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Apr-Jun 2001

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Scientists reconcile opposing views of U.S. role in greenhouse gas problem
6/21/01 -- An international consortium of scientists has issued a revised estimate of the U.S. role in the worldwide accumulation of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, a major cause of global warming.

Space probe to glimpse infancy of the universe
6/18/01 -- Their pride and joy is about to leave home, travel far and, if all goes well, send back reports of great sights. It's not a graduation. It's a satellite launch. On June 30, Princeton scientists will participate as NASA launches a satellite carrying a powerful scientific instrument that the University played a large role in conceiving, designing, and building.

Princeton University Art Museum reaches agreement with heirs of owner of painting sold during World War II era
6/13/01 -- The Art Museum at Princeton University has reached an agreement with the heirs of the Nazi-era owner of St. Bartholomew, an Italian Renaissance painting by Bernardino Pinturicchio. The agreement with the heirs of Federico Gentili di Giuseppe ensures that the museum will retain and display the painting, which has been in its collection since 1994.

Princeton University holds 254th Commencement
-- 1,732 students awarded degrees
6/5/01 -- Princeton University awarded degrees to 1,084 undergraduates and 648 graduate students at its 254th Commencement today. Honorary degrees were awarded to seven distinguished leaders in the sciences, arts, humanities and public affairs.

Remarks by President Harold T. Shapiro
Commencement Exercises, June 5, 2001

Seven leaders in arts, humanities, sciences and public affairs receive honorary degrees
6/5/01 -- Princeton University President Harold T. Shapiro today awarded honorary degrees to seven individuals who have made important contributions in the sciences, film, the humanities and public affairs and touched the lives of millions of people. Shapiro awarded degrees to Kevin Gover, former director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs; filmmaker and director Spike Lee; physicist and emeritus Professor Aaron Lemonick; ecologist Jane Lubchenco; aeronautical engineer and emeritus Professor Courtland D. Perkins; basketball legend Bill Russell; and U.S. District Judge Sonia Sotomayor.

Princeton honors secondary school teachers
6/5/01 -- Princeton University will honor four outstanding New Jersey secondary school teachers at its 2001 Commencement June 5. This year's honorees are: Andrew Dunn of Northern Highlands Regional High School, Allendale; Frank Heffernan of Chatham High School, Chatham; Staci Horne of Phillipsburg High School, Phillipsburg; Hilary Peterlin of Kinnelon High School, Kinnelon.

Four faculty members recognized for outstanding teaching
6/5/01 -- Four Princeton University faculty members received President's Awards for Distinguished Teaching at Commencement ceremonies today. They are: Lynn Enquist, professor of molecular biology; Diana Fuss, associate professor of English; Andrew Isenberg, assistant professor of history; and Elias Stein, the Albert Baldwin Dod Professor of Mathematics.

Graduate students receive honors for excellence in teaching
6/5/01 -- The Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni has given its 2001 awards for excellence in teaching to four graduate students who have shown a particular gift for inspiring and instructing other students.

Old and new members of Class of 2001 honored at Class Day
6/4/01 -- Members of the Class of 2001 celebrated their passage from undergraduates to alumni Monday in a ceremony that honored their achievements and featured inspiring and funny reflections of their Princeton experiences.

Princeton University reopens Princeton Garden Theatre
5/31/01 -- The Princeton Garden Theatre will reopen to the public Friday, June 1 after being closed for extensive renovations since August 2000, according to Princeton University, the owner of the property, and Theater Management Corporation, which leases and operates the movie theater.

Professor James Broach named associate director of genomics institute
-- Nobel laureate Eric Wieschaus to lead search for new director
5/29/01 -- Professor James Broach has been named associate director of the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics and will oversee its daily operations as the University conducts a national search for a director to succeed Shirley M. Tilghman. Tilghman, who will become Princeton's 19th president in June, will remain director until the search is concluded.

Princeton names 2001 valedictorians, salutatorian
5/25/01 -- For the first time since its founding in 1746, Princeton University has selected two valedictorians for Commencement. Jared Kramer, an engineering student in the Department of Computer Science, and Christine McLeavey, a physics major and award-winning pianist, will address the University's 2001 Commencement June 5.

