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Sunday, July 13, 2014


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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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Video feature: 'Umqombothi' a cappella group creates community

Umqombothi is a student African a cappella group that performs both on and off the Princeton University campus. With intricate harmonies, the members sing songs from a variety of African cultures, both traditional and contemporary. This video gives a behind-the-scenes look at how the members prepare for their performances.

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Video feature: 'A Year in Review: 2013-14'

The academic year at Princeton kicks off with orientation and the excitement of making new friends, and it comes to a close in celebration as graduating students leave as alumni. This video captures highlights of the 2013-14 academic year, spanning Opening Exercises in the fall and the University's 267th Commencement in the spring.

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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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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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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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Video feature: Performing opera at Princeton: An interdisciplinary experience

For students who want to study and perform opera, coming to Princeton University allows them to pursue their musical interests while broadening their intellect with a liberal arts education. A wide variety of opera styles are studied and performed by Princeton students, and early opera (especially from the Baroque period) is a particular strength that has emerged from the Department of Music.

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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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Slideshow: 'Looking Back: Reunions and Commencement 2014'

Princeton University students, alumni and their families recently celebrated Reunions and graduation activities, filling campus with spirited displays of emotion. This video slideshow captures some of those moments.

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Education has prepared students for success and lifelong learning, Eisgruber tells graduates

In his first Commencement address as president of Princeton University, Christopher L. Eisgruber advised graduates on Tuesday, June 3, to embrace their uncharted futures and encouraged them to continue learning throughout their lives.

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