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Featured Stories Archive – August, 2010

Campus sustainability efforts expand over summer

Along streams and lakes and inside offices and classrooms, Princeton students, faculty and staff could be found working this summer to help the University meet its long-term sustainability goals.

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Exhibition showcases JFK's brief time at Princeton

Memorabilia from John F. Kennedy's brief stint as a Princeton student -- including his application stating his intended career as "banking" and a Christmas card showing Kennedy dressed in tails with his roommates -- is part of a new exhibition at the University's Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library.

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Princeton builds research ties with historically black universities

Collaborating with a Princeton engineering professor this summer, Max Fontus realized that working with scientists from other fields of research results in a cross-pollination of ideas that lays the foundation for great progress in science. Fontus and two other visiting junior faculty were paired up with Princeton engineering faculty this summer as part of the Leadership Development Institute, a National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported project intended to bolster research capacity and strengthen science, technology, engineering and mathematics research and education at historically black colleges and universities.

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Video feature: 'Eli Harari: Engineering After Princeton'

Eli Harari, who earned a Ph.D. in mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton in 1973, describes how a successful inventor recognizes a need and changes the world by pushing innovation. In this video profile by engineering alumnus Michael Wood, Harari recalls how his research experience at Princeton influenced his work as founder and chief executive officer of SanDisk Corp.

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Student scientists tackle research challenges in summer program

Nearly 100 college students from Princeton and across the country worked with University faculty this summer as part of the University's Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Molecular and Qualitative and Computational Biology. The program, funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Princeton's Department of Molecular Biology and Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, the Genentech Foundation, and the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research, funds intensive laboratory research experiences for a select group of undergraduates chosen from a nationwide pool.  

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Video feature: 'Polymers'

What are polymers, anyway? With the help of local middle school students, Princeton faculty members and graduate students give a hands-on explanation of these long-chain molecules in the "Polymers" video, recorded at the University's 2010 Science and Engineering Expo.

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Young journalists get hands-on lessons

High school student Shawdae Harrison got a one-of-a-kind seminar in astrophysics this summer when she spent an hour one afternoon talking with Princeton scientists Lyman Page and David Spergel about the makeup of the universe. A Baltimore native, she is one of 21 high school students who on Aug. 9 wrapped up 10 days of intense, hands-on journalism study as part of the Princeton University Summer Journalism Program.

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In focus: Art Museum enlivens summertime activities

The Princeton University Art Museum is offering a range of exhibitions this summer, all of which are open to the public.

First among these is a landmark exhibition exploring the advent of color photography as a fine art form in the 1970s. "Starburst" is described as a surprising look at a misunderstood era, and is on view until Sept. 26.

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Aspiring graduate students gain insights on path to Ph.D.

In just eight weeks this summer on the Princeton campus, 14 college students from around the country are getting a real sense of how their lives may change over the next several years. The students are taking part in the Princeton Summer Undergraduate Research Experience, a program run by the Graduate School for students who are interested in pursuing doctoral studies.

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