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Albuquerque Journal
Copyright 1999 Albuquerque Journal
June 23, 1999, Wednesday

HEADLINE: Following Animals May Be Track to World Peace
BYLINE: Franchesca Stevens For the Journal

* A trip to Sweden instructed business owners on how to become environmentally aware

Tucked away in a stucco house in Corrales, John Stokes and his assistants plot their itinerary for promoting world peace.

They rely on a Macintosh personal computer, a wall of file cabinets and a planning board to gather their information and travel frequently to offer their special brand of educational classes.

Stokes, 47, and assistants Louis Bluecloud and Brenden Jemison comprise The Tracking Project, a nonprofit agency that teaches thousands of people a year how to embrace nature and find inner peace.

Their game plan is simple, yet comprehensive: Show people how to track animals through a series of classes and they'll come to appreciate the Earth and all living things. …

Stokes, a Princeton University graduate, moved to Corrales in 1985 after a seven-year stint as a music and English teacher at Tauondi, Inc., formerly known as the Aboriginal Community College, in Adelaide, South Australia.

It was there that Stokes says he met his "teachers" who taught him how to track animals and appreciate life. …

AP Online
Copyright 1999 Associated Press
June 23, 1999; Wednesday

HEADLINE: Beirut's American University Endures


The American University of Beirut, a sanctuary of learning for more than a century in a turbulent region, has endured assassinations, kidnappings and bombings.

But with a reunion of alumni worldwide and the re-opening of College Hall a 19th century building destroyed by a car bomb in 1991 the university is looking to the future with renewed determination and confidence.

''The university does not dwell on the past. ... This is a time of renewed hope, a new beginning,'' president John Waterbury said at a ceremony Tuesday night marking the re-opening of the three-story building. …

Waterbury is the first president to actually work in Beirut since the 1984 on-campus assassination of then-President Malcolm Kerr. After the killing, the school was run from New York because of security concerns and a 10-year U.S. travel ban on Lebanon, which was lifted in 1997. …

Coinciding with the hall's re-opening, the university is hosting its biggest international alumni reunion this week, to be attended by over 700 former students, including government ministers and other prominent figures.

''These two events signify a new and, hopefully more stable era for the university,'' Waterbury, a former Princeton University professor and expert on Middle East affairs, said in an interview Wednesday. …

The Boston Globe
Copyright 1999 Globe Newspaper Company
June 23, 1999, Wednesday

HEADLINE: We elect people, not pedigrees
BYLINE: By Martin F. Nolan, Globe Staff

Since the first "log cabin" election in 1840, presidential candidates have tried to insulate themselves from an American suspicion of aristocrats by claiming kinship with the common folk. In 1999, partisan propagandists trying to drag class warfare into the 2000 election might pause to ask: How can class count if Ivy Leaguers flood the field?

On the Democratic side, Al Gore, a Harvard graduate, faces Bill Bradley of Princeton. Among Republicans, George W. Bush of Yale and Harvard Business School is pursued by Elizabeth Dole, with a Harvard master's degree and one from Harvard Law School; Steve Forbes, another Princetonian; and Patrick J. Buchanan, who holds a master's from the Columbia School of Journalism, where, classmates recall, he majored in polemics and minored in diatribes.

This season's log cabin is crawling with ivy, which does not stop the party chairmen from nattering on about inheritance and breeding, once considered hallmarks of an Ivy League education. …

Today the Ivy League is largely a meritocracy, and first-rate educations are available elsewhere, as attested by Lamar Alexander of Vanderbilt University; Gary Bauer of Georgetown College (of Kentucky); John Kasich of Ohio State; Dan Quayle of DePauw University; and Bob Smith of Lafayette College. …

The Calgary Sun
Copyright 1999 Sun Media Corporation
June 23, 1999


Keep room in your backpack for a slew of good hiking books, because this year's selection offers some of the best books ever. Here's a sampling, culled from local bookstores.

* The Backpacker's Field Manuel, A Comprehensive Guide to Mastering Backcountry Skills, by Rick Collins. Should be Curtis). Versions of this book have served as the bible of the Princeton University Outdoor Action Program for more than a decade. Program director Collins (Curtis) includes tricks of the trail and essential skills for safe backcountry hiking ($21). …

The Gazette (Montreal)
Copyright 1999 Southam Inc.
June 23, 1999, FINAL

HEADLINE: 'Dark energy' is with us: Astronomers at pains to understand repulsion force in space


It sounds more like Star Wars than real science, but astronomers are taking seriously new evidence that a mysterious ''dark energy'' pervades empty space.

You can't see it or feel it, but this strange force is so powerful that it counteracts gravity and makes stars and galaxies fly apart faster than scientists previously thought.

Without it, the universe would have caved in ages ago.

''There is now tantalizing evidence for an extra repulsion force that overwhelms gravity on cosmic scales,'' Martin Rees, Britain's top astronomer, told a symposium at the Library of Congress last week.

Understanding this force will be ''one of the grand challenges for the millennium to come,'' said Neta Bahcall, a leading cosmologist at Princeton University. …

The New York Times
Copyright 1999 The New York Times Company
June 23, 1999, Wednesday

HEADLINE: Frederick Sachs, 61, Doctor and Professor

Frederick L. Sachs, a physician, hospital administrator and educator long associated with Yale University and Yale-New Haven Hospital, died on Sunday at his home in Woodbridge, Conn. He was 61. …

Dr. Sachs was born in Brooklyn on Feb. 28, 1938. He received his bachelor's degree from Princeton University in 1959 and his medical degree from Columbia University in 1963. ….

The New York Times
Copyright 1999 The New York Times Company
June 23, 1999, Wednesday

HEADLINE: Paid Notice: Deaths

FRANK-George Woodrow. 82 years of age, of Princeton, NJ. Beloved husband of Irma R. Devoted father of George, Jr., (Woody) and Susan F. Daum. Dear grandfather of George W. Frank, III (Tripp), Andrew Frank, Nicholas Daum, Matthew Daum and great-grandfather of George W. Frank, IV (Drew). He was a graduate of The Hun School and Princeton University '38. …

Copyright 1999 Gannett Company, Inc.
June 23, 1999, Wednesday

HEADLINE: The call of genius surprises winners of MacArthur grants Awards reach beyond campuses
BYLINE: Stephan Harris

A Louisiana environmentalist and a San Diego scientist are among the 32 people named today as MacArthur Fellows.

Also known as "genius grants," the annual fellowships are awarded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in Chicago to people judged to have made creative breakthroughs in the arts, sciences, law and other fields. …

* Elizabeth Diller, 45, and Ricardo Scofidio, 64, of New York; $375,000. Diller and Scofidio, architects at Princeton
and the Cooper Union, respectively, are acknowledged for their designs. …

U.S. Newswire
Copyright 1999 U.S. Newswire, Inc.
June 22, 1999

HEADLINE: 100 Colleges and Universities Take A Stand Against Sweatshops
CONTACT: Carl Fillichio of the U.S. Department of Labor, 202-693-4657


One hundred U.S. colleges -- ranging from major state universities to single-sex and religious-affiliated schools -- have joined the Fair Labor Association, the organization of apparel companies, human rights organizations and consumer advocates fighting sweatshop labor in the garment industry.

"I applaud the 100 colleges and universities that are taking a leadership role in the Fair Labor Association," U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexis M. Herman said as she announced the list. "These schools are making a visible pledge to ensure that merchandise bearing their logo or name -- from sweatshirts to caps -- are not made with the sweat of abused and exploited workers. Through their commitment to work with the FLA, these institutions are taking meaningful steps to make sure that their merchandise is sweatshop-free."

Collegiate licensed goods are worth $2.5 billion dollars in retail sales per year. Many of the schools that have signed onto the FLA -- including Notre Dame, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Arizona, Duke University, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Syracuse University, Florida State University, Georgetown University and University of Southern California -- are considered retail leaders in logo royalty income.

"The more schools that affiliate with the FLA, the greater the number of perspectives we can bring to the table and the greater the leverage we can apply," stated Robert Durkee, vice president for public affairs at Princeton University and one of the earliest advocates of college and university participation in the FLA. …

The Atlanta Journal and Constitution
Copyright 1999 The Atlanta Constitution
June 22, 1999, Tuesday


LAWRENCE STONE, 79, of Princeton, N.J., a social historian and founding director of a historical studies center at Princeton University, died Wednesday of Parkinson's disease.

The Charleston Gazette
Copyright 1999 Charleston Newspapers
June 22, 1999, Tuesday

HEADLINE: Business faces


Robert P. George, a lawyer at the Charleston law firm Robinson & McElwee, has been appointed to the Cyrus Hall McCormick Chair in Jurisprudence at Princeton University in New Jersey. George, who joined the Princeton faculty in 1986, has been Of Counsel to Robinson & McElwee since 1991.

