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Andrew Ferrer and Magalie Slater ’03 use the computers at Frist Campus Center. (Photo by Jo Sittenfeld ’02)


The Princeton Committee on Palestine held a vigil outside of Frist Campus Center on March 11 to raise awareness about the conflict in the Middle East and to show support for the Palestinian victims of the Israeli attacks.

Physicians at University Health Services are working with officials from the Centers for Disease Control and state and local health agencies to learn more about an outbreak of conjunctivitis on the Princeton campus and to try to stop its spread. There have been 247 cases of conjunctivitis, commonly known as "pink eye," on the campus between February 1 and March 14. Those affected include students from all four undergraduate classes and a small number of graduate students. Health officials are trying to determine whether the illness is related to a similar outbreak at Dartmouth College. Cultures are being taken from some of the affected Princeton students in an attempt to identify the organism, and the results received so far have been mixed. Preliminary evidence points to a bacterial infection.

Northwestern University has awarded its Frederic Esser Nemmers Prize in Mathematics to Princeton Professor of Mathematics Yakov Sinai. The award, which is given every two years and carries a stipend of $125,000, recognizes Sinai for his major contributions to the study of chaos. Sinai’s work deals with measuring complex systems that change over time, such as the weather and economic systems. He was the first to develop a mathematical description of the complexity of changing, chaotic systems, creating an approach now called Kolmogorov-Sinai entropy. This work gives mathematicians a critical tool for solving the complex equations that describe such systems.

Two Princeton seniors have been awarded inaugural fellowships by the class of 1956 that will fund their participation in programs working to improve our comprehension of the events of September 11 and help heal the wounds created on that day. The ReachOut ’56 Fellowship program awarded its first grants to Lindsay Campbell and Aili McConnon. Each will receive $25,000 to pay their expenses while they devote next year to working for public interest organizations. Campbell, a Woodrow Wilson School major who is earning a certificate in environmental studies, will work with the Living Memorials Initiative, which is constructing green spaces around New York City to remember the victims of September 11. McConnon, an English major, will spend next year working on The Legacy Project, an undertaking started in New York in 2000 that collects artistic and literary works which address the experiences of war, ethnic conflict, genocide and other tragedies around the world. McConnon will assemble a literary anthology to accompany the 500 artworks that already exist on the project’s Web site.

Speaking to a capacity audience at the Woodrow Wilson on March 12, Harvard University lecturer Samantha Power related a hair-raising account of the startling absence of American response to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. Power insisted the U.S. has justified its lack of intervention in genocide situations with two platitudes: "we didn’t know," and "we couldn’t have done much about it if we had known." Power rejects these excuses. Power’s talk was based on the Rwanda chapter of her recent book, "A Problem from Hell: American Bystanders in the Age of Genocide," which details American responses — or lack thereof — to cases of genocide, from the Holocaust to the former Yugoslavia.

According to author Dava Sobel, a science reporter for the New York Times, 16th-century astronomer and mathematician Galileo Galilei faced problems that would ring familiar with today’s scientists, including finding funding, securing patent protection, and dealing with publishing pressure. And, while he did most things extraordinarily well, his career was not without its failures, said Sobel at her lecture on "Galileo: Working Scientist" on campus March 14. "In his day, Galileo had the same issues as today’s scientists," said Sobel. Her book Galileo’s Daughter is based on the Italian scientist and 124 letters to Galileo from his eldest daughter. "He held a low-paying job as a teacher and used his income to support his three daughters and widowed mother; pay for his sisters’ dowries; and help take care of his brother and family," she said. "He was a kind and giving man."

PAW seeks editor
Jane Chapman Martin '89, who has edited PAW since February 2000, announced that she will step down after the publication of the July 2002 issue because of family concerns. Martin and her husband, James K. Martin '89, have two young children. The position will be formally advertised in the April 10 issue. Applicants may see the complete job description at http://jobs.princeton.edu/openjobs/.

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Lisa Beamer, widow of local hero Todd Beamer, who died aboard United flight 93 in Pennsylvania on September 11: "To Lay Down His Life..."
March 26, 8 p.m, McCosh 10

Alejandro Portes, the Howard Harrison and Gabrielle Snyder Beck Professor of Sociology: "From Assimilation to Transnationalsim: Patterns of Political Behavior Among Latin American Immigrants"
March 28, 4:30 p.m., 165 Wallace Hall

Alan Wolfe, professor of political science and director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College: "Real Religion: How Americans Actually Practice Their Faith"
April 2, 4:30 p.m., Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Marjorie Perloff, the Sadie Dernham Patek Professor Emerita in the Humanities at Stanford University: "But Isn't the Same at Least the Same? Wittgenstein and the Question of Poetic Translatability."
April 3, 4:30 p.m, McCosh 40.

Susan R. Wolf, professor of ethics and of philosophy at Johns Hopkins: “The Meanings of Lives”
April 4, 4:30 p.m.,in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall

Tony Kushner, playwright
April 4, 8 p.m. at TBA. For more information email publect@princeton.edu.

