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Archive – October, 2013

RESEARCH AWARD: Yartsev receives 2013 Eppendorf and Science Prize

Michael Yartsev, the CV Starr Fellow and an associate research scholar in the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, has won the 2013 Eppendorf and Science Prize for Neurobiology for his essay, "Space Bats: Multidimensional Spatial Representation in the Bat." The $25,000 prize honors outstanding contributions to neurobiology research. Yartsev used an unusual animal model, the bat, to study the underlying neural mechanisms of spatial memory and navigation in the mammalian brain. His approach allowed for both a comparative examination of current hypotheses as well as insight into long-standing questions in the field. His work also underscores the potential benefits of using new animal models in neuroscience. Yartsev will receive the prize at the 2013 Society of Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego.

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Night of activities, demonstrations ring in National Chemistry Week 2013

Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, 7 p.m. · Frick Chemistry Laboratory, Taylor Commons

To ring in National Chemistry Week, Princeton University and the Princeton section of the American Chemical Society will host Energy Activities Night, a night of hands-on activities and demonstrations, at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, in the Frick Chemistry Laboratory's Taylor Commons. The 2013 theme "Energy: Now and Forever" focuses on chemical energy and chemists' ideas about energy for the future. The free event is recommended for ages 5 and up. Children under 13 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

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Employee Resource Groups foster community at Princeton

From community service projects and discussion groups to potluck dinners and bowling nights, Princeton University's Employee Resource Groups (ERG) provide opportunities for employees with shared backgrounds and interests to build communities across campus.

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'Happy Halloween From Princeton University'

Happy Halloween from Princeton University, home of the orange and black.

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'Happy Halloween From Princeton University'

Happy Halloween from Princeton University, home of the orange and black.

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Map shows voting districts, polling locations for Nov. 5 election

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. · Various locations

A general election for state and local elected officials will be held Tuesday, Nov. 5, with polls open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Residents of the Princeton University campus can find the location of their voting districts and polling stations for the general election through an online map.

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Light and integrated spaces join neuroscience and psychology buildings

Construction is nearly complete on the two linked buildings for the Princeton Neuroscience Institute (PNI) and Peretsman-Scully Hall, the new home of the psychology department, with move-in to be completed in January. Designed by architect José Rafael Moneo of Madrid in collaboration with Davis Brody Bond of New York City, the 248,000-square-foot complex includes classrooms, laboratories, office space and common areas.

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Panel discussion, rebroadcast mark 75th anniversary of 'The War of the Worlds' panic

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, 7:30 p.m. · Peyton Hall Auditorium

Princeton University will mark the 75th anniversary of the 1938 radio dramatization of H.G. Welles' novel "The War of the Worlds" with "Are the Martians Coming? Are Earthlings Going?" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, in the Peyton Hall Auditorium. The event includes a panel discussion with Princeton professors about extraterrestrial life and the prospects for exploring Mars, followed by a live listening of the notorious radio show that reportedly sparked mass public panic. Michael Littman, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, will recreate the broadcast by transmitting an actual radio signal to a vintage radio.

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Report highlights role of Princeton's federally funded research in driving innovation and economic growth

Three Princeton University spin-off companies are among those highlighted in a new national report calling attention to the importance of federally funded university research in driving economic growth. The report, published Tuesday, Oct. 29, [1]by the Science Coalition, a nonprofit group of more than 50 of the nation's leading public and private research universities, identified 100 companies that trace their roots to federally funded university research. 

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President Eisgruber begins Asia trip in Tokyo, then to Seoul and Beijing

Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber has started his weeklong trip to Asia in Tokyo, where he is meeting education leaders and Princeton alumni.

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Princeton Sound Kitchen to present new work

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, 8 p.m. · Wilson College Black Box Theatre

The Princeton Sound Kitchen presents new works by Princeton composers Alex Dowling, Amanda Feery, Wally Gunn, Dave Molk and Hodder Fellow Jason Treuting at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the Wilson College Black Box Theatre.

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Ravitch to speak on privatization of public schools

Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, 8 p.m. · McCosh Hall, Room 50

Diane Ravitch, research professor of education at New York University and a historian of education, will speak on "Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools" at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, in McCosh Hall, Room 50. The event is sponsored by the Walter E. Edge Lecture Series and is part of the Princeton University Public Lectures Series.

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Kernis to speak on music composition

Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · Woolworth Hall, Room 102

The Department of Music's fall colloquium series continues with a talk by Aaron Jay Kernis of the Yale School of Music at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, in Woolworth Hall, Room 102.

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Sasamoto and Rogers to speak on performance art

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, 7:30 p.m. · 185 Nassau St., Hagan Dance Studio

Performance artists Aki Sasamoto and Brian Rogers will speak about their artistic practices at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the Hagan Dance Studio, 185 Nassau St. The event is part of its Muscle/Memory lecture series presented by the Program in Dance in the Lewis Center for the Arts.

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Nobel Laureate Vargas Llosa to give public conversation

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, 6 p.m. · McCosh Hall, Room 50

Mario Vargas Llosa, recipient of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature and a visiting lecturer in the Program in Creative Writing and the Lewis Center for the Arts and the Program in Latin American Studies, will give a public conversation "The Task of the Novelist" with Efraín Kristal, a visiting professor of comparative literature and the Program in Latin American Studies, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, in McCosh Hall, Room 50. Vargas Llosa will discuss his creative process, his meditations on literature and his trajectory as a novelist.

