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Thursday, July 31, 2014
 Martial Arts Nathan Lam

This spring, Princeton University students worked with guest martial artist Scott Parker and Senior Lecturer in Dance Rebecca Lazier to perform a martial arts musical fantasy, the first of its kind at Princeton. In this video, rising sophomore Nathan Lam, seen here as Sun Wukong, the Monkey King, talks about how cast members prepared for their roles.

 

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Video feature: Martial arts takes a 'Journey Beyond the West'

Princeton's Lewis Center for the Arts offered an Atelier and dance course this past spring in which students learned the martial art of wushu in order to perform an act from composer Fred Ho's "Journey Beyond the West: The New Adventures of Monkey," a martial arts musical fantasy.

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University Place detour to begin Aug. 2

Starting on Saturday, Aug. 2, University Place will be closed to through traffic from College Road to Alexander Street due to construction of the Princeton University Arts and Transit Project. This closure is expected to remain in place until the end of August. Access for vehicles traveling to the Wawa customer parking lot will be maintained via the roundabout on Alexander Street.

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Graduate School to welcome 608 new advanced-degree candidates

Princeton University's Graduate School admitted 1,231 of the 10,964 students who applied for the 2014-15 academic year, with the school's international reputation and strong financial aid program attracting students from around the world. Of the admitted students, 608 had accepted the school's offer of admission as of June 15. The overall Graduate School admission rate is 11 percent, the same as last year. 

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Princeton expands online learning efforts to NovoEd platform

Princeton University will broaden its online teaching and learning efforts this fall, using new approaches and technologies including the NovoEd platform to enable students on campus to collaborate with others taking a class remotely.

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Technique simplifies creation of high-tech crystals

Highly purified crystals that split light with uncanny precision are key parts of high-powered lenses, specialized optics and, potentially, computers that manipulate light instead of electricity, but producing these crystals by current techniques is often difficult and expensive. Now, researchers at Princeton and Columbia universities have proposed a method that could allow scientists to customize and grow these specialized materials, known as photonic crystals, with relative ease.

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Brain's dynamic duel underlies win-win choices

People choosing between two or more equally positive outcomes experience paradoxical feelings of pleasure and anxiety, feelings associated with activity in different regions of the brain, according to research led by Amitai Shenhav, an associate research scholar at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute at Princeton University.

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Storey to head new Center for Statistics and Machine Learning

Princeton University has established the Center for Statistics and Machine Learning. John Storey, a professor of molecular biology and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, has been named the center's director.

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New Jersey Senate President Sweeney visits cancer research lab

New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney visited a laboratory on the Princeton University campus Monday, July 21, where researchers are trying to understand how cancer spreads in the human body.

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The arts at Princeton: a Tumblr blog

The 2013-14 year in the arts at Princeton was captured on smartphones, video and the Web — and shared on various social media platforms. Dive into the Arts at Princeton Tumblr to find out:

• How the Big Apple figured into Princeton's celebration of Shakespeare's 450th birthday; • Which opera diva held a student master class before performing in the Princeton University Concerts series; • Why Michael Cadden, chair of the Lewis Center for the Arts, wields an orange pen; • What an "action-adventure martial arts opera" is; and • much, much more.  

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College students plunge into summer of geopolitics and public policy

On a recent summer evening, a group of 17 rising seniors from colleges across the country and beyond were discussing Russia and the European Union in Robertson Hall on the Princeton campus.

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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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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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FACULTY AWARD: Charikar and Spitkovsky receive Simons Investigators awards

Princeton University researchers Moses Charikar and Anatoly Spitkovsky were selected to receive 2014 Simons Investigators awards, which are presented by the New York-based Simons Foundation to outstanding scientists nationwide engaged in mathematics, theoretical physics, theoretical computer science, and mathematical modeling of living systems.

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FACULTY HONOR: Bassler receives EMD Millipore Alice C. Evans Award for advancement of women in microbiology

Bonnie Bassler, the Squibb Professor in Molecular Biology, chair of the Department of Molecular Biology and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, has received the EMD Millipore Alice C. Evans Award for her contributions to the advancement of women in microbiology. The honor is given by the American Society for Microbiology.

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FACULTY HONOR: Levin elected Lombard Institute foreign member

Simon Levin, Princeton University's George M. Moffett Professor of Biology in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, was elected a foreign member of the Istituto Lombardo Accademia di Scienze e Lettere (Lombard Institute Academy of Science and Letters) in Italy. Levin will be presented with a certificate of appointment at an Oct. 2 ceremony in Milan.

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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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