News at Princeton

Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

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University Place to reopen on Aug. 28

University Place, which has been closed from College Road to Alexander Street, will reopen to vehicular traffic on the morning of Thursday, Aug. 28.

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Coal's continued dominance of global industrialization must be made more vivid in climate change accounting

The world's accounting system for carbon emissions, run by the United Nations, disregards capital investments in future coal-fired and natural-gas power plants that will commit the world to several decades and billions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new study from Princeton University and the University of California-Irvine.

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Investigation finds no evidence to support allegations of animal mistreatment

An investigation by Princeton University has found no evidence to support an animal rights group's allegations last month that an animal was mistreated at the University.

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Bhargava receives Fields Medal for influential mathematicians under 40

Princeton University mathematician Manjul Bhargava was awarded the 2014 Fields Medal, one of the most prestigious awards in mathematics, in recognition of his work in the geometry of numbers. The International Mathematical Union (IMU) presents the medal every four years to researchers under the age of 40 based on the influence of their existing work and on their "promise of future achievement."

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Wild sheep show benefits of putting up with parasites

In the first evidence that natural selection favors an individual's infection tolerance, researchers from Princeton University and the University of Edinburgh have found that an animal's ability to endure an internal parasite strongly influences its reproductive success. The finding could provide the groundwork for boosting the resilience of humans and livestock to infection.

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Faculty committee recommends modifications in Princeton assessment and grading policies

An ad hoc faculty committee that President Christopher L. Eisgruber appointed last fall to review the undergraduate grading policy that Princeton University adopted in 2004 has recommended that the University remove numerical targets from the policy and that the numerical guidelines be replaced with grading standards developed and articulated by each department.  

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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University Place detour and bus stop relocation to begin June 4

Starting on Wednesday, June 4, 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. The TigerTransit and TigerPaWW (Princeton to Princeton Junction) bus stop will be relocated from University Place to College Road, across from the circle at the McCarter Theater Center.

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Fast and curious: Electrons hurtle into the interior of a new class of quantum materials

Scientists at Princeton University have made a step forward in developing a new class of materials that could be used in future technologies. They have discovered a new quantum effect that enables electrons — the negative-charge-carrying particles that make today's electronic devices possible — to dash through the interior of these materials with very little resistance.  

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Negative stereotypes can cancel each other out on résumés

Stereotypes of gay men as effeminate and weak and black men as threatening and aggressive can hurt members of those groups when white people evaluate them in employment, education, criminal justice and other contexts. But the negative attributes of the two stereotypes can cancel one another out for gay black men in the employment context, according to research by a Princeton University graduate student.

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Princeton University Press picks new distribution service

Princeton University Press has selected Perseus Academic, a division of Perseus Distribution Services, to provide book fulfillment and distribution services beginning in spring 2015. This new arrangement will facilitate more effective book distribution in order to keep up with changes in the business of print publishing and enable Princeton University Press to invest further in digital publishing operations.

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Victims want to change, not just punish, offenders

Revenge is a dish best served with a side of change. A series of experiments conducted by researchers affiliated with Princeton University has found that punishment is only satisfying to victims if the offenders change their attitude as a result of the punishment

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Paul Sigmund, scholar of political theory, Latin America, dies at 85

Paul Sigmund, a Princeton University scholar of political theory and Latin American politics, died at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro on Sunday, April 27. He was 85 and died from complications of pneumonia, his family said.

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Habermas to speak on 'Transnationalization of Democracy'

Jürgen Habermas, a world-renowned public intellectual, sociologist and philosopher, will speak on "Transnationalization of Democracy: A European Experiment," at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in McCosh Hall, Room 50. The event, which is free and open to the public, is presented by the Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society.

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Looking to future, educators and policymakers see universities as agents for change

Concluding a three-day conference in Paris, education leaders and policymakers from around the world on Friday shared a vision of the future in which universities anticipate, influence and drive change in global society. 

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'MOOC World': Experts clash over differing visions of education technology

University leaders and government officials from five continents on Thursday explored challenges and opportunities from economics to diversity that higher education faces. The second day of the Princeton-Fung Global Forum in Paris also featured vigorous debate on whether online learning platforms pose more risks or rewards for academia and society.

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Education, policy leaders gather in Paris for Princeton-Fung Global Forum

University leaders and policymakers from around the world gathered in Paris on Wednesday evening to begin a discussion on the future of higher education that will run over three days at the Princeton-Fung Global Forum. 

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Makela-Goodman named director of gift planning

Rochelle Makela-Goodman, a fundraising professional with 19 years of development experience, has joined the Princeton University Office of Development as director of gift planning.

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Huffington, Slaughter will discuss 'redefining success'

Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 7 p.m. · Richardson Auditorium

Arianna Huffington, chair, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, will discuss her latest book, "Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom and Wonder," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall, on the Princeton University campus. Tickets are needed for the event.

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Exhibit of Spectacular Latin American Medals at Princeton University Library

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Latin America’s wars of independence, the Princeton University Library has mounted a dramatic display of medals and orders that illustrate the recognitions awarded to soldiers and civilians in the form of wearable insignia. The exhibit "From a Thankful Nation," which is free and open to the public, is on display in the main gallery of Firestone Library through August 3. A public exhibit lecture titled "Defining the Nation" by Miguel Centeno, professor of sociology and international affairs and chair of Princeton’s Department of Sociology, will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 13, in McCormick Hall, Room 101 on the Princeton University campus.

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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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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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Tracking genes on the path to genetic treatment

Princeton University and University of Michigan researchers have developed a system that allows computers to "virtually dissect" a kidney in a way that surgery cannot. The machine uses data from an array of gene-activity measurements in patients' kidney biopsies to mathematically separate cells and identify genes that are turned on in a specific cell type.

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In the eye of a chicken, a new state of matter comes into view

Along with eggs, soup and rubber toys, the list of the chicken's most lasting legacies may eventually include advanced materials, according to researchers from Princeton University and Washington University in St. Louis. The researchers report that the unusual arrangement of cells in a chicken's eye constitutes the first known biological occurrence of a potentially new state of matter known as "disordered hyperuniformity," which has been shown to have unique physical properties.

