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U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell ’86 becomes first African American woman to receive Whig-Clio’s James Madison Award

On Friday, Dec. 18, the American Whig-Cliosophic Society (Whig-Clio) presented U.S. Representative Terri Sewell ’86 (D-Ala.) with its highest honor, the James Madison Award for Distinguished Public Service (JMA). Sewell is the first female African American recipient in the honor’s 60-year history.

Representative Terri Sewell was presented with the James Madison Award for Distinguished Public Service by the student organization Whig-Clio. On a Zoom call to accept the award, she discussed her upbringing, various political issues, and her focus on service with the University community. 

NEWS | December 20

Still image from demonstrations conducted in the engineering lab simulating plexiglass dividers' effect on the flow of air particles.  
 Howard Stone / Princeton University 

Mechanical and aerospace engineering professor, graduate students investigate plexiglass, COVID-19 transmission

Nan Xue GS, a fifth-year graduate student in Stone’s lab, explained that such research of speech-driven airflows and fluid mechanics can be useful in understanding how aerosols, especially coronavirus, are transported through air, which he hopes will be helpful in making guidelines and rules to promote safety.

Nan Xue ’21*, a fifth-year graduate student in Stone’s lab, explained that such research of speech-driven airflows and fluid mechanics can be useful in understanding how aerosols, especially coronavirus, are transported through air, which he hopes will be helpful in making guidelines and rules to promote safety.

NEWS | December 20

The Louis A. Simpson Building, which houses the Davis International Center.
Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

Princeton ‘not optimistic’ about international travel this summer

The University is not optimistic about international travel this summer, despite recent vaccination advancements. A final decision on international University-sponsored travel in summer 2021 will be made in May.

The University is not optimistic about international travel this summer, despite recent vaccination advancements. A final decision on international University-sponsored travel in summer 2021 will be made in May.

NEWS | December 20

The Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment.
Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

Princeton study outlines viable, affordable plans for America to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

Five proposed net-zero emissions pathways involve standard expenditures, and save money in years to come, according to a study by University researchers.

The teams behind the study—led by the co-principal investigators Chris Greig, Eric Larson, and Jesse Jenkins of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment—determined that all five proposed net-zero emissions pathways involve expenditures that remain within the standard bounds of historical annual energy GDP costs, or about 4%-6% of the nation’s GDP. 

NEWS | December 20

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Humanities Council awards grant to launch Native American & Indigenous Studies Working Group

“It was inspiring to hear their goals and their vision for the future of the field at Princeton,” Rivett wrote in an email to the ‘Prince’, and noted that the working group is an attempt to “continue the conversation that the students have largely started and to formalize faculty involvement in their efforts.” 

“It was inspiring to hear their goals and their vision for the future of the field at Princeton,” Rivett wrote in an email to the ‘Prince’, and noted that the working group is an attempt to “continue the conversation that the students have largely started and to formalize faculty involvement in their efforts.” 

NEWS | December 20

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Eight new solar projects to be installed to support Princeton's carbon neutrality goal

The solar arrays will “more than triple the University’s current solar photovoltaic (PV) generating capacity,” increasing this capacity from 5.5 to 19 percent of current electric energy use.

The solar arrays will “more than triple the University’s current solar photovoltaic (PV) generating capacity,” increasing this capacity from 5.5 to 19 percent of current electric energy use.

NEWS | December 20

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‘Community Walk’ program to patrol neighborhoods with off-campus students, Calhoun tells Princeton Council

For a third of Monday’s three-hour Princeton Council meeting, administrators described the University’s spring plans and fielded questions from Mayor Liz Lempert and Princeton’s six town council members. The Council also approved a nearly $8.5 million voluntary contribution agreement between the University and municipality.

For a third of Monday’s three-hour Princeton Council meeting, administrators described the University’s spring plans and fielded questions from Mayor Liz Lempert and Princeton’s six town council members. The Council also approved a nearly $8.5 million voluntary contribution agreement between the University and municipality.

NEWS | December 20

A photograph of the ongoing construction of two new residential colleges, presented during the Dec. 14 CPUC meeting by University Architect Ron McCoy.

Here’s what happened at the last CPUC meeting of 2020

At the final CPUC meeting of the calendar year, administrators also touched on spring 2021 planning and COVID-19 testing, and attendees heard updates on ongoing efforts to address systemic racism, campus construction, and the Ad Hoc Committee on Sexual Climate, Culture, and Conduct.

At the final CPUC meeting of the calendar year, administrators also touched on spring 2021 planning and COVID-19 testing, and attendees heard updates on ongoing efforts to address systemic racism, campus construction, and the Ad Hoc Committee on Sexual Climate, Culture, and Conduct.

NEWS | December 15

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Princeton shortens quarantine duration, launches move-in website

Spring move-in will take place throughout the third week of January for undergraduates, a substantial shift in the timeline following altered quarantine guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the State of New Jersey. In accordance with those guidelines, students who receive negative COVID-19 test results and report no symptoms may only need to quarantine for seven days, rather than 14.

