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Archive – December, 2011

Sin-I Cheng, a pioneer in rocketry and aerodynamics, dies

Sin-I Cheng, an emeritus professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton University who, in a career spanning five decades, made critical early advances in rocketry and helped develop modern computational approaches to aerodynamics, died Dec. 6 at his home in Princeton. He was 89.

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Showcasing student engineers' diverse pursuits

In an effort to communicate the breadth of achievements and interests of its students, Princeton University's School of Engineering and Applied Science has created a series of posters and an online gallery profiling more than 30 graduate and undergraduate students.

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FACULTY AWARD: Six professors named 2011 AAAS fellows

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has selected six Princeton professors as fellows for 2011: Bryan Grenfell from ecology and evolutionary biology; John Storey and Ned Wingreen in molecular biology and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics; and Pablo Debenedetti, William Russel and Alexander Smits from the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

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FACULTY AWARD: Bhargava, Rodnianski receive 2011 Fermat Prize for mathematical research

The Toulouse Mathematics Institute has awarded the 2011 Fermat Prize for mathematical research to Manjul Bhargava, Princeton professor of mathematics and mathematical physics, and mathematics professor Igor Rodnianski.

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Novelist Franzen, poet Richardson and Princeton senior Bahadur to read

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, 4:30 p.m. · Berlind Theatre

Novelist Jonathan Franzen; poet James Richardson, a professor of creative writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts and English; and Nina Bahadur, a member of the Class of 2012 who writes poetry, will read from their work at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the Berlind Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center. The readings are part of the Lewis Center's Althea Ward Clark W '21 Reading Series.

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Ghaffari to direct senior thesis production of 'Elephant's Graveyard'

Wednesday, Jan. 11, through Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, 8 p.m. · Matthews Acting Studio, 185 Nassau St.

Christopher Ghaffari, a member of the Class of 2012, will direct a production of "Elephant's Graveyard," a play by George Brant about the execution of a circus elephant, as part of his senior thesis at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, through Saturday, Jan. 14, in the Matthews Acting Studio, 185 Nassau St. Tickets cost $12; $10 for University students and seniors. The production is sponsored by the Program in Theater.

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Princeton student musicians, movement artists to perform

Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, 8 p.m. · Fine Hall, Taplin Auditorium

The Princeton Atelier and the Department of Music will present "Moved by Music," a program of collaborative performances by student musicians and movement artists inspired by the works of Bach, Handel, Beethoven, Ravel and Bartol and led by music professor Barbara White and choreographer Kate Weare. The performance will take place at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, in Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall.

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University to increase contribution to borough for 2012

Princeton University has agreed to make a one-year voluntary contribution of $1.7 million to Princeton Borough in 2012, an increase of $500,000 over the 2011 contribution, with the understanding that $250,000 of the contribution will be used to offset expenses the borough incurs in connection with the consolidation of the borough with Princeton Township into a new Town of Princeton. The consolidation will be effective as of Jan. 1, 2013.

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University, township agree on increased contribution for 2012

Princeton University and Princeton Township have agreed that the University will increase its voluntary financial contribution to the township from $500,000 in 2011 to $525,000 in 2012 — a 5 percent increase — and that the University will contribute an additional $250,000 toward costs incurred by the township in connection with the transition to the consolidation of Princeton Township and Princeton Borough into a new Town of Princeton. The consolidation will be effective as of Jan. 1, 2013.

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PPPL hosts 'Science-on-Saturday' lecture series

Saturdays, Jan. 7 through March 10, 2012, 9:30 a.m. · Auditorium, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) will host its "Science-on-Saturday" lecture series starting Jan. 7 through March 10 in the PPPL auditorium on the Forrestal Campus.

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Approaching Art, the Princeton University Art Museum

Princeton Art Museum director James Steward and others talk about the new approach to displaying art.

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New approach connects art and experience at the Princeton University Art Museum

A new approach the Princeton University Art Museum is taking to showcase its 72,000 objects is intended to make the collections more accessible to patrons by drawing connections and providing additional context and background.

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Deitch-Stackhouse named director of SHARE office

Jacqueline Deitch-Stackhouse, who has 13 years of experience in counseling, advocacy and violence prevention, has been named director of Princeton University's Sexual Harassment/Assault Advising, Resources and Education (SHARE) office. Her appointment is effective Jan. 3.

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'Art of Science' exhibition on view

Through November 2012, various times · Friend Center

An exhibition of digital images selected in Princeton University's fifth "Art of Science" competition are on view until November 2012 in the Friend Center.

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Princeton offers early action admission to 726 students for Class of 2016

Princeton University has offered admission to 726 students from a pool of 3,443 candidates who applied through single-choice early action for the Class of 2016.

