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Archive – March, 2014

FACULTY HONOR: Bass recognized for 'The Blood Telegram'

Gary J. Bass, a professor of politics and international affairs, is the winner of the 2014 Lionel Gelber Prize for his most recent book, "The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide." The Lionel Gelber Prize honors the world's best nonfiction book on foreign affairs. The prize is presented annually by the Lionel Gelber Foundation in partnership with Foreign Policy magazine and the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. Bass will accept the award April 24 at the University of Toronto.

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Guenther: Perspective on history of medicine

Katja Guenther trained as an M.D. in Germany before she earned a Ph.D. in the history of science from Harvard University. She also holds an M.Sc. in neuroscience from the University of Oxford. Guenther joined Princeton as an assistant professor of history in 2009.

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Han to speak on 'Political Mobilization Among Ethnic Tibetans in China'

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 12:15 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Room 002

Enze Han, a lecturer at the Department of Politics and International Studies, SOAS, University of London, will discuss "Political Mobilization Among Ethnic Tibetans in China and International Implications" at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, in Robertson Hall, Room 002.

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Ex-chief of Mossad to speak on 'A Challenging Crises Combination'

Friday, April 4, 2014, 3:30 p.m. · Lewis Library, Room 120

Efraim Halevy, former chief of Mossad, the national intelligence agency of Israel, will speak on "A Challenging Crises Combination: Iran, Syria and the Macro Middle East" at 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 4, in Lewis Library, Room 120.

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Hill to speak on 'Global Hot Spots'

Thursday, April 3, 2014, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Dodds Auditorium

Four-time U.S. Ambassador Christopher Hill will deliver an "Up to the Minute" talk on issues around the world titled "Global Hot Spots: A Diplomat's View" at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. Tickets are required for entry into Dodds.

Tickets are available to Princeton University students, faculty, staff and the general public on a first-come, first-serve basis, at the Frist Campus Center while supplies last through Wednesday, April 2. For those unable to get a ticket, there will be a wait line outside of Dodds Auditorium on Thursday, April 3, beginning at 4 p.m. This event will be simulcast in Room 016.

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Westerwelle to address 'Germany's Role in Europe and the World'

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 4:30 p.m. · Burr Hall, Room 219

Guido Westerwelle, former federal minister for foreign affairs, Federal Republic of Germany, will speak on "Germany's Role in Europe and the World" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, in Burr Hall, Room 219.

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Landsman and Malech named Fellows in the Creative and Performing Arts

Performance artist Aaron Landsman and poet Dora Malech will come to Princeton University in the fall to begin two years of teaching and collaboration as Fellows in the Creative and Performing Arts.

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Authors to speak on Hillary Clinton

Monday, March 31, 2014, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Dodds Auditorium 

"HRC" authors Jonathan Allen and Aime Parnes will present a public lecture titled "HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 31, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. A book sale and signing and public reception will follow the discussion in Shultz Dining Room. Tickets are required for entry into Dodds.

Tickets are available to Princeton students, faculty, staff and the general public on a first-come, first-serve basis, at the Frist Campus Center Ticket Office. For those unable to get a ticket, there will be a wait line outside of Dodds Auditorium on Monday, March 31, beginning at 4 p.m. This event will be simulcast in Room 016.

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Princeton employees honored for dedication and service

Five Princeton University staff members were recognized for their commitment to excellence and exceptional performance during the University's annual Service Recognition Luncheon on March 27 in Jadwin Gymnasium. In addition, two staff members were honored for their leadership potential.

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Students for Prison Education and Reform to host criminal justice reform conference

Friday and Saturday, April 4-5, 2014, various times · Whig Hall

A conference organized by Student for Prison Education and Reform (SPEAR) called "Building a New Criminal Justice: Mobilizing Students for Reform," will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 4-5, in Whig Hall. The conference runs from 1 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, and from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. For more information and to register for the conference, visit the SPEAR website.

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Emergency notification system test set for Friday, March 28

The University will conduct a test of the blue light tower outdoor notification system on Friday, March 28, at 10 a.m.