International Herald Tribune
(Neuilly-sur-Seine, France)
Copyright 1999 International Herald Tribune
June 22, 1999, Tuesday

HEADLINE: A Phantom Menace? Despite Fears, U.S. Inflation Refuses to Materialize
BYLINE: By Louis Uchitelle; New York Times Service


Is inflation rising in America? No, it is not. Just look at the numbers. Is it about to start rising? That depends on whom you talk to. Wall Street forecasters worry that it soon will, that America is still inflation-prone. But talk to the people who compile the monthly inflation numbers. They are singularly unconcerned.

''Over the last couple of years, we have had the best inflation picture - the lowest inflation rate - since the first half of the 1960s, and there is no evidence of any change coming in that situation,'' said Patrick Jackman, chief of the division at the Bureau of Labor Statistics that puts together the consumer price index. …

So the fall in inflation since 1995 is not as sharp as the unadjusted figures now make it appear. If the inflation rate were measured in the old pre-1995 way, it would be closer to 3 percent, said Alan Blinder, an economist at Princeton University, and we would say inflation has been stable since 1994. …

Los Angeles Times
Copyright 1999 Times Mirror Company
June 22, 1999, Tuesday


NEW YORK -- "The Lord is my banker; my credit is good." --Charles Fillmore's "Prosperity," 1936

In the nave of New York's historic Trinity Church, a mere block from Wall Street, Suze Orman is saving souls and talking T-bills. Bathed in TV light, America's top-selling financial author and investment guru looks sternly at a young businesswoman who confesses to the sin of credit card debt.

"OK," says Orman, "you have to create a new truth." And this truth, she explains, is the power of mind over money: Once we believe we're going to prosper, money will come to us. "Your new truth should be: 'I have more money than I'll ever need,' " Orman says dramatically. "Can you say it?"

Hanging her head, the woman mumbles with difficulty. But Orman beams anyway: "You know what I think happens? God looks down and says, 'I better make that come true!' "

The dialogue is part of "The Real Bottom Line," a public interest TV show sponsored by Trinity, and seconds after it ends Orman parks herself at a table in the sanctuary, behind piles of "The Courage to Be Rich," her newest bestseller. Stockbrokers and salesmen alike wait in line, arms bulging with books.

It might seem shocking to see a financial writer collecting cash in a church where George Washington attended services. But Orman and others like her are simply the latest variation of an old theme in American intellectual life: The marriage of spirituality and good old-fashioned moolah. …

It's Not About Sales, but Souls

"All of this stuff is psychobabble," said Burton Malkiel, professor of finance at Princeton University. "It's dangerous to say there's an easy way, and that once you find a spiritual angle, wealth will follow."

Brushing aside such criticism, Orman said her books are valuable to people who don't know much about money. Then she recited a flood of sales statistics. …

Copyright 1999 The Philadelphia Inquirer
June 22, 1999, Tuesday

HEADLINE: OPINION: Indexes Prove More Diverse, Complex Than People Think
BYLINE: By Miriam Hill

When it comes to indexes, there is life beyond the Standard & Poor's 500. And the Dow Jones Industrial Average, for that matter.

Indexes, those measures of stock and bond-market performance that make it simple to monitor whether your investment is keeping up with the market, are more complicated than their over-in-a-second mentions on the nightly news suggest.

Here are 10 points to keep in mind about indexes:

-- While investors have intense debates over whichindex is the best yardstick of the market, it doesn't appear to make much difference in the long run. From 1973 to the present, the Dow, S&P 500 and the Wilshire 5000 index, which tracks the entire U.S. market, all generated about the same average yearly returns.

But for individual investors trying to determine whether they're ahead or behind at the end of the day, there are other points to consider. …

-- Who's the smallest of them all? Not the Russell 2000. The Russell 2000 index is the 2,000 smallest companies of the 3,000 largest companies in the U.S. market. Russell does it this way because the remaining small companies are so tiny that fund managers usually can't buy them.

But Burton Malkiel, Princeton University professor and author of the newly revised "A Random Walk Down Wall Street" argues that the Wilshire 4500 is a more comprehensive small-cap benchmark because it includes the 6,500 smallest stocks in the U.S. market. …

The Scotsman
Copyright 1999 The Scotsman Publications Ltd.
June 22, 1999, Tuesday

BYLINE: Tim Cornwell In Los Angeles

EIGHTY documents from the Soviet files on the Kennedy assassination were given to President Clinton by President Yeltsin at the G8 summit in Cologne, it emerged yesterday.

The goodwill gesture was part of an effort by Moscow and Washington to repair frayed ties in the wake of the Kosovo crisis. …

The Soviet records may not contain "dramatic revelations or exciting discoveries", said a member of the assassination records review board, William Joyce, a Princeton University archivist, yesterday. "The motivation for the release had more to do with currying favour with the Americans, but it's a fortunate development."

Mr Joyce said he doubted whether the 80 documents were a final and full account from the Soviet files. "It's hard to know precisely what that means," he said, "but I'm wondering if that does represent the complete files, or this is going to be done in an instalment plan" by Yeltsin.

But the documents will undoubtedly help set Oswald's story in the context of the cold war, he said. And they may clear up some final questions. …

The Times (London)
Copyright 1999 Times Newspapers Limited
June 22, 1999, Tuesday

HEADLINE: A good or bad deal for the jobless?
BYLINE: Peter Brown

Peter Brown analyses the New Deal and explores the arguments for and against the Government programme.

The bone idle, like the poor, are always with us, but most unemployed people actually want a job. So how to get them off welfare and into work without distorting the labour market?

That question faces any ruling party. The Labour Government addressed it early, pledging before the election that 250,000 young jobless people would be found work. They called their jobs engine New Deal (annoyingly omitting the definite article). It was a programme, not a scheme (the Tories had had one of those). And it had Pounds 2.6 billion of windfall cash, clawed back from the privatised utilities. …

What say the academics? Professor Richard Layard of the London School of Economics, an adviser to the Government, is said to have provided the intellectual foundations of the New Deal. He believes that if labour markets are flexible and labour is cheap, more jobs will follow.

New Deal will supply a reserve army of skilled people waiting to take them. Welfare payments will fall without inflationary pressure.

Ranged against him, among others, is Robert Solow, the Nobel-prize winning economist, of Princeton University, who says that such training schemes have never worked in America. "The supply of altruism is limited," he says, meaning that the public will balk if too much of their money is spent priming the jobs engine. …

U.S. Newswire
Copyright 1999 U.S. Newswire, Inc.
June 21, 1999

HEADLINE: News Advisory: The following is the second of three parts of a list of 1999 Presidential Scholars …

NJ--Julian A. Rosse, of Pennington, a senior at Hopewell Valley Central High School in Pennington. Teacher: Anthony D. J. Branker, Music instructor at Princeton University in Princeton.

The Associated Press
June 21, 1999, Monday

Lawrence Stone

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) - Lawrence Stone, a social historian and founding director of a historical studies center at Princeton University, died Wednesday of Parkinson's disease. He was 79.

Stone's research interests spanned a broad period of English history, or, in his words, "from the War of the Roses through the Tudor regime to the Cromwellian Revolution and beyond into the 18th century."

After receiving his bachelor's and master's degrees from Oxford, Stone remained there until 1962 as a lecturer and a fellow.

He joined the Princeton faculty in 1963 and was chairman of the history department between 1967 and 1970. In 1968, he was named founding director of the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies. He became a professor emeritus in 1990.

Stone authored at least seven works, including one on English sculpture.

The Associated Press
State & Local Wire
June 21, 1999, Monday

HEADLINE: Lawyer chosen to lead Congregational church

A trial lawyer has been elected to lead The First Church of Christ.

The Rev. J. Richard Sherlock was named the 23rd minister of the Congregational church Sunday.

The first man to serve as minister of the church was Hartford's founder, Thomas Hooker.

Sherlock, who for the last seven years worked as a lawyer in Grand Rapids, Mich., said he looks forward to becoming a positive force in the redevelopment of the city. …

Born in Stow, Ohio, Sherlock has lived in New Jersey and Connecticut. He graduated from Princeton University in 1968 and received his master of divinity degree from Yale University in 1971. He received his law degree from Rutgers Law School in 1981.

Copyright 1999 Computerworld, Inc.
June 21, 1999

HEADLINE: UPS to Upgrade Handhelds For Real-Time Parcel Tracking;$100M project to make managing drivers and trucks more efficient
BYLINE: Matt Hamblen

United Parcel Service of America Inc. last week announced a $100 million third-generation package-tracking system under which drivers will use ruggedized handheld computers for two-way wireless communication.

