Weekly Bulletin
May 8, 2000
Vol. 89, No. 27
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Page one news and features
Scientific, musical pursuits fill senior's days and nights
Quasar is again most distant object
Temperature variations move microdroplets
Survey assesses public role of religion

Electrician enjoys ups and downs of job
Senior to take Labouisse to Durban, South Africa

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Sally Freedman
Associate editor:
   Caroline Moseley
Calendar and
production editor:
Carolyn Geller
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   Justin Harmon,
   Ken Howard,
   Steven Schultz
   Denise Applewhite
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"I hope I never have to choose"

Scientific, musical pursuits fill senior's days and nights
If I have two things to do and only time for one, I'll do both anyway," says Keigo Hirakawa '00, an electrical engineering major who is also a jazz pianist. In addition to his BSE, he is earning certificates in computer science and in music performance.
    While his double life has taught him "a lot about time management," he says, there are days when time manages him. After spending 10 or 12 hours in the lab, "I practice piano from midnight to 3:00 am." The secret to being a full-time electrical engineer and full-time musician? "I don't sleep much." [>>more]

Temperature variations
move microdroplets

When Sandra Troian, associate professor of chemical engineering, published a paper in December describing a novel way of moving minute amounts of liquid across very small surfaces, it guaranteed that her e-mail and phone would be jumping. [>>more]


Quasar is again most
distant object

A team of scientists that includes astrophysics graduate student Xiao-hui Fan has broken the record for the most distant object observed in the universe.
    Working with data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, they discovered a quasar that registers higher on the redshift scale than any other object ever observed. They estimate that the light from the quasar originated 12 billion light years from Earth. [>>more]


Electrician enjoys ups and downs of job

Ever since he came to the University in 1958, electrician Renato ("Ronnie") Carazzai has enjoyed the ups and downs of his job -- the climbing ups and downs.
    In June 1959, at age 22, Carazzai took on his first Reunions-related job: helping make and mount the numerical signs that designate class headquarters. This was a task that involved scrambling up and down and in and out of a variety of campus structures. He got such a kick out of the work that he formulated his long-range career goal: to make, hang and "enjoy the sight of" the Year 2000 sign. [>>more]


Senior to take Labouisse to Durban, South Africa

Senior Janelle Wright has been awarded Princeton's 2000-01 Labouisse Fellowship.
    She plans to use the $15,000 grant to go to Durban, South Africa, to assist in the establishment of a community-based development corporation.
    Wright's project involves studying community-based developers to create an informed model for resident involvement in a proposed corporation in the Southern Pinetown area. [>>more]

It's a match

Richard Vierbuchen (r), director of Esso House in England, and Edward Ahnert, president of ExxonMobil Education Foundation, presented a check for $200,000 to Richard Spies, vice president for finance and administration, and William Hardt, director of Annual Giving, on April 28. The check represented ExxonMobil's three-to-one contribution in matching funds to donations made to Princeton by ExxonMobil employees over the past year. Ahnert holds a 1971 MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School, and Vierbuchen a 1979 PhD in geological and geophysical sciences. (Photo by Denise Applewhite)



Edmund Keeley, Charles Barnwell Straut Class of 1923 Professor of English, Emeritus, and professor of English and creative writing, emeritus, has been honored by the PEN American Center with a 2000 Career Achievement Award. He will receive the Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation, acknowledging "an exceptional body of work by a literary translator."

Saul Kripke, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, has been inducted into the Norwegian Academy of Sciences.


Ishikawa in Princeton

Masanori Tanimoto (r), governor of Japan's Ishikawa Prefecture, and Ann Marie Lew '01, examine crafts from Ishikawa. The exhibit in Jones Hall was part of events celebrating Princeton in Ishikawa, a language program sponsored by the Ishikawa Prefectural Government and the East Asian Studies Program. Lew is among the students of Japanese language who will travel this summer to Japan to participate in the eight-week intensive program. (Photo by Denise Applewhite)


Baseball. Princeton clinched its fifth consecutive Gehrig Division championship with an April 30 win 7-4 over Cornell. (21-17 overall, 13-7 Ivy)
Crew. On April 29, the men's heavyweight beat Cornell to win its 10th consecutive Carnegie Cup, the women's open outrowed Penn and Dartmouth, and the women's lightweight defeated Radcliffe. (Men's heavyweight: 8-1, 3-1 Ivy; women's open: 9-1, 6-1 Ivy; women's lightweight: 3-1, 2-0 Ivy)
Lacrosse. The men beat Dartmouth 10-7 on April 29, clinching their sixth straight Ivy League championship. The women lost to No. 1 Maryland 14-6 on April 26 but defeated Brown 10-9 on April 29. (Men: 9-2, 6-0 Ivy; women: 13-3, 6-1 Ivy)Water polo (women's). Princeton won its firstever Eastern Championship with a 6-4 victory over UMass in the title game on April 30. (24-3, 8-0 CWPA)