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University provides second dose of meningitis B vaccine

Princeton University began providing a second dose of the meningitis B vaccine to recommended campus groups on Monday, Feb. 17, with 3,215 individuals vaccinated by the end of the third day. Another 305 individuals received the second dose last month. The vaccine clinics are being held from noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Feb. 17-20, in the Frist Campus Center multipurpose room. More information about the clinics is available on the University's meningitis website.

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RSVP by Feb. 19 for coverage of Sonia Sotomayor and Hunter R. Rawlings III at Princeton University

This advisory is to alert members of the news media that Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and Hunter R. Rawlings III, President of the Association of American Universities, will speak during Princeton University’s annual Alumni Day on Saturday, Feb. 22.

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Al Gore selected as 2014 Class Day speaker

Former Vice President Al Gore has been selected to deliver the keynote address at the University's Class Day ceremony on Monday, June 2. Class Day, which takes place the day before Princeton's Commencement, is an opportunity for seniors to publicly acknowledge achievements and contributions of members of the graduating class and University community

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Eisgruber outlines strategic planning process for University

Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber announced at the Feb. 10 meeting of the Council of the Princeton University Community (CPUC) that the University has begun a strategic planning process.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Opposing phenomena possible key to high-efficiency electricity delivery

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

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

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

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

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

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University provides meningitis B vaccine during campus clinics

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

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University will offer Meningitis B vaccines to recommended groups

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has now officially recommended that all Princeton University undergraduate students, and also graduate students living in undergraduate dormitories, the Graduate College and annexes, and other members of the University community with certain medical conditions, receive a vaccine that helps protect against meningococcal disease caused by serogroup B bacteria. The vaccine will be provided only to these groups, and it will not be administered anywhere else.

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Even if emissions stop, carbon dioxide could warm Earth for centuries

Princeton University-led research suggests that even if carbon-dioxide emissions came to a sudden halt, the carbon dioxide already in Earth's atmosphere could continue to warm our planet for hundreds of years. Thus, it might take a lot less carbon than previously thought to reach the global temperature scientists deem unsafe.

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Meningitis B vaccine being considered at Princeton

At the request of the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reviewed the seven cases of meningococcal disease contracted by Princeton University students and a student visitor since March 2013, all of which were caused by meningococcal bacteria known as serogroup B, including the latest case reported on Nov. 10.

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Williams named Princeton's executive vice president

Treby Williams, who has helped lead efforts at Princeton University to enhance campus life, modernize operations, strengthen safety planning and coordination, and augment campus services, has been named Princeton's executive vice president. Her appointment is effective Nov. 18.

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Sanghvi selected as Princeton's executive director of Career Services

Pulin Sanghvi, who led the Career Management Center at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, has been named executive director of Career Services at Princeton University, effective Dec. 1. The new position is intended to help broaden career exploration and opportunities for all students, and establish new relationships with employers and organizations representing a wide range of interests and fields.

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'Tiger stripes' underneath Antarctic glaciers slow the flow

Narrow stripes of dirt and rock beneath massive Antarctic glaciers create friction zones that slow the flow of ice toward the sea, researchers at Princeton University and the British Antarctic Survey have found. Understanding how these high-friction regions form and subside could help researchers understand how the flow of these glaciers responds to a warming climate.

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If a tree falls in Brazil…? Amazon deforestation could mean droughts for western U.S.

Princeton University-led researchers report that the total deforestation of the Amazon could mean 20 percent less rain for the coastal Northwest and a 50 percent reduction in the Sierra Nevada snowpack, resulting in water and food shortages, and a greater risk of forest fires. The research is intended to highlight how the destruction of the Amazon rainforest could affect climate elsewhere.

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Yosvany Terry Quintet to perform in Princeton

The Yosvany Terry Quartet will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, in the Solley Theater, Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, 102 Witherspoon Street in Princeton. The performance — which takes place in conjunction with the Princeton University course "Cultures of the Afro-Diaspora," taught by Alexandra Vazquez, assistant professor of English and African American studies — is free and open to the public.

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Sotomayor, Rawlings to receive top alumni awards

Princeton University will present its top honors for alumni to Sonia Sotomayor, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and Hunter R. Rawlings III, president of the Association of American Universities and a former president of two universities.

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Veterans Day observance to be held in chapel

Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, 8:30 a.m. · Princeton University Chapel

A Veterans Day observance is planned for 8:30 to 9 a.m., Monday, Nov. 11, in the Princeton University Chapel. Lt. Col. Peter Knight, who is in his third year as the director of Princeton's Army Officer Education Program, will deliver remarks. The program also will include an invocation, benediction, presentation of colors, and music, including the singing of the "Star-Spangled Banner" and "America the Beautiful," a viola solo and taps.

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Employee Resource Groups foster community at Princeton

From community service projects and discussion groups to potluck dinners and bowling nights, Princeton University's Employee Resource Groups (ERG) provide opportunities for employees with shared backgrounds and interests to build communities across campus.

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Light and integrated spaces join neuroscience and psychology buildings

Construction is nearly complete on the two linked buildings for the Princeton Neuroscience Institute (PNI) and Peretsman-Scully Hall, the new home of the psychology department, with move-in to be completed in January. Designed by architect José Rafael Moneo of Madrid in collaboration with Davis Brody Bond of New York City, the 248,000-square-foot complex includes classrooms, laboratories, office space and common areas.

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Without plants, Earth would cook under billions of tons of additional carbon

Researchers based at Princeton University found that Earth's terrestrial ecosystems have absorbed 186 billion to 192 billion tons of carbon since the mid-20th century, which has significantly contained the global temperature and levels of carbon in the atmosphere.

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Small bits of genetic material fight cancer's spread

Researchers at Princeton University have found that microRNAs — small bits of genetic material capable of repressing the expression of certain genes — may serve as both therapeutic targets and predictors of metastasis, or a cancer’s spread from its initial site to other parts of the body.

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New transit schedules, Alexander Street-University Place detour to go into effect

The week of Oct. 13, NJ TRANSIT and TigerPaww shuttle schedules will change. Additionally, a detour will begin Oct. 16 around the Alexander Street-University Place intersection as a roundabout is constructed.

