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Archive – August, 2013

Opening Exercises ceremony marks start of year

Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, 3 p.m. · University Chapel

The University will mark the beginning of the academic year with Opening Exercises at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, in the University Chapel.

The annual interfaith service will include an address by President Christopher L. Eisgruber and the recognition of academic achievements of undergraduate students. Freshmen will enter the chapel with classmates in their residential college. The chapel is expected to be filled with the estimated 1,300 members of the Class of 2017, as well as faculty and administrators who will process in academic regalia.

Family members will be directed to simulcast sites in McCormick Hall, Room 101, and McCosh Hall, Room 50. The ceremony will be broadcast live on TigerNet Channel 7 on campus and will be archived on the Web for later viewing.

Following the ceremony, weather permitting, the freshmen will participate in a "pre-rade" from the chapel through FitzRandolph Gate, giving them the opportunity to officially enter the campus to start their undergraduate experience and to be greeted by fellow Princetonians.

Classes begin on Wednesday, Sept. 11.

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Poor concentration: Poverty reduces brainpower needed for navigating other areas of life

Research based at Princeton University found that poverty and all its related concerns require so much mental energy that the poor have less remaining brainpower to devote to other areas of life.

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In QUEST, Questions Are the Answer to Better Teaching

Each summer, select K-12 science teachers from New Jersey become the students as part of the QUEST (Questioning Underlies Effective Science Teaching) program run by Princeton University's Program in Teacher Preparation. The teachers spend a week with university-level researchers in the lab experimenting, or in the field observing and collecting evidence for self-designed research projects. And the point is to always ask questions. This summer QUEST included a program based at the state-owned Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education in Waretown, N.J., where teachers carried out research related to diamondback-terrapin conservation with a particular focus on the effects of Hurricane Sandy.

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In QUEST, questions are the answer to better teaching

Each summer, select K-12 science teachers from New Jersey become the students as part of the QUEST program run by Princeton University's Program in Teacher Preparation. The teachers spend a week with university-level researchers in the lab experimenting, or in the field observing and collecting evidence for self-designed research projects. And the point is to always ask questions.

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Crown named executive director of Council of the Humanities

Kathleen Crown, formerly a residential college director of studies at Princeton University, has been appointed executive director of the Council of the Humanities, effective July 15.

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PPPL teams up with USDA to produce new egg pasteurization method

Researchers at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have developed a novel technique and device for rapidly pasteurizing eggs in the shell without damaging the delicate egg white. The process could lead to a sharp reduction in illnesses caused by egg-borne salmonella bacteria, a widespread public health concern.

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FACULTY HONOR: Allais and Lins named Radcliffe Institute fellows

Lucia Allais, an assistant professor of architecture, and Pamela Lins, a lecturer in visual arts and the Lewis Center for the Arts, are among the 50 artists and scholars named as fellows at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University for the 2013-14 academic year.

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High school students pursue hands-on research through summer program

When Lawrenceville School rising senior Jackie Jones began her 10-week stay in one of Princeton's engineering labs this June, she looked forward to performing rigorous scientific research for the first time in her young academic career.

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New campus landmarks loom with new construction

The Princeton University campus is undergoing transformative changes this year with numerous construction, renovation and maintenance projects, including the beginning of the Arts and Transit Project and the completion this fall of the neuroscience and psychology complex.

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Arts and Transit Project enters new phase with temporary station

Construction on Princeton University's Arts and Transit Project enters a new phase this week as NJ TRANSIT opens a temporary Princeton Station and the University opens a new meter and parking lot.

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Kenneth Levy, musicologist with 'unfailing expertise,' dies

Kenneth Levy, the Scheide Professor of Music History Emeritus, died of complications of Parkinson's disease on Aug. 15 at his home in Skillman, N.J. He was 86.

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The walls have ears: Princeton researchers develop walls that can listen, and talk

Using a modern twist on a technology developed in the 1920s, researchers at Princeton University have embedded ultrathin radios directly on plastic sheets, which can be applied to walls and other structures. The innovation could serve as the basis for new devices ranging from an invisible communications system inside buildings to sophisticated structural monitors for bridges and roads.

