Archive – August, 2008
Fall farmers' market scheduled for Sept. 16-Oct. 21
Posted August 29, 2008; 11:39 a.m.
The Princeton campus farmers' market at Firestone Plaza will return this fall for six weeks, open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays from Sept. 16 through Oct. 21.
Interactive sustainability open house set for Sept. 17
Posted August 29, 2008; 11:19 a.m.
An open house intended to present in one venue an overview of the many sustainability efforts at Princeton University is planned for 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, on the 100 level of the Frist Campus Center.
Garden grows into perennial learning project
Posted August 28, 2008; 11:29 a.m.
A small experiment in organic gardening last year has blossomed into a large plot of vegetables and herbs this summer with nurturing from a group of dedicated students, the Office of Sustainability and other departments, and the High Meadows Foundation.
Information technology usage guidelines posted
Posted August 28, 2008; 10:14 a.m.
The 2008-09 edition of the guidelines governing appropriate use of University information technology resources and Internet access has been posted online.
Ceremony marks start of the year
Posted August 28, 2008; 10:04 a.m.
The University will mark the beginning of the academic year with Opening Exercises at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, in the University Chapel.
Open house planned on arts and transit neighborhood
Posted August 27, 2008; 01:16 p.m.
An open house on the University's proposed arts and transit neighborhood is set for 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, 102 Witherspoon St. in Princeton.
Exhibition illustrates Greek cultural history through books
Posted August 27, 2008; 08:46 a.m.
Some of the Princeton University Library's greatest treasures will be on display in a fall exhibition that traces the long cultural history of the Greeks. "The Greek Book From Papyrus to Printing" will focus on the Greek book as a physical object and a repository of Western civilization over three millennia. The exhibition will be on view from Monday, Sept. 8, through Sunday, Dec. 7, in the Main Gallery of Firestone Library.
Student work: BodyHype
Posted August 26, 2008; 07:17 p.m.
Princeton's BodyHype Dance Company enthusiastically embraces a variety of styles, including ballet, hip-hop and modern.
Video: iGEM competition
Posted August 25, 2008; 04:09 p.m.
Zennen Clifton, class of 2008, interviews Professor Ron Weiss about Princeton's student entries in the iGEM competition. Their experiments may lead to novel disease treatments.
Austria, Jordan trips immerse students in intercultural issues
Posted August 25, 2008; 10:50 a.m.
When King Abdullah II of Jordan met with Princeton students after delivering a lecture on campus in February, Jon Gandomi took the opportunity to open a dialogue that led him and other Princeton students on an inspirational visit to the king's country this summer. At Abdullah's invitation, 12 current and recently graduated Princeton students traveled in July for a six-day visit with Jordanian students and scholars.
U.S. publications recognize Princeton as a top university
Posted August 22, 2008; 06:00 a.m.
Princeton again has been recognized this year on national college ranking lists as a top university for its quality of education and leadership in financial aid.
Prepared with polished presentation skills
Posted August 21, 2008; 04:00 p.m.
Sixty-five high school students are participating in the Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP), which concluded six weeks of summer classes, lectures and field trips with a research symposium on Aug. 14 where students presented projects in biology, physics/engineering and the social sciences. For Manna Selassie and others, it was an opportunity to showcase their work to each other and to practice their public speaking skills.
$10 million NSF grant to fund research on fundamental questions in computer science
Posted August 20, 2008; 05:20 p.m.
Princeton University is the lead institution for a new $10 million National Science Foundation grant that will fund research on "intractability" -- a concept that has profound implications for a broad range of fields, from e-commerce to quantum computing.
Debenedetti receives chemical engineering honor
Posted August 19, 2008; 12:40 p.m.
The American Institute of Chemical Engineers has selected Pablo Debenedetti to receive the 2008 William H. Walker Award for Excellence in Contributions to Chemical Engineering Literature.
Summer service internships expand students' horizons
Posted August 18, 2008; 05:00 p.m.
This summer, Princeton's Pace Center has placed 46 students in public service internships, where they are learning about a range of issues firsthand and gaining a wealth of unforgettable experiences.