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Riotta named first Pirelli Visiting Professor

Gianni Riotta, an eminent Italian journalist and writer, will serve as the first Pirelli Visiting Professor in Italian Studies in the Department of French and Italian during Spring 2014.  

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How red crabs on Christmas Island speak for the tropics

Research conducted through Princeton University found that erratic rainfall — which could become more irregular as a result of climate change — could be detrimental to animals that migrate with the dry-wet seasonal cycle. The researchers studied the annual mating migration of the land-dwelling Christmas Island red crab in order to help scientists understand the consequences of climate change for the millions of migratory animals in Earth's tropical zones.

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Weighed down by guilt: Research shows it's more than a metaphor

Ever feel the weight of guilt? Princeton researcher Martin Day and Ramona Bobocel, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Waterloo, recently published the results of a series of studies that begin to offer answers to that question.

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Loh named Princeton University fire marshal

Scott W. Loh, a 22-year veteran in fire service has been appointed fire marshal in Princeton University's Department of Public Safety effective Oct. 21. "We are very excited to have Scott join the department,” said Paul L. Ominsky, executive director of Public Safety.

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Faculty committee will review assessment and grading policies

Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber has charged a new faculty committee with reviewing the University's policies for how student work is evaluated. The Ad Hoc Committee to Review Policies Regarding Assessment and Grading will explore whether the University's assessment guidelines remain effective and appropriate.

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Dietrich bequest endows economic theory center and supports financial aid at Princeton

A substantial bequest from industrialist and philanthropist William S. Dietrich II, a member of Princeton University's Class of 1960, will endow the University's Economic Theory Center, which has been renamed in his honor. His gift will also support undergraduate and graduate student financial aid by establishing a fund for the William S. Dietrich II Scholars and Fellows.

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Media Advisory: Princeton's Oppenheimer available to comment on release of first part of IPCC Fifth Assessment Report

Princeton University professor Michael Oppenheimer is available to comment on the Sept. 27 release of the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to examine the connection between greenhouse gases and human-made climate change and its consequences, such as extreme heat, intense precipitation and sea-level rise. Titled "Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis," it is the first part of the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report.

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Tropical forest carbon absorption may hinge on an odd couple

A Princeton University-based study found that a unique housing arrangement between trees in the legume family and the carbo-loading rhizobia bacteria may determine how well tropical forests can absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The findings suggest that the role of tropical forests in offsetting the atmospheric buildup of carbon from fossil fuels depends on tree diversity.

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Earth's wobble 'fixes' dinner for marine organisms

The cyclic wobble of the Earth on its axis controls the production of a nutrient essential to the health of the ocean, according to a new study in the journal Nature. The discovery of factors that control this nutrient, known as "fixed" nitrogen, gives researchers insight into how the ocean regulates its own life-support system, which in turn affects the Earth's climate and the size of marine fisheries. 

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Movement of marine life follows speed and direction of climate change

New research based at Princeton University shows that the trick to predicting when and where sea animals will relocate due to climate change is to follow the pace and direction of temperature changes, known as climate velocity.

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Eisgruber, Trustees approve comprehensive strategy to increase diversity

The Board of Trustees and President Christopher L. Eisgruber have unanimously endorsed a report by a special trustee committee that recommends a comprehensive strategy to increase the diversity and inclusivity of the Princeton University community, with a particular focus on graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and senior administrators. The proposed strategy builds on Princeton's significant advances over more than five decades while focusing on areas where more could be accomplished.

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PIIRS interdisciplinary research community to explore global systemic risk

An interdisciplinary group of Princeton University scholars working to understand better the nature of risk has been selected by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) as its 2014-16 research community.

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Poor concentration: Poverty reduces brainpower needed for navigating other areas of life

Research based at Princeton University found that poverty and all its related concerns require so much mental energy that the poor have less remaining brainpower to devote to other areas of life.

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Arts and Transit Project enters new phase with temporary station

Construction on Princeton University's Arts and Transit Project enters a new phase this week as NJ TRANSIT opens a temporary Princeton Station and the University opens a new meter and parking lot.

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Stunning images of Andromeda demonstrate the world's most powerful astronomical camera

Stunning images of the Andromeda Galaxy are among the first to emerge from a new wide-field camera installed on the enormous Subaru Telescope called the Hyper-Suprime Cam (HSC), which is the result of an international collaboration between Princeton University astrophysicists and Japanese and Taiwanese scientists.

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Great Recession onset spurs harsh parenting, researchers find

The onset of the Great Recession and, more generally, deteriorating economic conditions lead mothers to engage in harsh parenting, such as hitting or shouting at children, a team of researchers has found. But the effect is only found in mothers who carry a gene variation that makes them more likely to react to their environment.

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Alexander Street detour extended to Aug. 19

Alexander Street will remain closed to through traffic from College Road to University Place through Sunday, Aug. 18; it will re-open on Monday, Aug. 19.

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Cool heads likely won't prevail in a hotter, wetter world

Researchers from Princeton University and the University of California-Berkeley report that even slight spikes in temperature and precipitation greatly increase the risk of personal and civil violence, and suggest that more human conflict is a likely outcome of climate change.

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Evolution picks up hitchhikers

In a twist on "survival of the fittest," Princeton University researchers have discovered that evolution is driven not by a single beneficial mutation but rather by a group of mutations, including ones called "genetic hitchhikers" that are simply along for the ride.

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Rubby Sherr, tireless Princeton professor and an architect of the Atomic Age, dies at 99

Princeton University nuclear physicist Rubby Sherr, whose work on the Manhattan Project helped usher in the Atomic Age and whose academic publications span nearly 80 years, died July 8 of natural causes at the Quadrangle independent-living community in Haverford, Pa. He was 99.

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Princeton's Annual Giving campaign raises $57 million

Princeton University's 2012-13 Annual Giving campaign raised $57,019,138 — the second-highest total in Annual Giving history — with 61.1 percent of undergraduate alumni participating. The results are notable for their strength and breadth across all of Princeton's constituencies: undergraduate alumni, graduate alumni, parents and friends.

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Exercise reorganizes the brain to be more resilient to stress

A research team based at Princeton University found that physical activity reorganizes the brain so that its response to stress is reduced and anxiety is less likely to interfere with normal brain function.

