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Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014


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Decoding alchemy: Freshman seminar offers recipe for new perspectives

In the freshman seminar "Alchemy, Art and Science," students take the often-misunderstood topic as a starting point to explore issues central to the history of science and medicine.

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Video feature: Sō Percussion joins Princeton music community

The musicians of Sō Percussion, the Edward T. Cone Performers-in-Residence at Princeton, encourage students to take risks and compose their own music, resulting in a variety of sounds, including full compositions on empty glass bottles.

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Startup school: Examining success and failure in new ventures

John Danner moved across the auditorium at Princeton University, tossing questions at students about a possible business startup. Danner, a veteran entrepreneur, is teaching "Introduction to Entrepreneurship" — a class taught for the first time this semester — to jolt his students into thinking in new ways about what it takes to start a venture.

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Face time: Students learn about art of caricature in freshman seminar

In their first semester on the Princeton University campus, seven freshmen are exploring the fine art of caricatures and comic illustrated books from Hogarth to Picasso in the freshman seminar "Funny Pictures: Caricature and Modernity," taught by Anne McCauley, the David Hunter McAlpin Professor of the History of Photography and Modern Art in the Department of Art and Archaeology.

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Video feature: Research makes a difference

This video highlights three Princeton University researchers who are striving to improve people's lives through innovations in science and engineering. Their research topics include blood sugar monitoring, computer interaction and genes related to cancer.

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Freshman seminar homes in on university experience for new students

In their first semester as Princeton students, 13 freshmen are asking a range of questions in class directly relevant to their new situation: What is the purpose of college? How should they approach their time at Princeton? The students are enrolled in the freshman seminar "Student Life: The University in Film and Fiction" taught by Sarah Chihaya, an assistant professor of English.

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A Risky Proposition: Has global interdependence made us vulnerable?

Welcome to global systemic risk, where virtually every person on Earth can be affected by disruption in interdependent systems as diverse as electricity transmission, computer networks, food and water supplies, transportation, health care, and finance. The risks are complicated and little understood.

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Officials celebrate new Princeton Station, 'important link' to world beyond campus

With a ceremonial ribbon-cutting, speeches and the whoosh of the Dinky train's departure, officials celebrated the opening of the new Princeton Station on Tuesday, Nov. 25.

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Kagan discusses the Constitution, the Supreme Court and her time at Princeton

In a conversation peppered with humor and warmth, Elena Kagan, an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and a member of Princeton's Class of 1981, offered insights into her time at the University, the workings of the court and her legal philosophy on Thursday, Nov. 20, at Richardson Auditorium.

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Bringing ancient Buddhism to light

The Mogao Caves in the desert of northwest China tell a story of art and Buddhism that began more than 1,500 years ago. Today, Princeton scholars are playing a key role as part of an international effort to understand this story, which unfolds at the heart of the ancient trade route known as the Silk Road.

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