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June 19, 2002


Longtime Princeton faculty member William B. Russel has been named to succeed John Wilson as dean of the Graduate School, effective Aug. 1. Wilson, who has served as dean since 1994, announced his retirement last October. The full press release.

Michael Spence ’66, a winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in economic sciences, and his wife, Monica, have made a donation to create the Richard Ludwig Endowment, named in honor of a professor of English emeritus and former chair of the Program in American Studies. From 1974 to 1985, Ludwig served as associate University librarian for rare books and special collections. Annual income from the new fund will be used to acquire books, manuscripts and other rare or unique library materials pertaining to English and American literature. Spence is the Philip Knight Professor Emeritus and former dean of the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. As a Princeton undergraduate, he studied literature with Ludwig.

Princeton President Emeritus Harold T. Shapiro *64 was honored June 13 at the National Conference for Community and Justice-New Jersey Region Princeton Area Capital Chapter Humanitarian Awards Dinner. He was recognized for his efforts on behalf of individuals of all cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds.

Professor Emeritus of History Robert R. Palmer died June 11 at his home in Pennswood Village in Newtown, Pennsylvania. He was 93. Known professionally as R.R. Palmer, he specialized in 18th-century France and taught at Princeton for more than 30 years.

Universal Display Corporation, a small publicly traded company in Ewing, New Jersey, has renewed its funding of Princeton engineers whose research could lead to brighter, cheaper, more versatile flat-panel electronic displays. The company will provide $7.5 million over five years to fund research in the lab of Stephen Forrest, professor of electrical engineering, as well as the work of one of Forrest's former students who is now at the University of Southern California. The researchers believe the technology, based on an emerging class of materials called "organic" electronics, could reduce the size and cost of devices that currently use video displays and also open the door for displays to be used in many new ways, such as a pen-sized video screen that rolls up like a window shade.

The world still has a realistic chance of avoiding some, although not all, of the more disruptive effects of global warming, according to a new analysis. Doing so, however, will require substantial reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by 2010, consistent with those required by the Kyoto Protocol, scientists from Princeton and Brown universities reported in the June 14 issue of Science. "The Bush Administration regards large climate changes as inevitable and proposes adaptation as the main response," said Princeton geoscientist Michael Oppenheimer who cowrote the report with Brian O'Neill of Brown University. "But some climate changes are so disruptive that avoiding them through emissions reduction is the only sensible alternative."

Alexander Nehamas, the Edmund Carpenter II Class of 1943 Professor in the Humanities, professor of philosophy and professor of comparative literature, has been elected vice president of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association. He will take office in January 2003, and will become president of the division in January 2004.

The Society for Design and Process Science has awarded its 2002 Herbert Simon Gold Medal to Professor of Physics Emeritus Philip Anderson for his contributions to the study of complex systems. The society cited Anderson for being the "originator of studies on spin glasses and many works on the collective properties of condensed matter systems." Anderson is a corecipient of the 1977 Nobel Prize in physics for his work on the electronic structure of disordered systems.

Michael Graves, the Robert Schirmer Professor of Architecture Emeritus, will be recognized as an "Indiana Living Legend" by the Indiana Historical Society in ceremonies July 26. Graves was born in Indianapolis.

Robert Fagles, a professor of comparative literature, received an honorary degree at Yale. One of the world's most celebrated literary translators, he has created English renditions of several monuments of classical Greek literature, including Homer's Iliad and Odyssey.

]The Cotsen Children's Library, located in Firestone Library, will be closed until October for refurbishing. When it reopens, the Cotsen gallery will have been transformed into an imaginary "Bookscape" with picture-book-inspired hideaways for readers of all ages.

The exhibition "Recent Acquisitions," on view from June 22 through September 1 at the Art Museum, brings together recent gifts and purchases that augment the strengths of the museum's diverse holdings. East Asian, pre-Columbian and Latin American objects are on view alongside Western drawings, prints, paintings and sculptures dating from antiquity to the 20th century.

