In response to the recent University decision to invite back all undergraduate students, the recently re-elected incumbent member Michele L. Tuck-Ponder expressed cautious optimism. “I look at the University as part of our larger community, and so I don’t really look at it as a school issue — I look at it as a community challenge,” Tuck-Ponder told the ‘Prince.’ “I think [the students] lend an energy and a vibrancy to the town and I’ve missed them … but that’s not without some concern about how we’re going to manage introducing the thousands of undergraduate students back into our midst and continuing to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in our community.”
Based on the preliminary results last updated on Nov. 13, incumbent member Michelle L. Tuck-Ponder leads with 5,448 votes. Incumbent member and Board President Beth A. Behrend is in second place with 5,285 votes, and newcomer Jean Y. Durbin is currently third with 4,346 votes.
According to Provost Deborah Prentice, 30 University teams continue to plan and implement new strategies for the academic semester, ranging from online teaching innovations and research continuity to community support and campus operations.
In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, several University-affiliated economists from both major political parties endorsed policy recommendations for dealing with the national security crisis of climate change. The op-ed proposed a carbon tax that would increase annually until emission reduction goals are reached.
Princeton University faculty members Rebecca Burdine and Elke Weber have been named the 2018 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). They will be honored on Feb. 16 at the 2019 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
The hydroponic farm at Forbes College may look like a portal to another universe, but its purpose is to show students that crops can grow anywhere by demonstrating hydroponics, or the cultivation of crops using nutrient solutions instead of soil. The hydroponic farm is also a fully functioning laboratory where students and staff regularly conduct experiments.
The Federalist Society, a nationwide organization of conservatives and libertarians with chapters in hundreds of law schools across the country, now has a chapter at the University. The University has become the third undergraduate institution after Rice University and Hillsdale College with a chapter of the organization.