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This past summer with support from PEI and the Grand Challenges Program, 85 undergraduates travelled to destinations in the United States and 11 foreign nations on assignments with faculty-led research projects, academic institutions, NGOs, and government and community service enterprises.  As interns, the students engaged in research, outreach, policy analysis, and communications focusing on the scientific, technical, policy, and human dimensions of global environmental chal
The Southern Ocean that encircles Antarctica lends a considerable hand in keeping Earth's temperature hospitable by soaking up half of the human-made carbon in the atmosphere and a majority of the planet's excess heat.
The world's accounting system for carbon emissions, run by the United Nations, disregards capital investments in future coal-fired and natural-gas power plants that will commit the world to several decades and billions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
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.
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.
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.
Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment (ACEE) have announced awards totaling $780,000 to support eight (8) innovative projects in energy and the environment.
A new study conducted by Princeton University and University of Oxford researchers suggests that climate scientists should reexamine how to effectively and more regularly engage the public.
On Friday, May 9th, the Princeton Environmental Institute hosted its annual Discovery Day—a multidisciplinary poster session celebrating undergraduate senior thesis research on environmental topics.
The Carbon Mitigation Initiative (CMI) held its 13th annual meeting at Princeton University on April 15 and 16, 2014. More than 90 participants gathered to discuss CMI’s most recent initiatives.
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies, has elected Robert Socolow as a member.
Princeton Energy and Climate Scholars Program (PECS) representatives describe their recent trip to India and reflect upon their overall experience.
With only the contents of a small plastic suitcase, seven Princeton University students were able to bring light to — and improve lives in — a remote village in Peru during their spring break March 15-22.
Simon Levin, the George M. Moffett Professor of Biology at Princeton University, has been awarded the 2014 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement.
Simon Levin, the George M. Moffett Professor of Biology at Princeton University, has been awarded the 2014 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement for bridging ecological research and environmental policy, economics and social science.
With support from the Grand Challenges Program, Princeton University researchers and colleagues have confirmed that during the last ice age iron fertilization caused plankton to thrive in a region of the Southern Ocean.
PEI is pleased to cosponsor Princeton's first International Service Trip in collaboration with the PACE, Andlinger, and Keller Centers. Five students will travel to Peru to install solar suitcases and explore issues of water and energy supply.
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
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
A Princeton University Grand Challenges research team has created a model to evaluate how a human response to climate change may alter the agricultural utility of land.
The Princeton Environmental Institute and the Andlinger Center are pleased to announce a joint call for proposals for innovative research, teaching and mentorship in energy and the environment. Deadline for applications is March 1.
Ramanan Laxminarayan spearheads Lancet Infectious Diseases Commission report on global solution to antibiotic resistance including the impact on the environment.
Jorge Sarmiento and Daniel Sigman are among Princeton researchers pushing through the challenging conditions of the Southern Ocean because they want to learn more about the waters at the bottom of the globe.
David Medvigy is lead author of a study highlighting how destruction of the Amazon rainforest could affect climate elsewhere.
Enhanced growth of Earth's leafy greens during the 20th century has significantly slowed the planet's transition to being red-hot, according to a new research study supported by the Princeton Carbon Mitigation Initiative.
Michael Oppenheimer, geoscientist and PEI associated faculty member, discusses the first of three reports to be released by the IPPC on their fifth assessment of global warming.
New research by geosciences professor Daniel Sigman and colleagues indicates that the cyclic wobble of the Earth on its axis controls the production of a nutrient essential to the health of the ocean.
Princeton geosciences professor Michael Bender, an internationally recognized authority on paleoclimate, provides a concise, comprehensive, and sophisticated introduction to the subject.
The damage scientists expect climate change to do to crop yields can differ greatly depending on which type of model was used to make those projections, according to research based at Princeton University.
Michael Oppenheimer is the Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the Department of Geosciences at Princeton University. He is the Director of the Program in Science,Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP) at the Woodrow Wilson School and Faculty Associate of the Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences Program, Princeton Environmental Institute, and The Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies.
In two recent papers in the journals Nature Climate Change and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the researchers present a probabilistic assessment of the Antarctic contribution to twenty-first century sea-level change. A Princeton University release reports that their methodology folds observed changes and models of different complexity into unified projections that can be updated with new information. This approach provides a consistent means to integrate the potentia
The Grand Challenges Program is helping to fund the testing of a novel wind/solar hybrid system for use in disaster-torn regions.