Spanish Drawings on View at Princeton University Art Museum
Exhibition Dates: Through June 10, 2001
5/25/01 -- A small but remarkable group of drawings by Spanish masters spanning five centuries will be on view at the Princeton University Art Museum through June 10, 2001.

Ostriker to leave provost's office, assume Cambridge professorship
5/22/01 -- After six years as Princeton University's second-ranking officer, Provost Jeremiah Ostriker will leave that office at the end of this summer and assume one of the most prestigious professorships at the University of Cambridge, the Plumian Professorship of Astronomy and Experimental Philosophy. He also will continue to hold his faculty position at Princeton as the Charles A. Young Professor of Astronomy and to work with his graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Exhibit showcases history and arts of the book
5/22/01 -- A new exhibition in the Milberg Gallery of Princeton University's Firestone Library celebrates the 1940 founding of a unique Princeton collection -- one that showcases the history and arts of the book through the finest examples of printing, typography, binding, papermaking, calligraphy and illustration.

Battelle to establish professorship in physics
5/18/01 -- Princeton University officials today announced a commitment by Battelle to establish a new professorship in physics to honor John Archibald Wheeler, the Joseph Henry Professor of Physics, Emeritus, at the University. The professorship will be created with a $3 million gift to the University.

Special funds boost biweekly salary pools
5/16/01 -- In response to a recommendation from the Priorities Committee, President Harold T. Shapiro will use up all of his remaining discretionary funds for this year to provide approximately $400,000 so the University can begin increasing salaries in 2001-02 above regular salary pools in biweekly staff categories that are being paid at or below market rates.

How did we get so smart? Study sheds light on evolution of the brain
5/9/01 -- Princeton and Bell Labs scientists have devised a simple but powerful method for analyzing brain anatomy, providing the first reliable measure of how brains of humans and other mammals are related to one another across evolution. In a paper in the May 10 issue of Nature, the researchers show how comparing the relative sizes of 11 brain parts reveals a unique brain structure for each species.

Shirley Tilghman named Princeton University's 19th President
5/5/01 -- Shirley M. Caldwell Tilghman, a member of the Princeton University faculty since 1986, an exceptional teacher, and a world-renowned scholar and leader in the field of molecular biology, was elected Princeton's 19th President at a special meeting this morning of the Board of Trustees. She will take office on June 15, 2001, succeeding Harold T. Shapiro, who last fall announced his intention to retire from the presidency at the end of this academic year following more than 13 years of service.

New chair in finance endowed by Randall A. Hack of the class of 1969
5/4/01 -- Princeton University today announced the establishment of an endowed chair in finance by Randall A. Hack of the class of 1969, whose investment strategies have helped guide the growth of Princeton's endowment over the past decade. The chair, a gift from Hack and his wife, Mary, will be named in honor of Hack's grandfather, Otto A. Hack of the class of 1903.

Princeton dedicates Bendheim Center for Finance
5/4/01 -- Princeton University today dedicated the Bendheim Center for Finance, which was established in 1997 as an international resource for teaching and scholarship in the increasingly important field of finance. University President Harold T. Shapiro *64 spoke at the dedication, along with Robert Bendheim '37 and the center's director, Professor Yacine Ait-Sahalia.

Sophomore named first A. Scott Berg '71 scholar
4/30/01 -- Princeton University sophomore Adena T. Spingarn has been named the first recipient of the new A. Scott Berg 71 Scholarship, an award created by the noted biographer to support independent research by an undergraduate English major.

Spring conference on "Ties that Bind: Religion & Family in Contemporary America"
4/27/01 -- Scholars at this conference to be held May 16-17, 2001, will address three central questions: How are religious institutions responding to recent demographic, economic, and cultural changes affecting American families? What role does religion play in shaping intergenerational ties -- especially the relationship between parents and their children? What should religious leaders be doing to meet the critical economic, moral, and spiritual challenges facing American families?