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Dance work to give preview performance

Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, 7 p.m. · 185 Nassau St., Hagan Dance Studio

The Program in Dance in the Lewis Center for the Arts will present a preview performance of "Borrowed Structures," a collaboration between Pam Tanowitz, a choreographer and 2013-14 Hodder Fellow, and the classical/jazz/avant garde string ensemble Flux Quartet, at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, in the Hagan Dance Studio, 185 Nassau St. A reception will follow the performance. The as-yet-untitled work will receive its premiere at the Joyce Theater in New York in February.

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Video feature: The teaching museum

Princeton University faculty members use objects in the Princeton University Art Museum as teaching tools to give students a deeper understanding of ancient cultures and people. In this video, students study ancient Maya artifacts in the museum and then reproduce Mesoamerican pottery techniques in the Wilson College Ceramics Studio on campus.

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'Teaching With Objects in the Museum'

Princeton University faculty members use objects in the Princeton University Art Museum as teaching tools to give students a deeper understanding of ancient cultures and people. In this video, students study ancient Maya artifacts in the museum and then reproduce Mesoamerican pottery techniques in the Wilson College Ceramics Studio on campus.

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Forget the needle, consider the haystack: Uncovering hidden structures in massive data collections

Advances in computer storage have created collections of data so huge that researchers often have trouble uncovering critical patterns in connections among individual items, making it difficult for them to realize fully the power of computing as a research tool. Now, computer scientists at Princeton University have developed a method that offers a solution to this data overload.

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Fall football lecture on art and science in America

Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, 10 a.m. · Lewis Library, Room 120

The Fall Football Lecture "Intersections: Art and Science in America" by Associate Professor of Art and Archaeology Rachael DeLue will be given at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 in Lewis Library, Room 120. 

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Princeton Research Symposium makes scholarly findings accessible to all

Graduate students and early-career researchers took the podium at the Princeton Research Symposium held at the Friend Center on Sunday, Oct. 20, to present their findings on a range of topics, from an analysis of the ban on short-selling during the financial crisis, to how to reduce the ecological footprint of fast-growing cities such as Dubai, to designing drugs that target tuberculosis, and much more.

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Class snapshot: 'Health and the Social Markers of Difference'

Instructors from Princeton University and the University of São Paulo collaborated to create a course being taught for the first time this semester that focuses on the role of social markers of difference — such as race, class, nationality and gender — in issues of global health.

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Gravity plays a role in keeping cells small

The effects of gravity are relevant when building houses or flying airplanes, but biologists have generally accepted that the average cell is too small for gravity to play a role in how it is built or behaves. A finding by Princeton University researchers now shows gravity imposes a size constraint on cells. The results provide a novel reason why most animal cells are small and of similar size.

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President Eisgruber heading to Asia for visits with alumni, universities

Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber departs this weekend for Asia and a series of visits to alumni and education leaders in Japan, South Korea and China.

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Birds on repeat: Birdwatchers' recordings could sap energy needed for survival

In the forests of Ecuador, plain-tailed wrens nest in bamboo thickets, singing complex and continuous melodies. Residing nearby are rufous antpittas, small, secretive birds that hop like thrushes and whistle in mossy forests. Together, their songs fill parts of the South American Andes.

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Mandolinist Thile to perform

Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, 7:30 p.m. · Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

Princeton University Concerts presents mandolinist Chris Thile in a solo concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. The program will include Bach violin sonatas and partitas and original compositions and other contemporary works. For tickets call University Ticketing at 609-258-9220.

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Celebration will honor Hispanic culture

Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, 5 p.m. · Fields Center, Room 104

The Hispanic Heritage Celebration Dinner will take place at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, in the Fields Center, Room 104. The evening will feature a performance by Ballet Folklorico de Princeton and a keynote address by Ivonne Díaz-Claisse, president and CEO of Hispanics Inspiring Students' Performance and Achievement. The event is free and open to the public but RSVP is required: email Jennifer Loessy at jloessy@princeton.edu or call 609-258-3216.

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Slavic film series to screen 'Go West'

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, 7 p.m. · Jones Hall, Room 100

The Slavic film series "Out of the Iron Closet: Gay Cinema After Socialism" continues with "Go West" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, in Jones Hall, Room 100. The 2005 Russian film — about a homosexual couple living in Sarajevo on the eve of the fall of the Yugoslavia Federation — will be shown with English subtitles.

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Exhibition to feature student work

Oct. 23-Nov. 8, 2013 · 185 Nassau St., Lucas Gallery

An exhibition of artwork by students in the Program in Visual Arts in the Lewis Center for the Arts will be on view Oct. 23-Nov. 8, in the Lucas Gallery, 185 Nassau St. Gallery hours are weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Composer Treuting to be featured in two concerts

Tuesday and Saturday, Oct. 22 and 26, 2013, various times · various venues

Composer and performer Jason Treuting, an inaugural Fellow in the Creative and Performing Arts, will be featured in two concerts. At 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, in the Solley Theater, the Arts Council of Princeton, 102 Witherspoon St., Princeton Sound Kitchen will present "Stainless Staining," new solo works by various composers including Treuting. At 8:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26, at Small World Coffee, 14 Witherspoon St., Treuting will perform with Dan Trueman, professor of music, and others.

