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Media advisory:
Symposium planned on property tax reform, April 11
3/28/03 -- Princeton University’s annual Symposium on New Jersey Issues: “Property Tax Reform: Where Have We Been? Where Are We Going? How Will We Get There?” will take place Friday, April 11, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Kroll-Zaidi receives Sachs scholarship for study in England and India
3/28/03 -- Princeton senior Rafil Kroll-Zaidi has been named the recipient of the 2003 Daniel Sachs Class of 1960 Graduating Scholarship.

Janet Lavin Rapelye named dean of admission at Princeton
3/27/03 -- Janet Lavin Rapelye, dean of admission at Wellesley College for the past 12 years and a highly respected national leader in the field of college admission, has been named dean of admission at Princeton University, effective July 1.

Robert Hargraves, professor of geosciences emeritus, dies
3/27/03 -- Robert B. Hargraves, a member of the Princeton University geosciences faculty from 1961 to his retirement in 1994, died March 21 at age 74.

Media advisory:
Princeton faculty experts available for comment on war in Iraq

3/21/03 -- The following Princeton University faculty members may be available for media interviews on subjects related to the war in Iraq.

LeMenager appointed director of planning and administration for campus life
3/20/03 -- Steve LeMenager, a member of the Princeton administration since 1983, has been appointed to a new position, director of planning and administration for campus life, in the office of the Vice President for Campus Life Janet Dickerson.

Artistry of Swiss engineering revealed in exhibition celebrating most innovative structural designers of the 20th Century
3/17/03 -- This spring, the Princeton University Art Museum is celebrating the contributions of a group of influential Swiss engineers who are widely recognized as the most innovative structural designers of the 20th century in "The Art of Structural Design: A Swiss Legacy" (March 8-June 15).

Ordinary PCs create high-performance computing cluster
Central resource will foster computational science across disciplines
3/17/03 -- The Office of Information Technology has announced plans to build a high-performance computer system that will be available this spring to members of all departments for teaching and research.

Erickcek wins Churchill Scholarship for study at Cambridge
3/11/03 -- Senior Adrienne Erickcek has been awarded a Churchill Scholarship for graduate work at Churchill College, Cambridge University, next year. She is one of 11 students who received the scholarship, which pays for a year of tuition, fees and living expenses.

Senior Daniel Pastor receives Dale fellowship for additional study in Chile
3/11/03 -- Exploring an interest sparked by studying abroad in Chile, Princeton senior Daniel Pastor will spend next year in that country examining the legacies of the Pinochet dictatorship and the role historical memory plays in Chilean politics.

Four seniors, one alumnus receive Gates Cambridge Scholarships
3/11/03 -- Four Princeton seniors and one recent graduate have been awarded Gates Cambridge Scholarships to study at the University of Cambridge in England next year. They are: Nathan Arrington of Westport, Conn.; Louis Ballezzi of Havertown, Pa.; Nicole Basta of New Kensington, Pa.; Ryan Brandau of North Canton, Ohio; and Adam Nebesar of Canaan, N.Y.

ReachOut 56 Fellowships for 2003 awarded to Princeton seniors
2/28/03 -- Seniors Jessica Munitz and Daniel Stover have been awarded 2003 ReachOut 56 Fellowships, which provide each winner with a $25,000 grant to undertake a yearlong public service project after graduation.

Princeton gives highest awards to top undergraduate, graduate students
2/22/03 -- Seniors Daniel Hantman and Christopher Wendell received the University's Moses Taylor Pyne Honor Prize, and graduate students Sarah-Jane Murray and Joshua Plotkin were recognized as co-winners of the Porter Ogden Jacobus Fellowship at Alumni Day ceremonies.

Sen. Frist, a physician first, calls for Medicare reform and AIDS research
2/22/03 -- William Frist's transition from surgeon to Senate majority leader -- a path forged from his dual concentration in science and public policy at Princeton -- brings a unique perspective to his new role, he said in his Alumni Day address.

Peter Bell urges greater individual and government efforts in fighting global poverty
2/22/03 -- At a time when Iraq, terrorism and the domestic economy dominate the national agenda, the need to combat global poverty is more pressing than ever, humanitarian leader Peter Bell told a Princeton audience Saturday.

More than 1,500 expected to attend Alumni Day Feb. 22
Peter Bell and William Frist to give lectures
2/19/03 -- The annual Alumni Day and Parents' Program, coordinated by the Alumni Council, will begin at 9 a.m. with a variety of lectures, workshops and tours and end with a 6:30 p.m. dinner honoring the winner of the University's James Madison Medal this year.

Rao stepping down as University ombuds officer
2/18/03– Anuradha (Anu) Rao, University ombuds officer, will step down as of Thursday, Feb. 20. Rao, who has served in the position since 1998, has accepted a job as ombudsperson for Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Enterprises.