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Princeton offers admission to 7.28 percent of applicants

Princeton University has offered admission to 1,939 students, or 7.28 percent of the near-record 26,641 applicants for the Class of 2018 in what is expected to be the most selective admission process in the University's history. This compares with Princeton's admission rate of a record-low 7.29 percent last year. 

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Four in 10 infants lack strong parental attachments

In a study of 14,000 U.S. children, 40 percent lack strong emotional bonds — what psychologists call "secure attachment" — with their parents that are crucial to success later in life, according to a new report. The researchers found that these children are more likely to face educational and behavioral problems.  

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Ask, write, edit: Princeton students discover journalistic paths

The Ferris McGraw Robbins Professors in Journalism have been teaching seminars at Princeton University since 1964. The program brings prominent journalists to campus for a semester. Students from a variety of disciplines, in addition to those interested in a career in journalism, are admitted by application only. "The seminars are designed to make all students more informed consumers of news and more articulate writers in expressing their views," said Kathleen Crown, executive director of the Council of the Humanities, which oversees the program.

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Sinai receives Abel Prize for lifelong influence on mathematics

Yakov Sinai, a Princeton University professor of mathematics, was awarded the 2014 Abel Prize by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters for his influential 50-year career in mathematics. The award is one of the most prestigious in the field of mathematics and includes a $1 million prize.

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Marcus lecture to focus on how the brain works

Monday, March 31, 2014, 6 p.m. · McCosh Hall, Room 50

Princeton's Public Lecture Series will present Gary Marcus, professor of psychology at New York University, in a talk "Towards a Theory of How the Brain Works" at 6 p.m. Monday, March 31, in McCosh Hall, Room 50. Marcus is the author of The New York Times bestseller "Guitar Zero" and a frequent blogger for The New Yorker. His research on language, evolution, computation and cognitive development has been published widely in journals including Science and Nature.

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Cultural critic Zizek to present seminar series and symposium

March 31 through April 16, 2014, 4:30 p.m. · various venues

Cultural critic and Princeton Global Scholar Slavoj Zizek will present a seminar series "Philosophy Through Psychoanalysis" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 31, in McCosh Hall, Room 10; and Wednesdays, April 2 and 16, and Mondays, April 7 and 14, in McCosh Hall, Room 46. In addition he has organized a symposium "Varieties of Materialism Today," with Mladen Dolar and Alenka Zupancic, to be held at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in McCosh Hall, Room 46.

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Visual and video artist Teixeira to give lecture/demonstration

Monday, March 31, 2014, 7 p.m. · 185 Nassau St., Hagan Dance Studio

Visual and video artist José Carlos Teixeira will present a lecture/demonstration at 7 p.m. Monday, March 31, in the Hagan Dance Studio, 185 Nassau St. Using strategies of group participation and collaboration, Teixeira investigates notions of identity, language, boundary, otherness, exile and displacement.

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Student recitals to feature piano, voice and viola

Friday through Sunday, March 28-30, various times · Fine Hall, Taplin Auditorium

Pianist Darya Koltunyuk, who spent fall 2013 in London through Princeton's partnership with the Royal College of Music, will give her junior recital, an all-Chopin program, at 8 p.m. Friday, March 28; junior Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, countertenor, will perform at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 29; senior Deberley Kauffman, viola, will perform at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 29; and senior Priscella Chan, piano, will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 30. All recitals will take place in Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall.

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Classical music hour to feature student performers

Friday, March 28, 2014, 6:30 p.m. · Rockefeller College Common Room

The Rockefeller College Classical Music Hour will feature the Princeton University Sinfonia in a performance of works by Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff and Strauss at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 28, in Rockefeller College Common Room.

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Irish writer and historian Childers to speak

Friday, March 28, 2014, 4:30 p.m. · 185 Nassau St., Stewart Theater

Writer and historian Erskine Childers will give a lecture "The Riddle of Erskine Childers" — about his great-grandfather, Robert Erskine Childers, a major figure in the Irish revolution — at 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 28, in the Stewart Theater, 185 Nassau St. The event is presented by the Fund for Irish Studies.

