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Apr-Jun 2000

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Princeton Conference to Address Race, Women and Film, Sept. 22-23
Actress Halle Berry to give keynote address
6/19/00 -- Actress Halle Berry will give the keynote address in a two-day program at Princeton University entitled "Imitating Life: Women, Race, Film, 1932-2000." Berry will speak at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, in McCosh 10 on the Princeton campus.

Princeton University Wins Grant to Study Religion, Race and Gender
6/16/00 -- The Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University has received a $120,000 grant from the Ford Foundation to explore the vital connections between religion, race and gender.

Princeton University Appoints Communications Director
Lauren Robinson-Brown moves from New Jersey Department of State
6/15/00 -- Lauren Robinson-Brown, a former award-winning journalist and communications director for the New Jersey Department of State and now that agency's second-ranking official, has been appointed Princeton University's director of communications, effective mid-August. She succeeds Justin Harmon, who left earlier this spring to accept a position at Wesleyan University.

Recent climate changes probably not a fluke
6/15/00 -- Recent changes in the frequency and intensity of the global climate event El Niño may be a trend and not just a statistical fluke, according to Princeton scientists. Over the past 20 years, scientists have observed longer intervals between major El Niño episodes compared to those in the 1960's and the 1970's, as well as stronger intensity of the events. ...

New Trustees Named for Princeton University
6/12/00 -- Six alumni have been named to Princeton University's Board of Trustees. They are: Dennis J. Keller '63, Henry H. Kennedy Jr. '70, Margaret C. Whitman '77, T.R. Reid '66, Ruth L. Berkelman '73 and Spencer Merriweather '00.

Princeton Inaugurates Society of Fellows
New Initiative Brings Six Scholars to Campus
6/7/00 -- This fall, Princeton University will inaugurate the Princeton Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, a program designed to bring to campus some of the best recent Ph.D. recipients in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Six postdoctoral scholars have been named.

Princeton University Contributes $300,000 for Monument Drive Redevelopment
Gift Closes Funding Gap 
6/5/00 -- Princeton University President Harold T. Shapiro announced today that the University is giving the Borough of Princeton $300,000 toward the redevelopment of Monument Drive. The gift enables the Borough to proceed with the $1.1 million project that had been stalled because of a $300,000 funding gap.

Princeton scientists describe genetics of blood stem cells
Results could aid treatment of disease and understanding of other stem cell types
6/1/00 -- Princeton scientists have outlined the molecular genetics behind a great mystery of biology: how blood cells replenish themselves. The results -- a database of more than 2,000 genes -- give biologists their first comprehensive picture of the workings of blood stem cells, the master component of bone marrow that gives rise to all cellular constituents of blood, from red and white cells to platelets.

Princeton University Confers 1,730 Degrees at 253rd Commencement
5/30/00 -- Princeton University conferred a total of 1,730 bachelor and advanced degrees this morning at its 253rd Commencement. There were 576 men and 524 women from the Class of 2000 awarded undergraduate degrees today; 929 received a bachelor of arts and 171 received a bachelor of science in engineering. In addition, five bachelor of arts degrees were awarded today to candidates from earlier Princeton classes. Seventeen undergraduate degrees had been awarded earlier in the 1999-2000 academic year. [Remarks delivered by President Shapiro]

Five Receive Honorary Degree at Princeton University Commencement
5/30/00 -- Princeton University President Harold Shapiro today awarded honorary degrees to five individuals who have made major contributions in science, education and technology. The degree recipients are: Val Logsdon Fitch, a Nobel Prize winner in physics; Mae Jemison, a former astronaut who now teaches environmental studies at Dartmouth College; Wendy Kopp, founder and president of Teach For America; Mary F. Lyon, a geneticist; and Gordon E. Moore, the co-founder of Intel Corporation.

Members of Class of 2000 Honored at Class Day
5/30/00 -- Members of the Class of 2000 were honored for academic and athletic achievement and for their service to the community at Class Day ceremonies on May 29. During the celebration, Princeton University President Harold T. Shapiro presented the senior class with a symbolic key to the campus.

