Mutschler credited the early completion to “the better-than-expected condition of some of the structure, scaffolding, and netting that allowed work to continue safely throughout the very wet summer and fall and the contractor’s decision to work many weekends during the long days of summer.”
Because of an endowment given by Michael Novogratz ’87 and wife Sukey Cáceres Novogratz ’89, the Bridge Year Program will be renamed the Novogratz Bridge Year Program. The program will now accept 42 students, an increase from the previous year’s 35.
As part of the ongoing partnership between the University and Google, a new Google AI lab will open next week at 1 Palmer Square under the leadership of computer science professors Elad Hazan and Yoram Singer, focusing primarily on machine learning.
In response to an ongoing measles outbreak 50 miles from campus, UHS officials are reaching out to students they believe to be at particular risk of catching the virus, providing them with information about symptoms and safety measures.
The study report — titled “The Ruderman White Paper on Mental Health in the Ivy League” — gave the University a “D” and claimed that the University’s policies pertaining to leave of absence were often unclear and, at worst, discriminatory. The paper focused on the leave of absence policies for each Ivy League school and argued that the language of the policies leads to discrimination against students.
Once again, President Eisgruber argued against “Ban the Box” initiatives at the Council of the Princeton University Community (CPUC) meeting. University administrators and campus partners also presented on potential changes to academic integrity discipline as well as details of the expanded campus, like specific new buildings.
The audience was tense, and seemed frustrated with the Title IX office’s numerous privacy constraints, including their inability to discuss specific cases or precedence. Many, like first year Electrical Engineering graduate student Michael Soskind, appreciated the value of holding meetings but also hoped that the town hall would generate “more tangible recommendations that can be implemented by the University.”
Nearly all of the female students interviewed said the culture of the department had led them to seek therapy. “We used to joke that the women in our department all went to therapy to deal with the men in our department,” said one former graduate student who was in the department in the 2000s. Still, those in charge say the department is ultimately a positive environment for women.
University faculty are working to create an Asian American Studies certificate program by September 2018. The creation of the program will be the culmination of the work of University students, alumni, and faculty who have researched, petitioned, protested, negotiated, and advocated for the creation of an Asian American Studies program for nearly 30 years.
The House tax bill contains several provisions to which colleges and universities object, including the removal of tax deductions for student loan interest. The bill would make graduate student teaching and research income taxable, and would tax endowments of private universities with at least 500 students and where the value of the school’s endowment is more than $250,000 per student, an elite group which includes the University.
University President Christopher Eisgruber ’83 rejected a proposal to provide a semester of housing and education for students currently attending college in Puerto Rico whose educational plans have been affected by Hurricane Maria.
At the behest of the University’s Board of Trustees, the Committee on Naming, a special branch of the Council of the Princeton University Community (CPUC), is soliciting suggestions for the names of two notable structures on campus, the easternmost arch of East Pyne and a public garden visible from Nassau Street that is currently under construction.
Dr. Paul Gauthier, a postdoctoral research associate in the Geosciences department, created the Princeton Vertical Farming Project (PVFP) this past April. The project, situated in Moffett Laboratory, was funded by the University’s Office of Sustainability and is directly related to the University’s Sustainability Plan.
A $13-million grant from the National Science Foundation was awarded for setting up CPBF, according to Joshua Shaevitz, co-director of the program and University professor of physics and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics. This is one of 11 Physical Frontiers Centers funded by the Physics Division of the National Science Foundation Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences.