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Featured Stories Archive – May, 2009

Petraeus challenges seniors to pursue life of public service

One of the nation's top military leaders challenged Princeton University's graduating seniors May 31 to enter a life of public service, exhorting them to continue what is a proud university tradition and promising them that such a path is a meaningful way to live.

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Alumni, families visit campus for Reunions

Alumni and their families have returned to campus through Sunday, May 31, for Reunions activities.

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Valedictorian Staude shines in the classroom and on the stage

On his first day of classes as a freshman, Holger Staude received an unexpected invitation. Florent Masse, the instructor of his advanced French course, took Staude aside after class and -- impressed with the German native's command of the language -- urged him to join the University's French theater workshop. Staude had never considered acting. Yet, just as he did in deciding to attend Princeton, he accepted the challenge and thrived.

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Grand master guides novices in Japanese musical tradition

In a rehearsal room in the Woolworth Center of Musical Studies, students are blowing into their instruments, flicking hands over finger holes, shaking heads, and dipping chins up and down to create different sounds. Playing a few basic recitations absorbs all their concentration, as most in the class first picked up the instrument a few weeks prior and only a handful are experienced musicians. This immersion into new musical territory is the mission of the course "Masterworks for the Zen Flute: Music for Shakuhachi," in which students across disciplines have the opportunity to play the shakuhachi, a Japanese bamboo flute, and to study its history and culture.

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Plasma physics lab device has second life in homeland security

In 1999, faced with the task of decommissioning the legendary Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor (TFTR), officials at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) realized they needed something that didn't yet exist -- a way to detect exactly what "hot" elements were lacing the inner vessel of the doughnut-shaped reactor. So they asked a team from the lab to invent a device that would identify each element in the reactor and how much was there. Ten years later, the group not only has successfully tackled that challenge, but it has won national recognition for a system that offers practical applications for homeland security and deterring radiological terrorist attacks.

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Exhibition showcases the 'Art of Science'

A panel of distinguished judges has selected the best pieces of art to come out of the University's research labs. Now it's everyone else's turn. Winners of the 2009 Art of Science competition were announced at a gallery opening in the Friend Center May 8. The show features 48 works chosen from more than 200 submissions and will be on display in the Friend Center atrium for a year.

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Cultural property course examines museum's Native American treasures

In a back room at the Princeton University Art Museum, the students in professor Lawrence Rosen's new anthropology course received a firsthand lesson on the issues surrounding art, authenticity and ownership.

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EPA Administrator Jackson describes a new path for environmentalism

The American environmental movement needs to change and appeal to a broader audience if it is to make inroads into the set of problems facing the nation, according to Lisa Jackson, the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Taking an intimate view of religion in Mozambique

Religion major Lily Cowles' senior thesis began with a sign.During the summer after her sophomore year, Cowles was volunteering in the southern African nation of Mozambique. En route to and from the orphanage where she was working, she noticed a sign announcing Mazione church services, and her curiosity was piqued.

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