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Friday, April 24, 2015


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Video feature: Laser work informs Shepard's study of polymer materials

Kimberly Shepard, a doctoral student in Princeton's Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, is studying the behavior of polymer glasses, materials that do not have a crystal structure.

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Senior thesis: Breaking ground in East Asian earthquake disaster relief

Hanna Kim's senior thesis, "When Disaster Strikes: A Comparative Study of Civil Society Response to Earthquakes in China and Japan," led her to travel to East Asia over winter break of 2014 to conduct field research. A major in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Kim also is pursuing certificates in East Asian studies and translation and intercultural communication.

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Princeton to observe Earth Day with series of events today and Saturday

Today is Earth Day, and the Princeton University community is observing the annual global event supporting the environment with a series of events.

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Video feature: Students learn to write through 'Superhero Trials'

The writing seminar "Superhero Trials" gives freshmen an opportunity to study a fun, familiar topic through a literary and cultural lens while learning how to write college-level papers.

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I picked Princeton because …

As high school students weigh Princeton's offer of admission to the Class of 2019, a group of undergraduate bloggers for the Office of Admission has been reflecting on why they decided to come to Princeton.

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Senior thesis: Study abroad inspires project on languages, education

Abidjan Walker, a comparative literature major from Hanover, New Hampshire, has studied in China, Morocco and Switzerland. Building her linguistic and cultural toolkit sparked her senior thesis, which focuses on the language of instruction in educational systems in these countries.

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Class snapshot: 'The New Jim Crow'

This semester, 43 undergraduates are exploring the political development of America's racially disparate crime policy in the course "The New Jim Crow: U.S. Crime Policy from Constitutional Formation to Ferguson," taught by Naomi Murakawa, an associate professor of African American studies.

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Video feature: Princeton Profiles: Wendy Li, exploring memory through art

Senior Wendy Li is pursuing a certificate in visual arts in the Lewis Center for the Arts, and her senior thesis show, "Self-Preservation," explored the role of photographs in discovering one's identity and creating memories.

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'First-gen' students and faculty connect over dinner

First-generation college students often experience university life differently than many of their classmates. Freshman Matthew Choi Taitano cherishes the bed in his dorm after sleeping for years on the couch or floor at home. The first time junior Dallas Nan's family will visit campus will be when he graduates. Before his freshman year of college, Professor Robert George had never written a paper that was more than a book report. Such personal stories were shared during a dinner for Princeton University students and faculty who are among the first in their families to attend college.

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A 'long awaited recognition': Nash receives Abel Prize for revered work in mathematics

Princeton University mathematician John Nash received the 2015 Abel Prize from the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters for his seminal work on partial differential equations, which are used to describe the basic laws of scientific phenomena. The award is one of the most prestigious in the field of mathematics and includes an $800,000 prize. Nash shares the prize with longtime colleague Louis Nirenberg, a professor emeritus at New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences.

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