Current Issue

Sept. 23, 2009

Vol. 110, No. 1


Ranking Princeton: A roundup

U.S. News & World Report   After one year in the No. 2 spot, Princeton returned to No. 1 on the U.S. News list of the best national universities, tying Harvard for top honors. In a press release, the University took its customary stance, accepting the praise...Read more

International initiatives launched with scholars, research funding

Princeton has launched two programs to expand international teaching and ­research in the 2009–10 academic year. The University selected three visiting professors to hold multiyear appointments in the Global Scholars program and awarded six three-year grants,...Read more

In Brief

As Members of Princeton’s RELIGIOUS LIFE COUNCIL, an undergraduate group committed to religious pluralism, met for an hour with the Dalai Lama (center) at his residence in Dharamsala, India, in July. From left are Nikhil Bumb ’08, Deepa Iyer ’09, associate...Read more

FYI: Findings

Stepping down

Airport people-movers, the conveyor belts designed to help passengers move quickly through terminals, may cause users to slow their stride, according to models developed by Manoj Srinivasan, a postdoctoral researcher in mechanical and aerospace engineering....Read more

Finding art in science

“Semiconducting Feathers,” an image by chemical engineering graduate student Richard R. Lunt of an organic semiconducting film composed of micron-sized crystallites, won the People’s Choice Award in the 2009 Art of Science competition. The contest highlights...Read more

University plans for range of H1N1 flu scenarios

University preparations for a mild outbreak of the H1N1 flu call for ill students to isolate themselves in their dorm rooms or apartments until 24 hours after their fever is gone.   But a Princeton task force that met over the summer decided that in a...Read more

Annual Giving: $44.6 million

Annual Giving retreated in 2008­–09 from record levels of previous two years, raising $44.6 million as 57.7 percent of undergraduate alumni supported campaign. The total was third-highest in campaign’s 69-year ­history but well short of...Read more
Part of a harpoon, carved from walrus ivory to suggest a predator of marine animals. The harpoon is believed to be from Alaska’s St. Lawrence Island.

When artifacts become art

Art museum addresses ethical issues in exhibiting ancient ivories

An upcoming exhibition at Princeton University Art Museum displays objects unearthed by modern Native American “subsistence diggers” — people who sell artifacts to support themselves — raising ethical ­issues about provenance, ownership, and effects on...Read more
The green roof of Dormitory A, with Wu Hall at right. Whitman College’s Community Hall is at top, center.

New Butler College comes to life

The ‘subtly sophisticated’ five-dorm complex has wavy walls and green roofs

The start of the fall term brought the opening of the new Butler College, with 283 undergraduates moving into five red-brick dorms that replaced the razed buildings of the much-maligned New New Quad. The dorms were built on a tight time frame, with...Read more
CURRENT ISSUE: Sept. 23, 2009