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Featured Stories Archive – October, 2008

As a citizen scientist, Mian informs South Asian nuclear debate

Zia Mian has embraced the role of citizen scientist since he began pondering nuclear disarmament issues more than two decades ago. A research scientist with the Program on Science and Global Security in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Mian uses his training as a physicist to inform international policymakers, government officials and the general public about the dangers of nuclear weapons.

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Princeton scientists create a 'cauldron of brainstorming'

The Princeton Center for Theoretical Science, which formally opened its new quarters on the fourth floor of Jadwin Hall in September, serves as a meeting place for scientists of disparate backgrounds. Mathematics and the principles of physics are the common language spoken here. And the willingness to cross the boundaries of various scientific disciplines -- either to find answers that relate to one's own area or to seek out new questions elsewhere -- is the price of admission.

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Her husband bakes, Scalia sings: Ginsburg describes the lighter side of the Supreme Court

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg provided a rare inside look at the human side of the venerable institution in an appearance Thursday at Princeton University, giving the audience a peek at the personal interactions of the justices and how they maintain friendships despite disagreeing on issues.

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Promoting community involvement to help schoolchildren succeed

Hugh Price, the former head of the National Urban League, has been a lifelong advocate for civil rights and equal opportunity. Now he's passing along lessons from his 40-year career in education and urban policy to Princeton students.

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Diamond dialogue: Baseball coach teams with professor to examine sport's evolution

For Princeton students interested in the evolution of the game of baseball, a new course this semester not only offers academic views on America's pastime but the perspective of a career on the field. "The Making of Modern Baseball," a seminar in the Program in American Studies, is led by William Gleason, an associate professor of English and lifelong Los Angeles Dodgers fan, and Scott Bradley, a former major league catcher now in his 12th year as Princeton's varsity baseball coach. 

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Princeton's Paul Krugman wins Nobel in economics

Princeton economist Paul Krugman, acclaimed in his field for insights into international trade patterns that overturned longheld theories about the global economy before he rose to popular distinction as a media columnist and commentator, has been awarded the 2008 Nobel Prize in economics.

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Princeton's Paul Krugman wins Nobel in economics--UPDATED 1:42 PM

Princeton economist Paul Krugman, acclaimed in his field for insights into international trade patterns that overturned longheld theories about the global economy before he rose to popular distinction as a media columnist and commentator, has been awarded the 2008 Nobel Prize in economics.

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Kenyan play has its American debut in Princeton

"Amezidi," a new translation of the work by Kenyan novelist, poet and playwright Said Ahmed Mohamed, will open this weekend at the Lewis Center for the Arts.

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Candela exhibition to explore intersection of art and engineering

At first glance, engineer Félix Candela's creations seem more like sculptures than buildings. Composed of thin sheets of pale concrete, the vaulted ceilings and scalloped roof lines evoke the delicate curves of sun-bleached seashells -- not the sturdiness of steel-and-concrete slabs.

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Be intelligently skeptical about technology, says computing innovator

Comparative literature major Christina Lara enrolled in “Computers in Our World” during her senior year at Princeton after deciding that she needed to become an informed citizen of the 21st century. Currently a Princeton in Latin America fellow working with teachers of rural schools in Mexico, Lara, who graduated in 2007, credits computer science professor Brian Kernighan's approach with opening her eyes to the world around her and making technology accessible, rather than formidable.

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