Facilities Vice President Kathleen Mulligan announces plan to leave in June
-- Kathleen Mulligan, vice president for facilities for the past four years, has announced her intention to leave her position, effective June 30, to pursue other interests.

Princeton joins amicus brief asking the Supreme Court to uphold the Bakke standards for the consideration of race in admissions decisions
2/17/03 -- Princeton has joined with seven other leading private colleges and universities in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold affirmative action policies at the University of Michigan that have been challenged in two cases that the Court will be considering later this spring.

Princeton University issues update on heightened security measures
-- In response to the federal government’s elevated Homeland Security threat level to "condition orange" (high), the University today issued an update on its heightened security measures. The update followed a meeting of the Emergency Preparedness Task Force (EPTF) on Wednesday to review procedures that ensure the security of students, faculty and staff.

Study: High-density storage of nuclear waste heightens terrorism risks
-- A space-saving method for storing spent nuclear fuel has dramatically heightened the risk of a catastrophic radiation release in the event of a terrorist attack, according to a study initiated at Princeton.

Satellite produces dramatically sharp 'baby picture' of the universe
Results from NASA/Princeton partnership herald 'a turning point for cosmology'
-- NASA announced Tuesday that a satellite built in partnership with Princeton scientists has captured a high-resolution snapshot of the universe in its infancy and produced dramatic insights into astronomy and physics.

Photographs by Edward Ranney on View at Princeton University Art Museum
Exhibition Dates: February 15 through June 7, 2003
2/7/03 -- "Photographs by Edward Ranney: The John B. Elliott Collection," an exhibition that opens February 15, 2003, at the Princeton University Art Museum, will present an overview of the internationally renowned artist's career between 1970 and 1999.

The State of Black Studies: National scholars to chart new course at historic conference
2/6/03 -- For only the second time in history, academicians at all stages of their careers will join together this week to examine critically the history, the current state and the future of Black Studies. More than 100 speakers and panelists will participate in "The State of Black Studies: Methodology, Pedagogy and Research" Feb. 6-8. The conference kicks off this evening at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem.

Energy secretary announces U.S. participation in international fusion research effort
1/30/03 -- U.S. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham, speaking at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory Thursday, announced that the United States will rejoin the planning and funding of a major international fusion energy initiative called ITER.

New shuttle links graduate student housing and main campus
1/29/03 -- A new Princeton University shuttle to serve as a link between graduate student housing and the main campus will make its inaugural trip on Monday, Feb. 3.

Abstract Photography on View at Princeton University Art Museum
Exhibition Dates: February 4 through March 23, 2003
1/24/03 -- "Seeing the Unseen: Abstract Photography, 1900-1940," an exhibition that opens February 4, 2003, at the Princeton University Art Museum, will explore the rich history of visual experimentation that characterized the medium’s development under the influence of the emerging modernist aesthetic of the twentieth century.

Study: Texas '10 percent plan' fails to sustain diversity at flagship universities
Law is 'not an alternative to affirmative action,' says Tienda
1/23/03 -- The Texas "10 percent plan," promoted as a tool to ensure diversity in higher education following a ban on affirmative action, has failed to sustain minority admissions and enrollment at the state's flagship universities, according to a new study led by Princeton University sociologist Marta Tienda."Although Texas is rapidly becoming a 'majority minority state,' the demographic profile of the two public flagships has failed to keep pace with the growth of minority groups among college-age students," according to the study...

Study shows how the brain pays attention
Neural circuits that control eye movements play multiple roles in visual attention
1/23/03 -- With so many visual stimuli bombarding our eyes -- cars whizzing by, leaves fluttering -- how can we focus attention on a single spot -- a word on a page or a fleeting facial expression? How do we filter so purely that the competing stimuli never even register in our awareness?

Area students win prizes in Princeton University's Martin Luther King Jr. Day essay and poster contests
1/16/03 -- A record number of students from Princeton area schools submitted entries in the annual essay and poster contests sponsored by Princeton University in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Prizes will be presented at a ceremony that begins at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20, in Richardson Auditorium of Alexander Hall on the campus. The featured speaker will be Eddie Glaude Jr., an associate professor of religion and a member of the committee that oversees Princeton’s Program in African-American Studies.

Morrow to step down as associate dean of religious life
1/12/03 -- The Rev. Sue Anne Steffey Morrow, associate dean of religious life and of the chapel, will step down from her post at the end of the academic year in June.

Computer program reveals optimum microstructure for new materials
Technique could help bring efficiency of biology to man-made materials
1/7/03 -- A Princeton chemist has developed a general mathematical system for designing materials that perform two functions at once, even when the desired properties sometimes conflict with each other. Salvatore Torquato and colleagues used computers to calculate the optimum structure for any material that is a composite of two substances with differing properties. The achievement is the first simple example of a mathematically rigorous method for optimizing the design of multifunctional composites, which are an increasingly common kind of material.



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