hive of activity, as students study, pursue extracurricular interests and build friendships. In June, under the shady trees in front of Nassau Hall, the year comes to a close as new graduates leave campus and head out into the world.

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Video feature: 'A Year in Review: 2012-13'

The academic year at Princeton starts in the warmth of September as new and returning students come to campus full of aspirations. Over the next several months, the campus is a hive of activity, as students study, pursue extracurricular interests and build friendships. In June, under the shady trees in front of Nassau Hall, the year comes to a close as new graduates leave campus and head out into the world.

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FACULTY HONOR: Wuthnow elected member of the American Philosophical Society

Princeton professor Robert Wuthnow was among 34 new members recently elected to the American Philosophical Society, the nation's oldest scholarly organization. Wuthnow, the Gerhard R. Andlinger '52 Professor of Social Sciences and a professor of sociology, was inducted into the society's social sciences class. Lewis Lockwood, who earned his Ph.D. in music from Princeton in 1960, was inducted into the humanities class. Lockwood is the Fanny Peabody Professor of Music Emeritus at Harvard University. Candidates for APS membership are nominated by existing members and elected for extraordinary accomplishments in their fields.

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Faculty and staff blood drive will be held

Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. · Frist Campus Center, Rooms 307 and 309

A faculty and staff blood drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, in the Frist Campus Center, Rooms 307 and 309. Appointments may be made in advance on the Red Cross website.

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FACULTY AWARD: Three Princeton researchers receive Blavatnik honors

Two Princeton University professors were among five faculty to receive a 2013 Regional Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists, which recognizes outstanding work in mathematics, engineering and the life and physical sciences by researchers under the age of 42 working in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. David Blei, an associate professor of computer science, and Frans Pretorius, a professor of physics, were recognized for their work in computer science and astrophysics, respectively. In addition, postdoctoral research Mariangela Lisanti, in the Princeton Center for Theoretical Science, was named a postdoctoral finalist for her work in nuclear and particle physics. The award is supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation and presented by the New York Academy of Sciences.

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'The 19th President'

Shirley M. Tilghman and members of the University community look back on her accomplishments over her 12 years as the 19th president of the University. 

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Video feature: Looking back on 12 years of Tilghman's presidency at Princeton

Shirley M. Tilghman, who took office on June 15, 2001, will step down as president of Princeton University with the close of the academic year on Sunday. In this video, Tilghman looks back on her accomplishments over her 12 years as the 19th president of the University and looks ahead to returning to the faculty after a year's sabbatical.

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Fire suppression drill set for Sunday, June 23

The Princeton Fire Department will conduct a simulated fire suppression operation drill on Sunday, June 23, at Fine Hall, near the corner of Washington Road and Ivy Lane. The drill will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude around 1 p.m.

Any member of the campus community who has questions or concerns should contact the Department of Public Safety at 609-258-1000.

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FACULTY AWARD: Botstein shares 2013 Warren Alpert Prize for genome research

David Botstein, Princeton University's Anthony B. Evnin '62 Professor of Genomics and director of the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, is a recipient of the 2013 Warren Alpert Foundation Prize in recognition for his work that helped establish a framework for the Human Genome Project. Botstein shares the $250,000 prize with Stanford University School of Medicine faculty members Ronald Davis and David Hogness. In 1980, Botstein and Davis published a conceptual breakthrough that gave researchers the tools to trace and map out the genetic inheritance of disease in humans. Hogness' work provided the means of identifying the precise physical location of genes of interest on chromosomes. The recipients will be honored at a symposium on Thursday, Oct. 3, at Harvard Medical School.

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An unusual partnership takes fruit: Student artists exhibit works inspired by PPPL

Artist Josephine Halvorson and her Princeton University art class were a startling sight in the cavernous warehouse of a basement in the old motor generator site at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. This spring, in the bowels of a state-of-the-art scientific research institution, Halvorson and her students spent many hours over several weeks painting stunningly beautiful works based on not-so-beautiful objects: metal beams and grates and even an old telephone booth.