Analysts said the system will help keep the package delivery company competitive in a field where efficiency is central to earnings. UPS officials said the system gives them an edge over competitors like RPS Inc. because it provides real-time contact with drivers. …

Analysts said the wireless network savings is difficult to track, but the reduction in driver time and frustration will be considerable. Drivers will no longer have to fiddle with transmitting information back in a truck, saving one or two minutes each time, said Warren Powell, professor of operations research at Princeton University in Princeton, N.J.

"If you plug in savings on the drivers' communications time, it's just monster dollars with the mammoth level they're at," Powell said. "UPS is famous for shaving off pennies and nickels."

Copyright 1999 Star-Telegram Newspaper, Inc.
June 21, 1999, Monday

HEADLINE: Presbyterian assembly honors gay minister
BYLINE: Tara Dooley, Star-Telegram Writer

FORT WORTH - A minister to gays and lesbians and two feminist theologians were honored yesterday as Women of Faith in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

The church presented the Rev. Jane Spahr, leader of That All May Freely Serve, a national evangelism ministry for gays and lesbians, with the denomination's annual accolade to female leaders - an honor that almost was rescinded.

During a breakfast meeting, Spahr said she accepted the award on behalf of "all who wanted to serve the church, especially lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people of faith. " …

Spahr, a lesbian minister, was the most controversial of honorees, which included scholars and authors Jane Dempsey Douglass, a recently retired professor of church history at Princeton University, and Letty Russell, a teacher at Yale Divinity School. …

Copyright 1999 The Hartford Courant Company
June 21, 1999 Monday

BYLINE: DWIGHT F. BLINT; Courant Staff Writer

A trial lawyer was elected Sunday to take over the reins of The First Church of Christ in Hartford.

The Rev. J. Richard Sherlock was named the 23rd minister of the church, whose first minister was Hartford's founder, Thomas Hooker.

Sherlock, who for the last seven years worked as a lawyer in Grand Rapids, Mich., said he looks forward to becoming a positive force in the redevelopment of the city.

"I think this church has been called to have a special role in the life of the city of Hartford," Sherlock said. …

Born in Stow, Ohio, Sherlock has lived in New Jersey and Connecticut. He graduated from Princeton University in 1968 and received his master of divinity degree from Yale University in 1971. He received his law degree from Rutgers Law School in 1981.

The Houston Chronicle
Copyright 1999 The Houston Chronicle Publishing Company
June 21, 1999, Monday

HEADLINE: FAST FORWARDING: As more gifted students are choosing to skip grades, many educators debate the academic and social ramifications

SOURCE: Special to the Chronicle

Since she was a little girl, Karina Eastman has wanted to go to medical school at Stanford University. To get there early, the 14-year-old has decided to skip high school and go straight to college.

"I just thought I'd get a jump on life and go to medical school early and have a career early," said Eastman, who recently graduated from Webster Intermediate School in the Clear Creek Independent School District.

Eastman will begin her freshman year at Mary Baldwin College for women in Staunton, Va. She is one of approximately 70 girls who is participating in the school's Program for the Exceptionally Gifted (PEG), which allows students as early as ninth-grade to begin college early. …

In the Houston ISD, students identified as "gifted and talented" have multiple programs geared for their needs.

Elementary students can qualify for Vanguard or Supplemental Instruction for Gifted and Highly Talented Students (SIGHTS) programs, which offer advanced curricula, said Cyndi Boyd, director of the district's Advanced Academic Department. Vanguard programs are available for junior high and high school students as well. …

Jones High, the only Houston high school to offer the Vanguard program, challenges its students with courses such as philosophy, literary criticism and a class called "1968 and its effect on history," said Tracye Wear, the school's Vanguard coordinator.

Jones graduates are accepted to colleges such as Stanford, Rice University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Princeton University - proving they are academically attractive to the most prestigious schools. …

International Herald Tribune
(Neuilly-sur-Seine, France)
Copyright 1999 International Herald Tribune
June 21, 1999, Monday

HEADLINE: American-Born Noor Ponders Her Place in Jordan; Queen Without a Throne/ Hussein's Widow Faces New Role
BYLINE: By Howard Schneider ; Washington Post Service

The thoughts tumble freely, a stream moving in a general direction but improvising a course.

The speaker is Queen Noor, the widow of King Hussein, still under the age of 50 but now trying to redefine her life inside the Arab kingdom where she has been a centerpiece for 20 years, a ''resource and a sounding board'' for the ruler whose decisions helped shape the Middle East.

The topic is her religion, and specifically whether, raised by Christian parents in an open-minded 1960s fashion, she converted to Islam primarily as a matter of convenience, to make possible her marriage to a man who was not just a Muslim monarch, but also a Hashemite, a descendant of the founding prophet, Mohammed, with all the weight of history and piety that entails.

The short answer is yes, but that alone sounds rudely shallow. So her thoughts spin deeper, and in spinning deeper run to a point where honesty, tact, the demands of her adopted culture and reverence for a departed husband collide, to a point that illustrates the constraints even queens face in defining themselves.

''How do I say this?'' she asked. ''Maybe because the world is constantly changing and therefore people - we are all constantly having to respond to changing circumstances. Islam provided a framework, a very clear, very enlightened ... concrete framework ... for understanding one's responsibilities and obligations in life, that, of course, depending on interpretation, has created, as you find in other religions, a variety of different perspectives.''

''I saw my husband - for me, I would not liken him to the prophet or any of the messengers that are part of the three Abrahamic religions, but I see him as someone who carried the message and made it real in this day and age. And it is really important that you not express that as badly as I did.'' - THIS then is the riddle: No longer Lisa Najeeb Halaby, an American-raised urban planner, and no longer the consort of a world-renowned leader, who is she?

Full-time matriarch? Advocate, without portfolio, for world peace and a clean environment? Widowed queen of a land whose people don't look, talk or think as she does.

''It is different,'' she says of this new phase. ''It is going to be very different. And it is going to take time to figure it out.'' …

Smart, attractive, idealistic, she graduated from Princeton University and pursued a career in urban planning and design. Her father, an aviation official in the Kennedy administration and later an airline executive, was Syrian, and she was drawn to the Middle East. In the 1970s, she began working with Royal Jordanian Airlines.

Lightning struck. In the small social world of a small country with a notoriously sociable king, she eventually met His Majesty, a widower after his third wife, Alia, died in a helicopter crash. He was smitten. She brushed up on the Koran. They were married in 1978. …

NOTE: This story first appeared in The Washington Post.

New Jersey Law Journal
Copyright 1999 American Lawyer Newspapers Group, Inc.
June 21, 1999

HEADLINE: Boskey, Expert in Dispute Resolution, Is Dead at 57; (156 N.J.L.J. 1109)
BYLINE: Mark Malyszko

James Boskey, a Seton Hall University School of Law professor known for advancing alternative dispute resolution in New Jersey and nationally, died of cancer last Monday at The New York Hospital. He was 57.

Boskey was a faculty member at Seton Hall for 18 years, teaching family law as well as ADR courses. At the same time, he was a private practitioner specializing in family law, including mediation, and in corporate and securities dispute resolution. …

After graduating from Princeton University with a bachelor's degree in sociology and anthropology, Boskey earned his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School and a master of law degree at the London School of Economics and Political Science. …

Copyright 1999 Time Inc.
June 21, 1999

HEADLINE: Latin Lovers;

A Princeton senior slips an engaging proposal into his classical graduation address

Like most commencement speeches, the salutation at Princeton University's graduation ceremony--traditionally given in Latin--can be a snooze. But one English sentence graduating senior Thomas "Wick" Schmidt, 22, snuck into his address on June 1 woke up any dozers: "Anastacia Rohrman, I'd like to ask you to marry me."

A mutual friend, in on the surprise proposal, then handed Schmidt's stunned girlfriend a sign with the word YES stenciled on both sides. When Rohrman held it aloft, the 10,000-strong crowd roared its approval. "I was shaking," says Rohrman, a 22-year-old engineering major who also collected a degree that afternoon. "Then I started crying and I held up the sign a little more."

Since then, all signs have been positive for the couple, who had barely spoken of marriage before. Schmidt, who majored in classics, hopes to use some graduation gift money to buy an engagement ring. Though he'll spend the summer working in Alexandria, Va., his hometown, and she'll soon leave her hometown of St. Paul to start work as a mechanical engineer in South Windsor, Conn., they'll reunite in September, when he enters Yale Law School in New Haven.

The couple haven't yet set a wedding date, but Schmidt and Rohrman have already bonded. "I called his name and we kissed," Rohrman says of the postcommencement procession, when her fiance finally came within smooching range. "Then he and I walked out together the rest of the way." Schmidt says he prayed about his daring proposal the night before. "It's probably the only creative thing," he added, "I'll ever do."

