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Friday, Nov. 27, 2015


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Princeton Profiles: Coleen Murphy, researcher and role model

Professor Coleen Murphy, who studies the molecular mechanisms that underlie aging, guides and inspires the students and researchers who work in her lab.  

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Class snapshot: The trouble with the truth

"Ethics in Context: Uses and Abuses of Deception and Disclosure," led by Professor of Anthropology Rena Lederman, looks closely at the use of deception in daily life across cultures, the tangled histories of science and stage magic, and ethically controversial cases from popular culture, the arts and academia.

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Jesus, the revised edition: Freshman seminar explores 2,000 years of interpretations

On a recent Tuesday afternoon, as 14 Princeton students settled around a long table in a room in McCormick Hall for the freshman seminar "Who Is — Or Was — Jesus?", a clip from Scorsese's 1988 film "The Last Temptation of Christ" was being projected against one wall. The seminar, taught by Elaine Pagels, the Harrington Spear Paine Foundation Professor of Religion, uses a variety of sources to examine the life of Jesus from the earliest, ancient primary sources about Jesus — the "gospel" accounts, including the four accounts of Jesus' life that "made the cut" into the New Testament, to contemporary Christian and non-Christian interpretations such as Dennis Covington's "Salvation on Sand Mountain," Victor Frankl's "Man's Search for Meaning" and E.P. Sanders' "The Historical Figure of Jesus."

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Princeton-Fung Global Forum identifies approaches for dealing with 'modern plagues'

On the verdant campus of University College Dublin, nearly 300 public health experts and practitioners, government officials, scholars and students gathered to discuss the lessons learned about topics such as treatment, coordination and leadership from the Ebola crisis as part of the third annual Princeton-Fung Global Forum.

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Entrepreneurial Hub builds ecosystem of 'creativity, innovation and discovery'

Speaking before an enthusiastic crowd at Princeton's new Entrepreneurial Hub on Wednesday, Nov. 11, University President Christopher L. Eisgruber said the hum of activity in the new space on Chambers Street was testament to the fact that the facility was aptly named. Located at 34 Chambers St. in downtown Princeton, the Hub is a base for a wide range of entrepreneurial activities in Princeton. Its 10,000 square feet of space includes classrooms, offices, meeting rooms and information technology support. Operated by the Keller Center, the Hub provides support and guidance for students, faculty, alumni and entrepreneurial-minded members of the community. 

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Princeton celebrates 100 years of Einstein's theory of general relativity

This month the world is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity, which shaped our concepts of space, time and gravity, and spurred generations of scientists to contemplate new ideas about the universe. The anniversary was celebrated on Nov. 5-6 at a conference co-hosted by Princeton University and the Institute for Advanced Study in the town of Princeton.

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Video feature: Fall color transforms the Princeton campus

Every fall, the Princeton University landscape transforms. Summer greenery gives way to fiery red and orange foliage, providing stunning new backdrops for the campus' architecture and familiar paths. 

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'Will I fit in here?' Students share their diverse Princeton experiences

One question many prospective students may ask as they begin the college search process is, "Will I fit in here?" The publication "Experience Princeton: Diverse Perspectives" aims to answer that query by highlighting Princeton University's diverse and welcoming community of students, faculty and staff

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University offers year-round programming for families, children

Be amazed by a faculty science lecture, explore the University's green spaces, listen to a children's concert, or come and relax in the gallery of our children's library. There's plenty for families to do at Princeton University. 

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Understanding animal coexistence with a little dung and a lot of DNA

Princeton University researchers deployed a new tool to help solve an old puzzle: How can multiple animals coexist while eating the same resources? They used "DNA metabarcoding" to determine the specific plants that herbivores inhabiting the Kenyan savanna eat. They found that the animals have distinct diets that allow them to inhabit in the same area without strong competition. This correlation of animal diets with specific plant compositions is already changing how people think about biodiversity and species conservation.

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