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Archive – July, 2014

Samuel Hunter, authority on 20th-century art and 'profound' mentor, dies

Samuel Hunter, professor of art and archaeology, emeritus, at Princeton University and a renowned modern and contemporary art scholar, died of natural causes on July 27 in Princeton, New Jersey. He was 91.

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Video feature: Martial arts takes a 'Journey Beyond the West'

Princeton's Lewis Center for the Arts offered an Atelier and dance course this past spring in which students learned the martial art of wushu in order to perform an act from composer Fred Ho's "Journey Beyond the West: The New Adventures of Monkey," a martial arts musical fantasy.

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Martial arts takes a 'Journey Beyond the West'

Princeton's Lewis Center for the Arts offered an Atelier and dance course this past spring in which students learned the martial art of wushu to perform an act from composer Fred Ho's "Journey Beyond the West: The New Adventures of Monkey," a martial arts musical fantasy.

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FACULTY AWARD: Charikar and Spitkovsky receive Simons Investigators awards

Princeton University researchers Moses Charikar and Anatoly Spitkovsky were selected to receive 2014 Simons Investigators awards, which are presented by the New York-based Simons Foundation to outstanding scientists nationwide engaged in mathematics, theoretical physics, theoretical computer science, and mathematical modeling of living systems.

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University Place detour to begin Aug. 2

Starting on Saturday, Aug. 2, University Place will be closed to through traffic from College Road to Alexander Street due to construction of the Princeton University Arts and Transit Project. This closure is expected to remain in place until the end of August. Access for vehicles traveling to the Wawa customer parking lot will be maintained via the roundabout on Alexander Street.

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Graduate School to welcome 608 new advanced-degree candidates

Princeton University's Graduate School admitted 1,231 of the 10,964 students who applied for the 2014-15 academic year, with the school's international reputation and strong financial aid program attracting students from around the world. Of the admitted students, 608 had accepted the school's offer of admission as of June 15. The overall Graduate School admission rate is 11 percent, the same as last year. 

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Princeton expands online learning efforts to NovoEd platform

Princeton University will broaden its online teaching and learning efforts this fall, using new approaches and technologies including the NovoEd platform to enable students on campus to collaborate with others taking a class remotely.

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Technique simplifies creation of high-tech crystals

Highly purified crystals that split light with uncanny precision are key parts of high-powered lenses, specialized optics and, potentially, computers that manipulate light instead of electricity, but producing these crystals by current techniques is often difficult and expensive. Now, researchers at Princeton and Columbia universities have proposed a method that could allow scientists to customize and grow these specialized materials, known as photonic crystals, with relative ease.

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Where are Princeton students this summer? Find out.

Princeton students fan out around the globe each summer for research, service, learning and adventure. Several students participated in a video chat about their summer experiences Tuesday, July 29.

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'The Psychology of Humor'

Adam Mastroianni is serious about humor. He graduated in June with a degree from Princeton's psychology department, where he wrote his senior thesis on the psychology of humor. In this video, he discusses his journey of studying humor while at Princeton.

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Video feature: 'The Psychology of Humor'

Adam Mastroianni is serious about humor. He graduated in June with a degree from Princeton's psychology department, where he wrote his senior thesis on the psychology of humor. In this video, he discusses his journey of studying humor while at Princeton.

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Brain's dynamic duel underlies win-win choices

People choosing between two or more equally positive outcomes experience paradoxical feelings of pleasure and anxiety, feelings associated with activity in different regions of the brain, according to research led by Amitai Shenhav, an associate research scholar at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute at Princeton University.

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'Art of Science 2014'

The "Art of Science 2014" exhibit in the Friend Center on the Princeton University campus consists of 44 images and 12 videos of artistic merit created during the course of scientific research. The works, part of a recurring show now in its seventh iteration, were chosen from more than 250 images and 50 videos submitted from over 25 departments across the University. This video offers a cross-section of the artwork on display.

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Video feature: Princeton 'Art of Science 2014' highlights beauty in research

The "Art of Science 2014" exhibit in the Friend Center on the Princeton University campus consists of 44 images and 12 videos of artistic merit created during the course of scientific research. The works, part of a recurring show now in its seventh iteration, were chosen from more than 250 images and 50 videos submitted from over 25 departments across the University. This video offers a cross-section of the artwork on display.

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Storey to head new Center for Statistics and Machine Learning

Princeton University has established the Center for Statistics and Machine Learning. John Storey, a professor of molecular biology and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, has been named the center's director.

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The arts at Princeton: a Tumblr blog

The 2013-14 year in the arts at Princeton was captured on smartphones, video and the Web — and shared on various social media platforms. Dive into the Arts at Princeton Tumblr to find out:

• How the Big Apple figured into Princeton's celebration of Shakespeare's 450th birthday; • Which opera diva held a student master class before performing in the Princeton University Concerts series; • Why Michael Cadden, chair of the Lewis Center for the Arts, wields an orange pen; • What an "action-adventure martial arts opera" is; and • much, much more.  

