As an aspiring wizard, wand in hand, steps before a huge screen projecting an image of the Hogwarts School Great Hall of Harry Potter fame, José Rico ’18 waits. At the moment the youngster flicks his wand while pronouncing magic words, Rico does his magic—making the spell come to life with the click of his computer’s buttons.
Princeton University’s 2016-17 Annual Giving campaign raised $74,912,035, with 56.8 percent of undergraduate alumni participating. This historic achievement—Princeton’s first-ever Annual Giving campaign in excess of $70 million—represents strong performances across all of Princeton’s constituencies: undergraduate alumni, graduate alumni, parents, and friends.
It was spring, and the calendar hanging on the wall above Allison Simi’s cluttered desk was stuck on January. The image for January was a protein structure that Simi, a graduate student in Princeton’s chemical and biological engineering department, hadn’t noticed until one day, frustrated by a roadblock in her research, she idly glanced at it and had a breakthrough.
In honor of a generous bequest from Robert H. Taylor of Princeton’s Class of 1930, Princeton University’s librarian will now be known as the Robert H. Taylor 1930 University Librarian. The post is currently held by Anne Jarvis, who came to Princeton from the University of Cambridge in 2016. The gift will also support and expand the library’s Special Collections and establish a new position: Curator of the Robert H. Taylor Collection at Firestone Library.
When Charles Yu was a young boy in the 1930s, China was in turmoil. The central government was fighting internal revolutionary forces, poverty and crime were rampant, and imperialist Japanese forces had gained control of the northeastern provinces. Troops were steadily moving south toward Charles’s village when his family fled to Manila.
A gift from University Trustee Anthony H. P. Lee and his wife Sharon will strengthen Princeton’s mission of teaching and research by endowing a professorship in math, funding education and training related to high-speed computing, and creating a new scholarship.
Two projects designed by Princeton students to help make the world a better place have been awarded $10,000 by Davis Projects for Peace. Kyle Berlin ’18 plans to break down political divides through storytelling, and Lydia Watt ’18, Alice Vinogradsky ’20, Amanda Cheng ’20 and Kabbas Azhar ’18 will help bring clean drinking water to communities in Guyana.
Before Charlie Baker ’17 takes the stage as the host of Princeton’s monthly late-night talk show, he frantically runs through his lines, herds the theater’s previous audience out so his crew can set up, and fixes malfunctioning equipment. And he worries. But as the lights come up, he trots onstage to greet his audience, leaving the nerves and chaos behind.
Chance Fletcher ’18, from Oologah, Oklahoma, is a citizen of the Cherokee nation. He took a “Great American College Road Trip” with his grandmother; when they reached Princeton, he knew he’d found his destination. As a sophomore, he hiked 900 miles of the Trail of Tears, then focused his junior independent research project on the forced removal of the Cherokee people from their ancestral lands. His journeys have taken him far from home, but closer to understanding his roots—and his dreams for the future.
Princeton Research Day—the second annual celebration of research and creative endeavors by undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and other scholars—showcased more than 140 presentations on topics ranging from the metabolism of fruit fly embryos to theories on why large-scale, complex projects rarely—if ever—stay on schedule.