Freshman Seminar Projects Spring 2022

Portraits of Nuclear Scientists

By: Alan Plotz, Aaron Serianni, and Michael Tsai


The goal of this project was to document current nuclear and nuclear-adjacent research occurring at Princeton. While the Nuclear Princeton project has records of Princeton’s previous involvements with nuclear research on native communities, we want to give our audience a sense of how nuclear research is being conducted today. We interviewed professors in a variety of fields who currently work on nuclear projects about their work and how they understand the ethical...

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From Princeton to Hiroshima: Following in the Footsteps of the Deline

By CC Song, William Yang, and Paige Sherman 

Context: Throughout the duration of this course, we realized that there was a burned bridge between the institutions of Hiroshima and Princeton University. This was largely due to Princeton’s involvement in World War II and nuclear weapons research which lead to the bombing of Hiroshima, as well as Princeton’s superficial, disinterested responses to communication from Hiroshima post-war. Our project seeks to rebuild this bridge as much as possible in current times by forging...

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An Interview with Zia Mian

Zia Mian is a physicist who has been at Princeton School of Public and International Affairs since 1997. Throughout his career, Dr. Mian has achieved many accomplishments and titles including, but not limited to, being Co-director of Princeton University's program on Science and Global security (SGS), Co-chair of the International Panel on Fissile Materials, Director of the SGS’s Program Project on Peace and Security in...

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