A new study finds youth who are between ages 10 and 14 when a household member goes to prison are at a 41 percent greater risk for giving birth to their first child before marriage. This risk is especially pronounced when the father or an extended household member who is not a parent — such as a cousin, aunt, uncle or friend — is imprisoned.
Researchers from Princeton University and the University of California-Berkeley found that a one-time legal sale of ivory intended to stifle elephant poaching in Africa actually expanded the black market for ivory and led to the slaughter of more elephants. In general, the work suggests that the partial legalization of some illegal products may in fact encourage black-market activity by attracting new customers and by reducing risk for criminals.
Noreen Goldman, the Hughes-Rogers Professor of Demography and Public Affairs: Does the 'Hispanic Paradox' still exist?
Noreen Goldman, the Hughes-Rogers Professor of Demography and Public Affairs, talks about her research on why Latinos in the United States typically live longer than whites.
The Princeton Center for Theoretical Science (PCTS) held a conference in late May to celebrate its 10th anniversary. PCTS trains early-career researchers and provides a place where theoretical scientists — those who use mathematics to study the natural world — can tackle the biggest questions in science.
Princeton political scientist Christopher Achen and Larry Bartels of Vanderbilt University spent 15 years testing theories, analyzing voting patterns and filling in an outline first sketched on a dinner napkin. The result is a book that challenges popular conceptions of how American democracy works and lays the groundwork for a new approach.
The Office of Technology Licensing is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Executive in Residence (XIR), Joseph Studholme, who is available to provide advice to faculty, students and staff who have discoveries in science and technology that could be applied to solve critical societal challenges.
The 2016 recipients of the annual Phi Beta Kappa awards for excellence in undergraduate teaching are Pablo Debenedetti, dean for research, the Class of 1950 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science and professor of chemical and biological engineering, and Susan Wolfson, professor of English.
Research led by Clifford Brangwynne, an assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering, has demonstrated that the nucleolus, an important cellular body, has a complex internal structure despite being made of liquid. The nucleolus serves as a control center for cellular growth and health.
Lynn Loo has been named director of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, effective July 1. She succeeds founding director Emily Carter, who has been appointed dean of engineering.
Princeton University researchers will have an integral role in the Simons Observatory, a new astronomy facility established with a $38.4 million grant from the Simons Foundation. The observatory will investigate cosmic microwave background radiation to better understand the physics and structure of the universe.
Three Princeton University faculty have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research, joining 84 new members nationwide and 21 foreign associates.
Scientists from Princeton University and NASA have confirmed that 1,284 objects observed outside Earth's solar system by NASA's Kepler spacecraft are indeed planets. The researchers used an automated technique developed at Princeton that allows scientists to efficiently determine if a Kepler signal is caused by a planet. It is the largest single announcement of new planets to date and more than doubles the number of confirmed planets discovered by Kepler so far.
Rachel Price, an associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese who is also affiliated with the Program in Media and Modernity, joined Princeton in 2009. In this Q&A, she discusses her new book, "Planet/Cuba" (2015, Verso Books), which addresses contemporary literature as well as conceptual, digital and visual art from Cuba.
The first Princeton Research Day featured more than 150 undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers presenting their work Thursday, May 5, at Frist Campus Center. The event highlighted research from the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities and the arts in formats including talks, poster presentations, performances, art exhibitions and digital presentations — all designed with the general public in mind.
After months of winter hibernation, the Large Hadron Collider is once again smashing protons and taking data. The LHC will run around the clock for the next six months and produce roughly 2 quadrillion high-quality proton collisions, six times more than in 2015 and just shy of the total number of collisions recorded during the nearly three years of the collider’s first run.
To bridge the gap between projections of future sea-level rise and the need to prepare for it, a Princeton University researcher and collaborators developed a method that consolidates climate models and the range of opinions that leading scientists have about them into a single, consistent set of probabilities.
The first analysis of Pluto's interaction with the ubiquitous space plasma known as the solar wind found that Pluto has some unique and unexpected characteristics that are less like a comet and more like larger planets.
Death rates have declined among children and young adults in the poorest counties in the United States, according to the study published in Science. The results should be particularly encouraging to policymakers engaged in projects aimed to promote public health, like anti-tobacco initiatives or food and nutrition programs.
Scientists from Princeton University and Uppsala University have identified a specific gene that within a year helped spur a permanent physical change in a finch species in response to a drought-induced food shortage. The findings provide a genetic basis for natural selection that, when combined with observational data, could serve as a comprehensive model of evolution.
