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Lab, institute to be dedicated with ceremony and symposium May 8-9
||Molecular biology graduate students Dan Miller and Sanjay Chandriani spent some time on a sunny afternoon conversing in the atrium of the new Carl Icahn Laboratory. They are framed by a Frank Gehry sculpture that doubles as a conference room. The laboratory and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics will be dedicated on May 8-9.
The University will formally dedicate the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics and the Carl Icahn Laboratory during a ceremony Thursday, May 8. The reception and formal ceremony will take place at 3:30 p.m. in the Icahn Laboratory atrium.
Speakers will include: President Shirley M. Tilghman, who was founding director of the genomics institute; David Botstein, the institute's incoming director; Rafael Viñoly, the noted architect who designed the laboratory building; Carl Icahn, chairman of Icahn Associates; and Peter B. Lewis, chairman of The Progressive Corporation and a former trustee of the University.
The ceremony will be followed at 4:30 p.m. with an introductory talk by incoming genomics institute director David Botstein in 3 Thomas Lab. The events will continue with a symposium, Friday, May 9, in which the institute scientists will discuss their work between 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. in 3 Thomas Lab.
Princeton established the Institute for Integrative Genomics with a mandate to develop new approaches to studying and teaching biology now that the task of sequencing the genomes of humans and many other organisms has been completed. The institute was made possible through a gift from Lewis, a member of the class 1955. It is named to honor the friendship between Lewis and his classmate Paul Sigler, who was one of the world's leading structural biologists and who died in 2000. The Icahn Laboratory incorporates many unique features intended to foster the interdisciplinary collaboration that is central to the institute's mission. The laboratory is named in honor of financier Icahn, a member of the class of 1957, whose gift to Princeton supported its construction.
The symposium talks will offer a unique overview of the work that is under way at the institute, said acting director James Broach. The institute scientists, all with joint appointments in departments, who will speak are: Mona Singh of computer science, Saeed Tavazoie of molecular biology, Stas Shvartsman of chemical engineering, Bill Bialek of physics, David Tank of molecular biology and physics, and John Hopfield of molecular biology. For further details, see www.genomics.princeton.edu/ asp/events.asp.
Over the last two years the institute has held a variety of symposia featuring top researchers from other institutions around the world, including one in January that focused on potential applications of the institute's work in medicine, said Broach. "We thought that now would be a great time, as the building is dedicated, to talk about what is going on in the building," he said.
Valdés discusses the U.N. Security Council and Iraq
Juan Valdés, Chilean ambassador to the United Nations, will present a lecture titled "Chile: The Security Council and Iraq" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 5, in 302 Frist Campus Center.
Valdés, who earned a Ph.D. in political science from Princeton in 1975, was appointed to his present post in May 2000 after serving as the country's minister of foreign affairs. He also was director of the international division of the Chilean Ministry of Finance and coordinator of the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiating team from 1994 to 1996, working as the lead negotiator of the free trade agreement between Chile and Canada in 1996.
Valdés lived in exile during Chile's military rule in the 1970s, continuing his work toward the defense of human rights and democracy in his homeland at places such as the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. He returned to Chile in the mid-1980s and conducted the communications campaign for the winning option during the decisive plebiscite in 1988 that marked the end of military rule.
The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Program in Latin American Studies.
Cotsen Children's Library's exhibition
"Les laines du Chat Botté," an art deco poster designed by Léon Gischia, is among the books, posters, original artwork and toys drawn from the Cotsen Children's Library's collection for the exhibition, "Brave New World: 20th-Century Books from the Cotsen Children's Library."
The exhibition, on view through Oct. 26 in Firestone Library's main gallery and Milberg Gallery, was organized to mark the publication of the library's second of two volumes describing its 20th-century materials.
'The Science Before Science' is lecture topic
Physicist Anthony Rizzi will speak on his forthcoming book, "The Science Before Science," at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, in 6 Friend Center.
Rizzi is the founding director of the Institute for Advanced Physics in Baton Rouge, La. He received his Ph.D. in physics from Princeton in 1997, completing groundbreaking work on angular momentum in general relativity. Currently an Earhart Fellow, he conducts research in the fields of physics and metaphysics.
