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Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
 

Archive – January, 2014

'Diverse Perspectives' showcases Princeton's rich cultural environment

In a new publication, "Experience Princeton: Diverse Perspectives," current students, faculty and administrators talk about the interests and perspectives they've brought to campus, and the ways in which they've learned from those who differ from them — in classrooms, residence halls, campus eateries, athletic fields and every other nook of the University.

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Pogrebniak wins Churchill Scholarship to study computer science and medicine

Princeton University senior Katherine Pogrebniak, a computer science major who intends to pursue a career in medicine and medical research, has been selected as one of this year's Churchill Scholars.

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Trustees approve two faculty appointments

The Princeton University Board of Trustees has approved the appointments of two faculty members — one full professor and one assistant professor.

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FACULTY AWARD: Page named APS Fellow

Lyman Page, the Henry De Wolf Smyth Professor of Physics and department chair, was recently named a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). Page was among 248 new fellows elected for exceptional contributions to physics.

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FACULTY HONOR: Currie elected to American Academy of Political and Social Science

Janet Currie, Princeton's Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. Currie, who is also director of the Center for Health and Wellbeing, will officially join the academy along with six other 2014 fellows at a May 8 ceremony in Washington, D.C.

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Ice skating available on Lake Carnegie

Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, daylight hours · Lake Carnegie

The recent run of cold weather has resulted in Lake Carnegie freezing over and being available for ice skating for the first time since 2009. Members of the University and local communities are invited to take advantage of the five-plus inches of ice. Skating is allowed during daylight hours between the bridges on Washington Road and Harrison Street. It is permitted at one's own risk only when the white flags are flying from the poles at the boathouse near the Washington Road Bridge and at the Harrison Street bridge.

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Bliss to speak on 'Race Decoded'

Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, 4:30 p.m. · East Pyne Hall, Room 010

Catherine Bliss of the University of California-San Francisco will give a talk "Race Decoded: New Paradigms and Problems of the 21st Century" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, in East Pyne Hall, Room 010. Bliss will explore the move in the genomic sciences toward recasting race as a multifaceted entity worth understanding from a genomic perspective. The event is part of the inaugural lecture series "Asian American Studies Today and Tomorrow" sponsored by the Program in American Studies, the Program in Gender and Sexuality, the Department of English, the Department of Politics, the Department of Sociology, and the Office of the Dean of the College.

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Screening to feature student filmmakers

Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, 4:30 p.m. · 185 Nassau St., Stewart Theater

The Lewis Center for the Arts' Program in Visual Arts will hold a screening of recent student work in video created during the fall semester at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, in the Stewart Theater, 185 Nassau St.

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Trustees approve 8.5 percent increase in financial aid budget

Princeton University trustees Jan. 25 approved an 8.5 percent increase in undergraduate financial aid to $131.6 million in adopting the University’s operating budget for 2014-15. The University’s pioneering financial aid program is committed to providing access and affordability to students from all economic backgrounds without a required loan.

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Board approves three faculty promotions

The Princeton University Board of Trustees has approved the promotions of three faculty members, effective July 1, 2013.

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Panel to feature alumni of PIIRS Global Seminars

Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, 6 p.m. · Burr Hall, Room 219

Many recent Princeton alumni have described the PIIRS Global Seminars as the high point of their Princeton experience. Mitchell Duneier, the Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology and director of two global seminars in Italy and Poland, will lead a panel discussion on the seminars at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, in Burr Hall, Room 219. The panel, including five global seminar alumni, will introduce the program to students thinking of applying to one of the seminars.

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Office of International Programs to host reception, exhibit

Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, 4:30 p.m. · Burr Hall, Second floor

The Office of International Programs (OIP) will host a reception and exhibit opening to welcome back students returning from studying abroad, welcome incoming exchange students and celebrate winners of the sixth annual International Eye Photo Contest at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, on the second floor of Burr Hall. The photo contest is sponsored by OIP. Winners will be announced at approximately 5 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

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NEWS BRIEF: Graduate student Shaw wins Grammy Award with ensemble

Caroline Shaw, a graduate student in composition in the Department of Music, is a member of the New York-based vocal ensemble A Roomful of Teeth, which won a 2014 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance.

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UPDATE: University summer camps will host open house

Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. · Dillon Gymnasium

Update to date: The Princeton University Summer Day Camp and the Princeton Sports Camps will host a winter open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, in the lobby of Dillon Gymnasium.

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Kulkarni named dean of Graduate School

Sanjeev Kulkarni, professor of electrical engineering and director of the Keller Center, has been appointed as the next dean of the Princeton University Graduate School, effective March 31.