A team including Princeton University researchers has found that tree species that can withstand stress to the water-transport system that carries water from the roots to the crown are less susceptible to drought and massive die-off. The findings could help forestry experts, especially in the American West, create early-warning systems and take precautionary steps to reduce a forest's vulnerability to drought.
Eight new projects, from novel ways to control mosquitoes to a telescope for studying the Big Bang, have been awarded funding through the Dean for Research Innovation Funds.
Princeton University researchers found that ocean currents can carry objects to almost any place on the globe in less than a decade, faster than previously thought. While good for microorganisms such as phytoplankton that are essential to the marine food web, it also means that plastic debris, radioactive particles and virtually any kind of litter can quickly become a problem in areas far from where they originated
Seven Princeton faculty members have been named fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. They are among leaders in scholarship, business, the arts and public affairs elected this year in recognition of their contributions to their respective fields.
A project that explores the Enlightenment as a global phenomenon has been awarded the Innovation Fund for New Ideas in the Humanities.
A technology for securing the Internet of Things has been awarded funding from the Dean for Research Innovation Fund for Industrial Collaborations, which supports research collaborations that can play an essential role in making the benefits of university research available to the public.
Three projects have been awarded funding through the Dean for Research Innovation Fund for New Ideas in the Natural Sciences. The fund supports high-quality, early-stage research, and provides up to $100,000 per year for up to two years.
Three new projects aimed at exploring sustainability, energy and the environment on the Princeton campus have received funding from the Dean for Research Innovation Fund for the Campus as a Lab. This program supports bold new ideas that involve the use of the campus as a laboratory for scientific, engineering, humanistic, artistic or social science research.
When it comes to predicting death, rudimentary measures—like a person’s age or a person’s ability to climb stairs or walk a short distance—are much more powerful predictors of survival than certain biomarkers, according to a study published in PLOS ONE.
Emily A. Carter, a Princeton faculty member since 2004 and founding director of the University's Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, has been selected as the next dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Her appointment is effective July 1.
Professor Sarah-Jane Leslie on how the 'culture of brilliance' drives gender gaps in academic fields
In perceptions held from an early age, men and women generally perceive women to possess less natural talent than men, with their successes attributed to hard work rather than raw ability. These stereotypes, argued Sarah-Jane Leslie, the Class of 1943 Professor of Philosophy and the founding director of the Program in Cognitive Science, serve as reliable predictors of the size of the gender gap in certain departments.
The discovery of a supermassive black hole in a sparse region of the Universe suggests these objects may be more common than once thought, according to astrophysicists.
Princeton researchers are joining with colleagues at a Brazilian university to help the operator of Brazil's electric grid and the country's major utilities develop a system to keep the lights on.
Researchers led by John Higgins, a Princeton University assistant professor of geosciences, spent seven weeks in Antarctica drilling for ice cores over 1 million years old, which would be the oldest collected. The ice could provide a snapshot of how Earth's climate was — and what it may become.
Andrew Wiles, an Oxford University mathematics professor and Princeton University's James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Mathematics, Emeritus, has received the 2016 Abel Prize from the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters for providing a proof for Fermat's Last Theorem in 1994. Wiles is the third Abel Prize recipient in a row associated with Princeton.
A study published by researchers at the Woodrow Wilson School shows that managers play down their competence to appear warmer to their subordinates while the subordinates hide their own warmth in an effort to appear more competent.
At the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Professor Chris Tully is readying a facility to detect neutrinos that appeared one second after the Big Bang, during the onset of the epoch that fused protons and neutrons to create all the light elements in the universe.
Professor of Computer Science Brian Kernighan has co-written a book on the new computer language Go. Professor Kernighan in known for his work in explaining technical computer language and for his teaching and mentorship of generations of computer scientists.
Two Princeton University postdoctoral research associates have been selected to participate in the prestigious energy technology incubator Cyclotron Road. The U.S. Department of Energy initiative supports outstanding researchers working on next-generation clean-energy solutions.
A hackathon sponsored by the Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP) and Code for Princeton attracted about 90 computer coders, policy enthusiasts, and interested citizens – from Princeton students and faculty to local middle school students.
Researchers at several institutions including Princeton University have used a large-scale online study to establish two important links in the effort to better understand psychiatric conditions and the underlying mechanisms in the brain.
The work of senior Katherine Ye, a computer science major, aims to bridge the gap between academia and industry in realizing the benefits of formal analysis when searching for mistakes in computer systems. Last December, Ye was named an Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher by the Computing Research Association.
