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Archive – June, 2014

Video feature: 'A Year in Review: 2013-14'

The academic year at Princeton kicks off with orientation and the excitement of making new friends, and it comes to a close in celebration as graduating students leave as alumni. This video captures highlights of the 2013-14 academic year, spanning Opening Exercises in the fall and the University's 267th Commencement in the spring.

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'A Year in Review: 2013-14'

The academic year at Princeton kicks off with orientation and the excitement of making new friends, and it comes to a close in celebration as graduating students leave as alumni. This video captures highlights of the 2013-14 academic year, spanning Opening Exercises in the fall and the University's 267th Commencement in the spring.

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University will launch Princeton Prime financial system

The University's new financial system Princeton Prime will officially launch Tuesday, July 1. Princeton Prime will modernize and streamline the University's financial reporting and business processes, and upgrade the financial systems and tools University offices use.

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Emergency notification system test set for Friday, June 27

The University will conduct a test of the blue light tower outdoor notification system at 10 a.m. Friday, June 27.

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Diabolical duo: Known breast cancer gene needs a partner to initiate and spread tumors

A team led by Princeton University researchers has found that a gene known as Metadherin promotes the survival of tumor-initiating cells via the interaction with a second molecule called SND1. The finding could suggest new treatment strategies.

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Thinking out of the flat box: Software renders Earth's atmosphere in 3-D splendor

Princeton University atmospheric scientist Martin Jucker created a freely available software package that models the curvature and spatial dimensions of Earth's atmosphere to render atmospheric data into three-dimensional images and films.

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Neural sweet talk: Taste metaphors emotionally engage the brain

Researchers from Princeton University and the Free University of Berlin found that taste-related metaphors such as "sweet" actually engage the emotional centers of the brain more than literal words such as "kind" that have the same meaning. If metaphors in general elicit a similar emotional response, that could mean that figurative language presents a "rhetorical advantage" when communicating with others.

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FACULTY AWARD: Petry, Seyedsayamdost named 2014 Pew Scholars

Princeton University faculty members Sabine Petry, an assistant professor of molecular biology, and Mohammad Seyedsayamdost, an assistant professor of chemistry, have been selected as 2014 Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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Collaboration of minds and metal leads to possible shortcut to new drugs

Princeton University researchers merged two powerful areas of research to enable an unprecedented chemical reaction that neither could broadly achieve on its own. The resulting bond formation could provide an excellent shortcut for chemists as they construct and test thousands of molecules to find new drugs.

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Africa's poison 'apple' provides common ground for saving elephants, raising livestock

A five-year study led by Princeton University researchers suggests that certain wild African animals, particularly elephants, could be a boon to human-raised livestock because of their voracious appetite for the toxic and invasive plant Solanum campylacanthum, or the Sodom apple. Just as the governments of nations such as Kenya prepare to pour millions into eradicating the plant, the findings present a method for controlling the Sodom apple that is cost-effective for humans and beneficial for the survival of African elephants.

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Learning continues on Princeton campus with summer outreach programs

Students of all ages and teachers from New Jersey and beyond will be engaged in a summer of learning on the Princeton campus, taking part in outreach programs on subjects ranging from entrepreneurship and leadership to public policy and journalism.

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FACULTY AWARD: Yu receives inaugural Tang Prize in Sinology

Ying-shih Yu, the Gordon Wu '58 Professor of Chinese Studies, Emeritus, and professor of East Asian studies and history, emeritus, was awarded the inaugural Tang Prize in Sinology.

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Haneef selected as Princeton's Campus Dining executive director

Smitha Haneef, an award-winning food service and hospitality leader with nearly 20 years of experience in restaurants and hotels around the world, has been named Princeton University's executive director of Campus Dining. She will begin on Monday, June 23.

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IAS, Princeton host international string-theory conference Strings 2014

Monday through Friday, June 23-27, various times · Princeton University, Institute for Advanced Study

Hundreds of string-theory researchers from around the world will be in Princeton for the 2014 Strings conference hosted by the Institute for Advanced Study and Princeton University Monday through Friday, June 23-27. Lectures will be held in Princeton's Richardson Auditorium with parallel sessions held at the institute. Plenary sessions will be live-streamed.

