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Archive – February 2014

To All Princeton Graduate Students: The Faculty Board of Princeton Climate and Energy Scholars (PECS) is seeking applications from talented and highly motivated graduate students throughout the University who are conducting research within the broad area of climate and energy. PECS is designed to enhance the graduate research experience by encouraging students to transcend the boundaries of their fields. PECS fosters a common intellectual adventure. Since the creation of the group in 2008, PEC
Ning Lin *10, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Princeton University, spent two years during her doctoral studies as a Fellow in the Princeton Environmental Institute and Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs interdisciplinary fellowship program in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (PEI-STEP). (Photo courtesy of Ning Lin) Ning Lin *10, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Princeton University, is im
Welcome to our new bi-annual, fully-electronic winter newsletter, PEI CURRENTS. Our goal is to share a sampling of exciting developments in environmental research and teaching at Princeton.
Book cover of "Paleoclimate" authored by Michael Bender, professor of geoscience at Princeton University In his new book “Paleoclimate”, Michael Bender, professor of geosciences at Princeton University and a lead-member of the Carbon Mitigation Initiative (CMI), produced a concise and comprehensive history of the Earth’s climate and how it has changed over time. The field of Paleoclimatology is the study of such changes and their causes. In particular, the stud
Contributed by Sandra Milburn, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology The Center for BioComplexity welcomes two new postdoctoral fellows: Andrew Hein and Thomas Van Boeckel.  Hein (PhD, University of Florida), a theoretical biologist with a background in statistics and applied mathematics, is using biomechanical models to predict migration distances of species ranging from dragonflies to whales.  He and his colleagues have discovered that walking migrants travel about the same number of
Contributed by Joanne Curcio During the second half of 2013, some notable advances were made by Princeton University Cooperative Institute for Climate Science (CICS) researchers. Below is a highlight of recent research conducted by CICS Scientist Meiyun Lin. Asian pollution drifts east toward North America in 2010. Hawaii is denoted by the star. (Source: Nature Geoscience)   Ozone near the Earth’s surface is a greenhouse gas and a health-damaging air pollutant, regulated
Development Challenge News Last summer, Jonathan Choi ’15 researched the impact of fire and grazing on soil restoration in the Laikipia District of Kenya at Princeton University’s Mpala Research Center. (Image: courtesy of Jonathan Choi) A New Investigator Grant was awarded on behalf of the Development Challenge. The award encourages research, teaching, and mentorship focused on multidisciplinary aspects of sustainable development, most particularly relating to the African
Robert Pringle, PEI associated faculty member, describes and films his once-in-a-lifetime wildlife siting of a puma chasing a howler monkey.
Two Princeton University professors have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, which honors significant contributions to engineering research and education. Jennifer Rexford, the Gordon Y.S. Wu Professor in Engineering and professor of computer science, was recognized for her contributions to the operational stability of large computer networks. Robert Schapire, the David M. Siegel '83 Professor in Computer Science, was elected for his contributions to machine l
Two ENV students, Alexandra Kasdin ‘14 and Claire Gallagher ’14, are among 28 Princeton undergraduates featured in a global summer interactive map.
The rise of postcolonial ecocriticism has resulted in an expanded discussion about how we theorize the relationship between people and place. This talk addresses the depiction of soil in rather literal and material terms by exploring how Caribbean artists and writers have called attention to the political and the aesthetic implications of making dirt, or waste, visible. Symbolically speaking, waste is a remainder, and can be understood as the uncanny, as deteriorating matter, as a figure of natu
Jenny Price has been co-appointed by PEI and the Lewis Center for the Arts as the Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and Humanities.
Current animal research by Iain Couzin and his colleagues could help with building robots, healing wounds, and understanding the brain.