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Apr-Jun 2002

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Maria Klawe, computer scientist, to become engineering dean
6/26/02 -- Maria Klawe, a computer scientist and dean of science at the University of British Columbia, has been named dean of Princeton's School of Engineering and Applied Science, effective Jan. 1. She also will be appointed a professor in Princeton's Department of Computer Science.

Exemplars of Virtue and Wisdom in Chinese Painting Explored at Art Museum
-- Exhibition Dates: May 10 through September 1, 2002
6/24/02 -- Images of Buddhist immortals, Daoist deities, and Confucian sages are explored in a research exhibition that focuses on fourteen hanging scrolls, handscrolls, and albums in the Princeton University Art Museum's permanent collection. "Immortals, Deities, and Sages in Chinese Painting: A Research Exhibition" is on view at the museum from May 10 through September 1, 2002. The exhibition provides a rare opportunity to examine examples of Chinese figure painting not often seen in museum or private collections.

Russel named dean of the Graduate School
6/20/02 -- Longtime Princeton faculty member William B. Russel has been named to succeed John Wilson as dean of the Graduate School, effective Aug. 1. Wilson, who has served as dean since 1994, announced his retirement last October.

Sugar on the brain: Study shows sugar dependence in rats
-- Denied sugar, bingeing rats suffered withdrawal
6/20/02 -- It's a common refrain: "I'm addicted to sugar." Now a study by Princeton University psychologists suggests that such urges really may be a form of addiction, sharing some of the physiological characteristics of drug dependence.

Discovery could lead to faster, smaller, cheaper computer chips
6/19/02 -- In a discovery that could greatly reduce the size and cost of computer chips, Princeton researchers have found a fast method for printing ultrasmall patterns in silicon wafers. The method, described in the June 20 issue of Nature, could allow electronics manufacturers to increase the density of transistors on silicon chips by 100-fold while dramatically streamlining the production process. Packing more transistors onto chips is the key to making more powerful computer processors and memory chips.

Princeton University names nine new trustees
6/18/02 -- Princeton University has named nine new members of its Board of Trustees, including a long-time community activist from Trenton, two federal legislators, and the former president of Harvard University. Stephen A. Oxman was elected by the board as a charter trustee for a 10-year term. Five new trustees, Kathryn Hall, Preston Haskell, Mellody Hobson, Neil Rudenstine and U.S. Sen. Paul Sarbanes, were elected by the board to four-year terms as term trustees. Alumni elected three board members, Charles H. Brown, Martin P. Johnson and U.S. Rep. James A. Leach, to four-year terms.

Preserving options: short-term action required to avoid long-term climate damage
6/14/02 -- The world still has a realistic chance of avoiding some, although not all, of the more disruptive effects of global warming, according to a new analysis.Doing so, however, will require substantial reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by 2010, consistent with those required by the Kyoto Protocol, scientists from Princeton and Brown universities reported in the June 14 issue of Science.

Princeton University Art Museum Exhibition Features New Acquisitions
-- Exhibition Dates: June 22 through September 1, 2002
6/14/02 -- The exhibition "Recent Acquisitions," on view from
June 22 through September 1, 2002, at the Princeton University Art Museum, brings together recent gifts and purchases that augment the strengths of the museum's diverse holdings. East Asian, pre-Columbian, and Latin American objects are on view alongside Western drawings, prints, paintings, and sculptures dating from antiquity to the twentieth century.

Low-level oil spills can cause serious damage
-- Study tracks deaths of iguanas in the Galapagos
6/5/02 -- The ecological effects of low-level oil spills may be more serious than previously thought, according to a Princeton-led study that documented the widespread death of marine iguanas on a Galapagos island. In a report published in the June 6 issue of Nature, biologist Martin Wikelski and colleagues reported that 62 percent of the marine iguanas on the Galapagos island of Santa Fe died within a year after a grounded tanker dumped nearly 800,000 gallons of oil into nearby waters.

Princeton University holds 255th Commencement
-- 1,702 students awarded degrees
6/4/02 -- Princeton University awarded degrees to 1,091 undergraduates and 611 graduate students at its 255th Commencement today. Honorary degrees were awarded to eight individuals who have made significant contributions in the sciences, arts and humanities.

President Shirley M. Tilghman: 2002 Commencement Address
Princeton University, June 4, 2002

Lillian Beatrix Pierce: Valedictory Address
6/4/02 -- Commencement, June 4, 2002, Princeton University Class of 2002

Princeton awards eight honorary degrees
-- Recipients honored for contributions to science, education, arts, humanities
6/4/02 -- Eight distinguished individuals whose accomplishments span the worlds of science, education, and the arts and humanities received honorary doctorates today at Princeton University's 255th Commencement. Princeton President Shirley M. Tilghman awarded degrees to scientist and physician Anthony S. Fauci, acclaimed minister James A. Forbes Jr., radio host Terry Gross, professor and historian Bernard Lewis, Oxford University Vice-Chancellor Colin Lucas, playwright and director Emily Mann, baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr. and actress and television host Oprah Winfrey.

