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Despite overall downward trend in humanities sign-ins, history shows unexpected surge

Two hundred sixty-nine members of the Class of 2016 declared concentrations in the humanities by the end of the sophomore major declaration period on Tuesday.The same number of students declared a humanities concentration in the Class of 2015, whereas 286 did in the Class of 2016.The humanities majors with the largest number of concentrators remain history, with 90, and English, with 48.

NEWS | 04/24/2014

Princeton professor warns about ‘House of Debt’

While new financial regulation has focused on bank oversight and risk management, economics and Wilson School professor Atif Mian and professor of finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of BusinessAmir Sufi argue in an upcoming book that not enough attention has been paid to the role of high levels of private, household debt in the Great Recession. “The profession at-large and also the policy side have severely underestimated the importance of debt for the whole of the economy,” Mian explained. Their book, called "House of Debt," is complemented by anew blogthat bears the same title and debuted inMarch.

NEWS | 04/23/2014

Low response rate for USG Midterm Evaluation survey

Only 171 students, approximately 26 percent of the students sampled, responded to the USG Academics Committee’s Midterm Evaluation Pilot program survey.The survey was available from April 3 to April 6 and allowed students to submit anonymous feedback about their classes. The 10 classes selected for the pilot program varied in size, department and type, but all received the same survey.Consisting of 14 questions, the survey was based on an existing midsemester course questionnaire template provided by the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning.

NEWS | 04/14/2014

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Bodine to take position at Georgetown

Wilson School diplomat-in-residence and Directorof the Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative program Barbara Bodine intends to step down at the end of the academic year. The University is now searching for a director for the SINSI program, which was established in 2006. A job posting indicated the search was posted on the University website on April 7.

NEWS | 04/14/2014

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Committee on Discipline open to considering publication of total number of cases heard

The Faculty-Student Committee on Discipline may for the first time provide transparent information about the total number of disciplinary cases adjudicated each year, Dean of Undergraduate Students and Committee on Discipline Chair Kathleen Deignan told The Daily Princetonian. The Committee — together with the student-run Honor Committee, which adjudicates allegations of cheating on in-class examinations — has in the past issued annual discipline reports detailing the number of students found responsible for violations of University policy.

NEWS | 03/05/2014

Despite report, departments say diversity was already of importance

Though areportreleased this past September by theTrustee Ad Hoc Committee on Diversityfound that white males dominated in faculty, administrator, graduate student and postgraduate populations, representatives from several departments on campus said that they had paid attention to the diversity among their populations before the report was released. The Committee’s report reviewed statistics of the racial and gender demographic trends in undergraduate, graduate, postdocs, faculty and staff populations.

NEWS | 02/05/2014

Pogrebniak ’14 named Churchill Scholarship winner

Katherine Pogrebniak ’14 was awarded a Churchill Scholarship to study for a master’s degree at the University of Cambridge. The Churchill Scholarship, funded by the Winston Churchill Foundation, is awarded to at least 14 students each year who wish to pursue studies in engineering, mathematics or the sciences, according to its website. Pogrebniak, a computer science concentrator, said she is planning to obtain a Master of Philosophy in computational biology and is excited for the classroom-based learning and the research component of her studies. There were two phases of the application process­ — applying for the Princeton nomination and then competing at the national level.

NEWS | 02/03/2014

Petition challenges Pourdavoud Chair candidate

A petition organized by Columbia professor Ehsan Yarshater surfaced challenging the University’s current candidate for the position of the Ibrahim Pourdavoud Professorship in Persian Studies.The petition, which has been taken down, argued that having the name of Pourdavoud, a pioneer in the field of pre-Islamic Iranian studies, meant that the professor who occupies the Pourdavoud Chair should continue his work in the field of pre-Islamic studies.

NEWS | 01/07/2014