Architect FRANK GEHRY and trustee PETER B. LEWIS ’55 were the guests of honor at the dedication of the Lewis Library Nov. 20, held in the science library’s atrium. Gehry noted Lewis’ support of his work over the years, and said he was “very proud” of the new structure. “I don’t know what to say about it, except: Use it well!” he said. Lewis recalled how former Princeton president Harold T. Shapiro *64, at his retirement party, proposed to Lewis that the University hire Gehry to design a new science library. Lewis said he replied: “If you can get it done, I’ll pay for it.”
Construction of the neuroscience and psychology buildings, planned to begin next June south of Icahn Laboratory, will be delayed by a year as part of a $300 MILLION REDUCTION in the University’s 10-year capital plan forced by the economic downturn. Projects postponed beyond 2016 include a satellite of the Art Museum in the planned arts and transit neighborhood, renovation of Green Hall after it is vacated by the psychology department, and new faculty and staff apartments near Dean Mathey Court. “The University is making prudent adjustments at this point, recognizing that further changes may become necessary later,” said Executive Vice President Mark Burstein.
Former University president WILLIAM G. BOWEN *58 received the José Vasconcelos World Award of Education from the World Cultural Council Nov. 11. The council, which is based in Mexico, recognized Bowen for promoting the use of technology in education and creating educational opportunities for disadvantaged students. In connection with the award, Bowen gave a public lecture on “Disparities in Educational Opportunity in the U.S.”