Sotomayor, alumna and trustee, is Supreme Court pick

by Ruth Stevens

Princeton alumna and trustee Sonia Sotomayor has been nominated by President Barack Obama to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. If confirmed, she would be the court’s first Latina justice. Sotomayor currently sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit.

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Valedictorian Staude shines both in the classroom and on the stage

by Eric Quiñones

On his first day of classes as a freshman, Holger Staude received an unexpected invitation. Florent Masse, the instructor of his advanced French course, took Staude aside after class and — impressed with the German native’s command of the language — urged him to join the University’s French theater workshop. Staude had never considered acting. Yet, just as he did in deciding to attend Princeton, he accepted the challenge and thrived.

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University drives down emissions with TDM

by Ruth Stevens

When Beth Zawodniak joined the Princeton staff last year, she enjoyed her job but not the commute. The 46-mile round trip from Holland, Pa., was taking its toll on her wallet and her well-being.

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Global Collaborative Research Fund grant recipients selected

The first recipients of grants from the Princeton Global Collaborative Research Fund have been selected by the Council for International Teaching and Research for the study of topics ranging from 21st-century urban architecture to new planets to security issues in East Asia.

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Tuition grant increased for children

The University’s Benefits Committee has reviewed the Children’s Educational Assistance Plan and has increased the amount of the annual tuition grant for the 2009-10 academic year.

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Commencement events planned for June 1-2

University activities for undergraduate and graduate degree candidates and their families are set for Monday and Tuesday, June 1-2: • The Class Day ceremony for seniors is set for 10:30 a.m. June 1 on Cannon Green (Jadwin Gym in case of severe weather). The keynote speaker will be “CBS Evening News” anchor and managing editor Katie Couric. • The Hooding ceremony for advanced degree candidates will begin at 5 p.m. June 1 in McCarter Theatre. President Tilghman and Graduate School Dean William Russel will preside.

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Linguistics program appeals to more students across disciplines

by Jennifer Greenstein Altmann

At 4:30 on a Wednesday afternoon, students majoring in psychology, mathematics and classics came together in a classroom at Frist Campus Center. They spent an hour working on fractions written in Egyptian Arabic, translating sentences from the Agta language of the Philippines into Central Cagayan Agta and considering how the Proto-Indo-European “dh” sound vanished from certain English words.

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Labouisse winner to study malaria in Thailand

by Karin Dienst

Princeton senior Joyce Hwang has been awarded the University’s Henry Richardson Labouisse ’26 Prize, which will allow her to study drug-resistant malaria in Thailand.

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Salutatorian embraces life of service

by Jennifer Greenstein Altmann

Stephen Hammer arrived at Princeton planning to focus his studies on contemporary public policy. But that changed when he read “On Duties” by the Roman statesman and orator Cicero in a political theory class.

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Program in Law and Public Affairs selects fellows for 2009-10

Six legal scholars in fields including economics, philosophy, political science and history will be on campus in 2009-10 as fellows in the Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA).

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