PR Newswire
Copyright 1999 PR Newswire Association, Inc.
June 21, 1999, Monday

HEADLINE: DuPont's Parry M. Norling is Elected President - Industrial Research Institute

Parry M. Norling, Corporate Technology Adviser-DuPont Central Research & Development, has been elected president of the Industrial Research Institute, Inc. (IRI), an association of more than 280 leading industrial companies that together conduct more than 75 percent of the industrial R&D in the United States. Formerly a board member, Norling was elected vice president in 1997, becoming president-elect in 1998. He will serve as president of the Institute for one year. …

Norling holds a B.A. in physical sciences from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in polymer chemistry from Princeton University. …

University Wire
Copyright 1999 Minnesota Daily via U-Wire
June 21, 1999

HEADLINE: U. Minnesota law professor named chair of communications committee
BYLINE: By Andy Skemp, Minnesota Daily
SOURCE: U. Minnesota
DATELINE: Minneapolis

University of Minnesota faculty members chose one of the main architects of the new tenure code to head their major consultative committee.

Law professor Fred Morrison was appointed chairman of the University Faculty Consultative Committee for the 1999-2000 school year.

The committee is made up of 15 University faculty members who act as a guiding force for the University Faculty Senate. As head of the committee, Morrison will serve as the communication link between the faculty and administration. …

Morrison first joined the University faculty in 1969 after receiving a master's from Oxford University and a doctorate from Princeton University. …


The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Copyright 1999 The Commercial Appeal
June 20, 1999, SUNDAY


BYLINE: Douglas A. Blackmon; Reprinted with permission of The Wall Street Journal; (copyright) 1999 Dow Jones & Company Inc.; Douglas A. Blackmon is a reporter for The Wall Street Journal.


On the afternoon of Sept. 12, 1963, a vice president of Morgan Guaranty Trust Co. sent a telegram to the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission, the agency created by local politicians to fight the civil rights movement and preserve racial segregation.

A Morgan client, the telegram said, was "setting aside as an anonymous gift" stock valued at $100,000. There was one condition: "Donor would like the fact and amount of the gift to be kept confidential."

The matter was referred directly to Mississippi Gov. Ross Barnett, who agreed to the terms and, that same day, sent Morgan instructions on where to send the cash.

Once the money arrived in Mississippi, it was funneled to an account in Washington, where segregationists were launching a fierce campaign to defeat landmark civil rights legislation abolishing segregation in most public facilities. And in the ensuing months, the mystery contributor would follow up with additional, substantial gifts to help the cause.

For nearly four decades, the role of that donor remained concealed in the files of the now-defunct Sovereignty Commission. But last year, a federal judge ordered the unsealing of more than 130,000 commission files. …

Those records show large transfers of money by Morgan on behalf of a client who, it turns out, was a wealthy and reclusive New Yorker named Wickliffe Preston Draper. Draper used his private banker to transfer nearly $215,000 in stock and cash to the Sovereignty Commission for use in its fight against the Civil Rights Act. The entire budget for the effort amounted to about $300,000. Adjusted for inflation, Draper's contributions would be worth more than $1.1 million today. …

By the late 1930s, for reasons that still aren't clear, Draper had also developed a fascination with racial genetics. In 1937, he helped found the Pioneer Fund. The foundation was devoted to supporting eugenics, a school of thinking that held that races can be genetically "improved" through mating practices, such as encouraging intelligent people to marry, or sterilizing handicapped individuals. …

One of the first major projects of the Pioneer Fund under Draper was a program to encourage officers of the all-white U.S. Army Air Corps, predecessor of the Air Force, to have more children. Draper and other directors of the foundation believed that the Pioneer Fund should encourage a higher birth rate among the best of the white race. So the fund offered to establish annuities to pay for the education of any child born in 1940 to a pilot who had already fathered at least three children.

Among the original Pioneer Fund directors who endorsed the plan was John Marshall Harlan II, a prominent New York attorney who would be appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1957. President Franklin D. Roosevelt's secretary of War, Harry H. Woodring, personally approved the plan, according to Justice Harlan's papers, now stored at Princeton University. …

The Dallas Morning News
Copyright 1999 The Dallas Morning News
June 20, 1999

HEADLINE: Movement puts fathers back in children's lives; Coalition's success surprises experts
SOURCE: Knight Ridder Newspapers
BYLINE: Tony Pugh

WASHINGTON - Duane Barksdale of Baltimore has seen the best and the worst street life can offer.

When times were good, he sold and used enough cocaine, heroin and marijuana to earn and blow $2,000 a day. In tougher times, he was jailed, robbed and shot.

Mr. Barksdale, 28, now works the graveyard shift as a janitor at a local restaurant. He credits his 1-year-old son's fall from a third-floor window for helping to change his life in 1997. He's been drug-free for 18 months, but the pressure to sell and use is a constant battle. …

Led by Reps. Nancy Johnson, R-Conn., and Ben Cardin, D-Md., members of the House Ways and Means Committee are working with the White House for congressional approval of a $2 billion proposal to finance grass-roots fatherhood programs and job training for low-income fathers over the next five years.

"I think it's quite striking and very exciting that these very different groups have banded together and found some common ground," said Sarah McLanahan, a Princeton University sociologist who has studied the effect of fathers on child development. "This is an issue that speaks to a lot of different people, and I think they'll generate a lot of interest because they're sharing resources." …

The fatherhood movement has its roots in research showing that children raised in one-parent homes - primarily headed by females - don't do as well as those raised by both parents.

Ms. McLanahan, a pioneer in that area of study, conducted research in the late '80s that found higher teen pregnancy, runaways, divorce, drug use and dropout rates among children from one-parent homes. …

The Edmonton Sun
Copyright 1999 Sun Media Corporation
June 20, 1999, Sunday


Not all the news about unmarried fathers is stark.

Unmarried dads are more involved with their families than previously thought, an American study suggests.

Sara McLanahan, director of the Centre for Research on Child Well-Being at Princeton University, identified three myths about unmarried dads gleaned from her ongoing studies of 500 fathers in Oakland and Austin:

- MYTH 1: Unwed births always occur in casual relationships. "About 80% of parents are in romantic relationships when the child is born," she says. " Half are living together.

- MYTH 2: Fathers don't care about the baby. "Eighty-five per cent plan to sign the birth certificate.

- MYTH 3: Moms don't want the dads around. "Our most striking finding here is that 92% of mothers want the fathers around."

The New York Times
Copyright 1999 The New York Times Company
June 20, 1999, Sunday

HEADLINE: Trying to Hold Back The Sprawling Suburbs Through 'Smart Growth': Patterns Encouraged for 50 Years Haunt Mount Laurel, Where 'It's as Bad as It Gets'


IT'S hard to find people who hate developers more than the ones who live in this recently developed township. On Pheasant Drive, set in wetlands that evoke a 19th-century watercolor, suburban sprawl is cause for tears and pleading as builders chew into the habitat.

First, there are the daily insults, like Marie Elaina Naidus's 10-minute wait in the morning to make a right turn on to Moorestown-Mount Laurel Road. Then there is outright heartbreak, which for Marianne and Tod Kunnemann took the form of returning from a trip a few weeks ago to find every tree ripped from the field across from them to make way for 90 town houses.

"We just saw the bodies," Mrs. Kunnemann said. When she saw the corpse of the the 80-foot magnolia, the first to bloom in the spring, she broke down and cried, then stripped away a few twigs in the hope of rooting them. …

So it goes in much of New Jersey, where land is being consumed at a rate estimated by state planners at 16,000 acres a year. Planners say the losses are fastest in Monmouth and Ocean Counties and in central Jersey, in the townships north of Princeton.

"In Hunterdon, you go over a hill and suddenly four farms are gone," said Michael Danielson, a professor of public affairs at Princeton University. …

The New York Times
Copyright 1999 The New York Times Company
June 20, 1999, Sunday

HEADLINE: At Princeton University, Jazz Is Now Taken Seriously

THINK of jazz impresarios, jam sessions and experimentalism, and Princeton University probably isn't the first place that springs to mind. Yet in the last 10 years, jazz musicians and critics have begun to sit up and take notice that Princeton is becoming a jazz center in its own right.

Many were surprised when it was announced last month that Princeton's Monk-Mingus Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Anthony Branker, had won Down Beat magazine's award for best college jazz instrumental group, beating out leading contenders like the Eastman School of Music and Oberlin College. But for people who know Mr. Branker and his work, the award has been long in coming.

A visiting associate professor of music, Mr. Branker has since 1989 directed the three ensembles that form the heart of Princeton's jazz program. He is on a one-man mission to make jazz live and breathe at Princeton. He teaches classes on jazz history and theory; directs students in the three jazz groups; organizes concerts, and is a crusading fund-raiser. Yet he still finds time to compose and perform, making frequent appearances at Sweet Basil in Greenwich Village.