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Princeton Summer Theater spotlights the 'extraordinary in the ordinary'

Each summer, Princeton Summer Theater takes on the Herculean task of presenting four plays in eight weeks. The 45th season, which embraces the theme of finding the extraordinary in the ordinary, includes the musical "She Loves Me," the tragicomedy "Crimes of the Heart," the Hitchcock spoof "The 39 Steps," and the Tony-nominated Iraq war story "Time Stands Still."

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Learning continues on Princeton campus with summer outreach programs

Students of all ages and teachers from New Jersey and beyond will be engaged in a summer of learning on the Princeton campus, taking part in outreach programs on subjects ranging from entrepreneurship and plasma physics to Renaissance art and journalism.

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FACULTY HONOR: Ostriker named White House Champion of Change

Jeremiah Ostriker, Princeton University's Charles A. Young Professor of Astronomy on the Class of 1897 Foundation, Emeritus, is among 13 people to be honored at the White House June 20 as a Champion of Change, which recognizes those who use open scientific data to promote scientific and social progress. Ostriker will be recognized for his research and influence in theoretical astronomy, particularly the aspects of interstellar medium, galaxies, quasars and cosmology that can be approached best by large-scale numerical calculations. Ostriker was among the first to show the prevalence of dark matter in the universe and to explain its role in the universe's expansion. He also helped initiate the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, which openly provided an enormous and diverse amount of astronomical data to the scientific community. The honoring ceremony can be viewed live on the White House website at 1 p.m. June 20.

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FACULTY HONOR: Bassler elected associate member of European Molecular Biology Organization

Bonnie Bassler, Princeton University's Squibb Professor in Molecular Biology and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, was among 52 life-sciences researchers elected to the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO). Bassler and nine other researchers from outside Europe were named associate members of EMBO, which works to encourage promising researchers and foster a supportive, cooperative research environment in Europe. EMBO members provide suggestions and feedback on the organization's activities and help mentor young scientists.

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Princeton Summer Theater to present 'She Loves Me'

Thursday, June 20, through Sunday, June 30, 2013, various times · Murray-Dodge Hall, Hamilton Murray Theater

Princeton Summer Theater, the student-run theater company, will open its 2013 season with "She Loves Me," a musical love story set in 1930s Budapest, at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 20, through Sunday, June 30, in Hamilton Murray Theater, Murray-Dodge Hall. There will be two matinees each weekend at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are available by calling 877-238-5596, online at www.SmartTix.com, or at the box office 45 minutes before each performance.

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Summer performances offered at Richardson

Wednesday, June 19, through Monday, July 15, 2013, 8 p.m. · Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

Princeton University Summer Chamber Concerts will present the following performances at 8 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall:

• Wednesday, June 19: Jasper String Quartet • Thursday, June 27: Dorian Wind Quintet • Tuesday, July 2: Amphion String Quartet • Monday, July 15: Trio Cavatino

Free tickets (maximum of four per person) may be picked up at the Richardson Auditorium ticket office beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the evening of each performance.  

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'Council on Science and Technology'

At the intersection of Princeton's roles as a research institution and a liberal arts college, the Council on Science and Technology promotes the development of courses in science and engineering for students concentrating in humanities and the social sciences, so that they are scientifically literate citizens able to assess the technological and scientific issues of the day.

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Video feature: 'Council on Science and Technology'

At the intersection of Princeton's roles as a research institution and a liberal arts college, the Council on Science and Technology promotes the development of courses in science and engineering for students concentrating in humanities and the social sciences. This video highlights the council's mission to help ensure that all Princeton students graduate as scientifically literate citizens able to assess the technological and scientific issues of the day.

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Is there an invisible tug-of-war behind bad hearts and power outages?

Researchers from Princeton University and Germany's Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization report the first purely physical experimental evidence that an invisible and chaotic tug-of-war known as a chimera state could occur naturally within any process that relies on spontaneous synchronization, including clock pendulums, power grids and heart valves.

