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News from Princeton, Apr-Jun 1995

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New Research Finds Average Class Size Contributes to Black-White Test Scores Disparity -- Differences in class size are contributing to the disparity between blacks' and whites' scores on standardized achievements tests, concludes new research co-authored by Princeton University economist Cecilia Rouse. [6/19/95]

Allison Kalben Delivers Valedictory Address; John Van De Weert, Honored As Salutatorian -- Allison Kalben of Trumbull, Conn., and John Van De Weert of Dryden, N.Y., represented the Class of 1995 as valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, in commencement exercises today at Princeton University. [5/30/95]

President's Distinguished Teaching Awards -- Princeton University presented the 1995 President's Distinguished Teaching Awards today at the University's 248th Commencement. Receiving the awards were Barbara Browning, assistant professor of English; Georgios Deodatis, assistant professor of civil engineering and operations research; Stanley Kelley, professor of politics; and Kenneth Levy, Scheide professor of music history. [5/30/95]

Memorandum to Press: Princeton University's Baccalaureate and 248th Commencement, May 28 and June 30, 1995 -- Jane Alexander, chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, will speak at the University's Baccalaureate, the interfaith worship service, held in the University Chapel, which officially ends the school year at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 28. [5/19/95]

Mellon Foundation Awards Nearly $3 Million to Support Educational Programs --The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded nearly $3 million in grants to support educational programs at Princeton University. The generous series of grants, announced by the University, will enhance programs in four distinct areas... [5/15/95]

Humanities Faculty Honored -- Bas van Fraassen and Froma Zeitlin have been honored with Princeton University's Howard T. Behrman Award for distinguished achievement in the humanities. [5/15/95]

Princeton Student Gets Physics off the Ground at Marie Katzenbach School for the Deaf -- Before this year, juniors and seniors at the Marie Katzenbach School for the Deaf had basic instruction in the physical sciences. But thanks to a Princeton University chemistry student with a gift for teaching, physics has come alive for Katzenbach students this spring... [5/11/95]

"Fermat's Last Theorem, A Personal Account" Wiles Gives Public Lecture to Mark Publication of Proof --Princeton University Mathematics Professor Andrew Wiles will give a public lecture entitled "Fermat's Last Theorem, A Personal Account," on Monday, May 15, at 8:00 p.m. in McCosh 50 on campus. The lecture marks the publication this month in the Annals of Mathematics of Wiles's solution to a celebrated problem stated over 350 years ago by the French mathematician Pierre de Fermat... [5/8/95]

French Physicist to Deliver Hamilton Lecture At Princeton -- Philippe Nozieres, professor of physics at the College de France in Paris and professor at the Institut Max von Laue-Paul Langevin in Grenoble, will deliver the 21st Donald Ross Hamilton Memorial Lecture at Princeton University on Thursday, May 11. [5/1/95]

George Ball Statement Offers New Insight Into Robert McNamara's Handling of Vietnam Affair -- Posthumous Statement of Former Under Secretary of State Published in New Issue of Princeton Library Chronicle. In a statement to be published posthumously in May in the Princeton University Library Chronicle, George W. Ball, the principal internal critic of the Johnson administration's intervention in Vietnam, declares that then-Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara "would shoot me down in flames" whenever he argued against increasing U.S. involvement in Vietnam. [4/27/95]

Better Challengers Key to More Competition For U.S. House Seats, Princeton Professor Finds -- How to make elections for the U.S. House of Representatives more competitive? Attract better candidates, says Jonathan Krasno. It may sound simple, but Krasno, assistant professor of politics at Princeton University, finds the point conspicuously absent from many explanations for the relative dearth of competitive House races in most election years. [4/27/95]

Firestone Library Goes Wilde --The work, life and times of Oscar Wilde will take center stage at Princeton University's Firestone Library in an exhibition entitled "Oscar Wilde: A Writer for the Nineties," opening May 1. To commemorate the centenary of two Wilde plays, The Importance of Being Earnest and An Ideal Husband, as well as of the trials which led to his imprisonment for sodomy, the exhibition focuses on Wilde as... [4/25/95]