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Altitude sickness may hinder ethnic integration in the world's highest places

Princeton University research suggests that ethnic segregation — and potential ethnic tension — in nations straddling the world's steepest terrains may be reinforced by the biological tolerance different peoples have to altitude, according to one of the first studies to examine the effect of elevation on ethnic demographics

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University selects U-NOW as child care provider for future on-campus center

Princeton University has selected U-NOW Day Nursery to provide child care for a new full-day, on-campus child care center that is anticipated to open in about four years. The new center will serve around 150 to 180 children from infants to age 5 and will be available to children of University faculty, staff and graduate students.

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Is there an invisible tug-of-war behind bad hearts and power outages?

Researchers from Princeton University and Germany's Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization report the first purely physical experimental evidence that an invisible and chaotic tug-of-war known as a chimera state could occur naturally within any process that relies on spontaneous synchronization, including clock pendulums, power grids and heart valves.

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Weekend substitute bus service to run between Princeton and Princeton Junction

On the weekends of June 15-16 and June 22-23, buses will replace the rail shuttle service between Princeton and Princeton Junction Station due to construction of the new Princeton Station.

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Princeton University holds 266th Commencement

Princeton University awarded degrees to 1,261 undergraduates in the Class of 2013, five from other classes and 892 graduate students at its 266th Commencement Tuesday, June 4.

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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 4. They are: Yelena Baraz, assistant professor of classics; Andrew Houck, associate professor of electrical engineering; Deborah Nord, professor of English; and David Spergel, the Charles A. Young Professor of Astronomy on the Class of 1897 Foundation and professor of astrophysical sciences.  

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Princeton awards six honorary degrees

Princeton University awarded honorary degrees during Commencement exercises Tuesday, June 4, to six individuals for their contributions to architecture, education, literature, the humanities, human rights, medicine and science: Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health; Lorraine Daston, executive director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin; Frank Gehry, world-renowned architect; Toni Morrison, Nobel laureate and the Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Humanities Emeritus at Princeton; Shirley M. Tilghman, president of Princeton University; and Sakena Yacoobi, executive director of the Afghan Institute of Learning.

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Graduate School admits 1,208 from competitive applicant pool

Princeton University's Graduate School admitted 1,208 of the 11,179 students who applied for the 2013-14 academic year, with the school's international reputation and generous financial aid program attracting students from across the globe.

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Alumnus Donoho receives Shaw Prize in mathematics

Princeton University alumnus David Donoho, the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Humanities and Sciences and a professor of statistics at Stanford University, today was named the 2013 Shaw Laureate in mathematics. A member of Princeton's Class of 1978, Donoho was recognized for his work to get a more detailed analysis out of large numerical data sets.

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Princeton to honor four secondary school teachers

Princeton University will honor four exceptional New Jersey secondary school teachers at its 2013 Commencement on Tuesday, June 4.

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Sagar sees Constitution at work in AP phone records seizure

The Justice Department's controversial seizure of Associated Press phone records highlights a messy but effective constitutional balancing act that ultimately benefits the country, said Rahul Sagar, an assistant professor of politics at Princeton University.

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'The Great Gatsby' manuscript and galleys now online through Princeton University Digital Library

The Princeton University Library is pleased to announce the digitization of the autograph manuscript and corrected galleys of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1925), which were donated to the Princeton University Library in 1950 by Fitzgerald's daughter Scottie Fitzgerald Lanahan. The Library has put the digital images online in the Princeton University Digital Library (PUDL), making the historical items easily accessible to researchers, Fitzgerald fans and the general public.

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Alexander Street detour to begin June 6

Starting on Thursday, June 6, Alexander Street will be closed to thru traffic from College Road to University Place. This closure is expected to remain in place until the end of July.

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Princeton University Commencement to be held June 4

Members of the news media who wish to attend any of Princeton University's 2013 graduation ceremonies Sunday through Tuesday, June 2-4, must contact the University's Office of Communications no later than 3 p.m. Friday, May 24, to request credentials.

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Media Advisory: Lost in space — Cancellation of NASA's Kepler mission would hinder exploration of extrasolar planets, Princeton's Bakos says

The potential cancellation of the NASA Kepler satellite mission would mark the end of an unparalleled source of information about planets and planetary systems outside of Earth's solar system, known as exoplanets, according to Princeton University astrophysicist Gáspár Bakos, who studies exoplanets and has discovered more than 40.

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University Public Safety, Princeton Police update operating procedures

The Princeton University Department of Public Safety and the Princeton Police Department have updated an agreement on operating procedures that also outlines best practices and processes for enhancing collaboration between the departments to best serve the entire Princeton community.

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Temporary traffic signal installation begins May 13

A temporary traffic signal is being installed at the intersection of College Road and University Place for use over the next year when construction detours are in effect for Princeton University's Arts and Transit Project.

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Nine students receive 2013 Spirit of Princeton Award

Nine students have been named winners of the 2013 Spirit of Princeton Award, which honors undergraduates at Princeton University for their positive contributions to campus life. The award recognizes students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the undergraduate experience through dedicated efforts with student organizations, athletics, community service, religious life, residential life and the arts.

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New analysis suggests wind, not water, formed mound on Mars

Researchers based at Princeton University, the California Institute of Technology and Ashima Research suggest that Mars' roughly 3.5-mile high Mount Sharp most likely emerged as strong winds carried dust and sand into Gale Crater where the mound sits. If correct, the research could dilute expectations that the mound is the remnant of a massive lake, which would have important implications for understanding Mars' past habitability.

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Physicists, biologists unite to expose how cancer spreads

A multi-institutional study including researchers from Princeton University's Physical Sciences-Oncology Center found that cancer cells that can break out of a tumor and invade other organs are more aggressive and nimble than nonmalignant cells.

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Christopher L. Eisgruber named 20th president of Princeton University

Christopher L. Eisgruber, Princeton's provost for the past nine years, has been named the University's 20th president, effective July 1. He succeeds Shirley M. Tilghman, who last fall announced her intention to step down at the end of this academic year after completing 12 years in office.

