McPhee wins Pulitzer for Annals
Metaphysics and Epistemology a big draw
Most applied, fewest admitted to Class of '03
New program helps postdocs develop skills
Trustees statement on "nude olympics"
Trustees name nine to tenure
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photo by Laura Eichhorn '02

McPhee wins Pulitzer for Annals of Former World

When John McPhee, Ferris Professor of Journalism, started Annals of the Former World, he thought he would write it in a year.
     Twenty years and many books later, he finished the geological tour along Interstate 80 that received the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction. The Pulitzer Prizes, which honor achievement in literature, the arts and journalism, are awarded annually by Columbia University.


No definitive answers

Introduction to Metaphysics and Epistemology draws 200 undergraduates

Innumerable fascinating questions and absolutely no definitive answers -- that's what Associate Professor of Philosophy Gideon Rosen offers in Philosophy 203, Introduction to Metaphysics and Epistemology.
     And about 200 undergraduates flock to each lecture to be confused, stymied and frustrated, and maybe, just maybe, gain insights into the nature of Life and Truth. Whether the topic is the concept of God, the problem of evil, or free will and determinism, "These are issues that everyone is in a position to worry about," observes Rosen.

Most applied, fewest admitted to Class of '03

By admitting 1,600 of 14,874 applicants for the Class of 2003, Admission accepted only 10.8 percent of the largest applicant pool in University history according to Dean of Admission Fred Hargadon.
     "It's the largest number of applicants and the smallest number of admits in the past 25 years," he said. Last year the University admitted 13.1 percent of applicants -- 1,700 out of 13,006.

Trustees name nine to tenure

At their April 9 meeting, the trustees approved nine appointments to the tenured faculty.
     David Srolovitz was named professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and eight current faculty members were promoted to the tenured position of associate professor: Albert Bendelac, Edward Felten, Olga Hasty, David Howell, Naomi Leonard, Jaswinder Singh, Sandra Troian and Christian Wildberg.


"I really want to do both well"

Program helps postdoctoral fellows in science, engineering develop skills in teaching as well as research

The Science and Technology Council's new Postdoctoral Teaching Program is a program with a difference.
     Launched last year, it aims "to attract to Princeton postdoctoral fellows in science and engineering who wish to develop skills that will allow them to pursue careers in both research and teaching," according to Council Chair Shirley Tilghman. The seven fellows, here for terms of up to three years, conduct research in the lab of a faculty member and also work with a teaching mentor, who may or may not be the research mentor.


Crew. On April 10, the men's heavyweight outrowed Columbia and Penn, men's lightweight defeated Cornell and Rutgers, and women's open beat Harvard and Cornell. The women's lightweight finished first at the Camden Invitational on April 11. (Men: heavyweight: 4-0, 2-0 Ivy; lightweight: 3-0, 1-0 Ivy; women: open: 4-1, 3-0 Ivy; lightweight: 0-0)

Lacrosse. The men defeated Penn 9-8 and the women beat Delaware 10-8 on April 6, and the men won against Brown 11-5 and the women against Yale 12-7 on April 10. (Men: 4-3, 3-0 Ivy; women: 8-2, 3-0 Ivy)

Volleyball (men). The Tigers defeated Yale, Penn, Cornell and Harvard to win the Ivy League title on April 11. (16-10)

Water polo (women). Princeton won against UMass, Bucknell, Harvard and Maryland on April 10 and 11 to claim the first-ever ECAC Championship. (24-5-1, 8-0 CWPA)