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Friday, May 01, 2015


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Tandem classroom-online course aims to create international network of 'builders'

This spring, Jennifer Widner, professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, introduced an online version of her course "Making Government Work in Hard Places." Offered alongside Widner's traditional graduate-level course with 19 enrolled students, the nine-week online course reached more than 2,000 learners from around the world.

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Senior thesis: A tale of two galaxies and billions of years

Princeton University senior Dayton Martindale, an astrophysical sciences major, took an unusual turn with his senior thesis by constructing a narrative that explores the trajectory, timetable and consequences of the eventual collision of Earth's home galaxy, the Milky Way, and the Andromeda Galaxy. Behind the move is Martindale's love of science and a calling to bring it before the public.

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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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