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Filmmaker Beavers to give talk

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, 7:30 p.m. · 185 Nassau St., Matthews Theater

Filmmaker Robert Beavers will give the 2013 John Sacret Young '69 Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, in the Matthews Theater, 185 Nassau St. The evening will include a screening of his latest film "Listening to the Space in My Room," and a discussion. The event is sponsored by the Film Studies Committee of the Lewis Center for the Arts.

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Graduate alumni celebrate Princeton ties at 'Many Minds, Many Stripes' conference

Representing a wide range of intellectual, geographic and demographic affiliations, Princeton University's graduate alumni gathered on campus for the "Many Minds, Many Stripes" conference Oct. 17-19. It was the first University-sponsored gathering of its kind for all graduate alumni, timed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Graduate College.

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FACULTY HONOR: Currie elected member of National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine

Janet Currie, the Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs and director of the Woodrow Wilson School's Center for Health and Wellbeing, was among 70 new members and 10 foreign associates recently elected to National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine. The election, considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine, was announced Oct. 21 at the National Academy of Sciences' 43rd Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. New members include individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care and public health.

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Princeton endowment earns 11.7 percent return, 10-year average grows

Princeton University's endowment earned an 11.7 percent investment gain in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2013, with the 10-year annualized return increasing to 10.2 percent. The endowment value stood at $18.2 billion, an increase of about $1.2 billion from the previous year.

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Film Forum features 'Claire's Knee'

Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, 7 p.m. · Rocky Theater

The Fall 2013 Film Forum features "Claire's Knee" (1970) by Eric Rohmer at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, in Rocky Theater. A discussion follows the film.

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Deaton to speak on 'The Great Escape'

Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Dodds Auditorium

Angus Deaton, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of International Affairs and a professor of economics and international affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School, will speak on "The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. A book sale, signing and reception will follow the talk.

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Student Work: 'Chris Thile Concert Preview'

At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile will make his Princeton University Concerts debut playing works by Bach and others. This preview features Princeton sophomore Noah Fishman talking about Thile, one of Fishman's heroes. Tickets to this concert are available on the Princeton University Concerts website.

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Student work: 'Princeton Sound Kitchen'

The Princeton Sound Kitchen presents a wide variety of concerts and events of new music, serving the graduate student and faculty composers of the composition program at Department of Music at Princeton University. The ensemble's next performance is at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Princeton Arts Council, 102 Witherspoon St. For information on upcoming concerts, visit their website.

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Drucker, conference will examine magazine and digital archives

Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-26, 2013, various times · various locations

The conference "Remediating the Avant-Garde: Magazines and Digital Archives" will run from 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 to 6 p.m. Oct. 26 in various locations across campus. Johanna Drucker, the Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA, will give the keynote lecture at 5 p.m. Oct. 25 in McCormick Hall, Room 101. Registration is free and open to the public.

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FACULTY HONOR: Goldberg named fellow of Linguistic Society of America

Adele Goldberg, a professor of linguistics in the Council of the Humanities, has been named a fellow of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA) in recognition of her distinguished contributions to the field of linguistics. Goldberg, along with seven other eminent linguistics scholars selected for the Class of 2014, will be inducted at the LSA annual meeting in Minneapolis in January.

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L'Avant-Scéne to perform Marivaux comedy

Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18-19, 2013, 8 p.m. · Whitman College Class of 1970 Theater

The French theater workshop L'Avant-Scéne will perform the romantic comedy "La Surprise de l'amour" by Marivaux at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18-19, in the Whitman College Class of 1970 Theater.

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'Many Minds, Many Stripes'

Princeton University is holding a campus conference this week for graduate alumni this week, with more than 1,000 guests expected to attend and reconnect with fellow alumni and the University. On the second day of the "Many Minds, Many Stripes" conference, which runs Thursday to Saturday, Oct. 17-19, organizers premiered a video showcasing the Graduate School's history and the evolution of graduate education, student life and alumni relations, as well as the impact that Princeton has had on alumni's lives.

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Video feature: 'Many Minds, Many Stripes' welcomes Princeton graduate alumni back to campus

Princeton University is holding a campus conference for all graduate alumni this week, with more than 1,000 alumni and guests expected to attend and connect with fellow alumni and reconnect with the University. On the second day of the "Many Minds, Many Stripes" conference, which runs Thursday to Saturday, Oct. 17 to 19, organizers premiered a video showcasing the Graduate School's history and the evolution of graduate education, student life and alumni relations, as well as the impact that Princeton has had on alumni's lives.

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Princeton University recognized for excellence in diversity

Princeton University has been recognized for its success in broadening diversity and inclusion on campus with a 2013 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award. The magazine "INSIGHT Into Diversity" gives the award annually to a number of U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity.

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Emergency notification system test set for Friday, Oct. 18

The University will conduct a campus-wide test of its emergency notification system beginning at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, to ensure that members of the University community can receive information during a campus crisis or emergency. The test will include both the Princeton Telephone and E-mail Notification System (PTENS) and the blue light tower outdoor notification system.

