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Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017


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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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What I think: Dan-el Padilla Peralta

In these musings, taken from an interview, Dan-el Padilla Peralta, Class of 2006 and an assistant professor of classics, weighs in on the power of books, how reading ancient texts inspires him, baseball, rap music, the challenges of defining the word "citizen" and more.

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Nancy Weiss Malkiel's new book examines struggle for coeducation

Princeton voted to admit women in 1969, the same year that Nancy Weiss Malkiel began teaching at the University. In her new book, "'Keep the Damned Women Out': The Struggle for Coeducation," Malkiel examines the struggle, implementation and results of coeducation at Princeton and other top colleges and universities in the 1960s and 1970s. 

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International learning, research invigorated through strategic partnerships

One of the cornerstones of Princeton's focus on international research and learning has been its strategic partnerships with universities in Brazil, Germany and Japan. The partnerships with Humboldt University, the University of São Paulo and the University of Tokyo were established four years ago as part of Princeton's ongoing internationalization efforts.

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