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Ocean life depends on single circulation pattern in Southern Hemisphere
Study raises questions about potential impact of climate change
12/31/03 -- A study has shown that marine life around the world is surprisingly dependent on a single ocean circulation pattern in the Southern Hemisphere where nutrient-rich water rises from the deep and spreads across the seas. The results suggest that ocean life may be more sensitive to climate change than previously believed.

Princeton research underlies 'Breakthrough of the Year'
Advances in astrophysics help clarify picture of the universe
12/24/03 -- The year 2003 was an extraordinary one in the field of astrophysics as decades of theoretical and experimental advances -- many with roots at Princeton University -- converged into a unified picture of the universe that is startling in both its strength and strangeness.

Major new space telescope named after late Princeton astronomer
NASA honors Lyman Spitzer, pioneer of space telescopes
12/18/03 -- NASA has named a major new space telescope, one of three companions to the Hubble Space Telescope, after the late Lyman Spitzer, a Princeton astrophysicist who first advocated placing observatories above the Earth's atmosphere.

Grafton chosen for Mellon Distinguished Achievement Award
12/16/03 -- Anthony Grafton, the Henry Putnam University Professor of History and chair of the Council of the Humanities at Princeton University, has been selected as one of four scholars to receive the Mellon Foundation's Distinguished Achievement Award.

Two Princeton students win Marshall Scholarships
12/11/03 -- Maia Schweizer, a Princeton senior geosciences major exploring the possible existence of life beyond Earth, and Daniel Pastor, a 2003 graduate now in Chile examining the legacies of the Pinochet dictatorship, have been awarded 2004 Marshall Scholarships to study in England.

Sainsbury awarded Rhodes Scholarship
12/8/03 -- Willow Sainsbury, a Princeton senior from Auckland, New Zealand, has been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, which will fund two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England. Sainsbury, a painter, is an art history major and a candidate for certificates in visual arts and European cultural studies.

McPherson selected as Baccalaureate speaker
12/5/03 -- Princeton history professor James McPherson has been chosen as the speaker for this year's Baccalaureate, the interfaith worship service that is one of Princeton's oldest traditions. The ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, May 30.

Full body scan: Imaging project offers view inside Earth
Results may help settle debate about how Earth sheds its internal heat
12/4/03 -- Like doctors taking a sonogram of a human body, Princeton geoscientists have captured images of the interior of the Earth and revealed structures that help explain how the planet changes and ages.

Princeton presents holiday movie classic to benefit charity
11/26/03 -- Local residents can unwind from the holiday hustle by watching the classic "It's a Wonderful Life" on the big screen, while benefiting the Princeton Community Area Foundation. The film will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.

Jerome Clinton, scholar of Persian language and literature, dies
11/25/03 -- Jerome W. Clinton, professor emeritus of Near Eastern studies and a scholar of Iranian culture and society at Princeton University, died of cancer Nov. 7. He was 66.

Robinson awarded Rhodes Scholarship
11/24/03 -- Princeton senior David Robinson, a philosophy major who plans to pursue a career in journalism, has been awarded a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, which provides funding for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England.

Justice O'Connor urges judges to emulate Harlan's 'legacy of respect'
Lecture honors most recent Princetonian to serve on Supreme Court
11/18/03 -- John Marshall Harlan, one of the most influential Supreme Court justices of the 20th century, left an indelible "legacy of respect" that should be emulated by all judges as they grapple with the legal challenges facing the country, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor said in an address at Princeton University.

Nye, Shapiro to be honored with alumni awards
11/17/03 -- Two Princeton graduates who have made notable contributions in the field of higher education have been selected as the 2004 recipients of the University's top honors for alumni. Joseph S. Nye Jr., dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and Harold T. Shapiro, president emeritus of Princeton, will receive their awards and deliver addresses on campus during Alumni Day activities on Saturday, Feb. 21.

Princeton adds new shuttle line for eastern region of campus
11/17/03 -- Princeton University has introduced a new P-Rides shuttle line that will serve the campus community including visitors to the University. The free shuttle service covers the eastern region of campus.

Karl Uitti, scholar of Romance languages, dies
11/13/03 -- Karl D. Uitti, a leading scholar of Romance languages and a member of the Princeton University faculty for 44 years, died Nov. 11. He was 69.

New memory device could offer smaller, simpler way to archive data
Discovery of new property in commonly used plastic leads to invention
11/12/03 -- Engineers at Princeton University and Hewlett-Packard have invented a combination of materials that could lead to cheap and super-compact electronic memory devices for archiving digital images or other data.

Secretary of State Powell to deliver address at Princeton in 2004
11/11/03 -- U.S. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell has accepted an invitation to deliver an opening address during Princeton University's George F. Kennan Centennial Conference on Friday, Feb. 20, 2004. While he is on campus, undergraduate students plan to present Secretary Powell with the inaugural Crystal Tiger Award for serving as an "agent of progress."

Media advisory:
Justice O'Connor to deliver lecture at Princeton, Nov. 17

11/5/03 -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor will deliver the first John Marshall Harlan '20 Lecture in Constitutional Adjudication, honoring the most recent Princetonian to serve on the high court, at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, on the Princeton University campus.

Beyond biology: Simple system yields custom-designed proteins
Technique could lead to new drugs as well as industrial processes
10/30/03 -- The diversity of nature may be enormous, but for Michael Hecht it is just a starting point. Hecht, a Princeton professor of chemistry, has invented a technique for making protein molecules from scratch, a long-sought advance that will allow scientists to design the most basic building blocks of all living things with a variety of shapes and compositions far greater than those available in nature.

Princeton geophysicist to receive National Medal of Science
10/22/03 -- Princeton University geophysicist W. Jason Morgan has been selected to receive the National Medal of Science, the nation's highest scientific honor, for theories that describe how land masses move, volcanoes arise and many other features of the land and sea take shape.

In new novel and in the classroom, Morrison speaks of love and language
10/22/03 -- Toni Morrison says there are two ripe features that aggrandize humans: love and language. So it is no wonder that her eighth novel, "Love," speaks to the human condition in search of its own voice. Canvassing the panorama of emotions summoned by love is a trait found throughout Morrison's body of work.

David Coffin, emeritus professor of art and archaeology, dies
10/21/03 -- David Coffin, a longtime faculty member in Princeton's art and archaeology department who influenced generations of scholars with his authoritative research on Italian Renaissance garden and landscape design, died of heart failure Oct. 14. He was 85.

Materials research will be viewed through new 'PRISM'
Princeton institute created through merger of successful research programs
10/15/03 -- Merging two highly successful research programs, the University has created a new institute -- the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials, dubbed PRISM -- with a goal of becoming the world leader in an area of materials science that is emerging as an important source of scientific discoveries and commercial opportunities.

Princeton University Community/Staff Day set for Oct. 11
10/2/03 -- Local residents are invited to join Princeton University staff members for an annual celebration of arts, entertainment, sports and community service Saturday, Oct. 11, at Princeton Stadium.




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