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Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017
Princeton University has a substantial impact on the New Jersey economy, generating an annual total of $1.58 billion in economic output as an employer, research and innovation leader, sponsor of construction projects, purchaser of goods and services, and financial and civic contributor to local communities. That total supports an estimated 13,450 jobs with $970.7 million in earnings. The economic and other benefits the University generates within the town of Princeton and neighboring communities, Mercer County and the state of New Jersey are presented in a new report, "Education, Innovation and Opportunity: The Economic Impact of Princeton University."
Thursday, Jul 20, 2017
The Civil Rights Movement is often looked back upon as a time when social activism sparked real political change. During that time, the United States saw some of its greatest leaders guide the country through turbulent years. Martin Luther King Jr. and President John F. Kennedy provided different models of leadership, which some argue are needed today. In this episode, Professor Julian Zelizer interviews Steven Levingston, nonfiction editor at the Washington Post, about the battle over civil rights. Levingston is the author of "Kennedy and King: The President, the Pastor, and the Battle over Civil Rights", “Little Demon in the City of Light: A True Story of Murder and Mesmerism in Belle Époque Paris” and “The Kennedy Baby: The Loss that Transformed JFK.”
Tuesday, Jul 18, 2017
Researchers used computer modeling to show how cells can feel their way through their surroundings, important when, for example, a tumor cell invades a new tissue or organ. This computer simulation depicts collagen fibers that make up the extracellular matrix in which cells live. Local arrangements of these fibers are extremely variable in their flexibility, with some fibers (blue) responding strongly to the cell and others (red) responding hardly at all. The surprising amount of variability in a local area makes it difficult for cells (represented by green arrows) to determine the overall amount of stiffness in a local area, and suggests that cells need to move or change shape to sample more of the surrounding area.

Upcoming Events

Bimonthly tours of the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab

Fri, May 19, 2017, 10:00 am to Fri, Dec 15, 2017, 10:00 am
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the only national laboratory where scientists are trying to create "a star on Earth." The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory offers free public tours of its research facilities at 10 a.m. on the first and third Friday of the month at 100 Stellarator Rd., Princeton, New Jersey. Participants must pre-register on the tour website.

Princeton Summer Theater: Agatha Christie's Spider's Web

Thu, Jul 13, 2017, 8:00 pm to Sun, Jul 23, 2017, 2:00 pm
World-renowned crime novelist and playwright Agatha Christie brilliantly blends the genres of mystery, comedy, thriller in this fantasia on her typical whodunit work. "Spider's Web" follows eccentric socialite Clarissa, who discovers a man murdered in her drawing room, having spent years spinning extraordinary tales of mystery to anyone who would listen. Drenched in suspense with surprising moments of levity and wit, "Spider's Web" offers a unique and rewarding departure from the usual Christie canon. PERFORMANCES July 13-15 and 20-22 at 8pm July 15-16 and 22-23 at 2pm Tickets required.

Princeton Summer Theater: The Crucible

Thu, Jul 27, 2017, 8:00 pm to Sun, Aug 6, 2017, 2:00 pm
Regarded as a one of the foremost classics of American theatre, Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" uses the proceedings of the Salem witch trials to examine the manic effects of mass hysteria in society. As an increasing number of upstanding townspeople are accused of witchcraft, Miller emphasizes the contagious nature of fear and the elusiveness of truth. The 1953 Tony Award-winning play invites us to question the importance of upholding morality in times of hardship. PERFORMANCES July 27-29 and August 3-5 at 8pm July 29-30 and August 5-6 at 2pm Tickets required.

Summer Film Series: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

Thu, Aug 3, 2017, 7:30 pm
Outdoor summer film series at the Princeton University Art Museum featuring The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe shown on the adjacent lawn. All films begin at sundown. In the event of rain, films will be shown at 8 p.m. in 101 McCormick Hall.