Tilghman, Tigers among N.J.'s most influential

President Tilghman was profiled by New Jersey Monthly in a special January issue devoted to the state's 101 most powerful residents. The magazine hailed Tilghman for investing in the sciences, reshaping student life, and inviting changes to campus culture. "The notion that the culture will be frozen in place at a university, which should always be pressing forward into the future, is, I think, just wrong," Tilghman said.

Other powerful Princetonians spotlighted by the magazine include Michael Aron *70, a longtime senior political correspondent for the New Jersey Network; Lawrence Goldman *76, president and CEO of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark; David Grant ’72, president and CEO of the Morristown-based Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; Lisa Jackson *86, Gov. Jon Corzine's former chief of staff and the Obama administration's choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency; and former Gov. Tom Kean ’57, who served as chairman of the 9/11 Commission.

Names in the news

Carlin Romano ’76 covered the American Philosophical Association's conference in Philadelphia, speaking with alumni Cornel West *80 and Joshua Weinstein ’87. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman ’77 may be paving her way for a gubernatorial bid in California. [Los Angeles Times]

Selden Edwards ’63's novel The Little Book earned high praise from reviewer Keith Runyon, who named it one of 2008's best books and called it the best novel he'd read in nearly two decades. [Louisville Courier-Journal]

Outfielder Will Venable ’05 is aiming for a spot on the San Diego Padres' opening-day lineup. [Marin Independent Journal]

Caltech chemical engineering professor Frances Arnold ’79 and colleagues are working to manipulate microbe communities and employ them in applications that range from drug delivery to fuel production. [Science News]

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