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Allison Simi

Finding the Switch That Makes Cells Go Awry

June 30th, 2017 / Development Com...

It was spring, and the calendar hanging on the wall above Allison Simi’s cluttered desk was stuck on January. The image for January was a protein structure that Simi, a graduate student in Princeton’s chemical and biological engineering department, hadn’t noticed until one day, frustrated by a roadblock in her research, she idly glanced at it and had a breakthrough.

Robert H. Taylor '30

Bequest from Robert H. Taylor ’30 Supports Princeton University’s Library

June 26th, 2017 / Development Com...

In honor of a generous bequest from Robert H. Taylor of Princeton’s Class of 1930, Princeton University’s librarian will now be known as the Robert H. Taylor 1930 University Librarian. The post is currently held by Anne Jarvis, who came to Princeton from the University of Cambridge in 2016. The gift will also support and expand the library’s Special Collections and establish a new position: Curator of the Robert H. Taylor Collection at Firestone Library.

Photo of Peter Yu '83 and his parents, Charles and Marie

Honoring the Past While Helping to Shape the Future

June 14th, 2017 / Development Com...

When Charles Yu was a young boy in the 1930s, China was in turmoil. The central government was fighting internal revolutionary forces, poverty and crime were rampant, and imperialist Japanese forces had gained control of the northeastern provinces. Troops were steadily moving south toward Charles’s village when his family fled to Manila.  

Projects for Peace

Princetonians Forge Connections through Projects for Peace

June 6th, 2017 / Development Com...

Two projects designed by Princeton students to help make the world a better place have been awarded $10,000 by Davis Projects for Peace. Kyle Berlin ’18 plans to break down political divides through storytelling, and Lydia Watt ’18, Alice Vinogradsky ’20, Amanda Cheng ’20 and Kabbas Azhar ’18 will help bring clean drinking water to communities in Guyana.

Charlie Baker '17 with guest on All-Nighter with Charlie Baker

Watch Out, Stephen Colbert—Here Comes Charlie Baker ’17

June 5th, 2017 / Development Com...

Before Charlie Baker ’17 takes the stage as the host of Princeton’s monthly late-night talk show, he frantically runs through his lines, herds the theater’s previous audience out so his crew can set up, and fixes malfunctioning equipment. And he worries. But as the lights come up, he trots onstage to greet his audience, leaving the nerves and chaos behind.

Chance Fletcher '18

Princeton Pause May 2017: Chance’s Pathbreaking Journey

May 25th, 2017 / Annual Giving

Chance Fletcher ’18, from Oologah, Oklahoma, is a citizen of the Cherokee nation. He took a “Great American College Road Trip” with his grandmother; when they reached Princeton, he knew he’d found his destination. As a sophomore, he hiked 900 miles of the Trail of Tears, then focused his junior independent research project on the forced removal of the Cherokee people from their ancestral lands. His journeys have taken him far from home, but closer to understanding his roots—and his dreams for the future.

Princeton University Research Day

Princeton University Research Day 2017

May 24th, 2017 / Development Com...

Princeton Research Day—the second annual celebration of research and creative endeavors by undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and other scholars—showcased more than 140 presentations on topics ranging from the metabolism of fruit fly embryos to theories on why large-scale, complex projects rarely—if ever—stay on schedule.

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