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New Jersey Senate President Sweeney visits cancer research lab

New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney visited a laboratory on the Princeton University campus Monday, July 21, where researchers are trying to understand how cancer spreads in the human body.

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Q&A: Update on Ukraine's political and military situation

The apparent attack on a Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine has raised numerous questions about the region, its fighting forces and strategies going forward. We sat down with Stephen Kotkin, the John P. Birkelund '52 Professor in History and International Affairs at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, to discuss what's happening in Ukraine and what it may mean for the future.

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FACULTY HONOR: Bassler receives EMD Millipore Alice C. Evans Award for advancement of women in microbiology

Bonnie Bassler, the Squibb Professor in Molecular Biology, chair of the Department of Molecular Biology and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, has received the EMD Millipore Alice C. Evans Award for her contributions to the advancement of women in microbiology. The honor is given by the American Society for Microbiology.

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FACULTY HONOR: Levin elected Lombard Institute foreign member

Simon Levin, Princeton University's George M. Moffett Professor of Biology in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, was elected a foreign member of the Istituto Lombardo Accademia di Scienze e Lettere (Lombard Institute Academy of Science and Letters) in Italy. Levin will be presented with a certificate of appointment at an Oct. 2 ceremony in Milan.

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Concert to feature works by composition institute participants

Saturday, July 19, 2014, 8 p.m. · Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

A concert by members of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra featuring world premieres of works by participants in the inaugural Edward T. Cone Composition Institute will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 19, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. Four composers — Lembit Beecher, David Biedenbender, Daniel Choi and Chris Rogerson — were chosen from an international applicant pool of 28 university composition students in the early stages of their professional careers to participate in the intensive five-day institute, a collaboration of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the Department of Music. For tickets call 1-800-255-3476.

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UPDATE: Normal activities resume at Dillon Gym

12:15 P.M. UPDATE -- A small fire was extinguished and normal activities resumed at Dillon Gym shortly after noon.

Dillon Gym was evacuated at about 11:45 a.m. due to an electrical fire in the martial arts room. The Princeton Fire Department and the...

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College students plunge into summer of geopolitics and public policy

On a recent summer evening, a group of 17 rising seniors from colleges across the country and beyond were discussing Russia and the European Union in Robertson Hall on the Princeton campus.

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Q&A: Understanding Israel and Palestine's latest conflict

Fighting continues to rock the Middle East as shots fired by militants in Gaza hit Israel on Friday, afflicting the northern part of the country, and the death toll from Israeli airstrikes has now reached nearly 100. Daniel Kurtzer — a former U.S. ambassador to Israel and Egypt and Princeton's S. Daniel Abraham Professor in Middle East Policy Studies discussed what's taking place in the Middle East and what role the United States should play.

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Scheide midsummer concert to feature Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 8 p.m. · Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

The seventh annual midsummer concert series presented by Judith and William Scheide, a 1936 Princeton alumnus, will feature the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra directed by Mark Laycock at 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, in Richardson Auditorium. The program will include works by Dvorak, Brahms and the world premiere of Laycock's "Flute Concerto for Jasmine Choi," with Choi as soloist. For tickets call University Ticketing at 609-258-9220.

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Video feature: Keller Center class focuses on creativity, innovation, design

The Keller Center class "Creativity, Innovation and Design" focuses on fostering creativity and encouraging a different way of thinking about real-world problems. In this video, students and faculty talk about their experiences participating in this unique class.

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'Creativity, Innovation and Design'

The Keller Center class "Creativity, Innovation and Design" focuses on fostering creativity and encouraging a different way of thinking about real-world problems. In this video, students and faculty talk about their experiences participating in this unique class.

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Study shows significant increase in antibiotic use across the world

Global use of antibiotics is surging according to Princeton University researchers who have conducted a broad assessment of antibiotic consumption around the world.

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FACULTY AWARD: Carter receives Remsen Award for outstanding achievement in chemistry

Emily Carter, founding director of Princeton University's Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, has been awarded the 2014 Remsen Award by the American Chemical Society Maryland Section for outstanding achievement in chemistry. Carter is Princeton's Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment and a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and applied and computational mathematics. The Remsen Award recognizes her work in pioneering the development of unique tools to study and design materials, most recently for sustainable energy from solar and fuel cells to fusion. The award was established in 1946 to commemorate the career of Ira Remsen, first professor of chemistry and second president of Johns Hopkins University.

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University Place to reopen on July 9

University Place, which has been closed from College Road to Alexander Street, will reopen to vehicular traffic on the morning of Wednesday, July 9.

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FACULTY AWARD: Klebanov receives Tomassoni Prize for physics

Igor Klebanov, Princeton University's Eugene Higgins Professor of Physics, was awarded the 2014 Caterina Tomassoni and Felice Pietro Chisesi Prize for outstanding achievements in physics. He received the prize during a June 19 ceremony at the Sapienza University of Rome in Italy.