Video: Student work: Scanning Santorini
Posted August 13, 2008; 05:36 p.m.
Princeton computer scientists are collaborating with archaeologists to develop an automated system to help reconstruct wall paintings that hold clues to the ancient culture of Thera, Greece.
'Virtual archaeologist' reconnects fragments of an ancient civilization
Posted August 13, 2008; 04:09 p.m.
For several decades, archaeologists in Greece have been painstakingly attempting to reconstruct wall paintings that hold valuable clues to the ancient culture of Thera, an island civilization that was buried under volcanic ash more than 3,500 years ago. This Herculean task -- more than a century of further work at the current rate -- soon may get much easier, thanks to an automated system developed by a team of Princeton University computer scientists working in collaboration with archaeologists in Greece.
Princeton Laptop Orchestra
Posted August 11, 2008; 04:10 p.m.
Professors Dan Trueman and Perry Cook lead a project in which students create computer-based instruments that are integrated into conventional music-making contexts. Visit PLOrk's website.
Jazz Age comes alive for teachers in James Madison Seminars
Posted August 11, 2008; 11:12 a.m.
Laura Bond may have been sitting in a darkened Taplin Auditorium listening to a jazz performance of music from the early 20th century. But, as the history teacher from West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North later described it, the music transported her to another place.
Ainslie chosen as vice president for finance and treasurer
Posted August 8, 2008; 01:00 p.m.
Carolyn Ainslie, an accomplished financial management executive, has been selected as vice president for finance and treasurer at Princeton University. Her appointment is effective Oct. 1.
Hands-on engineering, campus visit inspire former refugees
Posted August 7, 2008; 10:35 a.m.
Through a partnership with Princeton engineers, children who once lived in refugee camps are learning about science and engineering as they design clay water filters and solar energy cookers. Addressing problems of clean water and affordable energy that they experienced first hand, the students also are gaining insights into the higher education process in the United States.
Student work: Ballet Folklorico
Posted August 6, 2008; 04:52 p.m.
Princeton's Mexican folk dancing troupe performed their annual spring show in April. (Video by sophomore Adrienne Dominguez.)
Financial aid program provides access, affordability
Posted August 6, 2008; 03:58 p.m.
Current, former and future Tigers in Beijing for Summer Olympic Games-UPDATED
Posted August 6, 2008; 02:39 p.m.
Princeton will be well represented at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, which officially begin Friday, Aug. 8. Fourteen Princeton students and alumni are set to compete in Beijing, joining the ranks of 86 students and alumni who have participated in the Olympics (summer and winter) since 1896.
Posted August 5, 2008; 10:58 a.m.
Whom do we fear or trust? Faces instantly guide us, scientists say
Posted August 5, 2008; 09:57 a.m.
A pair of Princeton psychology researchers has developed a computer program that allows scientists to analyze better than ever before what it is about certain human faces that makes them look either trustworthy or fearsome. In doing so, they have also found that the program allows them to construct computer-generated faces that display the most trustworthy or dominant faces possible. Such work could have implications for those who care what effect their faces may have upon a beholder, from salespeople to criminal defendants, the researchers said.
Posted August 4, 2008; 03:35 p.m.
Students learn to tell the story behind sustainability
Posted August 4, 2008; 12:45 p.m.
Some participants possessed experience handling video cameras and working with digital editing equipment. Others had solid backgrounds in the science behind the issues. But each of the seven Princeton students enrolled in this summer's workshop on "Communicating Sustainability" came with a desire to better tell the story of this contemporary movement to a broader audience.
'From Diploma to Diplomat': Princeton exhibition honors John Foster Dulles
Posted August 1, 2008; 11:18 a.m.
"John Foster Dulles: From Diploma to Diplomat," a new exhibition at the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, celebrates the centennial of John Foster Dulles' graduation from Princeton University in 1908 with a chronicle of his diplomatic career and his influence on U.S. foreign policy. The exhibition opens Monday, Aug. 11, and runs through Friday, Jan. 30.