Five projects have been awarded funds by the Office of Technology Licensing for their potential to become technologies or products that can benefit society.
Janet Currie, the Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs and director of the Center for Health and Wellbeing, talks about the hazards of lead to children.
Princeton University graduate student Jen-Tang Lu, whose team developed a Web-based service to produce better ultrasound images and improve the diagnosis of medical conditions, won the top prize at the Keller Center's Innovation Forum Feb. 24.
This year’s Schmidt Funds for transformative technology go to two Princeton research teams working on projects in neuroscience and 3-D cellular imaging.
Princeton faculty members David Spergel and Jeremy Kasdin will lead the team of scientists responsible for a major NASA space observatory, the Wide-Field Infrared Space Telescope (WFIRST) project, that will gauge the expansion of the cosmos and explore the light of distant worlds.
As world leaders grapple with containing the Zika virus, the Ebola epidemic in West Africa provides valuable lessons for how to respond to other infectious disease epidemics, according to a policy report published in Science by researchers at Princeton University and the Wellcome Trust. The report is based on an international conference organized by Princeton – “Modern Plagues: Lessons Learned from the Ebola Crisis,” held in Dublin, Ireland, in November 2015 as the third Princeton-Fung Glo
Rob Pringle, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, describes the cutting-edge method of DNA metabarcoding used to reveal how similar animals share resources.
Alejandro Rodriguez, an assistant professor of electrical engineering, is leading a team to develop a new mathematical framework for describing how heat radiates between objects that are extremely close to each other. Findings could help yield more effective techniques for cooling electronics and generating electricity.
Princeton University engineering faculty members Emily Carter and Michael Celia, as well as three alumni, were among 80 researchers nationwide recently elected to the National Academy of Engineering, which is one of the highest professional honors for U.S. engineers.
Each year, Princeton honors faculty inventors and their research teams who are developing technologies that have the potential to benefit society. Learn more about Princeton research and its applications in this video series.
Cool flames have been of great interest to scientists and engine designers, but have been extremely difficult to produce in a laboratory. Princeton researchers have managed to create a steady, cool flame in the lab and are working to devise a laser diagnostic technique that quantifies chemicals playing key roles in the flames’ formation.
The new Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment building and grounds opened last fall. The building exemplifies the Center's mission to develop solutions that provide the world with the energy systems it needs while protecting this planet and preserving its resources for future generations.
David McComas, an executive leader in managing various complex technical projects and programs, has been named vice president for the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.
Research by two independent groups in the United States (Princeton and MIT) and in the Netherlands have found that gamma ray signals from the inner galaxy come from a new source rather than from the collision of dark matter particles. Maria Lisanti, an assistant professor of physics at Princeton, is one of the key researchers.
Each year, Princeton honors faculty inventors and their research teams who are developing technologies that have the potential to benefit society. Learn more about Princeton research and its applications in this video series.
A team of researchers at Princeton University has developed a simple, low-temperature method to synthesize an efficient solar cell interface. The interface plays a critical role in converting sunlight to electrical energy.
With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), neuroscientist Mala Murthy and a multidisciplinary team at Princeton University want to understand what happens in the brain when animals process information, communicate and socialize. The team is using courtship and mating behavior of fruit flies as an experimental system to reveal how sensory input is processed and integrated with information about a fly's internal state to produce social behavior.
Researchers from Princeton University have found that fluid flow and environment have important consequences for how bacterial cells talk to each other and act collectively to cause diseases or clog pipes. The findings, published in the journal Nature Microbiology, provide a better understanding of where and when in a system scientists can interfere with bacterial communication to help prevent infections and blockages.
Researchers from Princeton University and the University of Basel found that a mechanism used by many disease-causing bacteria that was once thought to be a microbial superweapon can be thwarted if the cells being attacked are numerous enough. Combining computer simulations and laboratory work, the research reveals a unique approach to unraveling biological processes and could provide insight into how cells withstand powerful aggressors.
Princeton faculty members and their research teams produce numerous high-quality studies each year. We've selected ten not-to-be-missed stories from 2015.
The Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study has played a foundational role in helping researchers understanding the capabilities and deficits of unmarried parents and the challenges faced by their children. The project, led by Sara McLanahan, the William S. Tod Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs and director of Center for Research on Child Wellbeing, has also proven important to researchers studying a wide range of related topics.