Four faculty members recognized for outstanding teaching
6/4/02 -- Four Princeton University faculty members received President's Awards for Distinguished Teaching at Commencement ceremonies today. They are: Leora Batnitzky, assistant professor of religion; Peter Bunnell, the David Hunter McAlpin Professor of the History of Photography and Modern Art and professor of art and archaeology; William Jordan, professor of history and director of the Program in Medieval Studies; and Kyle Vanderlick, professor of chemical engineering.

Princeton honors secondary school teachers
6/4/02 -- Princeton University will honor four outstanding New Jersey secondary school teachers at its 2002 Commencement June 4. This year's honorees are: Helen Aslanides of Ridgewood High School, Ridgewood; Helen Bryce of Lakewood High School, Lakewood; Anne McCormick of Jackson Memorial High School, Jackson; and James Quinlan of Vernon Township High School, Vernon.

Graduate students honored for excellence in teaching
6/4/02 -- The Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni has given its annual awards for excellence in the instruction of undergraduates to four graduate students who have been particularly successful and devoted in leading precepts.

Class Day awards honor service and achievement
6/3/02 -- The Class of 2002 gathered on Princeton's Cannon Green Monday to celebrate their coming graduation, reflect on their last four years and receive honors for their achievements and service.

Lillian Pierce, mathematician and musician, to be Princeton valedictorian
-- Latin salutatorian address to be given by Josephine Dru
6/3/02 -- Lillian Pierce, an accomplished violinist who has won many of Princeton University's top honors and will study mathematics as a Rhodes Scholar next fall, has been named valedictorian for Princeton's 2002 Commencement June 4. The salutatorian will be Josephine Dru, a classics scholar who loves the study of languages and will give her address in Latin, following Princeton tradition.

Japanese woodblock prints on view at Princeton University Art Museum
-- Exhibition Dates: May 10 through September 1, 2002
5/29/02 -- A small but remarkable group of Japanese woodblock prints, selected from gifts of Anne van Biema, are on view through September 1, 2002, at the Princeton University Art Museum.

James Baker, 61st secretary of state, donates papers to Princeton
5/24/02 -- Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III is donating the papers of his long career in politics and public service to Princeton University, where the rich collection of material documenting the end of the Cold War and other events in his distinguished career will join one of the nation's premier public policy collections.

Media advisory: Workshop to highlight "organic and plastic" electronics research
5/24/02 -- Princeton's Center for Photonics and Optoelectronic Materials will host a workshop Tuesday, May 28, featuring research into plastic and organic materials that could replace the conventional silicon components of many electronic devices and usher in a new generation of miniature, high-efficiency electronics.

Media advisory: Princeton University to display first four printed Bibles
5/24/02 -- In a one-day display May 31, Princeton University will exhibit the world's first four printed Bibles: the Gutenberg Bible, the Mentelin Bible, the 36-Line Bible and the 1462 Bible. The rare Bibles are owned by William H. Scheide, who houses the collection in the Scheide Library at Princeton.

Anne-Marie Slaughter named Woodrow Wilson School dean
5/14/02 -- Anne-Marie Slaughter, a law professor and scholar of international affairs, will join the Princeton University faculty as dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, effective Sept. 1. She also will hold faculty positions in the school and in the Department of Politics.

Elias Stein chosen to receive National Medal of Science
5/9/02 -- Princeton University mathematician Elias Stein has been selected to receive the National Medal of Science in recognition of his contributions to harmonic analysis, an area of mathematics that has applications throughout the sciences. Stein, the Albert Baldwin Dod Professor of Mathematics, is one of 15 scientists selected to receive the award, which is the nation's highest scientific honor. President George Bush will bestow the medals at a White House ceremony June 13.

American drawings on view at Princeton University Art Museum
-- Exhibition Dates: April 13 through July 21, 2002
5/7/02 -- A collection of 23 works on paper are featured in the exhibition "American Drawings and Watercolors: Gifts of Leonard L. Milberg, Class of 1953" on view at the Princeton University Art Museum through July 21, 2002. Beginning in the early 1980s, Leonard L. Milberg initiated a series of gifts of American works on paper to the Graphic Arts Division of Rare Books and Special Collections, Firestone Library, and during the last two decades has been a generous donor to the Princeton University Art Museum.

