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Senior thesis show

"Drive-thru Window #2" will be among the photographs exhibited by Victoria Will in her senior thesis show April 29-May 2 in the Lucas Gallery, 185 Nassau St. She will show her work in the Program in Visual Arts along with Kelly Sortino, who is presenting a video installation. An opening reception is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 29.

Martin Shapiro delivers Murphy Lecture

An address titled "Can Judges Deliberate?" will be presented as the third annual Walter F. Murphy Lecture in American Constitutionalism on Tuesday, April 29.
     Martin Shapiro, the James W. and Isabel Coffroth Professor of Law at the University of California-Berkeley, will speak at 8 p.m. in 104 Computer Science Building.
     Credited with influencing the study of American constitutional and administrative law, the politics of European integration and comparative constitutional law, Shapiro is the recent recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award of the law and courts section of the American Political Science Association.
     He is the author of "Law and Politics in the Supreme Court"; "Freedom of Speech: The Supreme Court and Judicial Review"; "Supreme Court and Administrative Agencies"; "Courts: A Comparative and Political Analysis"; and "Who Guards the Guardians? Judicial Control of Administration." He is a past president of the Western Political Science Association, a past vice president of the American Political Association and a trustee of the Law and Society Association.
     A public reception will follow the lecture, which is sponsored by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. Walter F. Murphy, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence Emeritus, and his wife, Mary Therese Margaret (Terry) Murphy, will be in attendance. For more information, contact Seana Sugrue at 258-6333.

Geophysicist to discuss research on catastrophic Black Sea flood

Geophysicist B.F. Ryan will discuss evidence of a flood of biblical proportions in the Black Sea 7,600 years ago during an address at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, in Reynolds Auditorium, McDonnell Hall.
     Ryan, the Doherty Senior Scholar at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, will speak on "Causes and Consequences of the Catastrophic Black Sea Flood." It is the final talk in the 2003 Evnin Lecture Series on "Fire, Water and Ice: Catastrophes in Earth History" sponsored by the Council on Science and Technology.
     In 1993, Ryan and Walter Pitman teamed up with oceanographers from Bulgaria, Russia and Turkey to explore the Black Sea. Advanced sonar revealed a vast and now-drowned terrestrial landscape surrounding an ancient freshwater lake fed by streams from melting glaciers and ice sheets.
     Sediment cores showed an abrupt transformation of this lake into a saltwater sea that he and Pitman described for the general reader in "Noah's Flood: The New Scientific Discoveries About the Event That Changed History," published by Simon and Schuster in 1999. Their theory was the first novel interpretation of the flood in more than 150 years.

Harnad promotes self-archiving to enhance research

A talk on "Making One's Mark in the Post-Gutenberg World: How to Enhance Research Impact Through Self-Archiving" is scheduled for noon Thursday, May 1, in McCosh 28.
     Stevan Harnad, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Science at the University of Quebec in Montreal, will make the presentation, which is intended for researchers in all disciplines.
     "In the paper era it was enough to publish one's research findings in refereed journals in order to ensure that they reached their would-be users and made their maximum impact on further research," said Harnad, who earned his Ph.D. in psychology from Princeton in 1992. "In the online age this is no longer enough; not even making the journals online is enough, for impact-blocking tolls still restrict online access to the minority of universities that can afford them (and even the richest universities can afford only a minority of the 20,000 refereed journals published annually)."
     He will discuss a remedy for the situation: depositing electronic versions of research articles in university e-print archives.
     The talk is sponsored by the Office of Information Technology and the University Library.

Opinion on Middle East conflict is topic

Neither Doves Nor Hawks: The Reshuffling of Israeli Public Opinion on the Middle East Conflict 2000-2003" is the topic for a talk set for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in 16 Robertson Hall.
     The speaker will be Tamar Hermann, director of the Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research at Tel Aviv University and chair of the Department of Sociology and Political Science at The Open University of Israel.
     Her lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Survey Research Center.

Three-day conference examines women's songs from West Africa

Women's Songs From West Africa," a conference featuring scholars from Africa, Europe and North America, will convene Friday through Sunday, May 2-4, in Robertson Hall. Participants will examine women's use of songs to express themselves publicly in a society in which men have traditionally dominated the public arena and women's voices have been confined to the domestic sphere.
     Sponsored by Princeton University and Pennsylvania State University, the conference will run from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 9 a.m. to noon Sunday. It will be accompanied by a concert featuring women singers from Guinea and Gambia at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 3, in Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall.
     The event marks the midpoint of a three-year project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and directed by Aissata Sidikou-Morton, an assistant pro-fessor in the Department of French and Italian at Princeton, and Thomas Hale, head of the Department of French at Penn State. They will edit papers delivered at the conference, publish an anthology of songs and write a synthesis of current research on women's songs from West Africa.

May 2–3 event to honor Billington

A symposium titled "Teaching and Scholarship in the Grand Tradition of Modern Engineering" is set for Friday and Saturday, May 2-3. The event is intended to honor David Billington on the occasion of his 75th birthday and his 45 years of teaching at Princeton.
     The event will run from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday in McCosh 50 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Friend Center. It is being held in conjunction with an exhibition at the University Art Museum, "The Art of Structural Design: A Swiss Legacy," through June 15. The exhibition focuses on the work of Swiss engineers and the teachers who educated them at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.
     Billington, who has conducted research at the institute for many years, is the Gordon Wu Professor of Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and director of the Program in Architecture and Engineering. A 1950 Princeton graduate, he joined the faculty in 1960.
     In 1974, he introduced a new course "Structures and the Urban Environment," which has become the most heavily enrolled course in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. The course deals with structural engineering as an art form parallel to, but independent from, architecture and has led to his text,"The Tower and the Bridge," and to six exhibitions in the Art Museum.
     The conference is sponsored by the Art Museum and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. For more information on the conference, visit this Web site: http://www.princeton.edu/~seasweb/Billington/index.html.

Bernstein Gallery

"Shackles of the AIDS Virus," a 1996 work by artist Juan Sanchez, is among the pieces on display through June 7 in the Bernstein Gallery on the lower level of Robertson Hall. The exhibition, "Ricanstructions: A Selection of Works by Juan Sanchez," features a series of oil and mixed media paintings that combine photographic imagery with cut- and torn-edge collages. Sanchez describes his work as "the direct result of my experience and observation as a person of Puerto Rican descent, an artist and an activist." Gallery hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.



April 28, 2003
Vol. 92, No. 25
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A prescription for change

Students explore creativity through collaboration
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Lacrosse teammates a triple threat since middle school

Weiss was an award-winning poet, editor and literary critic

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