The Paris climate talks are the subject of an interview with Michael Oppenheimer, the Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs and director of the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy; and Denise Mauzerall, professor of civil and environmental engineering and public and international affairs.
A team led by Princeton computer scientist Andrew Appel is working on a multi-institutional project called DeepSpec, which aims to exterminate software bugs.
Blurring the lines between life sciences and engineering disciplines to solve science and health problems was an underlying theme of Bioengineering Day.
Haw Yang, a Princeton University professor of chemistry, has received a $2.3 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to develop a set of technologies that will allow scientists to remotely control and navigate individual nanoscale devices — as well as the chemistry around them — inside living cells in 3-D.
In a series of recent experiments, researchers in the lab of Celeste Nelson, a professor of chemical and biological engineering, have found that airway branching in the developing lung is regulated in part by the mechanical forces experienced by these embryonic tissues. This insight adds a previously unexpected mechanism to the standard theory that the airway branching pattern is controlled by a closed genetic program, hardwired in our DNA.
Distilling microeconomics research into direct policy implications will be the focus of a website developed by researchers at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; Harvard University; London School of Economics; Northwestern University; University of California, San Diego; University College London; University of Manchester; and Yale University.
In musings drawn from an interview, Eddie Glaude Jr., the William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies and chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University, reflects on his Southern childhood, race and identity, politics, teaching at Princeton, student protests, courage, democracy and more.
Curbing school bullying has been a focal point for educators, administrators, policymakers and parents, but the answer may not lie within rules set by adults, according to new research led by Princeton University. Instead, the solution might actually be to have the students themselves, particularly those most connected to their peers, promote conflict resolution in school.
Princeton University researchers developed an instrument that allowed them to capture among the first 3-D recordings of neural activity in nearly the entire brain of a free-moving animal, the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. The findings could provide scientists with a better understanding of how neurons coordinate action and perception in animals.
Princeton's Alan Blinder, former vice chairman of the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors, answered questions about the Fed's decision to raise interest rates, what it will mean throughout the economy and the legacy of the record-low rates.
Professor Steingart, an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, studies batteries. He also focuses innovation and problem solving with his students in the classroom and in the lab.
Highlighting the consensus among medical scientists that childhood vaccines are safe shows promise as a way to increase public support for vaccination, according to new research.
Simon Levin, Princeton University's George M. Moffett Professor of Biology and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, will receive a National Medal of Science, the nation's highest scientific honor. Levin will be honored at a White House ceremony in early 2016 along with eight fellow Medal of Science recipients and eight recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.
Christina Riehl, a Princeton University assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, was, as a Princeton graduate student, the first to study and document the extraordinary breeding and nesting behavior of the greater ani bird species. This fall, Riehl returned to Princeton to explore the reproductive costs and benefits of group nesting, and, in the process, inspire her students to investigate animal behavior at a deeper level.
Researchers at Princeton's Edge Lab, spearheaded by Professor Mung Chiang, are leading a global effort to build a basic architecture for "fog" networking. Ideally, fog computing could harness personal devices' own computing, sensing and storage power to speed wireless networks.
Since joining the Princeton faculty in 2011, Ali Valenzuela has investigated American electoral politics and political behavior with a focus on Latino public opinion and voter turnout, religion, race and ethnicity, and the politics of identity in the United States. Valenzuela, an assistant professor of politics, has worked, too, to help a range of students find their way in the classroom, at the University and in the world.
Princeton University research suggests that idle conversation could be a social-bonding tool passed down from primates. The researchers found that lemurs use vocalizations far more selectively than previously thought, primarily exchanging calls with individuals with which they have close relationships. The findings could have implications for how scientists understand the evolution of primate vocalizations and human speech.
H. Vincent Poor, dean of Princeton University's School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Michael Henry Strater University Professor of Electrical Engineering, has been named a 2015 fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. The honor recognizes academic inventors who hold patents on inventions with "a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society."
The discovery of an elusive massless quasiparticle theorized 85 years ago has been named one of the Top Ten Breakthroughs of the Year by Physics World magazine. The fermion was discovered by an international team led by Princeton University's M. Zahid Hasan, professor of physics, in a synthetic metallic crystal called tantalum arsenide.
A new model developed at Princeton University predicts that, if the poor continue to bear the brunt of climate change impacts — and current climate policies remain the same — the world’s future poor will be even worse off than impoverished people today.