The Princeton Environmental Institute has been ranked number two in a standardized global ranking by the International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG).
Four Princeton University researchers took part in the June 11 report, "A Stronger, More Resilient New York," a comprehensive analysis of New York City's climate risks and proposed steps for preparing for future climate events.
Eleven graduate students have been selected to join the Princeton Energy and Climate Scholars Program for the 2013-2014 academic year. The 11 newly selected students, hailing from nine (9) departments across campus, will contribute a wide range of climate- and energy-related expertise to the existing group of PECS scholars.  Collectively, their interests include: international climate agreements, climate and energy policy and equity in decision-making, battery technology, fuel propert
The Grand Challenges Program has awarded three New Investigator Grants for 2013-2014. The awards support innovative mentorship of undergraduates working on multidisciplinary aspects of global climate change. Two of the supported projects will allow undergraduates to address issues at the interface of climate and oceans. Jorge Sarmiento, professor of geosciences, will mentor students working on Southern Ocean observations and modeling, arranging for them to work directly wit­­­h his g
In recent years, according to the authors, our understanding of the relationship between climate and extreme weather has sharpened, along with our appreciation of the vast damages such events cause.
On Friday, May 10th, the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) hosted Discovery Day 2013 - a multidisciplinary poster session celebrating undergraduate senior thesis research on a wide variety of environmental issues.
A group of high-level energy industry executives and regulators met at Princeton University to discuss distributed electricity generation.
Carbon dioxide removal (CDR) is the only class of mitigation options able to significantly reduce carbon in the atmosphere. A special issue of the journal Climatic Change explores CDR from the perspectives of integrated assessment, technology optimization, and environmental science.
Over 90 participants attended the two-day event. Participants presented new areas of research that complement established efforts already underway in the fields of carbon science, low-carbon energy, fluids and energy, and policy and integration.
Princeton University has appointed as dean for research Pablo Debenedetti, a longtime Princeton engineering professor, vice dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and PEI associated faculty member.
Research outcomes from Princeton Environmental Institute’s Carbon Mitigation Initiative help advance a probabilistic assessment of the Antarctic contribution to 21st-century sea-level change.
Mung Chiang has been awarded the National Science Foundation’s highest honor for young researchers, the Alan T. Waterman Award.
The 2013 Carnegie Mellon Dickson prize has been awarded to Geosciences professor François Morel. Morel will receive this award for his contributions to understanding the biological and chemical processes that influence marine ecosystems.
The Faculty Board of Princeton Climate and Energy Scholars 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.
Several associated PEI faculty members attended the inaugural Princeton-Fung Global Forum to discuss population growth, climate change, and other factors determining "The Future of the City."
Instructors: Eric Larson, a research engineer with the Energy Systems Analysis Group of the Princeton Environmental Instituteand lecturer in chemical and biological engineering and inmechanical and aerospace engineering; Sankaran Sundaresan, professor of chemical and biological engineering; and Daniel Giammar, the William R. Kenan Jr. Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching in Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment (on leave from Washing
Three PEI associated faculty members, Alexander Glaser, M.V. Ramana, and Robert Socolow, are among 17 co-authors of an open letter to President Barack Obama.
Climate change is unwelcome news and the best and worst outcomes consistent with current science are very different. This essay addresses new ways the environmental community can freshen the conversation.
Converting a standard shipping container into a sustainable source of energy for remote or disaster-torn regions, a team of Princeton University students took top honors in an 18-month national competition.
Superstorm Sandy is a sign of more things to come, says Michael Oppenheimer, a climate scientist at Princeton University.
Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor, Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe, and graduate student, Carole Dalin, are studying the delicate balance between trade in food and trade in water.
The Andlinger Center recently awarded funding for two collaborative faculty research projects through the Andlinger Innovation Fund.
Spring/Summer 2012 Grand Challenges update.
Taking their cue from the humble leaf, researchers have used microscopic folds on the surface of photovoltaic material to significantly increase the power output of flexible, low-cost solar cells.
