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Archive – December, 2013

Additional meningitis B vaccine clinics scheduled

Jan. 15-16 and Feb. 17-20, 2014, various times · Frist Campus Center, Level B

Additional meningitis B vaccine clinics have been scheduled in January and February for eligible University community members who need a first or second dose of the vaccine.

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'The Pleasure of Learning'

Whether it is the joy of engaging with a professor, being deeply immersed in a book or having a casual study session with friends, the pleasure of learning is experienced in a variety of ways around Princeton's campus.

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Video feature: 'The Pleasure of Learning'

As a liberal arts institution, Princeton University supports research and teaching across a broad range of disciplines both for the good of society and for its community members' personal and intellectual growth. As seen in this video, whether it is the joy of engaging with a professor, being deeply immersed in a book or having a casual study session with friends, the pleasure of learning is experienced in a variety of ways around Princeton's campus.

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Four Princeton faculty receive presidential science awards

Four Princeton University professors have received the 2013 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers.

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Senior to stage transgender interpretation of Ibsen drama

Friday through Sunday, Jan. 10-12, 2014, various times · 185 Nassau St., Matthews Acting Studio

Senior Sean Drohan will appear in the title role in the Henrik Ibsen classic drama "Hedda Gabler" at 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Jan. 10-12, in the Matthews Acting Studio, 185 Nassau St. There will be one matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11. The production serves as Drohan's senior thesis for a certificate in theater. Playing Hedda, sometimes called "the female Hamlet," Drohan explores gender issues related to the character. The Saturday matinee will be followed at 4 p.m. with a talkback about issues of mixed-gender casting and performing gender with Drohan, popular drag performer Hedda Lettuce and Jill Dolan, the Annan Profesor of English and director of the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies. For tickets call University Ticketing at 609-258-9220.

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Princeton University Opera to present Monteverdi opera

Friday and Saturday, Jan. 10-11, 2014, 7:30 p.m. · Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

Princeton University Opera will present a production of Claudio Monteverdi's "The Coronation of Poppea" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 10-11, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. The production will feature senior Katie Buzard, soprano, and junior Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, countertenor. The conductor is Michael Pratt and the director is Ethan Heard, a lecturer in music. The opera will be performed in English and takes place in conjunction with an interdisciplinary conference "Venice and Ritual" organized by Wendy Heller, professor of music and director of the Program in Italian Studies. Tickets are free for students and $10 for the general public and are available online or by calling 609-258-9220. 

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Art museum event blends yoga and art

Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, 6 pm. · Princeton University Art Museum

As part of its Late Thursday series, the Princeton University Art Museum will present "Yoga: Finals Edition" at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, in the museum. Co-sponsored with Lululemon Athletica, the event will engage participants in an exploration of the healing benefits of yoga. Bring your own mat or borrow one at the door.

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Students to perform original compositions

Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, 7:30 p.m. · Woolworth Center, McAlpin Hall

Students in "Beginning Workshop in Musical Composition," taught by Paul Lansky, the William Shubael Conant Professor of Music, will perform original works at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, in McAlpin Hall, Woolworth Center.

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Pop goes the science: Fast fun fills annual holiday lecture

Howard Stone, the Donald R. Dixon '69 and Elizabeth W. Dixon Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, delivered his fifth annual Holiday Science Lecture to two packed audiences on Dec. 14. A mix of hard science and silly fun, the annual lecture has become a tradition in the Princeton area. The topic of this year's talk was "Faster Than the Blink of an Eye."

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'WPRB, Princeton Radio'

In addition to their classes and various extracurricular activities, some Princeton University students are dedicating time to operate a 14,000-watt radio station that can be heard from Princeton to parts of New York City, Philadelphia and Wilmington, Del. This video gives an inside look at WPRB and a few of its dedicated staff members.

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Video feature: Radio station brings students, alumni and community together

In addition to their classes and various extracurricular activities, some Princeton University students are dedicating time to operate a 14,000-watt radio station that can be heard from Princeton to parts of New York City, Philadelphia and Wilmington, Del. This video gives an inside look at WPRB and a few of its dedicated staff members.

