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Inherited learning deficiencies may be overcome, Tsien shows in study

University molecular biology professor Joe Tsien and a team of researchers recently discovered evidence that may disprove the theory that genetically-induced memory and learning deficits are irreversible.The researchers' findings ? which came from a series of experiments using mice ? show that enriched environments may help the brain to learn and perform more efficiently, even when a person has a gene defect that impairs learning, Tsien said.Tsien and colleagues used mice with memory gene mutations to determine if the animals' ability to learn could be improved.

NEWS | 02/23/2000

D-Bar managers quit over policy dispute

Both student managers of the graduate school's Debasement Bar ? also known as the D-Bar ? resigned yesterday, in response to a University policy that will prohibit non-residents of the Graduate College from entering unless accompanied by a resident."I'm pretty much fed up," said Amlan Majumdar GS, who was one of the D-Bar managers ? known as "bar czars" ? who resigned.

NEWS | 02/23/2000

Trainer Greenblatt exercises his talents as an actor and model

Students who have been flocking to the Stephens Fitness Center seeking a high-quality exercise regimen worthy of a celebrity now can work out with the help of one.Michael Greenblatt, a new Dillon Gym fitness supervisor, is a model and actor who has worked with soap opera star Susan Lucci and knows heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier.Previously a trainer at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, N.J., where he attended college, Greenblatt said his interest in acting began 10 years ago when he was a contestant on "Wheel of Fortune.""I didn't touch the wheel too much," he said.

NEWS | 02/23/2000

Class of '95 establishes fund to foster student volunteerism

Beginning this year, the Class of 1995 will grant stipends of as much as $500 each to two undergraduate students to pursue public and community service opportunities during the summer.The Class of 1995 Summer Service Fund is intended to foster a life-long commitment to volunteerism in undergraduates, according to John Smith '95, the chief organizer of the effort."The purpose of this fund is to encourage students to dedicate a block of their lives to service and make that selflessness part of their professional aspirations," Smith said.

NEWS | 02/22/2000


Borough police arrest professor on charges of trespassing, harassment

Physics professor Herman Verlinde was arrested Saturday and charged with criminal mischief, harassment and criminal trespassing after allegedly repeatedly knocking on the door of the apartment of a woman who refused to let him inside, police said yesterday."We received a call from a female who reported that someone was possibly trying to break into her apartment," said Borough Police Lt.

NEWS | 02/22/2000

The Future of Finding Work

For many college upperclassmen, searching for a postgraduate job or summer internship while still trying to keep up with classes and other activities can be an exhausting and time-consuming process.This year, however, Princeton students have been saving time and effort by applying for jobs via the Web with the help of, an online recruiting management program.The software, which allows students to manage resumes and other documents and schedule on-campus interviews with employers, was installed for campus use last summer, according to director of career services Beverly Hamilton-Chandler."Princeton didn't have a Web-based system that allows students access to the job descriptions," she said.

NEWS | 02/22/2000

USG voices concern over Wythes, wins concessions on Chancellor Green

In addition to chicken salad and turkey sandwiches, President Shapiro and the USG Senate chewed over the Wythes committee proposal to expand the student body size last night.After last week's raucous U-Council meeting over the fate of the Chancellor Green rotunda, USG senators were respectful and cautious in questioning how the expansion might negatively affect academics and student life, repeatedly commending the Wythes Committee Report and thanking President Shapiro for his presence.The meeting with Shapiro was part of an already busy day for the USG.During a meeting with USG officers yesterday morning, Provost Jeremiah Ostriker, Associate Provost Allen Sinisgalli and classics professor Josiah Ober took steps to fulfill the promise made after the U-Council meeting to consider student input on the Chancellor Green issue.Ostriker offered to add at least one student to a faculty committee discussing the planned renovations and agreed to hold a public forum to solicit student input on the issue, USG vice president Spence Miller '02 said."There was a substantial difference," Miller said of administrators' attitudes in yesterday morning's meeting.

