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Archive – July, 2013

AWARD: Hsiang honored for finding social solutions in Earth science

Solomon Hsiang, a recent postdoctoral research associate in the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy in Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, received the Science for Solutions Award from the American Geophysical Union, the largest Earth-science professional society. The $1,000-award recognizes a student or postdoctoral researcher who has made significant contributions in using Earth and space sciences to solve societal problems. Hsiang, who is now an assistant professor at the University of California-Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy, has studied the role of climate on conflict, economies and other aspects of society.

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It matters where it comes from: Some people wary of organ, blood donations depending on source

Some people feel so "creeped out" that they would prefer not to receive an organ or blood that came from a murderer or thief, according to researchers who assessed people's beliefs that a transplant would cause the recipient's personality or behavior to become similar to the donor's. "Even though science doesn't support the possibility, people still believe that transplants can result in personality changes," said Sarah-Jane Leslie, a professor of philosophy at Princeton University, who co-authored the study with Meredith Meyer and Susan Gelman of the University of Michigan.  

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Ice cream and vintage technology focus of event

Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · Friend Center Atrium

Cool treats and cooler machines are the focus of an ice-cream social and vintage technology show-and-tell at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, in the Friend Center Atrium. Michael Littman, a Princeton University professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, will present antique motorcycles, telephones, phonographs, radios and other restored machinery. The event is free to the public.

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'Art of Science 2013'

The Art of Science 2013 exhibit in the Friend Center on the Princeton University campus consists of 43 images of artistic merit created during the course of scientific research. The works, part of a recurring show now in its sixth iteration, were chosen from 170 images submitted from 24 departments across the University. This video offers a cross-section of the artwork on display.

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Callahan retires after more than three decades as Princeton men's squash coach

Bob Callahan, inducted into the U.S. Squash Hall of Fame last year for his contributions to the game as a Princeton player and as the University's men's squash coach, retired from coaching this month.

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Video feature: Art of Science 2013 celebrates the 'unpredictability of beauty'

The Art of Science 2013 exhibit in the Friend Center on the Princeton University campus consists of 43 images of artistic merit created during the course of scientific research. The works, part of a recurring show now in its sixth iteration, were chosen from 170 images submitted from 24 departments across the University. This video offers a cross-section of the artwork on display.

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Wuthnow finds resilience, opportunity in America's small towns

Sociologist Robert Wuthnow and his team of researchers interviewed more than 700 people in small towns around the country for a project that offers new insights into where small towns fit in 21st century America. While their populations are small, these communities continue to play a big role in American life, he says.

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'Insights With Robert Wuthnow'

Sociologist Robert Wuthnow and his team of researchers interviewed more than 700 people in small towns around the country for a project that offers new insights into where small towns fit in 21st-century America. While their populations are small, these communities continue to play a big role in American life, he says.

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Princeton researcher digs into the contested peanut-allergy epidemic

The path of the peanut from a snack staple to the object of bans at schools, day care centers and beyond offers important insights into how and why a rare, life-threatening food allergy can prompt far-reaching societal change, according to a Princeton University researcher.

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New works by Princeton composers to be performed

Saturday, July 27, and Friday and Saturday, Aug. 2 and 3, 2013, various times · 185 Nassau St., Matthews Studio

The So Percussion Summer Institute, a two-week chamber music seminar for college-age percussionists and composers, will present three evenings of new works by Princeton composers at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 27, and Friday, Aug. 2; and at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, in the Matthews Studio, 185 Nassau St. So Percussion member Jason Treuting is an inaugural Fellow in the Creative and Performing Arts at Princeton.

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FACULTY HONOR: George to lead religious freedom commission

Robert George, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and a professor of politics, was elected Tuesday as chair of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. George was appointed to the commission in 2012 by Speaker of the House John Boehner. The commission is an independent, bipartisan U.S. federal government commission that is dedicated to defending the universal right to freedom of religion or belief abroad.

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FACULTY HONOR: Pettit, Crone recognized by British Academy

Philip Pettit, the Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values, and Patricia Crone, a visiting lecturer with the rank of professor in Near Eastern Studies, have been named corresponding fellows of the British Academy. The British Academy is an independent fellowship of leading academics that supports excellence in the humanities and social sciences. Corresponding fellows are elected in recognition of their international distinction as scholars.

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Evolution picks up hitchhikers

In a twist on "survival of the fittest," Princeton University researchers have discovered that evolution is driven not by a single beneficial mutation but rather by a group of mutations, including ones called "genetic hitchhikers" that are simply along for the ride.

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Video feature: 'Friendship at Princeton'

From the moment Princeton University students arrive on campus to when they graduate, there are numerous opportunities to make new friends and hang out.

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'Friendship at Princeton'

From the moment Princeton University students arrive on campus to when they graduate, there are numerous opportunities to make new friends and hang out.

