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Sept. 22, 2010

Vol. 111, No. 1

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Brian Reilly ’14, far right, at a waterfall in Peru.

First bridge-year students find a ‘place in the world’

Published in the Sept. 22, 2010, issue

The 20 students who pioneered Princeton’s bridge-year program have returned to campus, and both the students and program leaders say the year surpassed expectations. “In a way, I am more hungry for my education at Princeton than I was before,” said Cole...Read more

How Princeton fared in college rankings

Published in the Sept. 22, 2010, issue

Princeton ranked second among national universities in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings, released in August. Harvard topped the list, edging Princeton by one point with a perfect score on the magazine’s 100-point scale. In 2009, the two schools...Read more

Taxing Cottage Club

Published in the Sept. 22, 2010, issue

A New Jersey appeals court ruled June 25 against tax-exempt status for ­Cottage Club’s 1906 home at 51 Prospect Ave.   The club sought back taxes dating to 1999, when it began allowing public visits 12 times a year. In 2007 the state Legislature voted to...Read more

Annual Giving bounces back, raises $48.6 million

Third-highest total in University history; up 8.9% from last year

Published in the Sept. 22, 2010, issue

2009–10 CAMPAIGN HIGHLIGHTS: THE CLASS OF 1970   Led all classes, raising $5,271,970. First class to raise more than $4 million four times; broke record for a 40th-reunion campaign UNDERGRADUATE ALUMNI PARTICIPATION RATE: 60.8% — HIGHEST IN A DECADE ...Read more
 A rock from South Australia that may contain the oldest fossils of animal bodies ever discovered.

Fossils may be oldest animals

Published in the Sept. 22, 2010, issue

Princeton scientists reported last month that they have found what may be the oldest fossils of animals — primitive spongelike creatures that may have lived in ocean reefs 650 million years ago. If confirmed, the fossils would push back the date of the...Read more
James Steward, director of the University Art Museum, in a gallery exhibiting photos from a summer exhibition, “Starburst: Color Photography in America 1970­–1980.”

Art museum builds a wider audience

New director puts an emphasis on outreach, rethinks expansion plans

Published in the Sept. 22, 2010, issue

When students returned to campus in September they got to experience the Princeton University Art Museum in a new way — outside, under the night sky.   The museum mounted its first ­outdoor video installation, Migration (Empire) by Los Angeles-based artist...Read more

FYI: Findings

Published in the Sept. 22, 2010, issue

Princeton scientists working a mile underground near the town of L’Aquila, Italy, detected new evidence of the presence of GEONEUTRINOS, neutral elementary particles produced by radioactive decay of uranium, thorium, and potassium in the Earth’s crust and...Read more
 The University plans to redevelop the site of the Hibben, above, and Magie apartments.

Grad-student housing may involve private developer

Published in the Sept. 22, 2010, issue

The University is moving ahead with redevelopment of the Hibben-Magie site along Lake Carnegie for graduate student housing, and construction and management of the new units may be turned over to a private developer. The eight-story Hibben and Magie...Read more
Associate dean Karen Jackson-Weaver ’94 says PSURE is a “critical part” of diversity efforts.

For future Ph.D. students, a look inside the lab

Published in the Sept. 22, 2010, issue

For eight weeks this summer, 14 talented undergraduates, primarily from underrepresented minority groups or low-income backgrounds, learned about the rigors of academic research by working with Princeton professors.   The students were enrolled in PSURE,...Read more

In Memoriam

Published in the Sept. 22, 2010, issue

MARVIN BRESSLER, a popular teacher and adviser in the sociology department who left his mark on the University’s curricular and extracurricular offerings, died July 7 in Skillman, N.J. He was 87. A faculty member from 1963 to 1993, Bressler chaired the ...Read more

In Brief

Published in the Sept. 22, 2010, issue

John H. Streicker ’64, at center in top photo, led family and friends across STREICKER BRIDGE as part of dedication ceremonies June 19. “The bridge symbolizes to me the way Princeton has bridged different generations of my family,” said Streicker, board...Read more

From Princeton's attic: A 'mechanical time machine'

Published in the Sept. 22, 2010, issue

What: In 1771, Philadelphia clockmaker-astronomer David ­Rittenhouse built a mechanical model of the solar system to “astonish the skillful and curious examiner.” The provost of Penn was furious when Princeton sneakily acquired it — how could Rittenhouse...Read more
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