Weekly Bulletin
October 25, 1999
Vol. 89, No. 7
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News and features
National service informs teaching
Icahns give $20 million for new genomics lab
HR redesigns biweekly classification system
Benefits update
Nassau Notes
Arts & Exhibits
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In the news

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National service informs teaching


In 1996 President Clinton appointed President Shapiro to chair the newly created National Bioethics Advisory Commission; this fall he is teaching a freshman seminar, Historical and Contemporary Issues in Bioethics.
     "The experience of leading the commission, which focuses on the intersection of ethics, biology and public policy, has had a big impact on my teaching in this particular class," Shapiro said. "I hope I can bring to it a sense of immediacy, relevance and focus. The students are enormously animated. It's not unusual for them to stay around talking after the class has ended, and I usually get a great deal of e-mail traffic between classes." [>>more]

Icahns give $20 million for new genomics lab

The Icahn Family Foundation has made a gift of $20 million to construct a state-of-the-art building on campus, the Carl C. Icahn Laboratory, which will be home to the new interdisciplinary Institute for Integrative Genomics.
     Its facilities will be designed to support pioneering research on genomics, the study of genes and their function, and related biological studies. Icahn, founder and president of the foundation, is a member of the Class of 1957. [>>more]


HR to redesign biweekly classification system

The Office of Human Resources has launched a study to redesign the University's classification system for office support staff (biweekly B non-union employees). The new system will include updated job descriptions, classifications and a new pay structure, and will reflect changes in the skills and competencies required for office support positions. [>>more]

In the news

Rethinking the brain

In a new challenge to the longstanding belief that adults never generate new brain cells, [scientists] at Princeton University have found that thousands of freshly born neurons arrive each day in the cerebral cortex, the outer rind of the brain where higher intellectual functions and personality are centered.
    Though based on research in monkeys, the finding is likely to prove true of people, too. If so, several experts said, it may overturn ideas about how the human brain works and open new possibilities for treating degenerative brain diseases.
    In addition, if the brains's cells are in constant turnover, as new finding suggests, physicians may discover ways to use the brain's natural regeneration system for replacing cells that are lost in diseases of aging.
    The discovery, by Dr. Elizabeth Gould [assistant professor of psychology] and Dr. Charles G. Gross [professor of psychology], is reported in today's issue of the journal Science.
    The belief that the adult brain does not make new cells rested on careful, well known studies by Dr. Pasko Rakic of Yale University, who looked for the formation of new neurons in the monkey brain and found none.
    But the Princeton work is likely to be convincing, because it builds on previous reports of brain cell turnover, notably by Dr. Fernando Nottebohm of Rockefeller University, who showed that canaries grow new neurons to learn new songs, and recent studies showing that new cells are formed in the hippocampus, a brain region where initial memories of faces and places are formed.

from "Brain May Grow New Cells Daily," by Nicholas Wade, New York Times, October 15


Cross country. The men finished first at IC4A Championships October 15. (3-1, 0-0 Ivy)
Football. Princeton beat Lafayette 22-10October 16.(2-3, 0-2 Ivy)
Soccer. The men defeated Loyola 2-1 October 13 and American 2-0 October 16. The women won against Rider 4-0 October 11, Lehigh 9-0 October 13 and Colgate 3-1 October 17. (Men: 7-3, 3-1 Ivy; women: 9-2-1, 3-0-1 Ivy)
Tennis. The women finished first at ECAC Championship, defeating James Madison, Penn, Harvard and Virginia. (4-0, 0-0 Ivy)