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Tuesday, April 15, 2014


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Video feature: Creating 'Chrysalid,' a senior thesis

In a studio at Princeton University, senior Maura O'Brien is once again navigating the woods of northern Minnesota — this time through art. This video captures some of that journey as O'Brien creates her senior thesis project.

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Senior thesis: Sex reassignment surgery and infertility in Iranian society

Senior Miranda Kalvaria's thesis examines the impact of sex reassignment surgery and assisted reproductive technologies on various social groups in Iran. She argues that transsexuality and infertility have been medicalized — defined and treated as medical conditions in Iran. Kalvaria is a concentrator in Near Eastern studies.

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Education, policy leaders gather in Paris for Princeton-Fung Global Forum

University leaders and policymakers from around the world gathered in Paris on Wednesday evening to begin a discussion on the future of higher education that will run over three days at the Princeton-Fung Global Forum. 

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Video feature: Harvesting water from fog

PH2OG Water is a startup project coming out of Princeton University's eLab that harvests water from clouds in the mountains of the Caribbean island of St. Vincent and distills it into pure, premium drinking water. The company plans to work with humanitarian water organizations to provide funding for water projects around the world through a profit pledge with each bottle sold.

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Pace Center service trip brings light to Peruvian village

With only the contents of a small plastic suitcase, seven Princeton University students were able to bring light to — and improve lives in — a remote village in Peru during their spring break March 15-22. The students traveled to Corpani Peñas, near the historical Machu Picchu site, as part of the Pace Center for Civic Engagement's first international service trip. The project "Solar Sustainable Service" brought reliable, low-cost energy to the isolated community of 16 homes via a solar suitcase developed by the nonprofit organization We Share Solar.

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Guenther: Perspective on history of medicine

Katja Guenther trained as an M.D. in Germany before she earned a Ph.D. in the history of science from Harvard University. She also holds an M.Sc. in neuroscience from the University of Oxford. Guenther joined Princeton as an assistant professor of history in 2009.

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Ask, write, edit: Princeton students discover journalistic paths

The Ferris McGraw Robbins Professors in Journalism have been teaching seminars at Princeton University since 1964. The program brings prominent journalists to campus for a semester. Students from a variety of disciplines, in addition to those interested in a career in journalism, are admitted by application only. "The seminars are designed to make all students more informed consumers of news and more articulate writers in expressing their views," said Kathleen Crown, executive director of the Council of the Humanities, which oversees the program.

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Video feature: Learn the stories behind International Eye student contest photos

Go behind the camera with Princeton University students through this video that highlights some of the winners of the sixth annual International Eye Photo Contest and the stories of their intriguing images.

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PPPL allows high school students to experiment with plasma online

Students at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South in West Windsor, N.J., recently watched and controlled a glowing pink plasma on a screen in their classroom through a live video stream of an experiment five miles away at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. The March 12 event marked the first demonstration of an invention that fills a gap in online education by providing students and instructors anywhere in the world with a way to take part in a laboratory experiment.

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Video feature: 'Calder on Campus'

Two sculptures by Alexander Calder are on display in front of the Princeton University Art Museum through June 15.

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