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Symposium showcases research talent

Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friend Center

Research on topics ranging from immigration to the poetry of Horace will be presented at this year's Princeton Research Symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Friend Center.

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from many disciplines will share their work with the public through talks and poster presentations specifically tailored to an educated but nonspecialized audience.

"Academic researchers have ample opportunities to present our research to our colleagues," said Shin-Yi Lin, the graduate student co-chair of the event's organizing committee and a molecular biologist. "But we rarely have a chance to talk about our research to those outside of our field or to the general public."

One graduate student in economics will share research on how an influx of foreign labor affects native workers' wages, and another graduate student in classics will discuss the expression of anxiety about the collapse of Rome in the ancient poetry of Horace.

More than 30 researchers from 15 departments will present their work this year. Edward Taylor, the A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Organic Chemistry Emeritus, will give the closing lecture, describing how his basic research on proteins found in butterfly wings led to the successful development of the cancer drug Alimta.

The event is sponsored by Princeton's Graduate School, the Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni, the Pace Center, the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, the Graduate Student Government Events Board and the Alumni Council's Committee on Graduate Alumni Relations. While attendance is free, online registration is requested.

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