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Oct-Dec 2000

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Toni Morrison to receive National Humanities Medal
12/14/00 -- Author and Princeton University Humanities Professor Toni Morrison was named today a 2000 National Humanities Medalist in recognition of her contributions to American cultural life and thought. The National Endowment for the Humanities, which sponsors the awards, described Morrison as America's most renowned black woman writer.

Princeton students receive Rhodes, Marshall scholarships
12/14/00-- Two Princeton University seniors will receive prestigious scholarships for study in the United Kingdom following their graduation.

Neuroscience contest prompts "thinking about thinking"
Scientists reveal insights into fundamental questions about sensory perception
12/14/00 -- Concluding an unusual intellectual contest, a Princeton scientist has revealed the principles behind a computer model of a mouse brain capable of recognizing spoken words.

Professor Marius Berthus Jansen, scholar of Japanese history, dies
12/13/00 -- Marius Berthus Jansen, world-renown scholar and Emeritus Professor of Japanese History at Princeton University, died on Sunday, Dec. 10, at his home in Princeton, N.J.

Princeton University experts -- Supreme Court / election follow-up stories
12/13/00 -- Following is information on Princeton University faculty members who can comment on election issues likely to remain after the Supreme Court's decision last night.

Princeton University Professor Charles P. Issawi, Middle East scholar, dies
12/10/00 -- Charles P. Issawi, economist and historian, public servant and scholar who was Bayard E. Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies emeritus at Princeton University, died Friday, Dec. 8 at his home in Pennswood Village, Pa. He was 84.

Standard feature of Web browser design leaves opening for privacy attacks
12/5/00 -- Princeton computer scientists have discovered a trait of Web browser design that allows Web sites to cull private information about the recent browsing histories of visitors.

Princeton launches Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination
Religious leaders address dimension of faith in international conflicts
12/4/00 -- Religious leaders from throughout the world will gather at Princeton University Sunday, Dec. 10 at 10 a.m. for a public panel discussion on the religious dimensions of self-determination, as the university officially opens the new Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination.

Media Advisory: National Medal of Science ceremony in Washington
11/30/00 -- President Clinton is scheduled to award the National Medal of Science to this year's 12 laureates, including Princeton astrophysicist Jeremiah P. Ostriker, at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Friday, Dec. 1.

Sen. Lautenberg to Visit on Nov. 30
11/29/00 -- U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg, of New Jersey will lecture on "Reflections on a Senate Career," Thursday, November 30, 2000 at 4:30 p.m. in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Lautenberg, who has a distinguished 18-year career in public service, is expected to discuss his upbringing and how his background influenced the issues that he championed.

"Blind" Auditions Help Women, New Study Suggests
11/27/00 -- Efforts to conceal the identities of musicians auditioning for spots in symphony orchestras significantly boost the chances of women to succeed, a new study co-authored by a Princeton University economist suggests.

Princeton University sponsors Martin Luther King Day essay, poster contests
11/22/00 -- Princeton University invites high school and middle school students to participate in its annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by entering essay and poster contests and attending a public celebration of Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 15, 2001. Deadline for entries: Dec. 18.

New Jersey awards Princeton grant for genomics research
11/20/00 -- The state of New Jersey awarded Princeton University a $700,000 grant to help develop its genomics research program and to build the University's capacity to attract further grants in that field. The grant is part of a $6.5 million package of awards to fund biomedical and other high-tech research at six New Jersey research institutions. By putting in place the equipment and expertise researchers need to compete in applying for larger grants, the grant program aims to help New Jersey become a hub for high-technology industry.

Display paints vivid portrait of graduate life
11/19/00 -- The evolution of graduate studies at the University -- from a time when master's degrees were awarded for good citizenship to the diverse and competitive academic programs of today -- is chronicled in a new exhibition at the Firestone Memorial Library. Entitled "A Community of Scholars: Graduate Education at Princeton," the exhibition opens Sunday, Nov. 19, and runs until April 8. It is part of the yearlong observance of the centennial of the Graduate School.

Media advisory: Panel to discuss Electoral College and 2000 election
11/14/00 -- Panel discussion on "The Electoral College and the 2000 Election;" as the nation considers the confusion surrounding the presidential election, five scholars from the Princeton University faculty will participate in a panel discussion concerning the Electoral College and the 2000 election. Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 4:30 p.m. Bowl 1, Robertson Hall. The panelists will be...

Media advisory: Panel explores Middle East conflict
11/14/00 -- Panel discussion on the "Crisis in the Middle East: Human Rights, International Law, and U.S. Foreign Policy," Thursday, Nov. 16 at 4:30 p.m., Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. Free and open to the public. Panelists include: Roger Normand, executive director, Center for Economic and Social Rights; Phyllis Bennis, fellow, Transnational Institute and Institute for Policy Studies; and Richard A. Falk, Albert G. Milbank Professor of International Law and Practice and director, World Order Studies Program.

