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Freshman seminar asks students to envision their future in a changing climate

For his freshman seminar this year, Robert Socolow is asking his class to think about the future, not just for themselves but for the entire planet.
“Climate change poses a deep question: How much do we care about our collective future?” said Socolow, professor emeritus and senior research scholar in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton. “The heart […]

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Police officers highly motivated by supervisor scrutiny

Police officers are highly responsive to the scrutiny of their superiors, a Princeton University study shows, and the findings suggest that rules and supervision can be effective at reforming police behavior.
Published Dec. 7 in the Journal of Politics, the study examines millions of police records from the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) stop-question-and-frisk program — a controversial police tactic wherein […]

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Princeton, Stockholm University team up to explore ‘Earth in 2050’ global environment

Simon Levin, the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton, opens the workshop, setting goals for the two-day session. Levin serves on the SRC board.

Princeton University welcomed researchers from the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) of Stockholm University from Nov.12-14 to collaborate on key areas related to the environment in the global context.
The meeting, “Earth in […]

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New task force to continue work on relationships between University and eating clubs

A new task force has assembled to continue work on the relationships between the University and the 11 eating clubs, building on progress over the last seven years since a task force under the same name convened and made recommendations.
Princeton staff, students and alumni have been appointed to the task force, which began meeting in November. The Task Force on […]

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Seltzer recognized for innovative presentation of classical chamber music

Marna Seltzer, director of Princeton University Concerts, has been recognized by Musical America Worldwide as one of its “Movers Shapers: Top 30 Professionals of the Year.”
This distinction, presented annually by the organization that has served as the voice of the performing arts industry for over a century, selects individuals who are transforming and “shaping programs, practices and perceptions of the performing […]

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Lee appointed to endowed chair

David S. Lee, director of IDEAS for Higher Education and former Princeton University provost, has been named Chemical Bank Chairman’s Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, effective Sept. 1, 2017.
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Two Princeton students, two alumni awarded Schwarzman Scholarships for study in Beijing

Princeton seniors Rebecca Singer and Michael Shin, and alumni Shefali Jain and Joseph Tobin, have been named Schwarzman Scholars. The Schwarzman Scholarship covers the cost of graduate study and living toward a one-year master’s program at Tsinghua University in Beijing.
For its third class, 142 scholars were selected from around the world from more than 4,000 applicants. The scholars will study […]

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Employee obituaries: December 2017

The following is an updated list of University employee obituaries.
Current employees
November 2017: Katherine Nelson, 28 (2016-2017, Princeton Neuroscience Institute).
Retired employees
October 2017: Ernest Cheatham, 84 (1969-1997, Building Services).
 
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Employee retirements: December 2017

The following is an updated list of University employee retirements.
Effective Dec. 1: in the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials, grants/business administrator Carolyn Arnesen, after 16 years; in building services, janitor Peter Bell, after 25 years; in the Office of Information Technology, Administrative Information Services, senior security administrator Terrence Lam, after 19 years.
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Board approves five faculty appointments

The Princeton University Board of Trustees has approved the appointment of five faculty members, including one professor and four assistant professors.
Professor
Andrew Chignell, will join the faculty in winter 2018 as the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Religion and the University Center for Human Values. He comes to Princeton from the University of Pennsylvania, where he has taught over the past […]

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From a spaghetti-like jumble of microfibers and water comes a promising new material

Princeton researchers have discovered that when water flows around long plastic fibers, the flexible fiber strands tangle like a plate of spaghetti. Instead of a muddled mess, however, this product is in fact a highly useful material known as a hydrogel.
Investigated for half a century, hydrogels are increasingly finding uses in areas including artificial tissue engineering, sustained drug delivery, surgical […]

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Princeton issues planning framework to guide campus development

Princeton University has issued a planning framework to guide campus development over the next 10 years in the context of potential needs and developments over the next 30 years.
The framework proposes locations for several priority projects that were identified in a strategic planning framework that the University adopted in January 2016. These include a new residential college or colleges to […]

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Senior Rajasekar awarded Marshall Scholarship for graduate study in the UK

Princeton senior Shruthi Rajasekar has been named a 2018 Marshall Scholar. The Marshall Scholarship seeks to promote strong relations between the United Kingdom and the United States by offering intellectually distinguished young Americans the opportunity to develop their abilities as future leaders. The scholarship covers the cost of two years of graduate study in the UK at a university of […]

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Three Princeton scientists share Breakthrough Prize for mapping the early universe

Three Princeton University scientists have been awarded the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics for their “detailed maps of the early universe that greatly improved our knowledge of the evolution of the cosmos and the fluctuations that seeded galaxies.”
Norman Jarosik, Lyman Page Jr. and David Spergel were honored on Dec. 3 for their pioneering work on the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe, the NASA […]

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Whitman College celebrates 10 years