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Thesis project on dolphins helps Princeton student experience scientific collaboration

Tara Thean, a member of the Princeton University Class of 2013 who graduated with a degree in ecology and evolutionary biology, conducted her senior thesis research on communication between bottlenose dolphins. She describes the journey from identifying her research topic to producing her first research findings, while learning many practical lessons about being part of a research community.

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Students explore the world of diplomacy, one policy at a time

At the seven-week Junior Summer Institute, hosted by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, 35 rising college seniors from across the United States and around the world immersed themselves in the world of domestic and international policymaking.

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Stunning images of Andromeda demonstrate the world's most powerful astronomical camera

Stunning images of the Andromeda Galaxy are among the first to emerge from a new wide-field camera installed on the enormous Subaru Telescope called the Hyper-Suprime Cam (HSC), which is the result of an international collaboration between Princeton University astrophysicists and Japanese and Taiwanese scientists.

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The daily grind: Princeton lab uncovers the planetary past hidden in rocks

The centerpiece of the newly constructed Princeton Grinder Lab is GIRI (Grinding, Imaging and Reconstruction Instrument), a fully automated rock grinder equipped with a high-resolution camera. The photos are used to create 3-D models that let scientists examine the inner features of rocks, which can include tiny fossils of ancient life forms.

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FACULTY AWARD: Peebles awarded 2013 Dirac Medal for work in theoretical physics

P. James Peebles, Princeton University's Albert Einstein Professor of Science, Emeritus, and professor of physics, emeritus, was among three researchers to share the 2013 Dirac Medal presented by the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics.

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Quiñones named speechwriter to President Eisgruber

Eric Quiñones, the associate vice president for communications at Franklin & Marshall College and a former managing editor at Princeton University's Office of Communications, has been named speechwriter for Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber. Quiñones will start his new position Aug. 21.

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Princeton students work to give firefighters critical information the moment they need it

In a fast-moving fire, a moment's delay can lead to extensive property damage or even lives lost. To help prevent that, a team of Princeton University students is developing an easy-to-use database that will put information about buildings and fire conditions at fire chiefs' fingertips.

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Video feature: 'Princeton in the Details: A Campus Quiz'

Walking Princeton University's paths provides a wide range of visual stimuli to soak up on campus — from the historical and modern architectural details to the park-like landscaping — though it is easy to overlook the smaller features and details that add up to the campus's beauty. This video quiz allows those familiar with the campus to assess how many of these details they have retained, while future visitors can get a preview of what awaits them.

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'Princeton in the Details: A Campus Quiz'

Walking Princeton University's paths provides a wide range of visual stimuli to soak up on campus — from the historical and modern architectural details to the park-like landscaping — though it is easy to overlook the smaller features and details that add up to the campus's beauty. This video quiz allows those familiar with the campus to assess how many of these details they have retained, while future visitors can get a preview of what awaits them.

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Keller Center will present student eLab Demo Day

Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, 2:30-7:30 p.m. · Friend Center Auditorium

Princeton students will present their entrepreneurial pursuits to investors and fellow entrepreneurs during the second annual eLab Demo Day from 2:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, in the Friend Center Auditorium. 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. Online registration is required for demo day. The event also will be streamed live on the University's WebMedia site.

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Nassau Hall's Faculty Room to be opened for historic open house

Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, noon · Nassau Hall

Nassau Hall's rarely opened Faculty Room will open its doors to the public from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, as part of an Historic Open House weekend to celebrate Mercer County's 175th anniversary, which spotlights architecture in the county. Caroline Harris, associate director for education at the Princeton University Art Museum, will give a talk at noon in the Faculty Room. In addition, the art museum will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, with a collections highlights tour at 2 p.m. each day.

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Daniel Kahneman to receive Medal of Freedom from President Obama

Daniel Kahneman, a professor emeritus of psychology and public affairs at Princeton University and a Nobel laureate in economics, is one of 16 people who will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.

