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Apr-Jun 1999

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Secretary of State Madeleine Albright Sends Letter to Princeton Opening John Foster Dulles Microfilm
6/25/99 -- Princeton archivists unveiled the secrets of the past on Friday, when the John Foster Dulles State Department Microfilm opened to the public.

Council on Foreign Relations Archives Deposited at Princeton University
6/25/99 -- The records of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the most influential American foreign policy organization in the twentieth century, have been deposited for research at Princeton University's Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library. Formal announcement of the recent transfer came at a reception at the library attended by the nearly 500 members of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations meeting this week in Princeton.

Experts Meet in Europe to Discuss the Next Steps in Kosovo
6/24/99 -- An unprecedented gathering of experts on Kosovo and the surrounding regions met last week in Liechtenstein for a colloquium titled "Peace and the Future of South-Eastern Europe." The 60 experts discussed the next steps necessary for bringing lasting peace and prosperity to the region.

Princeton Architect, Four Ph.D. Alumni are Among This Year's MacArthur Fellows; Two Alumni Recipients Were Classmates
6/22/99 -- A Princeton associate professor of architecture and four Princeton Ph.D. graduates are among this year's recipients of the prestigious The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowships, sometimes referred to as "genius" grants.

Lawrence Stone, Social Historian and Founder of Princeton's Davis Center, Dies at 79
6/17/99 -- Lawrence Stone, a renowned social historian of early-modern England and founding director of the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton, died June 16 at his home in Princeton Borough. He was 79 and had been suffering the effects of Parkinson's Disease.

Insurance CEO Peter Lewis Gives $55 Million to Princeton; Gift Will Help Launch Pioneering New Institute for Integrative Genomics
6/17/99 -- Peter B. Lewis, a 1955 Princeton University graduate and a member of its board of trustees, has made a $55 million gift to the University, of which $35 million will be used for its pioneering new Institute for Integrative Genomics. Launched last year, the Institute will build on the University's strengths in the sciences and engineering to develop an innovative, multidisciplinary approach to examining how the actions of different genes are integrated in living organisms.

Landscape Photographs on View at Princeton University Art Museum
6/15/99 -- "Photographs from the Collection of M. Jay Goodkind, Class of 1949" will be on view at The Art Museum, Princeton University, through September 5, 1999. Goodkind has lent thirty-nine works of landscape and nature photography in the exhibition in honor of the Fiftieth Reunion of his Class at Princeton.

Seattle Developer Gives $4 Million to Princeton for Dormitory Renovation
6/3/99 -- Bagley Wright, president of Bagley Wright Investments of Seattle, has committed $4 million to Princeton University to renovate and rename a part of one of the University's historic Collegiate Gothic-style dormitories. A member of Princeton's Class of 1946, Wright was a developer of Seattle's landmark Space Needle and chairman of Physio Control Corporation from 1968 until its acquisition by Eli Lilly in 1980.

Princeton University Confers 1,806 Degrees at 252nd Commencement
6/1/99 -- Princeton University conferred a total of 1,806 bachelor and advanced degrees this morning at its 252nd Commencement. There were 625 men and 547 women from the Class of 1999 awarded undergraduate degrees today; 1,006 received a bachelor of arts and 166 received a bachelor of science in engineering. In addition, three bachelor of arts degrees were awarded to candidates from earlier Princeton classes, and 11 undergraduate degrees were awarded previously in the 1998-99 academic year.

Electrical Engineering Major is Princeton's 1999 Valedictorian
6/1/99 -- An electrical engineering major from Singapore is the valedictorian for the Class of 1999, and a classics major who studied at the Vatican is the class salutatorian. Chan Vee Chong delivered the valedictory address at today's commencement; Thomas Wickham Schmidt of Alexandria, Va., gave the salutatory oration, which by Princeton tradition was in Latin.

Seven Receive Honorary Degrees at 1999 Commencement
6/1/99 -- President Harold T. Shapiro today awarded seven honorary degrees to Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations; Oscar Arias Sánchez, the Nobel Laureate and former president of Costa Rica; William J. Baumol, Princeton professor of economics, emeritus; Phyllis Lambert, founder of the Centre Canadien d'Architecture; Harvey Lichtenstein, president and executive producer of the Brooklyn Academy of Music; the photojournalist Gordon Parks; and Harold Varmus, the Nobel Laureate and director of the National Institutes of Health.

Four Faculty Members Receive President's Teaching Awards
6/1/99 -- Recipients of the 1999 President's Awards for Distinguished Teaching were David Bernstein, assistant professor of Civil Engineering and Operations Research; Victor Brombert, Henry Putnam University Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature; John McPhee, lecturer in the Council of the Humanities and Ferris Professor of Journalism; and Daniel Rubenstein, professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

Secondary School Teachers Win Awards
6/1/99 -- At Commencement Princeton awarded prizes for excellence in secondary school teaching to Joseph Amorino, Todd Gudgel, Theodora Lacey and Ralph Pantozzi.