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Faculty members submit resignations

Nine faculty members have submitted their resignations.

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Faculty chosen for endowed professorships

Seven faculty members have been named to endowed professorships, effective July 1, 2013, except where noted.

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Employee obituaries: April-June 2013

The following is an updated list of University employee obituaries.

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Board approves 15 faculty promotions

The Board of Trustees has approved the promotions of 15 faculty members, all effective July 1, 2013.

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Employee retirements: April-June 2013

The following is an updated list of University employee retirements.

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Employee spotlight: Kathleen 'Kate' Braunstein

Employee spotlight on Kathleen "Kate" Braunstein, budget analyst in the budget office in the Office of Finance and Treasury.

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Weekend substitute bus service to run between Princeton and Princeton Junction

On the weekends of June 15-16 and June 22-23, buses will replace the rail shuttle service between Princeton and Princeton Junction Station due to construction of the new Princeton Station.

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Board approves 19 faculty appointments

The Princeton University Board of Trustees has approved the appointments of 19 faculty members, including four full professors, one associate professor, and 14 assistant professors.

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FACULTY AWARD: Princeton's Witten named 2013 Pew Scholar

Ilana Witten, a Princeton University assistant professor of psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, was named a 2013 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences for her ongoing work to identify the neural mechanisms behind working memory.

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Princeton researchers help protect New York from climate change

Four Princeton University researchers took part in the June 11 report, "A Stronger, More Resilient New York," a comprehensive analysis of New York City's climate risks and proposed steps for preparing for future climate events.

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Gordin illuminates history through the overlooked and unexplored

Professor Michael Gordin illuminates the history of science and language by exploring the overlooked, the misunderstood and the unusual.

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Currie highlights importance of 'Big Data' for child-health research

Princeton University professor Janet Currie describes the importance of providing researchers access to 'Big Data' while safeguarding patient privacy.

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McCarter Theatre Center wins Tony Award for Best Play

At the 67th annual Tony Awards on June 9, in front of a packed audience at Radio City Music Hall and 7.24 million television viewers worldwide, actor Jesse Eisenberg announced the winner of the award for Best Play: "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike." The play, written by Christopher Durang and directed by Nicholas Martin, had its world premiere at McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton. Emily Mann, artistic director of McCarter, accepted the award. McCarter Theatre and the University have a longstanding artistic and academic relationship that began in the 1930s, when McCarter originated as a playhouse for Princeton's Triangle Club.

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Thirty-two faculty members transfer to emeritus status

Thirty-two Princeton University faculty members were transferred to emeritus status in recent action by the Board of Trustees. All are effective July 1, 2013, except where noted.

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Eisgruber invites Class of 2017 to join him in reading Appiah book

Provost and President-elect Christopher L. Eisgruber has given members of Princeton's Class of 2017 their first assignment. Eisgruber, who will become president of the University July 1, has asked incoming freshmen to read the book "The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen" by Princeton professor Kwame Anthony Appiah as part of an introduction to the intellectual life of the University.

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UPDATE: Campus reopens after bomb threat

6:25 P.M. UPDATE -- Princeton University reopened its campus at 6:25 p.m. Tuesday, about eight hours after students, faculty and staff were evacuated because of a bomb threat. The University received a phone call from someone who said multiple bomb...

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BOMB THREAT ON CAMPUS; evacuate immediately

There has been a bomb threat to multiple unspecified campus buildings. Please evacuate the campus and all University offices immediately and go home unless otherwise directed by your supervisor.

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'Looking Back: Reunions and Commencement 2013'

With hugs and laughs, humor and nostalgia, parades and processions and traditions, Princeton University students, alumni and their families recently celebrated Reunions and graduation activities.

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Video feature: 'Looking Back: Reunions and Commencement 2013'

With hugs and laughs, humor and nostalgia, parades and processions and traditions, Princeton University students, alumni and their families recently celebrated Reunions and graduation activities.