Four Faculty Members Receive President's Teaching Awards
5/30/00 -- Four Princeton University faculty members received President's Awards for Distinguished Teaching at Commencement ceremonies today. They are: Oliver Arnold, Peter Brown, Amy Gutmann and Howard Taylor.

Four Graduate Students Honored for Excellence in Teaching
5/30/00 -- The Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni (APGA) has given its 2000 awards for excellence in graduate student teaching to Virgil Moorefield of the Department of Music, John Naud of the Department of Physics, Roman Shimanovich of the Department of Chemistry and Kimberlee Weaver of the Department of Psychology.

Princeton Honors Four Secondary School Teachers
5/30/00 -- At its Commencement today, Princeton University awarded prizes for outstanding secondary school teaching to four New Jersey educators: Agnes Colaneri of Emerson High School, Union City; Julius Gottilla of Cranford High School, Cranford; Gerald Lamb of Livingston High School, Livingston; and Linda Penney of Cranbury School, Cranbury.

Andrew Houck, Electrical Engineering Major, is Valedictorian; Classics Major Kenneth Shaitelman Gives Latin Salutatory Address
5/30/00 -- Andrew Houck, whose research has blended electrical engineering and physics, was the valedictorian at Princeton University's 2000 Commencement on May 30. The salutatorian, who gave his address in Latin, was Classics major Kenneth Shaitelman.   [Valedictory Address]   [Latin Salutatory Oration (Translation)]

Full text of Baccalaureate address by HM Queen Noor to graduating seniors
5/28/00 -- Text of the address to graduating seniors and their families by HM Queen Noor on Sunday, May 28, 2000, at Baccalaureate services.

Financier Gerhard Andlinger Makes $25 Million Gift to Princeton University
5/25/00 -- Princeton University announced today that investment banker Gerhard R. Andlinger, a member of the Class of 1952, has made a $25 million gift to the University for new campus projects. Mr. Andlinger is chairman and founder of Andlinger & Company, Inc., the private investment firm, and his gift moves the Anniversary Campaign for Princeton past the $1 billion mark.

Computer divide between white, African-American students narrows
Internet gap remains wide; Hispanic students lag behind
5/16/00 -- Although black students are catching up to their white peers in using computers at school, research by a Princeton University economist suggests a gap has opened in use of the latest technology, such as accessing the Internet.

Multiple Race Option in Census May Be More Popular Than Expected
Study Suggests Multiracial Identifications Will Pose Challenges for Civil Rights Policies
5/15/00 -- A study by Princeton researchers suggests that many more people are likely to identify with more than one race in the 2000 census than previously thought. The results of the count, the first to allow respondents to mark more than one race, may pose new challenges for making civil rights policies and tracking social and economic inequality.

Japanese Artist Yayoi Kusama Featured at Princeton University Art Museum
5/12/00 -- An exhibition of over sixty works on paper and two sculptures by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is on view at The Art Museum, Princeton University, through July 30, 2000. "Yayoi Kusama: Early Drawings from the Collection of Richard Castellane, Class of 1955" surveys the brightly colored, highly patterned, and visually saturated works of this recently rediscovered revolutionary artist... Exhibition Dates: May 9 through July 30, 2000.

"Educated Guesses" Symposium Offers Forecast for 21st Century
5/9/00 -- A forecast for the twenty-first century--in society, science, technology, the arts, and other areas -- will be the focus of a symposium scheduled for Saturday, May 27 on the Princeton University campus. "Educated Guesses: Cross-Disciplinary Predictions for the Next Century" will be moderated by Princeton University President Harold T. Shapiro and will feature five distinguished Princeton graduate alumni speakers representing diverse disciplines.

"Flee Youthful Lusts"
Library Acquires 1815 Pamphlet of Advice to Princeton Students
5/9/00 -- A 185-year-old pamphlet purchased recently by the Princeton University Library suggests that nostalgia for the discipline and values believed to hold sway on college campuses years ago may be misplaced.

