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Featured Stories Archive – January, 2010

Shapiro brings scientific analysis to terrorism and counterterrorism research

As a graduate student a few years ago, Jacob Shapiro worked with a colleague to get internal documents from al-Qaida released from a U.S. government database. The files didn't reveal national security secrets -- but they did portray the terrorist organization as a bureaucracy with plenty of red tape. This data- and document-driven approach exemplifies Shapiro's work on the organization of terrorist groups and counterterrorism.

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Exhibition features portraits of famed authors

A new exhibition has filled Firestone Library's main gallery with 100 portraits of poets, novelists and essayists, pulled from the holdings of the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections.

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The 'sultan of slime': Biologist continues to be fascinated by organisms after nearly 70 years of study

At age 89, Bonner, the George M. Moffett Professor Emeritus of Biology, is one of the world's leading experts on cellular slime molds, found in soils the world over. He has led the way in making "Dictyostelium discoideum" a model organism central to examining some of the major questions in experimental biology. Science magazine describes him as "the current patriarch of the slime mold community."

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Ceremony evokes King's message of hope in wake of tragedy

In the wake of last week's tragic earthquake in Haiti, Martin Luther King Jr.'s messages of hope and justice resonate powerfully amid the global response to aid the devastated nation, speakers told the audience at Princeton University's annual King Day ceremony Jan. 18.

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Perspective on: Affirmative action and the racial achievement gap

Thomas Espenshade, author of "No Longer Separate, Not Yet Equal: Race and Class in Elite College Admission and Campus Life," discusses affirmative action and the racial achievement gap. He is a professor of sociology and faculty associate of the Office of Population Research.  

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Sicily trip brings history to life

You have to see it to understand it. That was the lesson a group of Princeton students learned when they visited Sicily over fall break to gain a firsthand appreciation of the ancient cultures of that Mediterranean island.

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Long way home: Best finds success in studying religious roots

Trained as a historian and working in religion, Wallace Best fits the interdisciplinary nature of the Center for African American Studies. Since arriving at Princeton in 2007 from Harvard Divinity School, he has taught courses on spiritual narratives by black women, religions of the Americas and African American religious history, among others. He also has organized a lecture series on black gospel music. This semester he is teaching a course on the Nation of Islam and serving as the director of graduate studies in the religion department, as well as advising undergraduates. In addition, he is writing a book on the religious writings and thought of Langston Hughes.

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'Civic technologies' developed at Princeton shed light on government issues

Edward Felten and Stephen Schultze use computers as flashlights. The Princeton computer scientists recently oversaw the launch of two Web-based technologies to illuminate the workings of government by making court records and the federal government's "newspaper," the Federal Register, easily accessible online.

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