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Featured Stories Archive – April, 2012

Video feature: Freshmen delve into a humanities 'blockbuster' course

"Two semesters. 10 professors. 3,000 years of culture." It's not a film trailer, but the catchphrase used to describe a "blockbuster" course at Princeton for freshmen titled "Interdisciplinary Approaches to Western Culture from Antiquity to the Modern Period." A video offers comments from students enrolled in the course.

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Video feature: 'Welcome to My Dorm!'

Some of Princeton University's most distinctive characteristics are the close-knit residential community and the variety of dormitory options in the six residential colleges. Each architecturally diverse college is made up of dormitory halls and a range of facilities, including a main dining hall, libraries, common rooms, and arts and entertainment resources. Student living areas range from single rooms to suites, and each college has something that makes it unique.

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Devising a 'silver bullet' for measuring water use by plants

Princeton civil and environmental engineering major Ida Posner's senior thesis project focuses on the development of a filter to allow scientists to quickly measure water use by plants, which is critical for understanding how ecosystems are affected by drought, development or climate change.

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Video feature: 'I <3 Princeton'

The video "I <3 [Heart] Princeton" features some of the more 1,100 faculty members, nearly 8,000 undergraduates and graduate students, and almost 6,000 employees at the University, as well as some of the 80,000 alumni and parents, visitors and others, showing their appreciation for Princeton by making a heart symbol with their hands. From the leafy heart of campus to athletic events home and away, these individuals were eager to share their affinity for all Princeton has to offer.

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Persisting in a search for new cancer treatment

Molecular biology major Kristan Scott focused his senior thesis on a mutant gene linked not only to colorectal cancer but also to the cancer’s ability to resist chemotherapy. Working with special yeast cells created in the lab of his thesis adviser, Senior Lecturer Alison Gammie, Scott helped figure out the combination of cancer treatments that restored sensitivity to chemotherapy — a result that suggests a potential new chemotherapeutic approach for treating certain cancers.

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Video feature: Princeton Student Colony

A platform and a tent in a very public place — near the Dinky station — make up the Princeton Student Colony, which has grown out a class being team-taught by artist and ecologist Fritz Haeg and architect Daniel Wood, visiting lecturers in the Lewis Center for the Arts and the Princeton Atelier. The site is "colonized" by the nine students who are making decisions about daily living as a group for the duration of the spring semester.

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Video feature: 'Frogs + Forms'

Jaewon Choi's visual arts senior thesis project explores the boundaries of painting on a very large scale. Meanwhile, her physics thesis project examines the origins of light on the largest scale imaginable. A video documenting Choi's first solo art exhibition, "Frogs + Forms," follows her process in creating a monumental 16-foot-wide by 8-foot-high painting.

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Identifying new norms in fertility treatment experiences

Princeton University sociology major Lauren Brachman's senior thesis offers a modern analysis of an age-old question: Where do babies come from? Brachman explored patients and clinicians' experience with in vitro fertilization (IVF), spending time at a California fertility clinic, observing and conducting interviews.

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Princeternship program connects students to careers through alumni

From working at an auction house to meeting government leaders, Princeton University undergraduates participating in the Office of Career Services' Princeternship program explore potential careers by getting an inside look at the jobs of alumni.

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Video feature: Roommates

Before starting freshman year, each incoming student is asked to fill out a detailed questionnaire asking questions such as, "Are you an early riser?" or "Do you consider yourself organized and neat?" in relation their living habits.

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