Princeton Names 2000 Valedictorian, Salutatorian
5/8/00 -- Andrew Houck, whose research blends electrical engineering and physics, will be the valedictorian at Princeton University's 2000 Commencement on May 30. The salutatorian, who will give his address in Latin, will be Classics major Kenneth Shaitelman.

Senior Daniel Wesley Wins Churchill Scholarship for Study at Cambridge
5/4/00 -- Daniel Wesley of Bryn Mawr, Pa. has been awarded a Churchill Scholarship for graduate work at Churchill College, Cambridge University. He was one of 11 students who received the honor this year.

Princeton Professors Named to National Academy of Sciences
5/4/00 -- Three members of the Princeton faculty were elected to the National Academy of Sciences during the academy's annual meeting May 2 in Washington D.C. The scholars were elected in recognition of their outstanding achievements in research.

Lost and Found: Scientists Uncover Much of the Universe's Missing Hydrogen
5/4/00 -- For the past decade astronomers have looked for vast quantities of hydrogen that was cooked-up in the big bang but somehow managed to disappear into the empty blackness of space. Now, a team of scientists led by researchers at Princeton has used NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to uncover this long-sought missing hydrogen. It accounts for nearly half of the "normal" matter in the universe; the rest is locked up in myriad galaxies.

Study on Religion and Politics Finds Widespread Interest in Progressive Issues
Survey Suggests Political Potential of Mainline Protestants
5/3/00 -- Although religious involvement in politics is often associated with the right wing, a new study by Princeton University suggests the contrary: that Americans affiliated with religious organizations tend to be interested in liberal and moderate causes.

New Research Center Will Investigate the Biology of the Mind
5/2/00 -- Princeton has established an interdisciplinary research center to investigate the biology behind such elusive and quintessentially human aspects of our being as consciousness, moral behavior and logical thought. The consortium, called the Center for the Study of Brain, Mind and Behavior, will use an array of emerging approaches, from brain imaging to genetic engineering, to reveal how the physical mechanisms of the brain give rise to the functions of the mind.

Senior Janelle Wright Wins Labouisse Fellowship
5/2/00 -- Senior Janelle Wright will receive Princeton University's Labouisse Fellowship, awarded to support research by a graduating senior or first-year alumnus planning a career devoted to problems of development and modernization.

Lecture on Georgia O'Keeffe to Highlight Art Museum Annual Meeting
5/1/00 -- "Finding Paintings/Solving Puzzles: The Georgia O'Keeffe Catalogue Raisonné," a special illustrated lecture, will highlight the annual meeting of the Friends of The Art Museum, Princeton University. It is scheduled for Tuesday, May 9, at 4 p.m. in McCosh 10 on the university campus. A reception in the Museum will follow. Both events are open to the public.

Theatre Intime facility to be renovated
4/27/00 -- Princeton's venerable Theatre Intime will close the weekend of May 20 for the most extensive renovation of its home in Murray Theater since the building was gutted by fire in June 1933. The Intime 2000 project will restore the splendor of this late 19th century building located in the heart of the upper campus and extend its tradition as a leading center for independent student theater into the 21st century. The renovation is expected to cost approximately $750,000 and will be completed in time for the beginning of the fall semester.

Princeton Classics Professor Receives Howard Foundation Fellowship
4/27/00 -- Christian Wildberg, associate professor of classics at Princeton University, has been named a Howard Foundation Fellow for the 2001-2001 academic year. He was one of 11 fellows selected from among 167 scholars nominated in the fields of philosophy, anthropology and sociology.

Princeton alumni and Boston public school celebrate mentoring program
5/1/00 -- Ten years ago, Princeton University alumni began mentoring low-income students at Boston's Muriel S. Snowden International School, hoping to expose the students to a broad range of academic and non-academic opportunities. On May 2, Princeton President Harold Shapiro will meet the Snowden students and their mentors to honor their work and celebrate the program's anniversary.