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Princeton Research Symposium presents work in many fields

Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, 8:30 a.m. · Friend Center

The annual Princeton Research Symposium will present the University's diverse work in the humanities, engineering, and the natural and social sciences to the campus and public communities beginning at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, in the Friend Center. The free event will include presentations for a range of interests and audiences.

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Without plants, Earth would cook under billions of tons of additional carbon

Researchers based at Princeton University found that Earth's terrestrial ecosystems have absorbed 186 billion to 192 billion tons of carbon since the mid-20th century, which has significantly contained the global temperature and levels of carbon in the atmosphere.

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'Performing the Sacred' will be presented

Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, 7:30 p.m. · University Chapel

The Religious Life Council will present "Performing the Sacred" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 in the University Chapel. The event is a showcase of performances by student arts groups, faculty members and guest artists focused on the theme of sacredness and religious understanding through the performing arts.

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FACULTY AWARD: Johnson to receive Gauss Award for book on Jane Austen

Claudia Johnson, the Murray Professor of English Literature, has been selected to receive the 2013 Christian Gauss Award from the Phi Beta Kappa Society for her book "Jane Austen's Cults and Cultures" (2012, University of Chicago Press). The award, given for a distinguished work of literary scholarship and criticism, is accompanied by a $10,000 prize, and will be presented Dec. 5 in Washington, D.C. The award was established in 1950 in honor of Christian Gauss, a former dean of the college and professor of Romance languages and literature at Princeton, who retired in 1946 after a 41-year career at the University. His papers are housed at Firestone Library.

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Ramakrishnan to speak on Asian American voting patterns

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · McCormick Hall, Room 106

The inaugural lecture series "Asian American Studies Today and Tomorrow" continues with "Bolting Blue: What Explains the Dramatic Change in Asian American Voting Patterns?" by Kathick Ramakrishnan, associate professor of political science at the University of California-Riverside, at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, in McCormick Hall, Room 106. The series is organized by Anne Cheng, professor of English and African American studies, and Hendrik Hartog, the Class of 1921 Bicentennial Professor in the History of American Law and Liberty and director of the Program in American Studies.

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Photography exhibition to focus on Turkey

Oct. 19-31, 2013 · Bernstein Gallery, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

"Sacred Spaces: Turkish Mosques and Tombs," featuring new work by photojournalist and essayist Mary Cross, will be on view Oct. 19-31 in the Bernstein Gallery, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. An opening reception will take place at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20.

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Program in Theater to present Chekhov drama

Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18-19 and Wednesday through Friday, Oct. 23-25, 2013, 8 p.m. · 185 Nassau St., Matthews Acting Studio

The Program in Theater at the Lewis Center for the Arts will present "Uncle Vanya" by Anton Chekhov at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18-19 and Wednesday through Friday, Oct. 23-25, in the Matthews Acting Studio, 185 Nassau St. The senior thesis production features senior Zachary Salk as Vanya and is directed by R.N. Sandberg, a lecturer in English, theater and the Lewis Canter for the Arts. For tickets call University Ticketing at 609-258-9220.

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Irish singer Tobin to perform

Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · Frist Center Theatre

Irish songwriter, composer and jazz singer Christine Tobin will perform "Sailing to Byzantium," her award-winning musical settings of poems by W.B. Yeats, at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, in the Frist Center Theatre. The performance is part of a series presented by Princeton's Fund for Irish Studies.

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Princeton University Orchestra to perform

Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, 7:30 p.m. · Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

The Princeton University Orchestra will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. The program will feature works by Paul Lansky, the William Shubael Conant Professor of Music; Mozart; and Holst. For tickets call University Ticketing at 509-258-9220.

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Filmmaker Rivera to hold public conversation

Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · McCormick Hall, Room 106

Alex Rivera, a Sundance Fellow whose films focus on Latino stories, and Carlos Ulises Decena, an associate professor of women's and gender studies and Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University, will hold a conversation "Cinematic Bodies: Activist Frontiers" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in McCormick Hall, Room 106. The event is sponsored by the Department of English and the Center for African American Studies.

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Slavic film series to screen 'Black Ice'

Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, 7 p.m. · Jones Hall, Room 100

The Slavic film series "Out of the Iron Closet: Gay Cinema After Socialism" continues with "Black Ice" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, in Jones Hall, Room 100. The 2002 Russian film about a gay male translator and a female lawyer who meet randomly in a hospital will be shown with English subtitles.

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Writers Blanco and Dyer to read from their work

Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · Berlind Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center

Poet Richard Blanco and fiction writer Geoff Dyer will read from their work as part of the Althea Ward Clark W'21 Reading Series at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, in the Berlind Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center. A reception and book signing will follow the reading.

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Playwright Margulies to speak

Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, 1:30 p.m. · 185 Nassau St., Matthews Acting Studio

Playwright Donald Margulies, winner of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play "Dinner with Friends," will discuss his work and career at 1:30 p.m. in the Matthews Acting Studio, 185 Nassau St.

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Lecture to discuss establishing a medical-device startup in Silicon Valley

Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · Fields Center multipurpose room

John Chang, a member of the Class of 1991, will discuss how to establish a medical-device startup in Silicon Valley in his lecture, "Concept to Commercialization to Acquisition: A Silicon Valley Medical Device Startup Story," at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in the Fields Center multipurpose room. Chang is a mechanical engineer with more than 20 years of experience in the medical-device industry, and his appearance is sponsored by the Keller Center. A reception will follow.