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Princeton applications remain near record-high

Princeton University has received 26,607 applications for admission to the Class of 2018. The applicants include 3,854 candidates who applied last fall through single-choice early action.   The University's undergraduate admission office offered ad

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Mellon Mays program cultivates diverse future scholars

Princeton University senior Edwin Carbajal has always been a diligent student, but it was through the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship that he became a dedicated scholar. Carbajal is one of 11 current Princeton undergraduates participating in the national program. By encouraging underrepresented and other students to pursue a career in academia, the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship aims to increase the diversity of faculty at colleges and universities across the country.

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Extended hours for Princeton Station waiting room

Wednesday, Jan. 22-25, 2014, 4:30 a.m.-1:30 a.m. · Temporary Princeton Station waiting room

Due to extreme cold temperatures in the area, the opening hours of the temporary Princeton Station waiting room have been extended. The waiting room will be open from 4:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, through Friday, Jan. 24. The waiting room will close at 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, and will reopen at 6 a.m. Monday, Jan 27.

If you have questions, please email or call 609-258-8023.

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UPDATE: Princeton resumes normal operations

Princeton University and the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory will resume normal operations at 10 a.m. Wednesday. However, exams will continue as scheduled and employees in critical or essential roles are to report to work as scheduled Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

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In King Day speech, Wasow highlights challenges facing today's civil rights movement

At Princeton University's annual King Day celebration Jan. 20, Assistant Professor of Politics Omar Wasow celebrated the achievements of the civil rights movement while underscoring the complex challenges it faces today in the continuing fight for equality for all.

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Journey Award recognizes Spruill's commitment to community

Larry Spruill, a housing area coordinator in Housing and Real Estate Services at Princeton University, was honored Monday, Jan. 20, with the Martin Luther King Day Journey Award, which recognizes efforts to continue the journey to achieve the civil rights leader's vision.

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UPDATED: Alexander Street and University Place intersection to reopen on Monday, Feb. 3

On Monday, Feb. 3, construction crews will reopen the intersection of Alexander Street and University Place to vehicular traffic.

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Register for Wilderness First Responder course

Jan. 26-Feb. 2, 2014, various times · Jadwin Hall

A Wilderness First Responder Course, which will teach advanced first aid in the wilderness context, will be offered Sunday, Jan. 26-Sunday, Feb. 2, in Jadwin Hall. Classes will be held from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 26, and then daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The last day of class on Feb. 2 will end at noon. Registration is $495 for students with Princeton University ID and $650 for University faculty, staff and general public. Members of the University community should register with their Net ID via the Outdoor Action Program website, while the public should register by contacting Outdoor Action directly at oa@princeton.edu or 609-258-6230.

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Art museum exhibition to feature Italian master drawings

Jan. 25-May 11, 2014 · Princeton University Art Museum

"500 Years of Italian Master Drawings from the Princeton University Art Museum" will be on view Jan. 25-May 11 at the museum. The exhibition features more than 90 rarely seen works from the museum's collections, which include significant works by artists Luca Cambiaso, Guercino and Giambattista Tiepolo, as well as masterpieces by Carpaccio, Michelangelo and Modigliani.

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Trio Kavkasia to perform with the Princeton Georgian Choir

Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, 7:30 p.m. · Mathey College, Hamilton Hall

Trio Kavkasia, a professional trio dedicated to studying and performing the traditional music of the Republic of Georgia, will perform with the Princeton Georgian Choir at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, in Hamilton Hall, Mathey College. At 4:30 p.m. they will hold an open workshop for Princeton students. There is a suggested donation of $20 for the concert.

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UHS recommends vaccine to prevent flu

Various times · University Health Services

University Health Services has recently seen an increase in flu cases and recommends that students, faculty and staff receive a flu vaccine if they have not already. Vaccines are available for free at UHS. Undergraduate and graduate students can make an appointment by calling 609-258-3141 or logging onto the MyUHS website. Faculty and staff can make an appointment at Employee Health Services by calling 609-258-5035.

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Princeton's IP Accelerator Fund awarded to four promising technologies

Enhanced cybersecurity, non-scarring tattoo removal, 3-D photography and a laser-scanning device are the four projects selected this year for Princeton University's Intellectual Property Accelerator Fund, which supports discoveries that have significant potential for further development into products or services. The roughly $100,000 each researcher receives enables the prototyping and testing that technologies need to attract interest from startups, or from established companies looking for innovative products.