Mr. Branker's vision of Princeton as the third point on a jazz triangle with New York and Philadelphia seems to be coming true. Students may pursue the more academic and experimental aspects of their art, then perform in the famous jazz clubs, developing professional connections and honing their improvisational skills. And central Jersey residents are becoming more and more supportive, coming to hear even the more experimental works. …

The New York Times
Copyright 1999 The New York Times Company
June 20, 1999, Sunday

HEADLINE: PRIVATE SECTOR: Some On-the-Job Research

Uwe E. Reinhardt, a leading health policy pundit, professor of political economy at Princeton University and headliner on the lecture circuit, is the latest academic luminary to be recruited as a board member by an industry on his radar screen. He recently joined the board at Triad Hospitals Inc., a group spun off last month by Columbia-HCA Healthcare.

Dr. Reinhardt, 60, hardly your corporate conformist, is quite the zingermeister, having described managed-care moguls, for example, as "bounty hunters" who live by squeezing money from doctors and hospitals. After spurning several other offers, he signed up with Triad, a 33-hospital group based in Dallas, much more for experience and insight than for money, he said. …

The New York Times
Copyright 1999 The New York Times Company
June 20, 1999, Sunday

HEADLINE: THE FRESH AIR FUND: Coach Learned of Abilities of Disabled

In this production of "The Wizard of Oz," the Tin Man not only sang with Dorothy as she tried to find her way home, he also pushed her down the yellow brick road in a wheelchair.

Armond Hill played the Tin Man many years ago when he attended Camp Hidden Valley, a summer camp that instructs disabled children alongside their able-bodied counterparts in the same activities. The camp is one of five owned by the Fresh Air Fund, a nonprofit agency that gives poor city children free summer vacations.

Mr. Hill, a former professional basketball player and now the head coach of Columbia University's men's basketball team, recalls his camp experience as one of the greatest of his childhood. …

Mr. Hill followed in the footsteps of his three older brothers, who also attended Fresh Air Fund camps. Their mother worked as a volunteer for the fund, chaperoning bus trips to the camps in Fishkill, N.Y., in Dutchess County. She encouraged her sons' enthusiasm for rural pleasures and received such gifts as the frogs and turtles that they brought home. …

Mr. Hill went on to Princeton University, which offered an academically challenging environment and the opportunity to play Division 1 basketball. …

The Palm Beach Post
Copyright 1999 Palm Beach Newspaper, Inc.
June 20, 1999, Sunday

BYLINE: Scott Shepard, Palm Beach Post Washington Bureau

For the policies at the heart of his just-launched presidential candidacy, Vice President Al Gore relies on the help of a small, tightly knit cadre of advisers who, like Gore himself, relish the competition of ideas.

''A range of views, in many circumstances, is what's wanted, and (Gore) certainly doesn't discourage competition,'' said William Galston, a University of Maryland professor who has been a part of Gore's brain trust since 1988.

But unlike President Clinton, whose policy sessions often resemble a late-night bull session in a college dorm, the Gore policy team follows a disciplined course, guided by what Galston calls the ''prism'' through which the vice president evaluates all issues: ''the well-being of the American family.'' …

Gore has also reached beyond the DLC for economic advice. He often consults former Federal Reserve vice chairman Alan Blinder, now an economics professor at Princeton University, and Laura Tyson, dean of business at the University of California at Berkeley and a former chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers.

''I would suggest the following . . .'' is a typical professorial preface to Tyson's remarks. She is more relaxed and jovial than most of Gore's advisers. When she worked at the White House, her staff called her Laura.

Blinder, an avid tennis player and sports fan, is a self-described ''inflation dove'' who tends to emphasize job creation over any fear of inflation. …

The Record (Bergen County, NJ)
Copyright 1999 Bergen Record Corp.
June 20, 1999


To see what Governor Whitman is talking about in her television commercials, take Exit 43 off Interstate 78 and go a mile.

You first notice a manorial building and gorgeous grounds, but this is not Baltusrol Country Club in Springfield. You'll quickly discover that the main parking lot is reserved for customers and is full, but this is not The Mall at Short Hills. Inside are greeters in blazers behind a muted lectern, but this is not the Princeton Club.

No, this is a place where lab-coated science is joined with hard-edged technology and unrelenting salesmanship and pound-it-out production. You are at Bell Labs in Murray Hill. …

Science can be exhilarating, but for some, it is a trap that can snare the brooders whose single-minded curiosity cannot be tamed.

Take Andrew Wiles. Wiles is a Princeton University mathematician , mathematics is the highest form of science, and in 1993 he found the key to solve the most challenging problem in math. Deceptively simple, it is called Fermat's Last Theorem for its creator, the 17th century French mathematician Pierre de Fermat. …

1939: At Princeton University, Albert Einstein learns that two other emigre scientists, Enrico Fermi of Italy and Leo Szilard of Hungary, are worried that their experiments on uranium show that an atom bomb would be possible and that Germany might be the first to invent it. Einstein cites their concerns in a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who immediately sets in motion what becomes the Manhattan Project. Fermi, then living in Leonia while teaching at Columbia University in New York, had just formulated the theory that led to a chain reaction of nuclear fission.

1964: Bell Labs scientists, Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson, are the first to measure"blackbody radiation,"described in the big bang theory, in space. Two Princeton scientists, Robert Dicke and P.J.E. Peebles, provide the theory behind the discovery.

1993: Andrew Wiles, a Princeton mathematician, announces in Cambridge, England, a proof of Fermat's Last Theorem. Pierre de Fermat posited the proof in 1637 but apparently never wrote it; it became the most enduring and maddening puzzle in math. Wiles proof was challenged. He admitted an error and took sixteen months to fix it.

The Record (Bergen County, NJ)
Copyright 1999 Bergen Record Corp.
June 20, 1999


"You from Jersey? Ooh, 'scuse me, I shoulda said 'Joisey. What exit? Ha. Just kiddin'."
Yeah, just kidding. Face it, our beloved state has an image problem. Not here at home. Everywhere else. Always has.

Benjamin Franklin likened New Jersey to a barrel tapped at both ends, serving New York in the north and Philadelphia in the south. …

Stepping back in time, New Jersey was the cockpit of the Revolution. This is not widely recognized, despite Emanuel Leutze's famous, and famously inaccurate, painting of George Washington standing in a boat, crossing the Delaware. Three major battles were fought in the state: Trenton in 1776, Princeton in 1777, and Monmouth in 1778. There were numerous skirmishes of Americans and British as well, nearly a hundred of them. The Continental Army wintered twice in Morristown and once in Bound Brook. …

Our state was the birthplace (Caldwell) and retirement home (Princeton) of Grover Cleveland, the only president who served two non-consecutive terms, from 1885 to 1889 and 1893 to 1897. It was New Jersey that gave a political scientist named Woodrow Wilson his start toward national prominence, first as a reform-minded president of Princeton University and then as a reforming governor. …

United Press International
Copyright 1999 U.P.I.
June 20, 1999

HEADLINE: Cell secrets may lead to new drugs

Delving into the secrets of cell suicide may one day lead to the development of drugs against cancer, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, scientists say. The researchers from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and Princeton University in Princeton, N.J., say they have been able to unravel in minute detail part of an intricate cascade of cellular events that leads to the activation of an enzyme that plays a key role in programmed cell death. This process, called apoptosis, is involved in the progression of various neurodegenerative and other diseases so the hope is that drugs can be developed to inhibit the enzyme, called caspase-9, that sets off the chain reaction. …

What the drug companies in search of ever-better compounds are prying into is the pathway leading to apoptosis, a vital and fundamental biological process that is necessary for cells to divide and develop normally, said Yigong Shi of Princeton. Of particular interest is the role each protein plays in the way one cell communicates with another, said Alnemri, also deputy director of the Jefferson Center for Apoptosis Research and lead study author published in the British journal Nature. …

The Washington Post
Copyright 1999 The Washington Post
June 20, 1999, Sunday

HEADLINE: Taming Currency Crises; The Rules of Global Finance Are Being Rewritten
BYLINE: Paul Blustein, Washington Post Staff Writer

"The global financial crisis is now officially over," George Soros, the billionaire currency trader and financier, declared at a recent conference in New York. "So now we can look for the next one."

A cynical assessment, perhaps--but an understandable one, for in a world where money zips relatively freely across national borders, financial crises may rival death and taxes in inevitability. While stock, bond and currency markets around the globe have recovered smartly in recent months from the panic sell-offs that devastated Russia, Brazil and much of Asia over the past couple of years, it is presumably just a matter of time before some new trouble spot erupts and threatens to destabilize the global economy. …

Yet in myriad ways, change is underway for the rules governing global finance--not a root-and-branch transformation, but modifications of some significance. And if those changes produce the desired effects, the system could become at least somewhat less prone to stampedes by international investors that menace the world's economic health.