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Small bits of genetic material fight cancer's spread

Researchers at Princeton University have found that microRNAs — small bits of genetic material capable of repressing the expression of certain genes — may serve as both therapeutic targets and predictors of metastasis, or a cancer’s spread from its initial site to other parts of the body.

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Whig-Clio will host debate about Edward Snowden

Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, 7:30 p.m. · Whig Hall Senate Chamber

The American Whig-Cliosophic Society will host the student debate "Is Edward Snowden a Traitor?" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, in the Whig Hall Senate Chamber. Proposing the debate will be junior Mitch Johnston and sophomore Sukrit Puri and opposing the debate will be senior Frank Musella and senior David Will.

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Herrera to speak on 'Latinos, Latin Explosions and U.S. Popular Performance'

Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, 12:15 p.m. · Wallace Hall, Room 165

Brian Herrera, an assistant professor of theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts, will speak on "Still Waiting in the Wings: Latinos, Latin Explosions and U.S. Popular Performance" at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in Wallace Hall, Room 165, as part of the Center for Migration Studies Fall Colloquium Series.

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Pathé-Baby Collection brings silent films into focus

In 2008, Princeton University Professor of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures Rubén Gallo entered a tiny French antique shop and discovered a 1920s Pathé-Baby home movie projector along with hundreds of 9.5 mm silent films. Since then, Princeton's Department of Rare Books and Special Collections has been working to bring this material into the classroom.

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Chinese lawyer, activist to discuss 'The Next Human Rights Revolution'

Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · McCosh Hall, Room 50

Chinese civil rights lawyer and activist Chen Guangcheng will give a public lecture on "China and the World in the 21st Century: The Next Human Rights Revolution" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, in McCosh Hall, Room 50. The lecture will be moderated by Arthur Waldron, the Lauder Professor of International Relations at the University of Pennsylvania. This event is organized and sponsored by the Witherspoon Institute and co-sponsored by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. The lecture is free and open to the public; no recording devices or photographs will be allowed.

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New benefits programs launched

Princeton University has added two health-related benefits programs for faculty and staff.

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Open enrollment lets employees evaluate coverage

The University’s Annual Benefits Open Enrollment period will run from Monday, Oct. 21, through Friday, Nov. 15. Open Enrollment offers faculty and staff an opportunity to review their current benefits and consider changes to their coverage that will become effective Jan. 1, 2014.

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New transit schedules, Alexander Street-University Place detour to go into effect

The week of Oct. 13, NJ TRANSIT and TigerPaww shuttle schedules will change. Additionally, a detour will begin Oct. 16 around the Alexander Street-University Place intersection as a roundabout is constructed.

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UPDATE: Likely source of Nassau Hall gunshot report identified

The University's Department of Public Safety (DPS) has determined that a hammer hitting a chisel during a repair on Nassau Hall was the likely sound that was interpreted as gunshots and reported to them on Tuesday, Oct. 8.

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Riotta named first Pirelli Visiting Professor

Gianni Riotta, an eminent Italian journalist and writer, will serve as the first Pirelli Visiting Professor in Italian Studies in the Department of French and Italian during Spring 2014.  

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How red crabs on Christmas Island speak for the tropics

Research conducted through Princeton University found that erratic rainfall — which could become more irregular as a result of climate change — could be detrimental to animals that migrate with the dry-wet seasonal cycle. The researchers studied the annual mating migration of the land-dwelling Christmas Island red crab in order to help scientists understand the consequences of climate change for the millions of migratory animals in Earth's tropical zones.

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Student work: 'Uncle Vanya' trailer

The Lewis Center for the Arts' Program in Theater at Princeton University will present "Uncle Vanya" by Anton Chekhov, directed by faculty member R.N. Sandberg and featuring senior Zachary Salk as Vanya, at 8 p.m. Oct. 18, 19, 23, 24 and 25, in the Matthews Acting Studio at 185 Nassau St. A talk-back discussion with Princeton theater lecturer Mark Nelson will be held following the Oct. 24 performance.

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Mallory to speak on 'Making of a Distant Water Fishing Nation'

Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, noon · Robertson Hall, Room 002

Tabitha Mallory, a Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program postdoctoral fellow, will discuss "China, Global Governance and the Making of a Distant Water Fishing Nation" at noon Thursday, Oct. 17, in Robertson Hall, Room 002.

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Scholar to speak on 'Hedging in International Relations'

Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Room 001

Cheng-Chwee Kuik, an associate professor at the National University of Malaysia, will discuss "Hedging in International Relations: ASEAN States' Responses to a Rising China" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, in Robertson Hall, Room 001.  

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Philosopher Scruton to deliver trio of lectures

Monday, Oct. 14; Tuesday, Oct. 15; and Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · Friend Center, Room 101

Roger Scruton, a visiting professor of philosophy at St. Andrews University and University of Oxford and senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, will deliver the James Madison Program's Charles E. Test M.D. Distinguished Lectures. The three-part series, on "Human Nature" (Monday, Oct. 14), "Human Rights" (Tuesday, Oct. 15), and "Human Duties" (Thursday, Oct. 17), will begin each day at 4:30 p.m. in Friend Center 101.

