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Featured Stories Archive – April, 2011

Sotomayor shares insights on journey to the Supreme Court

In a conversation with Princeton President Shirley M. Tilghman Friday, April 29, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor talked about forces that have shaped her life's journey and approach to the law, from her role models and mentors to institutions such as Princeton, her alma mater.

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Video feature: 'Women at Princeton' helps kick off 'She Roars' events

As a historic conference kicks off bringing together Princeton alumnae from across the generations, the video Women at Princeton provides a lens to the early days of undergraduate and graduate women at the University and the aspirations of alumnae since undergraduate coeducation started in 1969.

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Exploring the evolution of traditional Chinese medicine

The cultural and academic combinations that have defined Richie Huynh's experiences at Princeton inspired a senior thesis project that took him across the globe.

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Education Secretary Duncan: U.S. schools need to get 'better faster'

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, in an April 20 address at Princeton University, called on legislators, educators and communities to come together to change how the country teaches children and to return America to world prominence in education.

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Video feature: 'Grand Challenges'

Stephen Pacala, director of the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI), narrates this overview of the Grand Challenges Program. Launched in 2007, the program is an ambitious and broadly inclusive University initiative that integrates research and teaching to address complex global environmental problems with scientific, technological and policy dimensions.

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'Wildly creative' poetry program thrives at Princeton; festival planned

Intimate classes and a faculty composed of highly regarded poets make Princeton an incomparable place to write poetry, say students. And this month, students and members of the community will be getting inspiration from some of the world's most talented and provocative poets at the Princeton Poetry Festival, to be held at the University April 29-30.

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Video feature: 'Welcome to Princeton's residential colleges'

One of Princeton’s most distinctive characteristics is its closely knit residential community, which is organized around six residential colleges. This video introduction takes a tour through each of the six dining halls, where students, college masters and staff describe the importance of life in the Princeton's residential colleges.

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Shattering art to reconstruct the past

Destroying ancient Greek art has become something of a specialty for Hijung (Valentina) Shin. For her senior thesis at Princeton, Shin, a computer science major from Yongin, South Korea, is working to perfect her method for shattering stone frescoes painted thousands of years ago -- a technique designed to return the art to its former glory.

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Searching the brain for social networks

Why do some people tend to make inappropriate comments in social situations? Why do some people misread cues about how others feel about them? The work Mark Thornton has begun with his senior thesis in Princeton's psychology department may someday help answer these questions and could open up new lines of research. Thornton, whose project spans three branches of psychology, is testing a theory about the brain's processing of social information by scanning subjects' brains as they rate faces on different measures.

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