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Shapiro GS '64, Tilghman to teach freshman seminars this academic year

Two former University presidents — Harold Shapiro GS ’64 and Shirley Tilghman — as well as former Harvard University president Neil Rudenstine ’56 are all teaching freshman seminars this academic year. Shapiro, who served as president of the University from 1988 to 2001, is teaching FRS 159: Science, Technology, and Public Policy.

GSS 397 students examine women in public discourse

Ten students in GSS 397: Feminist Media Studies presented Thursday on topics they chose at the beginning of the semester in a symposium titled “More than MAD WOMEN: Examining Gender in Public Discourse.” Each student used examples from the media and popular culture, historical events and personal experiences to present the importance of their topic in relation to public discourse on it, as well as ideas moving forward for how to change or rethink the discourse. The class, taught by professor Melissa Deem, a lecturer in the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, focuses on the representation of women and feminism in various forms of media. Kayla Bose ’16 said Deem proposed the idea of a symposium in order to present the culmination of their research.

Geosciences, astrophysics departments see increase in number of concentrators

Both the geosciences and the astrophysical sciences departments experienced a near doubling in the numbers of declared sophomore concentrators this year. Ten students in the Class of 2016 signed into astrophysics, compared to five students from the Class of 2015, while 19 students signed into the geosciences department, compared to 10 students from the previous year. Astrophysics department representative Neta Bahcall said the department has not done anything differently this year to attract more students.

News & Notes: IP Commercialization Agreement

The University signed an IP commercialization agreement with a UK-based intellectual rights commercialization company, IP Group PLC, on Wednesday. The company specializes in the commercialization of intellectual property rights developed at research universities around the world. The agreement will help develop “early stage” opportunities based on intellectual property developed at Princeton that IP Group will now have access to with this new agreement. The agreement has a pilot phase of 18 months and will cover a variety of subjects, including materials, clean technology, medical sciences, human sciences, information technology, electronics, communications and robotics. According to the IP Group website, John F.

U. mentoring program to undergo restructuring

The Princeton University Mentoring Program, a program aimed at supporting ethnic minorities, is in the process of transitioning from three branches of mentorship programs to one inclusive program for students who identify as students of color. PUMP was originally split into the Latinos Unidos for Networking and Advising, the Black Student Union’s Leadership and Mentoring Program and the Asian American Mentoring Program. While the mentors and mentees were paired within ethnic groups under the previous construction, director of the Fields Center Tennille Haynessaid that under the new system freshmen can be paired with mentors of a different race if they wish.

Government whistleblowers discuss consequences of actions

Two government whistleblowers, Cathy Harris and Thomas Tamm, discussed their experiences as whistleblowers and the consequences of their whistleblowing actions at a lecture on campus on Tuesday. Beatrice Edwards, executive director and international program director of the Government Accountability Project, a nongovernmental organization that aims to promote government accountability by protecting whistleblowers and other activists,moderated the lecture.

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