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Competing is 'transformative" for athletes at 2014 Special Olympics USA Games at Princeton

Throughout this week, June 16-20, Princeton and several colleges, universities and private schools in Mercer County are hosting events for the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games — the first national games to be held in New Jersey. The University is hosting track and field events at Weaver Stadium and swimming at DeNunzio Pool. Close to 100 members of the University community are serving as volunteers on campus during the games in a range of capacities including competition escorts, awards preparations assistants, awards escorts, food and beverage attendants, family services attendants, and Welcome Day assistants.

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Familiar yet strange: Water's 'split personality' revealed by computer model

Using computer models, Princeton University researchers found that as water freezes it takes on a sort of split personality wherein, at very cold temperatures and above a certain pressure, it may spontaneously split into two liquid forms. Finding this dual nature could lead to a better understanding of how water behaves in high-altitude clouds, which could improve the predictive ability of current weather and climate models.

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Filmmaker Farocki to speak

Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 8:30 p.m. · Rockefeller/Mathey Theater

Harun Farocki, a prominent filmmaker in the field of experimental documentary, will give a free talk about his work at the Princeton-Weimar Summer School for Media Studies at 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, in Rockefeller/Mathey Theater.

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Museum to hold outdoor screening of 'Painters Painting'

Thursday, July 10, 2014, 8:30 p.m. · Brown/Dod Quad

The Princeton University Art Museum will hold an outdoor screening of "Painters Painting" at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 10, in Brown/Dod Quad. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition "Rothko to Richter," which focuses on mark-making and Abstract Expressionism, the film documents some of the best-known artists working in New York from 1940 to 1970, such as Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Motherwell and Willem de Kooning.

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Donald Sinta Saxophone Quartet to perform

Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 7:30 p.m. · Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

The 2014 season of the Princeton University Summer Chamber Concerts series will continue with a performance by the Donald Sinta Saxophone Quartet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. All concerts in the series are free, however tickets are required. Tickets are distributed at the Richardson box office starting at 6 p.m. There is a maximum of four free tickets per person. Doors open at 7 p.m.

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Exhibition to focus on Bontecou's drawings

June 28-Sept. 21, 2014 · Princeton University Art Museum

"Lee Bontecou: Drawn Worlds," the first museum retrospective devoted to Bontecou's drawings, will be on view June 28-Sept. 21 at Princeton University Art Museum. Although most celebrated for her forceful and influential sculptures, Bontecou has employed drawing as a distinct and essential part of her creative practice during her 50-year career.

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Student work: 'Princeton Writes'

Princeton Writes is an on-campus program where words matter. Through workshops, roundtables and seminars, Princeton Writes helps students, faculty and staff become better writers.

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Employee retirements: May-June 2014

The following is an updated list of University employee retirements.

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Employee obituaries: May-June 2014

The following is an updated list of University employee obituaries.

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Faculty chosen for endowed professorships

Nine faculty members have been named to endowed professorships, effective July 1, 2014.

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Video feature: Performing opera at Princeton: An interdisciplinary experience

For students who want to study and perform opera, coming to Princeton University allows them to pursue their musical interests while broadening their intellect with a liberal arts education. A wide variety of opera styles are studied and performed by Princeton students, and early opera (especially from the Baroque period) is a particular strength that has emerged from the Department of Music.

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Faculty members submit resignations

Nine faculty members have submitted their resignations.

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Performing opera at Princeton

For students who want to study and perform opera, coming to Princeton University allows them to pursue their musical interests while broadening their intellect with a liberal arts education. A wide variety of opera styles are studied and performed by Princeton students, and early opera (especially from the Baroque period) is a particular strength that has emerged from the Department of Music.

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Board approves 20 faculty promotions

The Board of Trustees has approved the promotions of 20 faculty members, all effective July 1, 2014.

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Board approves 17 appointments to Princeton faculty

The Princeton University Board of Trustees has approved the appointments of 17 faculty members, including four full professors and 13 assistant professors.

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Eight faculty members transfer to emeritus status

Eight Princeton University faculty members were transferred to emeritus status in recent action by the Board of Trustees. They are: Kwame Anthony Appiah, the Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values; Robert Bagley, professor of art and archaeology; Michael Bender, professor of geosciences; William Happer, the Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor of Physics; Gillian Knapp, professor of astrophysical sciences; Paul Lansky, the William Shubael Conant Professor of Music; Larry Peterson, the Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science; and Alejandro Portes, the Howard Harrison and Gabrielle Snyder Beck Professor of Sociology.

