February 27th, 2013 | University

Cross Campus: 2.27.13

Ben Bernanke will be speaking at Princeton's Baccalaureate ceremony.
Ben Bernanke will be speaking at Princeton's Baccalaureate ceremony. Photo by White House.

Calling all musicians. A new endowment in honor of University President Richard Levin and Jane Levin will help fund visiting artists looking to teach and support programs at the School of Music. Known as the “Jane and Richard Levin Music Fellow,” the lucky designee will be a “person of distinction” such as a visiting conductor, according to School of Music Dean Robert Blocker.

It’s casual. Yale alum and Rhodes scholar Jake Sullivan ’98 LAW ’03 has been appointed the national security adviser for Vice President Joe Biden, a new role he is expected to start this week. Sullivan previously served as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s LAW ’73 director of policy planning and deputy chief of staff, and has clerked for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.

It’s official! Chairman of the Federal Reserve and former Princeton professor Ben Bernanke will speak at Princeton’s baccalaureate ceremony on June 2, administrators announced on Tuesday morning. Bernanke, who has chaired the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors since 2006, previously served as chair of Princeton’s Economics Department.

Move over, Bill Nye. Here’s the real science guy. Yale immunologist Ruslan Medzhitov has snagged another major science prize — the Lurie Prize in the Biomedical Sciences. Medzhitov, who was awarded the Vilcek Prize for Biomedical Sciences with Richard Flavell earlier this month, will receive a $100,000 award for his work on the immune system.

Remembering Sandy Hook. Facebook has agreed to remove several alleged “tribute pages” to the victims of the Sandy Hook shootings in light of ongoing concerns that the pages were being used to harass victims’ family members and commit financial fraud. The move came after Sen. Richard Blumenthal LAW ’73, Sen. Chris Murphy and Rep. Elizabeth Esty banded together Monday morning to write a joint letter asking that the pages be taken down immediately.

Considering violence. Connecticut legislators expressed mixed reactions Tuesday to a proposal that would forbid children under 18 years old from playing point-and-shoot video games in arcades and similar establishments.

THIS DAY IN YALE HISTORY 1902 The University Library releases a report detailing its financial situation and total holdings of books. According to the report, the library holds 270,000 volumes, 100,000 pamphlets and 1,000 manuscripts. It has $310,000 in funds.

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