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Featured Stories Archive – July, 2008

Undergraduates chart path toward graduate school

Nina Lauharatanahirun is one of four young research assistants working this summer in the lab of Princeton psychologist Daniel Oppenheimer, studying questions related to judgment, decision-making and learning. This experience serves a dual purpose: Not only is she learning more about how others make decisions, she is getting a clearer sense of how to chart her own educational path.

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Financial aid program provides access, affordability

Princeton is more affordable to students from a wider range of economic backgrounds than at any other time in its history, according to Robin Moscato, the University's director of financial aid.

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Teachers find DNA and inspiration in summer program

Twenty-three vacationing science teachers, who could be anywhere, have chosen to be in this room at Princeton University where they are learning to extract DNA from corn chips, cheese puffs and other forms of exotic cuisine. These men and women from places as diverse as Jersey City, N.J., and Lexington, Ky., are here to learn the most modern techniques available for studying the principles of molecular biology. The two-week program, sponsored by Princeton's Department of Molecular Biology and funded by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, is designed to help them return to school with a new vision of how to teach science.

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Students in Spain soak up history, art and language

The city of Toledo, Spain, became a summertime classroom for 33 Princeton undergraduates who spent a month there studying the Spanish language and immersing themselves in the local culture.

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Postcard collection offers historical views of Princeton

A collection of more than 500 historical postcards depicting the Princeton University campus and the towns surrounding it made its online debut in July.

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For summer students, the focus is on lasers

A group of researchers gathers for a conference call to share the details of their current projects: David Tersegno discusses a new sensor system that may further the understanding of cloud formation; Anjali Bhatt describes efforts to optimize special lasers that detect minute amounts of substances in the air and human breath; and Nevin Raj explains work with a new kind of material that bends light "backward." They may be engaged in research projects on the cutting edge of engineering, but Tersegno and Bhatt haven't finished college yet -- and Raj is still in high school. They are among 26 undergraduates and six high school students working alongside researchers in the Mid-Infrared Technologies for Health and the Environment center for the summer.

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Native American students explore public policy at Wilson School

Eighteen Native American high school students spent a week at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs this summer examining public policy and tribal community issues.

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Princeton students explore Lake Carnegie for nature's sake

Three Princeton University students have embarked on a unique project this summer with others to study Lake Carnegie, its ecosystem and the streams that feed into it, part of a major, long-term effort that will complement University-wide goals to develop and expand in environmentally sustainable ways.

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