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Ratcliffe wins NCAA hammer throw, extending Princeton's championship streak

Julia Ratcliffe of the Class of 2016 won the hammer throw Wednesday, June 11, on the opening day of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

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A. Walton Litz, Princeton 'high modernist' scholar of literature, dies

A. Walton Litz, the Holmes Professor of Belles Lettres, Emeritus, and professor of English, emeritus, at Princeton University, died of respiratory failure at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, New Jersey, on June 4. He was 84.

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Lane engages the ancients with an eye toward the future

Melissa Lane, an internationally recognized scholar of political theory, also turns to the ancients for insights into modern issues.  

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Even under construction, Andlinger lab teaches

The class walked into a cavernous construction site that is becoming the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University.

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Nine named to Princeton Board of Trustees

Princeton University has named nine new members to its Board of Trustees, effective July 1.

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FACULTY AWARD: Korennykh receives early-career award for infectious-disease research

Alexei Korennykh, a Princeton University assistant professor of molecular biology, was selected for a 2014 Investigators in Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease Award from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. The award provides $500,000 over five years.  

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Late night series at the museum to feature yoga

Thursday, June 26, 2014, 6 p.m. · Princeton University Art Museum lawn

The Princeton University Art Museum's Late Thursdays series will host "Artful Meditation: Yoga on the Lawn" at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 26, on the museum lawn. Debbi Gitterman of YogaStream will teach a free yoga class accompanied by live music. Refreshments inside the museum will follow.

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Horszowski Trio to open summer chamber music series

Monday, June 16, 2014, 7:30 p.m. · Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

The 2014 season of the Princeton University Summer Chamber Concerts series will open with a performance by the Horszowski Trio at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 16, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. All concerts in the series are free, however tickets are required. Tickets are distributed at the Richardson box office starting at 6 p.m. There is a maximum of four free tickets per person. Doors open at 7 p.m.

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Gallery talk and concert to focus on the Baroque

Sunday, June 15, 2014, 2 p.m. · Princeton University Art Museum and Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

Caroline Harris, associate director of education at the Princeton University Art Museum, will host a gallery talk that focuses on visual art of the Baroque at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 15, at the museum. At 3 p.m. the Monteverdi Choir, directed by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, will perform a concert of Baroque music in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. The program will feature Handel's "Dixit Dominus" and works by Johann Sebastian Bach. This is the choir's only United States appearance on its 50th anniversary tour. The gallery talk is free; for concert tickets call University Ticketing at 609-258-9220.

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PPPL receives $4.3 million to increase understanding of the role that plasma plays in synthesizing nanoparticles

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory has received $4.3 million of DOE funding, over three years, to develop an increased understanding of the role of plasma in the synthesis of nanoparticles. Such particles, which are measured in billionths of a meter, are prized for their use in everything from golf clubs and swimwear to microchips, paints and pharmaceutical products.

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Slideshow: 'Looking Back: Reunions and Commencement 2014'

Princeton University students, alumni and their families recently celebrated Reunions and graduation activities, filling campus with spirited displays of emotion. This video slideshow captures some of those moments.

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Slideshow: 'Looking Back: Reunions and Commencement 2014'

Princeton University students, alumni and their families recently celebrated Reunions and graduation activities, filling campus with spirited displays of emotion. This video slideshow captures some of those moments.

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Princeton hosting 2014 Special Olympics USA Games

Monday through Friday, June 16-20, 2014, various times · DeNunzio Pool and Weaver Stadium

Princeton University is among several area colleges, universities and private schools hosting events for the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games, which will be held in Mercer County June 14-21. Nearly 3,500 athletes; 1,000 coaches and delegates; 10,000 volunteers; and 70,000 spectators and families are expected. The University will host swimming and track and field events Monday through Friday, June 16-20, at DeNunzio Pool, east of Jadwin Gymnasium; and Weaver Stadium. Awards ceremonies for these events will be held in Hodes Plaza, between DeNunzio Pool, Jadwin Gym and Caldwell Fieldhouse.

Nearly 100 members of the University community will serve as volunteers on campus during the games in a range of capacities including competition escorts, awards preparations assistants, awards escorts, food and beverage attendants, family services attendants, and Welcome Day assistants. Volunteers are still needed to support the games in several locations; if you are interested, please email volunteer@2014specialolympics.org and state that you are a member of the Princeton University community.

The athletic events are free and open to the public. Do not bring any bags or coolers. Concessions will be available at DeNunzio Pool and Weaver Field.

