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Featured Stories Archive – July, 2011

Video feature: Global lessons from Princeton's microclimate

In mapping the microclimate of Princeton's campus, Elie Bou-Zeid, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, hopes to better understand how local environments affect the global climate -- and vice versa.

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On a 'QUEST' for tools to better teach science

Carol Hill has been attending classes at Princeton University on and off since 1989. But she isn't a student. Hill, who teaches fourth grade at Grant School in Trenton, is one of approximately 1,300 teachers from schools across New Jersey who have come to Princeton University over the past 25 years to learn new and better ways to teach science through the QUEST Summer Institute.

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Video feature: 'Communicating Science'

How many different ways do creatures communicate with one another? Howard Stone, Princeton's Donald R. Dixon and Elizabeth W. Dixon Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Bonnie Bassler, Princeton's Squibb Professor in Molecular Biology, enlist the help of elementary school students to explain the science of communication behind sound waves, pheromones, bioluminescence and more.

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Photonic neuron may compute a billion times faster than brain circuits

Seven Princeton undergraduate students have participated in a research collaboration between Princeton University and Lockheed Martin, the aerospace and defense technology corporation, to produce fiber optic-based computational devices that work similarly to neurons, but are a billion times faster.

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Video feature: Princeton's involvement in global health

Through its Global Health Initiative, Princeton strives to educate students who will become leaders in the fields of health and health care. In this short video, faculty members describe Princeton's interdisciplinary approach to global health and health policy and undergraduate students speak about their research in countries around the world.

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Onstott's discovery of worms in Earth's depths raises questions about life in space

After digging holes in the Earth's crust for nearly two decades, Princeton University geoscientist Tullis Onstott is now making headlines for unearthing "worms from hell." Onstott's research team, which he led with Gaetan Borgonie of the University of Ghent in Belgium, recently made a startling discovery: microscopic roundworms known as nematodes living nearly two-and-a-half miles beneath the Earth's surface in several South African gold mines.

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Video feature: 'She Roars: Conference Highlights'

Nearly 1,300 Princeton University alumnae and their guests gathered on campus for a weekend of stimulating conversations, thought-provoking lectures and emotional connections during the "She Roars: Celebrating Women at Princeton" conference, April 28 to May 1. The "She Roars: Conference Highlights" video captures some of the excitement of the event, including remarks from keynote speakers and photos.

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July 4 is milestone in America's -- and Princeton's -- history

Even as July 4 is recognized nationwide for the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, the date has additional significance for the town of Princeton, which made history on that same date seven years later. On July 4, 1783, the town received a letter from the president of the Continental Congress confirming that Princeton would be the home of the U.S. government in the waning months of the American Revolutionary War.

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