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John Bunyan Society to hold conference

Monday through Friday, Aug. 12 to 16, 2013, various times · East Pyne Hall, Room 010

The seventh triennial conference of the International John Bunyan Society will take place from 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, through noon Friday, Aug. 16, in East Pyne Hall, Room 010. The international gathering of experts on John Bunyan, author of "The Pilgrim's Progress," the most popular work of religious literature in English after the Bible. The following lectures are open to the public:

• Monday, Aug. 12, 4:15 p.m.: "Bunyan’s Judges," Laura Knoppers, Pennsylvania State University • Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2 p.m.: "Bunyan's Radical Christology Revisited," Paul Lim, Vanderbilt University) • Thursday, Aug. 15, 1:30 p.m.: "Bunyan's Spaces," Cynthia Wall, University of Virginia • Friday, Aug. 16, 10:45 a.m.: "Bunyan's King," N.H. Keeble, University of Stirling, UK  

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College students explore a summer of science in Princeton lab program

When Dickinson College rising senior Rizwan Saffie returns to his housing in Princeton’s Spelman Halls after a day's work in the lab, he knows that science doesn't have to be over yet: he has friends with whom he can discuss experiments and findings. A tight-knit community is one of many things that the 72 college students in Princeton University's Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Molecular and Quantitative and Computational Biology enjoy as they immerse themselves in scientific research over 10 weeks.

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Great Recession onset spurs harsh parenting, researchers find

The onset of the Great Recession and, more generally, deteriorating economic conditions lead mothers to engage in harsh parenting, such as hitting or shouting at children, a team of researchers has found. But the effect is only found in mothers who carry a gene variation that makes them more likely to react to their environment.

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Video feature: Student-athletes serve New Jersey communities

The 2012-13 academic year marked the fifth year of the Weapons of Mass Construction community service initiative spearheaded by the Princeton Varsity Club. Princeton student-athletes took on two projects — helping to build a community garden and restoring storm-damaged properties.

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'Weapons of Mass Construction'

The 2012-13 academic year marked the fifth year of the Weapons of Mass Construction community service initiative spearheaded by the Princeton Varsity Club. Princeton student-athletes took on two projects — helping to build a community garden and restoring storm-damaged properties.

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Heisman Trophy winner Dick Kazmaier, Princeton Class of 1952, dies

Dick Kazmaier, a legendary football player and member of Princeton University's Class of 1952, died Thursday, Aug. 1, in Boston. He was 82.

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Alexander Street detour extended to Aug. 19

Alexander Street will remain closed to through traffic from College Road to University Place through Sunday, Aug. 18; it will re-open on Monday, Aug. 19.

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Cool heads likely won't prevail in a hotter, wetter world

Researchers from Princeton University and the University of California-Berkeley report that even slight spikes in temperature and precipitation greatly increase the risk of personal and civil violence, and suggest that more human conflict is a likely outcome of climate change.

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AWARD: Two Princeton postdocs receive 2013 L'Oréal USA Fellowships For Women in Science

Two Princeton University postdoctoral researchers are recipients of 2013 L’Oréal USA Fellowships For Women in Science. Awarded by L'Oréal USA, the fellows program each year recognizes five outstanding U.S.-based women researchers at the start of their careers.

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Video feature: 'Residential Colleges 2012-13'

The six residential colleges at Princeton University provide many opportunities for students to get involved with campus life. In addition to serving as the living, dining and advising clusters for undergraduates, the colleges offer programs ranging from Broadway trips and adventure outings to film series screenings and outdoor celebrations.

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'Residential Colleges 2012-13'

The six residential colleges at Princeton University provide many opportunities for students to get involved with campus life. In addition to serving as the living, dining and advising clusters for undergraduates, the colleges offer programs ranging from Broadway trips and adventure outings to film series screenings and outdoor celebrations.

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Map shows campus voting districts, polling stations for Aug. 13 special primary election for U.S. Senate

Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. · Various locations

Residents of the Princeton University campus can view an online map to find the location of their voting districts and polling stations for the Aug. 13 special primary election for the New Jersey U.S. Senate seat formerly held by Sen. Frank Lautenberg. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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