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Tuesday, Aug. 04, 2015
Lab Learning Isabelle Augensen

High school student Isabelle Augensen is investigating new ways to control cell motion in microfluidic devices in the laboratory of Jason Puchalla, a senior professional specialist in the Department of Physics. She is participating in Princeton's Laboratory Learning Program, which enables students to learn what it is like to participate in university-level research.

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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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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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International internships enable students to work and serve across the world

This summer, Princeton undergraduate students are gaining new perspectives and opportunities through internships in a variety of fields in more than 50 countries through the University's International Internship Program.

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Medicare and Medicaid myths: Setting the 50-year record straight

Over the past half-century, Medicare and Medicaid have become bedrocks of the U.S. health care system, together providing insurance coverage for more than 100 million people. Yet, these programs remain controversial and many myths have emerged in the highly politicized debate about these policies. The 50th anniversary of both programs on July 30 offers a chance to set some of the record straight.

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As he prepares to leave PPPL in 2016, Smith reflects on five decades in physics and at Princeton

After nearly 50 years on the faculty and staff of Princeton University, A.J. Stewart Smith is stepping down next February from his current post as the University's first vice president for the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. Smith has played leading roles as an educator, particle physicist and administrator coordinating vast, vital research efforts.

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Clarence Brown, pioneer in modern Russian literature and translation, dies

Clarence Brown, professor of comparative literature, emeritus, at Princeton University, died in his sleep July 18 after a long illness in Seattle, where he moved after retiring in 1999. He was 86.

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Chew on this: Examining racial identity one literary bite at a time

For their final project, Princeton students in the spring course "Food, Literature and the American Racial Diet" worked in teams to create dishes that illustrated various aspects of how food interacts with racial identity. As part of a new Campus Dining initiative led by Executive Director Smitha Haneef to support students' academic experience, each team was paired with a chef who advised them on food ingredients, preparation and presentation. The dishes were presented and tasted at the "Princeton Feast" held April 30 in the Frist Campus Center, attended by students, faculty and staff.

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Service and mentorship focus of Princeton-in-Washington's landmark year

The Princeton-in-Washington Program is celebrating its 50th summer bringing together students studying or interning in Washington D.C., with alumni living in the area. This year's program runs June 17 to Aug. 1 and will feature a packed schedule of speakers, panel discussions and social events providing Princetonians an inside look at the political, cultural and social life of the nation's capital.

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Infants use expectations to shape their brains

Infants can use their expectations about the world to rapidly shape their developing brains, researchers have found.

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Princeton Writes Staff Essay Contest inspires stories from across campus

The Princeton Writes Staff Essay Contest inspired stories from across campus. The contest was cosponsored by Princeton Writes, a program in the Office of Human Resources dedicated to strengthening the practical communication skills at the University, along with the Office of Alumni Affairs and the Council of the Humanities.

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After 85-year search, massless particle with promise for next-generation electronics discovered

An international team led by Princeton University scientists has discovered Weyl fermions, elusive massless particles theorized 85 years ago that could give rise to faster and more efficient electronics because of their unusual ability to behave as matter and antimatter inside a crystal.

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Calhoun appointed Princeton's vice president for campus life

W. Rochelle Calhoun, who since 2008 has been dean of students and vice president for student affairs at Skidmore College, will become vice president for campus life at Princeton University effective Sept. 1.

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Podcast: Are doctors choosing the best treatment for heart attacks?

When a patient has a heart attack, the doctor has to make a choice: either treat the patient with clot-busting drugs or perform invasive surgery. But how do doctors decide which procedure is best, and how do those decisions affect patient outcomes? Princeton professor Janet Currie decided to investigate these questions. She discusses the findings on this episode of WooCast, the Wilson School's podcast series.

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Day named assistant vice president for Princeton Office of Communications

Daniel Day, who has led the Princeton University Office of Communications on an acting basis for the past year, has been named assistant vice president in charge of the office.

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Spinal tap: A peek into professors' bookshelves

Six Princeton professors talk about how the books on their shelves relate to their scholarship and teaching, highlight one or two favorite books, and share what's on their own summer reading (and in one case, film) lists.

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Five charts that demystify the Chinese housing market

Yes, there are reasons to worry about the Chinese housing market. But they may not be the reasons you expect.

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Q&A: What's next for Greece?

Suffocating from colossal debt, Greece has until July 12 to secure a third bailout from creditors. Otherwise, the country may make a swift exit from the eurozone, a move that could significantly damage the global community. We discussed the Greek debt crisis — and what lies ahead — with Ashoka Mody, the Charles and Marie Robertson Visiting Professor in International Economic Policy at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

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Astrophysicist Greene studies the bright side of black holes

Princeton astrophysicist Jenny Greene is accustomed to working in remote places. But she always brings back what she learns to share with others. In addition to her research and teaching at Princeton, she mentors undergraduates, gives talks at amateur astronomy clubs, and inspires New Jersey state prison inmates to love algebra.

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Princeton's Annual Giving campaign raises record $61.5 million

Princeton University's 2014-15 Annual Giving campaign raised $61,490,178 — the highest total in Annual Giving history — with 60.3 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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FACULTY AWARD: Moll receives EIB Prize for economic, social research

Benjamin Moll, an assistant professor of economics and international affairs, has been awarded the 2015 European Investment Bank Prize for excellence in economic and social research. Moll received the Young Economist Award in recognition of his work on the economics of inequality and economic growth. The prize will be awarded Nov. 11 in Luxembourg.

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FACULTY AWARD: Skinner named Simons Investigator in Mathematics

Christopher Skinner, Princeton University professor of mathematics, has been named a 2015 Simons Investigator in Mathematics by the New York-based Simons Foundation. Skinner, who works in number theory and arithmetic geometry, was recognized for a "striking" proof that "a positive proportion of elliptic curves defined over the rational numbers satisfy the Birch–Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture."

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