Weekly Bulletin
November 8, 1999
Vol. 89, No. 8
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News and features
Human-powered vehicles
Cancer: a complex material
Surviving change
United Way Campaign begins November 10
Nassau Notes
Arts & Exhibits
Page one
Research funding announced
Cleveland Tower liberated

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Sally Freedman
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   Caroline Moseley
Calendar and
production editor:
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   Denise Applewhite
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Human-Powered Vehicles

"The idea is to get students to think about science and engineering as part of real life"
     By the time students left the second session of MAE 199 this fall, they were sweating.
     That wasn't because they had spent the last couple hours steeped in problems of physics, fluid dynamics and materials science. It had more to do with sitting on a stationary bicycle and pedaling madly while talking about physics, fluid dynamics and materials science.
     That's the way it is in Barrie Royce's Human-Powered Vehicles, a class in which the bicycle is as much a teaching tool as the blackboard. The course explores the machines humans have devised to leverage their own strength and propel themselves faster and farther than their own two feet could carry them. It ranges from dugout canoes to human-powered airplanes but focuses on the bicycle. [>>more]

Cancer: a complex material

Oncologist, materials scientist collaborate to model virtual brain tumors
When Sal Torquato received a collaboration proposal from a cancer researcher at Harvard, he was skeptical.
     What use would a physician who studies brain tumors have for a professor of civil and environmental engineering? As a faculty member of the Princeton Materials Institute, Torquato is a theoretician who studies the physical properties of complex materials such as blends of ceramics and metals, colloids, foams and geologic materials.
     But that's exactly what Thomas Deisboeck of Massachusetts General Hospital's Brain Tumor Center wanted. [>>more]


Surviving change

Sociologist examines "how individuals make sense of their world through social relations"
Over the course of 15 years in both the developing world and the United States, Sara Curran, assistant professor of sociology, has documented how social change reshapes the lives of individuals, whether the migration of rural women to urban industrial jobs in Thailand or the influx of northern industries into the southern United States. [>>more]


Research funding

In Washington DC, Representative Rush Holt (at podium) announced the introduction of the Federal Research Investment Act (HR3161), a companion bill to the Senate bill S.296, sponsored by Senator Bill Frist, which passed earlier this fall. The bill would double funding for research at major federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and Department of Energy, which provide major funding for Princeton faculty research. With Holt at the time of the announcement on October 28 were Jerry Etter of SVS Inc. (l), Senator Bill Frist of Tennessee, Representative Heather Wilson of New Mexico and Ed Wasserman, president of the American Chemical Society. (Photo by American Chemical Society)


New tower

On October 28 the Graduate College celebrated the liberation of Cleveland Tower from the scaffolding that had shrouded it since March. Among the attendees were John Wilson (below r), dean of the Graduate School, and his wife Ruth (below), who displayed a tee-shirt with "before" and "after" images of the tower.
     The removal of the scaffolding signaled the end of a $1.5 million restoration project that included "a complete cleaning, repointing of all stone mortar joints, and repair or replacement of all missing, cracked or loose stone elements across the entire exterior facade," according to project manager David Howell. "This involved more than 200 carved replications in the original limestone material used for the tower's four pinnacles. The restabilization of each stone element," he noted, "will lengthen the tower's life well into the next millennium."
     The project, which began in January, was directed by the architectural firm Ford Farewell Mills and Gatsch. (Photos by Denise Applewhite)


• The Fellowship of Catholic Scholars honored Robert George, Cyrus Hall McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, with the 1999 Cardinal Wright award, which is presented annually to "a Catholic scholar who has achieved preeminence in an academic discipline and who has rendered outstanding service to the church by integrating the faith into scholarship of the highest quality."
• Robert Schirmer Professor of Architecture Michael Graves has won the 1999 National Medal of Arts, awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Established by Congress in 1984, the medal honors individuals and organizations "who in the President's judgment are deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to the arts in the United States." Graves was the only architect in a group of 11 that included singer Aretha Franklin, producer Norman Lear and the Juilliard School.
• The Art Museum has received the 10th annual Photo Review Award for services to the field of photography, in recognition of its outstanding program of exhibition, publication and collection of photography under the direction of Peter Bunnell, David Hunter McAlpin Professor of the History of Photography and Modern Art.
• Professor of Computer Science Richard Lipton has been inducted into the National Academy of Engineering for "application of computer science theory to practice."
• Professor of Astrophysical Sciences Emeritus Thomas Stix has received the 1999 Distinguished Career Award from Fusion Power Associates for his "important contributions to fusion energy research and development."
C.K. Williams, lecturer with the rank of professor in the Council of the Humanities and Creative Writing, is one of the National Book Award finalists in poetry for Repair.


Cross country. The men finished first at the Heptagonal Championships October 29, with Paul Morrison '02 first out of 80 runners. The women finished sixth. (Men: 3-1, 0-0 Ivy; women: 3-1, 1-1 Ivy)
Football. The Tigers defeated Columbia 44-15 October 30. Thomas Crenshaw '02 completed 24 of 33 passes for 304 yards for Princeton's first 300-yard passing game since 1991. (3-4, 1-3 Ivy)
Soccer. The men's team lost to Rutgers 4-2 October 30. The women defeated Columbia October 29 and Loyola October 31, both 2-0. (Men: 9-3-1, 4-1 Ivy; women: 12-3-1, 4-1-1 Ivy)
Water polo (men). Princeton won the Southern Division Championship October 30-31 with wins over Grove City, Johns Hopkins and Navy. (20-2, 8-0 CWPA.