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Mezzo-soprano DiDonato to perform

Thursday, March 27, 2014, 8 p.m. · Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

Princeton University Concerts will present mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, with pianist Craig Terry, at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. The program includes songs and arias by Fernando Obradors, Rossini, Mozart, Handel, Hasse and Reynaldo Hahn. A pre-concert event featuring senior Katie Buzard, soprano, will take place at 7 p.m., free to ticketholders. Tickets are sold out but additional tickets may become available if there are returned tickets; call University Ticketing at 609-258-9220 or visit the box office starting at 6 p.m. the evening of the concert.

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Brown and Figura to speak on artist Edvard Munch

Thursday, March 27, 2014, 5:30 p.m. · Princeton University Art Museum

As part of the Princeton University Art Museum's Late Thursdays series, Calvin Brown, associate curator of prints and drawings at the museum, and Starr Figura of the Museum of Modern Art, will discuss the prints of Edvard Munch and their influence in the 20th century. A reception follows the event, which takes place in conjunction with the exhibition "Edvard Munch: Symbolism in Print," on view through June 8.

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Neal to speak on musicology

Thursday, March 27, 2014, 4:30 p.m. · Woolworth Center, Room 106

Mark Anthony Neal, professor of black popular culture at Duke University, will give a talk "Trapped in the Soul Closet," as part of the Department of Music's Musicology Colloquium series at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in Woolworth Center, Room 106. The event is cosponsored by the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies.

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Film lecture to focus on BBC documentary maker Watkins

Thursday, March 27, 2014, 4:30 p.m. · 185 Nassau St., Stewart Theater

"4 the Love of Film," a spring lecture series, will continue with "Inform, Educate and Aestheticize: Documentary and Art in Peter Watkins' BBC Films," presented by film scholar Michael Cramer, visiting assistant professor of cinema studies at SUNY-Purchase College, at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in the Stewart Theater, 185 Nassau St. The series is cosponsored by the Lewis Center for the Arts, the Council of the Humanities and the Film Studies Committee.

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Princeton senior receives Rangel Fellowship in international affairs

Princeton University senior Brittany Hardy has been awarded a Rangel Fellowship to pursue a master's degree focused on international affairs as preparation for a career in the U.S. Foreign Service. 

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Women in STEM symposium recognizes female researchers

Saturday, March 29, 2014, 12:30 to 6 p.m. · Carl Icahn Laboratory Atrium

Princeton University students, faculty and staff from the science and engineering disciplines will share their research and celebrate the contributions of female researchers during the Women in STEM symposium from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 29, in the Carl Icahn Laboratory Atrium. The even includes poster sessions, panel discussions and a lunch keynote address by Emily Carter, the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment. Registration is required to attend.

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Martha Graham dancers to give lecture/demonstration

Thursday, March 27, 2014, 4:30 p.m. · McCarter Theatre Center, Berlind Theatre

Members of the Martha Graham Dance Company will give a lecture/demonstration of Graham's 1962 ballet "Phaedra" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at McCarter Theatre Center, Berlind Theatre. The event, which includes a reading by Paul Muldoon, the Howard G.B. Clark '21 University Professor in the Humanities, is part of "Myth in Transformation: The Phaedra Project," a yearlong series of events at Princeton.

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Levin receives Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement

Simon Levin, the George M. Moffett Professor of Biology at Princeton University, has been awarded the 2014 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement for bridging ecological research and environmental policy, economics and social science.

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Two Princeton students named Goldwater Scholars

Two Princeton students have been awarded Goldwater Scholarships, the premier award for outstanding undergraduates interested in careers in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. The 2013-14 winners are juniors Krysta Dummit, a chemistry major, and Daniel Mossing, a physics major. Dummit is from Shelburne, Vt., and Mossing is from Oxford, Miss.

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Additional meningitis B vaccine clinic will be held

Wednesday and Thursday, March 26-27, 2014, 1 to 7 p.m. · Frist Campus Center, multipurpose room

The University will hold another meningitis B vaccine clinic from 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, March 26-27, in Frist Campus Center, Level B, multipurpose room. Eligible individuals may receive the first or second dose of the vaccine.

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Learn the stories behind International Eye student contest photos

Go behind the camera with Princeton University students through this video that highlights some of the winners of the sixth annual International Eye Photo Contest and the stories of their intriguing images.

