Princeton University faculty members Rebecca Burdine and Elke Weber have been named the 2018 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). They will be honored on Feb. 16 at the 2019 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
On Dec. 11, residents of Princeton will vote in a special election on a proposal to provide the town’s public schools with a $26.9 million bond for facilities upgrades.
The hydroponic farm at Forbes College may look like a portal to another universe, but its purpose is to show students that crops can grow anywhere by demonstrating hydroponics, or the cultivation of crops using nutrient solutions instead of soil. The hydroponic farm is also a fully functioning laboratory where students and staff regularly conduct experiments.
On Sept. 24, Associate Professor of Theater Brian Herrera lectured on the importance of actors staying true to their values despite problems with identity preferences in the the world of casting.
The Federalist Society, a nationwide organization of conservatives and libertarians with chapters in hundreds of law schools across the country, now has a chapter at the University. The University has become the third undergraduate institution after Rice University and Hillsdale College with a chapter of the organization.
According to the Interclub Council, the percentage of people choosing to join non-selective, “sign-in” eating clubs has been declining. This year, 325 sophomores participated in the first round of the sign-in process, a 14 percent decline from the spring of 2017.
Princeton residents won’t be seeing any tax increases this year, as a sufficient surplus in the $65-million town budget will allow town officials to fully finance a projected tax hike. Without any changes, municipal-purpose taxes were supposed to increase by $41.86 on average. The spending plan including this measure was passed at a public hearing on April 9.
On March 8, the town of Princeton was ordered by Mercer County Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson to build 753 new affordable houses. According to Jacobson’s ruling, these units must be constructed by 2025.
As of the time of publication, the New Jersey Senate has voted 28–9 in support of the motion, but the bill has yet to be approved by the Assembly and sent to the governor’s desk.
MIT was embroiled in controversy last week as a prospective student, Venezuelan Amanda Vanegas, was denied appropriate financial aid due to her country’s exchange rate system, according to MIT alumnus Jesús Bolivar. Venezuelan students at the University expressed concern about the issues faced by MIT’s prospective student.