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June 12, 2002


The Boston Herald reported that Henry Louis Gates Jr., head of Harvard's Afro-American studies department has decided to stay at Harvard. "It would be devastating to Afro-American studies to leave now, and I want to start rebuilding the department with my friends and colleagues," Gates told Harvard's student paper.

The ecological effects of low-level oil spills may be more serious than previously thought, according to a Princeton-led study that documented the widespread death of marine iguanas on a Galapagos island. In a report published in the June 6 issue of Nature, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology Martin Wikelski and colleagues reported that 62 percent of the marine iguanas on the Galapagos island of Santa Fe died within a year after a grounded tanker dumped nearly 800,000 gallons of oil into nearby waters.
The consequences of the spill had been thought to be relatively mild because strong currents dispersed the oil. In the immediate aftermath, it seemed that the lives of all but a few marine animals were spared. The researchers' findings suggest that the iguanas died because oil killed off a beneficial microorganism that lives in the animals' guts and helps them digest their diet of seaweed.

A professor of humanities, emeritus, Alvin Kernan has written a 10-part satire "on the absurdities of American life," reports the Sunday Telegraph. "The result is a very strange book … in which various descendants of the beleaguered Joad family from Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath are put through the wringer of turn-of-the-millennium culture. This is ostensibly a series of fables relating the characters' adventures in the worlds of academia, politics, law, and so on. In practice, it quickly dispenses with plot in order to get on with the main business of attacking as many targets as possible."

From the Washington Post: "John Tyler Bonner had the luck to be born into a family that lived a charmed life, the fortune to find a lifelong passion and the timing to live at the heyday of his favorite subject. In his autobiography, The Lives of a Biologist: Adventures in a Century of Extraordinary Science, Bonner, an emeritus professor at Princeton University, smoothly integrates advances in biology during the 20th century with tales from a life that now stretches into its ninth decade. In simple but elegant prose, he revisits some of the most important biological advances, from embryology to molecular genetics."

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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Public tours, Saturdays, 2 p.m.

  • 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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A day at the beach with the Princeton Women's Network of Northern California; June 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Pillar Point Harbor, Princeton-by-the-Sea. Contact: Maria Riasanovsky. RSVP via email helpful but not required. 510-524-8369

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Paul Holland ’01, part of the Yukon 2002 expedition team, will travel 1,900 miles by canoe down the Yukon River from Lake Bennett to the Bering Sea. The team plans to leave this month. Team members will conduct water testing to develop a base line for future water quality testing, conduct interviews with people who live along the river, and document their trip through video, photographs, and written observations. To keep track of Holland's adventure, go to www.ecstaticwanderings.com for updates on the team's progress.

John Fort III ’63
, who stepped down as chairman of Tyco International 10 years ago, is now back "in the hot seat," reported the Associated Press, as the company's interim leader. He has taken over from CEO L. Dennis Kozlowski, who has been indicted on tax evasion. Fort will lead the search for a permanent CEO replacement.

David Gluck ’90 became the new managing director of Magic Theatre, San Francisco's home for new plays, June 1. Before taking over his new post, Gluck was the theater's director of finance, and prior to that was director of development for the California Shakespeare Festival.

A philosophy professor at UCLA and Harvard, Rogers Albritton *55 died on May 21. He was 78. Albritton's "penchant for always questioning a conclusion led him to avoid the permanency of the written word. He published only four papers over his 36-year career," reported the New York Times.

Rebecca Goldstein *77's 1983 novel The Mind-Body Problem, set on Princeton's campus, made Newsday's recommended summer reading list. Critic Heller McAlpin ’77 calls it "a clever, witty, sexy woman's take on that most basic issue in philosophy, the play between 'the outer public place of bodies and the inner private one of minds.'"

Christie Hefner, chairman and chief executive officer of Playboy Enterprises, Inc., announced the election of David F. Zucker ’84 to the newly created post of president and chief operating officer. He will be responsible for overseeing and coordinating the business operations of the company.

In Perfect Match, Jodi Picoult ’87 deals with sexual abuse by the clergy. At the center of her novel, she asks, "What would you do if you discovered a clergyman you trusted had sexually molested your small child? Would you be capable of killing the offender?" according to the Sunday Star-Times.

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Women’s lax coach Chris Sailer named coach of the year

For the third straight year, women’s lacrosse coach Chris Sailer was named the Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year. Sailer won the award for the sixth time in her career after guiding the Tigers to a national championship and an Ivy League title.
Under Sailer, Princeton finished the year ranked first in the nation with a 19-1 record and the country’s longest winning streak (19), among other distinctions such as holding the country’s best scoring margin. The Tigers cruised to a national title, setting NCAA tournament records such as most points scored in a playoff game (25) and largest margin of victory (22) in the process.
Princeton won the title by defeating Georgetown in the championship game, winning 12-7. The five-point margin was the smallest of the tournament for Princeton, which defeated North Carolina 16-2 in the Semifinal.
Sailer’s team set the Princeton record book ablaze, recording school records for most wins in a season (19), longest winning and unbeaten streak (19), most goals scored in a season (291), most assists in a season (137) and most points in a season (428). The Tigers never trailed at the end of regulation and registered double digit scoring totals in each game for the first time in program history.
The Tigers were ranked No.1 in the national polls for five weeks, longer than any other team. Sailer has now had teams ranked in the nation’s Top-10 in each of last 14 seasons and with five All-America selections on this team, she has now coached 32 of Princeton’s 34 All-Americas.
Sailer won her sixth Ivy League title, finishing the year with a perfect 7-0 conference mark. She improved her career Ivy record to 78-23 (,772) and raised her career win total to 199-68 (.745).

Two Tigers selected in Major League Baseball draft

Princeton baseball’s all-time hits leader Pat Boran ’02 and junior Scott Hindman were selected in the Major League Baseball draft on June 4 and 5.
Boran, the shortstop who captained the 2002 team, was taken by the Red Sox in the 24th round with the 718th overall pick. Boran closed out his career in first place in the Princeton record books for career hits (206), games played (177), at bats (635) and runs scored (143).
A first-team All-Ivy selection in 2002, Boran was a second-team selection in 2001 and received unanimous first-team honors in 2000. He finished second on the team with a .310 batting average and first with 33 RBIs. Boran also earned NJCBA second-team All-State honors in 2002, and was named NJCBA first-team All-State in 2001.
Hindman, a left-handed pitcher, was selected by the Anaheim Angels in the 22nd round with the 654th overall pick.
Hindman returned to the mound this season after making just one appearance in 2001 before missing the rest of the season after having Tommy John surgery on his elbow. This season he threw seven innings and finished with a 15.43 ERA. Hindman surrendered just two hits, while walking 11 and striking out 13 in his seven appearances.
Princeton won its seventh-straight Gehrig Division title in 2002 to advance to the Ivy League Championship Series. The Tigers lost to Harvad 5-1 and 2-1 to relinquish the Ivy League title they had held since 2000. Princeton closed out the season with a 22-23 record.

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