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Princeton researchers supported  by the Grand Challenges Program have found, overall, water availability has increased in African maize-growing regions, with exceptions in parts of East Africa.
Simon Levin, the George M. Moffett Professor of Biology at Princeton University, was elected a foreign member of the Lombard Institute Academy of Science and Letters.
Bryan Grenfell, the Kathryn Briger and Sarah Fenton Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Public Affairs, has joined the Board of Governors of the Wellcome Trust, effective September. The Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation focused on improving human and animal health, noted Grenfell's more than 30 years of experience in researching the population dynamics of infectious diseases.
Global use of antibiotics is surging according to Princeton University researchers who have conducted a broad assessment of antibiotic consumption around the world.
The study, "Global Trends in Antibiotic Consumption, 2000-2010," found that worldwide antibiotic use has risen a staggering 36 percent over those 10 years, with five countries — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS)— responsible for more than three-quarters of that surge, according to study auth
Although scenes of people fleeing from dramatic displays of Mother Nature’s power dominate the news, gradual increases in an area’s overall temperature actually lead more often to permanent population shifts.
Leaders from industry and academia met recently at Princeton University to discuss three big questions surrounding the broad theme of "water": infrastructure, the water/energy nexus, and industrial water.
A five-year study led by Princeton University researchers suggests that certain wild African animals, particularly elephants, could be a boon to human-raised livestock because of their voracious appetite for the toxic and invasive plant Solanum campylacanthum, or the Sodom apple.
Princeton University researchers found that as water freezes it takes on a sort of split personality wherein, at very cold temperatures and above a certain pressure, it may split into two liquid forms.


New members: Jane Baldwin, Cleo Chou, Gregory Ferguson-Cradle, Bu Guo, Janam Jhaveri, Qi Li, Wei Peng, and Josh Spechler. Photos courtesy of PEI Staff.
 
Eight graduate students have been selected to join the Princeton Energy and Climate Scholars Program (PECS) for the 2014-2015 academic year.
Representing six (6) departments across campus, the eight (8) newly selected students will contribute a wide range of climate- and energy-related expertise to the existing group of PECS schol
Princeton University's Michael Oppenheimer  was one of four scientists who testified on May 29th before the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology about the need for greater transparency.