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James Peebles GS ’62 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics on Oct. 8 “for theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology.” Peebles’s innovative and original work on cosmology has fundamentally changed how people understand the history of the universe. In addition to being a leader in his field, Peebles is the Albert Einstein Professor of Science, Emeritus.
Amid the students, campus tour groups, and community members strolling about the Firestone Library Plaza on Tuesday afternoon, a student wearing only his underwear lay sprawled on the concrete. A black bag covered his face, and the words “Title IX Protects Rapists” were emblazoned on his torso in black ink.
As the co-lead vocalist and bassist for Blink-182, Mark Hoppus has played an integral role in shaping the pop punk music genre with hit songs like “All the Small Things” and “What’s My Age Again?” Nearly three decades since its founding in 1992, Blink-182 has released seven studio albums, selling over 50 million records worldwide.
“My friends say I should act my age, what’s my age again?” Mark Hoppus, co-lead vocalist and bassist of the pop punk band Blink-182, asks in the 1999 hit song “What’s My Age Again?” On Monday night, right before Hoppus and the William Shubael Conant Professor of Music Steven Mackey began “A Conversation with Mark Hoppus,” the Princeton Nassoons, adorned in their signature blazers and orange and black ties, posed this question to Hoppus himself as they serenaded him in front of a sold-out crowd in Berlind Theater.
Standout men’s basketball player Devin Cannady ’19 entered a plea agreement on March 11 for the four charges brought against him after he allegedly threw a punch at a Department of Public Safety Officer in Wawa on Jan. 18.
Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi ’00, an award-winning filmmaker, recently won an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature on Sunday, Feb. 24. She, with her husband, Jimmy Chin, received the award for Free Solo, which followed the journey of Alex Honnold as he climbed El Capitan — a 900-meter rock face in Yosemite National Park — without any ropes.
On Monday, Feb. 25, the Princeton Municipal Court granted men’s basketball standout Devin Cannady ’19 an adjournment for charges of simple assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and being under the influence without a prescription.
Frances Arnold ’79 made history this week when she became the first female Princeton graduate to win a Nobel Prize. As a winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Arnold is also the first graduate of Princeton to win a Nobel Prize in the natural sciences.
University alumna and California Institute of Technology professor Frances Arnold ’79 made history on Wednesday, Oct. 3, when she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, making her the first female Princeton graduate to win a Nobel Prize.
On the morning of April 11, President Donald Trump tweeted on U.S.-Russia relations, saying: “Our relationship with Russia is worse now than it has ever been, and that includes the Cold War.”
Taking a step back from perfection-obsessed ballerinas, unorthodox allegories about nature, and brutal boxing sequences, filmmaker, writer, and director Darren Aronofsky is pivoting his focus to the mystery of Earth in his new ten-episode series “One Strange Rock”. University students and community members were given a private screening of the series’ first episode, followed by a talkback with Aronofsky on Tuesday night in Richardson Auditorium.
“I want to become a human being who understands what being human is about,” explained André Aciman, a New York Times bestselling author and former University professor of French literature. Aciman conducts his classroom, his craft, and his life with this aspiration in mind. Although he first established himself as a writer with his 1995 memoir “Out of Egypt,” which earned a Whiting Award, Aciman has received the most acclaim for his 2007 novel “Call Me By Your Name.”
Beating out the likes of Princess Diana, John Lennon, and even William Shakespeare, Winston Churchill was named the Greatest Briton in a 2002 BBC poll. Churchill’s legacy has not suffered since. With Gary Oldman portraying him in the 2017 film “Darkest Hour” and John Lithgow doing the same in the acclaimed Netflix show “The Crown,” Churchill has proved himself a captivating figure for U.S. and British audiences alike. British author and journalist Giles Milton has added to the mix of Churchill storytellers with a book entitled “Churchill’s Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare: The Mavericks Who Plotted Hitler’s Defeat.”
As the euphonious sounds of piano and violin echoed down the hallway, Michael Pratt sat in his office in the New Music Building and opened the score of Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 2. While he explained a composing technique, he ran his fingers over a few notes, paused, and then began to sway, moving his arms and humming along, until it was apparent he had entered a world of music.
Through the pitch black of the cavernous Richardson Auditorium came piercing words: “In the face of injustice and adversity, certainly some gave their lives looking to change the world.” The voice of legendary jazz saxophonist, musician, singer, and composer Archie Shepp continued, saying “Unfortunately, not much has changed. Sometimes, things seem to be even worse. Perhaps we are all prisoners.”
“So, what happens now?” Pulitzer Prize-winning Ferris Professor of Journalism John McPhee ’53 half-jokingly, half-nervously asked as he handed the reins of the conversation over to his two former students, Robert Wright ’79 and Joel Achenbach ’82, at a book discussion on Tuesday evening at Labyrinth Books.
Clad in metallic silver booties and outfitted with a beautiful acoustic guitar, London-based singer-songwriter Jade Bird took to the stage of Richardson Auditorium to perform her music and engage in dialogue on Wednesday evening.
Professor of psychology and public affairs Elizabeth (Betsy) Levy Paluck was named as one of the 24 recipients of the MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant on Wednesday. The MacArthur Fellowship is a “$625,000, no-strings-attached award to extraordinarily talented and creative individuals as an investment in their potential,” according to its website. Being named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow is an extremely high honor, with an extensive nomination and selection process. Paluck is best known for her work with social norms and impacts of mass media on behavioral changes, with her experiments largely occurring in real-world environments.
“It’s not just my Emmy, it’s yours as well. But I’ll keep it at my house,” British actor, rapper, and activist Riz Ahmed said to a sold-out audience on the afternoon of Monday, Oct. 9 at an event hosted by the Princeton University Muslim Life Program.
In a substantial contribution to the performing arts community, long time New Jersey theater supporter Betty Wold Johnson gave the McCarter Theatre a $500,000 challenge grant on Sept. 28, according to an official McCarter Theatre press release. Johnson’s challenge grant, which requires that matching funds be raised, is a contribution to the ongoing Campaign for McCarter, a fundraising effort to support the future of McCarter Theatre with an ultimate goal of $15 million.