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FACULTY AWARD: Seven Princeton researchers named 2013 APS fellows

Seven Princeton University researchers were named 2013 Fellows of the American Physical Society (APS), one of the world's top organizations of physicists. Fellows will be honored during the 2014 APS annual meeting.

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Mating is the kiss of death for certain female worms

The presence of male sperm and seminal fluid causes female worms to shrivel and die after giving birth, Princeton University researchers reported this week in the journal Science. The demise of the female appears to benefit the male worm by removing her from the mating pool for other males. 

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Opposing phenomena possible key to high-efficiency electricity delivery

Princeton University-led researchers report that the coexistence of two opposing phenomena might be the secret to understanding how materials known as high-temperature superconductors — heralded as the future of powering our homes and communities — actually work. Such insight could help spur the further development of high-efficiency electric-power delivery.

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Back to nature: Garnet Chan explores quantum roots of chemical reactions

Nature performs remarkable feats of chemistry — enabling, for example, plants to take in sunlight, water and carbon dioxide to create their own food, and in the process, pump out oxygen for the rest of the planet. Princeton professor Garnet Chan's goal is to understand how these feats of chemistry take place, by going back to the quantum mechanical roots of the atoms and electrons involved. Such an understanding could lead to building new chemical tools — such as catalysts, which speed up reactions — and perhaps someday to harnessing processes such as photosynthesis for our own energy needs.

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Leading thinkers to discuss future of higher education at Princeton forum in Paris

Some of the world's top thinkers including Nobel laureates, policymakers and university leaders will gather in Paris in April to discuss the future of higher education at the second annual Princeton-Fung Global Forum.

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A lifetime of contributions to physics: Philip Anderson

Noted Princeton University physicist Philip Anderson celebrated his 90th birthday at a workshop Dec.14-15 devoted to an illustrious career that included a Nobel Prize and contributions to understanding the fundamental nature of materials — from everyday items such as magnets to exotic superconductors and new forms of matter. About 150 colleagues and former students from as far away as India and Japan attended, as well as five fellow Nobel Prize winners and one Fields Medal recipient.

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Nassau Street entrance will be closed to vehicles

Friday, Dec. 13-Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 · Nassau Street entrance

The Nassau Street entrance to campus for vehicles will be closed during the University's winter recess from 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13 to 7 a.m. Monday, Dec. 30. The Faculty Road entrance for vehicles will be open 24 hours a day during this period. Individuals who have questions or who need special accommodations should contact the Department of Public Safety at 609-258-1000. The Nassau Street gate will still open electronically for vehicles exiting from inside campus.

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Princeton report charts step-by-step path toward nuclear weapons-free Middle East

The recent multination nuclear agreement with Iran could serve as a first step toward a Middle East free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction, according to researchers on the International Panel on Fissile Materials (IPFM). The group, based at Princeton University and made up of nuclear experts from 18 countries, outlined the other actions that would be required to reach that goal in a recent report.

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Wimmer masters details to redefine the big picture of conflict

Sociologist Andreas Wimmer and his colleagues amassed and analyzed a database of all 464 major wars fought around the world from 1816 to 2001, allowing him to identify the formation and development of nation-states as an overlooked common thread in conflicts. Wimmer helps students connect the dots in their own work, too, as they seek the best ways to use data in research projects.

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Princeton offers early-action admission to 714 students for Class of 2018

Princeton University has offered admission to 714 students from a pool of 3,854 candidates who applied through single-choice early action for the Class of 2018.

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FACULTY AWARD: Mian recognized for work as scientist, peace activist

Zia Mian, a research scientist in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Program on Science and Global Security and a lecturer in public and international affairs, has been selected to receive the 2014 Linus Pauling Legacy Award. The award, sponsored by the Oregon State University Libraries and Press, recognizes Mian's accomplishments as a scientist and as a peace activist in contributing to the global effort for nuclear disarmament and for a more peaceful world. As part of the celebration marking Mian's acceptance of the award, he will deliver a public lecture at the Oregon History Society in Portland, Ore., on Monday, April 21, 2014.

