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Former Citigroup CEO to speak

John Reed, former chairman and chief executive officer of Citibank, Citicorp and Citigroup, the largest financial services company in the world, will give lectures on two consecutive Mondays in 105 Computer Science Building.
     On Feb. 12, he will speak on "A Retrospective on the Banking Industry, 1965-2000." On Feb. 19, he will discuss "Technology and Finance." Both lectures will run from 5 to 6 p.m.
     Reed currently is a senior visiting fellow at the Bendheim Center for Finance, which is sponsoring the lectures. He joined Citibank in 1965 and ran its technology and operations and its consumer business divisions before becoming chairman and CEO in 1984. He retired in April 2000.
     For more information, visit this Web site: www.princeton.edu/~bcf.


    

Matthews Acting Studio

Charlie Hewson '04 (left) and Jesse Liebman '03 rehearse for "What the Butler Saw," which kicks off the Program in Theater and Dance's season of student-directed productions. The show will run Thursdays through Saturdays, Feb. 15-17 and 22-24, at the Matthews Acting Studio, 185 Nassau St. Curtain time is 8 p.m.; there also will be a 2 p.m. matinee on Feb. 24. Call 258-3676 for tickets and information.



Spring Dance Festival

Seniors Becca Lemme (back, left), Jared Ramos and Christopher Jensen will perform Diann Sichel's "Detroit Personals" in the Program in Theater and Dance's Spring Dance Festival at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16-17, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.

 

        

Biological research inspires design of multi-legged robots

Bipedal Bugs, Galloping Ghosts and Gripping Geckos: BioInspiration for Rapid Running Robots" is the title of a lecture to be presented on campus Thursday, Feb. 15.
     Robert Full, director of the Poly-PEDAL Laboratory at the University of California-Berkeley, will deliver the Spencer Trask Lecture at 8 p.m. in Helm Auditorium, 50 McCosh Hall.
     The Poly-PEDAL Laboratory studies the Performance, Energetics and Dynamics of Animal Locomotion (PEDAL) in many-footed creatures, applying the same techniques used in the study of human gait but in miniature. Full's internationally recognized research program in comparative physiology and biomechanics has shown how examining a diversity of animals leads to the discovery of general principles of locomotion.
     This research, extending from analyzing the motion of a Hall of Fame pitcher to assisting computer animators of children's movies like the Pixar/Disney "A Bug's Life," has provided biological inspiration for the design of multi-legged robots and computer animations. At the same time, discovering the function of simple, tractable neuromechanical systems along with a knowledge of evolution can provide new design ideas applicable to the control of animal and human gait.
     In 1990 Full received a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigators Award. He presented his research at the annual meeting of the National Academy of Sciences in 1994. Full's research has been featured in both popular newspapers and scientific magazines and also on several television shows.
     The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of the University's 2000-01 Public Lectures Series.


        


Gallery talk

This bust of George Washington by William Rush will be discussed by docent Frances Lange in a gallery talk on "Our First President" at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, and at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Art Museum.

 

Series attracts best preachers

A revival is taking place at the University Chapel, and it isn't just bricks and mortar.
     Some of America's finest preachers will be delivering sermons there during the next year and a half as part of a "Voices of Hope" series.
     The deans of the Office of Religious Life, who created and organized the two-year program, said they thought it was a timely topic, one that would embrace anxieties stemming from the new millennium not to mention disruptions caused by ongoing Chapel renovations.
     The speakers some with large national followings also promise to invigorate the pulpit, showing the craft of preaching is hardly lost.
     The series started in the fall with the Rev. Peter Gomes, professor of Christian morals at Harvard Divinity School and minister of the Memorial Church at Harvard University. Time Magazine named him one of the country's seven most influential preachers. The Rev. Barbara Brown Taylor followed. She is chair of religion and philosophy at Piedmont College in Demorest, Ga., and was noted in Newsweek as one of the 12 most effective preachers in the English language.
     Scheduled for the spring semester are: the Rev. Teresa Fry Brown, assistant professor of homiletics at Emory University's Candler School of Theology, on Feb. 25; and the Rev. Barbara Lundblad, associate professor of preaching at Union Theological Seminary, on April 29. The Sunday services begin at 11 a.m.
     Women so far dominate the list of speakers. Associate Dean Sue Anne Steffey Morrow said that merely mirrors a broader trend of more women in ministry. She used herself as an example. When she attended seminary, Steffey Morrow said she was one of a handful of women. Today, they make up about 60 percent of the classes.
     The dominant criterion guiding the selection of all the preachers was the theme of hope. Theological and intellectual integrity, of course, were important factors, she said, but gender, denomination and style did not matter.
     Dean Joseph Williamson said his office works hard to maintain the Chapel congregation's sense of inclusiveness. "Many who come to the University Chapel are not regulars, so we try to keep the congregation as open as possible," he said.
     For a complete listing of worship services, visit webware.princeton.edu/ Chapel/calendar.htm.


    

Keillor slated for June 3

Garrison Keillor, who developed the live radio show "A Prairie Home Companion" more than 25 years ago and created a mythical hometown dear to millions of listeners, will be the speaker at this year's baccalaureate, the interfaith worship service marking the end of the school year.
     Keillor first went to work for Minnesota Public Radio in 1969. He hosted the first live broadcast of "A Prairie Home Companion" in 1974 at Macalester College in St. Paul for an audience of 12 people and ticket receipts of almost $8. Today, the show is heard by nearly 2.6 million U.S. listeners on more than 460 public radio stations and by listeners abroad.
     Over the years, Keillor established public radio as an important source for entertainment as well as for news, and proved that the musical-comedy-variety radio format said to be on its deathbed remained very much alive. His yarns about mythical Lake Wobegon, the Minnesota town where all the children are above average, remind listeners of hometowns in Texas, Vermont and just about everywhere in between.
     Keillor was born in Anoka, Minn., and attended the University of Minnesota, where he majored in English and worked at the Minnesota Daily and the university radio station. "A Prairie Home Companion" began as a Saturday afternoon musical variety show and was first broadcast nationally in 1980.
     In addition to his duties at Minnesota Public Radio, Keillor writes a weekly column for Salon, the online magazine, as well as essays and articles for other publications. He also has produced numerous books, including novels, story collections and children's books, and is working on a novel called "1956 Lake Wobegon Summer."
     The baccalaureate ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, June 3, in the University Chapel. Attendance is limited to students and members of the University community who have received tickets in advance.


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February 12, 2001
Vol. 90, No. 16
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Contents

Page 1
Scholars press for printing clues
Study affirms: Two heads are better than one

Page 2
Committee seeks input on sixth college report
Writing teachers needed
People / Spotlight / Briefs / Obituary

Page 3
Luncheon celebrates staff service

Page 4-5
Calendar of events

Page 7
Princeton signs pledge on gender equity
Blind auditions key to hiring musicians
Grant supports cross-training

Page 8
Nassau Notes


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