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University offers range of summer learning opportunities
Students and teachers come to campus for workshops and cutting-edge research
6/28/04 -- An important season of learning and research at Princeton is starting this month. 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.

Media advisory: Betterton available to discuss financial aid issues
6/28/04 -- As students, parents and politicians debate the costs of higher education, Princeton University's director of undergraduate financial aid, Don Betterton, is available to comment on trends in college costs and efforts to provide more affordable education for lower- and middle-income students.

Four honored for their work mentoring graduate students
6/24/04 -- Four Princeton faculty members have been named the recipients of Graduate Mentoring Awards by the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning: Niraj Jha, professor of electrical engineering; Philip Johnson-Laird, the Stuart Professor of Psychology; Robert Tignor, the Rosengarten Professor of Modern and Contemporary History; and Timothy Watson, assistant professor of English.

Princeton names six new trustees
6/15/04 -- Princeton University has named six new members of its Board of Trustees: C. Kim Goodwin, Rishi Jaitly, Heidi Miller, Louise Sams, Eric Schmidt and Terdema Ussery II.

Gifted musician, University organist dies
6/14/04 -- David Messineo, a gifted musician who was principal University organist at Princeton, died Friday, June 11, of an apparent heart attack at his home in Shohola, Pa. He was 45.

Columbia VP Mark Burstein named Princeton's vice president for administration
6/10/04 -- Mark Burstein, Columbia University's vice president for facilities management, has been appointed Princeton University's vice president for administration, effective Aug. 2. Burstein previously served as Columbia's vice president for student services, and before that as acting vice president for human resources.

Media advisory: Greenstein offers comment on President Reagan
6/4/04 -- The late Ronald Reagan will be remembered as an American president whose skill as a public communicator and steadfast convictions made him a major political force during the 20th century, according to Fred I. Greenstein, a leading scholar on the American presidency.

Tiny tango: Device sorts microscopic particles with speed and precision
6/4/04 -- In a remarkable collaboration between engineers, physicists and biologists, Princeton scientists have invented a device that rapidly sorts microscopic particles into extremely fine gradations of sizes, opening a range of potential uses.

Princeton University holds 257th Commencement
1,790 students awarded degrees
6/1/04 -- Princeton University awarded degrees to 1,104 undergraduates and 686 graduate students at its 257th Commencement today. In addition, the University conferred honorary doctoral degrees upon five individuals for their contributions in the fields of education, science, arts and humanities, philanthropy and civil rights.

Princeton awards five honorary degrees
6/1/04 -- Princeton University awarded honorary degrees today to five distinguished individuals for their contributions in the fields of education, science, arts and humanities, philanthropy and civil rights: Edward Cone, Princeton professor emeritus of music; Pablo Eisenberg, advocate for philanthropic change and social justice; Charles Kao, pioneer of fiber optical research; Nannerl Keohane, president of Duke University; and Robert Moses, educator and civil rights leader.

Four faculty members recognized for outstanding teaching
6/1/04 -- Four Princeton faculty members received President's Awards for Distinguished Teaching at Commencement ceremonies June 1: Jeremy Adelman, the Walter Samuel Carpenter III Professor in Spanish Civilization and Culture and professor of history; John Fleming, the Louis Fairchild '24 Professor of English and Comparative Literature; Alison Gammie, lecturer in molecular biology; and James Sturm, professor of electrical engineering.

2004 Commencement Address
President Shirley M. Tilghman

2004 Valedictory Oration
Ruth Tennen

2004 Salutatory Oration
Brian Tsang

Students honored for service and achievement at Class Day
5/31/04 -- The class of 2004 gathered on Princeton's Cannon Green Monday, May 31, to celebrate the conclusion of their undergraduate careers in a Class Day ceremony honoring their achievements and service.

2004 Baccalaureate Address
5/30/04 -- Full text of the speech by James M. McPherson, George Henry Davis '86 Professor of American History.

Engineering plan calls for greater focus on societal needs
5/28/04 -- The Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied Science announced its new strategic plan, describing a bold agenda for reshaping engineering teaching and research to better address the needs of society.

Graduate students honored for excellence in teaching
5/28/04 -- The Princeton Graduate School has given awards to five graduate students in recognition of their dedication and effectiveness in teaching: Sharon Bewick of the chemistry department, Kerry Bystrom of the English department, Stacy Janak of the chemical engineering department, Susan McWilliams of the politics department and Pedro Silva Goldbaum

Media advisory: Climate experts can comment on 'Day After Tomorrow'
Princeton scientists can help separate fact from fiction in new film
5/27/04 -- Princeton University is home to leading climate scientists who are available to comment on the upcoming summer movie "The Day After Tomorrow" and its portrayal of human-induced global climate change.

