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U.S. Senator Robert Menendez and Salomon Melgen, a Florida ophthalmologist, were indicted on Wednesday by the District of New Jersey for one count of conspiracy, one count of violating the travel act, eight counts of bribery and three counts of honest services fraud.
Menendez was also charged with one count of making false statements.
The announcement was made by Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Newark, New Jersey Division Richard Frankel.
According to CNN, Menendez has asserted his innocence, pledging to fight the federal corruption charges brought against him.
Environmentalists and other local community members have expressed concerns over the Williams Transcontinental pipeline that will run through parts of Princeton and Montgomery.
When the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission found in December that the proposed pipeline would not significantly impact the surrounding community, it permitted Transco to move forward with the project.
The project would include 30 miles of a new natural gas pipeline loop through Mercer, Somerset and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey and in Monroe and Luzerne counties in Pennsylvania.
The University has been advertising heavily for students to take its survey about the climate for sexual misconduct on campus because it wants to conduct the survey in future years, Daniel Day, the University’s acting director of communications, said.
A high response rate this year would give the University a good baseline for later comparison, he explained.
“We’ve had a good initial response,” he said.
The student-run International Collegiate Science Journal launched on March 11 after publishing its first issue.
Efforts to establish the journal were led by Stephen Cognetta ’15, former editor-in-chief of Innovationmagazine, which reports on science and technology research at the University.
Articles for ICSJ are selected by the individual schools.
Multiple eyewitnesses reported seeing Malia Obama, daughter of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama ’85, on campus on Monday.
Malia Obama was first seen in Mathey Dining Hall between10 and 11 a.m.
A proposal for an ethnography certificate program has been submitted to the Office of the Dean of the College.All of the members of the faculty in theanthropology department either did not respond to requests for comment or declined to comment on the potential certificate program until it is formally voted on and accepted or rejected.Deputy Dean of the College Clayton Marsh ’85 declined to comment, as did University spokesperson Martin Mbugua, who noted that review of the proposal is ongoing.Anthropology majors supported the potential institution of a certificate program inethnography, which is the study of human cultures and races.Divya Farias ’15 said she thought the certificate would be relevant to students outside anthropology who could apply lessons from ethnography in other ways.“I think it’s a great idea,” Farias said, adding the certificate program could be helpful to students pursuing independent work.
The Council of the Princeton University Community discussed graduate student career paths, the Princeton Perspective Project and the Special Task Force on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at its meetingon Monday.
“Graduate student placement and professional development is an area that’s been increasing in importance,” Dean of the Graduate School Sanjeev Kulkarni said.
The Graduate School has a number of programs for professional development that work in cooperation with the Office of Career Services, the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning and specific academic departments, he said.
“Since 2008, our appointments for graduate students and walk-in students has increased 63 percent,”Associate Director for Graduate Student Career Services Amy Pszczolkowski said.“They come to see us for both academic and non-academic career situations.”
Roughly 30 specific professional development skill programs are currently offered for graduate students,Pszczolkowski noted,adding that Career Services’ Graduate Student Advisory Board wants to further explore ways in which it can be of assistance.
Students pursuing non-academic jobs still receivedisproportionately low support, philosophy professor Sarah-Jane Leslie said.
“When we actually look at the numbers, though, at most we place about 50 percent of our students into academic jobs,” she said.
Art museums across the country, including the University Art Museum, have intensified their efforts over the past decade and a half to determine the provenance, or origin, of art from the World War II era.
Guidelines issued in 1998 by the Association of Art Museum Directors and in 1999 by the American Alliance of Museums ask museums in part to attempt to resolve whether there might be potential claimants to art they are considering purchasing or which they have in their collections if there is the possibility that work of art may have been unlawfully appropriated by the Nazi government in Germany from 1933-45.
Museums should also disclose the chain of custody for a work of art if it passed through Nazi hands even if it cannot identify potential claimants, the guidelines add.
“The ethics in the field really require you to know the provenance of the objects in your collection,"Ford Bell, president of the American Alliance of Museums, said."If there is a claim against [an object’s provenance], you have to take it seriously.
The Dear World photography project is designed to help people express their life stories, photographer Robert Fogarty said in a lecture on Monday.
Fogarty was on campus on Monday to photograph students for his project as a part of Mental Health Week.
“We’re here to celebrate your voices,” Fogarty said.
Fogarty began the lecture by sharing stories of people he has met over the years through Dear World, including children he met in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, former professional football player Steve Gleason and his struggle with ALS and survivors of the Boston Marathon.
He started the project in New Orleans in 2009.
Five University students also discussed their personal experiences at the lecture, includingBriana Christophers ’17, Ryan Fulmer ’16, Leea Driskell ’17, Zhan Okuda-Lim ’15 and Christina Rice ’17.
