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Iraqi princess visits Lehigh University to talk science

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Students and faculty at Lehigh University got the chance to meet a real princess, but for educational purposes.

Doctor Nisreen El Hashemite, who hails from an Iraqi royal family, paid a visit to the campus Tuesday where she toured the genetics research labs and learned about Lehigh's science programs.

Her Royal Highness is internationally known for her work as a geneticist and cancer researcher.

"This makes a lot of difference, because that shows the quality of the education we see at Lehigh, the quality of professors we have, the quality of scientists we have, that they are preparing the students ready for society," she said.

The princess is also a champion for women in science. In the past three years, she organized the "International Day of Women and Girls in Science" at the United Nations.

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