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FACULTY AWARD: Chan receives NAS Baker Award for Initiatives in Research

Garnet Chan, Princeton University's A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Chemistry, received the 2013 William O. Baker Award for Initiatives in Research from the National Academy of Sciences. The award recognizes Chan's pioneering research in the field of numerical simulation of highly correlated quantum systems in chemistry and physics.

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UPDATE JAN. 17: Eisgruber attends White House event on college opportunity

Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber was in Washington, D.C., Thursday, attending a White House event on increasing college opportunity for low-income and disadvantaged students. The summit of education leaders included remarks from President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

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Fred Hargadon, former dean of admission, dies

Fred Hargadon, who admitted a generation of students to Princeton University as dean of admission from 1988 to 2003, died at his home in Princeton on Wednesday night. He was 80.

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Welcome to the DarkSide: Project aims to find particles of dark matter

In a laboratory under a mountain 80 miles east of Rome this fall, a Princeton-led international team switched on a new experiment aimed at finding a mysterious substance that makes up a quarter of the universe but has never been seen. The experiment, known as DarkSide-50, is searching for particles of dark matter, and finding it will solidify our understanding of how the universe formed and shed light on its ultimate fate, researchers say.  

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President Eisgruber's statement for White House summit on college opportunity

Statement submitted by President Christopher L. Eisgruber for White House summit on college opportunity

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Hendricks will speak at MLK Chapel service

Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, 11 a.m. · University Chapel

Guest preacher the Rev. Rochelle Hendricks, New Jersey's first secretary of higher education, will speak at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Service of Recommitment at 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, in the University Chapel. The service honors the life and legacy of Dr. King, and calls all people to work for a beloved community.

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'La Curée' to be screened as part of 'Phaedra' series

Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, 7:30 p.m. · Rockefeller/Mathey Theater

A screening of Roger Vadim's "La Curée" will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, in the Rockefeller/Mathey Theater. In this 1966 adaptation of Emile Zola's novel, the pampered young wife of a Parisian businessman falls for his son, who is engaged to a banker's daughter. The screening is part of the "Phaedra in Film" series, which covers cinematic approaches to the Phaedra myth.

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University to celebrate King's legacy; Wasow to give keynote

Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, 1 p.m. · Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

Princeton University will commemorate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with its annual King Day celebration on Monday, Jan. 20, in Richardson Auditorium of Alexander Hall. Doors open at 1 p.m. Omar Wasow, an assistant professor of politics, will give the keynote address.

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Two Calder sculptures have temporary outdoor installation

Jan. 18-June 15, 2014 · Princeton University Art Museum lawn

Two landmark sculptures by Alexander Calder — "Man" and "The Kite That Never Flew," both from 1967 and made of painted steel — will be on view Jan. 18-June 15 on the Princeton University Art Museum lawn. The sculptures are on loan from the Fisher Family Collection.

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Screening to feature student documentaries

Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, 7:30 p.m. · 185 Nassau St., Stewart Theater

The Lewis Center for the Arts' Program in Visual Arts will screen three short documentary films produced by students in a fall course in documentary filmmaking at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, in the Stewart Theater, 185 Nassau St.

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Exhibition to feature work of student artists

Jan. 20-Feb. 21, 2014 · 185 Nassau St., Lucas Gallery

An exhibition of student work from fall 2013 visual arts classes will be on view Jan. 20-Feb. 21 in the Lucas Gallery, 185 Nassau St. A reception will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4. The screening of new film and video work will be held at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, in the Stewart Theater, 185 Nassau St.

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Master classes to feature the dance style Gaga and hip-hop

Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 15-16, 2014, various times · 185 Nassau St., Hagan Dance Studio

The Lewis Center for the Arts' Program in Dance will present two master classes: Ariel Freedman will lead a class in the dance style known as Gaga — a movement language origination from the belief in the healing, dynamic and ever-changing power of movement — at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15. Hip-hop dance pioneer Crazy Legs will lead a class at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16. Both classes will take place in the Hagan Dance Studio, 185 Nassau St. and are open to all Princeton students to participate and the public to observe.

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Video feature: 'Princeton at Night'

Princeton University is brimming with activity throughout the day, and the campus glows and moves in different ways after the sun goes down, as shown in this slideshow.

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'Princeton at Night'

Princeton University is brimming with activity throughout the day, and the campus glows and moves in different ways after the sun goes down, as shown in this slideshow.

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Americans with and without children at home report similar life satisfaction

Americans aged 34 to 46 with children at home rate their life satisfaction at higher levels than those without children at home, according to a report by Princeton University and Stony Brook University published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. However, the researchers say that factors such as higher educational attainment, higher income, better health and religiosity all enhance life satisfaction and that, once these are taken into account, parents and nonparents have similar levels of life satisfaction.

