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Featured Stories Archive – June, 2009

Africa up close: Widner, students conduct firsthand studies of Africa’s civil institutions

Jennifer Widner, a professor of politics and international affairs, has immersed herself and her students in African life through innovative programs that gather and analyze crucial information about building and operating institutions. Through these projects -- and in her teaching and scholarship -- Widner strives to see Africa up close, through the eyes of its own people.

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Forever young: Murphy's worm studies may lead to new treatments to stop aging

Coleen Murphy is no daydreamer. Yet, this practical-minded biologist possesses the boldest of visions, one she insists is rooted in solid science. It may be technologically possible, she believes, to someday stall aging sufficiently so that people can live in their adult prime bodies until they die.

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Streicker Bridge begins to rise amid summer construction

The framework of the new pedestrian bridge spanning Washington Road will emerge as part of a series of summer construction projects that also includes continued progress on the new Chemistry Building and the completion of the Butler College renovation.

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Summer theater season runs through Aug. 16

Princeton Summer Theater will open its 2009 season on Thursday, June 18, with a production of "Urinetown," the Tony Award-winning satirical comedy about greed, corruption, love and revolution.

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Clay brings community-building zeal to Princeton and abroad

Makeba Clay's mission as director of the Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding is to foster an inclusive environment for campus community members from all backgrounds. Her community-building efforts, however, extend far beyond the center's confines.

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New website to help translate genetic data into medical therapies

Princeton researchers have created a Rosetta Stone for the human body, a website that offers clues to the role DNA plays in aging and disease by helping scientists make sense of the vast jumble of information emerging from genetics research.

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Taking a deeper look at how people relate to each other

The psychological underpinnings of how different people relate to one another are important factors in better understanding major societal issues, ranging from race relations to international diplomacy. Two faculty members in the Department of Psychology, Stacey Sinclair and Emily Pronin, are conducting research that has advanced knowledge of how people react to and interact with others.

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Tilghman tells grads to solve problems -- and seek meaning

With today's Princeton graduates stepping out of FitzRandolph Gates and into the nation's economic downturn, President Shirley M. Tilghman implored them to use their education to solve some of the world's most challenging problems. In her annual Commencement address June 2, she also encouraged them to be seekers of purpose and meaning through engagement with the arts.

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Seniors celebrate four years of learning and laughter at Class Day

On the sun-dappled Cannon Green behind Nassau Hall, the members of Princeton's class of 2009 gathered to recognize their accomplishments and share some laughs at Princeton's Class Day ceremony Monday, June 1.

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