December 20, 2000:
File: Professor and pundit
Princeton's genomics infrastructure
Notes: Computer, meet the mind
lot of people are interested in what Paul Krugman thinks. Professor
of economics and international affairs, Krugman has been writing
twice-weekly Op-Ed pieces for the New York Times since January.
Recent topics have included AT&T, fuel crises, Amazon.com, and
the election, the election, the election.
Determined to help
people get things right, Krugman is worried irritated?
incensed? by fuzzy thinking about economic policy. I
often feel there are glaringly obvious things that just arent
being picked up, he says.
has been heard outside the academy since the 1980s, when I
started taking on some causes. For example, confused notions about
international trade were driving public debate the metaphor
of international trade as a war with winners and losers.
Not that he is a full-time
pundit. Krugman teaches almost 400 undergraduates in Economics 102,
Description and Analysis of Price Systems. Were talking
about the fate of empires here, but that means also
talking about curve shifts and new equilibria, he says. While
introducing students to analytical tools, I like to feel that
some of the excitement comes through.
Krugman, who left MIT
to join Princeton this summer, has written several hundred articles
and written or edited some 18 books. A specialist in international
trade and finance, he admits to being attracted to crises
to the bizarre and violent events in economics.
In addition to Economics
102, he is teaching a graduate seminar in Domestic Policy Issues,
working on a textbook, and continuing his investigation into the
impact of globalization on income distribution in developing countries.
By Caroline Moseley
For a longer story about
Krugman, go to www.princeton.edu/~paw.
Princetons genomics infrastructure
The state of New Jersey
has given $700,000 to Princeton to help develop its genomics research
program and to help it attract further grants in the field.
The money, part of a
$6.5-million package of awards to institutions of higher learning,
will go to upgrade a fluorescence-activated cell-sorter, add a new
mass spectrometer, hire skilled technicians to run the instruments,
and establish a training program for graduate students.
Governor Christie Whitman
said in a statement, Academic research is instrumental in
creating jobs, building businesses, boosting productivity, and saving
lives. New Jerseys research universities are a key part of
the states economic infrastructure. Investing in their capacity
to conduct cutting-edge research will stimulate new discoveries
that can strengthen our high-tech economy and benefit people all
over the world.
With its money, Princeton
intends to develop the technical infrastructure needed to perform
basic research in the new science of genomics, particularly in the
area of proteomics, which focuses on the study of cellular proteins
that are important for normal cell function and a key element in
the development of many diseases.
Building technical ability
in proteomics will enable Princeton scientists to compete for research
funds for which they previously have not had the technical capabilities
needed to qualify.
Computer, meet the
A new research initiative
will intertwine the two
For many years now,
neuroscientists have studied how the brain produces higher cognitive
functions and computer scientists have studied how such functions
might be replicated artificially, but few have studied the impact
of such work on the humanities.
In what ways will the
future of cognitive neuroscience affect our social relation- ships
and our sense of self? How might our modern theories of the mind
be put in historical and cultural perspective?
These are the kinds
of questions that led to the creation of the Henry R. Luce Professorship
in Information, Conscious-ness, and Culture, a new faculty position
funded by a six-year grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.
Each year the Henry
Luce Foundation awards two or three professorships as part of its
mission to support interdisciplinary teaching and learning in higher
education. Princeton was selected this year as a result of a grant
proposal initiated by Associate Provost S. Georgia Nugent 73.
Its traditional for Princeton not to be at the leading
edge of fields, said Nugent. The university typically
waits and feels out the discipline first. But now weve reached
a critical historical moment, both for faculty and students. No
longer can we afford to have a vacuum in this area.
According to Nugent,
the grant proposal was enthusiastically endorsed by a wide cross-section
of the university. Indeed, the proposal team comprised faculty from
such diverse disciplines as psychology, philosophy, computer science,
sociology, religion, Germanic literature, and music. It is still
unknown at this point, however, which department will host the professorship
and who will fill the position. A candidate search is currently
being conducted by the original proposal team, which hopes to make
its decision in
time for the 2001 fall semester.
By Andrew Shtulman 01
These two 16-foot gleaming
tigers, each 3,500 pounds and nine feet tall, were given by William
Weaver, Jr. 34 to guard the entrance to Princeton Stadium.
The sculptures will eventually be covered with ivy, forming tiger
topiaries. North Carolina artist Ruffin Hobbs made the tigers from
stainless steel this summer and fall and had them trucked up in
time for their dedication the Saturday of the Princeton-Dartmouth
game. The topiary tigers are part of a larger landscape design for
the area, planned by landscape architect Barbara Paca *95, which
will include stone seating planters and a cobblestone plaza, said
Jim Consolloy, the universitys grounds manager. To grow and
maintain the intertwining ivy shoots, the tigers will live in university
greenhouses during the winter months.