Sydney Brenner, Oxford University and Molecular Sciences Institute, Berkeley:Biology after the Genome Project
April 9-11, 8 p.m. at TB. For more information email publect@princeton.edu.A

Timothy J. Clark, University of California, Berkeley: Poussin’s Mad Pursuit:
April 17, 4:30 p.m. at TBA. For more information email publect@princeton.edu.

Timothy J. Clark, University of California, Berkeley: Bruegel in the Land of Cockaigne
April 18, 4:30 p.m. at TBA. For more information email publect@princeton.edu.

Michael Graves, architect, "Telling Stories"
April 22, 7:30 p.m. For more information email publect@princeton.edu.

Elizabeth McAlister, assistant professor of religion at Wesleyan College and Joan Dayan, of the University of Pennsylvania : "Vodou Spirits, Rara Queens and Small Men: Gender, Vulgarity and Slavery in Afro-Creole Religion"
April 24,4:30 p.m., Frist Campus Center #302

Sidney Brenner
, Molecular Sciences Institute, Berkeley, "Biology after the Genome Project"
April 30, May 1 and 2, 8:00 p.m. For more information email publect@princeton.edu.

Charles Falco
, University of Arizona, "Through a Looking Glass: The Art of the Science of Renaissance Painting"
May 7
, 8:00 p.m. For more information email publect@princeton.edu.

Charles Falco
, University of Arizona, "The Art and Science of the Motorcycle"
May 8
, 8:00 p.m. For more information email publect@princeton.edu.

Art Museum
Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays and major holidays.
Public tours, Saturdays, 2 p.m.

  • "Anthony Van Dyck: 'Ecce Homo' and 'The Mocking of Christ.'" March 9 through June 9.
  • "Guardians of the Tomb: Spirit Beasts in Tang Dynasty China." Through Aug. 31.
  • "Klinger to Kollwitz: German Art in the Age of Expressionism." Through June 9.
  • "In the Mirror of Christ's Passion: Prints, Drawings and Illustrated Books by European Masters." Through June 9.
  • "New German Photography." Through March 24.
  • "Anxious Omniscience: Surveillance in Contemporary Cultural Practice." Through March 31.

Reunions 2002, May 30 - June 2, 2002

Reunions 2003, May 29 - June 1, 2002

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The photographs of Fazal Sheikh ’87, who went to Afghanistan after the Taliban had taken power, are on display at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at the State University of New Jersey, at Rutgers, 71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick, through March 31. (732-932-7237) The show is titled "The Victor Weeps: Photographs by Fazal Sheikh of Afghan Refugees, 1996-98."

Jill Sigman ’89 *96/thinkdance presents "Vision Begins," a multimedia dance/theater work created and performed by Jill Sigman. March 22 and 23, 8 p.m., March 24, 3 p.m., at Williamsburg Art Nexus, 205 North 7 Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211. For reservations and information call 718-599-7997.

Ellen Beckerman ’91directs the play Fanatics, about the life of Galileo Galilei and how his discovery that the world was actually hurtling through space placed him at a tragic intersection with science and religion. Staged by the EB&C company, the play runs Thursdays through Mondays through April 1 at HERE, located at 145 Avenue of the Americas (one block south of Spring Street) in New York City. Box office: 212-647-0202.

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John F. Nash *50, the schizophrenic Nobel-prize winning mathematician, will talk about his life and the movie based on his life, A Beautiful Mind, on CBS’s 60 Minutes. The interview between Nash and his wife, Alicia, and correspondent Mike Wallace will air March 27.

John Eisenberg ’68, the director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, died on March 10, at his home in Potomac, Maryland, of a brain tumor. A memorial service was held March 17 at Washington Hebrew Congregation in Washington, D.C.

Jonathan E. Clodfelter ’93 was killed March 8 by an avalanche near the Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, in northern California. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Clodfelter "had hiked up to the summit of Mount Judah, just outside Sugar Bowl’s boundaries, with two friends about 1 p.m. [March 8]. … Clodfelter was on skis and the others were on snowboards, preparing to cruise down to the resort, when the snow ledge they were standing on gave way, triggering an avalanche." His two friends were not injured. Clodfelter was an investment banker and financial analyst.

Joseph Alexander Boston III *93 (MPA) is Baltimore’s new homeless services director, reported the Baltimore Sun. The National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty has called Baltimore, his hometown, one of the 12 "meanest" cities to homeless people.

Con Man, a documentary about James Hogue, who lied his way into Princeton, aired on March 19 on Cinemax. Hogue applied to Princeton as Alexi Santana, earned a track scholarship, and became an A student. He was later found out and was sent to prison. The filmmaker "goes in search of the real James Hogue, the man behind these deceptions, and sets out to find where — and who — he is today," stated the Web site.

Hunter R. Rawlings III *70 announced he will step down as Cornell’s president on June 30, 2003. A classicist who has served as president for seven years, told the New York Times that he wants to return to teaching classics and writing.