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Princeton and PPPL launch center to study volatile space weather

Researchers at Princeton University and the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory have launched a new center to study the heliosphere, the complex and frequently violent region of space that encompasses the solar system. The Princeton Center for Heliospheric Physics aims to sharpen the capacity to predict solar eruptions and to deepen understanding of the plasma flows and magnetic forces that emanate from the sun.

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UPDATE Dec. 12: More than 5,200 receive meningitis B vaccines

Princeton University has provided the first dose of the meningitis B vaccine to 5,268 individuals, which represent 91 percent of the approximately 5,800 University community members who were eligible to receive the vaccine. Vaccinations were given during clinics in Frist Campus Center from Monday through Thursday, Dec. 9-12.

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Gangemi takes on post as HR director at PPPL

Paulette Gangemi is the new director of human resources at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. She succeeds Susan Murphy-LaMarche, who is retiring after working at PPPL for nearly 31 years.

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PPPL's 'Star Power' video offers compelling view of lab's research

The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory's new informational video, "Star Power," uses dramatic and beautiful images and thought-provoking interviews to explain magnetic fusion and to highlight the importance of the laboratory's research.

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'Star Power'

The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory's new informational video, "Star Power," uses dramatic and beautiful images and thought-provoking interviews to explain magnetic fusion and to highlight the importance of the laboratory's research.

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President's Award for Distinguished Teaching nominations sought

The Office of the Dean of the Faculty asks all members of the community to submit letters of nomination for the 2014 President's Award for Distinguished Teaching.

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Two seniors named Sachs Scholars

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

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Panel to discuss 'Mandela: Man, Myth and Memory'

Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, 5 p.m. · Burr Hall, Room 219

A panel on Nelson Mandela, "Mandela: Man, Myth, and Memory," will be held at 5 p.m. Wednseday, Dec. 11, in Burr Hall, Room 219. The event is sponsored by the Program in African Studies and the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peach and Justice.

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Panel to discuss U.N. efforts to halt harm to children in conflicts

Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, 3:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Dodds Auditorium

The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination will sponsor a panel discussion, "U.N. Efforts to End Grave Violations Against Children in Conflict Situations," at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.  

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FACULTY HONOR: Davis recognized for her book 'Bad Souls'

Elizabeth Davis, an assistant professor of anthropology, has been awarded the fifth annual Gregory Bateson Prize by the Society for Cultural Anthropology for her book "Bad Souls: Madness and Responsibility in Modern Greece." The Bateson Prize is awarded annually at the meetings of the American Anthropological Association.

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University provides meningitis B vaccine during campus clinics

Princeton University began providing the first dose of the meningitis B vaccine to recommended campus groups on Monday, Dec. 9, with 1,959 individuals vaccinated by the end of the first day. At the conclusion of the clinics on Thursday night, the total number vaccinated was 5,268. The vaccine clinics are being held from noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Dec. 9-12, in the Frist Campus Center multipurpose room. More information about the clinics is available on the University's meningitis website.

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Mandela remembrance will be held

Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, 4 p.m. · Murray-Dodge Hall

A remembrance of the South African leader Nelson Mandela will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 in Murray-Dodge Hall. The event "Nelson Mandela: Come to Share, Come to Listen" is sponsored by the Office of Religious Life.

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Princeton Sinfonia concert to feature student world premiere

Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, 7:30 p.m. · Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

The Princeton University Sinfonia will perform music inspired by nature and landscape at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. The program includes the world premiere of "Scherzo" by senior Jason Wang and songs by Richard Strauss featuring soprano Rochelle Ellis, a voice instructor in the Department of Music. For tickets call University Ticketing at 609-258-9220.