Spring move-in will take place throughout the third week of January for undergraduates, a substantial shift in the timeline following altered quarantine guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the State of New Jersey. In accordance with those guidelines, students who receive negative COVID-19 test results and report no symptoms may only need to quarantine for seven days, rather than 14.

NEWS | December 11

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PDF grading policy will remain largely unchanged this spring

Courses that students elect to PDF during the spring 2021 semester will not count towards the four course limit, as has been the case for the past two semesters. Departments, however, may require students to take departmental prerequisites or requirements for a grade.

Courses that students elect to PDF during the spring 2021 semester will not count towards the four course limit, as has been the case for the past two semesters. Departments, however, may require students to take departmental pre-requisites or requirements for a grade.

NEWS | December 10

Dormitories on campus.
Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

Three-quarters of Princeton undergraduates submit intent to live on campus in spring

Approximately 3,400 students have submitted their intentions to reside on campus this spring semester — out of 4,700 currently enrolled undergraduates. Around 1,200 students have opted to continue learning remotely at their off-campus residence, with only a dozen students requesting a leave of absence.

Approximately 3,400 students have submitted their intentions to reside on campus this spring semester — out of 4,700 currently enrolled undergraduates. Around 1,200 students have opted to continue learning remotely at their off-campus residence, with only a dozen students requesting a leave of absence.

NEWS | December 6

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Students engaged in renaming Princeton Unified Middle School

“When they charged us with developing a committee in a program, they asked to engage and make this a learning experience for the youngsters,” Barry Galasso, Interim Superintendent of the Princeton Public Schools, told Princeton public school leaders in a Board of Education meeting. 

“When they charged us with developing a committee in a program, they asked to engage and make this a learning experience for the youngsters,” Barry Galasso, Interim Superintendent of the Princeton Public Schools, told Princeton public school leaders in a Board of Education meeting. 

NEWS | December 6

Sarah Lee ’22 participated in the Vote100 campaign while still on campus, urging students to stop by and contact their representatives.
Karolen Eid / The Daily Princetonian

After helping Princetonians vote, Vote100 interns look ahead

Ever since COVID-19 sent most undergraduates home in early March, the student- and staff-led organization has expanded beyond straightforward get-out-the-vote marketing and has virtually helped thousands of students register to vote and stay informed about national and local elections.

Ever since COVID-19 sent most undergraduates home in early March, the student- and staff-led organization has expanded beyond straightforward get-out-the-vote marketing.

NEWS | December 6

Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

Incumbents Tuck-Ponder, Behrend, and newcomer Durbin officially elected to Princeton Board of Education

In response to the recent University decision to invite back all undergraduate students, the recently re-elected incumbent member Michele L. Tuck-Ponder expressed cautious optimism. “I look at the University as part of our larger community, and so I don’t really look at it as a school issue — I look at it as a community challenge,” Tuck-Ponder told the ‘Prince.’ “I think [the students] lend an energy and a vibrancy to the town and I’ve missed them … but that’s not without some concern about how we’re going to manage introducing the thousands of undergraduate students back into our midst and continuing to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in our community.”

NEWS | December 6

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Princeton establishes professorship of Indigenous Studies with $5 million gift from Wendy and Eric Schmidt ’76

The new professorship, titled the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Professor of Indigenous Studies, will “catalyze and unite conversations on indigeneity across disciplines,” according to the announcement. 

The new professorship, titled the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Professor of Indigenous Studies, will “catalyze and unite conversations on indigeneity across disciplines” according to the announcement. 

NEWS | December 4

The entrance to McCosh Health Center.
Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

Delivered meals, hybrid teaching, and quarantine policy in flux: Key takeaways from last night’s parent town hall

The University may alter aspects of the spring 2021 move-in and quarantine process, pending guidance from the New Jersey government. 

The University may be altering aspects of the spring 2021 move-in and initial quarantine process, awaiting guidance from the state after the CDC shortened the recommended quarantine period from 14 days to 10 days on Wednesday. Housing will push back its launch of a move-in sign-up site to bide time for a potential state policy shift.

NEWS | December 3

McCosh Health Center: Mark Dodici / The Daily Princetonian

Administrators discuss vaccine preparedness, socially-distant spring at USG town hall

A wide range of topics were discussed at the town hall, including housing, dining, virtual programming, visa restrictions for international students, testing protocol, and whether the University would be able to distribute a vaccine once available. 

A wide range of topics were discussed at the town hall, including housing, dining, virtual programming, visa restrictions for international students, testing protocol, and whether the University would be able to distribute a vaccine once available. 

NEWS | December 2

Mark Dodici / The Daily Princetonian

Princeton expects to keep student organization facilities closed throughout the spring

Though noting that prox access “is expected to remain inactive throughout the term,” the announcement left the door open for adjustment if public health guidelines permit.

Though noting that prox access “is expected to remain inactive throughout the term,” the announcement left the door open for adjustment if public health guidelines permit.

NEWS | December 2