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Following Greening Princeton study, U. to streamline recycling process

Students at residential colleges will no longer have to sort their recyclable trash. The rest of campus is expected to follow suit by the end of 2014. Unlike the University’s current recycling system, which requires waste to be separated into paper, cans and bottles and “remaining trash,” single-stream recycling only distinguishes between contaminated and non-contaminated materials, Greening Princeton co-president Misha Semenov ’15 said.

NEWS | 02/27/2014

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Three Princeton graduates found fecal bank

Three Princeton graduates launched a nonprofit organization in Sept. 2013 that collects stool samples and provides hospitals withscreened, filtered and frozen material for clinical use. Mark Smith ’09, James Burgess ’09 and Carolyn Edelstein ’10 created OpenBiome, which has already been featured in The New York Times. Edelstein explained that fecal transplants have been proven effective in fighting harmful intestinal bacteria, noting that while antibiotic treatments for the infection are approximately 80 percent effective, fecal matter transplantations, also known as FMTs, are around 89-92 percent effective. Smith explained that the process of an FMT starts far before one heads into the surgical room, noting that an FMT is an extremely complicated process that first requires finding a donor to undergo a very rigorous set of screenings, come in and produce fecal material to be processed.

NEWS | 02/25/2014

Career Services to review recruiting system

The Office of Career Services is considering making changes to its current recruiting system by expanding the range of employers and helping students in the recruitment process deal with interviews for different companies that happen at the same time, according to Executive Director Pulin Sanghvi. Sanghvi explained that Career Services will be pursuing a technology strategy inspired by the dating website eHarmony. "We will pursue a strategy inspired by eHarmony, in which we actively capture evolving student interests and preferences, and then use that information to build relationships with the organizations they are most interested in, and create more informed matches," he said.

NEWS | 02/25/2014

Princeton suspected at least one serious reaction to vaccine

The University has investigated at least one serious medical case as a potential adverse reaction to the meningitis vaccine, although a link was deemed unlikely in that case. An undergraduate student was sent to the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro less than 24 hours after receiving the vaccine with a condition ofrhabdomyolysis, an acute breakdown of muscle tissue that causes muscle fiber and protein to be transferred into the bloodstream, risking severe kidney damage. Although the vaccine may have had a temporal correlation with the student getting rhabdomyolysis, specialists at University Health Services and the UMCPP said they do not believe the vaccine directly caused the condition. There has been no past correlation between rhabdomyolysis and the meningitis vaccine in Europe and Australia, where the vaccine was approved for use. Dr. Peter Johnsen, director of medical services at UHS, said that two specialists who observed the case both determined that the student’s illness was not related to the meningitis vaccine. “We posed that question to specialists in the hospital and another specialist, and in both cases, they felt that it was not likely to be related,” Johnsen said.

NEWS | 02/24/2014

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Pilot SHARE course aims to educate eating club members through avatar games

Eating club members now have the opportunity to complete "Agent of Change," a pilot online Sexual Harassment/Assault Advising, Resources and Education course on power-based personal violence. The course wasdesigned to build on the knowledge gained through the course“Unless There’s Consent,”a new program required for all members of the Class of 2017 prior to their arrival on campus.While “Unless There’s Consent” was intended to lay an informational foundation for incoming freshmen prior to orientation week, “Agent of Change” is more interactive, providing education on bystander intervention skills, SHARE director Jacqueline Deitch-Stackhouse said. The hour-long course touches on sexual assault, stalking, domestic violence and degrading language, Jackie Cremos '14, aSHARE Peer Advisor and member of Quadrangle Club, explained.

NEWS | 01/12/2014

Second dose of meningitis vaccine to be administered Feb. 17-20

The second dose of the meningitis vaccine will be available fromFeb. 17 through Feb. 20, the University announcedMondayin an email to the University community. More than 5,200 individuals, or approximately 91 percent of the individuals eligible for the vaccine — including 93 percent of all undergraduate students — chose to receive the first dose.

NEWS | 12/23/2013