New Jersey Governor Whitman to Speak
4/25/00 -- New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman will lecture on "Sewers: The Last Frontier of Smart Growth," on Thursday, April 27 at 5:00 p.m., in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. The lecture is free and open to the public. In her second term in office, Whitman has focused much of her attention on sustainable development issues in New Jersey, noting, "We've committed to preserving 40 percent of the state as open space, promoting environmentally responsible industry, and encouraging successful urban redevelopment plans."

Friends of the Princeton University Art Museum Schedule Open House
4/24/00 -- The Friends of The Art Museum, Princeton University, will hold an Open House in connection with the exhibition "A Window into Collecting American Folk Art: The Edward Duff Balken Collection at Princeton" on Sunday, April 30, 2000, from 1 to 5 p.m. The event, planned as a family day at the Museum, will feature tours, musical entertainment, refreshments, and the following gallery talks: 

John B. Webb to Direct Program in Teacher Preparation
4/20/00 -- John B. Webb has been appointed director of Princeton University's Program in Teacher Preparation, effective July 1. Webb will succeed Marue E. Walizer, who will retire from the directorship at the end of the June after 11 years. Webb comes to Princeton with more than three decades of experience in classroom teaching at the secondary and postsecondary levels, in school administration, and in teacher preparation.

Talk on Faith and Violent Crime
4/18/00 -- Ex-gang member and community activist Rev. Eugene F. Rivers III will lecture on "The Role of the Faith Factor in Violent Crime Reduction," Tuesday, April 25 at 4:30 p.m., in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. Rev. Rivers is the author of the TenPoint Plan for a National Church Mobilization to Combat Black-on-Black Violence and a co-founder of the Boston TenPoint Coalition. Raised in South Chicago and Northwest Philadelphia, he is working to cultivate grassroots church leadership in 40 of the most violent inner-city neighborhoods in the country by the year 2006. His talk is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and is free and open to the public.

Trustees Approve Increase in Size of Undergraduate Body
4/15/00 -- Princeton's trustees today formally approved the report of a special trustee committee recommending that Princeton increase the size of its undergraduate student body by approximately 10 percent (from 4,600 to 5,100) to "enhance the quality of the overall educational experience at Princeton and make more effective use of the University's extraordinary resources."

Scientists Discover Most Distant Object Ever Observed
4/13/00 -- A team of scientists that includes Princeton astrophysics graduate student Xiaohui Fan has broken the record for the most distant object ever observed in the universe. Working with data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, the scientists discovered a quasar that registers higher on scale known as redshift than any other object ever observed.

American Folk Art Collection on View at Princeton University Art Museum
4/12/00 -- "A Window into Collecting American Folk Art: The Edward Duff Balken Collection at Princeton," an exhibition of thirty-three paintings and works on paper dating principally from the nineteenth century, will be on view at The Art Museum, Princeton University, from April 15 through June 18, 2000.

Students, Arts Council present Communiversity 2000
4/12/00 -- Communiversity, the annual spring celebration of the arts, will overflow the streets of downtown Princeton on Saturday, April 15 between noon and 4:00 p.m. The event, produced by The Arts Council of Princeton and the students of Princeton University, brings together town and borough residents, students, merchants, non-profits organizations, musicians, performing artists, visual artists, crafters, and food vendors for a festive street fair.

Princeton Names Janet Smith Dickerson Vice President for Campus Life
4/11/00 -- Janet Smith Dickerson, vice president for student affairs at Duke University since 1991 and previously dean of the college at Swarthmore College, has been appointed vice president for campus life at Princeton University, effective July 1.

Princeton professor wins Pulitzer Prize for poetry
4/11/00 -- Poet C.K. Williams, a lecturer at Princeton University, has won the Pulitzer Prize for Repair, a collection of nearly 40 poems spanning such themes as love, memory, social disorder and the natural world. Williams, a lecturer with the rank of professor who has been at Princeton for five years, teaches writing, poetry, and dramatic adaptation and translation. He wrote the poems in Repair over a period of two years, although some were begun long ago, he said.