What’s the best thing about Whitman College? 
Whitman College is one of Princeton University’s six residential colleges. Completed in fall 2007 and named after Princeton 1977 alumna Meg Whitman, the college houses and advises first-year students, sophomores, juniors and seniors. In this video, students share some highlights of living in the Collegiate Gothic complex. 
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Application opens for presenters at 2018 Princeton Research Day

Applications are being accepted for presenters at 2018 Princeton Research Day, the third annual campus-wide celebration of research and creative endeavors by the University’s undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and other nonfaculty researchers.
The May 10, 2018, event provides an opportunity for students, early-career researchers and artists to share their work and to network with the community through short talks, poster […]

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Minor earthquake tremors felt on Princeton campus

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.4 centered near Dover, Delaware, produced tremors that were felt at Princeton University campus buildings including Nassau Hall, New South and the Arts Tower at the Lewis Arts Complex.
There were no reports of injuries or damage. University officials were checking buildings where the tremors were felt.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported the earthquake came at […]

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Robert Jahn, pioneer of deep space propulsion and mind-machine interactions, dies at 87

Robert Jahn

Robert Jahn, a former dean of engineering at Princeton University who pioneered an advanced form of rocket propulsion and later focused on mind-machine interactions and the nature of consciousness, died Nov. 15. He was 87.
Jahn rose to prominence as an engineer during the space race, laying critical groundwork for spacecraft propelled by electrically charged particles instead of conventional rockets […]

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Scientists reduce the chances of life on exoplanets in so-called habitable zones around red stars

Is there life beyond Earth in the cosmos? Astronomers looking for signs have found that our Milky Way galaxy teems with exoplanets, some with conditions that could be right for extraterrestrial life. Such worlds orbit stars in so-called “habitable zones,” regions where planets could hold liquid water that is necessary for life as we know it.
However, the question of habitability […]

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Responding to urban design challenges: Students explore architecture in Brazil

This fall, Princeton faculty teaching “The Interdisciplinary Design Urban Studio” are introducing 12 students to architectural and urban design issues to help build their critical thinking and design skills. Central to the course was a fall-break trip to Brazil where students gained firsthand experience of the topics discussed on campus.
Mario Gandelsonas, professor of architecture and the Class of 1913 Lecturer […]

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Princeton issues new statement of support for Xiyue Wang

Princeton University issued the following statement Nov. 27 in response to an Iranian television broadcast regarding Xiyue Wang, 36, a graduate student in the Department of History who is imprisoned in Iran.
The Iranian State TV broadcast about Princeton University graduate student Xiyue Wang is filled with false and misleading statements about Mr. Wang and about Princeton.
Mr. Wang was in Iran solely […]

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Frymer discusses ‘Building an American Empire’

Paul Frymer, a professor of politics at Princeton University and the director of the Program in Law and Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, studies democratic representation in the United States. His particular interests are the historical place of political institutions such as courts and parties in responding to racial and class inequality.
This fall, […]

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Princeton chemist Edward C. Taylor, inventor of anti-cancer drug, dies at 94

Edward C. Taylor, a Princeton University chemistry professor whose research into butterfly wing pigments led to the development of a cancer-fighting drug used worldwide, died Nov. 22 in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was 94.
“Ted Taylor’s scientific discoveries contributed greatly to this University and to the medical treatments available to cancer patients,” said Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber. “His ebullient love […]

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Phones vulnerable to location tracking even when GPS services off

Demonstrating a potential privacy breach, a team of Princeton University engineers has developed an app that can locate and track people through their smartphones even when access to the Global Positioning System, or GPS, data on their devices is turned off.
The app, called PinMe, mines information already stored on smartphones that — unlike GPS — doesn’t require permission for access. When […]

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Donald McClure, specialist in electronic spectroscopy, dies at 97

Donald McClure

Donald McClure, the Russell Wellman Moore Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus, at Princeton University, died Nov. 17 in Plainsboro, New Jersey. He was 97.
McClure joined Princeton’s faculty in 1967 and transferred to emeritus status in 1991.
McClure focused on physical inorganic chemistry. He made “pioneering contributions to the fields of molecular spectroscopy and condensed-matter physics,” said Tom Muir, the Van Zandt […]

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Uwe Reinhardt, leading authority on health care economics and admired teacher, dies at 80; memorial service planned for April 21

Uwe Reinhardt, one of the nation’s leading health care economists and a beloved Princeton University professor, died Monday, Nov. 13. He was 80. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on April 21, 2018, in the University Chapel. 