Princeton Astrophysicist Wins National Medal of Science
Provost Ostriker cited for bold insights that have enhanced understanding of the universe
11/13/00 -- Princeton University Provost and Professor Jeremiah P. Ostriker today was named winner of a National Medal of Science award in recognition of his contributions to the field of astrophysics, including insights into the dynamics of galaxies and star clusters and the existence of large quantities of dark matter.

New Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings to Join Art Museum
11/13/00 -- Laura M. Giles, research curator for Italian drawings at The Art Institute of Chicago, will join The Art Museum, Princeton University, as associate curator of prints and drawings. Ms. Giles will begin her duties in December, succeeding Barbara T. Ross, who retired in 1999.

North American land use has had major impact on global environment
11/10/00 -- The reforestation of former farmland over the last century has played an important role in reducing the accumulation of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere, according to Princeton scientists.

Princeton University Library Exhibition Marks Graduate School Centennial
11/8/00 -- The yearlong observance of the centennial of Princeton University's Graduate School continues with a new exhibition at the Harvey S. Firestone Memorial Library. Entitled "A Community of Scholars: Graduate Education at Princeton," the exhibition opens on Sunday, Nov. 19 and runs until April 8, 2001. It chronicles the evolution of graduate studies at Princeton University from a time when master's degrees were awarded for good citizenship to the diverse and competitive academic programs of today.

Princeton dedicates Richard Serra sculpture
"The Hedgehog and the Fox" viewed as major addition to outdoor art collection
11/6/00 -- Princeton University will dedicate its dramatic new sculpture by internationally renowned artist Richard Serra, "The Hedgehog and the Fox," on Friday, Nov. 10 at 2:30 p.m. Serra will attend the dedication ceremony.

Arthur Winfree to speak on sudden heart attacks
"Genius award" winner continues Graduate School lecture series
11/3/00 -- Arthur Winfree, a 1970 alumnus of Princeton's Graduate School and the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation's "genius" award, will return to Princeton on Sunday, Nov. 12 to speak on "Total Eclipse of the Heart: Electrical Vortices and Fatal Heart Attacks."

Princeton receives $20-million grant to address greenhouse problem
Partnership with BP and Ford seeks long-term solutions to climate change
10/25/00 -- Princeton University has started a long-term partnership with BP and Ford Motor Company to develop solutions to the greenhouse problem.
Related article: Carbon Mitigation Initiative - Questions and Answers

Housing vouchers work, new study finds
10/24/00 -- A bold social experiment that aims to transform people's lives by moving them out of poor neighborhoods appears to be succeeding, with families enjoying more safety, fewer behavior problems among boys, and even better health, according to a new study by researchers at Princeton and Harvard universities.  

Photography Exhibition Explores Theme of Survival
10/20/00 -- An exhibition that explores the relationship between survival and photography entitled "Surviving the Photograph" is on view at The Art Museum, Princeton University, through November 19, 2000. The exhibition was organized by Department of Art and Archaeology graduate students Andrew Hershberger and Marta Weiss in conjunction with a two-day conference on the subject October 21 and 22 sponsored by the Princeton University Graduate School.

Princeton awarded Henry R. Luce Professorship in Information Technology, Consciousness and Culture
10/20/00 -- Princeton University has received a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to create the Henry R. Luce Professorship in Information Technology, Consciousness, and Culture. A wide-ranging search to fill the position will begin this fall.

Small-Scale Sculpture Exhibition Featured at Princeton University Art Museum
10/17/00 -- The Art Museum, Princeton University, is presenting the exhibition "Material Language: Small-Scale Sculpture after 1950" from October 17 through December 30, 2000, to complement the dedication on November 10 of the new Richard Serra sculpture on the University campus.

U.S. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson to lecture
10/17/00 -- Bill Richardson, United States secretary of energy will give a public lecture Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 4:30 p.m., in Dodds Auditorium in Robertson Hall. His talk is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs,

Lecture on Buddhism and Science
10/17/00 -- Donald S. Lopez, Jr., professor at Michigan University will lecture on "Buddhism and Science," Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 4:30 p.m., in Multipurpose Rooms A and B in the Frist Campus Center. Free and open to the public.

ACLU President to Discuss Changes in Civil Liberties
10/13/00 -- Nadine Strossen, New York Law School professor and president of the American Civil Liberties Union will lecture on "Current Changes in Civil Liberties," Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 4:30 p.m., in Bowl 1 of Robertson Hall on the Princeton campus. Free and open to the public.

Art deco exhibition opens at Princeton University Library
10/10/00 -- One of Art Deco's most vivid legacies, the printmaking technique known as pochoir, is the subject of an exhibition running Oct. 15 through April 8, 2001 in the Leonard L. Milberg Gallery for the Graphic Arts at Princeton University's Firestone Library. Entitled "Art Deco Paris: 1900-1925," the exhibition captures not only a little known art form but the sensuous spirit of affluent society in the first quarter of the 20th century.