Princeton presents highest awards to top students
by Ruth Stevens
Princeton recognized the winners of the highest honors it awards to students at Alumni Day ceremonies Feb. 21. Seniors Alexander Barnard and Andy Chen shared the University’s Moses Taylor Pyne Honor Prize, and graduate students Daniel Bouk, Hannah Crawforth, Peter DiMaggio and Jianfeng Lu were presented as co-winners of the Porter Ogden Jacobus Fellowship at a luncheon in Jadwin Gymnasium.
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Brain science matters: Wang engages public through book, lectures, op-eds, website
by Kitta MacPherson
It’s a busy afternoon in the Tap Room at Prospect House, with the buzz of a dozen lunch conversations rising above the filled tables. At a center spot, though, all is quiet. Sam Wang, Princeton neuroscientist, author, Internet geek, politics junkie, op-ed writer and public speaker, is sitting sideways. He is hunched over and looking down, as if he has dropped something. For once, the loquacious associate professor of molecular biology and neuroscience is at a loss for words.
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Five named Scholars in the Nation’s Service
The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs has selected five students to be the 2009 undergraduate cohort of the Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative (SINSI), a scholarship program designed to encourage and prepare students seeking to pursue careers in the U.S. government.
All Princeton juniors are eligible to apply for the competitive program.
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Malaria parasite zeroes in on molecule to enhance its survival
by Kitta MacPherson
A team of researchers from Princeton and the Drexel University College of Medicine has found that the parasite that causes malaria breaks down an important amino acid in its quest to adapt and thrive within the human body. By depleting this substance called arginine, the parasite may trigger a more critical and deadlier phase of the disease. The scientists believe that shedding light on this poorly understood aspect of malaria metabolism has given them new insights on the interactions between the parasite and its human hosts.
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