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Student jazz musicians to give recital

Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, 8 p.m. · Woolworth Center, McAlpin Rehearsal Hall

Students in the fall course "Projects in Jazz Performance," taught by visiting artist, alto and soprano saxophonist Mark Gross, will give a recital at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, in Woolworth Center, McAlpin Rehearsal Hall.

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Students to stage Edgar Allen Poe texts

Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, 8 p.m. · McCarter Theater Center's Berlind Theatre

Students in the Princeton Atelier course "Making Theater Without a Script" will present a staging of various texts from "The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe," incorporating choreography and sound design, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 at McCarter Theatre Center's Berlind Theatre. The course was led by John Collins, artistic director and founder of the theater ensemble Elevator Repair Service.

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Student vocal groups to perform in candlelight service

Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, 7:30 p.m. · Princeton University Chapel

A service of readings and music featuring the Chapel Choir, Princeton University Glee Club and a cappella groups will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the Princeton University Chapel.

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Slavic film series to screen 'Jolly Fellows'

Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, 7 p.m. · Jones Hall, Room 100

The Slavic film series "Out of the Iron Closet" concludes with "Jolly Fellows" (2009), the first Russian film about drag queens, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, in Room 100, Jones Hall. The film will be shown with English subtitles.

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Creative writing students to read from their work

Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, 5:15 p.m. · Chancellor Green Rotunda

The 2013-14 Althea Ward Clark W'21 Reading Series will continue with student readings from fall classes in the Program in Creative Writing at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, in Chancellor Green Rotunda.

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Student dancers to perform

Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 11-13, 2013, various times · 185 Nassau St., Hagan Dance Studio

The Lewis Center for the Arts' Program in Dance will present a series of showings of new work created and repertory works learned by students in dance classes during the fall semester. The performances — at 6 and 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11; 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12; and 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13 — will take place in the Hagan Dance Studio, 185 Nassau St.

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Treuting to perform with student musicians

Tuesday and Thursday, Dec. 10 and 12, 2013, various times · various venues

Percussionist/composer Jason Treuting, a 2013-15 Princeton Fellow in the Creative and the Performing Arts, will perform in two concerts with Princeton students and his ensemble, So Percussion. This first concert will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, in Woolworth Center, Room 102, and will feature the student ensemble The Pentatonic Cowboy Waltzers. The second concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, in the Lucas Gallery, 185 Nassau St., and will feature So Percussion performing a work-in-progress

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'Discovery: Research at Princeton' highlights University scholarship

Adventure on the high seas. Hunting for planets outside our solar system. Searching through archives for a lost manuscript. These are some of the activities that engage Princeton University researchers and lead to discoveries. These stories and many others are now available in the pages of the University's annual research magazine, "Discovery: Research at Princeton."

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Princeton MLB players will give talk

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, 7:30 p.m. · McCosh Hall, Room 50

Current and former Princeton Major League Baseball players will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10 in McCosh Hall, Room 50 in an event sponsored by the Princeton Varsity Club. The event is part of the Jake McCandless ’51 PVC Speaker Series.

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Shawon Jackson remarks at installation of President Eisgruber

Installation remarks by Shawon Jackson, president of the Undergraduate Student Government

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Annual Holiday Science Lecture will be held

Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. · McDonnell Hall, Room A02

The 2013 Holiday Science Lecture "Faster Than the Blink of an Eye!" will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14, in McDonnell Hall, Room A02. Lectures will be given at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and is recommended for children ages 7 and older. Seating is limited and advance registration is required. For more information and to register, visit the Princeton Center for Complex Materials website.

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FACULTY HONOR: Blinder book recognized by New York Times

"After the Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead" by Alan S. Blinder, the Gordon S. Rentschler Memorial Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2013 by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. The book describes a "perfect storm" that led to the 2008 financial meltdown.

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L'Avant-Scène to present scenes from French theater

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, 8 p.m. · Rockefeller College Common Room

L'Avant-Scene, the French Theater Workshop, will perform "Fragments XIII," a student recital of scenes from classical and modern French theater, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, in Rockefeller College Common Room. Reservations are encouraged via email to ftw@princeton.edu with the subject line: Fragment XIII.

