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Jul-Sep 2002

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Princeton University hosts meeting on cultural conflict in the United States
9/30/02 -- Princeton University's Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies is hosting a two day event on October 11 and 12 to explore the past and present of cultural conflict in the United States. The event is intended to highlight a three-year project funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. It opens with a public forum at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 11 titled, "Culture, Contention, and Conflict: An Historical Perspective." The forum will be held in Bowl 016 Robertson Hall on the Princeton University campus.

Richard Challener '44, scholar of American history, dies at 79
9/25/02 -- Richard Challener, a specialist in American diplomatic and military history and a professor at Princeton for 51 years, died Sept. 23 after a long battle with cancer. He was 79.

Biologist Bonnie Bassler receives MacArthur Fellowship
9/25/02 -- Bonnie Bassler, a biologist whose research has revealed surprisingly sophisticated methods of communication among bacteria, has been awarded a 2002 MacArthur Fellowship.

Chamber Opera to Complement Cezanne Exhibition at Princeton University Art Museum
-- Opera Dates: October 22 and 23, 2002, 8:00 p.m., Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall, Princeton University
9/24/02 -- Cezanne's Doubt, a chamber opera for solo voice, clarinet, tuba, cello, audio and video processing by Daniel Rothman, will be performed October 22 and 23, 2002, at Princeton University. The two musical performances, sponsored by Friends of the Princeton University Art Museum, are planned in conjunction with the museum's special exhibition "Cézanne in Focus: Watercolors from the Henry and Rose Pearlman Collection." Opening on Saturday, October 19, 2002, the exhibition will be on view in the special exhibition gallery through January 12, 2003.

David Botstein, pioneer of modern genetics, named director of genomics institute
9/22/02 -- Princeton University has named David Botstein, a renowned geneticist, educator and pioneer of the Human Genome Project, as the new director of the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics.

Committee proposes program for four-year residential colleges
9/20/02 -- A report recommending changes that Princeton should consider as it implements a plan to strengthen and expand the University's residential college system was presented to the Board of Trustees Sept. 20.

NASA turns to universities for research in space-age materials
9/20/02 -- NASA has selected a consortium of research institutions to develop new generations of materials that could revolutionize civil aviation and space travel. The award will establish an Institute for Biologically Inspired Materials to investigate and design materials that simulate repair mechanisms used by biological organisms to heal wounds.

Living in a glass house: Ocean organism's novel dwelling helps Earth's atmosphere
9/18/02 -- Why live in a glass house? For diatoms -- tiny ocean-dwelling organisms that live in exquisitely ornate glass cases -- the benefit turns out to be enormous.

Art Conservation is Focus of Exhibition at Princeton University Art Museum
9/16/02 --"Beyond the Visible: A Conservator's Perspective," an exhibition devoted to art conservation organized by museum conservator Norman Muller, will be on view at the Princeton University Art Museum from September 21, 2002, through January 5, 2003.

Scientists identify 'genetic signature' of stem cells
9/12/02 -- Studies reveal two sets of genes that give stem cells their remarkable properties. Princeton University scientists have taken a major step toward identifying the "genetic signature" of stem cells, discovering a subset of genes whose products may give these cells their unique traits.

Remarks by President Shirley M. Tilghman
Opening Exercises, September 11, 2002.

Students honored at Opening Exercises
9/11/02 -- The accomplishments of Princeton's students were celebrated with the awarding for four undergraduate prizes at Opening Exercises Sept. 11.

Physicist David Wilkinson, explorer of Big Bang afterglow, dies
9/6/02 -- David Todd Wilkinson, a professor of physics whose research helped shape scientists' understanding of the structure of the universe and whose open and friendly manner made him a beloved colleague and teacher, died Thursday after a long bout with cancer. He was 67.

Photographs by Lewis Baltz on View at Princeton University Art Museum
9/6/02 -- The exhibition "Lewis Baltz: Nevada and Other Photographs," on view from September 14, 2002, through January 19, 2003, at the Princeton University Art Museum, will highlight a significant recent acquisition of work by photographer Lewis Baltz.

Diane Auer Jones to be Princeton's director of government affairs
9/4/02 -- Diane Auer Jones, a professional staff member for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science and a former program director in the National Science Foundation's Division of Undergraduate Education, has been named director of Princeton University's Office of Government Affairs, effective Jan. 1, 2003.

Media advisory: Conference on Islam after Sept. 11
9/3/02 -- Prominent scholars and journalists from the Middle East and around the world will take part in a conference on "Understanding and Responding to the Islamic World after Sept. 11" at 50 McCosh Hall on the Princeton campus, Sept. 27 and 28.

Princeton-funded scholarships awarded to 10 John Jay students
8/14/02 -- Ten students at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City have been selected as the first recipients of the Justice Scholarship, which was established by Princeton University in February 2002 to honor the memory of the public service heroes of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center who received academic training at John Jay College.

Statement by President Shirley M. Tilghman
8/13/02 -- On the evening of July 24, I learned from officials at Yale University that on 18 occasions in early April computers on the Princeton campus had been used to gain access to a Web site that Yale had established to report admission results to its applicants after they entered their name, birth date and social security number. ...

Statement by Dean of Admission Fred Hargadon
8/13/02 -- As Princeton's Dean of Admission, I am ultimately responsible for the manner in which we conduct the University's admissions process and the manner in which all members of the Admission Office staff conduct themselves in the course of that process. ...

Discovery of chromosome-capping activator could aid cancer research
8/12/02 -- A study of an enzyme used by cells to care for the ends of their chromosomes may offer scientists new avenues for intervening in cancer and aging. Researchers in the lab of Princeton biologist Virginia Zakian showed that the enzyme, called telomerase, appears to function much differently than previously believed.

Summer lab work gives seniors a jump on theses and careers
8/09/02 -- For most Princeton molecular biology students, the decision about what to do for the summer before senior year is an easy one. In a tradition that has developed over the last 30 years, the majority spend the summer on campus beginning the independent laboratory research projects that will become their senior theses.

Professor Claudia Tate, scholar of African-American literary criticism, dies at 55
7/31/02 --Claudia Tate, a professor of English and African-American studies at Princeton University who was known for her innovative contributions to African-American literary criticism, died Monday after a long battle with lung cancer. She was 55.

Princetonians contribute $36.4 million in 2001-02 Annual Giving campaign
7/30/02 -- Princeton's alumni, parents and friends contributed $36.4 million to the 2001-02 Annual Giving campaign, with 58.3 percent of all undergraduate alumni participating. The total raised is the second highest in the history of Annual Giving, following last year's record high.

To Members of the Faculty and Staff, Graduate Students and Members of the Classes of 2003, 2004, 2005
7/29/02 -- I was informed last Wednesday night by Yale University that it had identified 18 occasions in early April when one or more individuals using computers on the Princeton campus gained access to a website that Yale had established to inform its applicants of admission decisions. ...  

Daniel Silverman to serve as chief medical officer and head of University Health Services
7/02/02 -- Dr. Daniel Silverman, a physician with experience in health systems management, academic administration and medical education, has been selected to serve as chief medical officer and to lead University Health Services at Princeton.


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