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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Featured Stories Archive – August, 2008

Garden grows into perennial learning project

A small experiment in organic gardening last year has blossomed into a large plot of vegetables and herbs this summer with nurturing from a group of dedicated students, the Office of Sustainability and other departments, and the High Meadows Foundation.

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Austria, Jordan trips immerse students in intercultural issues

When King Abdullah II of Jordan met with Princeton students after delivering a lecture on campus in February, Jon Gandomi took the opportunity to open a dialogue that led him and other Princeton students on an inspirational visit to the king's country this summer. At Abdullah's invitation, 12 current and recently graduated Princeton students traveled in July for a six-day visit with Jordanian students and scholars.

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Prepared with polished presentation skills

Sixty-five high school students are participating in the Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP), which concluded six weeks of summer classes, lectures and field trips with a research symposium on Aug. 14 where students presented projects in biology, physics/engineering and the social sciences. For Manna Selassie and others, it was an opportunity to showcase their work to each other and to practice their public speaking skills.

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Summer service internships expand students' horizons

This summer, Princeton's Pace Center has placed 46 students in public service internships, where they are learning about a range of issues firsthand and gaining a wealth of unforgettable experiences.

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'Virtual archaeologist' reconnects fragments of an ancient civilization

For several decades, archaeologists in Greece have been painstakingly attempting to reconstruct wall paintings that hold valuable clues to the ancient culture of Thera, an island civilization that was buried under volcanic ash more than 3,500 years ago. This Herculean task -- more than a century of further work at the current rate -- soon may get much easier, thanks to an automated system developed by a team of Princeton University computer scientists working in collaboration with archaeologists in Greece.

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Jazz Age comes alive for teachers in James Madison Seminars

Laura Bond may have been sitting in a darkened Taplin Auditorium listening to a jazz performance of music from the early 20th century. But, as the history teacher from West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North later described it, the music transported her to another place.

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Hands-on engineering, campus visit inspire former refugees

Through a partnership with Princeton engineers, children who once lived in refugee camps are learning about science and engineering as they design clay water filters and solar energy cookers. Addressing problems of clean water and affordable energy that they experienced first hand, the students also are gaining insights into the higher education process in the United States.

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Students learn to tell the story behind sustainability

Some participants possessed experience handling video cameras and working with digital editing equipment. Others had solid backgrounds in the science behind the issues. But each of the seven Princeton students enrolled in this summer's workshop on "Communicating Sustainability" came with a desire to better tell the story of this contemporary movement to a broader audience.

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