Current Issue

July15, 2009

Vol. 109, No. 16


Seeking financial stability in an uncertain economy

University begins review of investment strategy

Published in the July15, 2009, issue

President Tilghman told alumni at Reunions that Princeton was likely to end the fiscal year June 30 with a 25 percent decrease in the value of its endowment, which was $16.3 billion a year earlier. In April, Tilghman had said the University was planning for...Read more

Impact of budget cuts to be felt across campus

Published in the July15, 2009, issue

Though administrators have vowed to protect “the core” of the University as they cut the budget by $170 million over two years, those cuts will be felt in many ways. “This is an opportunity for us to rethink our priorities,” President Tilghman told alumni at...Read more

Changes among faculty ranks

Published in the July15, 2009, issue

Several scholars will be joining the University as senior faculty in the fall. Hired as full professors are classical art historian MICHAEL KOORTBOJIANO, art and archaeology, from Johns Hopkins University; BRYAN GRENFELL, a population biologist who has...Read more

Tiger attire: Not just for Reunions

Published in the July15, 2009, issue

In late spring, PAW invited alumni to share stories about when they wear Princeton attire away from University functions. Here are highlights: MYSTERY WEAR: While some Princetonians dress to trumpet their school loyalty, others sport their gear on the sly....Read more
Christina Paxson, the Woodrow Wilson School’s new dean, is a leading researcher on health policy.

Paxson named Wilson School dean

Published in the July15, 2009, issue

The University named economics and public affairs professor Christina Paxson dean of the Woodrow Wilson School June 16. Paxson, a faculty member for more than two decades, fills the post previously held by Anne-Marie Slaughter ’80, who took public-service...Read more
A senior-year photo of Sonia Sotomayor ’76.

Sotomayor ’76 recalled as activist for Latino causes at Princeton

Published in the July15, 2009, issue

Federal appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor ’76, nominated May 26 for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, excelled academically at Prince-ton while advocating to increase the number of Latino faculty and students. Sotomayor graduated summa cum laude as a...Read more
Simon Kochen, left, and John Conway have devised what they call the “Free Will Theorem.”

Free will for particles

That may account for humans’ free will, mathematicians Conway and Kochen say

Published in the July15, 2009, issue

You may be much closer to the cutting edge of particle physics than you suspect. Just try the following quiz: • Do you believe that a justice system designed to establish the facts of the case impartially and punish the guilty is fair? • Do you believe in the...Read more

FYI - Findings: Hidden prints

Published in the July15, 2009, issue

Inexpensive desktop scanners can be used to authenticate documents by reading a “fingerprint” in paper fibers, according to computer scientists at Princeton; University College, London; and the University of Michigan. The research, presented at the IEEE...Read more

In memoriam

Published in the July15, 2009, issue

VICTOR BRUCE, a lecturer emeritus in biology who researched the genetic basis of circadian rhythms, died May 29 in Princeton. He was 88. Bruce joined the biological sciences department in 1956. He studied a one-celled form of green algae to determine what...Read more

Six alumni join Board of Trustees

Published in the July15, 2009, issue

Six alumni have joined the 40-member Board of Trustees. They are: ELIZABETH DILDAY ’09, co-chairwoman of the University’s Alcohol Coalition Committee and captain of the water polo team, who will be entering a premed program at Bryn Mawr College. WILLIAM...Read more
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