Managing globalization the French way 
5/1/02 -- Q&A: Sophie Meunier, Princeton research associate and co-author of the recent book "The French Challenge: Adapting to Globalization" (Brookings Institution Press, 2001), spoke with writer and Woodrow Wilson School graduate student Amanda Ableidinger about the French outlook on globalization and the recent French presidential primary elections.

Contemporary photographers featured at Art Museum, April 20-May 26
-- Exhibition Dates: April 20 through Mary 26, 2002
4/30/02 -- "Contemporary Views: Photographs by Paul Berger, Sarah Charlesworth, Barbara Ess, and Ray K. Metzker," on view at the Princeton University Art Museum from April 20 through May 26, 2002, brings together recently acquired works by four contemporary photographers.

Mathematical analysis could aid flu vaccine selection
4/22/02 -- Millions of people may one day have better odds of fending off the flu as a result of new research that could improve the choice of viral strains included in each year's vaccine.

Biologists track down central cause of lupus
4/22/02 -- In a finding that could lead to better treatments for lupus, a Princeton biologist has pinpointed what appears to be a central cause of the disease. Martin Weigert has discovered a point at which the immune system's procedure for making disease-fighting antibodies breaks down and allows antibodies to attack the body's own DNA, which is the hallmark of lupus.

Demetri Porphyrios selected as architect for Whitman College at Princeton
-- Design to be in collegiate Gothic style
4/15/02 -- Demetri Porphyrios, one of the world's leading traditional-style architects, has been selected to design Princeton's sixth residential college. Princeton's trustees selected Porphyrios, a graduate alumnus and principal of London-based Porphyrios Associates, to design the college -- to be called Whitman College -- at their April 13 meeting. The college will be named for Princeton alumna and trustee Meg Whitman, eBay president and chief executive officer, who contributed $30 million for the project.

Third World Center gets new name to better reflect its mission
4/15/02 -- The name of Princeton's Third World Center is being changed to more accurately reflect its mission. At their April 13 meeting, the University's trustees approved a recommendation to change the name to the Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding, effective July 1. The name honors Fields, a former Princeton dean who was the first African-American to hold such a high-ranking post at an Ivy League school.

Charles Kalmbach '68 *72 named senior vice president for administration
4/15/02 -- Charles F. Kalmbach Jr., an undergraduate and graduate alumnus of Princeton University's School of Engineering and Applied Science whose career as a management consultant has focused on developing sustainable strategies for institutional change, has been named the University's senior vice president for administration, effective June 1.

Princeton appoints Cornel West, novelist Chang-rae Lee to senior faculty posts
-- New appointments build on programs across the disciplines
4/13/02 -- At its meeting today, Princeton's Board of Trustees also appointed two new professors in the Department of Mathematics: Andrei Okounkov, an assistant professor at the University of California at Berkeley; and Rahul Pandharipande, a professor at the California Institute of Technology. All the appointments take effect July 1.

Samuel Atkins, professor emeritus at Princeton, dies at 91
4/13/02 -- Samuel Atkins, professor emeritus of classics at Princeton University, died March 20 at the age of 91 in California. Atkins, who served on Princeton's faculty since 1937, died of kidney failure.

Cornel West to return to Princeton as senior faculty member
-- Eddie Glaude, scholar of African-American religious studies, to be associate professor
4/12/02 -- Enhancing its strong Program in African-American Studies, Princeton University is planning to appoint to the faculty Cornel West, the acclaimed teacher and scholar of religion, and Eddie S. Glaude Jr., a Bowdoin College professor known for his work in African-American religious studies. The appointments require the approval of Princeton's Board of Trustees, which meets Saturday, and would take effect July 1.

Governor of Puerto Rico to speak April 11
4/9/02 -- Sila Maria Calderón, governor of Puerto Rico, will lecture on "Puerto Rico: Looking Ahead" 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, Dodds Auditorium in Robertson Hall on the Princeton campus

Labouisse prize winner hopes to 'cross-pollinate' with her research
4/8/02 -- As an ecology and evolutionary biology major, senior Elizabeth Bernier has had a long-standing interest in insects and pollination. As the winner of this year's Henry Richardson Labouisse '26 Prize, she will have a chance to carry out some cross-pollination of her own.

Princeton University Art Museum launches new Web site
4/5/02 -- The Princeton University Art Museum launched its new Website,, on April 1. In addition to general information about the museum and its educational resources, the elegantly designed site includes easily accessible information about the museumís collections, exhibitions, programs, and publications.

Two Princeton juniors win Truman Scholarships
4/2/02 -- Two Princeton juniors have been named 2002 Truman Scholars by the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. Rebecca Gifford and Daniel Pastor are among 64 students from 54 U.S. colleges and universities selected this year. The award recognizes their leadership potential, intellectual ability and likelihood of "making a difference."

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