Professor Coleen Murphy, who studies the molecular mechanisms that underlie aging, guides and inspires the students and researchers who work in her lab. (Video by Danielle Alio, Office of Communications)
Two shooters opened fire at a party in San Bernadino, Calif., last week, killing 14 people and injuring 21, the latest in a series of mass shootings this year ranging from Charleston, South Carolina, to Colorado Springs, Colorado, to Roseburg, Oregon. Records show that, on average, there is now a mass shooting every day in the United States, with a mass shooting defined as incidents in which four or more people are reported to have been either injured or killed. More than 30,000 people die an
Princeton economist Wei Xiong answered questions about the IMF's decision to add the Chinese renminbi to its list of reserve currencies alongside the U.S. dollar, the British pound and the Japanese yen.
More than half of the world’s population is nourished by food grown with fertilizers containing synthetic nitrogen, which is needed to produce high crop yields but causes significant pollution. With the global population expected to increase by two to three billion people by 2050, more efficient usage of fertilizer is needed on a global scale, according to a paper published in Nature.
In a new global theory of land-biome evolution, Princeton University researchers suggest that plants are not passive features of their environments, but may instead actively behave in ways that determine the productivity and composition of their ecosystems.
A recap of the Princeton-Fung Global Forum, where nearly 300 public health experts and practitioners, government officials, scholars and students gathered to discuss the lessons learned from the Ebola crisis.
This month the world is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity, which shaped our concepts of space, time and gravity, and spurred generations of scientists to contemplate new ideas about the universe. The anniversary was celebrated on Nov. 5-6 at a conference co-hosted by Princeton University and the Institute for Advanced Study in the town of Princeton.
Members of the Princeton community came together Saturday, Oct. 24, to remember the beautiful minds and hearts of two of its beloved members, Nobel Prize-winning mathematician John Nash Jr. and his wife, Alicia, who were killed in an automobile crash May 23. He was 86, she was 82.
Quiet 'epidemic' of drugs, alcohol and suicide has killed half a million middle-aged white Americans
Despite advances in health care and quality of life, white middle-aged Americans have seen overall mortality rates increase over the past 15 years, representing an overlooked "epidemic" with deaths comparable to the number of Americans who have died of AIDS, according to new Princeton University research by professors Anne Case and Angus Deaton.
Margaret Frye, an assistant professor of sociology at Princeton University, examines the ways the gap between experiences and ideals affects how people feel about themselves. In the scenarios she has examined, a big gap between a person's experiences and their ideal outcome negatively affects their sense of well-being.
Hunting down that evidence starts with a simple boring device, as demonstrated recently along Washington Road on the Princeton University campus as 15 graduate students, researchers and junior faculty, guided by instructors, extracted a long, thin piece of a conifer's core during a workshop on dendroclimatology — the science of determining past climates from trees.
Princeton University researchers used fruit fly brains to capture the process by which the brain identifies behaviorally useful information in the external environment and uses it to determine our actions. The results provide a clear diagram of the stimulus-to-behavior neural process that is frequently carried out by human brains, but has been difficult for scientists to study.
The third annual Princeton-Fung Global Forum, to be held Nov. 2-3 in Dublin, Ireland, will bring together researchers, scholars, policymakers and health officials to examine West Africa's Ebola outbreak as a case study of a modern plague.
Richard Rogerson, the Charles and Marie Robertson Professor of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, has been named the winner of the 8th R.K. Cho Economics Prize by Yonsei University.
The Princeton University Board of Trustees has approved the appointments of 17 faculty members, including two full professors, 13 assistant professors and two senior lecturers.
A new book released by a Princeton-Harvard team focuses on how domestic U.S. politics – in particular the interactions between the president, Congress, interest groups, bureaucratic institutions and the public – have influenced foreign policy choices since World War II and shows why presidents have more control over some policy instruments than others. Presidential power matters, and it varies systematically across policy instruments.
Princeton University researchers Pablo Debenedetti, the Dean for Research and Class of 1950 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science and professor of chemical and biological engineering, and Daniel Steinberg, science and engineering outreach specialist in the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials and the Princeton Center for Complex Materials, have been named 2015 Fellows of the American Physical Society.
Princeton University professor Angus Deaton, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of International Affairs and a professor of economics and international affairs in Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, has been awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in economics for his contributions to understanding consumption at the individual level and in aggregate.
Princeton University faculty members Zemer Gitai, professor of molecular biology, and Coleen Murphy, professor of molecular biology and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, are among 13 researchers nationwide to receive 2015 Pioneer Awards from the National Institutes of Health. The awards are part of the NIH Common Fund's High-Risk, High-Reward Research program, which supports investigators pursuing bold research projects.