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Video feature: Learn the stories behind International Eye student contest photos

Go behind the camera with Princeton University students through this video that highlights some of the winners of the sixth annual International Eye Photo Contest and the stories of their intriguing images.

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Streeck to speak on 'Capitalism on the Brink'

Thursday, March 27, 2014, 4:30 p.m. · Burr Hall, Room 219

Wolfgang Streeck, director of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne, will speak on "This Time Is Serious: Capitalism on the Brink" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in Burr Hall, Room 219. The event is presented by the Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society and the European Union Program.

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Fiske, Malone to discuss 'The HUMAN Brand'

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Room 016

Susan Fiske, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology and a professor of psychology and public affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School, and Chris Malone, a consultant and founder of Fidelum Partners, will present a public talk titled, "Policy Implications of 'The HUMAN Brand: How We Relate to People, Products, and Companies'," at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, in Robertson Hall, Room 016. A public reception and book sale/signing of their book will follow the discussion.

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Author to speak on Katrina book

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 4:30 p.m · Robertson Hall, Dodds Auditorium

Sheri Fink, a correspondent for The New York Times, investigated patient deaths at a New Orleans hospital during Hurricane Katrina and "the portrayal of the quest for truth and justice" for her book "Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital." She will discuss the topic during a talk at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. This is a ticketed event.  

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Panel to discuss 'America Imprisoned'

Monday, March 24, 2014, 4:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Dodds Auditorium

Nearly seven million people last year spent time in the U.S. prison system. However, current incarceration policies and the treatment of prisoners are seldom discussed. In conjunction with the current Bernstein Gallery exhibit titled, "Prison Voices: Art for Survival and Social Change," the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs will host a public panel discussion titled, "America Imprisoned," at 4:30pm Monday, March 24, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

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PPPL allows high school students to experiment with plasma online

Students at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South in West Windsor, N.J., recently watched and controlled a glowing pink plasma on a screen in their classroom through a live video stream of an experiment five miles away at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. The March 12 event marked the first demonstration of an invention that fills a gap in online education by providing students and instructors anywhere in the world with a way to take part in a laboratory experiment.

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FACULTY AWARD: Landweber receives Human Frontier Science Program grant

Laura Landweber, a Princeton University professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, is a co-recipient of one of only 24 Program Grants awarded worldwide by the Human Frontier Science Program, an international organization that supports new research in complex biological systems.

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Dust in the wind drove iron fertilization during ice age

Researchers from Princeton University and ETH Zurich have confirmed that during the last ice age iron fertilization caused plankton to thrive in a region of the Southern Ocean.

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Princeton's Oppenheimer, an author of upcoming UN climate-change report, available for comment

Princeton University professor Michael Oppenheimer will be available to comment on the upcoming release of the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which will examine the risks and consequences of climate change for humans and nature, and the ways to adapt to them. Oppenheimer is a coordinating lead author of the report, which is the second part of the Fifth Assessment Report from the IPCC, an organization under the auspices of the United Nations that periodically evaluates the effects of climate change.

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What singing fruit flies can tell us about quick decisions

Princeton University researchers have discovered that the pitch and tempo of the male fruit fly's mating song is based on environmental cues rather than a stereotyped pattern. These findings could be substantial for understanding rapid decision-making in more advanced beings such as humans.

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Nobel Laureate Ting presents latest on cosmic ray data from space station

Thursday, April 3, 2014, 8 p.m. · McDonnell Hall, Room A-02

Samuel Ting, a physics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and 1976 Nobel Laureate in physics, will deliver the Princeton Department of Physics' 39th Annual Donald Hamilton Lecture at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in McDonnell Hall, Room A-02. Ting will present the latest data on cosmic rays and dark matter collected at the International Space Station. The lecture is free to the public.

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'Calder on Campus'

Two sculptures by Alexander Calder are on display in front of the Princeton University Art Museum through June 15.

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Video feature: 'Calder on Campus'

Two sculptures by Alexander Calder are on display in front of the Princeton University Art Museum through June 15.

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Employee obituaries: March 2014

The following is an updated list of University employee obituaries.

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Employee retirements: March 2014

The following is an updated list of University employee retirements.