Lin will join the civil and environmental engineering department on July 1, 2012.  She earned her Ph.D. from Princeton in 2010 and is now a postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  She was a member of the Princeton and Energy Climate Scholars group from 2008 to 2010. 
From June 18-22, follow a group of eight Princeton graduate students as they report on the international environmental negotiations taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Persad reflects on the Rio +20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in her BLOG "Hot and Bothered", hosted by the Alliance for Climate Education.
David Medvigy has released a study showing that day-to-day weather variations are growing more erratic and more extreme for at least one-third of the global climate.
The newly selected students will contribute a wide range of climate- and energy-related expertise to the existing group of PECS scholars.
Established in 2009, the $25 million endowment fund supports the development of new technologies that have the potential to enable significant scientific and technological advances.
Converting a standard shipping container into a sustainable source of energy for remote or disaster-torn regions, Princeton students took top honors in an EPA national competition.
Led by principal investigator Yueh-Lin (Lynn) Loo, researchers have used microscopic folds on the surface of photovoltaic material to significantly increase the power output of flexible, low-cost solar cells.
Despite the sanctions on Iran and the threatened loss of its export production, the world has no shortage of oil.
Mung Chiang, an electrical engineering professor at Princeton, has been awarded the 2012 Kiyo Tomiyasu Award by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Yueh-Lin (Lynn) Loo, professor of chemical and bilogical engineering, has been named a young global leader by the World Economic Forum.
Congratulations to Dora Huang ’13, Tristan Perez ’14, and Hannah Safford ’13.
The Faculty Board of Princeton Energy and Climate Scholars (PECS) is seeking applications from highly motivated graduate students who are conducting research within the broad area of climate change and energy. Since the creation of the group in 2008, PECS has typically had a balanced membership across disciplines within engineering, policy, and economics. PECS has been designed to enhance the research experience of Princeton’s graduate students by encouraging the most talented of these student
In November 2011 PEI established PIRANHA – Princeton Institute for Rainforests and the Amazon including their Nutrients, Hydrology, and the Atmosphere.
Last August, Hurricane Irene spun through the Caribbean and parts of the eastern United States, leaving widespread wreckage in its wake.
PEI/GC Grand Challenges Intern, Garnet Abrams, became the first undergraduate student to fly on the NSF Gulfstream-V research aircraft as part of a scientific flight from Alaska to the North Pole.
Craig Arnold has found a surprising link between battery life and the day-to-day physical forces acting on an overlooked battery component.
The Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) has announced $1.1 million in new awards to support climate and energy research at Princeton University.
On September 30 and October 7, PEI hosted its 4th annual Summer of Learning Symposia.
Technologies for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere unlikely to slow climate change in near term, according to American Physical Society study led by Robert Socolow.
The Grand Challenges Program has awarded two New Investigator Grants for 2011-2012. One will support a proposal by Michael Bender to develop new methods of measuring plant respiration and photosynthesis rates.
Bernard Haykel's fascinating selection paints a worrying picture of a country at odds with the cultural riches of its past. With internal conflicts and poor governance, Al Qaeda is the least of its problems.
The Progress Report (PDF) provides a summary of Princeton's Grand Challenges Program including novel research and teaching initiatives that address global environmental issues.
For proponents of clean energy technology, the holy grail is to reach price parity with conventional power sources such as coal. For photovoltaics, this tipping point is generally regarded as a dollar per watt ($1/Wp), a measure that indicates the generation capacity of a cell in peak sunlight.
The Republican victory in November will create huge challenges for the Obama administration in accomplishing its environmental policy objectives.
Almost anywhere he looks, Princeton professor Craig Arnold sees energy. "Plants convert light to sugar -- this is chemical energy," Arnold told students in his freshman seminar on "Science and Technology for a Sustainable Future." "Cars take chemical energy and convert it to linear motion. We convert electrical energy into visible light by using a light bulb."
Researchers at Princeton University are spearheading a project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy to study the risks and economics of capturing carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, and storing it underground.
Teresa Heinz and the Heinz Family Foundation today announced the winners of the 16th annual Heinz Awards, honoring the contributions of 10 innovative and inspiring individuals whose work has addressed environmental challenges. Each recipient receives an unrestricted cash prize of $100,000.
Emily Carter, a Princeton professor of engineering and applied mathematics, and eminent physical chemist, has been appointed the founding director of the University's Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment.
