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Featured Stories Archive – May, 2013

Alumni kick off Reunions 2013

Elizabeth Patterson, a graduate of the Class of 1994, considers Princeton University Reunions both a college and family reunion. Her husband, father, brother and sister — all Princeton alumni — are together on campus this weekend to celebrate Reunions 2013. Patterson was among the more than 24,000 Princeton alumni, family and friends expected at Reunions Thursday, May 30 through Sunday, June 3.

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Trivia time: Princeton University Reunions

Princeton University Reunions is an annual alumni event chock-full of activities and celebrations. Each year, notable facts, figures and tidbits can be tallied — trivia time! — to give a vivid sense of this memorable tradition. As alumni return to Princeton for the 2013 celebration Thursday, May 30, through Sunday, June 2, the following facts may inform and entertain as classmates from across the years celebrate getting together.

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Valedictorian Sinha finds inspiration in questions of balance

Programming a robot to perform like a plate spinner at a circus, making all the tiny adjustments needed to balance a thin stick perfectly upright, is associated with what engineers call the inverted pendulum problem. For most students, the tricky balancing act can be quite a challenge. For Princeton senior and valedictorian of the Class of 2013 Aman Sinha, it was an inspiration.

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Studying the unseen activity in bacteria chatter and a nation's bereavement

Princeton University senior Sofia Quinodoz took on two theses that pertain to an unseen and not fully understood action that is nonetheless felt by those it afflicts, be it in the form of an infection or the void of a loved one suddenly erased.

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Video feature: Exploring the art of songwriting, one emotion at a time

This spring, 23 Princeton students mined their own experiences with joy, fear, loneliness and a host of other emotions to write original songs. Using the workshopping style of the performing arts, they met in the Whitman College Class of 1970 Theater each week for the course "How to Write a Song."

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Freshmen dig into challenges facing urban education

The freshman seminar "The Dreamkeepers: Education Reform and the Urban Teaching Experience" is designed to help students develop an understanding of the social and political context of urban education and examine trends in urban education reform — all while focusing on the experience of the urban teacher.

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Thesis on Spain pushes senior to look within

A journey to explore the complex identity of southern Spain gave Princeton senior Rund Abdelfatah new insights into an overwhelmingly Catholic region that has an uneasy relationship with its Muslim past.

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Video feature: 'Playboy Architecture'

A group of Princeton University Ph.D. students have been involved in a research project led by Professor of Architecture Beatriz Colomina that looks at the influence of architecture on Playboy Magazine from 1953 to 1979, and the magazine's impact on architecture and design culture in the United States through its vision of a desirable contemporary lifestyle.

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Improvisation course takes students out of their musical 'comfort zone'

Through improvisational techniques influenced by sound, gestures, rhythm, poetry/spoken word and visual arts, 20 Princeton students in the new course "The Improvising Ensemble" are pushing the boundaries of their own concepts of what music is and can be.

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Finding 'promising' approaches to mass incarceration reform

Princeton senior Danielle Pingue's thesis "Partners in Crime: Nonprofits' Promising Approach to Mass Incarceration Reform" shows how nonprofits are contributing to policy reform in the criminal justice system.

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Video feature: Architecture and independent work

A central feature of Princeton University's undergraduate education is the independent research requirement for juniors and seniors. In the School of Architecture, juniors take a design studio course each semester to meet the requirement.

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