Arthur B. McDonald, one of the two recipients of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics, was a professor of physics at Princeton University from 1982 to 1989 when he began developing the experiment for which he received worldwide recognition Oct. 6.
Marina Rustow, the Khedouri A. Zilkha Professor of Jewish Civilization in the Near East and Professor of History at Princeton University, has been awarded a 2015 MacArthur Fellowship.
A hunch about a bug living in a New Jersey swamp may end up offering a solution to several obstinate forms of water pollution. The bacterium works to break down ammonium, finds engineering professor Peter Jaffe, whose research team includes a Chinese government researcher looking into water treatment. The research team will travel to Guangdong, China, in November.
An exhibition and conference, Ultrastructures, explores the complex and intriguing connections between the macro level of buildings and design and the micro level of physical processes such as thermodynamics.
While technological progress favoring skilled workers is one of the main drivers behind inequality in America, the chasm between the rich and poor also grows naturally as an economy develops, according to a study led by Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
The Keller Center's summer-long eLab program provides work space, instruction and support for student teams, as well as up to $20,000 in funding without taking any equity in the fledgling ventures.
Three decades ago, as computer science was emerging from its infancy, Princeton's own Department of Computer Science was born. Professor Robert Sedgewick, who joined Princeton in 1985 and served as first chair of the new department, recalled that it was an exciting time.
Princeton faculty member and author Jhumpa Lahiri, whose novels and short stories explore the immigrant experience, family, love, language and cultural identity, has been named a recipient of the 2014 National Humanities Medal. The announcement was made today by the White House. Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, a 1977 graduate alumna, novelist and philosopher, was also named a recipient.
Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment (ACEE) have announced awards totaling $1,050,000 to support 11 innovative projects in energy and the environment.
Tracking mobile phone data is often associated with privacy issues, but these vast datasets could be the key to understanding how infectious diseases are spread seasonally, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Computer scientists at Princeton have found an automated way to identify and eliminate elements that take away from the central focus of a photo. The work is taking place in the lab of Professor Adam Finkelstein.
Jonathan Pillow, a Princeton University assistant professor of psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, aims to understand the brain by using math and statistics to make sense of the reams of information collected by brain-imaging studies. He sat down to talk about how he got into neuroscience, his approach to teaching, and his latest research published earlier this month in the journal Science.
Kenneth Norman, a Princeton University professor of psychology, will explore what happens to our memories as we sleep as part of a three-year, $594,000 project supported by the National Science Foundation and related to the federal BRAIN Initiative.
Infants can use their expectations about the world to rapidly shape their developing brains, researchers have found. The series of experiments with infants ages 5 to 7 months has shown that portions of babies' brains responsible for visual processing respond not just to the presence of visual stimuli, but also to the mere expectation of visual stimuli.
Assistant professor of economics and international affairs, Benjamin Moll, has been awarded the 2015 European Investment Bank Prize for excellence in economic and social research.
A new Ebola vaccine has shown to be 100 percent effective in phase three trials, according to an article in The Lancet. We discussed the vaccine, its development and what it means for global health with Princeton University's Adel Mahmoud, retired president of Merck Vaccines.
Jennifer Rexford, the Gordon Y. S. Wu Professor in Engineering, became chair of the Department of Computer Science on July 1, 2015. Now in her 10th year with the department, she took time to talk about herself and her new position.
While the Chinese housing market is unlikely to cause a big slowdown in the nation's economy, it could amplify such a slowdown as falling prices affect borrowers, builders and local governments, according to researchers at Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania and Peking University.
Princeton University has received continued full accreditation of its laboratory animal care and use program by the Council on Accreditation of the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALACi), a nonprofit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through voluntary accreditation and assessment programs.
An international team led by Princeton University scientists has discovered Weyl fermions, elusive massless particles theorized 85 years ago that could give rise to faster and more efficient electronics because of their unusual ability to behave as matter and antimatter inside a crystal.
In its most recent offering, the Princeton University class "A Social and Multi-dimensional Exploration of Structures" focused on the design and social context of eight Spanish bridges, and the students and faculty visited the bridges to better understand the bridges' relationship to their communities. (Video by Evelyn Tu for the Office of Engineering Communications)
Daniel C. Kurtzer, Lecturer and S. Daniel Abraham Professor in Middle Eastern Policy Studies and Frank von Hippel, Senior Research Physicist and Professor of Public and International Affairs, Emeritus discuss their reaction to the Iran Nuclear Deal.