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Less knowledge, more power: Uninformed can be vital to democracy, study finds

A Princeton University-based research team reports in Science that uninformed individuals — as in those with no prior knowledge or strong feelings on a situation's outcome — can actually be vital to achieving a democratic consensus. These individuals tend to side with and embolden the numerical majority and dilute the influence of powerful minority factions who would otherwise dominate everyone else. This finding — based on group decision-making experiments on fish, as well as mathematical models and computer simulations — challenges the common notion that an outspoken minority can manipulate uncommitted voters and can ultimately provide insights into humans' political behavior.

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Perspective on: Saving and spending

In a perspective on saving and spending, Sheldon Garon, the Nissan Professor of Japanese Studies, asks why some nations promote savings, while others, specifically the United States, want citizens to spend. Garon's most recent book is "Beyond Our Means: Why America Spends While the World Saves," published this fall by Princeton University Press.

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Author Michael Lewis named Princeton's Baccalaureate speaker

Author and journalist Michael Lewis, a 1982 Princeton graduate whose best-selling books include "Moneyball," "The Blind Side" and "Liar's Poker," has been selected as the speaker for the University's 2012 Baccalaureate ceremony.

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Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos donate $15 million to create center in Princeton Neuroscience Institute

Princeton University alumnus Jeff Bezos, the founder and chief executive officer of, and alumna MacKenzie Bezos, are donating $15 million to the University to create a center in the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. The gift will establish the Bezos Center for Neural Circuit Dynamics, which will be led by institute co-director David Tank. 

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Corporate affiliates program aims for energy and environment solutions

In an effort to accelerate innovation in sustainable energy and environmental technology, a collaborative network known as the Princeton Energy and Environment Corporate Affiliates Program has been created at Princeton University to engage a wide range of businesses.

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Princeton's Sims presented with Nobel Prize in economics

Princeton University professor Christopher Sims accepted his Nobel Prize in economics Dec. 10 during a ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall in Sweden. The prize was awarded to Sims along with Thomas Sargent, a New York University economist and visiting professor this semester at Princeton, for developing tools to analyze the economic causes and effects of monetary policy.

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Engaging in the enterprise of invention at Princeton

From life-saving drugs to technologies that make people's lives easier, Princeton University researchers continually bring innovations to the marketplace for the benefit of society. Each year, about 300 members of the University research community engage in transferring their discoveries into products and services, according to the University's Office of Technology Licensing.

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Nominations sought for teaching award

The Office of the Dean of the Faculty invites members of the University community to submit letters of nomination for the 2012 President's Award for Distinguished Teaching. 

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Three faculty appointments approved

The Board of Trustees has approved the appointments of three assistant professors.

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Employee obituaries: December 2011

The following is an updated list of University employee obituaries.

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Employee retirements: December 2011

The following is an updated list of University employee retirements.

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Employee spotlight: Daniel Walker

Employee spotlight on Daniel Walker, maintenance assistant at the Frist Campus Center

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Frist hosts annual Winterval celebration

Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, 3 to 5 p.m. · Frist Campus Center, 100 level

Princeton University students, faculty and staff are invited to celebrate the upcoming winter season at the Frist Campus Center's annual Winterval from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, on the center's 100 level.

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Princeton alumni examine barriers for women in entrepreneurship

A Dec. 7 panel discussion on "Women in Entrepreneurship," hosted by Princeton's Keller Center, explored issues related to the underrepresentation of women in startup companies and venture capital.

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Princeton senior Waring receives Sachs Scholarship

Senior Olivia Waring, a chemistry major with an interest in Chinese language and translation, has been awarded the 2012 Daniel M. Sachs Class of 1960 Graduating Scholarship, one of the highest awards given to Princeton University undergraduates.

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Steve Martin weaves a tale of comedy evolution

Discussing a professional evolution that began at Disneyland and was influenced by Descartes, Lewis Carroll, E.E. Cummings and Lenny Bruce, author and actor Steve Martin spoke about his creative process, his meteoric rise and his abrupt retirement from stand-up comedy Dec. 8 as part of the Princeton University Public Lectures Series.

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Nighttime images help track disease from the sky

Princeton University-led researchers report in the journal Science that satellite images of nighttime lights normally used to spot where people live can help keep tabs on the diseases festering among them, too.

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Color Play: Princeton in Fall

Dancing and tumbling in the wind, a fall leaf gives color to the beauty of the Princeton University campus.

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Video feature: 'Color Play: Princeton in Fall'

Dancing and tumbling in the wind, a fall leaf gives color to the beauty of the Princeton University campus. In the fall season, the campus comes alive in orange, yellow and red, while still holding on to some green. Students put on layers of fleece, knits and flannels, or their favorite orange-and-black item.

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Epstein to discuss tax policy for top income earners

Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, 4:30 p.m. · McDonnell Hall, Room A01

Richard Epstein, the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law at New York University, will give a talk titled "James Madison and the Top One Percent" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, in McDonnell Hall, Room A01.

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Panels focus on New Jersey fiscal priorities

Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, 8 to 11:45 a.m. · Robertson Hall, Dodds Auditorium

A policy forum titled "Facing Our Future," featuring two panel discussions on New Jersey's fiscal policies, will be held from 8 to 11:45 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9, in Dodds Auditorium in Robertson Hall. Registration is required.