“You have to go through these things to connect with other people,” Rice said.
As each student spoke, their picture taken from earlier in the day was projected on a screen.
The computer science department’s offering of both an A.B. degree and a B.S.E. degree is rooted in the engineering prerequisites being less applicable than they are to other engineering majors, according to department chair Andrew Appel ’81.
The department offers both tracks because many topics and applications within computer science do not rely on required B.S.E.
A donation fund launched by members of the Class of 1977 this Monday called“Not the Princeton Mom”on the crowdfunding website GoFundMe.com, has raised $5,444 as of Thursday night, exceeding the fund’s original $5,000 goal.The money will be donated to the University's Sexual Harassment/Assault Advising, Resources and Education office.According to an email obtained by The Daily Princetonian, members of the Class of 1977 were emailed on Tuesday night about the fund.The email said the fund's goal was to express solidarity with victims of sexual assault in the face of what they perceived as offensive remarks by Susan Patton '77.
University Carillonneur Lisa Lonie believes there is room for modern experimentation in the art form of carillon playing, which originated in the late medieval period.
A carillon is a musical instrument composed of at least 23 carillon bells, tuned to produce harmonic notes when many bells are sounded together, according to the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America.The carillon, usually installed in a tower, is played from a keyboard that allows expression through variation of touch, although the larger bells are connected to foot pedals.
“At a college, musically, you have a lot more leeway,” Lonie said.
The University notified certain members of the faculty and staff on Thursdaythat they will be required to provide proof of protection against measles before they are allowed to return to work.
The University previously said on Wednesday that a student had been diagnosed with a suspected case of measles.
The notified faculty and staff were born after Dec.
The Princeton Board of Health plans to introduce an ordinance that will prohibit stores from selling tobacco products and electronic smoking devices to anyone under 21 years old.
The ordinance is set to be introduced by the Board of Health on March 26 and may be adopted by April 21.
The Board of Health was concerned with the problem of youth smoking, Charles Rojer, a member of the Princeton Board of Health, said.
“I think, if hopefully passed, [the ordinance] will prevent a significant number of teenagers from becoming involved in smoking, which, along with obesity, is one of the two main problems that we encounter in our society that causes so many health problems,” Rojer said.
The Student Health Advisory Board last week launched Peer Connection, a one-on-one peer advising service for students who might be dealing with stress or who seek academic, life, relationship or other advice from peers.So far, 92 students have signed up as mentors, and 19 have signed up as mentees, project organizer Mizzi Gomes ’16 said.Gomes is a senior opinion columnist for The Daily Princetonian.“Now that the meningitis campaign is over, SHAB has really been looking for our next big project, and mental health is such a timely issue and has concerns that we want to address,” Gwen Lee ’16, chair of SHAB, said.Although Peer Connection officially launched last week, it has been in development since last spring.
Not many botanists can claim to have won two Emmy Awards, but GlennShepard’87 can.
Shepard, an ethnobotanist and medical anthropologist whose research focuses on the indigenous peoples of South America, once worked with the Discovery Channel on a film that ended up winning two Emmys.
Alexander “P.G.” Sittenfeld ’07, the youngest city council member in Cincinnati history, recently declared his candidacy for the position of U.S.
Forbes Magazine’s 2015 Venture Capital 30 under 30 list features two University alumni, Ryan Shea ’12 and Nikhil Basu Trivedi ’11, and former University student, Kevin Petrovic, who was a member of the class of 2016.
The annual list wasreleasedon Monday.
Shea co-founded OneName, a company that allows users to share bitcoins and personal data easily, withMuneeb Ali GS ’11in June 2013.
Shea received his B.S.E.
The gender disparity in visible leadership positions at the University, as well as the general challenges women face in pursuing leadership positions, were discussed at a Women’s Mentorship Program panel on Friday.
Politics professor Tali Mendelberg, who moderated the discussion, explained that the event was motivated by the recent Undergraduate Student Government presidential election, in which the unique pressures women face during campaigns became central topics of discussion.
Speakers included former USG vice president and former USG presidential candidate Catherine Ettman ’13, former USG presidential candidate Molly Stoneman ’16 and recently elected USG president Ella Cheng ’16.
Cheng is also a former staff writer for The Daily Princetonian.
Mendelberg began the discussion by noting that while women have come a long way in gaining ground in the political arena, there is still much progress to be made.
Queen Noor of Jordan — formerly Lisa Halaby ’73 — has been named the Woodrow Wilson Award winner, and Martin Eakes GS ’80, who earned a Masters in Public Affairs from the Wilson School, is the 2015 James Madison Medal winner.