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Research Team Advances Display Technology for Television and Computer
A June 27 Science article reports that a team of five scientists at Princeton University and the University of Southern California (USC) has developed an independently controlled, three-color organic light-emitting device. This advance adds finely tuned color to a technology developed by the same team last year, which is expected to permit such applications as high-definition televisions with flat displays that hang on a wall like a painting and laptop computers with bright displays that consume considerably less energy.

Princeton to Host 40 South Bronx Students at Summer Institute
Forty fourth-grade students from the South Bronx will spend four weeks on the Princeton campus starting July 6 in an intensive academic enrichment program that is part of an ongoing effort to strengthen reading and math skills and encourage urban children to aspire to attend college.

Professor Robert J. Goldston to Lead Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
Robert J. Goldston, professor of astrophysical sciences at Princeton University, associate director for research at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), and for many years a leading figure in the field of magnetic fusion, will become PPPL's fifth director, effective July 1.

Princeton University Confers 1,694 Degrees at 250th Commencement
Princeton University conferred a total of 1,694 bachelor and advanced degrees this morning at its 250th Commencement. There were 601 men and 485 women in the graduating senior class -- a total of 1,086 recipients of bachelors degrees. The undergraduate degrees included 910 bachelors of arts and 176 bachelors of science in engineering. [Two additional undergraduates from earlier classes were also awarded a June degree.]

Princeton University Awards Seven Honorary Degrees
Princeton University awarded seven honorary degrees at its 250th Commencement exercises this morning. The University orator, Robert H. Rawson, Class of 1966, presented the candidates to University President Harold T. Shapiro, who conferred the degrees.
- Bruce Alberts, Doctor of Science
- James E. Burke, Doctor of Laws
- Larry Doby, Doctor of Humanities
- Mamphela Aletta Ramphele, Doctor of Laws
- Stuart John Saunders, Doctor of Laws
- Carl E. Schorske, Doctor of Humane Letters
- Homer A. Thompson, Doctor of Humane Letters

Daniel Jerome Katz of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., Delivers Valedictory Address; Jessica Marie Davis of Gloucester, Va., is Salutatoria
Daniel Jerome Katz of Rancho Santa Fe., Calif., and Jessica Marie Davis of Gloucester, Va., represented the Class of 1997 as valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, at commencement exercises today at Princeton University.

Princeton University Honors Four Faculty for Teaching
Princeton University honored four of its faculty for their accomplishments as teachers at this morning's 250th Commencement exercises. The 1997 President's Awards for Distinguished Teaching were presented to Miguel Centeno, assistant professor of sociology; Emmet Gowin, professor in the Council of the Humanities and Visual Arts; Gideon Rosen, assistant professor of philosophy; and Lawrence Rosen, professor of anthropology.

Princeton University Honors Four N.J. Secondary School Teachers
Princeton University honored four outstanding secondary school teachers from New Jersey at its 250th commencement ceremonies this morning. Each teacher received an award of $5,000, and each of their schools received $2,500 for library books. This year's award winners were Vickie Bejda of Ocean Township High School in Oakhurst, Dale Lally of Dickinson High School in Jersey City, John O'Hara of Kearny High School in Kearny, and Katherine Widmer of Hopewell Valley Central High School in Pennington.

Princeton University Class of 1997 Celebrates Class Day
At Class Day ceremonies this morning on the Princeton University campus, the Class of 1997 celebrated class achievements. President Harold T. Shapiro presented the seniors with a symbolic key to the campus, and several special Class Day awards were presented.

University, Eating Club Reach Agreement on Property
Princeton University and Dial, Elm and Cannon Club have reached an agreement under which the University will acquire the parking lot behind Dial Lodge and, within a year, the Club will decide whether it wishes to transfer the remainder of the Dial property and the Elm property to the University in exchange for Notestein Hall (the former Cannon Club) and an additional cash payment.

$10 million Gift from Lowenstein Foundation to Establish New Bendheim Center for Finance
A $10 million gift from the Leon Lowenstein Foundation will establish the Bendheim Center for Finance at Princeton University. The gift honors the foundation's president, Robert A. Bendheim Class of 1937. The new Center will bring together outstanding scholars in the field of financial economics and establish Princeton as a national resource for innovative research on finance and economic public policy.

New Method Using Gravitational Lensing Yields Expansion Rate of Universe
Princeton Astrophysics Professor Edwin Turner, his former student Tomislav Kundic (a postdoc at the California Institute of Technology), and Princeton graduate student Wesley Colley headed a team which has worked out a new method for determining the expansion rate of the universe. Measuring that rate--Hubble's constant--has long been of keen interest to astrophysicists because...

Memorandum to Press: Princeton University's Baccalaureate and 250th Commencement June 1 and 3
U.S. Senator William Frist, Princeton Class of 1974, 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, June 1. The Baccalaureate ceremony will be broadcast to seating in front of the Chapel where press are invited to sit.