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BodyHype to present 'Dare'

Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 9-11, 2014, various times · Murray Dodge Theatre

The student dance group BodyHype will present "Dare," an evening of original student choreography across multiple dance disciplines, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9; and 7 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 10-11. All performances take place in Murray Dodge Theatre. For tickets call University Ticketing at 609-258-9220.

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FACULTY AWARD: Princeton researchers win supercomputing grants

Four Princeton University-affiliated research projects have been awarded grants through the U.S. Department of Energy's Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment, or INCITE, program, for projects that promise to accelerate scientific discovery and innovation in critical areas. The grants give the researchers time on two of America's fastest supercomputers dedicated to open science. The researchers are: Emily Carter, Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment and professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and applied and computational mathematics; Choong-Seock Chang, principal research physicist at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL); William Tang, head of the fusion simulation program at PPPL and a lecturer with the rank of professor in astrophysical sciences; and Jeroen Tromp, Blair Professor of Geology and professor of geosciences and applied and computational mathematics.

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Unpacking the toolkit of human consciousness

Princeton University psychology professor Michael Graziano has developed a new theory of consciousness he calls the "attention schema theory" that takes a completely different approach to explaining consciousness. In Graziano's theory, awareness is not a non-physical essence. Instead, the brain is an information-processing device that constructs a description of itself as conscious, and also attributes that property of consciousness to others.

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Exhibition examines the magnitude of loss and recovery

Jan. 4-Feb. 13, 2014 · Bernstein Gallery

"R&R(…&R)," an exhibition by Susanne Slavic, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University, is on view through Feb. 13 in the Bernstein Gallery, Robertson Hall. The exhibition examines the magnitude of loss and recovery through "found" photographs on the Internet depicting war-torn regions, to which Slavic has added culturally specific "restorative" elements. For example, in "Stretch," Islamic angels instead of mechanics tend to a charred car.

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Composer Treuting to give multimedia performance

Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, 4:30 p.m. · 185 Nassau St., Lucas Gallery

Composer/performer/improviser Jason Treuting, a 2013-15 Fellow in the Creative and Performing Arts, will present "Delange, Down, Edwards," a multimedia performance, at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, in the Lucas Gallery, 185 Nassau St. Treuting enjoys making pieces that translate numbers and letters into patterns of sound.

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Dance students to perform new works

Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, 5:30 p.m. · 185 Nassau St., Lucas Gallery

Two students from the fall 2013 course "Muscle Memory" will present "Key/Frame," a showing of new performative works, at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, in the Lucas Gallery, 185 Nassau St. In the course, visual arts and dance students collaborate to consider how context informs perceptions of sculpture as performance and the body as object.

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'Gently used' business clothing needed for annual drive

Jan. 22-29, 2014, various times · 22 Chambers St., Suite 101, and 701 Carnegie Center

Princeton University is conducting its annual clothing drive Jan. 22-29 to benefit HomeFront's Suitably Dressed, Mercer County Community College Career Training Institute, Operation Fatherhood of Trenton and R.I.S.E., all Mercer County organizations that collect "gently used" business attire for men and women. The clothing goes to individuals who are entering or re-entering the workforce.

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Video feature: 'The Princeton Highsteppers'

The Princeton Highsteppers is a student-run group that meets weekly to rehearse and perform step, a dance form that incorporates stomping, clapping and vocalization with an overall rhythmic element.

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'The Princeton Highsteppers'

The Princeton Highsteppers is a student-run group that meets weekly to rehearse and perform step, a dance form that incorporates stomping, clapping and vocalization with an overall rhythmic element.

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Tiny acts of microbe justice help reveal how nature fights freeloaders

Princeton University researchers have discovered that bacteria prevent layabouts from enjoying the fruit of others' hard work by keeping food generated by the community's productive members away from those microbes that attempt to live on others' leftovers. The process could have uses in agriculture, energy and medicine, as well as provide insight into how species protect themselves from the freeloaders of their kind.

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UPDATE (1 p.m.) Princeton campus to reopen as of 5 p.m.

Normal operations on the Princeton University campus will resume as of 5 p.m. today. Until then, campus offices are closed, although several libraries and the Frist Campus Center are open on a limited basis. Tiger Transit buses also continue to run.

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Employee retirements: January 2014

The following is an updated list of University employee retirements.

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Employee obituaries: January 2014

The following is an updated list of University employee obituaries.

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