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Princeton creates international institute for research and teaching
Latin American studies scholar Miguel Angel Centeno named director
6/30/03 -- Princeton University has launched the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) to conduct collaborative, interdisciplinary research and teaching on issues of global importance. Latin American studies scholar Miguel Angel Centeno has been appointed the institute's first director.

Princeton University names six new trustees
6/27/03 -- Princeton University has named six new members of its Board of Trustees. The board elected Peter Lewis, James McDonnell III and Louise O'Brien to four-year terms as term trustees. Princeton alumni elected three board members, Eileen Guggenheim, Olivier Kamanda and Rajiv Vinnakota, also to four-year terms.

University offers range of summer learning opportunities
Students and teachers come to campus for workshops and cutting-edge research
6/25/03 -- The academic year has concluded, but an important season of learning and research at Princeton is just starting. Teachers and students from the New Jersey region and beyond will be on campus for a wide range of summer programs, which are led by University faculty, students and staff and are designed to develop participants' skills and expose them to cutting-edge research.

Evolving the Internet: Experimental network allows testing of new global services
Princeton to host academic/industrial consortium of 'PlanetLab' researchers
6/24/03 -- Princeton University is helping to develop an experimental global network of computers that is expected to become a testing ground for a future generation of the Internet.

Tilghman issues statement on Supreme Court affirmative action decisions
6/23/03 -- Princeton President Shirley M. Tilghman's statement on the Supreme Court's June 23 decisions on lawsuits challenging the University of Michigan's affirmative action policies.

Aaron Lemonick, longtime faculty member and administrator, dies at age 80
6/20/03 -- Aaron Lemonick, a physicist, gifted teacher and longtime University administrator who played a pivotal role in building Princeton's faculty, died Thursday, June 19, at age 80.

A bird in the bush is worth … a lot
Study of energy costs in birds finds that resting places are important during migration
6/17/03 -- Highway travelers know the relief of finding a great place to stay after a long night on the road. Migrating birds are no different. A study led by a Princeton researcher has shown that birds expend more energy seeking food and shelter between the legs of their journey than they do flying.

Carillon concert series kicks off 11th season
First Sunday concert begins June 22
6/13/03 -- Princeton University announces its 11th annual Summer Carillon Series beginning Sunday, June 22 through Sunday, Aug. 31, at Cleveland Tower on the historic Graduate College campus on Springdale Road.

Brain imaging study reveals interplay of thought and emotion in economic decisions
6/12/03 -- For many people who follow America's financial markets, it is clear that economic decisions people make are not always rational. A study by Princeton psychologists now offers one neurological explanation.

Simple technique yields complex structures
Self-assembling materials could aid next-generation electronics
6/10/03 -- In a discovery with potential uses from electronics to biology, Princeton engineers have invented a simple procedure for making microscopically small particles assemble themselves into complex materials.

Emeritus Professor Durbin dies
6/4/03 -- Enoch Durbin, who taught mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton for nearly 40 years and whose eclectic mix of research subjects included alternative fuels and tennis rackets, died May 27 at his home in Princeton. He was 80.

Princeton University holds 256th Commencement
1,812 students awarded degrees
6/3/03 -- Princeton University awarded degrees to 1,117 undergraduates and 695 graduate students at its 256th Commencement today. In addition, the University conferred honorary doctorate degrees upon five individuals for their contributions in the fields of education, science, human rights law and the humanities.

Princeton awards five honorary degrees
6/3/03 -- Princeton University awarded honorary degrees today to five distinguished individuals for their contributions in the fields of education, science, international and human rights law and the humanities at the 256th Commencement: Natalie Zemon Davis, historian and professor emeritus of Princeton; South African Constitutional Court Justice Richard J. Goldstone, human rights and international lawyer; Claude M. Steele, social scientist and Stanford University professor; Joan Argetsinger Steitz, scientist and Yale University professor; and Harvard University President Lawrence H. Summers.

2003 Commencement Address
President Shirley M. Tilghman

Four faculty members recognized for outstanding teaching
6/3/03 -- Four Princeton faculty members received President's Awards for Distinguished Teaching at Commencement ceremonies June 3: Robert Gunning, professor of mathematics; Joshua Katz, assistant professor of classics; Harvey Rosen, the John Weinberg Professor of Economics and Business Policy; and Elaine Showalter, the Avalon Foundation Professor of the Humanities.

Graduate students honored for excellence in teaching
6/3/03 -- The Princeton Graduate School has given awards for excellence in teaching to five graduate students: James Buchholz of the mechanical and aerospace engineering department, Michael Lindsay of the sociology department, Kimberly Oldenburg of the English department and Leyla Valenick of the molecular biology department. Hafize Erkan of the operations research and financial engineering department received the 2003 Friends of the International Center Excellence in Teaching Award.

2003 Valedictory Oration
Peggy Ping Hsu

2003 Latin Salutatory Oration
Jesse Isaac Liebman

Students honored for service and achievement at Class Day
6/2/03 -- Members of the Class of 2003 celebrated the conclusion of their undergraduate education Monday in a Class Day ceremony that honored their achievements and reflected on their Princeton experiences. The ceremony also featured the naming of four honorary class members: Jerry Seinfeld, Heddye Ducree, The Rev. Sue Anne Steffey Morrow and A. Scott Berg.

Princeton Commencement press passes available June 2-3
5/30/03 -- Reporters and photojournalists who plan to cover Princeton University's 2003 Commencement on Tuesday, June 3, must pick up a press pass and ticket prior to seating at 10:15 a.m.