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Journalist Corchado to speak

Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, 12:20 p.m. · Burr Hall, Room 219

Alfredo Corchado, the Mexico bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News, will give a talk "Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter's Journey Through a Country's Descent into Darkness," the title of his recently published memoir about his experiences reporting on government corruption and drug cartels in Mexico, at 12:20 p.m. in Burr Hall, Room 219. The event is presented by the Program in Latin American Studies.

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A second chance through Princeton's Prison Teaching Initiative

Two years ago, Reginald Murph was in prison for the second time. Today, he is a sophomore at Rutgers University. He credits Princeton University's Prison Teaching Initiative (PTI) with helping give him a second chance. PTI offers credit-earning college courses to inmates at three New Jersey correctional facilities. More than 70 Princeton faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and alumni volunteer to teach classes in English, mathematics, science and other subjects spanning the liberal arts.

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'Prison Teaching Initiative at Princeton University'

Participants in Princeton's Prison Teaching Initiative talk about why they got involved.

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National Constitution Center CEO will speak about book

Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Dodds Auditorium

Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, will discuss his new book,"Constitution 3.0: Freedom and Technological Change" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

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CPUC meeting will include meningitis discussion

Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · Friend Center, Room 101

The Council of the Princeton University Community (CPUC) will meet at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, in the Friend Center, Room 101. The meeting is open to members of the University community. Agenda items include a report from the Special Faculty Committee on Classroom Design, and a question-and-answer session with University officials about bacterial meningitis and the meningitis B vaccine that will be offered to recommended campus groups.

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University forums will answer meningitis questions

Thursday through Monday, Dec. 5-9, 2013, various times · various locations

Representatives from the University and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will host forums for students, faculty and staff to answer questions about bacterial meningitis and the meningitis B vaccine that will be offered to recommended University groups. The forums will be held on the following dates.

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Student PEI interns research pollution in Mississippi River, gain new skills

When Devika Balachandran and David Hoyos arrived in Mississippi last June to embark upon an eight-week-long internship, the two Princeton University undergraduates did not know each other — but that was about to change. Balachandran and Hoyos worked alongside one another in a summer research project sponsored by the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) designed to better understand an ecological quandary: how agricultural nitrogen pollution influences ground and stream waters that drain into the Mississippi River.

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Employee obituaries: December 2013

The following is an updated list of University employee obituaries.

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Employee retirements: November-December 2013

The following is an updated list of University employee retirements.

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Eisgruber has wide-ranging conversation with Princeton town officials

Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber and Princeton town officials engaged in a broad conversation on Monday, Dec. 2, that covered topics including campus development, supporting a diverse community, building on existing town-gown partnerships and fostering positive communication.

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University contributions to Princeton town

Summary of the many ways in which Princeton University currently contributes to and engages with the Princeton community. Submitted in a memo by President Christopher L. Eisgruber to the Princeton Mayor and Council on Nov. 26, 2013.

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Student work: 'Princeton Against Meningitis'

The Student Health Advisory Board speaks with some of the Princeton students who have had meningitis and with Dr. Janet Neglia of University Health Services. Eligible University community members who did not receive the Meningitis B vaccine in December 2013 may receive the first dose of the vaccine on Jan. 15-16 in the Frist Campus Center. A second dose of the vaccine will be available Feb. 17-20 in the Frist Campus Center. Two doses are needed for maximum protection. For more information visit the University's meningitis information website.

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Princeton University Chapel to host community 'Messiah' sing

Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, 7:30 p.m. · Princeton University Chapel

Princeton University Chapel will host a community sing of Handel's "Messiah" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, in the chapel. Participants are invited to bring a score or borrow one at the door. Penna Rose, director of chapel music, will conduct. General admission is $5; students are free.