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Internet founders say flexible framework was key to explosive growth

Speaking before an overflow crowd in Princeton University's Friend Center auditorium, Internet pioneers Robert Kahn and Vinton Cerf said that flexibility, both social and technical, has been central to the growth and resilience of the Internet. 

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Amsel named chief information security officer

Ellen Amsel, who has 14 years of experience in information security management, much of it in the higher education environment, has been named chief information security officer (CISO) at Princeton University, effective March 20.

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Theatre Intime to present 'Venus in Fur'

Thursday through Saturday, March 27-29, and April 3-5, 2014, 8 p.m. · Theatre Intime

Theatre Intime will present 'Venus in Fur," a comedy set in modern New York City about the politics of sex and power, at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 27-29, and April 3-5, at Theater Intime. The production features psychology graduate student Dan Ames and sophomore Evelyn Giovine, directed by junior Julia Hammer. A talkback with Jill Dolan, the Annan Professor in English and director of the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, will follow the March 29 performance.

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Actor Baker to give public conversation and master class on Sondheim

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 3 p.m. · 185 Nassau St., Room 219

Actor Becky Ann Baker, who made her Broadway debut in the 1981 production of "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" and currently plays the character of Loreen Horvath on HBO's "Girls," will lead a conversation and master class "Acting Sondheim Songs" at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, at 185 Nassau St., Room 219.

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Student exhibition to feature found and handmade objects

Monday through Friday, March 24-28, 2014 · 185 Nassau St., Lucas Gallery

"Hand {Made} Ready," a senior thesis exhibition featuring collections of natural found objects, ready-made found objects and handmade objects by Claire Arentzen, will be on view Monday through Friday, March 24-28, at 185 Nassau St., Lucas Gallery. An opening reception will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 27.

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FACULTY HONOR: Muldoon awarded Freedom of the City of London

Paul Muldoon, the Howard G.B. Clark '21 University Professor in the Humanities, professor of creative writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts, and chair of the Fund for Irish Studies, has been awarded the Freedom of the City of London in recognition of his outstanding contribution to poetry. He was nominated by The Honourable Irish Society, which commissioned Muldoon to write a cantata to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the society in 2013. Muldoon will receive the award, which is believed to have begun in 1237, at Guildhall, London, on March 17.

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Islamic law will be subject of talk

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 6:30 p.m. · McCormick Hall, Room 101

Khaled Abou El Fadl, the Omar and Azmeralda Alfi Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law, will speak about "Islamic Law, Gender and Human Rights" at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, in McCormick Hall, Room 101. The talk is sponsored by the Muslim Life Program in the Office of Religious Life. 

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Animating science: Student videos explain ecological challenges

Conveying science to a broad audience in a way that is understandable, accurate and entertaining is an important — and challenging — task. Last semester, Princeton University students in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) got a chance to try their hand at that skill, creating animated short videos that focused on a wide variety of ecological challenges.

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Student work: Late-night chamber jam with the St. Lawrence String Quartet

In fall 2013, Princeton University Concerts presented a post-concert, late-night chamber jam with the St. Lawrence String Quartet. Princeton students and community members came together with the quartet to read Haydn's "Emperor Quartet" after the quartet's concert in Richardson Auditorium.

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Investor Kushner discusses experiences in 'Conversation' series

Thursday, March 27, 2014, 4:30 p.m. · Computer Science Building, Room 104

Josh Kushner, founder and managing partner of Thrive Capital, a private-equity and venture-capital firm primarily focused on technology and media investments, will share his experiences during "A Conversation With Josh Kushner" at 4:30 p.m., March 27, in the Computer Science Building, Room 104. This event is part of the Keller Center's Creative Mind: Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship lecture series and is free to the public. A reception will follow.

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Forman Acton, pioneer in early computing, dies

Forman Sinnickson Acton, a Princeton University professor of computer science, emeritus, who witnessed and helped pioneer the evolution of his field from its early days as a branch of mathematics to a stand-alone discipline that has revolutionized society, died Feb. 18, at age 93.

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Former White House official Lu named Baccalaureate speaker; aerospace industry leader Augustine to speak at Hooding ceremony

Christopher P. Lu, former White House cabinet secretary and assistant to President Barack Obama and a member of Princeton's Class of 1988, has been selected as the speaker for the University's 2014 Baccalaureate ceremony. Norman Augustine, former chairman and chief executive officer of Lockheed Martin Corp. who holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University, will speak at the Hooding ceremony for advanced-degree candidates.