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Bad decisions arise from faulty information, not faulty brain circuits

Princeton University researchers have found that bad decisions might be the fault of faulty information, rather than errors in the brain's decision-making process.

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Subconscious mental categories help brain sort through everyday experiences

Princeton University researchers found that the brain breaks experiences into the "events," or related groups that help us mentally organize the day's many situations, using subconscious mental categories it creates. These categories are based on how the considers people, objects and actions are related in terms of how they tend to — or tend not to — pop up near one another at specific times.

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Faculty approves changes in academic calendar beginning fall 2013

Changes in the academic calendar that set the first day of fall semester classes on the second Wednesday of September were approved at the April 1 faculty meeting. The change in the first day of classes, which was previously scheduled on the second Thursday, also means that the Thanksgiving break has been extended by one day and will begin the day before Thanksgiving.

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Princeton names Debenedetti dean for research

Princeton University has appointed as dean for research Pablo Debenedetti, a longtime Princeton engineering professor and vice dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Debenedetti, the Class of 1950 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science and professor of chemical and biological engineering, will begin his new role on July 1.

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David Remnick selected as Class Day speaker

Alumnus David Remnick, editor of the The New Yorker, has been selected to deliver the keynote address at the University's Class Day ceremony on Monday, June 3. Class Day, which takes place the day before Princeton's Commencement, is being organized by members of the graduating class.

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'A better path' toward projecting, planning for rising seas on a warmer Earth

More useful projections of sea level are possible despite substantial uncertainty about the future behavior of massive ice sheets. In two recent papers, Princeton University researchers present an approach that provides a consistent means to integrate the potential contribution of continental ice sheets such as Greenland and Antarctica into sea-level rise projections.

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Princeton University offers admission to 7.29 percent of applicants

Princeton University has offered admission to 1,931 students, or 7.29 percent of the near-record 26,498 applicants for the Class of 2017 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 7.86 percent last year.

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Princeton astrophysicists helped Planck mission bring universe into sharp focus

Princeton University researchers contributed extensively to the Planck space mission that on March 21 released the most accurate and detailed map ever made of the oldest light in the universe, revealing new information about its age, contents and origins.

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March of the pathogens: Parasite metabolism can foretell disease ranges under climate change

Princeton University researchers developed a model that can help determine the future range of nearly any disease-causing parasite under climate change, even if little is known about the organism. Their method calculates how the projected temperature change for an area would alter the creature's metabolism and life cycle.

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Genomic detectives crack the case of the missing heritability

Despite years of research, the genetic factors behind many human diseases and characteristics remain unknown, and has been called the "missing heritability" problem. A new study by Princeton University researchers, however, suggests that heritability in humans may be hidden due only to the limitations of modern research tools, but could be discovered if scientists know where (and how) to look.  

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Treasures of American history featured in Princeton exhibition

Feb. 22-August 2013, various times · Firestone Library, main gallery

From a first-hand account of Colonial life in Jamestown to a wanted poster for John Wilkes Booth following President Abraham Lincoln's assassination, a Princeton University Library exhibition opening Friday, Feb. 22, will trace the American experience from 1607 to 1865. Several items from Princeton's collections will be on display for the first time.

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University will host Handel festival

Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 21-23, 2013, various times · Various locations

International scholars and performers dedicated to honoring the life and works of Baroque composer George Frideric Handel will gather at the University for the American Handel Society conference on Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 21-23. This is the second time the American Handel Society has held its biennial festival at Princeton; the first was in 2007.

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Tilghman and Slaughter will discuss women and leadership

Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, 4:30 p.m. · Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

UPDATE: Tickets to this event are now sold out. People without tickets may wait on line outside Richardson Auditorium before the event on Friday afternoon for seating in any unfilled seats. Seating for people on the wait line is not guaranteed.

Princeton University President Shirley M. Tilghman and Anne-Marie Slaughter, Princeton's Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs, will discuss ideas related to women and leadership at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, in Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium, on the Princeton University Campus. Tickets for the University community will be available starting at noon Wednesday, Feb. 13 at the University Ticketing office in Frist Campus Center. 

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Reconcilable differences: Study uncovers the common ground of scientific opposites

Princeton University researchers developed a mathematical framework that strips away the differences between scientific laws and theories to reveal how the ideas are compatible. In a recent report in the journal Physical Review Letters, the authors explain how the mathematical model finds common ground between the famously at-odds physics equations that govern classical and quantum mechanics.  

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Esteemed Princeton mathematical physicist and mentor Arthur Wightman dies

Renowned mathematical physicist and Princeton University Thomas D. Jones Professor Emeritus Arthur Wightman died of Alzheimer's disease Jan. 13 at Veterans Nursing Home in Edison, N.J. He was 90. He was best known for his pioneering and far-reaching research on the mathematical foundations of quantum field theory.

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Princeton trustees approve financial aid increase in 2013-14 budget

Princeton University trustees Jan. 26 approved a 4.6 percent increase in undergraduate financial aid in the operating budget for 2013-14, which includes a 3.9 percent increase in tuition, to $40,170. Students who are receiving financial aid will not see an increase in the amount they pay because aid packages are automatically adjusted to compensate for changes in fees.

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Princeton applications remain near record number

Princeton University has received 26,505 applications for admission to the Class of 2017. The applicants include 3,810 candidates who applied last fall through single-choice early action, an increase of 11 percent over last year’s early action pool. During the past nine years, the University has seen a 93.5 percent increase in applications.

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Tireless and accomplished Princeton biochemist Charles Gilvarg dies

Princeton University professor emeritus Charles Gilvarg, remembered as a tireless scientist and a demanding but motivational professor, died Jan. 6 in Scottsdale, Ariz., following a stroke. He was 87.

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Don't read my lips! Body language trumps the face for conveying intense emotions

Be it triumph or crushing defeat, exhilaration or agony, body language more accurately conveys intense emotions, according to Princeton University research that challenges the predominance of facial expressions as an indicator of how a person feels.

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University to celebrate King's legacy

Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, 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. 21, in Richardson Auditorium of Alexander Hall. Doors open at 1 p.m. The keynote address will be delivered by Anne Cheng, professor of English and African American studies and a Princeton alumna.