Israeli and Egyptian Officials to Discuss Mideast Peace
4/10/00 -- Ambassador Ahmed Aboul Gheit, permanent representative of Egypt to the United Nations, and Ambassador Yehuda Lancry, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations, will lecture on "Light at the End of the Tunnel? Costs and Benefits of Mideast Peace for the International Community" on Monday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m., in Harold Helm Auditorium, McCosh 50. This lecture, sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the United Nations Association of the United States, will focus on the current prospects for peacemaking between Israelis and Syrians and Israelis and Palestinians.

Gerald Garvey, political scientist and former government official, dies
4/10/00 -- Gerald Garvey, professor of politics at Princeton University, died on April 9 at the Medical Center at Princeton, as a result of complications of cancer. He was a political scientist with interests in American politics, public policy, public administration and political theory.

Four Princeton professors named Guggenheim Fellows
4/10/00 -- Four Princeton University professors are among the 182 artists and scholars named Guggenheim Fellows, an honor awarded to those who demonstrate exceptional achievement and exceptional promise in their fields. Each Guggenheim Fellow will receive a stipend to support continued research or artistic creation.

Austrian Foreign Affairs Minister to speak at Princeton in only U.S. public appearance
4/10/00 -- Dr. Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Republic of Austria will lecture on "Austria, the European Union and the United States," Tuesday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m., in Dodds Auditorium in Robertson Hall. Dr. Ferrero-Waldner is Austria's top foreign-policy official.

Students pitch ideas to venture capitalists, compete for $10,000
4/7/00 -- Thirteen teams of Princeton students will pitch business plans to 10 venture capitalists and entrepreneurs, Saturday, April 8, in Dodds Auditorium in Robertson Hall. They are competing for $10,000 in prize money in the Second Annual Business Plan Contest, sponsored by the Princeton Entrepreneurship Club, a student organization. The student teams will defend their plans before the panel all day Saturday, with five finalists making 20-minute presentations beginning at 3 p.m.

Princeton offers admission to 12.2 percent of applicants
4/6/00 -- Princeton University has granted admission to 12.2 percent of undergraduate applicants for the Class of 2004, or 1,670 students. In total, 13,654 students had applied.

President of Eritrea to speak on war
4/4/00 -- His Excellency Isaias Afworki, president of Eritrea will lecture on "Conflict and Challenge of Development in Africa: The Case of the Horn of Africa," Monday, April 10, 4:30 p.m., in McCosh 50. President Isaias will speak on the war between Eritrea and Ethiopia, which has resulted in tens of thousands of casualties in the last year. The conflict between two former allies is one of the most damaging in the world today.

Internet pioneer to speak
4/3/00 -- John Little '80, the founder and CEO of Portal Software, Inc., will lecture on "All I Needed to Know in Business I Learned at Princeton, or After Fifteen Years, I'm an Overnight Success," on April 5 at 7 p.m. in McCosh 10. The lecture, part of the G.S. Beckwith Gilbert '63 lecture series established to bring innovative leaders in business and government to campus to discuss their companies and careers, is free and open to the public. John Little founded Portal, based in Cupertino, Calif., in 1985. Over the next decade, Portal evolved as one of the country's first Internet service providers.

Multi-year, multi-million-dollar commitment will fund Davis UWC Scholarships, promote global understanding
4/3/00 -- A major new scholarship program, the Davis United World College Scholars program, will pay tuition and other expenses for scores of qualified students from all over the world who gain admission to five prestigious U.S. colleges. The Shelby M.C. Davis family has pledged to pay 100 percent of the demonstrated financial need, including relief from loans and campus or summer jobs, for any graduate of the United World College (UWC) movement who matriculates at College of the Atlantic, Colby, Middlebury and Wellesley colleges and Princeton University. The program will begin in the fall.