"You might put it this way: The architects are essentially renovating a house, not razing an old one and building a new one," said Peter Kenen, an international economist at Princeton University. "It doesn't amount to a revolution. But it does amount to a significant change in the rules of the game." …

The New York Times
Copyright 1999 The New York Times Company
June 19, 1999, Saturday

HEADLINE: Lawrence Stone, 79, Historian Of the Changing Social Order

Lawrence Stone, a social historian whose broad view of the past helped transform historical studies, died on Wednesday at his home in Princeton, N.J. He was 79.

The cause was Parkinson's disease, said his wife, Jeanne.

Professor Stone, who taught at Princeton University for 27 years, wrote on a wide range of topics, including the social and economic position of the English aristocracy, the nature of the English Revolution of 1640-1660, the history of education, medieval sculpture, and family life, including marital relations and the rise of divorce over the last five centuries.

Throughout his work he examined profound changes in the social order over a long time span, in contrast to a more conventional approach restricted to the activities of the political elite. As such, his work on England converged with a similar postwar intellectual approach in France associated with Marc Bloch and Lucien Febvre. It applies social science techniques to history, using the tools of demography, economics, political science and anthropology. …

The Washington Post
Copyright 1999 The Washington Post
June 19, 1999, Saturday

HEADLINE: Thompsons Agree to Settle; Few Details Available in Former Coach's Divorce
BYLINE: Ann Gerhart, Washington Post Staff Writer

Former Georgetown basketball coach John Thompson and his wife, Gwen, have arrived at a "settlement in principle" of their divorce.

Because the agreement is not yet finalized, lawyers for both sides refused to disclose details of the settlement. "I am generally pleased with the terms, particularly since it provides for our children," said Gwen Thompson in a statement released by her attorney. John Thompson's attorney, Marna Tucker, said, "It's a nice agreement. We should all live so well."

The settlement Thursday appears to avert what promised to be a nasty in-court tussle over the Georgetown legend's many millions, built through his college contract, Nike stock and multiple business and real estate holdings. His attorney already had scheduled depositions of Gwen Thompson's mother and her boss. Her lawyer, Deborah Luxenberg, planned to depose uber-agent David Falk, Georgetown University President Leo O'Donovan and Mary Fenlon. …

The Thompsons' son Ronnie, 30, remains with Georgetown as an assistant basketball coach. Their son John, 33, is an assistant basketball coach at Princeton University. …

Africa News
Copyright 1999 Africa News Service, Inc.
June 18, 1999

HEADLINE: United States and Africa;African Studies Association Announces New Executive Director
BYLINE: African Studies Association

New Brunswick, NJ - Loree D. Jones has been appointed as Executive Director of the African Studies Association (ASA), the largest scholarly association for the study of Africa in the world. The appointment was announced this week by David Wiley, ASA President.

Wiley commented, "Ms. Jones brings to the position an outstanding record of interest in Africa, graduate study about Africa, experience in West Africa, involvement in African studies in the U.S., and proven administrative experience in NGOs. After an exhaustive search, she was the unanimous choice of our ASA Search Committee."

Jones holds a B.A. in History (Magna Cum Laude) from Spelman College (1990) and an M.A. with concentrations in Twentieth Century African History, African American Studies, and Twentieth Century American History from Princeton University (1993). She studied in Dakar with the Kalamazoo College Program in 1988-89 and later completed her doctoral research in Senegal in 1993-94 at Cheikh Anta Diop Universite in Dakar. She also interned with Africare in Senegal, where she worked in French and Wolof. Since 1995, Jones established and managed a resort development company in Philadelphia. …

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Copyright 1999 The Chronicle of Higher Education
June 18, 1999

HEADLINE: U. of Chicago President's Plan to Resign Doesn't Quiet Debate Over His Agenda

Hugo F. Sonnenschein is stepping to the sidelines, but the controversy over the expansion he has planned for the University of Chicago shows no sign of abating.

Mr. Sonnenschein, the university's president since 1993, announced this month that he would resign in June 2000 to return to teaching economics. Both supporters and critics describe him as a skilled fund raiser who has helped make possible an ambitious -- and badly needed -- building program. …

The former Princeton University provost, who will join Chicago's economics department next year, said in a statement that he had accomplished his goal of renewing the university's "capacity to support excellence, now and in the very long term." He added: "I have come to feel that it is time for another president, one who is less a symbol of change and who has less reason to initiate change, to carry the momentum forward." …

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Copyright 1999 The Chronicle of Higher Education
June 18, 1999

HEADLINE: Academic Departments and the Ratings Game


Reputational rankings have long been a mainstay of the controversial university-ratings game in the United States. In the most recent major national study, the National Research Council asked more than 16,000 faculty raters to evaluate over 3,600 programs in 41 disciplines. The programs were ranked according to the reputations of their faculty members in the N.R.C.'s report, published in 1995 as Research-Doctorate Programs in the United States and commonly known as the "Blue Book." But reputational rankings cannot accurately reflect the quality of graduate programs.

The N.R.C. is tooling up for its next study, which will probably be published around 2004. At a planning conference scheduled for this summer, the council will begin to design the measures it will use to assess graduate programs. The stakes are high. Universities and departments with high rankings use them to recruit the best faculty members and students, and to increase the resources they receive internally and through research grants. The value of the study will be diminished if the council measures prestige instead of actual achievement. …

Reputational and objective data from the Blue Book generally placed most of the same programs at the very top and bottom of the rankings, although not precisely in the same order. In astronomy and astrophysics, the California Institute of Technology, Princeton University, and the Universities of California at Berkeley and Santa Cruz ranked among the top 10 in both lists. But most programs fell in the broad middle, and there discrepancies between reputation and objective measures were greater. …

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Copyright 1999 The Chronicle of Higher Education
June 18, 1999

HEADLINE: Payback Time: University Presses as Profit Centers

In an article that provoked widespread discussion in Great Britain, from letters in The Times Literary Supplement to debates in the House of Lords, Sir Keith Thomas raised the question of what university presses should be doing in today's marketplace. …

Presumably, given the level of book sales at university presses, the amounts involved in most of those "taxes" are relatively small. What is worrisome is that administrators are applying business ideology to academic publishing, which until now, for the most part, at least, has been considered more a part of scholarship than of corporate life. Princeton University Press is an interesting example. Despite its wealth -- it is the best-endowed press in the country -- it has been aggressive in trying to replace traditional monographs with commercially attractive books. …

Copyright 1999 The Hartford Courant Company
June 18, 1999 Friday


George W. Young, 89, of West Hartford, died Wednesday (June 16, 1999) at Hartford Hospital. He was born in Newark, NJ and graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, Class of 1928 and from Princeton University, Class of 1932. …

National Public Radio (NPR)
June 18, 1999, Friday





A literary legend is going to join us this hour on SCIENCE FRIDAY. John McPhee is a staff writer at The New Yorker magazine and the author of 25 books on subjects as diverse as oranges, the pine barrens and nuclear physics. Two of his books, "Encounters with the Archdruid" and "The Curve of Binding Energy," were nominated for a National Book Award in the science category. In 1977 he received the award in literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and more recently the coveted Pulitzer Prize for his latest book, "Annals of the Former World," available from Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

He also teaches non-fiction writing at Princeton University and joins us today from the campus there. John McPhee, welcome to the program. …

You know, everybody's interested when they pick up this huge volume, and it's a big one, and a lot of good reading in it, the "Annals of the Former World"--it started out very innocently, did it not, as a short little piece you were going to be doing for The New Yorker?

Prof. McPHEE: Yes, it did. They--I had the idea to do a Talk of the Town piece in The New Yorker, a short, unsigned article about a road cut outside New York City somewhere, and go there, describe the history of that rock, its environment of deposition or whatever, and tell the story in the first person plural, and a couple of days later I'm all done. That's how this started. And while I was still thinking about it and talking to the professor at Princeton who was going to do it with me, I got the idea of going up the Adirondack Northway through all those beautiful outcroppings and a really stunning road, and maybe extend the piece a little.

And he said--his name is Ken Deffeyes, and he's a Princeton professor who's been with me through this whole project, counseling me. He said, Not on this continent.' He said, If you want to do that sort of thing, go West. Go across the structure.' Because the way North America's anatomically organized, all this stuff goes north and south--the physiographic provinces, the rock, the formed Appalachians and the Rockies and so forth. And he said, Go across the structure.' And so I got the idea to really go across it, to describe North America from one ocean to the other in a geological way, and that's when I fell in so far over my head that I didn't know what I was doing, and that was 21 years ago.

FLATOW: Oh, so did you have to teach yourself everything about--because there are so many extensive references. You speak like you're an expert geologist in there. Did it take a long time to learn all these things?