Princeton Students Design a Better Hair Dryer
An innovative hair dryer design won five of Princeton's nascent engineers a trip to Bangkok, Thailand, in March. After competing against six other teams of students in a course called Engineering Design, winners Lina Jin '97, Andy Johnson '98, Matt Nuffort '98, Meeko Oishi '98 and Eric Young '98 were invited by the electronics firm Manica Corp. to present their design to company executives at headquarters in Bangkok.

Princeton Economist Finds that Auditioning Behind Screens Helps Women Win Orchestra Positions
The practice of placing a screen in front of musicians auditioning for openings in symphony orchestras has contributed to the increase in the number of women who have secured these coveted positions, a Princeton economist has found.

Norman Augustine to Join the Faculty of Princeton University's School of Engineering and Applied Science
Norman R. Augustine, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lockheed Martin Corporation who today announced his retirement as CEO later this year, will join the Princeton University faculty in September as a Lecturer with the rank of Professor in Princeton's School of Engineering and Applied Science. He will have a special affiliation in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering...

An Afternoon's Odyssey: A reading of Robert Fagles' new translation of Homer's The Odyssey,
featuring Robert Fagles, Jason Robards, and Kathryn Walker. Actors Jason Robards and Kathryn Walker will be joined by Professor Robert Fagles in a special event sponsored by the Public Lectures Committee of Princeton University: a reading from Prof. Fagles' new translation of Homer's The Odyssey on Thursday, May 1.

Knorr Memorial Lecture Focuses on the Cold War
Sir Michael Howard, president of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, will speak on "The Cold War: A Personal Reconsideration" at Princeton University on Thursday, May 1. Howard helped found the International Institute for Strategic Studies, in 1962. In addition to his appointment there, he is a fellow of the British Academy and a foreign corresponding member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. A specialist in war studies, Howard was...

James D. Wolfensohn, World Bank President, to Address Opportunities and Risks in Emerging Markets
James D. Wolfensohn, the ninth president of the World Bank, will give a public lecture, "Opportunities and Risks in Emerging Markets." May 2. Afterward, Wolfensohn will take questions from the audience.

Investment Banker William M. Weaver Jr. Gives Track and Field Stadium
A gift to Princeton University from investment banker William M. Weaver Jr. will be used to construct a state-of-the-art stadium for outdoor track and field sports. Weaver, a limited partner emeritus in the firm of Alex. Brown and Sons, was a varsity runner and jumper at Princeton and has been a long-time supporter of the University's track program.

First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton To Give Keynote Address at Symposium on Early Childhood Education
Session is First Joint Conference with New Jersey Legislature.
First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton will give the keynote address April 25 at the first annual Symposium on New Jersey Issues, a joint effort between the New Jersey Legislature and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs that will give lawmakers an opportunity to discuss topics of current interest with scholars and practitioners.

New Professorship Established to Honor Donald E. Stokes, Former Woodrow Wilson School Dean
Princeton University has created a new professorship, the Donald E. Stokes Chair in Public and International Affairs, in memory of Donald E. Stokes, a member of the Princeton faculty for 22 years and dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs for 18 years. Stokes died in January 1997 after a short illness.

Pioneering Social Scientist Hirschman to Speak at the Wilson School
Albert O. Hirschman, professor emeritus of social science at the Institute for Advanced Study, will give a lecture entitled "The Marshall Plan after 50 Years" at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs on Tuesday, April 29.

Princeton Astrophysicist Martin Schwarzschild Dies
Martin Schwarzschild, Eugene Higgins Professor of Astronomy, Emeritus, at Princeton University, died April 10 at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, Pa., after a heart attack. Schwarzschild was 84 years old.

Congresswoman Roukema to Speak on Banking and Finance Issues
U.S. Rep. Marge Roukema, a Republican from New Jersey's Fifth Congressional district, will speak on ''U.S. Banking and Financial Institutions: The Current Legislative Climate'' at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs on Monday, April 21. (Cancelled)

Diplomat and Scholar Robert L. Hutchings Named Assistant Dean of Woodrow Wilson School
Robert L. Hutchings, who has had a distinguished career as a scholar, diplomat, author, and teacher, will join Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs on May 1 as assistant dean for academic affairs. Hutchings brings to the School extensive experience in international relations and European affairs, including service as a special adviser to former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker III...

Princeton to Honor Famed Alumnus Jimmy Stewart '32
On May 30, Princeton University will honor one of its most famous alumni -- James Maitland Stewart '32, better known as Jimmy Stewart -- with a retrospective of his work, a special tribute and the dedication of a film theater in his name.

Professor of Astronomy Lyman Spitzer Jr. Dies
Leading Theoretical Astrophysicist and founder of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, he conceived a large-scale observatory that became the Hubble Space Telescope. Lyman Spitzer Jr., widely known for his contributions to the fields of theoretical astrophysics and plasma physics, died suddenly Monday evening at his home. He was 82.