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Featured Stories Archive – November, 2013

Video feature: 'Good Morning, Princeton'

On Princeton University's campus each fall, the leaves take on bold new personalities. Orange and red replace green, and the birds create their own space in the canvas of the sky. The gold found in the richness of the sunrise over Lake Carnegie is breathtaking.

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Bonfire celebrating Princeton football victories lights up cold November night

For the second straight year, Princeton celebrated football victories over Harvard and Yale by lighting a bonfire that sent flames and smoke curling skyward on a frigid Sunday evening.

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Princeton to celebrate football success with bonfire tonight

The Princeton University community is gearing up to celebrate the achievements of its football team this fall with a bonfire on Cannon Green, to be lit at 7 p.m. today. This is the second year in a row Princeton has swept Harvard and Yale in football in a season, leading to the bonfire, a campus tradition that dates to the late 1800s.

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Bowlby: Perspective on parental stories

Princeton University professor Rachel Bowlby is intent on illuminating stories about parental identity — a focus she says has been neglected in the study of literature. In her book "A Child of One's Own: Parental Stories," Bowlby unearths parental passions in major 19th-century novels and even in ancient Greek texts. Building from such literary examples, she draws connections to and contrasts with today's real-life stories of parenthood, a topic rich with tales of cultural change. "A Child of One's Own" was published earlier this year by Oxford University Press.

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Freshmen explore frontiers of science, technology and policy

Harold T. Shapiro, president of the University emeritus and a professor of economics and public affairs, is leading 15 freshmen on an exploration of the frontiers of science, technology and public policy.

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Examining materials through molecules and over millennia

For nearly 10 years, Ilhan Aksay, a professor of chemical and biological engineering, has introduced Princeton University students in his freshman seminar, "Materials World," to the everyday matter that makes up the foundation of civilization. Students begin by analyzing the materials that helped launch civilization such as adobe bricks. As the semester progresses, they move through more complex materials, ending with electrically conducting polymers and even the construction of a lithium ion battery.

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Video feature: Princeton offers range of experiences in architecture

Princeton University's School of Architecture offers an undergraduate major and advanced degrees at both the master's and doctoral levels. This video provides a look at the school through three students who have either completed a program or who are working toward a degree.

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In Mount Laurel, Massey finds affordable-housing model

Princeton sociologist Douglas Massey examined the impact of building an affordable-housing development in an upscale suburb of Philadelphia. The findings? The development had no negative impact on the surrounding area and brought significant life improvements to residents of the development.

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Probing the power of myth

In their first semester on the Princeton University campus, 15 freshmen are exploring how myths through history both identify and deflect the concerns and fears of society in the freshman seminar "Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Wisdom of Crowds."  

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