The paper Climate change: helping nature survive the human response, published in the scientific journal Conservation Letters, looks at efforts to both reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and potential action that could be taken by people to adapt to a changed climate and assesses the potential impact that these could have on global ecosystems.
The oscillations during the past 2.5 million years between ice ages and interglacials were probably triggered by orbital changes, but the observed amplitude and timing of these climate cycles still awaits a full explanation. One notable correlation links lower partial pressure (or concentration) of CO2 with ice ages: changes in CO2 concentration may cause some of the ice-age cooling, but what causes the loss of CO2 is unknown. Daniel Sigman, Mathis Hain and Gerald Haug review the evidence in sup
It is summer in Princeton, and while the humidity and bees have arrived, nearly 100 Princeton undergraduates have left to begin summer internships through the PEI/Grand Challenges Internship Program.
Two PEI-STEP Environmental Policy Fellows, Ning Lin and Luke MacDonald, graduated in June 2010 with Ph.D.s from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and in addition were awarded the Graduate Certificate in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP) from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Since Israel’s deadly raid on the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara last month, it’s been assumed that Iran would be the major beneficiary of the wave of global anti-Israeli sentiment. But things seem to be playing out much differently: Iran paradoxically stands to lose much influence as Turkey assumes a surprising new role as the modern, democratic and internationally respected nation willing to take on Israel and oppose America.
Four Princeton faculty members have been named the recipients of Graduate Mentoring Awards by the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning and will be honored during the Graduate School's hooding ceremony on Monday, May 31, in McCarter Theatre.
This has been one of PEI's most enterprising years. We are pleased to share our exciting news with faculty, students, staff, alumni and friends.
Now in its third year of funding, the Grand Challenges Initiative, administered by PEI in collaboration with the Woodrow Wilson School and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has created a diverse research and scholarship endeavor.
After the disaster the need skyrocketed, inspiring a team of Princeton researchers to launch a one-year effort to develop, deploy and test two novel disaster-relief technologies -- a rainwater harvester and filtration system, and a wind turbine for renewable energy production.
Named in honor of the late Bob Hoffman *58, a proud graduate alumnus of Princeton and ardent supporter of alumni education, the program is designed to share with alumni some of the best doctoral research being conducted at the University.
Nine Princeton faculty members are among the 180 artists, scientists and scholars selected from a group of some 3,000 candidates for the 2010 Guggenheim Fellowships.
Awards, totaling $5.7 million, cover four areas: machine learning, the use of mobile phones as data collection devices for public health and environment monitoring, energy efficiency in computing, and privacy.
The recipients, Craig Arnold, Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Lars Hedin, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, will receive funding for projects that will be integrated teaching and research initiatives within the Siebel Energy Grand Challenge.
At PEI we are approaching 2010 with a fresh sense of optimism. The Institute is strong and vital, as this issue of PEI News clearly illustrates.
Now in its third year of funding, the Grand Challenges Initiative, administered by PEI in collaboration with the Woodrow Wilson School and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has created a diverse research and scholarship endeavor.
When the more than 100 students completed internships this summer, they had at least one more commitment.
Hoping to help fix the Earth's atmosphere, Catherine Peters recently found herself 4,100 feet underground.
Margaret Martonosi, a Princeton professor of electrical engineering, has been named a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and of the IEEE, an international professional association for the advancement of technology.
The climate problem is caused by prosperity.
When the more than 100 students who completed internships this summer through the Princeton Environmental Institute and the Grand Challenges Program returned to campus, they had at least one more commitment. As a culminating experience, they were required to report on what they learned during their experiences with faculty, research labs, governmental agencies, nongovernmental organizations, nonprofit organizations and industry enterprises in more than 20 countries. On two Fridays this fall,
Although al-Qaida's leadership, beliefs, and ideology are rooted in Saudi Arabia, the organisation has been all but crushed in the kingdom by a government policy that combines a big carrot and an even bigger stick. The attempted assassination in Jeddah last month of Prince Muhammad bin Nayef, the deputy interior minister for security affairs, demonstrates both elements of the Saudi strategy, and how a bold attempt by al-Qaida to revive its fortunes has failed.
