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Gifts to Princeton Include New Dorm, Bloomberg Center

Princeton University has announced two major alumni gifts in recent weeks that will alter the campus landscape for years to come.

One gift came from Bloomberg Philanthropies and will establish the Emma Bloomberg Center for Access and Opportunity to bring together the university’s initiatives in college access and opportunity, serve as a hub for research and innovation in the field of college access and success, and inform and strengthen similar efforts at colleges and universities across the country.

Emma Bloomberg is a member of the Class of 2001 and the daughter for former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.

“My years at Princeton were tremendously formative and inspiring, and my closest friends to this day remain my classmates. I am forever grateful to have experienced such an incredible opportunity, and I want young people across the world, regardless of race, class or geographic origin, to access the same resources and opportunities,” Emma Bloomberg said in a statement.

“But to achieve that vision, we know that getting students to college isn’t sufficient; we must do all we can to provide a more comprehensive support system for all who matriculate. This center will help make sure that students who are disproportionately affected by the current inequities in education are better able to access supports, resources and opportunities, and that lessons learned are shared broadly across the country.”

“Increasing educational access and opportunity is one of the University’s highest priorities, and support from Bloomberg Philanthropies will enhance and expand current programs that help more students thrive in college and beyond,” Princeton president Christopher Eisgruber said in a statement. “The Emma Bloomberg Center will make its insights and initiatives available to other institutions that share our commitment to increasing socioeconomic diversity on college campuses.”

Additionally, Lydia and Bill Addy, a member of the Class of 1982, have made a donation as part of Princeton’s planned expansion of the undergraduate student body. Addy Hall will be a dormitory in one of the two new residential colleges being built in the southern portion of the campus.

“As we write the next chapter in the University’s history and enrich the Princeton experience by inviting a larger number of talented students than ever before, new dormitory construction is essential,” said Jill Dolan, the dean of the college, in a statement.

“It fortifies the strong sense of community, collaboration and mutual respect the residential colleges aspire to cultivate. Knowing the Addys’ devotion to Princeton and their commitment to service, I am so pleased that future Princetonians will be able to call Addy Hall their home. ‘Addy’ will take its rightful place alongside the names of buildings that have been on this campus for generations.”

Addy earned his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering and later received an MBA from Harvard. After working with Boston Consulting Group he founded ISN Software Corporation in 2001.

PU Partners with Cancer Institute

Princeton University has entered a partnership with the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, an international collective of scientists.

Other branches of the institute are located at Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Memorial Sloan Kettering, MIT, Stanford University, the University of California-San Diego, the University of Chicago, the University of Lausanne (Switzerland), and the University of Oxford.

At Princeton the branch will be led by chemistry professor Joshua Rabinowitz and will focus on cancer metabolism. Joining Rabinowitz are associate director Eileen White, a professor of molecular biology and biochemistry at Rutgers, and principal investigator Yibin Kang, a professor of molecular biology at Princeton.

“The new branch offers us the chance to capitalize on multiple areas where Princeton is a world leader and has world-leading technologies that haven’t yet been applied to cancer,” Rabinowitz said in a statement. “We want to continue to push the frontiers of those technologies, because ultimately technologies drive biological understanding, which opens up new avenues for cancer treatment and prevention.”

Specific areas of focus will include dietary strategies to prevent and treat cancer; how bodies inadvertently support tumor growth and metastasis; and the interplay between a patient’s metabolism, gut microbiome, and anti-cancer immune response.

Management Moves

Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund, 714-716 South Clinton Avenue, Trenton 08611. 609-688-0881. www.laldef.org.

The Trenton-based Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF) has named Cecilia Jiménez-Weeast as its executive director.

Lorraine Goodman, who had been filling the role in an interim capacity, will stay on as associate director in charge of development and communications.

“I am happy to report that we have identified an ideally suited person to fill the post of permanent executive director at LALDEF,” board chair Patricia Fernández-Kelly said in a statement. “Cecilia Jiménez-Weeast — known as Cecy — is the former director of Latinas Unidas at the YWCA and comes to us with more than 25 years of experience. She is well connected to our Latino/a community, speaks Spanish fluently, and has a stellar trajectory in management, accounting, and public relations. We are excited to have her join our LALDEF community.”

“I am thrilled to join the dedicated team of LALDEF to continue their commitment to providing vital services to the immigrant community of Mercer County,” Jiménez-Weeast said.

LALDEF’s mission is to promote the rights of all immigrants with a focus on the Latin American community in the Mercer County area.

Deaths

Sohaib Nazeer Sultan, 40, on April 16. He had served since 2008 as Princeton University’s first Muslim life coordinator and chaplain.

Bruce Bitler, 72, on April 9. He owned and operated Mattress Fair of Pennington and later worked for Sleepy’s.

Walter M. Krecicki Jr., 68, on April 9. He worked for ETS for many years.

Janice E. Watterworth, 85, on April 6. She worked as a librarian at Princeton University before spending 25 years with Mathematica Policy Research.

William Henry Powell on April 12. He was a past owner of the Candlelight Lounge in Trenton.