Researchers Discover New Way To Do MRI That Produces the Best Ever Pictures of Lungs --A team of researchers led by Princeton University physicists William Happer and Gordon Cates and Stony Brook University chemist Arnold Wishnia has discovered a new way to do Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) with laser-polarized xenon gas that enables, for the first time, really good pictures of lungs. [4/21/95]

Lecture, Conference to Commemorate Edmund Wilson Centennial -- The American Studies Program at Princeton University will commemorate the centennial of the literary critic Edmund Wilson with a public lecture this spring and a scholarly conference in the fall. [4/19/95]

Princeton Senior Wins Churchill Scholarship -- William Russell Mann of Clarksville, Tenn., is one of 10 American students awarded the Winston Churchill Scholarship for graduate work at Cambridge University in engineering, mathematics and the sciences. [4/19/95]

Princeton Seniors Win Labouisse Fellowship For Research in Developing Countries -- Two Princeton University seniors have been awarded the 1995 Henry Richardson Labouisse Prize Fellowship: Kristin Chrouser of Longview, Texas, who is majoring in ecology and evolutionary biology, and Julie Simpson, of Nyack, N.Y., a molecular biology major. [4/17/95]

Princeton Researcher Finds Health Care Providers Could Reap Savings By Covering Contraception -- A minority of American health care plans cover all reversible prescription contraceptives, but new research by a Princeton University professor and several co-authors indicates that more complete contraceptive coverage pays off in considerable savings for insurers. [4/17/95]

Princeton Index Documents Christian Art From Apostolic Times to 1400 -- Would you like to know when St. George was first represented in medieval painting? When he first appeared on horseback? When he first showed up in English art... The Index of Christian Art ... documents Christian art from apostolic times to 1400. It includes a quarter million photographs of 26,000 subjects and about a million descriptive reference cards cross-referenced to the photos. [4/17/95]

Princeton Juniors Melissa Schettini, Melanie Schneck Named 1995 Truman Scholars -- Princeton University juniors Melissa Schettini and Melanie Schneck have been named 1995 Truman Scholars, a national scholarship for outstanding juniors committed to careers in public service. [4/10/95]

Mudd Manuscript Library Announces George W. Ball Papers Open for Research --The papers of one of the earliest and most vociferous opponents of the Vietnam War within the Kennedy and Johnson administrations are now open for research at the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library at Princeton University. The George W. Ball Papers (ca. 1933-1994) document Ball's career as a lawyer, diplomat, investment banker, and author. [4/10/95]

Computer Ethics: Princeton's Helen Nissenbaum Is Helping Develop Emerging Field -- A computer controls a piece of medical equipment administering doses of radiation to patients. Something goes wrong, and six patients are subjected to radical overdoses. Three are injured. Three die. Is it the computer's fault? Who or what is responsible? [4/7/95]

Arthur Schlesinger Jr. To Speak on U.S. Foreign Policy --Renowned author and historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. will deliver the 1995 George W. Ball Lecture, entitled ''U.S. Foreign Policy: Back to the Womb?'' at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs on Thursday, April 27. [4/4/95]

''The Politics of Disadvantage'' to be Discussed in Princeton Lecture --Lawrence M. Mead, professor of politics at New York University, will speak on "The Politics of Disadvantage," at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs on Wednesday, April, 19. Mead is also the 1994-95 John L. Weinberg/Goldman Sachs & Co. Visiting Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School. [4/4/95]

President of Sun Company to Discuss Next 1,725 Days For Environmental Agenda -- Robert H. Campbell, chairman, CEO and president of Sun Company Inc., will speak at Princeton University on Tuesday, April 11. His talk, entitled "The Next 1,725 Days: An Environmental Agenda to the Year 2000," will address thoughts on the future of environmental responsibility among businesses. The lecture is one in a series endowed by Princeton alumnus G.S. Beckwith Gilbert, Class of 1963. It is be [4/4/95]