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Salih to speak on Iraq

Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · McCormick Hall, Room 101

Barham Salih, the former prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraqi Kurdistan and former deputy prime minister of the federal government of Iraq, will give a talk "The United States, Iraq and the Future of the Kurds" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, in McCormick Hall, Room 101. The event is the fourth installment of The Near East and the World Seminar Series "Reckoning with Iraq: Ten Years Later," sponsored by the Department of Near Eastern Studies.

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Glee Club to present holiday concert

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 5 p.m. · Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

The Princeton University Glee Club will present its annual holiday concert at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. The program will feature Bach's "Magnificat."

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Princeton Chapel Choir to present advent concert

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, 2:30 p.m. · Princeton University Chapel

The Princeton Chapel Choir will present its annual advent concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, in the Princeton University Chapel. The program will feature selections from J.S. Bach's "Christmas Oratorio."

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Theatre Intime to present 'Frankenstein'

Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 5-7, and Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 10-11, 2013, 8 p.m. · Hamilton Murray Theater

Theatre Intime will present "Frankenstein," adapted by R.N. Sandberg, lecturer in English, theater and the Lewis Center for the Arts, at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 5-7, in Hamilton Murray Theater. The production will be directed by junior Kanoa Mulling. For tickets, call University Ticketing at 609-258-9220.

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Concert to feature world premiere of Branker's 'Ballad for Trayvon Martin'

Thursday and Friday, Dec. 5 and 6, 2013, 7:30 p.m. · Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

The Princeton University Orchestra and the University Concert Jazz Ensemble will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 5 and 6, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. The program will include works by Beethoven and Dvorak, a commissioned work by David Sanford and the world premiere of "Ballad for Trayvon Martin" by Anthony Branker, the Anthony H.P. Lee '79 P11 Senior Lecturer in Jazz Studies and director of the Program in Jazz Studies. For tickets call University Ticketing at 609-258-9220.

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Lee to speak on politics and Asian Americans

Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · McCormick Hall, Room 106

The inaugural lecture series "Asian American Studies Today and Tomorrow" will continue with a talk by Taeku Lee, "Of Black Swans and Blue Tigers: The Political Imperative of Asian Americans," at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, in McCormick Hall, Room 106. Lee is a professor of political science and law at the University of California-Berkeley. 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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Harp concert to feature student performers

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, 8 p.m. · Princeton University Chapel

"Harp Extravaganza," featuring student performers, will take place at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, in the Princeton University Chapel.

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Evening of theater to feature student work

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, 7:30 p.m. · McCarter Theatre Center Rehearsal Room

Students in the Princeton Atelier course "Stories to Stage, Words and Song: A Study in Adaptation" will present an evening of songs, monologues and scenes at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, in the McCarter Theatre Center Rehearsal Room. A reception will follow the performance. Seating is limited.

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'Extraordinary Canadians' documentary to receive U.S. premiere

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, 7 p.m. · East Pyne Hall, Room 010

The Program in Canadian Studies will present the U.S. premiere of "Extraordinary Canadians: Nino Ricci on Pierre Elliott Trudeau" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, in East Pyne Hall, Room 010. A Q&A with narrator Nino Ricci, a visiting lecturer in the Council of the Humanities and the L. G. Pathy '56 Visiting Professor in Canadian Studies, will follow the screening.

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Slavic film series to screen 'Suicide Room'

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, 7 p.m. · Jones Hall, Room 100

The Slavic film series "Out of the Iron Closet" continues with "Suicide Room" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, in Room 100, Jones Hall. The 2011 Polish drama, which follows a humiliated student who spends all his time in a virtual reality chat room, will be shown with English subtitles.

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Poster to speak on musical legacy of the Civil War

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

Randall Poster, who has served as music supervisor on movies and television shows including "Moonrise Kingdom" and Boardwalk Empire," will speak about the new album he conceived "Divided & United: Civil War Music Today" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, in McCormick Hall, Room 106. "Divided & United" features new recordings of Civil War songs by country, bluegrass, folk and other performers, including Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Taj Mahal and others. Poster was inspired to make the 32-track collection while working on the film "Country Strong" in Nashville.

