Geosciences major Yuem Park ’15, a member of the inaugural cohort of PCUR correspondents, published his first blog, The Rocky Road: Not Always a Flat Trail, on October 7, 2014. PCUR stands for Princeton Correspondents on Undergraduate Research, a new campus initiative developed by the Office of Undergraduate Research in collaboration with the Princeton Writing Program.
As Benjamin Franklin once said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” And indeed, funding and supporting research projects is a priority for Princeton as well as many other institutions. But just because our society values research, it doesn’t mean that it’s a walk in the park to get a project funded. In fact, in many cases, it’s actually very difficult to get a project funded, even if it’s a highly worthwhile one.
A picture tells a thousand words, but even then it is often not the whole story. Geologic field research is frequently idealized in many people’s minds by the scenic landscape photographs that we take – open forests in beautiful river valleys, lush meadows along the tops of ridges, picturesque deserts, unbelievable views at the peaks of mountains… and, at its best, field research is indeed conducted in places like these.
Researchers from Princeton University and other institutions may have hit upon an answer to a climate-change puzzle that has eluded scientists for years, namely why glaciers in the Karakoram range of the Himalayas have remained stable and even increased in mass while glaciers nearby and worldwide have been receding. Understanding the "Karakoram anomaly" could help gauge the future availability of water for hundreds of millions of people.
Slideshow of the annual Geosciences field trip. Alumni, faculty and students gather to hold an alumni reunion throughout selected locations in New Mexico.
The Department of Geosciences and Princeton University congratulates Andrew R. Babbin on successfully defending his Ph.D. thesis.
The Department of Geosciences and Princeton University congratulates Jonathan M. Husson on successfully defending his Ph.D. thesis.
The Ocean Sciences Section of American Geophysical Union (AGU) has selected Chair Bess Ward as the Rachel Carson Lecturer for 2014.
Congratulations to Audrey Yau and Nick (Xuefeng) Peng for receiving the 2014 Arnold Guyot Graduate Student Teaching Prize.
Princetonians (including GEO alums and Prof. Jessica Irving) spent time exploring other worlds as part of the Cooperative Institute for Dynamic Earth Research (CIDER) summer program on "Dynamics of Planetary Interiors."