An Alternative to Alcohol Abuse: Housing Reform in the Residential Colleges by Brian Muegge ’05

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June 24 and 25 — Women's Voices and Feminisms in the Modern Middle East: A workshop geared toward high school and community college teachers and the general public
Speakers include Mona Mikhail (New York University), Jessica Winegar (New York University), Negin Nabavi (Princeton University), Barbara Mann (Princeton University), Marion Katz (Mount Holyoke College), Beth Baron (City College, SUNY), and Elaine Sciolino (New York Times).
Frist Campus Center 301. 8:45 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day. Sponsored by the Program in Near Eastern Studies, the U.S. Department of Education. Free

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  • The exhibition "Recent Acquisitions," on view from June 22 through September 1 at the Art Museum, brings together recent gifts and purchases that augment the strengths of the museum's diverse holdings. East Asian, pre-Columbian and Latin American objects are on view alongside Western drawings, prints, paintings and sculptures dating from antiquity to the 20th century.
  • A collection of 23 works on paper are featured in the exhibition "American Drawings and Watercolors: Gifts of Leonard L. Milberg, Class of 1953," on view through July 21.
  • “Contemporary Views: Photographs by Paul Berger, Sarah Charlesworth, Barbara Ess, and Ray K. Metzker,” April 20-May 26
  • "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.

LIbrary exhibits

Main Gallery at Firestone Library — Woodrow Wilson at Princeton:  The Path to the Presidency —   May 5, 2002 - October 27, 2002

Charles Risdon Day, after the painting by Frederic Edwin Church
"Niagara (The Great Fall, Niagara)" (Chromolithograph, published in London by Day & Son)
1857; Graphic Arts Division
Gift of Leonard L. Milberg, Class of 1953

 Milberg Gallery at Firestone Library — Heroic Pastorals:  Images of the American Landscape —  April 14, 2002 - October 6, 2002

Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library — Take a Walk Along Nassau Street: Celebrating the Classes of 1942, 1952, 1962, 1977, and 1982

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New York Regional Chapter event of the Princeton Entrepreneurs Network, June 19, 6 - 8:30 p.m., Brown Raysman, 900 Third Avenue (B/tw 54th and 55th), 19th Floor Firm Cafeteria. RSVP & Questions: rfreeman@brownraysman.com

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Tahseen Basheer *53, the Egyptian diplomat, died June 11 of heart failure in London. He was 77. Basheer, who grew up in Alexandria in a wealthy Egyptian family, became "one of the earliest and staunchest advocates of normalizing relations with Israel," according to the New York Times. He was "one of the few men willing to speak their minds freely on any issue of politics or history no matter what the consequences." He served as spokesman for President Gamal Abdel Nasser and for President Anwar el-Sadat. Later he was appointed Egypt's ambassador to the Arab League and as ambassador to Canada.

David B. Edwards ’75 and Uday S. Mehta *84 are among 11 Carnegie scholars. Each will receive up to $100,000 for one or two years to pursue subjects advancing the strategic work of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Edwards, a professor of anthropology at Williams College, is researching "Civil Society and Terrorism in Afghanistan." Mehta, a political science professor at Amherst College, is researching "Constitutional Configurations of the Past: A Comparative Study of India, Israel, South Africa, and the U.S."

Jonathan Frank Whetzel ’48, a moderate Republican who played a key role in adoption of Washington state's principal environmental laws, died June 9 after a battle with debilitating strokes, reported the Associated Press. He was 75. According to AP, he was also "a television executive and lawyer who served in the legislature and city council. He was elected to [Washington's] house of representatives in 1965 and moved to the state senate in 1971 before leaving state politics in 1974."

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Fencer Lindsay Campbell ’02 named to Academic All-America third team
Lindsay Campbell ’02, who finished the regular season with a team-best record of 29-3, was selected to the 2001-02 Verizon Academic All-America Women's At-Large Third Team. Campbell, who graduated from the Woodrow Wilson School, earned second team All-America honors with a sixth place finish at the NCAA championship earlier this year. She finished the regular season with a team-best record of 29-3, and was also named first team All-Ivy.

Becker ’03 and Smith ’02 selected to women’s lax Academic All-America unit
Princeton women's lacrosse players Rachael Becker ’03 and Kim Smith ’02 earned 2002 Academic All-America honors from the IWLCA. Becker, a junior defender and Smith, a senior attacker, are both psychology majors at Princeton.
Along with their academic success, both excelled on the lacrosse field with Becker leading a defense that allowed only 130 goals en route to the NCAA championship. Becker finished the year with 52 ground balls, 46 caused turnovers and 26 draw controls while logging a team-high 1099 minutes.
Smith finished the season with 29 goals and eight assists for 37 total points. She picked up 10 ground balls and ended her Princeton career in fourth place on the all-time goals list with 142 career goals. Smith was Princeton's lone representative on the 2001 Academic All-America squad.

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