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Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016


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LEDA summer at Princeton guides high school students on path for success

One hundred high school juniors from across the country recently spent seven weeks on Princeton's campus for the Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA) program's Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute. LEDA is an independent nonprofit dedicated to developing the academic and leadership potential of exceptional public high school students from low-income backgrounds.

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#TellUsTigers: Princeton tales in 2,200 characters or less

With people scrolling through their social media feeds faster than Michael Phelps swimming the 200m individual medley, it may seem counterintuitive to engage in so-called long-form or narrative social media. Will anyone read a post that's more than 140 characters? The answer, it turns out, is yes — if it tells a good story. Why? Because storytelling is part of what it means to be human. And every human being has a story to tell. In its #TellUsTigers campaign, launched in February 2016, Princeton University is using Instagram — designed to marry great visuals with engaging text — to introduce the world to Princetonians, one post at a time.

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International interns spend transformative summer at Princeton

Fourteen international undergraduates spent this summer at Princeton as part of the International Student Internship Program (ISIP). The pilot program allows promising young scholars from institutions abroad to work with Princeton faculty and to experience the University's unique academic and research environment. Students came from Brazil, China, India and Slovenia, and were mentored by professors in computer science, ecology and evolutionary biology, engineering, molecular biology and physics.

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Professor explores new territory by bridging chemistry, biology

Todd Hyster, a Princeton University assistant professor of chemistry, focuses his research on novel reactions in an area just emerging among American chemists — the merger of classic organic synthesis and biocatalysis. As one of the few synthetic chemists who understands biological systems, Hyster he is uniquely equipped to identify the reactions that would be most impactful for organic synthesis and make them happen.

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Teachers take on summer QUEST to improve science education

More than 20 secondary school teachers from New Jersey schools came to the Princeton campus July 11-15 for QUEST, a hands-on program that helps teachers enhance their knowledge of science, math and technology.

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Undergrads get research experience in leading labs

The Princeton Center for Complex Materials is hosting undergraduates from around the country through the Research Experience for Undergraduates program of the National Science Foundation. Students are working with faculty mentors to conduct original research. 

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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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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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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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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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