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Princeton's Annual Giving campaign sets new record with $58.7 million

Princeton University's 2013-14 Annual Giving campaign raised $58,748,900 — the highest total in Annual Giving history — with 61.4 percent of undergraduate alumni participating.

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Partial Faculty Road closure July 11-16 will affect traffic, Dinky service

Beginning this week, construction on Faculty Road by NJ TRANSIT will affect traffic patterns and Dinky service. From 5 a.m. Friday, July 11, through the evening rush hour Wednesday, July 16, Faculty Road will be closed from Alexander Street to Elm Drive due to the construction of grade crossing improvements and road and sidewalk improvements.

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FACULTY HONOR: Grenfell named to Board of Governors of the Wellcome Trust

Bryan Grenfell, the Kathryn Briger and Sarah Fenton Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Public Affairs, has joined the Board of Governors of the Wellcome Trust, effective September. The Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation focused on improving human and animal health, noted Grenfell's more than 30 years of experience in researching the population dynamics of infectious diseases. 

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'Umqombothi' a cappella group creates community

Umqombothi is a student African a cappella group that performs both on and off the Princeton University campus. With intricate harmonies, the members sing songs from a variety of African cultures, both traditional and contemporary. This video gives a behind-the-scenes look at how the members prepare for their performances.

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Video feature: 'Umqombothi' a cappella group creates community

Umqombothi is a student African a cappella group that performs both on and off the Princeton University campus. With intricate harmonies, the members sing songs from a variety of African cultures, both traditional and contemporary. This video gives a behind-the-scenes look at how the members prepare for their performances.

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Art museum to hold outdoor screening of 'Pollock'

Thursday, July 24, 2014, 8:30 p.m. · Brown/Dod Quad

The Princeton University Art Museum will hold an outdoor screening of "Pollock" (2000) — a biographic film in which actor/director Ed Harris examines the life of the Abstract Expressionist painter Jackson Pollock — at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24, in Brown/Dod Quad, presented in conjunction with the exhibition "Rothko to Richter," which focuses on mark-making and Abstract Expressionism.

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Art museum to host summer exhibitions event

Thursday, July 17, 2014, 5:30 p.m. · Princeton University Art Museum

The Princeton University Art Museum will host a summer exhibitions celebration at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 17, at the museum, including a lecture "Mark, Maker, Method" by Kelly Baum, the Haskell Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, in conjunction with the exhibition "Rothko to Richter: Mark-Making in Abstract Painting from the Collection of Preston H. Haskell." The event will include music and refreshments. Also on view is the exhibition "Lee Bontecou: Drawn Worlds."

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International piano festival to feature guest artists

Sunday through Saturday, July 13-19, 2014, 8 p.m. · Fine Hall, Taplin Auditorium, and Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

The Golandsky Institute's International Piano Festival will present six concerts at 8 p.m. Sunday through Saturday, July 13-19. To purchase tickets call University Ticketing at 609-258-9220.

The following are details on the dates, performers and venues:

• July 13: Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner, piano, Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall • July 14: Sylvia Courvoisier, piano, and Mark Feldman, violin; and Peter Evans, piano, and Ron Stabinsky, trumpet, Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall • July 15: Lisa Yui, piano, Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall • July 17: Pianists of the Golandsky Institute, in collaboration with the New Jersey Symphony Chamber Orchestra, will present "Scheide Concerto Evening: 200 Years of Piano with Orchestra" with guest conductor Mark Laycock, Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall • July 18: Nina Tichman, piano, and Ariadne Daskalakis, violin, Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall • July 19: Ilya Itin, piano, Taplin Audiorium Fine Hall  

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Summer chamber music series to present New Zealand String Quartet and Harlem Quartet

Mondays, July 14 and 21, 2014, 7:30 p.m. · Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

The 2014 season of the Princeton University Summer Chamber Concerts series will continue with concerts by the New Zealand String Quartet, Monday, July 14, and the Harlem Quartet, Monday, July 21. Both concerts will take place at 7:30 p.m. 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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Harold Kuhn, Princeton mathematician who advanced game theory, dies at 88

Harold Kuhn, a Princeton mathematician who advanced game theory and brought mathematical approaches to economics, died of congestive heart failure in New York City on July 2. He was 88 years old.

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Becoming an expert takes more than practice

Deliberate practice may have less influence in building expertise than previously thought, according to an analysis by researchers at Princeton University, Michigan State University and Rice University.

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Carillon concerts planned through summer

July 6 through Aug. 31, 2014, 1 p.m. · Graduate College, Cleveland Tower

The University's 22nd annual Summer Carillon Series, featuring carillonneurs from around the United States and abroad, will be held at 1 p.m. each Sunday from July 6 through Aug. 31 at Cleveland Tower on the Graduate College campus.

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Employee obituaries: July 2014

The following is an updated list of University employee obituaries.

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Employee retirements: July 2014

The following is an updated list of University employee retirements.

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