As part of a series for Women's History Month, The Daily Princetonian sat down with Professor Shirley Tilghman, President Emerita of Princeton University. The 'Prince' interviewed Tilghman about her journey through science, her time as President of the University, and the advice she has for young students entering careers in science.
Seeking to help Afghan girls learn coding skills and to empower them both financially and socially, Fereshteh Forough founded Code to Inspire, the first coding school for girls in Afghanistan. At a dinner discussion on Friday, Forough shared her life’s journey, from being born as an Afghan refugee in Iran, to graduating with a master’s degree in computer science from the Technical University of Berlin, to finally founding CTI in 2015.
In a quote written on a chalkboard in the Caltech archives, Richard Feynman said, “What I cannot create, I do not understand.” This quote is the root of inspiration for geneticist J. Craig Venter’s research and scientific mission.
One student spoke out about her feelings on Princeton’s environment. “I tell myself that Princeton is not a normal space and the things I am experiencing are very abnormal – this is not a regular experience,” she said. “The reason I am not happy is not about me, it is because Princeton sucks.”
In response to an audience question on whether the government was being unethical in forcing children to be given vaccines that could harm their bodies, Kirkland explained that any vaccines approved for use must go through a rigorous approval process mandated by the FDA and were deemed to be safe in clinical trials run on tens of thousands of children. She agreed with an audience member who noted in response that the diseases that the vaccines were preventing children against, such as measles, pertussis and whooping cough, were themselves incredibly harmful and often caused death.
In a lecture given on Friday, Feb. 10 titled “Human Locomotion: How Humans Move Efficiently and Stably”, Dr. Manoj Srinivasan, Associate Professor at Ohio State University, covered both experiments on how humans optimize their locomotion behavior under different conditions and an explanation of the computational methods used to design robotic prostheses and walking exoskeletons.
Challenging and changing the narrative around the word “feminism” is key to moving toward an equitable society, said activist Teresa C. Younger in a lecture on gender, power, and equality.
"False facts" are being canonized in scientific literature due to the under-publication of negative results, said Carl Bergstrom, professor of biology at the University of Washington.The lecture, titled “Modeling Scientific Activity,” consisted of a two-part discussion on scientific activity, the first being publication bias leading to the canonization of "false facts," and the second a game theoretic model of the questions that scientists choose to pursue.Bergstrom explained that to accurately accept as true 99.9 percent of facts at a p-value of 0.05, over 40 percent of the obtained negative results need to be published.
In light of the national media coverage of the Stanford sexual assault case, The Daily Princetonian decided to look into the existing measures in eating clubs to ensure healthy and safe nightlife on campus.Just last week, Charter Club began to ask students to read a consent pledge — a piece of paper that says, “Consent is asking for and receiving affirmation before and while engaging in anyone’s personal space or belongings, and can be revoked at any time,” — before they could enter parties at the club.The move was met with overwhelmingly positive responses, according to Lorena Grundy ’17, president of Charter.“While I was on duty that night, a lot of people came up to thank me for it, and not just girls but people of all genders,” she said, adding that former members and alumni of the club had also reached out to express their approval.The idea to introduce the pledges came from Will Rose ’17, Charter’s House Manager and Technology Chair.
Five administrative positions in four of the residential colleges will have a staffing change, according to Senior Associate Dean of the CollegeClaire Fowler. Alexis Andres, the new dean of Whitman College, has moved from her previous role as the director of student life at Butler College. Rashidah Andrews, formerly thePrincipal Academic Advisor in the College of Liberal Artsat Temple University, will be the new Director of Studies at Forbes College. Jaclyn Schwalm, the new director of studies at Whitman, has served on the Council of Science and Technology, as a faculty adviser in Butler, and as a faculty member of the Department of Molecular Biology. Cecily Swanson moved into the role of director of studies at Mathey College after having served as a member of the faculty in the Writing Program. Butler has not yet chosen a new director of studies. Andres, Schwalm, and Swanson will be transitioning into their respective positions this fall. Fowler explained that she was not worried about changes since most of the new deans and directors have been from within the University community. Andrews and Schwalmwere unavailable for comment at the time of publication. Swanson could not be reached for comments at the time of publication. “It is unusual to have this much turnover, but lots of new people brings lots of new ideas,” Fowler said.