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Friday, May 22, 2015


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Force of nature: Valedictorian Semenov sees architecture through socio-ecological lens

An architecture major who is also completing certificates in urban studies and translation and intercultural communication, Misha Semenov is the valedictorian of the Class of 2015. He will deliver an address at the University's Commencement ceremony on June 2.

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Kotkin crafts comprehensive portrait of Stalin's place in the world

Historian Stephen Kotkin has spent decades researching and teaching about Soviet and Russian history, with a particular focus on Josef Stalin.

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Found in translation: 'Spiral Jetty' artwork born of the natural world

One day in April, Rachael DeLue, an associate professor of art and archaeology at Princeton, held class outdoors. On the north shore of the Great Salt Lake in Utah.

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Video feature: Princeton Profiles: Warren Rieutort-Louis, engineer and musician

Princeton graduate student Warren Rieutort-Louis' twin passions are engineering and music, and over the last few years he has been able to delve fully into both areas, allowing him to find inspiration in many places.

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Video feature: Resident graduate students live and learn with undergrads

What is a resident graduate student, or RGS? At Princeton, resident graduate students are part of core advising groups within the six undergraduate residential colleges, helping to create the vibrant intellectual and social life within each college's network of students, faculty fellows and staff.

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Senior thesis: Self-folding structure could slash energy use in buildings

Princeton student Denisa Buzatu's vision for an environmentally sustainable building is a sort of shape-shifting origami façade. For her senior thesis, Buzatu, a civil and environmental engineering major, is designing and prototyping a structure that shades the façade of a building by folding and adapting its shape in response to sunlight.

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Senior thesis: Persistence yields insights into untested sexual assault kits

Princeton student Rebecca Basaldua's senior thesis relies on academic knowledge, research skill — and a generous helping of tenacity.

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Class snapshot: 'Environmental Challenges and Urban Solutions'

This spring, 12 Princeton undergraduates are joining forces in the interdisciplinary course "Environmental Challenges and Urban Solutions" to confront urbanization and environmental problems and to rethink traditional theories about nature and city dynamics. 

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Tandem classroom-online course aims to create international network of 'builders'

This spring, Jennifer Widner, professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, introduced an online version of her course "Making Government Work in Hard Places." Offered alongside Widner's traditional graduate-level course with 19 enrolled students, the nine-week online course reached more than 2,000 learners from around the world.

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Senior thesis: A tale of two galaxies and billions of years

Princeton University senior Dayton Martindale, an astrophysical sciences major, took an unusual turn with his senior thesis by constructing a narrative that explores the trajectory, timetable and consequences of the eventual collision of Earth's home galaxy, the Milky Way, and the Andromeda Galaxy. Behind the move is Martindale's love of science and a calling to bring it before the public.

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