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Athletic Director Search Committee holds open forums

Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 14-15, and Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, various times · various locations

The Athletic Director Search Committee is inviting members of the University community to a series of open forums on the search for Princeton's next director of athletics. Members of the committee will be present to hear views and suggestions about the search. Full details and updates are available on the Athletic Director Search website.

  • An open forum for students will be held from 8 to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14 in McCosh Hall, Room 10.
  • An open forum for faculty and staff will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 in McCosh Hall, Room 46.
  • An open forum for alumni will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 in McCormick Hall, Room 101. 

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Faculty, staff blood drive will be held

Monday, Oct. 14 and 21, 2013, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. · Frist Campus Center, multipurpose rooms

University Health Services and the Red Cross are sponsoring a faculty and staff blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 14 and Oct. 21 in the Frist Campus Center multipurpose rooms. Donors can sign-up in advance on the Red Cross website or by calling Employee Health at 609-258-5035. Donors must bring two forms of identification.

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Bowen to speak on 'Academia Online'

Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, 8 p.m. · McCosh Hall, Room 50

President Emeritus William G. Bowen will give a talk "Academia Online: Musings" at 8 p.m. Monday Oct. 14, in McCosh Hall, Room 50, as part of the Princeton University Public Lectures Series. Bowen's most recent book, "Higher Education in the Digital Age" (Princeton University Press, 2013) examines two of the most visible and important trends in higher education today: exploding costs and the expansion of online learning.

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Theatre Intime to present '24-Hour Play Festival'

Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, 8 p.m. · Hamilton Murray Theater

Theatre Intime will present its annual "24-Hour Play Festival," featuring short plays written and staged in 24 hours, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, in Hamilton Murray Theater.

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University Jazz Ensemble to perform

Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, 8 p.m. · Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

The University Jazz Ensemble will perform with soloist Freddie Hendrix and the Freddie Hendrix Septet at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.

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Art museum to host family art project

Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, 10:30 a.m. · Princeton University Art Museum

The Princeton University Art Museum will hold a family art project "Gallery and Stage: A Celebration of Ancient Chinese Art and Culture" from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. Participants will create a giant snake sculpture inspired by the museum's collection of Chinese art and the ancient Chinese tale "The White Snake." All ages are welcome; no tickets or reservations are needed. The sculpture will be displayed at McCarter Theatre Center for the run of its production of "The White Snake."

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Symposium to honor Surtz

Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, 9:30 a.m. · Prospect House Library

A symposium in honor of Ronald Surtz, professor of Spanish and Portuguese languages and cultures, will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, in Prospect House Library.

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UPDATE: All-clear issued; Police say report of Nassau Hall gunshots unfounded

The Princeton University Department of Public Safety issued an "all clear" message Tuesday night after Princeton Police searched Nassau Hall and determined that a report of gunshots in the building was unfounded.

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Nobel Laureate Rothman advanced cell research at Princeton

The insights into the way cells organize their transport systems that earned James Rothman the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine on Oct. 7 were built through a career that included advances made during three years on the faculty at Princeton.

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Nobel Prize for Higgs boson fueled by the work of thousands, including key Princeton physicists

Princeton University researchers have been significantly involved in the 50-year endeavor to observe the Higgs boson, a particle theorized to be crucial to understanding the nature of the world around us. On Oct. 8, the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Peter Higgs and François Englert, two physicists who, in separate 1964 papers, proposed the basis of the particle's existence, the Higgs mechanism.

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'Hunchback of Notre Dame' to be screened

Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, 9 p.m. · Princeton University Chapel

The silent movie "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" will be screened with live organ accompaniment by Michael Britt at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, in the Princeton University Chapel. Admission is $10; students free.

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Irish author Barry to read from his work

Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · 185 Nassau St., Stewart Theater

The Fund for Irish Studies will present Irish author Kevin Barry, who will read from his new short story collection "Dark Lies the Island" at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, in the Stewart Theater, 185 Nassau St.

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Takács String Quartet to perform all Bartók string quartets

Thursday and Friday, Oct. 10 and 11, 2013, 8 p.m. · Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

Princeton University Concerts' 2013-14 season opens with a two-evening performance by the Takács String Quartet performing all six of Bartók's string quartets at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Oct. 10 and 11, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. A pre-concert talk by Scott Burnham, the Scheide Professor of Music History, will take place at 7 p.m. before each concert and a talk back with the quartet moderated by Steven Mackey, chair of the Department of Music, will follow each performance. For tickets call University Ticketing at 609-258-9220.

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Art museum to stage a 'happening'

Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, 6 p.m. · Hamilton Murray Theater

The Princeton University Art Museum will present "The Sky Is the Limit: A Happening," at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at Hamilton Murray Theater. First created and performed by Fluxus artist and Rutgers University professor Geoffrey Hendricks in 1969, the event will be choreographed anew by Hendricks and participating students, incorporating movement, sound, image, everyday objects and audience participation.

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Latin American writers to speak

Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, 5 p.m. · Chancellor Green Rotunda

Mexican writer and scholar Margo Glantz, Chilean writer and professor at New York University Diamela Eltit, and Argentine writer and professor at New York University Sylvia Molloy will read from their work and discuss their poetics and participation in the Latin American literary scene in "Interruptions: In-between Narratives in Latin America" at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, in Chancellor Green Rotunda.