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Researchers demonstrate new way to sustain high-performance fusion plasmas

A multinational team led by Chinese researchers in collaboration with U.S. and European partners has successfully demonstrated a novel technique for suppressing instabilities that can cut short the life of controlled fusion reactions. The team, headed by researchers at the Institute of Plasma Physics in the Chinese Academy of Sciences (ASIPP), combined the new technique with a method that the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has developed for protecting the walls that surround the hot, charged plasma gas that fuels fusion reactions.

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Board approves three faculty appointments

The Princeton University Board of Trustees has approved the appointments of three faculty members, including one full professor and two assistant professors.

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Filmmaker Gehr to speak

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, 7:30 p.m. · 185 Nassau St., Stewart Theater

Experimental filmmaker Ernie Gehr will give the John Sacret Young '69 Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in the Stewart Theater, 185 Nassau St. The event, presented by the Film Studies Committee and the Program in Visual Arts, will include screenings of Gehr's recent digital works, including "Brooklyn Series," which debuted at the New York Film Festival earlier this fall.

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Schultz to speak on furniture design

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · Fields Center, Multipurpose Room

Furniture designer Richard Schultz will give a talk "Form Follows Technique" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in the Fields Center Multipurpose Room. Axel Kilian, assistant professor of architecture, will moderate the discussion. The event is part of the Keller Center's "The Creative Mind: Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship Lecture Series," and is co-sponsored by the Princeton University Art Museum and the School of Architecture.

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Buildings cleared after gas leak capped

A backhoe struck a gas line south of the University's McCosh Health Center shortly before 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 2, prompting an evacuation of about 500 people from 11 buildings in the immediate area. 

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Politics of race and religion in America will be discussed

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, 6:30 p.m. · McCosh Hall, Room 10

"The Politics of Race and Religion in America Today" will be the subject of a talk between Eddie Glaude and Sherman Jackson at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10 in McCosh Hall, Room 10. Jackson is the King Faisal Chair of Islamic Thought a Culture at the University of Southern California and Glaude is Princeton's William S. Tod Professor of Religion and chair of the Center for African American Studies.

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Searching for bones, finding wisdom within the earth

In the freshman seminar, "Earth's Environments and Ancient Civilizations," students study how to use global positioning, archaeological technology, geological and geophysical data, and computer programs to seek and examine the buried remnants of lost civilizations. The course included a trip to Cyprus, where students collected data for final presentations about how ancient civilizations altered the landscape and environment — and vice versa.

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'Good Morning, Princeton'

On Princeton University's campus each fall, the leaves take on bold new personalities. Orange and red replace green, and the birds create their own space in the canvas of the sky. The gold found in the richness of the sunrise over Lake Carnegie is breathtaking.

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Film Forum to feature 'Strictly Ballroom'

Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, 7 p.m. · Rockefeller College, Rocky Theater

The film "Strictly Ballroom" will be screened at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, as part of the fall Film Forum.

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Talk to focus on 'Global Recession 2.0'

Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · McCosh Hall, Room 46

Wei Xiong, a professor of economics, and Atif Mian, a professor of economics and public affairs, will discuss "Global Recession 2.0: China's Massive Property Bubble" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, in McCosh Hall, Room 46.  

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Bass to discuss 'The Blood Telegram'

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Dodds Auditorium

Gary Bass, a professor of politics and international affairs and author of the new book, "The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide" will present a public lecture at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.  A book sale and signing and public reception will follow the discussion in Shultz Dining Room.  

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Film Forum to screen 'Casanova'

Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, 7 p.m. · Rockefeller College, Rocky Theater

The film "Casanova" will be screened at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, as part of the fall Film Forum.  

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Nye to speak on 'Presidential Leadership and the Creation of the American Era'

Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Dodds Auditorium

Joseph S. Nye Jr., a distinguished service professor at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, will present a public talk at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. Nye will discuss his new book titled, "Presidential Leadership and the Creation of the American Era."

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