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Peter B. Kenen, Princeton professor and leading international economist, dies

Peter B. Kenen, a leading international economist and an expert on the Eurozone, died at his home in Princeton late Monday night, Dec. 17.

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Burstein selected to be next president of Lawrence University

Mark Burstein, Princeton University's executive vice president, has been named the next president of Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis. Lawrence announced his appointment Dec. 13.

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Embracing data 'noise' brings Greenland's complex ice melt into focus

Princeton University researchers developed an enhanced approach to capturing changes on the Earth's surface via satellite that could provide a more accurate account of how geographic areas are changing as a result of natural and human factors. In a first application, the technique revealed sharper-than-ever details about Greenland's massive ice sheet, including that the rate at which it is melting might be accelerating more slowly than predicted.

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Princeton senior Cunningham awarded Mitchell Scholarship

Princeton University senior Flannery Cunningham has been named a George J. Mitchell Scholar to spend a year studying music composition at University College Cork in Ireland. The Mitchell Scholarships were awarded to 12 students nationwide by the Washington D.C.-based U.S.-Ireland Alliance.

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Quick, high-volume test offers fast track in search for Alzheimer's drugs

Princeton University researchers report that an efficient, high-volume technique developed at Princeton for testing potential drug treatments for Alzheimer's disease uncovered an organic compound that restored motor function and longevity to fruit flies with the disease.

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In financial ecosystems, big banks trample economic habitats and spread fiscal disease

Researchers from Princeton University, the Bank of England and the University of Oxford applied methods inspired by ecosystem stability and contagion models to banking meltdowns and found that large national and international banks wield an influence and potentially destructive power that far exceeds their actual size. As a result, the capital that current regulations require large banks to maintain should be based on the institution's systemic importance.

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Princeton researchers identify unexpected bottleneck in the spread of herpes simplex virus

New research suggests that just one or two individual herpes virus particles attack a skin cell in the first stage of an outbreak, resulting in a bottleneck in which the infection may be vulnerable to medical treatment.

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Far from random, evolution follows a predictable genetic pattern, Princeton researchers find

Princeton University research suggests that knowledge of a species' genes — and how certain external conditions affect the proteins encoded by those genes — could be used to determine a predictable evolutionary pattern driven by outside factors. Scientists could then pinpoint how the diversity of adaptations seen in the natural world developed even in distantly related animals.

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$15 million gift from Wallace brothers funds dance building and theater

Princeton alumni brothers Monte J. Wallace and Neil W. Wallace have contributed $15 million for the first individual building named in the University's planned arts complex.

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Screening and discussion of documentary "Haiti — Where Did the Money Go?" will be held

A special screening of the documentary "Haiti — Where Did the Money Go?" will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at the Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding at Princeton University. The event, which also will include a Haitian culinary fare and art display, is free and open to the public.

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Synthetic liver enzyme could result in more effective drugs with fewer side effects

Medicines could be made to have fewer side effects and work in smaller doses with the help of a synthetic enzyme developed at Princeton University that makes drug molecules more resistant to breakdown by the human liver.

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Writer Margaret Atwood to speak at Princeton

Author Margaret Atwood will deliver the Farnum Lecture on "Future Imperfect: The Clock Strikes Midnight" at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, in McCosh Hall, Room 50, on the Princeton campus.

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PIIRS research community aims to deepen the study of empires

An interdisciplinary group of Princeton University scholars working to enrich the study of empires has been selected by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) as its 2012-15 research community.

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Slow-moving rocks better odds that life crashed to Earth from space

Microorganisms that crashed to Earth embedded in the fragments of distant planets might have been the sprouts of life on this one, according to new research from Princeton University, the University of Arizona and the Centro de Astrobiología (CAB) in Spain. The researchers provide the strongest support yet for "lithopanspermia," the idea that life came to Earth — or spread from Earth to other planets — via meteorite-like planetary fragments cast forth by disruptions such as volcanic eruptions and collisions with other matter.

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Survey shifts spotlight away from poor as key supporters of militants in Pakistan

A groundbreaking survey of Pakistanis has found stronger support for militant groups among the middle class than the poor. The finding by a team including Princeton researchers challenges the conventional wisdom about links between economic status a...

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Mellon Foundation grant supports Princeton's Fellows in the Creative and Performing Arts

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Princeton a $3.3 million challenge grant to support the University's creation of the Fellows in the Creative and Performing Arts program, which will bring innovative early- to mid-career artists to campus. The program is part of an initiative to make the arts central to the Princeton undergraduate experience.

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Princeton study reveals the brain's mysterious switchboard operator

Princeton University researchers report that a mysterious region deep in the human brain could be where we sort through the onslaught of stimuli from the outside world and focus on the information most important to our behavior and survival.

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Cecilia Rouse named Woodrow Wilson School dean

Cecilia Rouse, a Princeton faculty member for two decades who is the Lawrence and Shirley Katzman and Lewis and Anna Ernst Professor in the Economics of Education, has been selected as dean of the University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Her appointment is effective Sept. 1.

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Four Princeton researchers receive inaugural Simons Investigators award

Princeton University researchers Sanjeev Arora, Manjul Bhargava, Amit Singer and Frans Pretorius netted four of the 21 inaugural Simons Investigators awards recently presented to outstanding scientists nationwide in mathematics, physics and computer science. Princeton received the most awards of any institution.

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Princeton theoretical chemist and mentor Leland Allen dies

Princeton University professor emeritus Leland Allen, remembered for his influence on the field of theoretical chemistry and for his love of discussing his wide-ranging professional and personal interests with colleagues and students, died of Alzheimer's disease at the Acorn Glen assisted-living residence in Princeton July 15. He was 85.

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Gift from alumni endows directorship of Princeton University Art Museum

A $5 million gift from Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger of Dallas, both members of Princeton University's Class of 1976, will endow the directorship of the Princeton University Art Museum.

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Aspire campaign raises record $1.88 billion for Princeton University

The five-year Aspire campaign, which ended on June 30, exceeded its $1.75 billion goal by raising $1.88 billion — substantially more than any campaign in Princeton's history — to support the University's programs of teaching and research as well as its efforts to prepare students from a wide range of backgrounds for leadership in a complex world.