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Student Fulbright winners studying and teaching abroad

Nine members of Princeton's graduating Class of 2011, four graduate students and two other recent alumni were awarded Fulbright grants in the spring to study or teach abroad for the 2011-12 academic year, and all 15 currently are in their host countries.

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Campus community invited to Dec. 12 CPUC meeting

Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, 4:30 p.m. · Friend Center, Room 101

The Council of the Princeton University Community will meet at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, in the Friend Center, Room 101. All members of the campus community are invited to attend. Agenda items include an update on renovations to Firestone Library and a report on the Committee on Background and Opportunity survey administered last year by the Undergraduate Student Government.

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Doar to deliver Princeton Varsity Club lecture

Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, 7:30 p.m. · Robertson Hall, Dodds Auditorium

John Doar, a member of Princeton's Class of 1944 and a major figure in the U.S. civil rights movement, will deliver the next lecture in the Princeton Varsity Club's Jake McCandless '51 Speaker Series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, in Dodds Auditorium of Robertson Hall.

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Civil rights is topic of public conversation

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011, 4:30 p.m. · McCormick Hall, Room 101

A public conversation about civil rights with former members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), "Where Do We Go From Here?," will take place at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, in McCormick Hall, Room 101. Faculty participants will include Eddie Glaude, the William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies; Joshua Guild, assistant professor of history and African American Studies; Imani Perry, professor of African American Studies; and Robert Moses, a visiting lecturer in the Center for African American Studies. The discussion is cosponsored by the Center for African American Studies, the Department of History and the Program in American Studies.

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Make a battery from fruit at holiday science lectures

Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. · McDonnell Hall, Room A02

The Princeton Center for Complex Materials will present two audience-participation holiday science lectures for chidren and families at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, in McDonnell Hall, Room A02. Attendees will learn about electricity and make a battery from fruit. Registration is required.

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Museum to screen fantasy film, offer family activities

Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, 6 p.m. · Princeton University Art Museum

The Princeton University Art Museum will present a Family Movie Night at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, as part of its Late Thursdays program. The evening will begin with a riddle-solving quest in the museum's Greek and Roman galleries, followed by a screening of the 2010 film "Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief," a fantasy/adventure film drawing on Greek mythology.

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Hasson brings real life into the lab to examine cognitive processing

Princeton University neuroscientist Uri Hasson strives to make research conditions in his lab as true to real life as possible, using uncommon subject matter —including slapstick comedy and high-school melodrama — in his studies. Hasson, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, is exploring the underlying neural mechanisms of both the processes that allow the brain to integrate information over time and those that facilitate communication between people. 

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FACULTY AWARD: Mackey receives two Grammy nominations

Steven Mackey, a Princeton professor of music, has received Grammy Award nominations for both composition and guitar performance in an ensemble. Mackey is nominated for Best Small Ensemble Performance and Best Contemporary Classical Composition awards for the 2011 recording "Lonely Motel: Music from 'Slide,'" a cycle of 11 Mackey compositions recorded in collaboration with singer Rinde Eckert and new–music sextet Eighth Blackbird. The Grammy Awards are presented by the Recording Academy and will be announced Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, in Los Angeles, and aired live on CBS beginning at 8 p.m.

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Downs named director of Facilities Finance and Administrative Services

Timothy Downs has been appointed director of Facilities Finance and Administrative Services in Princeton University's Facilities Organization. His appointment was effective Nov. 1.

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Student orchestral group Sinfonia to perform

Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, 8 p.m. · Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

The University's student orchestra group, Sinfonia, will perform four pieces in a program conducted by Ruth Ochs, a University lecturer in music, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. Admission costs $5 per person.

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Princeton University Orchestra, conducted by alumnus Earle, to perform

Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9-10, 2011, 8 p.m. · Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

Princeton alumnus Hobart Earle, a member of the Class of 1983 who has served as principal conductor and musical director of the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra for the past 19 years, will conduct the Princeton University Orchestra in a performance of three pieces at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9-10, in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. Admission costs $15; $13 for seniors; $8 for University students.

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Students 'break out' to examine Gulf oil spill from multiple angles

Eighteen months after the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a group of 12 Princeton University students traveled to coastal communities in and around New Orleans to examine how the region has responded to the disaster. The trip, held over fall break from Oct. 30 to Nov. 5, was one of six Breakout Princeton trips, which are designed and led by students to learn about and take action on issues of public significance in communities across the country. The trips are overseen by Princeton's Pace Center for Civic Engagement. 

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Princeton professor Stout, seminary director Mattson to discuss religion and social change

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, 5 p.m. · McCormick Hall, Room 101

Professor of Religion Jeffrey Stout and Ingrid Mattson, director of Islamic studies and Christian-Muslim relations at the Hartford Theological Seminary, will discuss "From the Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street: Religion and Social Activism," at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, in McCormick Hall, Room 101. The event is sponsored by the Muslim Life Program and the Pace Center for Civic Engagement.

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