Weaver met Hobbs last
May on the ferry taking them to the wedding of Weavers grandson
on Nantucket Island. Hobbs, who is a bagpiper as well as an artist,
had been hired to pipe for wedding guests as they arrived at the
reception and fell into conversation with Weaver and his wife. I
was just in the right place at the right time, said Hobbs.
month, Provost Jeremiah Ostriker was awarded a National Medal of
Science for his contributions to the field of astrophysics, including
insights into the dynamics of galaxies and star clusters and the
existence of large quantities of dark matter. Provost since 1995,
Ostriker, the Charles A. Young professor of astronomy, is one of
12 medal recipients this year for the nations highest scientific
honor. Twelve other Princeton scientists have won the award over
the years, including John A. Wheeler in 1970, Robert Dicke in 1970,
John W. Tukey in 1973, and Val Fitch in 1993. A complete list of
Princetons award winners is at www.princeton.edu/pr/facts.
head basketball coach Pete Carril is recovering from heart bypass
surgery that took place on November 28 in Sacramento, California.
Carril, an assistant coach for the Sacramento Kings, was to remain
in the hospital for a week and return to work some time in January.
Carril had a heart attack last April.
On November 16 Kamal
Alexis Aqui 03 was arrested by Princeton Borough police for
the November 10 burglary, aggravated sexual assault, and aggravated
criminal sexual contact of a student at Forbes College. The victim,
who was asleep at the time, did not wake up. Her boyfriend, however,
did awaken and confronted Aqui, who ran from the room. Aqui, who
also lives at Forbes, was identified from a facebook and taken to
police headquarters for questioning on the 16th, when he confessed.
According to Barry Weiser, the universitys crime prevention
specialist, all three persons involved are believed to have been
under the influence of alcohol at the time. Aqui, who comes from
Silver Spring, Maryland, posted $25,000 bail that day, and he was
released from Mercer County Correctional Facility. His trial date
has not been set. According to the Office of Communications, the
student is not on campus at this time.
development office and the Alumni Council sponsored a first-ever
conference in Japan at the beginning of November. Just over 130
alumni, both undergraduate and graduate, took part in the two-day
event, which featured a number of graduate alumni speaking about
various regional issues, such as finance, art and culture, science
and technology, and issues related to Japan and Asia. In addition
to President Shapiro and some administrators, several members of
the faculty took part. The Princeton Club of Japan served as the
host organization. For more information about the speakers and their
topics, go to www.princeton.
Fans of Bob Dylan crammed
Dillon Gym on November 17 for his two-hour performance. Among the
songs were My Back Pages, Tangled Up in Blue,
and Desolation Row. For his seven-song encore, he sang
some of his more famous numbers: Like A Rolling Stone,
The Times They Are A-Changin, and Blowin
in the Wind. One observer noted that his lyrics were
hard to understand, and his melodies sometimes unrecognizable, but
his classic oomph and his harmonica were out in full
force. Not only did the show sell out, but hopeful attendees waited
outside the gym to buy up extra tickets. Even poet Paul Muldoon,
professor in the Council of the Humanities, stood in the back of
the gym and nodded in time to the music.
Energy Secretary Bill Richardson spoke at the Woodrow Wilson School
on October 25 to a capacity crowd in Dodds Auditorium. After his
address, he willingly took questions regarding his departments
handling of the rise in oil prices and the Wen Ho Lee incident at
the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
A week after the presidential
election, five Princeton scholars held a panel discussion about
the Electoral College and the election. Taking part were faculty
fellow Christopher Eisgruber, research scholar Jonathan Riley, research
scholar Joan Tronto, assistant professor of politics Keith Whittington,
and visiting professor for distinguished teaching Melissa Williams.
John Sarbanes 84
gave a talk on November 8 called Where Have All the Teachers Gone?:
A View From Ground Zero of the Service Economy. Sarbanes, a lawyer
in Baltimore, also serves as a special assistant to the Maryland
state superintendent of schools, where he focuses on Baltimore city
The program in African-American
Studies is sponsoring a year-long lecture series called Works in
Progress. On December 7, Alvin B. Tilley, Jr., a postdoctoral fellow
in government at the University of Notre Dame, spoke on Shades of
Gray: African Diaspora Identity and the Two Faces of Black American
The final event in the
year-long celebration of the centennial of the birth of Adlai Stevenson
22 was a panel that took place on November 9. Included were
former Senator Eugene McCarthy and numerous historians, biographers,
and political scientists. An exhibit related to Stevenson is on
display at the Seely Mudd archives through February 10.
others on campus this
fall were: novelist Gish Jen; Richard Roberts, 1993 Nobelist in
medicine and physiology; Arthur Winfree *70, professor at the University
of Arizona and a specialist on how chemical and electrical waves
affect sudden cardiac death; Nadine Strossen, president of the New
York Civil Liberties Union and a professor at New York Law School;
Bruce Ackerman, political philosopher and professor at Yale; sexologist
Ruth Westheimer; and John Powell, executive director of the Institute
on Race and Poverty and a professor at the University of Minnesota
During the week of November
27, Marcia Carlson and Bradford Wilcox, two postdoctoral fellows
in Princetons Center for Research on Child Wellbeing, moderated
an online chat about single fathers, discussing their particular
challenges and the policies and programs that can help them stay
connected to their children.