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Rubby Sherr, tireless Princeton professor and an architect of the Atomic Age, dies at 99

Princeton University nuclear physicist Rubby Sherr, whose work on the Manhattan Project helped usher in the Atomic Age and whose academic publications span nearly 80 years, died July 8 of natural causes at the Quadrangle independent-living community in Haverford, Pa. He was 99.

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'Princetoniana' website celebrates the Princeton spirit

Senior jackets. Songs and cheers. Campus landmarks. The bonfire. Princeton and the movies. Famous alumni. These are just some of the topics covered in the new Princetoniana website, which launched this month. The site will continue to evolve, focusing through text and images on many of the traditions and qualities that make the University distinctive.

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Princeton Summer Theater to present 'Time Stands Still'

Thursday, Aug. 1, through Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, various times · Murray-Dodge Hall, Hamilton Murray Theater

Princeton Summer Theater, the student-run theater company, will present the Pulitzer Prize-winning war drama "Time Stands Still" at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, through Sunday, Aug. 11, 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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Princeton Summer Theater to present 'The 39 Steps'

Thursday, July 18, through Sunday, July 28, 2013, various times · Murray-Dodge Hall, Hamilton Murray Theater

Princeton Summer Theater, the student-run theater company, will present the Hitchcock spoof "The 39 Steps" at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 18, through Sunday, July 28, 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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Alumnus Scheide to present Philadelphia Orchestra

Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 8 p.m. · Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

For his sixth annual midsummer celebration, William Scheide, a 1936 Princeton alumnus, will present the Philadelphia Orchestra in concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. The program, led by guest conductor Mark Laycock, includes works by Prokofiev, Weber, Brahms and Schumann. To purchase tickets, call University Ticketing at 609-258-9220.

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German thin-shell structures

Sigrid Adriaenssens and Branko Glišić, assistant professors of civil and environmental engineering at Princeton University, co-taught a course on German thin-shell structures in the fall of 2012 that has resulted in the exhibition "Evolution of German Shells: Efficiency in Form."

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Video feature: Class on German thin-shell structures yields exhibition

Sigrid Adriaenssens and Branko Glišić, assistant professors of civil and environmental engineering at Princeton University, co-taught a course on German thin-shell structures in the fall of 2012 that has resulted in the exhibition "Evolution of German Shells: Efficiency in Form."

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A sound idea: Innovative lens takes shape as commercial product

On a late night in February 2011, two Princeton University researchers packed a small object into a box and set it out for the morning mail. The engineers had spent four years developing a new type of microscope lens that focuses in response to sound waves. They were sending their invention to their first customer. Two years and a lot of hard work later, their invention, the TAG Optics Lens 2.0, has a customer base spanning from Japan to Germany.

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Arthur Szathmary, philosopher and 'profoundly generous' teacher, dies at 97

Arthur Szathmary, a Princeton University professor emeritus of philosophy, died of natural causes July 1 at his home in Princeton, N.J. He was 97.

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Former Princeton President Bowen awarded National Humanities Medal

Former Princeton University President William G. Bowen, whose career in higher education has spanned more than half a century, was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama on July 10 at a White House ceremony.

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Art museum to host barbecue and movie

Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, 6:30 p.m. · Brown/Dod Quad

The Princeton University Art Museum will hold a barbecue with live music and refreshments at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, in the Brown/Dod Quad. At sundown, there will be a screening of the family comedy "Night at the Museum." In the event of inclement weather, the barbecue will be held in the museum lobby, and the movie will be screened at 8:30 p.m. in McCormick Hall, Room 101.

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Art museum to host yoga class outdoors

Thursday, July 25, 2013, 7:30 p.m. · Princeton University Art Museum lawn

The Princeton University Art Museum will host a free yoga class, taught by Lara Heimann of Yoga Stream, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 25, on the museum lawn, as part of its Late Night Thursdays series. Refreshments inside the museum will follow.

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Art museum to hold summer party

Thursday, July 11, 2013, 5:30 p.m. · Princeton University Art Museum

The Princeton University Art Museum will host an evening of music, refreshments and family-friendly fun in celebration of its summer exhibitions at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11, at the museum. At 5:30 p.m., Katherine Bussard, the Peter C. Bunnell Curator of Photography, will speak briefly about the exhibition "Shared Vision: The Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Fall Collection of Photography," followed by a Q&A.

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'The River of Muddy Water' trailer

The film "The River of Muddy Water," by Princeton postdoctoral research associate Sara Sadri, looks at the many challenges to water security in Kenya that she encountered in Africa as a member of Princeton's EcoHydrology Lab. The film features the Maasai farmers who rely on the Ewaso Ng'iro river, scientists studying and forecasting the flows, and policymakers who work to bring reliable water to local populations, as well as African authorities from various water agencies.