Princeton honors outstanding secondary school teachers
5/26/04 -- Princeton will honor four outstanding New Jersey secondary school teachers at its 2004 Commencement on Tuesday, June 1: Barbara Carr of Round Valley Middle School, Lebanon; Kathryn DeSantis of Lenape High School, Medford; Maurice Grillon III of Lacey Township High School, Lanoka Harbor; and Anthony Nardino of Wall High School, Wall.

Valedictorian Tennen demonstrates distinctive brand of persistence
5/26/04 -- Senior Ruth Tennen, a molecular biology major who has won numerous academic achievement awards, will address the class of 2004 as its valedictorian at Commencement on Tuesday, June 1. Tennen is "one of those people whom one feels privileged, if inadequate, to teach," said Professor Maitland Jones Jr.

Tsang to deliver Latin salutatory address at Commencement
5/26/04 -- Computer science major Brian Tsang will deliver the salutatory address, which at Princeton is traditionally given in Latin, to his classmates at Commencement on Tuesday, June 1.

Turner wins Luce Scholarship to study bioethics issues in Asia
5/18/04 -- Princeton University senior Lauren Turner has been awarded a 2004-05 Luce Scholarship to spend a year either in Singapore or Japan working on issues related to bioethics.

Media advisory: Kohli offers analysis on India's elections
5/17/04 -- Although India's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the outgoing Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee were dealt a stunning defeat in parliamentary elections on May 13, the losses do not necessarily signal the demise of the party and its political influence, according to Atul Kohli, a Princeton University professor of politics who has studied India's political structure.

Media advisory: Princeton Commencement to be held June 1
5/14/04 -- Reporters and photojournalists who wish to register for media credentials for Princeton University's 2004 Commencement exercises on Tuesday, June 1, must call the University's Office of Communications no later than noon Wednesday, May 26, to request credentials.

Bader awarded Dale Fellowship to immerse herself in music
5/13/04 -- When Princeton University senior Kathleen Bader thought seriously about her most advantageous career move after graduation, she came up with a surprising answer: spending a year alone in a desert. As the winner of this year's Martin Dale Fellowship, she will have a chance to do just that.

Two seniors awarded Labouisse Prize for work in Brazil, Afghanistan
5/13/04 -- Princeton University seniors Fernando Delgado and Karim Thomas each have been awarded the Henry Richardson Labouisse '26 Prize, which will allow them to pursue postgraduate projects in Brazil and Afghanistan, respectively.

Sixth sense: Study shows how migrating birds navigate
Following birds as they fly, biologist finds they rely on magnetism and the setting sun
4/28/04 -- Princeton biologist Martin Wikelski is helping to settle a long-standing debate over how migratory birds manage to navigate for thousands of miles in darkness and bad weather.

Newly discovered diary chronicles Einstein's last years
4/26/04 -- Librarians at Princeton University have discovered a diary written by one of Albert Einstein's closest friends, a woman who recorded the scientist's day-to-day thoughts and activities during the last year and a half of his life.

Earl Miner, specialist in English and Japanese literature, dies
4/20/04 -- Earl Miner, an emeritus professor at Princeton and a leading scholar of English and Japanese literature, died April 17 after a long illness. He was 77.

Three high school students win Princeton Prize in Race Relations
4/20/04 -- The first winners of the Princeton Prize in Race Relations, a pilot program launched in the metropolitan areas of Washington, D.C., and Boston, have been selected.

Media advisory: Edwards offers comment on power transition in Iraq
4/15/04 -- Questions of security and funding are paramount as the Bush administration proceeds toward its June 30 deadline for transferring sovereignty to a new Iraqi government, according to Mickey Edwards, a former Republican congressman and current faculty member at Princeton University.

Two seniors awarded ReachOut 56 Fellowships
4/9/04 -- Two Princeton seniors, Robin Williams and Katie Grim, have been awarded 2004 ReachOut 56 Fellowships, which provide each winner with a $25,000 grant to undertake a yearlong public service project after graduation.

Four Princeton juniors selected as Goldwater Scholars
4/7/04 -- Four Princeton students -- Matthew Satriano, Van Molino, Katharine Moore and Jordan Amadio -- have been named Goldwater Scholars by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.

Affordable housing to be discussed at symposium, April 16
4/6/04 -- Public policy experts, developers, advocates for affordable housing and state and local elected officials will gather at Princeton University to discuss the state's affordable housing needs at the University's 2004 Symposium on New Jersey Issues on Friday, April 16, in Dodds Auditorium in Robertson Hall. The event will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 12:30 p.m.

Princeton offers admission to 11.9 percent of all applicants
4/1/04 -- Princeton University has offered admission to 1,631 students, 11.9 percent of the 13,690 applicants for the class of 2008. Acceptance letters were mailed to 1,050 students who applied through the regular decision process.




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