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Princeton's Annual Giving campaign raises record-breaking $57.2 million

Princeton University's 2011-12 Annual Giving campaign raised $57,246,302 — the highest total in Annual Giving history — with 60.8 percent of undergraduate alumni participating. This achievement represents strong performances across Princeton's broad range of constituencies, including major Reunion classes, non-major Reunion classes, graduate alumni, parents and friends.

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Media Advisory: Princeton experts offer comments on CERN's quest for the Higgs boson

On July 4, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) will announce the latest results in the multinational search for the Higgs boson, a particle thought to be a key to understanding how fundamental particles such as quarks and electrons acquire mass. Princeton University researchers involved in the search for the Higgs boson are available to comment on the announcement and provide background on the project.

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Study in hurricane region reveals effects of stress on pregnancy

Expectant mothers who dealt with the strain of a hurricane or major tropical storm passing nearby during their pregnancy had children who were at elevated risk for abnormal health conditions at birth, according to a study led by a Princeton University researcher that offers new insights into the effects of stress on pregnancy.

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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 computer science and plasma physics to American history and journalism.

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Out of the mouths of primates, facial mechanics of human speech may have evolved

Two recent studies based at Princeton University suggest that the oral-facial component of human speech evolved from lip smacking, a friendly back-and-forth gesture performed by primates such as chimpanzees, baboons and macaques. The studies suggest a separate neural control for facial mechanics in primates that could help illuminate the neurological basis of speech disorders in humans.

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$10 million gift to enhance Princeton's globalization efforts

A $10 million gift from Princeton alumnus and trustee William Fung of Hong Kong will substantially increase the University's engagement with scholars around the world and inspire ideas that transcend borders.

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Got mass? Princeton scientists observe electrons become both heavy and speedy

A Princeton University-led team of scientists has shown how electrons moving in certain solids can behave as though they are a thousand times more massive than free electrons, yet at the same time act as speedy superconductors.

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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 5. They are: Maria Garlock, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering; Carol Greenhouse, professor of anthropology; Daniel Rodgers, the Henry Charles Lea Professor of History; and Jeffrey Schwartz, professor of chemistry.

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Princeton awards six honorary degrees

Princeton University awarded honorary degrees during Commencement exercises Tuesday, June 5, to six individuals for their contributions to athletics, music, education, the humanities and science: Peter Carril, basketball Hall-of-Famer and former Princeton coach; Aretha Franklin, the singer known as "the Queen of Soul"; Eduardo Padrón, president of Miami Dade College; Joan Wallach Scott, the Harold F. Linder Professor in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study; Joseph Taylor Jr., the James McDonnell Distinguished Professor of Physics Emeritus at Princeton; and Karen Uhlenbeck, the Sid W. Richardson Foundation Regents Chair in Mathematics at the University of Texas-Austin.  

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Princeton University holds 265th Commencement

Princeton University awarded degrees to 1,230 undergraduates in the Class of 2012, five from other classes and 832 graduate students at its 265th Commencement Tuesday, June 5.

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Students recognized for achievement and service at Class Day

Members of Princeton University's Class of 2012 gathered on Cannon Green Monday, June 4, to celebrate the conclusion of their undergraduate careers in a Class Day ceremony honoring their leadership and accomplishments.

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To spread, nervous system viruses sabotage cell, hijack transportation

Princeton University researchers have found that herpes and other viruses that attack the nervous system may thrive by disrupting cell function in order to hijack a neuron's internal transportation network and spread to other cells.

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Princeton to honor four secondary school teachers

Princeton University will honor four exceptional New Jersey secondary school teachers at its 2012 Commencement on Tuesday, June 5.

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Geological record shows air up there came from below

The influence of the ground beneath us on the air around us could be greater than scientists had previously thought, according to new Princeton University research that links the long-ago proliferation of oxygen in Earth's atmosphere to a sudden change in the inner workings of our planet.

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Princeton University Commencement to be held June 5

Members of the news media who wish to attend any of Princeton University's 2012 graduation ceremonies Sunday through Tuesday, June 3-5, must contact the University's Office of Communications no later than 3 p.m. Friday, May 25, to request credentials.

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University reimburses Department of Energy extended assignment funds

Princeton University has agreed to reimburse $1 million to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) following a report by the DOE inspector general (IG) on a program at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) under which employees were assigned to work for extended periods of time at other U.S. laboratories engaged in fusion energy research. The University manages PPPL under a contract with the DOE.

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Graduate School applications reach record high

Princeton University's Graduate School offered admission to 1,226 of the record 12,077 applicants who applied for the 2012-13 academic year, with the school's global reputation and strong financial aid program contributing to a continued increase in applications, particularly among international students.

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Expectation of extraterrestrial life built more on optimism than evidence, study finds

Princeton University researchers have found that the expectation that life — from bacteria to sentient beings — has or will develop on other planets as on Earth might be based more on optimism than scientific evidence.

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Yeast cell reaction to Zoloft suggests alternative cause, drug target for depression

Princeton University researchers have observed a self-degradation response to the antidepressant Zoloft in yeast cells that could help provide new answers to lingering questions among scientists about how antidepressants work, as well as support the idea that depression is not solely linked to the neurotransmitter serotonin.

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University will use Coursera to explore online class materials

As part of efforts to employ technology to enhance the Princeton academic experience and enable faculty to extend their teaching beyond the physical borders of the campus, the University will explore the development of online class materials via the new educational platform Coursera. According to Coursera, Princeton will join Stanford University, the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania in developing Web-based course materials from a variety of academic fields.

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A.J. Stewart Smith to be named VP for PPPL, search for new dean for research to begin

A.J. Stewart Smith, who has served as Princeton University's first dean for research since 2006, will assume a newly created position as vice president for the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) to serve as the University's primary liaison with DOE. Smith is expected to begin his new role on Jan. 1, 2013. A national search for his successor as dean for research will begin immediately.

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UPDATE: Princeton's Tracy K. Smith wins Pulitzer Prize for poetry

Princeton University professor Tracy K. Smith has been awarded the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for poetry for her collection "Life on Mars."

