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Tuesday, March 31, 2015


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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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Class snapshot: 'The Artist at Work'

This spring, 13 Princeton undergraduates are exploring the artist's studio from historical, contemporary, physical and conceptual perspectives in "The Artist at Work." The instructor is Irene Small, assistant professor of art and archaeology, who teaches courses on modernism and contemporary art and criticism in a global context.

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Video feature: 'Between Classes With Baker & Goods'

Brought together by student theater and influenced by the sounds of Simon & Garfunkel, Baker & Goods is a folk duo consisting of Princeton sophomores Charles Baker and Lachlan Kermode.

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Video feature: Princeton Profiles: Alex Wheatley, scholar and athlete

Alex Wheatley is a starting forward on the No. 13-ranked Princeton women's basketball team, which went 30-0 this regular season. Her interests beyond athletics include majoring in ecology and evolutionary biology and pursuing a certificate in global health and health policy.

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Frontier beneath our feet: Seismic study aims to map Earth's interior in 3-D

Princeton geosciences professor Jeroen Tromp and his team have embarked on an ambitious project to use earthquakes to map the Earth's entire mantle, the semisolid rock that stretches to a depth of 1,800 miles, about halfway down to the planet's center and about 300 times deeper than humans have drilled.

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Benjamin delves into 'discriminatory design' in medical, scientific research

On Jan. 30, Ruha Benjamin, an assistant professor in the Center for African American Studies, blended a sociologist's observational skills and an actor's sense of storytelling in 21-minute TedX Baltimore talk "From the Park Bench to the Lab Bench: What Kind of Future Are We Designing?" — which gives viewers a backstage tour of what she calls "discriminatory design."

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Lisanti: Perspective on the nature of dark matter

Mariangela Lisanti's science career started in high school in Connecticut when she cold-called physics professors asking for the chance to do research in their labs. Her persistence and enthusiasm paid off, and her work led her in 2002 to be named one of MIT Tech Review's "top innovators under 35" — at only 18 years old. In 2013, Lisanti joined the Princeton faculty as an assistant professor of physics.

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Video feature: Cotsen Children’s Library promotes love of literacy

The Cotsen Children’s Library, which serves children and scholars, contains children's books, manuscripts, original artwork, toys and prints spanning the 15th century to the present day.

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Video feature: Students look at the world with an 'international eye'

Princeton students are showcasing their many opportunities to experience life abroad through an exhibition of photographs taken while participating in international study, internships, service and research.

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