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Featured Stories Archive – March, 2008

Robert F. Goheen, 16th president of Princeton, dies at age 88; service set for April 27

Robert F. Goheen, president of Princeton University from 1957 to 1972 during a period of transformative growth and change, died of heart failure Monday, March 31, at the University Medical Center at Princeton. He was 88.

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Exhibition marks art museum's 125th anniversary

The Princeton University Art Museum is celebrating its 125th anniversary with an exhibition that brings together many of the most important works from all areas of its collection. On view from through Sunday, June 15, "An Educated Eye: Princeton University Art Museum Collections" also marks the publication of the museum's new handbook, which serves as a guide to its encyclopedic collection.

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Mentoring program aims to keep women in math

When Rhodes Scholar Lillian Pierce met Queen Elizabeth II at a reception at Buckingham Palace, Pierce introduced herself as a mathematician -- and found herself in a familiar situation. "Not many girls have the head for pure maths," the queen said. "I said, 'Well, actually, I think that most women are told that they can't do math, and then they don't,'" Pierce recalled. Pierce -- a Ph.D. candidate in the Princeton mathematics department who graduated as valedictorian from the University in 2002 -- now leads a campus program aimed at making women more comfortable in the field.

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Science on the fly: Expo gives kids a taste of research for a day

The three students from Timberlane Middle School in Hopewell had never heard of superconductivity before. Nor did they know anything about the scientist before them. But the seventh-graders knew a good thing when they saw it. "Cool," they uttered in unison, as Robert Cava, the Russell Wellman Moore Professor of Chemistry at Princeton, placed one piece of a magnet on Tristan Wheatley's palm and made another "stick" to the underside of the youth's hand just below the other magnet. They were among 1,000 middle school students attending Princeton's March 19 Science and Engineering Expo, where they did hands-on science with some of the ablest researchers in the world.

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Tilghman trip to Asia ends on a high note

President Shirley M. Tilghman completed her weeklong trip to Asia with a visit to Hong Kong Thursday through Sunday, March 13-16, that featured a conference with prominent alumni from the region who are influential in shaping commerce and finance around the world as well as a campaign kickoff event.

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Tilghman's Asia trip continues with meetings in Shanghai

Continuing her weeklong trip to Asia that began with a stop in Singapore, Princeton President Shirley M. Tilghman traveled to Shanghai, China, Wednesday and Thursday, March 12-13.

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Tilghman meeting with education and government leaders in Asia

Princeton President Shirley M. Tilghman has embarked on a weeklong trip to Asia to learn more about the future of the region. Her stop in Singapore on Monday and Tuesday, March 10-11, was the first visit to that country by a sitting president in the history of the University.

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Scalia: Courts' powers are limited

Courts are only as good as the powers granted them through the Constitution, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told a Princeton University audience Friday, March 7, during an address on the role of the judiciary in a democracy.

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Political scholar Zelizer goes beyond disciplinary, academic boundaries

As the presidential campaign focuses attention on America's future, Princeton's Julian Zelizer is emerging as a prominent political scholar -- known for bringing historical insights to today's issues with a blend of social and cultural analysis.

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