Uwe Reinhardt

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Exhibition on pioneer photographer Clarence White spurs academic collaboration

“Clarence H. White and His World: The Art and Craft of Photography, 1895–1925” — on view at Princeton University Art Museum through Jan. 7, 2018 — inspired an unusual collaboration between the museum, Princeton graduate students, the Yale Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage, and researchers and curators from numerous disciplines.
Immersed in the setting of the museum on Princeton’s […]

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Study of Darwin’s finches reveals that new species can develop in as little as two generations

A new study illustrates how new species can arise in as little as two generations. The study tracked Darwin’s finches on the Galápagos island of Daphne Major, where a member of the G. conirostris species (pictured) arrived from a distant island and mated with a resident finch of the species G. fortis. The offspring developed into a new species that […]

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Bhatia-Gautier, minority leader and former president of the Senate of Puerto Rico, named Baccalaureate speaker

Princeton alumnus Eduardo Bhatia-Gautier, minority leader and former president of the Senate of Puerto Rico, has been selected as the speaker for the University’s 2018 Baccalaureate ceremony.

Baccalaureate, an end-of-year interfaith service that is one of Princeton’s oldest traditions, is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, June 3.
The speaker was selected by the Committee on Honorary Degrees and approved by the Board […]

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E-ffiliates meeting: Three megatrends inspire hope in fight to solve climate change

Despite the U.S. leaving the Paris Agreement on climate and the Environmental Protection Agency’s rollback of rules on clean air and other safeguards, there are tangible reasons to be hopeful about our environmental future, according to Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund.
“I think there are three megatrends that can drive us towards clean energy and a stable climate, if […]

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New leadership initiative for students focuses on civil discourse and citizenship engagement

During Princeton University’s fall break, a cohort of undergraduates met with leaders of think tanks, philanthropies and elected officials to cultivate their capacity for citizenship and leadership on campus and to prepare them for service and success in a global society as part of the Next Generation Citizenship program. Among the officials who students met in Washington, D.C., was Terri […]

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Brent Colburn named Princeton vice president for communications and public affairs

Brent Colburn, a former senior communications and public affairs official at several cabinet-level federal agencies and currently the vice president for communications at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, has been named Princeton University’s vice president for communications and public affairs, effective Feb. 1. He succeeds Robert Durkee, who is stepping down from his position as the University’s vice president for public […]

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Breakthrough could launch organic electronics beyond cellphone screens

A discovery by an international team of researchers from Princeton University, the Georgia Institute of Technology and Humboldt University in Berlin points the way to more widespread use of an advanced technology generally known as organic electronics.
The research, published Nov. 13 in the journal Nature Materials, focuses on organic semiconductors, a class of materials prized for their applications in emerging […]

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Princeton and Slavery Symposium explores U.S. history ‘writ small,’ reveals ‘powerful and fruitful’ research

The Princeton and Slavery Symposium, held Nov. 16-19 at Princeton University, featured panels, performances, guided tours, exhibitions, film screenings and a keynote speech by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison. Hundreds of people attended the events: Princeton students, faculty and staff members; scholars and higher education administrators from across the country; and community members. Thousands watched the proceedings through livestreaming.
“The Princeton and […]

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Princeton dedicates Morrison Hall in honor of Nobel laureate and emeritus faculty member Toni Morrison

Princeton University dedicated the naming of Morrison Hall on Friday, Nov. 17, in honor of Toni Morrison, the Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Humanities, Emeritus, and the recipient of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature. Morrison was the first African American to be awarded the prize.
The dedication was held in Chancellor Green following Morrison’s keynote address at the Princeton […]

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Sarah-Jane Leslie named dean of the Graduate School at Princeton

Sarah-Jane Leslie, the Class of 1943 Professor of Philosophy and a graduate alumna, has been appointed as the next dean of the Princeton University Graduate School, effective Jan. 1, 2018.
Leslie’s appointment was recommended by Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber and approved by the Board of Trustees at their Nov. 17 meeting. The previous dean of the Graduate School was Sanjeev […]

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Princeton senior Jordan Thomas awarded Rhodes Scholarship

Princeton University senior Jordan Thomas has been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship for graduate study at the University of Oxford. He is among the 32 American recipients of the prestigious fellowships, which fund two to three years of graduate study at Oxford.
Thomas, of South Plainfield, New Jersey, is concentrating in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and is […]

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Princeton chemists share science with local kids at ‘Chemistry Rocks!’

On Oct. 27, more than 900 area students visited Frick Chemistry Laboratory for the 2017 National Chemistry Week “Chemistry Rocks!” Activities Night.
Children and young people ages 5 and up were invited to don safety goggles and get their hands dirty with hands-on activities, games and presentations related to the chemistry of Earth. They learned about rock-forming minerals, made slime and limestone caves, watched coal […]

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Employee retirements: November 2017

The following is an updated list of University employee retirements.
Effective Oct. 1: in the paint shop, painter Christopher Frazzetta, after 31 years.
Effective Nov. 1: in the Office of Advancement-Annual Giving, associate director Paul Raeder, after 13 years; in the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), head, electrical engineering division Alfred von Halle, after 37 years; in Art and Archaeology, curator Xia […]

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Uwe Reinhardt, leading authority on health care economics and admired teacher, dies at 80; memorial service being planned

Uwe Reinhardt, one of the nation’s leading health care economists and a beloved Princeton University professor, died Monday, Nov. 13. He was 80. A memorial service is being planned. 

