July 2009 Archives

Oh, My Word! In Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, French . . .



International service doesn't always mean leaving campus. Ji Qi ’11, left, and Yiqian He ’11 are two members of the Princeton University Language Project (PULP), whose members meet regularly on campus and volunteer their time to translate documents for nonprofit organizations. Ji and Yiquan translate from English to Chinese; others provide translations into languages as varied as Japanese, Spanish, Arabic, and Russian. In the past three years, the student-run organization has assisted some 25 organizations, including the World Wildlife Fund and Safe Kids Worldwide. For an Orange Key tour of campus in Chinese, French, or Korean, translated by members of PULP, click here.

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Photo by Andrea Kane


Students Cook Up a New Design


A team of seven students, including Meghan K. McNulty ’10, left, and Andres Moreno ’10, spent three weeks in Peru last summer with the Princeton chapter of Engineers Without Borders, building improved, smoke-free stoves for 19 families. The project resulted in a design that shortened cooking time while channeling the smoke out of the home and efficiently burning its fuel. One of the first test meals for one family was the all-American favorite, pancakes.

For a step-by-step photo album of building a stove, from cutting a hole in the ceiling to putting on the finishing touches, click here.

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Photo credit Hank Song ’11 


Greetings from Russia

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Veronica D. Pillar ’10 snapped this picture-perfect shot of St. Basil’s in Moscow when she visited Russia for summer language study. A group of Princeton students currently are studying Soviet culture in St. Petersburg on a global seminar offered this summer by PIIRS, the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies. Other PIIRS seminars will bring students to Vietnam, Brazil, Ghana, and Turkey.


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Just for a Cup of Coffee . . .

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Chris B. Courtin ’10 (left) and Feruz, from the village of Kumudo near Arsi Negele, pounded coffee beans during Chris's time in Ethiopia with the Princeton chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) in 2008. He was part of a team that built an irrigation system for the village, using two locally produced treadle pumps in a design that does not use fossil fuels or require expensive upkeep.

EWB-Princeton involves students and faculty of all backgrounds who are seeking to learn about international development through the fields of anthropology, language, history, and cultural studies.

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Photo by Eric Kurtz



Service to the Nation, and All Nations

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Ishani Sud ’08, who interned with the U.S. Naval Forces-Japan and spent time aboard the USS Kitty Hawk off the coast of Australia, was one of Princeton’s first cohort of Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative, a program of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

The program is designed to encourage students to pursue careers in the U.S. government. Five juniors were chosen for the program in 2009. To date, scholars have pursued opportunities with the departments of State, Defense, Treasury, and Agriculture; the U.S. Agency for International Development; and the Millennium Challenge Corporation.

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Photo courtesy of Ishani Sud '08