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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
 Freshman Seminar Science, Society and Dinner with Daniel Shepard

In the spring 2016 freshman seminar "Science, Society and Dinner," Princeton students learned the basics of knife skills, sautéing and palate education, but also about the water cycle, sustainable agriculture and the biochemistry of taste — and how all those pieces fit together. Student Daniel Shepard holds a piece of bread baked at Bobolink Farm in Milford, New Jersey, where the class visited on a field trip.


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Freshman seminar bridges food, environment and culture

In the course, "Science, Society and Dinner," first-year students learn the basics of knife skills, sautéing and palate education; they learn about the water cycle, sustainable agriculture and the biochemistry of taste — and how they all fit together.

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Research tracks interplay of genes and environment on physical, educational outcomes

Over the course of the 20th century, genes began to play a greater role in the height and body mass index of Americans, while their significance decreased in educational outcomes and occurrence of heart disease, according to a new paper by researchers including Princeton sociologist Dalton Conley.

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The writing on the wall: Unraveling chalkboard mysteries

Walk by any chalkboard, white board or glass wall on campus, and you're likely to discover the work of Princeton's faculty and students captured in script both beautiful and mysterious. There are mathematical equations, musical notes, text deconstructions and even dry-erase-marker works of art. But who wrote or drew them? What do they mean? Here are a few answers.

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Economics, culture intersect to shape Asian Americans' academic advantage

New research paints a complicated picture of how economic and cultural forces interact to fuel Asian Americans' academic success compared with their white classmates.

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Transformations: Students find creativity at intersection of art and engineering

A partnership between the Council on Science and Technology, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Department of Music, and the Lewis Center for the Arts, the class "Transformations in Engineering and the Arts" stemmed from several conversations with faculty and students interested in the intersection of arts and engineering.

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Fantham, classics 'pioneer' and 'phenomenal' mentor, dies at 83

Elaine Fantham, the Giger Professor of Latin, Emeritus, and professor of classics, emeritus, who was known and admired for her outstanding scholarship and warm friendship, died July 11 of natural causes in Toronto. She was 83.

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In living color: Juxtaposing Havana, old and new

Sixteen undergraduate and graduate Princeton students spent spring break exploring the visual and literary past, present and future of Cuba as part of the course "Havana: Architecture, Literature and the Arts."

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Failures aside, Haushofer reaches across disciplines to tackle poverty

Johannes Haushofer, whose "CV of Failures" became a viral sensation, works toward the goal of alleviating poverty with a combination of lab and field research that explores the relationships among poverty, psychological well-being and economic decision-making.

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Tigers read at Princeton, Trenton elementary schools

For over a decade, Princeton student-athletes have gone to local elementary schools as part of Reading with the Tigers, a Princeton Varsity Club initiative. Littlebrook Elementary School in Princeton is one of the five schools the students visited.

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Winners of annual staff writing contest share stories of diverse experiences

Four Princeton staff members have been honored for their essays on diversity in the second annual Princeton Writes essay contest.

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Princeton's Annual Giving campaign raises $59.3 million

Princeton University's 2015-16 Annual Giving campaign raised $59,334,144 — the second highest total in Annual Giving history — with 58.4 percent of undergraduate alumni participating. The results are notable for their strength and breadth across all of Princeton's constituencies: undergraduate alumni, graduate alumni, parents and friends.

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Spinal tap 2016: Princeton professors unpack their summer reading lists

Six Princeton professors talk about how the books on their shelves relate to their work, highlight one or two favorite books, and share what's on their own summer reading (and in one case, television binge-watching) lists in our second annual "Spinal tap" feature.

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Q&A: Supreme Court rules Texas abortion law unconstitutional

Princeton's Heather Howard answers questions about the Supreme Court's recent abortion ruling.

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Quick, early test for Ebola could prevent epidemics

Researchers from Princeton University are joining with colleagues from U.S. government laboratories in an effort to dramatically improve the test for the Ebola virus. The goal is to offer a quick, accurate and inexpensive method to help contain future epidemics.

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Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment partners with U.S. Army on sustainable energy and environmental issues and research

Hailed as the first steps toward fruitful dialogue, collaboration and information exchange on sustainable energy and environmental research, the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University recently signed an agreement with the Picatinny Arsenal Garrison and the U.S. Army's Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center.

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High school students explore key issues facing American Indian communities

Standing arm in arm in a Robertson Hall seminar room at Princeton University on Friday, June 17, the 18 participants in the Santa Fe Indian School Leadership Institute's Summer Policy Academy (SPA) took turns sharing what they will take away from their week exploring issues facing American Indian communities.

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FACULTY AWARD: Diller to receive ACADIA Lifetime Achievement Award

Elizabeth Diller, a professor of architecture, has been selected to receive the 2016 ACADIA (Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture) Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is given to exceptional architects and researchers who, over the course of an entire career, have made significant and innovative contributions to the fields of architecture and computational design. Diller is a founding partner of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, an interdisciplinary design studio that achieved international prominence for its designs of the High Line and the redesign of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts campus in New York City. The award will be presented on October 28 at ACADIA's annual conference at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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FACULTY AWARD: Ploss receives early-career award for infectious-disease research

Alexander Ploss, a Princeton University assistant professor of molecular biology, has received an Investigators in Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease Award from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Ploss will use the five-year, $500,000 award for his topic, "breaking species barriers of human hepatotropic pathogens."

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FACULTY AWARD: American Enterprise Institute to honor Robert George

Robert George, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and a professor of politics, has been chosen to receive the American Enterprise Institute's Irving Kristol Award, which recognizes "an individual who has undertaken exceptional work to improve public policy, enhance the welfare of our society and culture, or bolster our understanding of complex issues through unique contributions to the competition of ideas." The award will be presented at AEI's annual dinner in September.

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FACULTY HONOR: Four faculty members inducted into American Philosophical Society

Four Princeton University faculty members and three University alumni are among 33 new members recently elected to the American Philosophical Society (APS), the nation's oldest scholarly organization.

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