Graduate Students Honored for Excellence in Teaching
6/1/99 -- The 1999 Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni awards for excellence in graduate student teaching were presented to Erik Irving Gray of the Department of English, Daniel Howard Magilow of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Lisa Anne Taneyhill of the Department of Molecular Biology, and Stephen Wu of the Department of Economics.

Members of Class of 1999 Honored at Class Day
5/31/99 -- At Class Day ceremonies on May 31, President Harold Shapiro presented the senior class with a symbolic key to the campus, and Class Day awards were presented.

Janice Harayda to Become Editor of Princeton Alumni Weekly
5/28/99 -- Janice Harayda, most recently book editor and critic for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and currently vice president for awards at the National Book Critics Circle, will become editor of the Princeton Alumni Weekly, effective July 1.

Scientists Conclude Anti-Gravity Force Is Accelerating Expansion of the Universe
5/27/99 -- After reviewing recent astronomical observations, Princeton scientists have concluded that the evidence strongly supports the existence of a mysterious anti-gravity force that is causing the expansion of the universe to accelerate.

Private Collection of Chinese Ceramics on View at Princeton University Art Musuem
"From Ritual Simplicity to Imperial Splendor," an exhibition of thirty-six works of Chinese ceramics from the collection of Nelson Chang, Class of 1974, will be on view through September 26, 1999, in the Franz Galleries of The Art Museum. Mr. Chang has lent the works in honor of the Twenty-fifth Reunion of his Class at Princeton University.

Astronaut to Speak as Engineering School Celebrates 50 Years of Guggenheim Support of Aeronautics and Space Research
5/19/99 -- Astronaut Greg Linteris will be one of the featured speakers at "Guggenheim's Vision of Aeronautics: 50 Years of Guggenheim Support" on Friday, May 28. The program, sponsored by the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, will highlight the impact Guggenheim Fellowships have had on Princeton University and the engineering field.

Getty Grant Program Awards $250,000 to Princeton's Index of Christian Art
Project Will Catalog Medieval Manuscripts of The Pierpont Morgan Libary
5/19/99 -- The Getty Grant Program has recently awarded a $250,000 grant to Princeton University's Index of Christian Art to support the initial phase of a project to create an online, digitized, searchable catalogue of the medieval manuscripts in the collection of The Pierpont Morgan Library in New York City.

Princeton's Muldoon Elected Unopposed to Poetry Post at Oxford
5/18/99 -- Princeton University Professor Paul Muldoon has been elected to the honorary position Professor of Poetry at Oxford University. Election to the 291-year-old post does not require Muldoon to leave Princeton, only to give a few lectures at Oxford each year for five years.

Princeton University Plans 252nd Commencement for June 1
President Shapiro to Address Graduates; Baccalaureate Speaker is Marian Wright Edelman
5/18/99 -- Princeton University will hold its 252nd Commencement on June 1, 1999, with the ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. and ending at noon. Commencement is held on the lawn in front of Nassau Hall, rain or shine. Members of the media are invited to attend and should confirm with Mary Caffrey in the Office of Communications by Friday, May 28. Please note, the office will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 31.

Exxon Corporation Presents $288,897 Matching Gift to Princeton
5/17/99 -- Princeton University today announced that the Exxon Education Foundation has given the University a gift of $288,897, which matches the 116 contributions made to Princeton by Exxon Corporation employees, directors and retirees last year. The gift was presented to Princeton President Harold T. Shapiro on Monday, May 10, by Anthony W. Atkiss, a member of Princeton's Class of 1961, who serves as vice president for public affairs of Exxon Corporation and chair of the Foundation's board.

Conference to Address Problem of Protein Folding
Tantalyzing Problem Has Implications for Drug Design and Genomics Research
5/3/99 -- A conference at Princeton May 7-9 will address a tantalizing problem that cuts across the fields of biology, medicine and mathematics: how proteins fold. The conference, titled "Optimization in Computational and Chemistry and Molecular Biology: Local and Global Approaches," will bring together leading scientists who are attempting to solve the problem using mathematics, rather than conventional experimental techniques.

Brentano Named First-Ever Quartet-in-Residence at Princeton
5/3/99 - The Brentano String Quartet has been appointed Quartet-in-Residence at Princeton University beginning with the 1999-2000 academic year. The three-year appointment marks the first-ever residency by a musical ensemble at Princeton, and has been made possible by a generous gift from an alumnus.