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Princeton investigation finds no evidence to back animal research allegations

An internal investigation by Princeton University has found no evidence to support allegations about noncompliance in animal care at the University that were made by an animal rights group last September. The inquiry by a subcommittee of the University's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) was launched in response to the allegations, which were based on an anonymous statement.

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Study reveals impact of socioeconomic factors on the racial gap in life expectancy

A Princeton University report reveals that disparities in socioeconomic characteristics can account for 80 percent of the life-expectancy divide between black and white men, and for 70 percent of the imbalance between black and white women. The study is one of the first to put a number on how much of the divide can be attributed to racial differences in factors such as income, education and marital status.

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Princeton, Max Planck Society launch new research center for plasma physics

Princeton University and the Max Planck Society of Germany have joined forces in a scientific collaboration that is designed to accelerate progress in cutting-edge research ranging from harnessing nuclear fusion to understanding solar storms.

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Princeton offers admission to 7.86 percent of applicants

Princeton University has offered admission to 2,095 students, or 7.86 percent of the near-record 26,664 applicants for the Class of 2016, in what is expected to be the most selective admission process in the University's history. This compares with Princeton's final admission rate of a record-low 8.5 percent for last year’s class.

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Zaera-Polo named dean of Princeton's School of Architecture

Alejandro Zaera-Polo, an internationally renowned architect and scholar, has been selected as the next dean of Princeton University's School of Architecture.

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Detection of cosmic effect may bring universe's formation into sharper focus

A project initiated at Princeton made the first observation of a cosmic effect theorized 40 years ago that could provide astronomers with a more precise tool for understanding the forces behind the universe's formation and growth, including the enigmatic phenomena of dark energy and dark matter.

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Princeton scientists identify neural activity sequences that help form memory, decision-making

Princeton University researchers have used a novel virtual reality and brain imaging system to detect a form of neural activity underlying how the brain forms short-term memories that are used in making decisions.

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'Universal' vaccines could finally allow for wide-scale flu prevention

Princeton University-based researchers have found that an emerging class of long-lasting flu vaccines called "universal" vaccines could for the first time allow for the effective, wide-scale prevention of flu by limiting the virus' ability to spread and mutate. A computational model the team developed showed that the vaccines could achieve unprecedented control of the flu virus both seasonally and during outbreaks of highly contagious new strains.

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Renowned Princeton biologist Malcolm Steinberg dies

Princeton University professor emeritus Malcolm Steinberg, a molecular biologist well known for his influential hypothesis about how cells in an embryo assemble, and a personable colleague who loved discussing science and ideas, died Feb. 7 at his home in Princeton. He was 81.

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'Storm of the century' may become 'storm of the decade'

Researchers from Princeton University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology report that projected increases in sea level and storm intensity brought on by climate change would make devastating storm surges — the deadly and destructive mass of water pushed inland by large storms — more frequent in low-lying coastal areas. Regions such as the New York City metropolitan area that currently experience a disastrous flood every century could instead become submerged every one or two decades.

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Princeton University to host panel on Syria Feb. 7

Richard Murphy, former U.S. ambassador to Syria, will speak on the latest developments in Syria at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall, at Princeton University. The event, "Up to the Minute: The Latest Political Developments in Syria," is free and open to the public, and presented by the Workshop on Arab Political Development.

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Princeton receives near-record applications

Princeton University has received 26,663 applications for admission to the Class of 2016, with many of them also applying for the University’s no-loan financial aid program. 

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Princeton trustees approve operating budget, bolster financial aid

Princeton University trustees Jan. 28 approved a 5.6 percent increase in undergraduate financial aid in adopting an operating budget for 2012-13 that includes a 4.5 percent increase in tuition, to $38,650. 

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Survey suggests family history of psychiatric disorders shapes intellectual interests

Survey results published by Princeton University researchers in the journal PLoS ONE suggest that a family history of psychiatric conditions such as autism and depression could influence the subjects a person finds engaging. Although preliminary, the findings provide a new look at the oft-studied link between psychiatric conditions and aptitude in the arts or sciences.

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Princeton University Art Museum, Italy reach new antiquities agreement

The Princeton University Art Museum and Italian cultural authorities have completed the transfer of ownership of six works of art in the museum's collections.

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Hurricane Katrina survivors struggle with mental health years later, study says

Survivors of Hurricane Katrina have struggled with poor mental health for years after the storm, according to a new study of low-income mothers in the New Orleans area. The study's lead author, Christina Paxson of Princeton University, and her collaborators were able to collect data on the participants before Katrina and nearly five years after the August 2005 storm, finding a persistence of poor mental health and gaining insights into how different types of hurricane-related stressors affect mental health.

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Princeton University to celebrate King's legacy

Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, 1 p.m. · Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

Princeton University will commemorate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with its annual King Day celebration Monday, Jan. 16, in Richardson Auditorium of Alexander Hall. Doors open at 1 p.m. The keynote address will be delivered by civil rights leader and educator Bob Moses, a visiting fellow in Princeton's Center for African American Studies.

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Princeton offers early action admission to 726 students for Class of 2016

Princeton University has offered admission to 726 students from a pool of 3,443 candidates who applied through single-choice early action for the Class of 2016.

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Less knowledge, more power: Uninformed can be vital to democracy, study finds

A Princeton University-based research team reports in Science that uninformed individuals — as in those with no prior knowledge or strong feelings on a situation's outcome — can actually be vital to achieving a democratic consensus. These individuals tend to side with and embolden the numerical majority and dilute the influence of powerful minority factions who would otherwise dominate everyone else. This finding — based on group decision-making experiments on fish, as well as mathematical models and computer simulations — challenges the common notion that an outspoken minority can manipulate uncommitted voters and can ultimately provide insights into humans' political behavior.

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Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos donate $15 million to create center in Princeton Neuroscience Institute

Princeton University alumnus Jeff Bezos, the founder and chief executive officer of Amazon.com, and alumna MacKenzie Bezos, are donating $15 million to the University to create a center in the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. The gift will establish the Bezos Center for Neural Circuit Dynamics, which will be led by institute co-director David Tank. 

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Nighttime images help track disease from the sky

Princeton University-led researchers report in the journal Science that satellite images of nighttime lights normally used to spot where people live can help keep tabs on the diseases festering among them, too.

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