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Eight named to Princeton Board of Trustees

Princeton University has named eight new members to its Board of Trustees, effective July 1. The new trustees are: Katherine Brittain Bradley, who was elected by the board to serve for eight years as charter trustee; Denny Chin, Arminio Fraga and Margarita Rosa, who were elected by the board to serve for four years as term trustees; Victoria Bjorklund, Steven Leach and Sheryl WuDunn, who were elected by alumni to serve four years as alumni trustees; and Kanwal Matharu, who was elected by the junior, senior and two youngest alumni classes to serve four years as young alumni trustee.

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FACULTY AWARD: Homes receives Women's Fiction Prize

A.M. Homes, a lecturer in creative writing and the Lewis Center for the Arts, has been awarded the Women's Fiction Prize for her novel "May We Be Forgiven." The prize, previously known as the Orange Prize for Fiction, is given annually to the best novel of the year written in English by a woman. The award, which is accompanied by a £30,000 prize [around $46,600], was presented to Homes in London on June 5.

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Carillon concerts planned through summer

Sundays, June 30, through Sept. 1, 2013, 1 p.m. · Graduate College, Cleveland Tower

The University's 21st annual Summer Carillon Series, featuring carillonneurs from around the United States and abroad, will be held at 1 p.m. each Sunday from June 30 through Sept. 1 at Cleveland Tower on the Graduate College campus.

The concerts are performed on the University's renowned Class of 1892 Bells, the fifth largest carillon in the country and one of the top 10 in size worldwide. The carillon's 67 bronze bells were cast in England, France and the Netherlands. Concerts are held rain or shine.

Dates and performances include:

June 30: Janet Tebbel, Philadelphia July 7: Julianne vanden Wyngaard, Grand Rapids, Mich. July 14: Gerard DeWaardt, Rotterdam, the Netherlands July 21: Lisa Lonie, Princeton July 28: Sally Harwood, Williamston, Mich. Aug. 5: Linda Dzuris, Clemson, S.C. Aug. 11: Doug Gefvert, Valley Forge, Pa. Aug. 18: Gordon Slater, Ottawa, Canada Aug. 25: Tebbel Lonie Duo, Philadelphia Sept. 1: Anton Fleissner, Princeton

For more information email Penna Rose, prose@princeton.edu.  

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Exhibition explores the past century of photography

June 29 through Sept. 15, 2013 · Princeton University Art Museum

"Shared Vision," an exhibition of more than 130 iconic images that reflect the past 100 years of photography, will open at the Princeton University Art Museum on June 29 and run through Sept. 15. The exhibition features street scenes, the human form and environment, children, landscapes and more, and showcases works by prominent photographers including Robert Adams, Eugène Atget, Walker Evans, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Alfred Stieglitz, among others.

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Art museum to screen two films outdoors

Thursdays, June 13 and 27, 2013, 8:30 p.m. · Princeton University Art Museum

In conjunction with its exhibition "Picturing Power: Capitalism, Democracy and American Portraiture" — 50 portraits from the New York Chamber of Commerce — the Princeton University Art Museum will screen two films that include scenes shot in the New York Chamber of Commerce building: "Serpico" (1973), June 13, and "Trading Places," June 27. Both films begin at 8:30 p.m. Popcorn and soda provided.

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Advanced-degree candidates receive their hoods and degrees

Advanced-degree recipients were awarded their degrees at Princeton University's 266th Commencement Tuesday, June 4.

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Bone tumor identified in 120,000-year-old rib of Neandertal

Researchers have identified a benign bone tumor in the rib of a young Neandertal who lived about 120,000 years ago — by far the earliest bone tumor ever identified in the archaeological record. The identification, by a team that included two researchers affiliated with Princeton University, could offer a new clue to the relationship between Neandertals and modern humans.

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David S. Lee named provost of Princeton University

David S. Lee, professor of economics and public affairs and the director of the Industrial Relations Section at Princeton University, will become provost effective July 1.