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Town and University working together on new parking system

The municipality of Princeton and Princeton University are working together on a project aimed at improving the parking system in town. The project will begin March 17 with the implementation of a parking procedure for metered, nonpermit spaces at the Princeton Station commuter lot. Parking spaces will be associated with a number, and drivers will pay at consolidated pay stations.

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Diplomatic historian and foreign policy scholar Richard Ullman dies

Richard Ullman, the David E. Bruce Profesor of International Affairs, Emeritus, died of Parkinson's disease March 11 at Park Place Center in Monmouth Junction, N.J. He was 80.

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The beauty of the lab

Princeton University offers students and faculty members a wide range of opportunities to work in state-of-the-art laboratory facilities. In addition to the sophisticated equipment used in experiments every day, labs have a beauty that has not escaped notice from students, research fellows, faculty and staff.

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Campbell named assistant vice president for campus services

Amy Campbell, who has served as executive director of campus services and planning for University Services since 2012, has been named assistant vice president for campus services. Campbell has been an administrator at Princeton University for 19 years. Campbell, who also served as an administrator in campus life and athletics, will help facilitate an integrated service approach within all University Services units and provide strategic leadership to enhance service coordination across campus.

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Islamic history scholar Cook wins Holberg Prize

Michael Cook, the Class of 1943 University Professor of Near Eastern Studies, has been awarded the Holberg Prize, a major international honor established by the Norwegian parliament to recognize outstanding scholarly work in the arts and humanities, social sciences, law or theology.

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Video feature: Through a camera lens, Vanderbei finds academic inspiration

Robert Vanderbei, a Princeton University professor of operations research and financial engineering, finds inspiration for his research in a specialized hobby. Vanderbei tinkers with camera lenses and uses image-enhancing software to produce exquisite pictures of snowflakes.

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'Catching Snowflakes'

Robert Vanderbei, a Princeton University professor of operations research and financial engineering, is a mathematician with a specialized hobby. Vanderbei tinkers with camera lenses and uses image-enhancing software to produce exquisite pictures of snowflakes. In this video, he demonstrates his technique and explains how the artistic endeavor inspires his research.

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Conference to honor medical anthropologist Lock

Thursday and Friday, March 13-14, 2014, various times · various locations

A conference honoring Margaret Lock, the Marjorie Bronfman Professor Emerita in Social Studies in Medicine at McGill University, will take place Thursday and Friday, March 13-14. The all-day events will be held in Jones Hall, Room 202, on March 13, and Wallace Hall, Room 300, on March 14. A lecture by Lock will take place at 4:30 p.m. on March 13 in Wallace Hall, Room 300. The conference is sponsored by the East Asian studies program Orita-McCosh Lectureship, the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, and the University Center for Human Values.

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Student work: 'The Producers'

The Lewis Center for the Arts' Program in Theater at Princeton University will present "The Producers," Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan's hit musical adaptation of classic 1968 film comedy, at 8 p.m. March 7-12 in the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center. The production features seniors Mary Lou Kolbenschlag and Evan Thompson and is directed by Ethan Heard, lecturer in theater and the Lewis Center for the Arts, with choreography by junior Eamon Foley.  Details and ticketing information are online.

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'Princeton-Fung Global Forum in Paris'

University leaders and policymakers from around the world will meet at the Princeton-Fung Global Forum next month to discuss "The Future of Higher Education." The conference will be held from April 9-11 in Paris. In this video, Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber and colleagues Cecilia Rouse, dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and Gideon Rosen, chair of the Council of the Humanities, preview some of the issues that will be discussed.

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Video feature: Princeton-Fung Global Forum to consider the future of higher education

University leaders and policymakers from around the world will meet at the Princeton-Fung Global Forum next month to consider technological innovations, financial pressures, shifting demographics and other opportunities and challenges universities face in the 21st century. The conference on "The Future of Higher Education" will run from April 9-11 in Paris, with most sessions held in the city's historic seat of government, the Hôtel de Ville.

