November 23, 1998
Volume 88, number 10
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Improving NMR/MRI
ID office: a one-woman show
Cyclotron Magnet moves out of Palmer
Benacerraf reflects on 50 years at Princeton
Nassau Notes
Athletics Update

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Improving NMR/MRI

Chemistry professor's correction of 50-year-old theory results in clearer images

Little effects--such as the magnetic field generated by a lone hydrogen atom inside a large molecule--can have big implications.
     In the case of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, or NMR, this small magnetic effect has allowed scientists to analyze the structures of numerous compounds to a high degree of accuracy. It is among the most important analytical tools in the arsenal of the working chemist and biologist. Recently, however, chemistry professor Warren Warren detected a significant omission in the 50-year- old theory underpinning NMR. [>>more]


ID office: a one-woman show

Faculty, staff or student--if you came to the University any time since 1985, chances are you were photographed by Kathleen Bozowski.
     Identification card administrator for CIT's Administrative Services, Bozowski staffs the ID office located in Room 12, Dillon Gym. There, she operates the camera and issues the plastic photo ID cards that enable members of the University community to use the library, buy a gym pass, eat at a campus dining facility and--if you're a student--get into your dorm. When not saying "Smile!" Bozowski is busy maintaining and updating the ID database. [>>more]


"Whatever I am now, it happened here"

Paul Benacerraf came to Princeton as an undergraduate and stayed for 50 years so far
In the autumn of 1948, Paul Benacerraf entered Princeton University as a freshman.
    Today, in this autumn of 1998, the Philosophy Department chair and former provost can boast 50 years of study (undergraduate and graduate), teaching and administrative service, all on this campus. "I arrived here as nothing," he says. "I became what philosopher I may be in response to Princeton teachers and, importantly, later, Princeton students. Whatever I am now -- it happened here." [>>more]


• Professor of Physics Robert Austin, Professor of Molecular Biology Lynn Enquist and Professor of Economics and Public Affairs Michael Rothschild have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Walter Hinderer, professor of Germanic languages and literatures, has been awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Prize in recognition of past achievements in research.

• The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has awarded assistant professors Shivaji Sondhi of Physics and Zoltan Szabo of Mathematics five-year fellowships of $125,000 per year to support their scientific research. Sondhi studies electronic correlations and glass formation in solid state systems; Szabo works on the geometry of smooth manifolds.

• The Smithsonian Institution's Archives of American Art has named Christopher Binyon Sarofim '86 Professor in American Art John Wilmerding first recipient of the Lawrence A. Fleischman Award for Scholarly Excellence in the field of American Art History.



As part of its Unity Month celebration, the Princeton Task Force on Ethics sponsored a Recognition Breakfast at the Princeton Forrestal on October 14 and honored the Student Volunteers Council with its Community Recognition Award. Among those who attended were task force president Doodie Meyer (l); task force member Paula Chow, director of the University's International Center; and Student Volunteers Council members Ashish Sureka '00 and Abby Love '00. The SVC was cited for "providing ongoing service to the Princeton community, exhibiting involvement with people across generations and cultures, and exemplifying a dedication to improving society."


AIDS quilt

Sections of the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt were on display in Chancellor Green and at other campus locations on November 10 through 14. The quilt, which began with two panels in 1987, has grown to more than 41,000 panels, featuring 80,000 names. Forty N.J. schools and colleges participated in the Quilt Across New Jersey Project to display sections of the quilt, which is a traveling memorial to some of the estimated 11.7 million people worldwide who have died of AIDS, including nearly 400,000 in the United States.


United luncheon

This year's United Way campaign kicked off with a November 11 luncheon for volunteers in the atrium at the Engineering Quadrangle. Among those who attended were campaign chair Joseph Williamson (l), dean of religious life; President Shapiro; Laurel Cantor of Communications; campus campaign coordinator Susie Van Doren of Religious Life; Peter Kasabach, director of affordable housing for Isles; senior division manager Bobbie Kulp and president Craig Lafferty of the United Way of Greater Mercer County; and faculty campaign chair Joseph Taylor, physics professor and dean of the faculty. (Denise Applewhite)

In the news

Stem cell research

Saying that he is "deeply troubled" by the creation of part-human, part-cow embryonic stem cells, which was reported last week, President Clinton has directed the National Bioethics Advisory Commission to consider the implications of the research at its meeting on Tuesday and to report back to him "as soon as possible."
     In a letter sent yesterday to the chairman of the commission, Harold Shapiro of Princeton University, Mr. Clinton also asked for a review of embryonic stem-cell research in general, including the all-human embryonic stem cells whose isolation was reported earlier this month. These cellsthe primordial, all-purpose cells from which all tissues of the body developwere derived from very early embryos or blastocysts and from tissues of aborted fetuses.
     While the President signaled concern about the "mingling of human and nonhuman species," he was more positive about the all-human embryonic stem cell research . But he also stressed the ethical concerns raised by the research, telling the commission that he wanted a "thorough review, balancing all ethical and medical considerations."

from "Clinton Asks Study of Bid to Form Part-Human, Part-Cow Cells,"
by Nicholas Wade, New York Times, November 15