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Treuting and Furniss to speak on music composition

Thursday and Monday, Oct. 10 and 14, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · Woolworth Hall, Rooms 102 and 106

The Department of Music's fall colloquium series continues with two talks: Jason Treuting, one of two inaugural Fellows in the Creative and Performing Arts at Princeton, at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, in Woolworth Hall, Room 102; and Ingrid Furniss of Lafayette College, who will speak on "Silk Road Music Archaeology: A Case Study of the Lute," at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, in Woolworth Hall, Room 106.  

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Slavic film series to screen 'The Land of the Deaf'

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, 7 p.m. · Jones Hall, Room 100

The Slavic film series "Out of the Iron Closet: Gay Cinema After Socialism" continues with "The Land of the Deaf" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, in Jones Hall, Room 100. The 1998 Russian feminist film tells the story of the relationship of two women — one of whom is deaf and develops lesbian feelings for the other — who become involved with a group of deaf gangsters. Series films are shown with English subtitles.

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Intersections series to present poet and jazz lecture

Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 9 and 10, 2013, various times · various venues

Kevin Young, a 2013 National Book Award poetry finalist and the Atticus Haygood Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University, will read from his works at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, in McCosh Hall, Room 40. At 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, in Jones Hall, Room 100, Young and Brent Edwards, professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University, will give a joint talk "A Jazz Studies Critical Conversation." The events are sponsored by Intersections, a working group committed to promoting the interdisciplinary study of race, gender, class and sexuality in literature and cultural studies.

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Employee obituaries: October 2013

The following is an updated list of University employee obituaries.

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Employee retirements: October 2013

The following is an updated list of University employee retirements.

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Weighed down by guilt: Research shows it's more than a metaphor

Ever feel the weight of guilt? Princeton researcher Martin Day and Ramona Bobocel, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Waterloo, recently published the results of a series of studies that begin to offer answers to that question.

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Loh named Princeton University fire marshal

Scott W. Loh, a 22-year veteran in fire service has been appointed fire marshal in Princeton University's Department of Public Safety effective Oct. 21. "We are very excited to have Scott join the department,” said Paul L. Ominsky, executive director of Public Safety.

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Princeton South Asian Theatrics will present fall show

Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11-12, 2013, various times · Frist Film and Performance Theater

The student group Princeton South Asian Theatrics will present the show "Roshan's Eleven" at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 in the Frist Film and Performance Theater. Tickets are available at Frist Campus Center box office for $7 for students and $10 for the general public.

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Artificial intelligence, robotics are subjects of film series

Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, noon · Lewis Library, Room 225

The Friday Film Series @ Lewis Library will present films on topics such as artificial intelligence and robotics at noon Friday, Oct. 11 in Lewis Library, Room 225.

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Nobel Laureate Vargas Llosa brings literary flair back to Princeton

In fall 2010, the Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa was teaching at Princeton when he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Three years later, he has returned to the University to share his insights about writing with a new group of students as well as the broader campus community.

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Democracy Now! host Goodman will speak

Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, 5 p.m. · McCosh Hall, Room 50

Amy Goodman, host and executive producer of the radio news program Democracy Now! will speak about "Independent Media in a Time of War: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance and Hope," at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 in McCosh Hall, Room 50. The event is part of the Wilson College Signature Lecture Series.

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McCarty to speak on 'Political Bubbles'

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Room 016

Nolan McCarty, chair of Princeton's Department of Politics and the Susan Dod Brown Professor of Politics and Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School, and co-author of the book "Political Bubbles: Financial Crises and the Failure of American Democracy" will present a public lecture at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 9, in Robertson Hall, Room 016.

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Washington Post columnist will speak

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, 7:30 p.m. · Whig Hall Senate Chamber

Washington Post columnist Ezra Klein will give the talk "Why Washington is Horrible (in Charts)" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8 in the Whig Hall Senate Chamber.

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Panel to discuss 'Nonhuman Animals: Eat, Test, Love'

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Dodds Auditorium

A panel discussion titled "Nonhuman Animals: Eat, Test, Love," featuring Peter Singer, the Ira W. Decamp Professor of Bioethics, University Center for Human Values at Princeton University, and Jeff McMahan, a Distinguished Professor, Department of Philosophy at Rutgers University, will be held at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. Stanley Katz, a professor of public and international affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School, will moderate the discussion.

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PLO official to speak on 'Twenty Years After Oslo'

Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Dodds Auditorium

Maen Rashid Areikat, chief representative of the Palestinian Liberation Organization  and General Delegation of the PLO to the U.S., will present a public lecture titled "Twenty Years After Oslo: Lessons Learned and Future Options?" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

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Faculty committee will review assessment and grading policies

Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber has charged a new faculty committee with reviewing the University's policies for how student work is evaluated. The Ad Hoc Committee to Review Policies Regarding Assessment and Grading will explore whether the University's assessment guidelines remain effective and appropriate.

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Charge to the Ad Hoc Committee to Review Policies Regarding Assessment and Grading

Charge to the Ad Hoc Committee to Review Policies Regarding Assessment and Grading by President Christopher L. Eisgruber.