For details about specific events, see the schedule of events or follow the games on Facebook and Twitter.  

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James Randall, Princeton music professor and pioneer in electronic music, dies

James Randall, professor of music emeritus at Princeton University, died of heart failure on May 28 at his home in Princeton, New Jersey. He was 84.

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Memorial service planned for Richard Ullman

Sunday, June 8, 2014, 2 p.m. · Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

A memorial service for Richard Ullman, the David E. Bruce Professor of International Affairs Emeritus, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 8, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. Ullman died March 11 at age 80.

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Riddick appointed executive director for human resources client services

Romy Riddick, director of diversity and inclusion in the Office of Human Resources since 2012, has been named executive director for client services in the Office of Human Resources at Princeton University. Riddick has served as acting executive director for client services since February.

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Modern expertise builds bridge to ancient marvel

Many engineering lectures concern themselves with cutting-edge technology but at a recent talk on bridge construction, Princeton professor Branko Glišić asked his audience to go back nearly 2,000 years.

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'2014 Reunions and Commencement Highlights'

In May and June, Princeton University celebrated Reunions and a number of graduation events, concluding with the University's 267th Commencement ceremony.

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Prentice selected as dean of the faculty

Deborah Prentice, Princeton's Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs and chair of the Department of Psychology, will become dean of the faculty on July 1.

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Education has prepared students for success and lifelong learning, Eisgruber tells graduates

In his first Commencement address as president of Princeton University, Christopher L. Eisgruber advised graduates on Tuesday, June 3, to embrace their uncharted futures and encouraged them to continue learning throughout their lives.

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2014 Latin Salutatory Oration

2014 Latin Salutatory Oration delivered by Alexander Iriza

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2014 Latin Salutatory Oration, English translation

English translation of the 2014 Latin Salutatory Oration delivered by Alexander Iriza

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2014 Valedictory Oration

2014 Valedictory Oration delivered by Katherine Pogrebniak

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2014 President's Commencement Address: 'Life's Journey and the Value of Learning'

2014 Commencement Address delivered by President Christopher L. Eisgruber

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Princeton University holds 267th Commencement

Princeton University awarded degrees to 1,244 undergraduates in the Class of 2014, seven from other classes and 996 graduate students at its 267th Commencement Tuesday, June 3. 

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Princeton awards five honorary degrees

Princeton University awarded honorary degrees during Commencement exercises Tuesday, June 3, to five individuals for their contributions to human rights, public life, business, the humanities, education and engineering. Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber awarded degrees to Fazle Hasan Abed, founder and chair of the nongovernmental development organization BRAC; Madeleine K. Albright, former U.S. secretary of state; Herb Kelleher, co-founder of Southwest Airlines; James McPherson, the George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of History, Emeritus, at Princeton; and James West, an inventor and research professor of electrical and computer engineering at Johns Hopkins' Whiting School of Engineering.

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Four faculty members recognized for outstanding teaching

Four Princeton University faculty members received President's Awards for Distinguished Teaching at Commencement ceremonies Tuesday, June 3. They are: Simon Gikandi, the Robert Schirmer Professor of English; Claire Gmachl, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Electrical Engineering; Anthony Grafton, the Henry Putnam University Professor of History; and Robert Sandberg, lecturer in English, theater and the Lewis Center for the Arts. 

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At Hooding ceremony, Augustine emphasizes courage, service

Norman Augustine, the retired chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corporation, former under secretary of the Army and former member of the Princeton Faculty, was the keynote speaker at the Hooding ceremony for Princeton University's Graduate School advanced degree candidates, held Monday June 2 on Cannon Green.

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Gore calls on seniors to use skills to 'change the world'

The Class Day ceremony for seniors was held Monday, June 2, on Cannon Green. The speaker was former Vice President Al Gore.

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Princeton 2014 Baccalaureate remarks

2014 Baccalaureate address delivered by Christopher Lu

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Students recognized for achievements and service at Class Day

Members of Princeton University's Class of 2014 gathered on Cannon Green Monday, June 2, to celebrate the conclusion of their undergraduate careers in a Class Day ceremony honoring their leadership and accomplishments.

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Colorful Baccalaureate service begins seniors' march to Commencement

The Class of 2014 began three days of end-of-year celebrations on Sunday, June 1, with Princeton's 267th Baccalaureate, an interfaith service held in the University Chapel that included music, blessings and readings from a range of faith and philosophical traditions.

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