Rizzi's lecture will focus on the normative presuppositions that underlie science, including its rejection of subjectivism. His aim is to encourage scientists and others to better appreciate the philosophical underpinnings of science, with the hope that this will move them toward a truer account of the universe and more responsible action as a community.
A reception will follow the lecture, which is sponsored by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. d
J uan Valdés, Chilean ambassador to the United Nations, will present a lecture titled "Chile: The Security Council and Iraq" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 5, in 302 Frist Campus Center.
Provenance Research at the Princeton University Art Museum
Aert van der Neer's "River Landscape in Moonlight" is part of an exhibition, "In Pursuit of the Past: Provenance Research at the Princeton University Art Museum," on view at the art museum through Aug. 10. The show provides a behind-the-scenes look at the research methods used to trace the history of works of art. This painting was seized from the collection of Louis de Rothschild in Vienna during World War II for the art museum Adolf Hitler planned to build in Linz, Austria. After the war ended, it was returned to Rothschild. The work later was sold to a dealer and came to the museum as a gift.
Event examines future of sports
A panel discussion on Tuesday, May 6, will examine Title IX, the 1972 federal law that prohibits gender discrimination in college athletics, and its impact on the future of intercollegiate sports. The event will convene at 7:30 p.m. in McCosh 50.
The discussion, which is free and open to the public, was organized as part of a senior thesis project by Princeton senior Maura Bolger, an economics major. It will feature a panel of experts on the topic.
The event is sponsored by the class of 2003, the Undergraduate Student Government Projects Board, the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students and several other departments and organizations.
Graduate alumnus delivers two Jones Lectures in psychology
Daniel Gilbert, professor of psychology at Harvard University, will present two talks for the annual Edward E. Jones Lecture Series Thursday and Friday, May 8-9, sponsored by the Department of Psychology.
Gilbert, who earned his Ph.D. in psychology from Princeton in 1985, is an expert on the relationship of thought and emotion. His research focuses on people's less than perfect ability to anticipate or forecast their own emotional states.
He will speak at 8 p.m. Thursday in 104 Computer Science Building on "Imaginary Happiness." Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology and professor of public affairs at Princeton, will serve as a discussant for this talk. At 4 p.m. Friday, Gilbert will deliver a lecture in 0-S-6 Green Hall titled "In Every Grain of Sand: The Illusion of External Agency."
The Edward E. Jones Lecture Series was inaugurated in 2000 in honor of one of the legendary figures in the history of social psychology. Jones was a faculty member at Princeton from 1978 until his death in 1993. Gilbert earned his Ph.D. under the tutelage of Jones and has published more than 50 articles and books at the University of Texas at Austin and Harvard University.
Wristbands needed for Reunions
All alumni and University representatives once again will be required to have some sort of identification to participate in Reunions activities, which this year fall on May 29, May 30 and May 31.
For faculty and staff, that identification takes the form of a wristband. The wristbands will allow them to enter Reunion sites and to obtain refreshments.
Faculty and staff members may get a wristband for themselves and one additional wristband for a guest. The wristbands arae not transferable, and applicants and guests must be 21 years of age or older. The single fee to cover all three evenings is $25 per person, payable by check (no cash) to the Alumni Council.
Those who would like to attend must complete an application and submit it by Friday, May 16, to Lydia Osborne, Alumni Council, Maclean House. Applications are available on the first floor of Maclean House. After May 16, the single fee will increase to $35 per person.
Faculty and staff members and their guests may pick up their wristbands in person between 7 and 11 p.m. May 29, May 30 and May 31 in the parlor of Maclean House (entrance at the front of the house). Identification in the form of a University ID card and valid driver's license with photo will be required for pickup.
Blood drive set
An American Red Cross Spring Faculty and Staff Blood Drive is set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 15, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 16, in Multipurpose Rooms A and B of the Frist Campus Center.
The drive is by appointment only, and times are available every 15 minutes. The blood donation takes only eight to ten minutes, but the appointment lasts about 45 minutes.
To schedule a time, call Peggy Henke in the Office of Employee Health at 258-5035.
May 5, 2003
Vol. 92, No. 26
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