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Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017

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'The Science of Mythbusters': A freshman seminar

Professor Joshua Shaevitz's freshman seminar, "The Science of Mythbusters," focuses on the ways in which scientists approach real-world problems using the scientific method. Students learn about research funding and processes, along with how to evaluate information they encounter in their own lives.

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Better living through behavioral science

Understanding why people act as they do is the basis of the growing discipline of behavioral science, which is helping shape policies that tackle society's biggest problems, from financial planning to public health.

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Community and staff serve up well wishes for students taking exams

Familiar faces from everyday places around the community and campus share good luck messages and study tips for undergraduate students preparing for first-semester exams beginning Wednesday, Jan. 18.

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The nexus factor: Examining the African American experience

The Department of African American Studies is offering 24 undergraduate courses this fall — all of which are cross-listed with one or more academic areas. The department's course of study reflects its interdisciplinary approach in offering "an exciting and innovative model for teaching and research about African-descended people, with a central focus on their experiences in the United States," as described in its mission statement.

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Bright future: Unlocking the potential of light

The leader in the emerging field of using light to perform feats of chemistry is David MacMillan, who arrived in Princeton's chemistry department in 2006. He was intrigued by the potential for using light to coax new chemical reactions. Like most chemists, he’d spent years learning the rules that govern the interactions of elements such as carbon, oxygen and hydrogen, and then using those rules to fashion new molecules. Could light help change these rules and catalyze reactions that have resisted previous attempts at manipulation?

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Taming oceans of data with new visualization techniques

Researchers at three Princeton-area institutions have transformed complex modeling data into an easily understandable animated movie showing how ocean temperatures and saltiness change over time. The animation could help climate researchers explore how factors such as rising carbon dioxide levels alter the ocean's ability to transport heat.

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Alexander Hall in pictures, Part 2

Part 2 of a two-part series on Princeton's premier performance venue, Alexander Hall. This photo essay focuses on the building's exterior; the first installment featured the interior spaces. All photos are by Nick Donnoli, Office of Communications.

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Alexander Hall in pictures, Part 1

Part 1 of a two-part series on Princeton's premier performance venue, Alexander Hall. This photo essay focuses on the interior spaces; a second installment next week will feature the building's exterior. All photos are by Nick Donnoli, Office of Communications.

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Architectural ethics is focus of freshman seminar

Seven first-year students are spending their first semester at Princeton seeking answers to the question "What are the ethical implications of craft-making?" as part of "Design, Craft and Ethical Value," a freshman seminar taught by Guy Nordenson, professor of architecture.

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A lifelong friend, a lasting influence: Friends, family celebrate life of William G. Bowen

Friends and family recalled the life and influence of late President Emeritus William G. Bowen during a celebration of his life in the University Chapel on Dec. 11. Bowen, who served as Princeton's 17th president, died Oct. 20. He was 83.

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