Prof. McPHEE: Well, I mean, I hope I learned something in 20 years that the project took. I had studied geology in school and in a very good course; it was basically geomorphology, I think. And all through the years I talked with geologists about things in various books of mine, trying to get it right, where a little paragraph had come up describing something geological. But I--basically, I didn't know much at all. And I just found myself, I mean, nervously in deep. But I learned a great deal. I went to courses; I went to--a lot of it was one on one. I traveled for years with geologists, and they taught me right there in the field. And I read, of course, a great many scientific papers, and I have a shelf of basic textbooks that must be four or five feet wide. And slowly, I--something soaked in. …

Newsday (New York, NY)
Copyright 1999 Newsday, Inc.
June 18, 1999, Friday


A new study of tissue from Einstein's brain may shed light on the reason for his brilliance, a Canadian researcher believes.

Neuroscientist Sandra Witelson of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, has found an enlarged area in Einstein's parietal lobe, an area that processes spatial, mathematical and abstract thought. While the weight, volume and overall measurements of Einstein's brain were found to be well within the normal range, the parietal lobe stood out.

This tissue, one of four primary regions of the cerebral cortex, was 15 percent larger than the normal brains Witelson had been studying.

The scientist also found the anatomy of the parietal lobe was different in the brain of the man who visualized relativity and created a plausible theory for how the universe began.

"The shape is unique," Witelson said. "Normally, there is a landmark or fissure that divides the temporal lobe from the parietal lobe. This fissure was in a different position in Einstein's brain." …

Harvey said that he has also sent tissue samples to South America and Japan. Much of the brain, he said, is still at Princeton University, where Einstein worked on unifying the laws of physics. …

PR Newswire
Copyright 1999 PR Newswire Association, Inc.
June 18, 1999, Friday

HEADLINE: Mayor Edward Rendell Announces Efforts To 'Fuel The Future' With Cleaner-Burning Alternative Fuels; City of Philadelphia Hosts First Fleet Demonstration Program for P-Series


Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson and Mayor Edward Rendell announced efforts today to "Fuel the Future" with cleaner-burning alternative fuels. During a ceremony held at City Hall, the two officials joined Merrick Andlinger, CEO of Pure Energy Corporation, to launch the first fleet demonstration program for Pure Energy's P-Series motor fuel, a new alternative fuel which is made largely from renewable resources and is essentially sulfur-free.

Last month, the Department of Energy designated P-Series as an "Alternative Fuel" under the regulatory authority of the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPACT) clearing the way for P-Series to become an attractive and widely available option for federal and state fleet demonstration programs. For the first demonstration, the City of Philadelphia will replace conventional motor fuel with P-Series in several of its flexible fuel vehicles for one year. These vehicles were test-driven using P-Series fuels during the inauguration ceremony.

"Philadelphia is proud to be the first city to host a fleet demonstration program for P-Series," Mayor Rendell of Philadelphia said. "We're pleased to demonstrate our commitment to a cleaner environment with the use of domestically abundant, renewable fuels, such as P-Series, in some of the vehicles in the City's fleet." …

P-Series was patented by Princeton University (U.S. Patent No. 5697987) in December 1997. Pure Energy holds the exclusive worldwide license to commercialize P-Series and has developed its own technology to produce the key ingredients.

The Record (Bergen County, NJ)
Copyright 1999 Bergen Record Corp.
June 18, 1999; FRIDAY


Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg recommended Thursday that River Edge native Paul Fishman be the next U.S. attorney for New Jersey, but he might not get the job because New Jersey's other U.S. senator, Robert G. Torricelli, has not given his blessing. …

Fishman, a Montclair resident, graduated from River Dell High School, Princeton University, and Harvard Law School. He served 11 years in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Newark, where he rose to the No. 2 post, and successfully prosecuted former Passaic Mayor Joseph Lipari on corruption charges. …

The Washington Times
Copyright 1999 News World Communications, Inc.
June 18, 1999, Friday

HEADLINE: Japanese economy primed for comeback; Obuchi has good news for G-8 partners


TOKYO - Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi heads to a summit of the world's richest nations in Cologne, Germany, this weekend with a prize that neither he nor virtually anyone else expected.

Japan's comatose economy appeared to awaken with a whopping annual growth rate of nearly 8 percent in the first quarter of 1999, according to a report last week.

The rebound may have signaled the end of a severe 2-year-old recession and nearly a decade of zero growth. Tokyo stocks continued to gain ground this week, despite doubts among analysts that the rebound is permanent. Even Mr. Obuchi has warned people to "not be too optimistic." …

On these issues, both Mr. Obuchi and Japanese voters remain much more cautious than Western critics would like.

For much of the post-war period, Japan managed to achieve two goals - a stable society and continuous economic growth - said Sheldon Garon, a history professor at Princeton University.

"It wasn't until the 1990s that people started talking about the need to choose between the two," said Mr. Garon, the author of a recent book titled "Molding Japanese Minds: The State in Everyday Life." …

U.S. Newswire
Copyright 1999 U.S. Newswire, Inc.
June 17, 1999

HEADLINE: Clinton Nominates Three to Federal Bench
CONTACT: White House Press Office, 202-456-2100

The President today nominated Maryanne Trump Barry to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (New Jersey), James E. Duffy, Jr. to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (Hawaii), and Elena Kagan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Elena Kagan, of the District of Columbia, will be a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School beginning in July 1999. She received a B.A. summa cum laude from Princeton University (1981), a M. Phil. from Oxford University (1983), and a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School (1986). …

Albuquerque Journal
Copyright 1999 Albuquerque Journal
June 17, 1999, Thursday

HEADLINE: State Official Charged In Disturbance
BYLINE: S.U. Mahesh Journal Staff Writer

Indian Affairs Head Faces Trial

State Director of Indian Affairs Regis Pecos was arrested last month in Santa Fe on suspicion of creating a disturbance and resisting arrest after he allegedly told officers to shoot him.

Pecos, 45, of Cochiti Pueblo pleaded innocent to both misdemeanor charges. His case is set for trial before Santa Fe Municipal Court Judge Frances Gallegos in September. …

Several Santa Fe police officers responded to a call of shooting on the Santa Fe Indian School property around 3 a.m. May 29, according to a police report.

A security guard at Indian Hospital, adjoining the Indian school, told police he saw two people arguing in front of a residence on the school property, the report said.

Moments later, the guard heard a gunshot and felt a bullet "whiz" by his head, then saw the two running into the residence, the report said.

Santa Fe police officers went to the residence to investigate the shooting because they had information the bullet may have came from that direction, Santa Fe Police Capt. David Segura said Wednesday.

Officers called for the occupants to come out and then saw a man, later identified as Pecos, walk out of the house, Segura said.

"Mr. Pecos was very combative and confronted the officers verbally, demanding they shoot him," Segura said. …

The Associated Press
State & Local Wire
June 17, 1999, Thursday

HEADLINE: Princeton gets $55 million gift, partly for innovative genetics institute

Princeton University's pioneering genetics institute has gotten a big boost, $35 million, as part of a gift from 1955 graduate and auto insurance mogul Peter B. Lewis.

The year-old Institute for Integrative Genomics combines the strengths of the university's engineering and science programs to study how different genes operate and interact within living organisms.

"What really excites me about this new initiative," Lewis said, "is that it brings together remarkably talented people in a way that is very different from what has been traditionally done at Princeton. The combination of bright young minds, experienced senior scientists and the resources for them to work together creatively in an area of international importance maximizes the chances that good ideas and important discoveries will happen."

Lewis, a longtime arts patron and sometime Democratic Party donor, gave a total of $55 million to commemorate the 45th anniversary of his graduation, the Ivy League school announced late Wednesday. …

The Boston Globe
Copyright 1999 Globe Newspaper Company
June 17, 1999, Thursday

HEADLINE: James Kunkemueller; Business executive; at 59

James R. F. Kunkemueller of Dover, the founder of Dover Financial Consulting and former vice president and treasurer of The Boston Company, died Monday at Newton-Wellesley Alzheimer's Center in Wellesley. He was 59.

Mr. Kunkemueller was born in East Orange, N.J. He graduated from Princeton University in 1961 and Harvard Business School in 1965. …

Canada NewsWire
Copyright 1999 Canada NewsWire Ltd.
June 17, 1999, Thursday

HEADLINE: Attention News Editors/Political Reporters: "Jobs and growth" cabinet will keep economy strong and keep province on right track: Harris

Premier Mike Harris today introduced the "Jobs and Growth" Cabinet, which will focus on keeping the economy strong as Ontario enters the next century. Earlier today, speaking at the CityPlace development site in downtown Toronto, Harris renewed his promise to help the private sector create 825,000 new jobs over five years.

"The people of Ontario have said that they want a strong economy -- an economy that provides the means to afford those things that are important to us all," Harris said. "That's why keeping Ontario's economy strong and on track is 'job one' for our new cabinet."

