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Thursday, April 24, 2014


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Senior thesis: Studying the delicate balance of coral reefs

For the past two years Elizabeth McKenna has been keenly aware — and concerned — that many of the world's coral reefs are in trouble. So when it came time to choose a senior thesis project, the Princeton University ecology and evolutionary biology major decided she was going to help play a role in figuring out solutions to this pressing problem.

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Video feature: 'Shakespeare at Princeton'

At Princeton University, the enduring works of Shakespeare have made an indelible impact on generations of students. In honor of the Bard's 450th birthday that is being celebrated on April 23, this video captures some of the ways in which Shakespeare's timeless embrace of the human condition continues to inspire students.

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Senior thesis: Perceptions of status and race

Obianuju "Juju" Obioha's senior thesis explores perceptions of status and race and the relationship between explicit and implicit beliefs.

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Ceremony heralds return of NROTC program to Princeton

Flanked by midshipmen and prompted by the tune of a boatswain's pipe, Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber, United States Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, and President of Rutgers University Robert Barchi processed one-by-one into Chancellor Green on the Princeton campus. They gathered April 15 for a signing ceremony to formally reinstate the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) program at Princeton in partnership with Rutgers. 

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Video feature: Creating 'Chrysalid,' a senior thesis

In a studio at Princeton University, senior Maura O'Brien is once again navigating the woods of northern Minnesota — this time through art. This video captures some of that journey as O'Brien creates her senior thesis project.

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Senior thesis: Sex reassignment surgery and infertility in Iranian society

Senior Miranda Kalvaria's thesis examines the impact of sex reassignment surgery and assisted reproductive technologies on various social groups in Iran. She argues that transsexuality and infertility have been medicalized — defined and treated as medical conditions in Iran. Kalvaria is a concentrator in Near Eastern studies.

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Education, policy leaders gather in Paris for Princeton-Fung Global Forum

University leaders and policymakers from around the world gathered in Paris on Wednesday evening to begin a discussion on the future of higher education that will run over three days at the Princeton-Fung Global Forum. 

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Video feature: Harvesting water from fog

PH2OG Water is a startup project coming out of Princeton University's eLab that harvests water from clouds in the mountains of the Caribbean island of St. Vincent and distills it into pure, premium drinking water. The company plans to work with humanitarian water organizations to provide funding for water projects around the world through a profit pledge with each bottle sold.

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Pace Center service trip brings light to Peruvian village

With only the contents of a small plastic suitcase, seven Princeton University students were able to bring light to — and improve lives in — a remote village in Peru during their spring break March 15-22. The students traveled to Corpani Peñas, near the historical Machu Picchu site, as part of the Pace Center for Civic Engagement's first international service trip. The project "Solar Sustainable Service" brought reliable, low-cost energy to the isolated community of 16 homes via a solar suitcase developed by the nonprofit organization We Share Solar.

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Guenther: Perspective on history of medicine

Katja Guenther trained as an M.D. in Germany before she earned a Ph.D. in the history of science from Harvard University. She also holds an M.Sc. in neuroscience from the University of Oxford. Guenther joined Princeton as an assistant professor of history in 2009.

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