University Students Publish Book Depicting Experiences of Latin American Immigrants in Princeton, New Jersey
Latin American Princeton/Princeton latinoamericano
4/30/99 -- Eighty students at Princeton University have contributed to the publication of Latin American Princeton/Princeton latinoamericano, a book that presents the lives of Latin Americans in Princeton through oral histories, interviews with public leaders, and official statistics. It is a printed record of experiences for the rapidly growing Latin American community of Princeton and an invitation to those outside that community to learn more about it.

Finding could improve understanding of global warming
Oceanographer develops simple model of ocean flows
4/26/99 -- A Princeton researcher has developed a simple model for predicting how changes in one part of the ocean could affect ocean currents and climate around the globe. The work, published in the March 26 issue of Science, could give scientists a better understanding of the greenhouse effect and global warming.

Trustees Vote to Split Civil Engineering and Operations Research
4/23/99 -- The Board of Trustees voted April 9 to form two departments to replace the current Department of Civil Engineering and Operations Research. One will be called Civil and Environmental Engineering; the other will be Operations Research and Financial Engineering.

Physicist and Computer Scientist are Next Year's Visiting Distinguished Teachers
4/23/99 -- The University announced the appointment of two visiting professors who were asked to come to Princeton next year because of their outstanding teaching abilities. Physicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell and computer scientist Brian Kernighan will hold the 250th Anniversary Visiting Professorships for Distinguished Teaching in 1999-00.

Current Exhibitions of the Princeton University Library
In Search of Art: The English Grand Tour, and Artifacts: The Biographical Object in the Collections of the Princeton University Library
4/21/99 -- The current exhibition in Main Gallery of Firestone Library, In Search of Art: The English Grand Tour, tells the story of the Grand Tour with original art and beautifully illustrated rare books in the library collections of Princeton University. The idea of travel as a means of personal enlightenment first emerged in 18th-century England, where a journey abroad was eventually regarded as a cultural necessity...
    All great research libraries acquire artifacts while building their collections of books and manuscripts. As slight as a lock of hair, or as complex as a computer, these historical objects are present in an astonishing variety -- some preserved, almost accidentally, as curiosities, others treasured as precious mementos of famous artists, writers, and statesmen...

ADVISORY: MSNBC Cancels Town Meeting on Kosovo
4/20/99 -- MSNBC has canceled its planned town meeting, "Crisis in Kosovo," which had been scheduled for live broadcast from Princeton University this evening.

MSNBC to Hold Town Meeting on Kosovo Crisis at Princeton
4/19/99 -- "Crisis in Kosovo: An MSNBC Town Meeting" will be broadcast live from Princeton University from 10 p.m. to midnight on Tuesday, April 20. The event, sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, will take place in McCosh 50, located across Washington Road from the Wilson School.

University's Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Alliance Schedules Pride Week '99
4/19/99 -- Princeton University's Pride Alliance, formerly known as the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Alliance, has scheduled events for Pride Week '99, which runs from April 19 to 26, according to Ryan Foley, the university's LGB coordinator.

American Drawings Exhibition to Open at Princeton University Art Museum
4/15/99 -- "American Watercolors, Drawings and Pastels: Homer to O'Keeffe," an exhibition of nearly forty works on paper, will be on view at The Art Museum, Princeton University, from April 17 through May 9, 1999.

Superior Court Judge to Speak on Rights and "Collateral Damage"
4/13/99 -- New Jersey Superior Court Judge Travis L. Francis will give a talk titled "Rights -- Collateral Damage?" at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs on Thursday, April 29, at 4:30 p.m. in Robertson Hall, Bowl 1.

Professor, Author, and Former FCC Chair Newton N. Minow to Speak on "Television, Children, and the First Amendment"
4/13/99 -- Newton N. Minow, the Annenberg Professor of Communications, Law, and Policy at Northwestern University and a former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, will deliver the first Robert D. Stuart '37 Lecture on the Media in American Culture, titled "Television, Children, and The First Amendment: What Television is Doing to Children, and What We Can Do About It," on Monday, May 3, at 5 p.m. in Betts Auditorium in the School of Architecture on the Princeton campus.

Richard Tafel, Director of Gay Republican Organization, to Speak on Gay Rights and the Upcoming Presidential Race
4/13/99 -- Richard Tafel, executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans, will speak on "Supporting Gay Rights in the 2000 Presidential Race: Politically Risky or Smart?" at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs on Monday, April 26, at 4:30 p.m. in Robertson Hall, Bowl 1.

Princeton Visiting Fellow To Speak On Popular Music After Elvis
4/13/99 -- Ken Emerson, the first Anschutz Distinguished Fellow in American Studies at Princeton University, will present a public lecture on "Life After Elvis: How the Brill Building Reconstructed Rock 'n' Roll," on Monday, April 26, at 8 p.m. The lecture will be held in Taplin Auditorium, located in Fine Hall on the Princeton campus. ...