Cheryl A. LaFleur ’75, a former Girl Scout, was the featured speaker at the Montachusett Girl Scout Council’s 10th annual Women of Distinction luncheon March 6. The council serves Central Massachusetts. LaFleur, of Wellesley, Massachusetts, became president and CEO of Massachusetts Electric Col in 2000.

M. Dane "Duke" Picard *63, a recently retired geology professor at the University of Utah, was awarded one of the Society for Sedimentary Geology’s highest honors on March 5 in Houston, Texas, for his scientific contributions. "Picard’s geology work has ranged from gathering data about long-gone rivers on Mars to examining ancient lake deposits on Earth," reported the Salt Lake Tribune. Picard is also a poet, whose poems have been published in journals and newspapers.

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Men’s lacrosse cruises to first win

B.J. Prager ’02 scored four goals and Julian Gould ’03 allowed just three goals on 16 shots as the defending NCAA men’s lacrosse champions earned their first win of the season against Hofstra on Saturday.
The Tigers now 1-2 and ranked eighth in the country host Syracuse at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, in a rematch of the last two NCAA finals.

Tiger coaches honored
After leading the women’s hockey team to a 15-11-3 record in his sixth season behind the bench, Jeff Kampersal ’92 was named the ECAC-North Coach of the Year. It was the Tigers best season under Kampersall, who saw his team gain some national recognition in several polls this year.
Men’s track and field coach Fred Samara earned his second consecutive NCAA Regional Coach of the Year honor.

Women’s lacrosse beats Virginia

The third-ranked Tigers held off a late charge from Virginia at home on Sunday to garner a 13-11 win. Lauren Simone ’02 and Theresa Sherry ’04 led the scoring with three goals apiece.
Princeton (3-1) host top-ranked Duke on Wednesday, March 20, at 2 p.m in Class of 1952 Stadium.

Fencers at NCAA championships this week
Seven Tigers will be competing at the NCAA fencing championship at Drew University (March 21-24).
Seniors Lindsay Campbell (Epee) and Maya Lawrence (Epee) and freshman Catherine Pack (Saber) will represent the women’s team.
On the men’s side, defending Epee champion Soren Thompson ’04 will be joined by Matt Fitzgerald ’03 (Epee), Eddie Chou ’03 (Sabre), and Eric Stodola ’04.

Divers qualify for NCAA championships
Three Tigers earned spots at the NCAA championships with strong performances at this weekend’s 2002 Zone A Championships in Maryland.
Freshman Kent DeMond blew the field out of the water in the men’s platform, finishing 140 points ahead of the nearest competitor with 513.85 points.
Katherine Mattison ’02 won the women’s platform competition with 412.60 points and Danielle Stramandi ’02 finished second on the 3-meter board with 456.80 points.
The Princeton women swim at the NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas from March 21-23, while the men compete at the NCAA Championships in Athens, Georgia from March 28-30.

All-Ivy and All-ECAC honors for men’s and women’s hockey

Defenseman Aviva Grumet-Morris ’02 was named first-team All-ECAC this weekend and freshman defender Katherine Maglione made the All-ECAC rookie team. Forward Gretchen Anderson ’04 received honorable mention.
Grumet-Morris and goalie Megan Von Beusekom ’04 were also earned first-team All-Ivy honors. Anderson, who led the Tigers with 37 points this season, was named to the All-Ivy second team.
For the men’s team, goalie Dave Stathos ’02 was named to the All-Ivy second team and defenseman David Schneider ’02 received honorable mention in the Ivy League.

Golf teams get swinging
The men’s and women’s golf teams begin the defense of their Ivy League titles with spring trips to Texas and Hawaii, respectively.
The women's team opens the season at the Hawaii Invitational in Kaneohe, Hawaii on March 19-20.
The men's team tees off at the Pepsi Intercollegiate in Pottsboro, Texas on March 23-24. Both teams will compete in five spring tournaments before the NCAA Regionals

Baseball falls to 2-6 in North Carolina
On Monday, the Tigers dropped both ends of their second doubleheader in three days against Duke, losing 13-5 in the first game and 10-8 in the second.
In the second game, Princeton used a seven-run sixth inning to tie the game at 8-8 after sending 12 batters to the plate. But Duke scored runs in the seventh and eight innings to hold on to the win.
On Saturday, the Tigers split their doubleheader with Duke. In the first game, Princeton scored two runs in the top of the ninth on a double from Steve Young ’04, a misplayed bunt off the bat of Eric Fitzgerald ’04, and a sacrifice fly from senior Pat Boran. Princeton lost the second game 17-3.

Softball stumbles on Georgia trip
Princeton lost three of four games in Georgia, bringing their record to 5-5 this season.
The Tigers split a doubleheader with Georgia State on Monday, winning the first game 5-4 thanks to Kristin Del Calvo ‘04’s two doubles and Brie Galicinao ‘02’s second win of the season. In the second game, the Tigers’ bats went cold as Georgia State shut them out 1-0.
Georgia Tech handed Princeton two losses on Sunday. Galicinao had two runs batted in a 5-4 loss in the first game. But the Tigers once again went scoreless in a 7-0 loss in the second game.

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