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Borough Council weighs development options for downtown

Members of the Princeton community joined the Borough Council at its meeting Tuesday night to watch the Garden Cinema morph into a shiny, new multiplex.The digital transformation was part of a presentation titled "Envisioning Downtown Princeton" given by Rutgers University urban planning professor Anton Nelessen.The display showed results from a survey conducted in December gauging how residents and business owners have responded to images of visual alterations in downtown Princeton.While the Council is now discussing the parking crunch expected to result from upcoming building projects, the survey aimed to produce an overall picture of the future of Princeton's business district."Nothing is an individual action in the context of a city," Nelessen said.

NEWS | 02/23/2000

Intel grants computer science department money, equipment

The University's computer science department has received one of seven grants from the Intel Corporation providing money and new Intel Internet Exchange Architecture (IXA) hardware to develop networking software, according to Jen Daughetee, public relations manager for Intel Network Communications.Computer science professor Larry Peterson's "extensible router" project ? which aims to build an Internet router that uses commercially-available components ? will benefit from the grant, which was awarded last week.

NEWS | 02/23/2000

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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

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

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

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