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Monday, April 24, 2017

Featured Stories Archive – October, 2012

University recovers from Hurricane Sandy, 50 trees down on campus

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, about 800 University employees worked in shifts to provide services for undergraduate and graduate students who remained on campus during fall recess, and to keep other critical campus functions running. At least 50 trees were felled by wind gusts during the storm, and there were dozens of reports of blocked roads, damaged vehicles, fences and other property. There were no injuries reported.

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Far from random, evolution follows a predictable genetic pattern, Princeton researchers find

Princeton University research suggests that knowledge of a species' genes — and how certain external conditions affect the proteins encoded by those genes — could be used to determine a predictable evolutionary pattern driven by outside factors. Scientists could then pinpoint how the diversity of adaptations seen in the natural world developed even in distantly related animals.

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University thanks alumni and friends for Aspire's success

Princeton University expressed its gratitude to more than 1,000 alumni and friends who contributed to the success of its recent fundraising campaign Oct. 19 by showcasing Aspire's impact.

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Princeton's financial aid allows students to graduate without debt

The Princeton financial aid program provides grants (instead of loans) that do not need to be repaid, making it possible for students to graduate with zero debt.

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Video feature: In the field, graduate students lead air-quality sensor research

A team of five Princeton graduate students is leading a year-long field research project using new laser sensors to measure pollutants with unprecedented sensitivity.

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Video feature: A stroll off campus to Princeton parks

While the 500 acres of Princeton University's park-like campus provide ample opportunities for quiet strolls close to home, more than 800 acres of forests, arboretums, wildlife preserves, war memorials and lakes lie within a 15-minute walk of campus.

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From New Jersey schools to Nigerian markets, Paluck examines social dynamics

Elizabeth Paluck, an assistant professor of psychology and public affairs, is focusing on two disparate settings as the latest sites of her research in exploring how peoples' actions are affected by what they sense about the beliefs of those around them.

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Toni Morrison returns 'home' to read from new novel

On Oct. 2, Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, the Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Humanities Emeritus, returned to Princeton, where she previously taught literature and writing for 17 years, as the Belknap Visitor in the Humanities. She read from her new novel, "Home," and answered questions from the audience.

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Video feature: 'Doorways of Princeton'

Doorways have long been analogous with concepts such as transition, challenge, invitation, adventure and opportunity. At Princeton, there is no shortage of entryways, both literally and figuratively, through which University faculty, staff and students may travel.

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