Oxford and Princeton universities announce plans for collaboration on research and student exchanges
4/24/01 -- Oxford and Princeton universities today announced a major collaboration that will create new research partnerships, increase faculty and student exchanges, and provide opportunities to share resources required for cutting-edge, scientific ventures. The initiative builds on longstanding relationships between two universities renowned for leadership in research across the academic disciplines and for excellence in undergraduate education.

Princeton hosts debate on reparations
-- Author of controversial advertisement debates leader of pro-reparations group
4/24/01 -- David Horowitz, president of the Center for the Study of Popular Culture and a noted conservative columnist; and Dorothy B. Lewis, co-chair of the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N'COBRA), will debate on whether members of the African-American should receive monetary reparations for slavery, Wednesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. Only those with Princeton University ID and accredited media will be permitted into the lecture hall, 50 McCosh Hall on the Princeton campus. All others should go to McCosh 46 for a simulcast of the event.

New research suggests changes in welfare and child support policies can promote stable families
-- Analysis precedes summer's Congressional review of 1996 welfare law
4/23/01 -- New findings by researchers at Columbia and Princeton universities provide support for those who believe government can promote marriage and stable family life among the nation's most disadvantaged households. The findings are being published just as Congress begins the reauthorization process for landmark welfare legislation of 1996.

Merck establishes professorship in organic chemistry at Princeton
4/23/01 -- Princeton University today announced that a new professorship in chemistry has established by The Merck Company Foundation to honor Arthur A. Patchett of Princeton's class of 1951. Patchett is a research chemist and former vice president of medicinal chemistry at Merck.

NASA administrator Daniel Goldin to speak April 21
4/19/01 -- Daniel Goldin, administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, will deliver the keynote address at symposium on "New Directions in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering," April 21 at 1:30 p.m., in room 302 of the Frist Campus Center. The conference marks 50 years of graduate aerospace studies and 100 years of graduate education at Princeton University.

Physicist Thomas Howard Stix dies
4/17/01 -- Thomas Howard Stix, one of the most original thinkers and leading developers in the field of plasma physics, died April 16 in Princeton. He was 76 years old and professor emeritus in astrophysical sciences at Princeton University. The cause of death was leukemia.

Italian Renaissance Drawings Exhibited at Princeton University Art Museum
4/17/01 -- "Italian Renaissance Drawings," an exhibition from the Princeton University Art Museum's collection, is on view through June 17, 2001. The exhibition, which accompanies "Italian Renaissance Painting and Sculpture," a course taught by Visiting Associate Professor Elizabeth Pilliod of Oregon State University, includes works by Michelangelo, Frederico Barocci, Jacopo Bertoia, Girolamo Macchietti, Battista Naldini, and Il Tintoretto. Exhibition Dates: February 19 through June 17, 2001

U.S. Reps. Frelinghuysen and Holt receive Science Coalition awards
New Brunswick: Rutgers President Francis L. Lawrence and Princeton University President Harold T. Shapiro today presented U.S. Reps. Rodney P. Frelinghuysen (R-NJ-11th) and Rush Holt (D-NJ-12th) with the Science Coalition's Champion of Science awards during ceremonies at Rutgers' Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences (IMCS) in New Brunswick.

Princeton achieves 100 percent pass rate on state teaching exams
4/9/01 -- All Princeton University students who took New Jersey's teaching-certification exams last year passed the tests, the university's Program in Teacher Preparation reported today.

Strikeout or homerun: Princeton symposium focuses on New Jersey sports
4/3/01 -- Princeton University's annual Symposium on New Jersey Issues this year will target the social, economic and environmental ramifications of professional athletics with a program on "New Jersey and Sports: A Strikeout or Homerun?" The symposium will take place Friday, April 20 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Political analysts to discuss early weeks of Bush presidency
4/2/01 -- How has President George W. Bush fared during his first 12 weeks in office? Four noted political analysts will evaluate his record in a roundtable discussion at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12 in Robertson Hall (Dodds Auditorium) on the Princeton University campus.

Dance by Princeton choreographer opens Holocaust conference
4/1/01 -- An internationally known children's dance troupe will open a conference on the Holocaust April 1 with a powerful dance created by Ze'eva Cohen, the acclaimed choreographer and director of Princeton University's dance program.

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