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Rather than seeking to defend buildings and infrastructure from storm surges, a team of architects and climate scientists is exploring a new vision, with an emphasis on living with rising waters. “Every house will be a waterfront house,” said Princeton Associate Professor of Architecture Paul Lewis. “We’re trying to find a way that canals can work their way through and connect each house, so that kayaks and other small boats are able to navigate through the water.”
Curious about a career in the sciences? Come by the PUGS Geosciences Alumni Panel and find out for yourself. A GEO Alumni Panel will be on-hand for Q+A discussions. Fri, Nov 14, 3-5pm, in the Great Hall.
Under a National Science Foundation (NSF) Dimensions of Biodiversity initiative, two new projects, which will last 4 to 5 years, will take the Onstott group to Siberia to drill into the world’s oldest permafrost deposits and will return the team to the deep mines of South Africa.  Details of what their research will accomplish are listed.
Scientists have struggled to understand why there are hot spots in Volcanoes. New research chalks the mystery up to “dark magma”: deep underground pockets of red-hot molten rock that siphon energy from Earth’s core. “It’s a very provocative paper ... a bit speculative,” says Thomas Duffy, a geoscientist at Princeton University who was not involved with the study. “But it’s taking us in an important step on the road to understanding the deep Earth.”
When it comes to the Earth’s interior, researchers have only “scratched the surface.” What goes on beneath our feet has serious catastrophic potential. Earthquakes, volcanoes, and other general geological maladies begin beneath the surface. To better understand our planet and better prepare for tomorrow’s calamities, researchers need a more detailed picture of our Earth’s anatomy, specifically the mantle. “The outer part [of the Earth] is the exciting part,” said Jeroen Tromp.
PEI Associate Director Katharine B. Hackett '79, announced that effective November 1, 2014, Albert G. Blanke, Jr., Professor of Geosciences François Morel has been appointed director of the Princeton Environmental Institute.
What did I never expect to be challenging about the senior thesis? Its relative lack of deadlines. (Yuem Park, PCUR Natural Sciences Correspondent Blog)
Tullis Onstott and Tom Kieft, a Prof. of Biology from the New Mexico Tech, organized and ran a 2-day meeting in Potsdam Germany to initiate microbiology-driven scientific drilling projects around the globe.  The workshop's overall initiative was to select and develop deep-life drilling sites to propose to the International Continental Drilling Program (ICDP) in January 2015.
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.