Sherrerd funds new building at intersection of engineering and social science

by Chris Emery

A major donation to the University by the late John J.F. Sherrerd, a 1952 alumnus and longtime Princeton supporter, has funded construction of a building for emerging fields of study at the intersection of engineering and the social sciences.

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Students gain global perspectives on federal service

by Eric Quiñones

From the role of science in diplomacy to disease control in Tanzania to agricultural trade issues in Russia, Princeton students interested in federal service careers are learning firsthand the myriad issues facing the U.S. government around the world.

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Humanities fellows bring range of perspectives

From the Tony Award-winning playwright Alan Bennett to the New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast to traditional Japanese flute grand master Riley Lee, the distinguished fellows brought to campus this year by the Council of the Humanities will represent a wide range of fields and interests.

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Sherrerd Hall a study in light

by Chris Emery

Dusk renders Sherrerd Hall invisible. Princeton’s newest building, a deceptively simple glass cube nestled into the east side of campus, dissolves into the silhouette of nearby sycamore trees and the fiery clouds of a late summer sunset. The eye seeks to discern edges, to distinguish the building’s boundaries against its backdrop — the sky, the trees, neighboring structures — but its chameleon skin resists.

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Candela exhibit explores marriage of art, engineering

by Chris Emery

At first glance, engineer Félix Candela’s creations seem more like sculptures than buildings. Composed of thin sheets of pale concrete, the vaulted ceilings and scalloped roof lines evoke the delicate curves of sun-bleached seashells — not the sturdiness of steel-and-concrete slabs.

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