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Friday, July 29, 2016
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During the summer, the Princeton University campus slows to a leisurely pace. This video gives a glimpse of this tranquility through scenes such as the one above at Forbes College. (Video still by Nick Donnoli, Office of Communications)


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Summer scenes unfold on Princeton's campus

The Princeton University campus has a gentle hum of activity during the summer months. Watch as students, faculty, staff and visitors traverse the grounds and as warm breezes blow from Lake Carnegie to the Engineering Quadrangle.

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Conception timed with periods of low mosquito activity could reduce Zika virus infection

Princeton University research suggests that women could prevent contracting the mosquito-borne Zika virus while pregnant by timing the first months of pregnancy with seasonal declines in mosquito activity. The paper is the first to suggest that women in the countries affected by the Zika virus epidemic can still safely pursue motherhood.

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Princeton-UCLA study finds gray wolves should remain protected

Researchers from Princeton University and the University of California-Los Angeles have investigated the genetic ancestry of North America's wild canines and concluded that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's scientific arguments for removing gray wolves from endangered species protection are incorrect. The study, which contradicts conventional thinking, finds that all of the continent's canids diverged from a common ancestor relatively recently and that eastern and red wolves are not evolutionarily distinct species but a hybrid of gray wolf and coyote ancestry.

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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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ADHD medication reduces risky behavior in children, teens

New research provides some of the first evidence that medications taken by millions of American children to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) offer long-term benefits.

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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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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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