Professor of Mathematics Christopher M. Skinner *97 has been named a recipient of a 2015 Simons Investigator Award for his work in number theory and arithmetic geometry.
Greene, an associate professor of astrophysical sciences, studies the relationship between galaxies and black holes, objects so dense that not even light can escape their gravitational pull. One thought rare, researchers have come to realize that black holes are surprisingly common.
Paul Chirik, the Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Chemistry, has been appointed associate director for external partnerships of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment as of July 1.
Within the next two weeks, or soon after, the United States and five world powers hope to finalize a nuclear deal with Iran to limit its nuclear activities in exchange for a relaxing of international economic and financial sanctions. But what happens in 10 years when some of the key restrictions being discussed begin to phase out?
Heather Howard, lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School, on the Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act subsidies
Heather Howard discusses the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, allowing more than 6 million Americans to keep health insurance subsidies they obtained through federal state exchanges.
Princeton joins 252 groups and business leaders in call to action for American “innovation imperative”
Princeton University joined scores of other organizations as well as leaders of American business, industry, higher education, science, and engineering in an urgent call to action for stronger federal policies and investment to drive domestic research and development.
Ostriker and Page receive Gruber Cosmology Prize for theoretical and experimental explorations of the universe
The 2015 Gruber Foundation Cosmology Prize has been awarded to Jeremiah Ostriker and Lyman Page, Jr. of Princeton University, and John Carlstrom of the University of Chicago, for their "individual and collective contributions to the study of the universe on the largest scales."
Double-blind clinical trials fail to measure how a medication’s performance can vary based on patients' lifestyle choices, especially if patients change their habits because they are anticipating treatment, researchers found.
Now on the homepage: Carolyn "Lindy" McBride, a Princeton University assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, was among 22 researchers nationwide to be selected as a 2015 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences by The Pew Charitable Trusts. McBride's work explores the molecules and neural circuits that cause disease-carrying mosquitoes to prefer biting humans over other animals.
Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership, an initiative that forges collaborations between industry and Princeton University experts, has entered a five-year agreement with ExxonMobil to pursue transformational innovations in the fields of energy and environment.
Carolyn Rouse, a professor of anthropology at Princeton, and Kimberly Bonner, who received a bachelor's degree from Princeton in 2008 and a master's degree in public policy in 2012, participated in a live video chat on Wednesday, June 10, to discuss Ebola relief efforts. Bonner has worked on the ground in Africa.
Three Princeton University-related computer programs have been chosen to run on a new supercomputer that will deliver enhanced scientific findings when it begins crunching numbers in 2018. The three projects were among 13 selected to run in the Center for Accelerated Application Readiness program at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility.
Bonnie Bassler, Princeton University's Squibb Professor in Molecular Biology and chair of the Department of Molecular Biology, was named a 2015 Shaw Prize Laureate in life science and medicine June 1. Bassler will share the $1 million prize for her well-known work in quorum sensing, a widespread process that bacteria use for cell-to-cell communication.
The Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the European research facility, started recording data from the highest-energy particle collisions ever achieved on Earth. This new proton collision data, the first recorded since 2012, will enable an international collaboration of researchers that includes more than 1,700 U.S. physicists to study the Higgs boson, search for dark matter and develop a more complete understanding of the laws of nature.
Jill Dolan, the Annan Professor in English and professor of theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts, has been named Princeton's next dean of the college. Dolan, who also directs the University's Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, is a distinguished scholar of theater and performance studies.
Princeton undergraduate students will be able to major in African American studies starting in the fall. The University's Board of Trustees approved the new concentration Monday and gave the Center for African American studies academic department status.
Jonathan Robinson, a graduate student in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, talks about his research on how to make bacteria more susceptible to the body's own immune system.
Support for entrepreneurial faculty is one of the recommendations of the newly issued Princeton Entrepreneurship Advisory Committee (PEAC) report, which proposes a broad set of actions to enhance entrepreneurship at the University. The Office of Technology Licensing provides numerous services for faculty and their research groups to develop discoveries into entrepreneurial ventures.
The Princeton Entrepreneurship Advisory Committee (PEAC) has issued a report recommending a broad set of initiatives to enhance entrepreneurship at the University in a way that builds on Princeton's commitments to liberal arts education, research and public service.
John Nash Jr., a legendary fixture of Princeton University's Department of Mathematics renowned for his breakthrough work in mathematics and game theory as well as for his struggle with mental illness, died with his wife, Alicia, in an automobile accident May 23.
