Current Issue

Sept.24, 2008

Vol. 109, No. 1


In memoriam

MICHAEL S. MAHONEY *67, who taught history of science at the University for four decades, died July 23 in Princeton. He was 69. Much of Mahoney’s research and teaching focused on two topics: the development of the mathematical sciences from antiquity to 1700,...Read more

In the News

More than 125 college presidents have signed a statement calling for consideration of a lower legal drinking age, but President Tilghman isn’t joining the AMETHYST INITIATIVE. Tilghman said she is “of mixed minds” about the campaign: On philosophical grounds,...Read more

A new round of rankings

the first time in nine years, Princeton was not in the top spot when U.S. News & World Report released its ranking of the “Best National Universities” Aug. 22. That honor went to Harvard. Princeton, rated No. 2 by U.S. News, won the top spot in the new...Read more

Aid in '08

What can families expect to pay for a Princeton education? In July, the University released financial-aid figures based on the grants received by this year’s freshmen. The estimated cost of tuition, room, board, books, travel, and other expenses is $49,190.Read more


Two Princeton researchers have developed a way to burn nano-scale designs onto microchips, advancing technology that could be used to make smaller, more powerful microchips in the future. The technique, described by mechanical and aerospace engineering...Read more
Stewart Prager

PPPL director named; bids to run lab sought

The University selected Stewart Prager, a noted fusion-energy researcher, to lead the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab as the Department of Energy opened the first-ever bidding process to manage and operate the lab. Prager, a physics professor and director of...Read more

Faculty hires include two in theater, dance

Two faculty members of the University of Texas at Austin have joined Princeton’s Program in Theater and Dance. Jill S. Dolan was appointed professor of English and theater and dance. She has written extensively on arts advocacy, democracy, and social change;...Read more
From left, graduate student Eugene Brevdo, math professor Ingrid Daubechies, and postdoc Shannon Hughes took part in a contest to identify which of six images of van Gogh paintings was a fake. Charlotte Caspers, far right, created the copy in the artist’s style.

Fake vs. real: Analyzing artwork with a set of mathematical tools

Once a week Shannon Hughes heads into New York to spend the day at the Museum of Modern Art, where she analyzes digital images of masterpieces and discusses how electronic tools could give art conservators new insight into an artist’s style and...Read more

PAW’s Web site offers a new look, multimedia content, and more ways to comment

With this issue, PAW launches its new Web site with a new Web address: The new site offers more opportunities to comment on PAW’s stories and letters, and users will be able to post remembrances of deceased classmates to run along with...Read more

Annual Giving: $54.1 million

Annual Giving broke the $50 million mark for the first time in 2007–08 as the campaign raised a record $54.1 million, up 10.3 percent from last year. The 25th-reunion Class of 1983 raised $8.3 million — an all-time record for any class. Other record-setters:...Read more
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