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Reunions and Commencement 2013 Highlights

Thousands of alumni returned to campus for Reunions from May 30 through June 1, and that annual celebration was followed by Baccalaureate and Class Day and capped off June 4 with the University's 266th annual Commencement.

This video condenses highlights from those six days -- plus a few earlier, related events -- into just over three minutes. 

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Pebbles and sand on Mars best evidence that a river ran through it

Pebbles and sand scattered near an ancient Martian river network may present the most convincing evidence yet that the frigid deserts of the Red Planet were once a habitable environment traversed by flowing water, scientists with NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission and Princeton University report in the journal Science.

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Tilghman treasures the Princeton experience, urges graduates to lead lives of service

In her final Commencement address June 4 as president of Princeton University, Shirley M. Tilghman reflected on the Princeton experience and urged graduates to lead lives of purpose and service.

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Princeton University holds 266th Commencement

Princeton University awarded degrees to 1,261 undergraduates in the Class of 2013, five from other classes and 892 graduate students at its 266th Commencement Tuesday, June 4.

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Princeton awards six honorary degrees

Princeton University awarded honorary degrees during Commencement exercises Tuesday, June 4, to six individuals for their contributions to architecture, education, literature, the humanities, human rights, medicine and science: Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health; Lorraine Daston, executive director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin; Frank Gehry, world-renowned architect; Toni Morrison, Nobel laureate and the Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Humanities Emeritus at Princeton; Shirley M. Tilghman, president of Princeton University; and Sakena Yacoobi, executive director of the Afghan Institute of Learning.

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2013 President's Commencement Address

2013 Commencement Address delivered by President Shirley M. Tilghman

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Four faculty members recognized for outstanding teaching

Four Princeton University faculty members received President's Awards for Distinguished Teaching at Commencement ceremonies Tuesday, June 4. They are: Yelena Baraz, assistant professor of classics; Andrew Houck, associate professor of electrical engineering; Deborah Nord, professor of English; and David Spergel, the Charles A. Young Professor of Astronomy on the Class of 1897 Foundation and professor of astrophysical sciences.  

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2013 Valedictory Oration

2013 Valedictory Oration delivered by Aman Sinha

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2013 Latin Salutatory Oration

2013 Latin Salutatory Oration delivered by Amelia Bensch-Schaus

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2013 Latin Salutatory Oration, English translation

English translation of 2013 Latin Salutatory Oration delivered by Amelia Bensch-Schaus

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Remnick charges seniors to consider 'the nature of freedom'

At Princeton University's Class Day, held on Cannon Green June 3, seniors celebrated the achievements of their peers and members of the University community — with the primary goal of having fun. The keynote speaker was David Remnick, a 1981 alumnus, editor of The New Yorker and Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

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Princeton University's 2013 Class Day remarks

2013 Class Day remarks by David Remnick

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Students recognized for accomplishments and service at Class Day

Members of Princeton University's Class of 2013 gathered on Cannon Green Monday, June 3, to celebrate the conclusion of their undergraduate careers in a Class Day ceremony honoring their leadership and achievement.

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Class Day to be held outdoors

The Class Day ceremony for Princeton's graduating class of 2013 will be held at 10:30 a.m. today, Monday, June 3, on Cannon Green, as originally scheduled. The rain is expected to clear by mid-morning, and ponchos will be provided.

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Bernanke offers 'Ten Suggestions' to Princeton's Class of 2013

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke offered members of Princeton's Class of 2013 a tool kit for tackling their post-college lives — suggestions and observations that ranged from the value and limitations of economics to an admonition to call their parents once in a while. 

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Princeton University's 2013 Baccalaureate remarks

2013 Baccalaureate remarks by Ben Bernanke

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Tilghman and Eisgruber discuss recent accomplishments, future challenges with alumni

Princeton University President Shirley M. Tilghman reflected on her 12 years leading the University and Provost and President-elect Christopher L. Eisgruber discussed his upcoming priorities and challenges on Saturday, June 1, as part of Reunions 2013.

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