Uwe Reinhardt

During the nearly 50 years that Reinhardt was at the University, he was regarded as one of the most influential health economists and health policy experts in the country, known for […]

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Employee obituaries: November 2017

The following is an updated list of University employee obituaries.
Current employees
October 2017: Paul Williams, 49 (2012-2017, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology).
Retired employees
March 2017: Charles Sule, 67 (1996-2005, Physics).
August 2017: Lloyd Best, 82 (1972-2003, Public Safety); Pearl Cavanaugh, 94 (1964-1989, Philosophy).
September 2017: O. Nelson Bowen, 89 (1974-1993, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory); Aline Lenaz, 75 (1978-1999, Design and Construction).
October 2017: Mary Guimond, 81 […]

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‘Wicked problems’ class puts people at the center of technical design

Ken Anderson runs a lively classroom. He dashes readings off the syllabus and adds new ones, invites impromptu visitors, punctuates lessons with anecdotes, and favors discussions over formal lectures. It is in service of his foremost theme: maintaining a human element in design.
Anderson, a principal researcher at Intel, is spending this year as the James Wei Visiting Professor at Princeton’s […]

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Fall break: A time for service on and off campus for Princeton students

What is service? Volunteering. Learning. Discussion. Collaboration. Activism. Yes, yes, yes, yes and yes. Over fall break, 70 Princeton University undergraduates took part in service in its many forms through the Pace Center for Civic Engagement’s Breakout Princeton and Breakout Local programs, Oct. 28-Nov. 6.
Breakout Princeton provides students with the opportunity to go on fully funded service-learning trips every fall and […]

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Societal benefits of research on display at Celebrate Princeton Invention

A sensor that measures surface temperatures to improve indoor heating and cooling was one of several inventions on display last week at Princeton’s annual Celebrate Princeton Invention reception.
The evening honors faculty members and their teams who are creating technologies with the potential to benefit society. Held Thursday, Nov. 9, the event brought faculty, staff and student researchers together with members […]

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Uwe Reinhardt, leading authority on health care economics and admired teacher, dies at 80

Uwe Reinhardt, one of the nation’s leading health care economists and a beloved Princeton University professor, died Monday, Nov. 13. He was 80.

Uwe Reinhardt

During the nearly 50 years that Reinhardt was at the University, he was regarded as one of the most influential health economists and health policy experts in the country, known for his ability to explain extraordinarily complex […]

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Erin Wolf appointed to Princeton position in international travel and safety

Erin Wolf, whose career focuses on international risk analysis in higher education, has been appointed the inaugural associate director of international travel and safety at Princeton University, effective Nov. 13.
“The University’s international activity is growing rapidly and becoming more complex,” said Provost Deborah Prentice. “Our faculty, students and staff are increasingly engaged abroad, conducting research, teaching and taking courses, working […]

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Martonosi sketches a path for a new type of computing

As new devices move quantum computing closer to practical use, the journal Nature recently asked Princeton computer scientist Margaret Martonosi and two colleagues to assess the state of software needed to exploit this powerful computational approach.
Relying on subtle quantum mechanical effects for data storage and computation, quantum computers show promise to vastly speed up certain types of calculations. Martonosi, the […]

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Princeton conference celebrates Langston Hughes, poet and ‘champion of black America’

During a conference Nov. 10-11 at Princeton University, scholars, students, poets and fans from across the country celebrated the life and legacy of Langston Hughes to mark the 50th anniversary of his death.
“Remembering Langston Hughes — His Art, Life Legacy Fifty Years Later” included panels, performances and a keynote address by author Elizabeth Alexander. The conference, which drew around […]

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Freshman seminar examines the role of place in forming ‘the American imagination’

The students enrolled in the freshman seminar “American Places: Architecture, Landscape and the American Imagination” this fall are learning that while architectural “places” — homes, buildings, urban developments and more — are central to American identity, they are often constructed with complicated histories.
Each week, Stan Allen, the George Dutton ’27 Professor of Architecture, focuses on a case study to help […]

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CPUC committee seeks suggestions for naming new garden, East Pyne arch

The CPUC Committee on Naming that last spring recommended that the former West College be renamed Morrison Hall in honor of Nobel Laureate and former Princeton faculty member Toni Morrison and that the main auditorium in Robertson Hall be named in honor of Nobel Laureate and former Princeton faculty member Sir Arthur Lewis is seeking suggestions for the naming of two […]

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