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Princeton's Annual Giving campaign raises $57 million

Princeton University's 2012-13 Annual Giving campaign raised $57,019,138 — the second-highest total in Annual Giving history — with 61.1 percent of undergraduate alumni participating. The results are notable for their strength and breadth across all of Princeton's constituencies: undergraduate alumni, graduate alumni, parents and friends.

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Biking Princeton: The campus on two wheels

The Princeton University campus is the perfect place to ride a bicycle along tree-lined paths, through Gothic archways and across scenic streets. Whether they are hurrying to class or meeting friends for lunch, Princeton students often get around campus on two wheels.

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'Biking Princeton: The campus on two wheels'

Princeton University undergraduate and graduate students talk about the University's bike culture and why they enjoy cycling on campus and in surrounding suburban communities. This video also includes a bike's-eye view of Princeton.

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Summer buffet will be offered on Wednesdays

Wednesdays, June 19 through Aug. 21, 2013, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. · Frist Campus Center south lawn

A summer buffet dinner and special programming will be offered from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. each Wednesday from June 19 through Aug. 21 on the Frist Campus Center south lawn. The events are open to students with a summer meal plan and grad summer meal pack plan. In addition, student charge, Paw Points and credit cards are accepted. A complete schedule of events is available on the Dining Services website.

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Joseph Notterman, psychologist and long-serving Princeton faculty member, dies at age 90

Joseph Notterman, an experimental psychologist who was a member of the University's faculty for 35 years, died of natural causes June 28 in Plainsboro, N.J. He was 90 years old.  

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Exercise reorganizes the brain to be more resilient to stress

A research team based at Princeton University found that physical activity reorganizes the brain so that its response to stress is reduced and anxiety is less likely to interfere with normal brain function.

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FACULTY AWARD: Meira Monteiro to receive book prize

Pedro Meira Monteiro, a professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures, has been selected to receive the essay, literary criticism and history prize for his book "Mário de Andrade e Sérgio Buarque de Holanda: Correspondência" from the Brazilian Academy of Letters. The award, which is accompanied by a $25,000 prize, will be presented in Rio de Janeiro on July 18.

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'Institute for Chocolate Studies'

The Institute for Chocolate Studies (ICS) student club, established in October 2012, is the University's first student-run chocolate manufacturer. The 16-member group makes its own chocolate from "bean to bar" in the University Bake Shop, which means ushering raw beans imported from far-flung locales such as Venezuela or Peru through a process of roasting, shelling, mixing, melting and cooling. The club hosted a booth in May at Reunions 2013 and has permission to sell their treats at the C-Store in Frist Campus Center.

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Video feature: 'Institute for Chocolate Studies'

The Institute for Chocolate Studies (ICS) student club, Princeton University's first student-run chocolate manufacturer, creates its own chocolate from "bean to bar," which means ushering raw beans through a process of roasting, shelling, mixing, melting and cooling.

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Eisgruber installation ceremony set for Sept. 22

The trustees of Princeton University have scheduled a ceremony to publicly intall Christopher L. Eisgruber as president at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22.

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Burnham and Mackey to speak at piano conference

Monday and Tuesday, July 15 and 16, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · McCormick Hall, Room 101

Scott Burnham, the Scheide Professor of Music History, will speak on "Mozart's Grace" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, July 15, and Steven Mackey, professor of music and a Grammy Award-winning composer, will speak on "Performance Affects Music," about his sonata for violin and piano, at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 16, as part of the Golandsky Institute Summer Symposium, a weeklong piano conference. Both lectures will take place in McCormick Hall, Room 101. Mackey's sonata for violin and piano will be performed at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16, in McCarter Theatre Center's Berlind Theatre. The performance is part of the institute's International Piano Festival, which takes place concurrently with the symposium and features pianists from around the world.

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Princeton Summer Theater to present 'Crimes of the Heart'

Thursday, July 4, through Sunday, July 14, 2013, various times · Murray-Dodge Hall, Hamilton Murray Theater

Princeton Summer Theater, the student-run theater company, will present Beth Henley's Mississippi family tragicomedy "Crimes of the Heart" at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 4, through Sunday, July 14, 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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Altitude sickness may hinder ethnic integration in the world's highest places

Princeton University research suggests that ethnic segregation — and potential ethnic tension — in nations straddling the world's steepest terrains may be reinforced by the biological tolerance different peoples have to altitude, according to one of the first studies to examine the effect of elevation on ethnic demographics

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Employee retirements: July 2013

The following is an updated list of University employee retirements.

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Employee obituaries: July 2013

The following is an updated list of University employee obituaries.

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Princeton Plasma Physics Lab names Fischer CFO

Just a few weeks into her new job as the chief financial officer of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Kristen Fischer is settling into the challenging role of overseeing a budget of approximately $85 million and managing all financial operations of the lab. And she's bringing her own outgoing style to the task as she forges relationships with people inside and outside PPPL.

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