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Oushakine connects the dots of Russian history

Serguei Oushakine, an associate professor of anthropology and Slavic languages and literatures at Princeton University, focuses his work on connecting the fragmented dots of the Soviet Union — its culture, its politics, its influence — in a manner that brings greater clarity to fellow scholars as well as a reference point to undergraduates, most of whom were born after the Soviet collapse.

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Bulk phone data reveals 'startling insights,' Felten tells U.S. Senate

Seemingly minor bits of information collected by the National Security Agency, such as the phone numbers that citizens dial, can reveal far more personal information than is commonly believed, Princeton University Professor Edward Felten told a U.S. Senate committee in Washington, D.C.

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Map shows polling stations for Oct. 16 special election

Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. · various locations

A special election for one of New Jersey's U.S. Senate seats will be held Wednesday, Oct. 16. A map of voting districts and polling stations is available for residents of the Princeton University campus. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. The majority of the University campus is in District No. 7 and will vote at the Icahn Laboratory. Those voting in District No. 8 at the Computer Science Building include students who reside in the eating clubs. All students should bring their Princeton University ID card for identification.

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The changing status of women in politics will be discussed

Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, 6:30 p.m. · Whig Hall Senate Chamber

Ruth Mandel, director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University, will give the lecture "The Changing Status of Women in Elector Politics" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 in the Whig Hall Senate Chamber. The event is sponsored by the American Whig-Cliosophic Society with the Rutgers Speakers Bureau.

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FACULTY AWARD: Fiedler receives 2013 NIH New Innovator Award

Dorothea Fiedler, a Princeton University assistant professor of chemistry, received a 2013 New Innovator Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to pursue her work in cancer metastasis. Fiedler's project, "Understanding phosphate metabolism in cancer and metastasis," was one of 78 "highly innovative" biomedical projects nationwide funded in 2013 as part of the NIH's High Risk-High Reward program.

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Princeton University Japan Global Seminar, "Vision and Insight in Classic Japan"

In summer 2013, Princeton University students participated in the Global Seminar, "Vision and Insight in Classic Japan." Taught by Thomas Hare, the William Sauter LaPort '28 Professor in Regional Studies and professor of comparative literature, the six-week Princeton course was held at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto and explored traditional Japanese culture with an emphasis on vision and its relation to aesthetic, religious and ethical insight. the Global Seminars are sponsored by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) in conjunction with the Office of International Programs.

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Nobel Laureate Vargas Llosa to speak

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, 6 p.m., McCosh Hall, Room 50

Mario Vargas Llosa, the 2010 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature and a visiting lecturer in the Lewis Center for the Arts and the Program in Latin American Studies, will discuss "Politics and Culture in Latin America" in conversation with Enrique Krauze Kleinbort, a visiting research scholar and lecturer in the Program in Latin American Studies, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, in McCosh Hall, Room 50. The event, which will be held in English, is part of Princeton University's Public Lectures Series.

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Art museum exhibition to showcase New Jersey's role in avant-garde art

Oct. 5, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014 · Princeton University Art Museum

"New Jersey as Non-Site," the first comprehensive exhibition to recognize New Jersey as a major catalyst for avant-garde art of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, will be on view Oct. 5, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014, at the Princeton University Art Museum. Nancy Holt will give a keynote lecture on the exhibition, in which her work is featured, at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, in McCosh Hall, Room 50, A reception in the art museum will follow.

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Film of production of updated 'Phèdre' myth to be screened

Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · 185 Nassau St., Stewart Theater

A film screening of the experimental theater ensemble The Wooster Group's OBIE-winning production "To You, the Birdie!" — Paul Schmidt's version of Racine's "Phèdre" set in a mobile modernist landscape — will take place at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, in the Stewart Theater, 185 Nassau St. The screening will be followed by a talkback with Elizabeth LeCompte, a founding member and theater director of the Wooster Group. The event is part of "Myth in Transformation: The Phaedra Project," a yearlong interdisciplinary series of theatrical productions, musical performances, film screenings, recitations, courses and a symposium of artists and scholars.

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Art museum to celebrate Latin Heritage Month

Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, 7 p.m. · Princeton University Art Museum

Princeton University Art Museum will present its second annual Latin Heritage Month celebration at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3. The evening includes a student-led tour of "The Itinerant Languages of Photography" at 7:30 p.m., performances by student groups Ballet Folklorico and Mas Flow at 8 p.m., and an open-to-all Latin dance tutorial at 8:40 p.m.

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Princeton Shakespeare Company to present 'As You Like It'

Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 3-5, various times · Frist Theatre

Princeton Shakespeare Company will present "As You Like It" at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 3-5, and a matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, in the Frist Theatre.

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Slavic film series to screen 'Not Angels But Angels'

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, 7 p.m. · Jones Hall, Room 100

The Slavic film series "Out of the Iron Closet" continues with "Not Angels But Angels" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, in Jones Hall, Room 100. The 1994 film from the Czech Republic features interviews with a procurer and 19 young male prostitutes in Prague. The series is sponsored by the Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, and the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies. Series films are shown with English subtitles.

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Dietrich bequest endows economic theory center and supports financial aid at Princeton

A substantial bequest from industrialist and philanthropist William S. Dietrich II, a member of Princeton University's Class of 1960, will endow the University's Economic Theory Center, which has been renamed in his honor. His gift will also support undergraduate and graduate student financial aid by establishing a fund for the William S. Dietrich II Scholars and Fellows.

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