The new Cabinet includes two new ministers with a focus on jobs: a Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, and a Minister of Tourism. …

The Honourable James Michael Flaherty: Attorney General (and Native Affairs)

First elected in the 1995 general election, Jim Flaherty was appointed as Minister of Labour on October 10, 1997. Prior to his Cabinet appointment, Mr. Flaherty served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Attorney General, and previously to the Minister of Consumer and Commercial Relations.

A graduate of Princeton University and Osgoode Hall Law School, he is also a lawyer and author. He and his wife, Christine Elliott, reside in Whitby with their trio of seven-year-old boys.

The Guardian (London)
Copyright 1999 Guardian Newspapers Limited
June 17, 1999

HEADLINE: Jonathan Weiner is now a full-time science writer (having previously edited The Sciences magazine and been a Visiting Professor at Princeton University ) His last book The Beak Of The Finch won the Pullitzer Prize and his new book, Time, Love, Memory: The Story of Genes and Behaviour, is published by Faber

What was your introduction to computers? My father is a physicist, and I remember when I was eight or so he took me to see a huge computer that had to be fed punchcards. My own first computer was a Kaypro. It was one of the first advertised as portable.The thing was a big metal box that weighed about 15 pounds, I think.The screen was not much bigger than a postcard. I loved it, and wrote my first two books on it. Now I'm sitting comfortably in a London flat with my PowerBook on my lap. The convenience and the sleekness of the new machines make the first ones look like close cousins of the Remington. On the other hand, I was just browsing in the Portobello Road yesterday and I lingered nostalgically over a barrow full of Remingtons. I wonder how long it will be before one sees Kaypros in Portobello Road?

How important is the computer to your work? I write everything on my Mac, and I am an email addict.

Any favourite software? I love a Macintosh program called Hypercard for my notes. I have about 500 note-cards about genes and behaviour, and more than 7,000 cards about evolution, and almost 2,000 cards in my Rolodex, and they're all sitting right here in my lap. …

The New York Times
Copyright 1999 The New York Times Company
June 17, 1999, Thursday

HEADLINE: Princeton Gets $35 Million For New Genomics Institute

As universities race to establish research centers in the growing field of genomics, Princeton University yesterday announced a $35 million gift for its new Institute for Integrative Genomics. The gift will cover nearly half of the $75 million Princeton is trying to raise for the institute.

The gift is part of a $55 million donation by an insurance company executive, Peter B. Lewis, a 1955 Princeton graduate and university trustee who has also made major gifts to arts institutions. It is the second-largest gift Princeton has received, after the $100 million pledged by a Hong Kong businessman, Gordon Y. S. Wu, in 1995. Although Mr. Wu has encountered business difficulties in recent years, a Princeton spokesman said yesterday that his gift was still on track.

Mr. Lewis, who is chairman and chief executive of the Progressive Corporation, an insurance company based in Cleveland, said in a statement yesterday that what drew his interest to Princeton's genomics center was the way young scientists from many fields would converge to try to develop an important new scientific discipline.

"I've always been a risk-taker myself, and this new institute seems very much in that spirit," he said.

With the mapping of the human genome nearly complete, Princeton researchers hope to use analytic tools from physics, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and engineering to study how various genes work together in living organisms. …

The Ottawa Citizen
Copyright 1999 Southam Inc.
June 17, 1999

HEADLINE: Renaissance man headed top law firm: Tax expert once spent night drinking with Albert Einstein
BYLINE: Kathy Cook

A Renaissance man who dabbled in sailing, painting and beekeeping, renowned tax lawyer Harry Heward Stikeman once spent the night drinking scotch and talking physics -- and taxes -- with Albert Einstein.

The versatile Mr. Stikeman -- ''Stike'' to his friends -- died Saturday at his home near Bromont, Que., at the age of 85.

''He was many things to many people,'' recalls Brian Rose, a longtime friend and partner at Stikeman, Elliott, the leading Canadian law firm Mr. Stikeman co-founded.

The company, one of the five largest in Canada, employs 350 lawyers in offices in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver, New York, Washington, London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney. It was the first Canadian law firm to go global. …

While an apprentice lawyer, Mr. Stikeman went to Princeton University for a conference. After doing research late into the night, he decided to take a walk down the halls at 3 a.m.

One office door was open, and he stumbled upon Mr. Einstein, who was still working. The two drank scotch together through the night while discussing physics and taxes. …

The Plain Dealer
Copyright 1999 Plain Dealer Publishing Co.
June 17, 1999 Thursday


Princeton University said yesterday that it had received the second-largest grant in its history from Peter B. Lewis, chairman and CEO of the Progressive Corp. in Mayfield Heights.

Lewis, a member of the Princeton board of trustees, will donate $55 million.

Of that, $35 million will be used for Princeton's Institute for Integrative Genomics. Begun last year, the institute examines the actions of different genes integrated in living things. It combines life sciences and medicine in the mapping of the human genome, considered biology's largest project.

"What really excites me about this new initiative," Lewis said in a statement released by the university, "is that it brings together remarkably talented people in a way that is very different from what has been traditionally done at Princeton. I've always been a risk-taker myself, and this new institute seems very much in that spirit."

Lewis, a 1955 Princeton graduate, issued the money in the form of a challenge grant to encourage his classmates to raise an unspecified amount of money by their 45th reunion next year, according to the university. …

The Plain Dealer
Copyright 1999 Plain Dealer Publishing Co.
June 17, 1999 Thursday

BYLINE: By Obie Clayton; and David Blankenhorn

The great tragedy for black fathers today is that 70 percent of all black children are born to never-married mothers and that, according to scholarly estimates, more than 80 percent of this generation of black children are likely to spend all or much of their childhood living apart from their fathers.

Yet, we finally may be turning the corner. For example, unwed teenage childbearing among African-Americans is declining.

Moreover, attitudes are shifting. New leaders are emerging. For the first time since 1965 (when Daniel Patrick Moynihan's report to President Lyndon B. Johnson on the breakdown of the black family provoked a heated racial controversy) a broadly based fatherhood movement, rooted in the African-American community is poised to confront this issue. Five years ago, the fatherhood movement hardly existed. Today, in the African-American community, we estimate that 2,000 to 3,000 local leaders and up to 1,000 relatively new organizations are directly engaged in reuniting fathers with their children. …

At the same time, the evidence is clear that married-couple homes are the best environments for raising children. Moreover, marriage is an important goal for many young, unwed, low-income African American parents. A recent study of these fragile families conducted by Sara McLanahan of Princeton University finds that about half of the couples are living together at the time of the birth of their child. The great majority say that they are romantically involved. More than half say that they either plan to get married or that they hope to get married. …

Copyright 1999 Gannett Company, Inc.
June 17, 1999, Thursday

HEADLINE: Unmarried dads defy myths about their involvement

Not all the news about unmarried fathers is stark.

Unmarried dads are more involved with their families than previously thought, a major researcher told a briefing for experts Monday on Capitol Hill.

Sara McLanahan, director of the Center for Research on Child Well-Being at Princeton University, identified three myths about unmarried dads gleaned from her ongoing studies of fathers:

* Myth 1 -- Unwed births always occur in casual relationships. "About 80% of parents are in romantic relationships when the child is born," she says. "Half are living together. And more than 80% think their chances of marrying are 50% or better."

* Myth 2 -- Fathers don't care about the baby. "Eighty-five percent plan to sign the birth certificate. About 80% help the mother during her pregnancy. And about 80% are planning to help raise the child in the next year."

* Myth 3 -- Moms don't want the dads around. "Our most striking finding here is that 92% of mothers want the fathers around." …

The Washington Post
Copyright 1999 The Washington Post
June 17, 1999, Thursday

HEADLINE: Coalition Pushes Initiatives for Black Fathers
BYLINE: Michael A. Fletcher, Washington Post Staff Writer

When Daniel Patrick Moynihan called black fatherlessness "the fundamental weakness of the Negro community" in a report 34 years ago, he was excoriated by many black leaders, who felt the issue only distracted attention from the more pressing problems of racism and the lack of opportunity for blacks.

Times have changed. Yesterday, a diverse coalition of policymakers joined forces behind a policy statement calling for a range of new initiatives aimed at reconnecting estranged African American fathers to their children, providing fresh evidence of a growing consensus around an issue that once fostered only division. It is just one of a number of recent proposals from across the political spectrum to address an issue once deemed too sensitive for public debate. …

Preliminary findings from a study being done by Princeton University's Center for Research on Child Well-Being, found that four of five single fathers are "romantically involved" with their partners at the time of childbirth. Half of the couples actually live together, and 85 percent of the men provide financial support during pregnancy and say they plan to continue supporting their children. Moreover, the study is finding that most single parents are at least contemplating marriage. …