Statement by the Board of Trustees of Princeton University
4/11/99 -- After carefully considering the report of the student-faculty-staff Committee on the "Nude Olympics" and closely following discussion both on campus and among alumni over the last several months, the Trustees find intolerable the serious risks that this event poses to our students' health, safety, and well-being, and believe it would be irresponsible to permit any event of this nature to continue. ...

New York City Public Advocate Mark Green to Speak on "Smart Policing"
4/8/99 -- New York City public advocate Mark Green will address the issue "Can Smart Policing Reduce Crime and Police Misconduct?" at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs on Monday, April 19, at 4:30 p.m. in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. ...

German Ambassador to Offer European Perspective on NATO and the UN
4/8/99 -- Ambassador Gerhard Henze, Germany's permanent representative to the United Nations, will speak on "NATO and the UN: Cooperation or Confrontation? A European Perspective" at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs on Monday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Robertson Hall, Bowl 2. ...

Global Warming to Be Topic of Princeton Lecture
4/8/99 -- Clement B. Malin, a retired vice president of international relations for Texaco, Inc., will give a talk titled "Global Warming? Kyoto Protocol. Now What?" at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs on Monday, April 19, at 4:30 p.m. in Dodds Auditorium, Bowl 1. ...

Health Care Economics Expert to Address Abolishing Medicare and Medicaid
4/8/99 -- Uwe Reinhardt, Princeton's James Madison Professor of Political Economy and a leading expert on the economics of health care, will speak on "Why Abolishing Medicaid and Medicare Would be Efficient" at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs on Tuesday, April 20, at 4:30 p.m. in Robertson Hall, Bowl 1. ...

President of UN General Assembly to Speak on Administrative Reform
4/8/99 -- Didier Opertti, president of the United Nations General Assembly, will give a talk titled "The United Nations: The Path to Administrative Reform" at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs on Thursday, April 22, at 4:30 p.m. in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. ...

Princeton Region's Long-Term Future the Subject of a Public Conference
4/8/99 -- "Beyond the Sleepy College Town: The Future of the Greater Princeton Community," will be the subject of a conference sponsored by the Sandra Starr Foundation on Saturday, April 24 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at McCormick Auditorium on the Princeton University campus. The conference is open to the public and immediately precedes Communiversity Day, Princeton's "town and gown" arts and entertainment festival. ...

Ambassador Soderberg to Speak on International Peace Operations
4/8/99 -- Ambassador Nancy E. Soderberg, alternate U.S. representative to the UN Security Council, will speak on "Partnerships for Peace? America and International Peace Operations" at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs on Tuesday, April 20, at 8:00 p.m. in Robertson Hall, Bowl 2. ...

Mexican Archeologists to Present Findings at Princeton Conference
4/6/99 -- Archeologists and anthropologists working in Mexico will attend a conference at Princeton University April 9 and 10 and will announce their discovery of important artifacts in ancient cities and pyramids. ...

President of eBay to Speak at Princeton University
4/2/99 -- Meg Whitman, president and CEO of eBay, the company that pioneered person-to-person online trading, will deliver the 1999 G.S. Beckwith Gilbert '63 Lecture on Wednesday, April 14, at Princeton University. Whitman, a 1977 Princeton graduate who majored in economics, will speak at 8 p.m. in McCosh 46 on the University campus. ...

Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke to Speak on "Peacemaking in the Balkans"
4/2/99 -- Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke, U.S. envoy to the Balkans and mediator of the Dayton Agreement, will deliver the 1999 Cyril Black Memorial Lecture, "Peacemaking in the Balkans" at Princeton University on Wednesday, April 7, at 8:00 p.m. in Room 50, McCosh Hall. ...

Advisory: Arbor Day Tree Planting Ceremony Planned
4/2/99 -- This Arbor Day, April 22, the Princeton University Class of 1936 will plant a special seedling in the Washington Memorial Garden on the campus of Princeton University. The tree, a "sweet buckeye" is a direct descendent of one planted by George Washington at Mount Vernon in the 1780's. The planting ceremony will take place at 11:00 a.m. ...

Hip-Hop Conference to Bridge Education and Entertainment
4/2/99 -- A student-organized conference on Hip-Hop music will gather musicians, writers and cultural critics and feature a film showing, a panel discussion, and a B-Boy performance. ...

Two Experts Debate the Role of the Internet
4/2/99 -- "The Embedded Internet" will be the subject of a discussion by author Philip E. Agre and David Post, co-director of the Cyberspace Law Institute, at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs on Tuesday, April 13, at 4:30 p.m. in Robertson Hall, Bowl Six. ...

An Oral History of Foreign Service Personnel: A Lecture and Database Demonstration
4/1/99 -- Stephen H. Rogers, a former Foreign Service officer, will speak on "American Diplomacy: Personal Accounts of Practitioners" at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs on Wednesday, April 14 at 4:30 p.m. in Robertson Hall, Bowl 1. ...