NEWS | 02/22/2000

Djerassi speaks on the struggle for recognition among scientists

Though famed for his synthesis of the birth control pill and his lifetime of scientific accomplishment, Stanford University chemistry professor Carl Djerassi spoke in McCosh 50 last night not of his research but of his new work as a novelist."Now I'm a novelist and a playwright who still is a professor of chemistry at Stanford," Djerassi said of his wide-ranging career .During the lecture ? titled "Noble Science and Nobel Lust: Disclosing Tribal Secrets" ? Djerassi discussed themes in several of his novels, and in particular explored his portrayal of the passionate drive of research scientists for peer approval and name recognition.Djerassi said the "Nobel lust" of the "egocentric scientist" was not merely a desire for the Nobel Prize, but more generally for acknowledgment from peers.

NEWS | 02/22/2000

University joins elite schools in boycotting 'most-wired' survey

The University has joined at least 10 other schools in boycotting the fourth annual Yahoo! Internet Life magazine survey ranking the most wired college campuses, according to CIT vice president Ira Fuchs.In past years, University administrators have sent written complaints to the survey's publishers questioning the manner in which the rankings were assigned, Fuchs said."Each year they go on with the survey and disregard our opinions.

NEWS | 02/21/2000

Extended late lunch, substance-free housing on USG pet project list

Little changes can make a big difference. This was the underlying theme of Sunday night's USG meeting which focused on pet projects ? small-scale policy reforms and initiatives lead by individual USG officers.The projects included lengthening late meal hours, scheduling later class times, increasing financial aid and expanding the number of substance-free dormitories.USG officers also discussed methods of increasing student participation in USG initiatives such as Sustained Dialogue ? the biweekly informal discussions on race relations."Though they are small projects, together they make up a large part of USG commitment to students," USG president PJ Kim '01 said. ProjectsIn response to student requests for longer late lunch periods, Undergraduate Student Life Chair Melissa Kemp '02 has been working with the Department of Dining Services to increase the hours and funding allotted to late meals.

NEWS | 02/21/2000

Princeton leaders attend Ivy League summit at Yale

Student leaders from some of America's most prestigious institutions of higher learning attended the first Ivy Leaders Summit last weekend at Yale University.The summit ? titled "Integrity and Responsibility in Leadership" and attended by 10 University students ? is the first attempt in recent history to promote interaction between leaders across the Ivies, according to David Tukey '02, who helped organize the event.

NEWS | 02/21/2000

Bradley '65, Gore debate in Harlem

NEW YORK ? Bill Bradley '65 and Vice President Al Gore squared off in the historical arena of the Apollo Theater in Harlem late last night, each promising to work to end racial profiling if elected president.The debate, which was televised nationally and lasted 90 minutes, included discussions of urban crime, affirmative action and each candidate's voting record on minority issues.One of the more heated exchanges between Gore and Bradley was prompted by a question from Rev.

NEWS | 02/21/2000

Among friends, Muslims explore their beliefs

It was the cookies that first caught the attention of Aliya Shariff '01.But it was the people who were delivering the cookies ? members of the Muslim Student Association going door-to-door to welcome Muslim freshmen to Princeton ? that convinced Shariff to give the University's Islamic community a try."I figured I would just go to the first meeting because the people were very nice, accepting of differences and welcoming," said Shariff, who is, two years later, president of the group.

NEWS | 02/20/2000

Town considers construction in Institute Woods

Part of the Institute for Advanced Study Woods may soon become home to two soccer fields if the Princeton Recreation Department's application is approved by the state Historic Sites Council.The recreation department has proposed constructing two fields and a parking area on about 4.8 acres of the 590-acre Institute Woods property near the intersection of Quaker and Mercer roads in Princeton Township, Township Attorney Edwin Schmierer said yesterday.As part of a 1992 settlement agreement, the Institute leased the 4.8-acre site to the Township for the soccer fields.

NEWS | 02/20/2000