Princeton honors secondary school teachers
5/29/03 -- Princeton University will honor four outstanding New Jersey secondary school teachers at its 2003 Commencement on Tuesday, June 3. This year’s honorees are: Michael Corcoran of William L. Dickinson High School, Jersey City; Alan Feldman of Perth Amboy High School, Perth Amboy; Ernest Read III of Middlesex County Vocational and Technical High School, Perth Amboy; and Gary Whitehead of Tenafly High School, Tenafly.

Press passes now available for commencement
5/19/03 -- Reporters and photojournalists who wish to cover Princeton University's 2003 Commencement Exercises on Tuesday, June 3, must call the University's Office of Communications no later than noon, Thursday, May 22, to request a press pass.

New freshman parking rule takes effect in September
Incoming students prohibited from bringing cars on campus
5/14/03 -- Princeton University announced today that freshmen will no longer be permitted to park on campus beginning with the class of 2007. The new policy will take effect at the beginning of the 2003-04 academic year.

Ceremony to mark genomics dedication
Event to celebrate innovative mix of research and teaching in Viñoly-designed building
5/7/03 -- Princeton will celebrate on Thursday, May 8, the start of an ambitious genomics program and the opening of an innovative building whose dramatic and functional spaces were tailor-made to support its research and teaching mission.

Richard Ludwig, professor, librarian and expert in rare books, dies
5/2/03 -- Richard Ludwig, 82, emeritus professor of English at Princeton University and the former associate University librarian for rare books and special collections, died Monday, April 28, at his home in Princeton.

The price of prejudice: Interactions with minorities can sap mental capacity
4/30/03 -- A study finds that people with racially prejudiced attitudes may suffer a previously unrecognized cost for their outlook: temporary impairment of some forms of mental functioning.

Geller to retire in June after 35 years at Princeton
4/24/03 -- Marvin Geller, director of the Counseling Center in Princeton University Health Services since 1968, has announced his intentions to retire at the end of the academic year in June.

John Keaney, emeritus professor of classics, dies
4/23/04 -- John Keaney, an esteemed Greek and Latin scholar who taught in Princeton's Department of Classics for 41 years, died Monday, April 21, after a brief illness. He was 70.

Four Princeton students selected as Goldwater Scholars
4/21/03 -- Four Princeton students have been named Goldwater Scholars by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. They are: junior Anthony Miller, junior Ruth Tennen, junior Michael Tibbetts, and sophomore Darsh Ranjan.

Theodore Weiss, professor, poet and literary critic, dies
4/18/03 -- Theodore Weiss, an award-winning poet, editor, literary critic and emeritus professor at Princeton University, died Tuesday, April 15, at age 86 after a battle with Parkinson's disease. A celebration of his life and work will be held at a later date.

Lin awarded Labouisse Prize to study water resources in Chile
4/17/03 -- As an environmental engineering major, senior Cynthia Lin is exploring issues of water management in destinations far from her hometown of Emmaus, Pa. The 2003 winner of the Henry Richardson Labouisse '26 Prize, Lin will spend next year in Chile examining a range of factors that impact water resources in that country.

Dobkin named dean of the faculty
4/13/03 -- David Dobkin, chair of Princeton's Department of Computer Science for the past nine years and a member of the Princeton faculty for 22 years, has been named dean of the faculty. His appointment is effective July 1.

Princeton University names new media relations manager
04/11/03 -- Patricia (Patty) Allen, a communications professional with 16 years of experience in journalism and public relations, has been appointed Princeton University’s media relations manager, effective April 14.

Princeton offers admission to 9.9 percent of applicants
4/9/03 -- Princeton University has offered admission to 9.9 percent of applicants for the class of 2007, or 1,570 of the record 15,725 students who had applied.

Muldoon wins 2003 Pulitzer Prize for poetry
4/7/03 -- Paul Muldoon, the Howard Clark '21 University Professor in the Humanities at Princeton, today won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for poetry for his latest collection, "Moy Sand and Gravel.

Wild ape population undergoing "catastrophic" decline
Study predicts animals most like humans may soon reach "brink of extinction"
4/7/03 -- The population of apes in Western Equatorial Africa has declined severely over the last 20 years and, without aggressive intervention, may soon reach the "brink of extinction," a study has found.

Media advisory:
George Shultz to address 'National Sovereignty' conference

4/3/03 -- Former Secretary of State George Shultz and leading scholars in international affairs will gather for a conference on "National Sovereignty and International Institutions" on Friday and Saturday, April 11-12, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in 104 Computer Science Building.

Media advisory:
Conference marks 50th anniversary of first Everest ascent

4/3/03 -- Mountaineering experts and historians, including two climbers of Mount Everest, will gather for a conference titled "On Top of the World: An Everest Anniversary Conference" on Saturday, April 12, beginning at 9 a.m., in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Library, research center launch arts and cultural policy data archive
4/2/03 -- The Princeton University Library and Princeton University’s Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies today announced the official launch of CPANDA (the Cultural Policy & the Arts National Data Archive), the world's first fully interactive, Web-accessible digital archive of policy-relevant data on culture and the arts.

Media advisory:
Pace Center for Community Service dedication set for April 8

4/1/03 -- The ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. in 246 Frist Campus Center.

Two juniors win 2003 Truman Scholarship
4/1/03 -- Princeton juniors Charlotte Lanvers and Carlos Ramos-Mrosovsky are among 76 students from 63 U.S. colleges and universities named 2003 Truman Scholars by the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation.



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