May 15, 2020 Arts/Cultural, Education
Making meaning of the pandemic ‘through the lens of literature’
Weeks before the coronavirus crisis hit, the 99 Princeton undergraduates in the spring course “Literature and Medicine” were already immersed in the many ways storytelling shapes the way we understand and experience illness, disease and health. Now, from their laptops, scattered around the world, the students are discovering that literary texts are not only keeping them connected to one another, but also helping them grapple with their own experiences during the pandemic.
May 15, 2020 Education, Service
Alumni rally to support students who’ve lost summer internships to COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic not only disrupted the spring semester, causing Princeton and most other universities to send students home and shift to remote teaching, but it also cost many students their summer internships. Alumni have always played a critical role in assisting Princeton undergraduate and graduate students in their career exploration, and that relationship has taken on increased importance during the COVID-19 shutdown.
May 13, 2020 Education
Go ahead, ask a chemistry grad
Bored with staying at home and eager to talk shop, 12 chemists offer half-hour info and Q&A sessions to high schoolers on what it’s like to be a chemistry grad student. Chem-STEM has worked with five local high schools so far.
May 13, 2020 Education
Essential Workers Keep Princeton Running During COVID-19
Despite the eerie quiet that now envelops Princeton’s campus, about 750 staff, faculty, and graduate students continue to report for work. Many who fall into this category are unionized hourly workers — including employees working in dining, building, and mail services — and navigating the new normal during the coronavirus pandemic has required new ways of doing business.
May 11, 2020 Education, News, Podcasts
‘We Roar’ podcast: Princeton’s First Black Valedictorian Marks Multiple Milestones
Princeton senior Nicholas Johnson reflects on becoming the first black student to achieve this honor in school history. He also explains the impact he hopes to have with his computational research into human behavior — including behaviors related to COVID-19 — and how he and his 2020 classmates have persisted through one of the worst crises in modern times.
May 11, 2020 Education, Service
Daniel Te ’21 Initiates Acts of Kindness
Following his first year at Princeton, junior Daniel Te felt he hadn’t connected to as many classmates as he had hoped, so he decided on a different course of action. Fondly remembering the moments in which classmates were especially kind to him, he decided to pay that kindness forward by offering to cheer on his classmates during finals.
May 7, 2020 Education, Health Care
Public Health Educator Lindsey Leininger ’99 Helps Combat Coronavirus Misinformation
Overwhelmed with questions from friends and students, Lindsey Leininger ’99, a public health educator and researcher and a clinical professor at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, teamed up with friends, all of whom hold doctorates in various fields, to start Dear Pandemic, a Facebook page offering evidence-based advice on COVID-19.
May 6, 2020 Community, Education, Service
Power of the Pivot: Bogle Fellows Book Exchange
When COVID-19 made the usual programming for new Bogle Fellows impossible, Pace Center Program Coordinator Kira O’Brien turned to a low-tech resource — books — to bring new Fellows together. She developed a book exchange in order to facilitate group cohesion in this time of social distancing, noting how for her, exchanging books is “a way to engage someone in a conversation, share a perspective, and invite someone to grapple with something alongside you.”
May 3, 2020 Education, News, Service
Remote Academia transformed a campus reading group into a worldwide education resource
Princeton students at the Center for Information Technology Policy have transformed their small campus reading group about how technology can transform education and teaching into a dynamic online resource with more than 3,000 members from 600 academic institutions.
April 30, 2020 Arts/Cultural, Education
We persisted: Teaching American cultural history in the pandemic
Rhae Lynn Barnes, an assistant professor of history, is using her expertise in digital humanities to help other educators. She launched “The Show Must Go On: American Culture in Times of Crisis,” a free curriculum of lesson plans and filmed mini-lectures by leading scholars. Her goal, she said, is to help reduce the workload of millions of teachers and professors on the frontlines of public education during the COVID-19 disruptions.
April 28, 2020 Education, News, Podcasts
Speaking Science to Power: Communicating Facts Amid a ‘Fog of War’
President of the American Federation of Scientists Ali Nouri *06 discusses the scientific misinformation and disinformation that has hampered our pandemic response and how his organization is responding.
April 28, 2020 Community, Education,
For Michael Granovetter ’15, a picture is worth 1,000 words in the fight against COVID-19
Michael Granovetter ’15 and a team of fellow medical students created an infographic guide so adults with autism could understand COVID-19 and learn how to stay safe.