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Thursday, July 10, 2014
Keller Center class Yolanda Yeh

The Keller Center class "Creativity, Innovation and Design" is about using creativity in thinking about real-world problems. In this video, the professor and students — such as rising senior and electrical engineering major Yolanda Yeh (above) — talk about their experiences participating in this unique class.

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Video feature: Keller Center class focuses on creativity, innovation, design

The Keller Center class "Creativity, Innovation and Design" focuses on fostering creativity and encouraging a different way of thinking about real-world problems. In this video, students and faculty talk about their experiences participating in this unique class.

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Study shows significant increase in antibiotic use across the world

Global use of antibiotics is surging according to Princeton University researchers who have conducted a broad assessment of antibiotic consumption around the world.

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Princeton's Annual Giving campaign sets new record with $58.7 million

Princeton University's 2013-14 Annual Giving campaign raised $58,748,900 — the highest total in Annual Giving history — with 61.4 percent of undergraduate alumni participating.

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Partial Faculty Road closure July 11-16 will affect traffic, Dinky service

Beginning this week, construction on Faculty Road by NJ TRANSIT will affect traffic patterns and Dinky service. From 5 a.m. Friday, July 11, through the evening rush hour Wednesday, July 16, Faculty Road will be closed from Alexander Street to Elm Drive due to the construction of grade crossing improvements and road and sidewalk improvements.

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Harold Kuhn, Princeton mathematician who advanced game theory, dies at 88

Harold Kuhn, a Princeton mathematician who advanced game theory and brought mathematical approaches to economics, died of congestive heart failure in New York City on July 2. He was 88 years old.

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Becoming an expert takes more than practice

Deliberate practice may have less influence in building expertise than previously thought, according to an analysis by researchers at Princeton University, Michigan State University and Rice University.

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University will launch Princeton Prime financial system

The University's new financial system Princeton Prime will officially launch Tuesday, July 1. Princeton Prime will modernize and streamline the University's financial reporting and business processes, and upgrade the financial systems and tools University offices use.

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Diabolical duo: Known breast cancer gene needs a partner to initiate and spread tumors

A team led by Princeton University researchers has found that a gene known as Metadherin promotes the survival of tumor-initiating cells via the interaction with a second molecule called SND1. The finding could suggest new treatment strategies.

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Thinking out of the flat box: Software renders Earth's atmosphere in 3-D splendor

Princeton University atmospheric scientist Martin Jucker created a freely available software package that models the curvature and spatial dimensions of Earth's atmosphere to render atmospheric data into three-dimensional images and films.

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Neural sweet talk: Taste metaphors emotionally engage the brain

Researchers from Princeton University and the Free University of Berlin found that taste-related metaphors such as "sweet" actually engage the emotional centers of the brain more than literal words such as "kind" that have the same meaning. If metaphors in general elicit a similar emotional response, that could mean that figurative language presents a "rhetorical advantage" when communicating with others.

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Collaboration of minds and metal leads to possible shortcut to new drugs

Princeton University researchers merged two powerful areas of research to enable an unprecedented chemical reaction that neither could broadly achieve on its own. The resulting bond formation could provide an excellent shortcut for chemists as they construct and test thousands of molecules to find new drugs.

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Africa's poison 'apple' provides common ground for saving elephants, raising livestock

A five-year study led by Princeton University researchers suggests that certain wild African animals, particularly elephants, could be a boon to human-raised livestock because of their voracious appetite for the toxic and invasive plant Solanum campylacanthum, or the Sodom apple. Just as the governments of nations such as Kenya prepare to pour millions into eradicating the plant, the findings present a method for controlling the Sodom apple that is cost-effective for humans and beneficial for the survival of African elephants.

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Learning continues on Princeton campus with summer outreach programs

Students of all ages and teachers from New Jersey and beyond will be engaged in a summer of learning on the Princeton campus, taking part in outreach programs on subjects ranging from entrepreneurship and leadership to public policy and journalism.

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Haneef selected as Princeton's Campus Dining executive director

Smitha Haneef, an award-winning food service and hospitality leader with nearly 20 years of experience in restaurants and hotels around the world, has been named Princeton University's executive director of Campus Dining. She will begin on Monday, June 23.