On September 25, 2009, The Princeton Environmental Institute held its second annual Summer of Learning Symposium.
Daniel Sigman, a Princeton University biogeochemist who has conducted pioneering work exploring the large-scale systems that have supported life on the planet throughout the millennia, has been selected as a 2009 MacArthur Fellow.
As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), Princeton University has received more than $17 million in research funding from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.
Catherine Peters, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Acting Director of the Energy Grand Challenge program, is leading a university project to evaluate carbon storage, newly funded by the Department of Energy.
Emily Carter, the Arthur W. Marks '19 Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Applied and Computational Mathematics, has been elected a member of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science.
Classes are out, but learning is a central summertime pursuit for many Princeton students as they participate in a range of activities around the world.
With a sustained national commitment, the United States could obtain substantial energy-efficiency improvements, new sources of energy, and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions through the accelerated deployment of existing and emerging energy technologies, according to America's Energy Future: Technology and Transformation, the capstone report of the America's Energy Future project of the National Research Council, the operating arm of the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of
Biofuels derived from renewable sources can be produced in large quantities and address many problems related to fossil fuels, including greenhouse gas emissions, but only if they are made from certain sources, according to a new article by a team of scientists and policy experts that included several Princeton researchers.
Engineering professor Winston (Wolé) Soboyejo discusses his camel solar refrigerator project, which may improve vaccine delivery in remote areas of Kenya and Ethiopia.
The cap-and-trade law that is solving the acid rain problem is a very rare species: an unmitigated public policy triumph.
Just months before world leaders are scheduled to meet to devise a new international treaty on climate change, a research team led by Princeton University scientists has developed a new way of dividing responsibility for carbon emissions among countries.
Robert Socolow, a Princeton professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, will receive the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' Frank Kreith Energy Award for his pioneering contributions in energy research. The award recognizes Socolow’s research on energy conservation, renewable energy and technologies to reduce CO2 emissions, which has influenced international policies on energy and the environment.
Princeton University will be home to a new $20 million energy research center for combustion science as part of a federal initiative to spur discoveries that lay the groundwork for an economy based on clean replacements for fossil fuels.
The 2008 - 2009 Ethics and Climate Change (ECC) Lecture Series appeared on iTunes U, UChannel, and YouTube, and over 10,000 people viewed or downloaded the lectures from these sites.
Grand Challenges collaborations focus on development, energy, health solutions.
President Shirley M. Tilghman comments on Princeton's focus on energy and the environment.
In many ways, H. Vincent Poor, a 1977 graduate alumnus who became dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science in June 2006, epitomizes Princeton's tradition of the teacher-scholar.
A new report should spur public debate about how science and technology can best sustain the earth while furthering the goals of humanity, according to Robert Socolow, one of 18 maverick thinkers convened by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) to map the greatest technological challenges of this century.
Snorkeling practice in DeNunzio Pool may be an unusual activity for a freshman seminar, unless the class is going to the Sargasso Sea.
Humanity can't go on like this. Earth's climate is shifting, and it is all but certainly civilization's fault for burning fossil fuels and spewing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
Princeton faculty members have been invited to submit proposals by Monday, Sept. 17, for seed grants for projects under a new teaching and research program focused on important issues that share dominant environmental, political, social and engineering dimensions
The paper Climate change: helping nature survive the human response, published in the scientific journal Conservation Letters, looks at efforts to both reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and potential action that could be taken by people to adapt to a changed climate and assesses the potential impact that these could have on global ecosystems.
During Summer 2011, 111 Princeton undergraduates travelled to 21 countries for environmental internships. The following slideshow captures the diversity of their experiences.
For the second consecutive year since adopting a Sustainability Plan, Princeton University's on-campus greenhouse gas emissions have decreased.
While Emily Carter was in Germany this week accepting an award from the German Chemical Society, she gave this lecture.
Several Princeton undergraduates spent this summer immersed in local environmental issues.
A network of dashboard-mounted phones can collect data on traffic lights and tell drivers how to avoid inefficient stopping and starting.
Sigman's research provides new evidence of a tight connection between high dust input to the Southern Ocean and the emergence of the deep glaciations that characterize the past one million years.
It was another week of watching often bloody civilian revolt in the Middle East. What's happening now is historic, and what happens next may be even more significant.