‘Walking at the frontier’: professor William Massey ’77, trailblazing Black mathematician and mentor
Nineteen years ago, when Massey stood in front of a committee of white Princeton professors, waiting as they pondered his academic fate, no Black mathematician had ever been awarded tenure at an Ivy League university. When the committee was through, he had become the first.
“I’m thrilled to be living through this moment,” said Dr. Marian Croak ’77, Vice President of Engineering at Google. “The tragic nature of what has spurred this movement is an opportunity for change.”
“There’s a motto in academia — everyone here is smart; you can distinguish yourself by being kind. No one embodied this motto more than John,” noted professor Kevin Kruse.
Kelton Chastulik ’21 is the first junior to receive this recognition since 2017.
Students on campus relocated to four buildings, Forbes College may be made available to the State of New Jersey if needed
“All colleges and universities across the state of New Jersey, including Princeton, have been asked to consider providing dormitory space to support the state’s COVID-19 response,” noted Deputy Spokesperson Mike Hotchkiss.
Conway died at the Parker nursing home in New Brunswick, N.J., where he has been in residence for nearly a year, several of his close friends confirmed.
This interactive graphic shows how many University students have class during typical sleep hours in their local time, defined as 12 a.m. to 8 a.m. The tool also calculates the number of students who now may have evening classes due to the time zone shift.
“Receiving the Abel Prize implies that others also see and appreciate the beauty in some of the phenomena I've found, particularly connecting ergodic theory with combinatorics and probability theory with group theory,” Furstenberg wrote to The Daily Princetonian. “I hope that the exposure given to my work as a result of the award will bring more mathematicians to look at my work and push it further.”
Forced to monitor the evolving crises both in the United States and abroad, international students continue to grapple with unanswered questions, most pressingly whether they can and should stay on campus.
The emergency announcement was made on Tuesday, and effective the following day, to “allow UHS to focus its resources on preparations for and response to COVID-19.” Students whose appointments are being changed or cancelled will be contacted, according to the UHS website.