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Familiar yet strange: Water's 'split personality' revealed by computer model

Using computer models, Princeton University researchers found that as water freezes it takes on a sort of split personality wherein, at very cold temperatures and above a certain pressure, it may spontaneously split into two liquid forms. Finding this dual nature could lead to a better understanding of how water behaves in high-altitude clouds, which could improve the predictive ability of current weather and climate models.

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Competing is 'transformative" for athletes at 2014 Special Olympics USA Games at Princeton

Throughout this week, June 16-20, Princeton and several colleges, universities and private schools in Mercer County are hosting events for the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games — the first national games to be held in New Jersey. The University is hosting track and field events at Weaver Stadium and swimming at DeNunzio Pool. Close to 100 members of the University community are serving as volunteers on campus during the games in a range of capacities including competition escorts, awards preparations assistants, awards escorts, food and beverage attendants, family services attendants, and Welcome Day assistants.

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Board approves 17 appointments to Princeton faculty

The Princeton University Board of Trustees has approved the appointments of 17 faculty members, including four full professors and 13 assistant professors.

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Eight faculty members transfer to emeritus status

Eight Princeton University faculty members were transferred to emeritus status in recent action by the Board of Trustees. They are: Kwame Anthony Appiah, the Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values; Robert Bagley, professor of art and archaeology; Michael Bender, professor of geosciences; William Happer, the Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor of Physics; Gillian Knapp, professor of astrophysical sciences; Paul Lansky, the William Shubael Conant Professor of Music; Larry Peterson, the Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science; and Alejandro Portes, the Howard Harrison and Gabrielle Snyder Beck Professor of Sociology.

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Ratcliffe wins NCAA hammer throw, extending Princeton's championship streak

Julia Ratcliffe of the Class of 2016 won the hammer throw Wednesday, June 11, on the opening day of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

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Lane engages the ancients with an eye toward the future

Melissa Lane, an internationally recognized scholar of political theory, also turns to the ancients for insights into modern issues.

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A. Walton Litz, Princeton 'high modernist' scholar of literature, dies

A. Walton Litz, the Holmes Professor of Belles Lettres, Emeritus, and professor of English, emeritus, at Princeton University, died of respiratory failure at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, New Jersey, on June 4. He was 84.

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Even under construction, Andlinger lab teaches

The class walked into a cavernous construction site that is becoming the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University.

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University researcher to conduct meningitis vaccine study

A Princeton University researcher is recruiting students to participate in a study intended to learn more about the impact of the meningitis B vaccine that has been offered to members of the University community.

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FACULTY AWARD: Carter receives Remsen Award for outstanding achievement in chemistry

Emily Carter, founding director of Princeton University's Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, has been awarded the 2014 Remsen Award by the American Chemical Society Maryland Section for outstanding achievement in chemistry. Carter is Princeton's Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment and a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and applied and computational mathematics. The Remsen Award recognizes her work in pioneering the development of unique tools to study and design materials, most recently for sustainable energy from solar and fuel cells to fusion. The award was established in 1946 to commemorate the career of Ira Remsen, first professor of chemistry and second president of Johns Hopkins University.

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FACULTY AWARD: Klebanov receives Tomassoni Prize for physics

Igor Klebanov, Princeton University's Eugene Higgins Professor of Physics, was awarded the 2014 Caterina Tomassoni and Felice Pietro Chisesi Prize for outstanding achievements in physics. He received the prize during a June 19 ceremony at the Sapienza University of Rome in Italy.

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FACULTY HONOR: Grenfell named to Board of Governors of the Wellcome Trust

Bryan Grenfell, the Kathryn Briger and Sarah Fenton Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Public Affairs, has joined the Board of Governors of the Wellcome Trust, effective September. The Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation focused on improving human and animal health, noted Grenfell's more than 30 years of experience in researching the population dynamics of infectious diseases.

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FACULTY AWARD: Petry, Seyedsayamdost named 2014 Pew Scholars

Princeton University faculty members Sabine Petry, an assistant professor of molecular biology, and Mohammad Seyedsayamdost, an assistant professor of chemistry, have been selected as 2014 Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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FACULTY AWARD: Yu receives inaugural Tang Prize in Sinology

Ying-shih Yu, the Gordon Wu '58 Professor of Chinese Studies, Emeritus, and professor of East Asian studies and history, emeritus, was awarded the inaugural Tang Prize in Sinology.

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

Alexei Korennykh, a Princeton University assistant professor of molecular biology, was selected for a 2014 Investigators in Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease Award from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. The award provides $500,000 over five years.

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