Weekly Bulletin
February 14, 2000
Vol. 89, No. 16
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Sally Freedman
Associate editor:
   Caroline Moseley
Calendar and
production editor:
Carolyn Geller
Contributing writers:
   Justin Harmon,
   Ken Howard,
   Steven Schultz
   Denise Applewhite
Web edition:
Mahlon Lovett





Do neutrinos
have mass?

Borexino project may find answer in balloon designed, built by Princeton scientists
Athletes passing through Jadwin Gym one morning in November couldn't help noticing a giant plastic balloon suspended from the metal rafters.
     As they headed into their warm-up routines, a few ventured over to the knot of people at the base of the balloon and popped the question: What is that?
     The short answer: a physics experiment.
     The long answer is a story about what must be one of the most finely engineered balloons ever made and why Princeton scientists plan to take it to Italy next year and inflate it in a cavern deep in a mountain northeast of Rome. [>>more]

Princeton joins global Geniza catalog project


The Princeton Geniza Project has become part of a major new global effort to organize and catalog the 250,000 manuscripts and fragments from the Cairo Geniza, a repository of Jewish documents discovered in the 1890s, now scattered in libraries and private collections throughout the world.
     Funded by a gift from the Buckingham Foundation and Albert Dov Friedberg of Toronto, the Friedberg Geniza Project will support work by scholars in the United States, England and Israel. Princeton is one of several institutions that have already been awarded grants in this long-term initiative; others are the Hebrew University and the Ben Zvi Institute in Jerusalem and Cambridge University Library in England. [>>more]

Students can learn
about themselves

Forty percent of any Princeton class comes to counseling some time in their four years, says center director
     Counseling isboth an educational and a therapeutic process," says Marvin Geller, director of Princeton's Counseling Center.
     "Our undergraduate and graduate students can learn about themselvesthey can come to understand more about the forces that shape them, and the conflicts that cause them pain. They also grapple with those aspects of their personality that can either hinder or enhance their sense of wellbeing in the world. Counseling offers people an opportunity to know themselves more fully." [>>more]

Palmer House gets a new look

Palmer House, the University's guest house, has recently reopened after a major renovation.
     It now features nine guest rooms for official University guests, all with private baths, voice mail, internet connections, cable television and fax capabilites. In addition, there is full-service catering, not only for official guests but for University departments, employees and non-University groups booked through Conference and Visitor Services. [>>more]



Basketball. Both the men's and women's teams defeated Brown on February 4 (men 76-60, women 55-52) but lost to Yale on February 5 (men 44-42, women 67-58). (Men: 11-8, 3-1 Ivy; women: 4-15, 1-4 Ivy )
Squash. Both men and women outplayed Yale on February 5. (Men: 6-0, 4-0 Ivy; women: 6-1, 3-1 Ivy)