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Princeton senior Cherskov awarded Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Adriana Cherskov, a Princeton University senior who hopes to advance treatments for complex disorders such as autism, has been awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. The award gives outstanding students from outside the United Kingdom the opportunity to pursue postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge.

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Tattoo removal to crude oil extraction: Research with commercial appeal

The Innovation Forum, sponsored by Princeton's Keller Center for the ninth year, took place Feb. 26 before an audience of nearly 200 people in the University's Carl A. Fields Center. Ten teams pitched the commercial potential of research ranging from advances in medicine to painless tattoo removal.

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Seniors win Labouisse Prize for projects in South Africa and Sierra Leone

Two Princeton University seniors have been awarded the Henry Richardson Labouisse '26 Prize to spend one year pursuing international civic engagement projects after graduation. The $30,000 prize will support a project by Diane Jeon in South Africa and Storm Portner in Sierra Leone.

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Inaugural Dean for Research Innovation Funds inspire bold directions

A new initiative to encourage bold and creative research at Princeton University is poised to bear fruit: The first annual Dean for Research Innovation Funds have been awarded to a group of projects that push the boundaries of research in the natural sciences, encourage research partnerships with industry, and facilitate collaborations between investigators in the arts and the sciences or engineering.

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Dale winners Chen, Japanwala to explore themes of home and memory

Princeton University seniors Vivienne Chen and Natasha Japanwala will explore representations of home and memory in the independent projects they will pursue in the coming year as Martin Dale Fellowship winners.

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'Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures'

Princeton University gives undergraduates many chances to learn about different countries and communities through the interdisciplinary approach of a liberal arts education. The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures not only teaches another language (or two) but also expands students' view of the world.

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Video feature: Undergraduates expand horizons with Spanish and Portuguese studies

Princeton University gives undergraduates many chances to learn about different countries and communities through the interdisciplinary approach of a liberal arts education. The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures not only teaches another language (or two) but also expands students' view of the world.

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Princeton University Concerts presents family event

Saturday, March 15, 2014, 1 p.m. · Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

Princeton University Concerts continues its "Meet the Music" family concert series with "Leave It to Ludwig," a program for children age 6 and up at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 15, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. The program, which features the character of Beethoven himself helping a young pianist play his music as he meant it to be played, includes musicians from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. For tickets, call 609-258-9220.

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Writers Levin and Watkins to read from their work

Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 4:30 p.m. · McCarter Theatre Center, Berlind Theatre

Poet Dana Levin and fiction writer Claire Vaye Watkins will read from their work at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, in the Berlind Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center. The event, presented by the Althea Ward Clark W'21 Reading Series, will also feature a reading by senior Michael Cummings.

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Berman to speak on Sondheim

Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 3 p.m. · 185 Nassau St., Room 219

Conductor and music director Rob Berman will give a talk "Musical Directing: Sondheim" at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, at 185 Nassau St., Room 219.

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Weems to speak on 'Performance for the 21st Century'

Monday, March 10, 2014, 4:30 p.m. · 185 Nassau St., Room 219

The Lewis Center for the Arts' Performance Central series will present "Performance for the 21st Century," a lecture by theater director Marianne Weems, at 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 10, at 185 Nassau St., Room 219. Weems, cofounder and artistic director of the New York-based performance and media company The Builders Association, will discuss her theater work and career in theater.

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'Casting By' to be screened

Monday, March 10, 2014, 4:30 p.m. · 185 Nassau St., Stewart Theater

The Lewis Center for the Arts' Program in Theater will present a screening of the documentary "Casting By," which spotlights casting directors, at 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 10, in the Stewart Theater, 185 Nassau St.

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Pianist Goode and poet Williams to present concert

Sunday, March 9, 3 p.m. · Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

Princeton University Concerts will present a recital with poetry featuring pianist Richard Goode and poet C. K. Williams, lecturer with the rank of professor in creative writing and the Lewis Center for the Arts, at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 9, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. A pre-concert talk takes place at 2 p.m. For tickets, call University Ticketing at 609-258-9220.

