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Tuesday, Sept. 01, 2015
 Greenhouse Grounds Foreman John Wisniewski

Grounds Foreman John Wisniewski tends to flowers at the Princeton University greenhouses. Most flowers planted in campus gardens, such as Prospect Gardens, are grown in the University's greenhouses and nursery. The Campus Grounds staff (part of Facilities Organization) maintains the greenhouses and gardens.


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University greenhouses power the flowers in Princeton's gardens

Visitors to Princeton University's Prospect Gardens may be familiar with the cheerful orange marigolds, pops of pink petunias and bunches of begonias blooming around the lush grounds. What they may not know is that most flowers planted there and in other campus gardens get their start just down the road in the University's greenhouses.

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Find the story: High school students explore journalism and college in Princeton summer program

Her smile disarmed skeptical New Yorkers as she announced, "Hi! I'm a student journalist and I would like to know your opinions on Donald Trump." ShiWanda Sheard-Perry of West Helena, Arkansas, spent the evening of Aug. 6 gathering interviews for a story on the first Republican primary debate. As a student in the Princeton University Summer Journalism Program (SJP), she was devoting 10 intense days to reporting on, and beyond, Princeton's campus.

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Defusing photobombs: Researchers find ways to remove distractions from photos

Princeton researchers have found an automated way to identify and eliminate those stray soda cans, roaming cars and photobombing strangers that can send favorite photos to the recycle bin. Called distractors, they are elements that take away from the central focus of the photo.

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Political challenges, not just scientific ones, shape response to epidemics

Understanding the role of government and politics before, during and after health emergencies is one step toward improving preparedness, response efforts, and saving lives, according to Princeton University researchers who will discuss "The Politics of Plagues" at the Princeton-Fung Global Forum in November.

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Princeton 101: Freshman Scholars Institute immerses students in campus life

This summer, 77 students are on campus to participate in the Freshman Scholars Institute,a seven-week academic program for select incoming Princeton freshmen. 

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Cellphone data can track infectious diseases

Tracking mobile phone data is often associated with privacy issues, but these vast datasets could be the key to understanding how infectious diseases are spread seasonally, according to a study published by Princeton University and Harvard University researchers in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Projects seek concrete solutions to global warming

When it comes to global warming, most people worry about power plants. Claire White thinks about another kind of plant — those that make cement.

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In full swing: Student teams build and pitch businesses in summer program

This was the fourth year that the Keller Center has held its Demo Day, the culmination of the center's eLab student startup accelerator. The summer-long program provides work space, instruction and support for student teams who compete for admission. The program also provides up to $20,000 in funding without taking any equity in the fledgling ventures. Team members are matched with veteran entrepreneurs who serve as mentors, and they attend workshops and coaching sessions that concentrate on different aspects of launching a startup.

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What PUPP means to me

The Princeton University Preparatory Program, a tuition-free academic and cultural enrichment program, has been helping prepare high-achieving, low-income high school students for college success for nearly 15 years. In their own words, participants and alumni share what PUPP means to them.

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Storey receives COPSS Presidents' Award for outstanding statisticians 40 or younger

John Storey, Princeton University's William R. Harman '63 and Mary-Love Harman Professor in Genomics and professor in the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, has received the 2015 COPSS Presidents' Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to statistics by a researcher aged 40 or younger. Presented by the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPSS), the award is one of the most prestigious in the field.

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STEAM Camp makes summer learning fun

Riding roller coasters. Racing homemade canoes. Cooking s'mores on a sunny afternoon. At Princeton University's Community House STEAM Camp, typical summer camp activities are actually science lessons.

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Yu Xie named director of new Center on Contemporary China at Princeton

Yu Xie, the Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor of Sociology and the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS), has been named the inaugural director of the Center on Contemporary China at Princeton University.

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Janeway gift establishes fund to deepen connections between study of finance, other fields of economics

A $5.6 million gift from investor William H. Janeway, a member of Princeton's Class of 1965, has established a fund that will support collaborative teaching and research in finance and other fields of economics at Princeton University.

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Q&A with Jonathan Pillow on dissecting the brain using math and neuroscience

Jonathan Pillow, a Princeton University assistant professor of psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, aims to understand the brain by using math and statistics to make sense of the reams of information collected by brain-imaging studies. He sat down to talk about how he got into neuroscience, his approach to teaching, and his latest research published earlier this month in the journal Science.

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Nozomi Ando: Breaking free with a love of chemistry

The ambitious research of Nozomi Ando, a Princeton University assistant professor of chemistry, pushes the limits of using X-ray-based methods to unravel the structure of enzymes, which could help scientists understand how these incredibly complex molecules are central to biological processes such as cellular metabolism and DNA replication.

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Gorfine selected as next director of Print and Mail Services

Ashley Gorfine, who has extensive experience in the commercial printing industry, will become the next director of Princeton University's Print and Mail Services. She will start Aug. 17.

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Which is better: A) interviews or B) surveys? Choose C.

A new, hybrid approach to surveys Princeton researchers have developed combines the data-gathering advantages of interviews with the lower cost and analytical simplicity of traditional surveys to yield insights that would be difficult to obtain with other methods.

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Sommers-Sayre promoted to assistant vice president in development

Alison Sommers-Sayre, an 11-year member of the Princeton University Office of Development staff, has been promoted to assistant vice president for information strategy and operations. Her appointment was effective July 1.

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Birkelund gift funds new certificate program in history and diplomacy; Kotkin, Mullen to co-direct

A $5 million gift from investment executive John P. Birkelund, a member of Princeton's Class of 1952, has established the Program in History and the Practice of Diplomacy at the University. The new undergraduate certificate program, available to students beginning in the 2015–16 academic year, will provide preparation for careers in governmental and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that preserve stability and improve lives around the world.  

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Pletcher named director of medical services at Princeton University

Dr. Jonathan Pletcher, whose career has focused on adolescent and young adult medicine, will become the next director of medical services for Princeton University Health Services (UHS). His appointment is effective Sept. 14.

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Q&A: What does the new Ebola vaccine mean for global health?

A new Ebola vaccine has shown to be 100 percent effective in clinical trials, and a supply will likely be produced within a couple of weeks. We discussed the vaccine, its development and what it means for global health with Princeton's Adel Mahmoud, lecturer with the rank of professor in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and retired president of Merck Vaccines. 

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Summer program introduces high school students to laboratory research

About 30 high school students are conducting research on campus this summer with Princeton's Laboratory Learning Program. The program provides motivated students with the opportunity to learn firsthand what it is like to be in a laboratory and participate in university-level research. 

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FACULTY AWARD: Ostriker, Page receive 2015 Gruber Prize in Cosmology

Princeton University researchers Jeremiah Ostriker, the Charles A. Young Professor of Astronomy on the Class of 1897 Foundation, Emeritus, and Lyman Page, Jr., the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor in Physics and department chair, are recipients of the 2015 Gruber Prize in Cosmology for their work in reshaping how scientists understand the origin, composition and dynamics of the universe.

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FACULTY AWARD: Norman to study sleep and memory with NSF BRAIN Initiative award

Kenneth Norman, a Princeton University professor of psychology, will explore what happens to our memories as we sleep as part of a three-year, $594,000 project supported by the National Science Foundation and related to the federal BRAIN Initiative.

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Princeton part of $12 million project to set up urban water-sustainability research network

Princeton University researchers will join 14 academic institutions and partners nationwide on a $12 million project funded by the National Science Foundation intended to address the challenges that threaten urban water systems in the United States and globally.

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