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Princeton University Orchestra to perform

Friday and Saturday, March 7 and 8, 2014 7:30 p.m. · Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

The Princeton University Orchestra will give a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 7 and 8, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. Marking the centennial of composer Benjamin Britten's birth, the program will include Britten's cantata "Phaedra," as well as Max Bruch's Scottish Fantasy with violin soloist sophomore Jessie Chen and Maurice Ravel's Piano Concert for the Left Hand performed by junior Nicholas Stead. Wendy Heller, professor of music, will give a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. For tickets, call University Ticketing at 609-258-9220.

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Theatre Intime festival to feature student playwrights

Thursday through Saturday, March 6-8, 2014, 8 p.m. · Hamilton Murray Theater

Theatre Intime will present "The Student Playwrights Festival" at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 6-8, at Hamilton Murray Theater.

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Panel to discuss events in Ukraine

Monday, March 3, 2013, noon · Burr Hall, Room 219

A panel moderated by Jan-Werner Müller, professor of politics and acting director of the Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society, will discuss events in Ukraine at noon Monday, March 3, in Burr Hall, Room 219. "The Meaning of Maidan: A Roundtable on Developments in Ukraine" will also include Mark Beissinger, Princeton University; Edyta Bojanowska, Rutgers University; Harold James, Princeton University; and Grigo Pop-Eleches, Princeton University.

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L'Avant-Scène to perform Feydeau comedy

Thursday through Saturday, March 6-8, 2014, 8 p.m. · 185 Nassau St., Matthews Acting Studio

The French theater workshop L'Avant-Scène will perform the comedy "Le Dindon" (1896) by Georges Feydeau at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 6-8, in the Matthews Acting Studio, 185 Nassau St.

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Faietti to discuss 16th-century draftsmanship

Thursday, March 6, 2014, 5:30 p.m. · McCormick Hall, Room 106

Marzia Faietti, director of the department of drawings and prints at the Gallerie degli Uffizi, Florence, will speak on the innovative draftsmanship of the 16th-century artist Parmigianino at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in McCormick Hall, Room 106. The event, which takes place in conjunction with the Princeton University Art Museum's Late Thursdays series and the exhibition "500 Years of Italian Master Drawings from the Princeton University Art Museum," will be followed by student tours of the exhibition.

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'The Producers' to feature student performers

Friday through Wednesday, March 7-12, 2014, 8 p.m. · McCarter Theatre Center, Berlind Theatre

The Lewis Center for the Arts' Program in Theater will present the musical "The Producers" at 8 p.m. Friday through Wednesday, March 7-12, in the Berlind Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center. The production features seniors Mary Lou Kolbenschlag and Evan Thompson with choreography by junior Eamon Foley. For tickets, call University Ticketing at 609-258-9220.

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Assayas to hold screening and discussion 'Film and Terrorism'

Monday and Tuesday, March 3 and 4, 2014, various times · various locations

A screening of filmmaker Olivier Assayas' "Carlos" — about the life of the 1970s Venezuelan terrorist Carlos the Jackal (Iliac Ramirez Sánchez) will take place at 4:30 p.m. Monday March 3, followed by a discussion with the director. Assayas and critic Ian Buruma will present a conversation "Film and Terrorism" at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, in McCosh Hall, Room 50. Rubén Gallo, director of the Program in Latin American Studies and professor of Spanish and Portuguese languages and cultures, will moderate the discussion, which will focus on how Assayas has portrayed terrorism in several of his films.

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CPUC meeting will feature varied agenda

Monday, March 10, 2014, 4:30 p.m. · Betts Auditorium, School of Architecture

The Council of the Princeton University Community (CPUC) will meet at 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 10, in Betts Auditorium in the School of Architecture. The agenda includes: a brief update on meningitis B vaccinations; a presentation on the Middle States accreditation process; a presentation on freshman and sophomore advising; and an update on University housing plans, including plans for graduate students. CPUC meetings are open to the University community. 

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Understanding the brain through art is focus of Science on Saturday lecture

Saturday, March 15, 2014, 9:30 a.m. · Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Margaret Livingstone, a Harvard University professor of neurobiology, will present, ”What Art Can Tell Us About the Brain,” at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 15, at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) on Princeton University's Forrestal campus. Doors open at 8:15 and seating may be limited. The program is part of PPPL's "Science on Saturday" public lecture series.

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