Monica Ponce de Leon has been named the next dean of Princeton's School of Architecture, effective Jan. 1, 2016. Ponce de Leon is a pioneering educator and award-winning architect and has served as dean of the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan since 2008. She is widely recognized as a leader in the application of robotic technology to building fabrication.
The University community is "stunned and saddened" upon hearing news reports that Princeton mathematician John Nash and his wife, Alicia, were killed in a traffic accident, President Christopher L. Eisgruber said Sunday.
Jose Avalos’ research focuses specifically on synthetic biology and metabolic engineering for the production of biofuels and bio-derived chemicals.
Baltimore, Maryland, and Ferguson, Missouri, share more than being the sites of racial strife over the past year. Both are part of metropolitan areas where black residents have been hypersegregated for the past four decades, according to Princeton researchers.
Evan-Hepler Smith, a graduate student in the History of Science at Princeton University, discusses the doctoral work he does on the nomenclature of chemistry, which earned him the distinction of 2014-15 Porter Ogden Jacobus Fellow.
Historian Stephen Kotkin has spent decades researching and teaching about Soviet and Russian history, with a particular focus on Josef Stalin.
Physicist Luis Delgado-Aparicio of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory has won a five-year grant of $2.6 million that will fund Delgado-Aparicio's research aimed at eliminating a key barrier to developing fusion power as a safe, clean and abundant source of electric energy.
Denisa Buzatu is a civil and environmental engineering major, whose work focuses on the relationship of form and efficiency in structures.
Citation issued for self-reported marmoset incident; inspection finds no additional noncompliant items
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspectors conducted a routine inspection of Princeton University's laboratory animal program May 4-5 and issued a single citation for a failure to secure a primary enclosure.
Edward Felten, a Princeton University computer scientist who is a leading expert on computer security, has been named U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer in the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).
Robert Pringle, an assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, was named one of nine Early Career Fellows nationwide by the Ecological Society of America (ESA).
A new study led by Princeton University researchers shows that children may actually live in the immunological shadow of measles for up to three years — leaving them highly susceptible to a host of other deadly diseases.
Princeton University-led research provides a new weapon in the struggle against the devastating wildlife trade: the very markets where animals are bought and sold. The researchers found that species that are disappearing as a result of the pet trade can be identified by changes in their market prices and trade volumes — increasing prices and decreasing availability could mean that wild populations are plummeting. Regular pet-market monitoring could help indicate when a particular species is in
Yu Deng, a graduate student in the Department of Mathematics, discusses the doctoral work he does on partial differential equations, which earned him the distinction of 2014-15 Porter Ogden Jacobus Fellow. Remarks by Alexandru Ionescu, Professor of Mathematics, are included. Presented as part of Princeton's Alumni Day 2015.
Princeton University researchers "weighed" Antarctica's ice sheet using gravitational satellite data and found that during the past decade, Antarctica's massive ice sheet lost twice the amount of ice in its western portion compared with what it accumulated in the east. Their conclusion — the southern continent's ice cap is melting ever faster.
Emphasizing the importance of recognizing Earth’s limited resources, the CEO of the outdoor gear company Patagonia told a Princeton University audience April 23 that businesses need to take on social and environmental responsibilities.
The discovery of a single anatomical difference between males and females of a species of Stegosaurus provides some of the most conclusive evidence that some dinosaurs looked different based on sex, according to new research.
Princeton historian Kevin Kruse's book, "One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America," traces the story back to the 1930s as corporate leaders and conservative clergymen began promoting political arguments embodied in the phrase "freedom under God" to combat the rise of the New Deal.
Meredith Martin, associate professor of English and director of the Digital Humanities Center, has been awarded a New Directions Fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Using laser beams to create thin films of material, chemical and biological engineering graduate student Kimberly Shepard — a Jacobus fellow — studies the behavior of polymer glasses.
Rainforests, which are so critical to the earth's climate, are often thought of as a single collection of ecosystems. But researchers at Princeton University and other institutions have found that the availability of water in rainforests varies greatly among different areas of the globe.
Carnegie Corporation of New York has announced the 2015 cohort of Andrew Carnegie Fellows. Recipients include Max Weiss, Associate Professor of History and Near Eastern Studies.
A Princeton consortium has been formed to share efforts to turn vast amounts of scientific date into eye-friendly computer visualizations. Eliot Feibush, a computational scientist at PPPL, will lead the effort.
Three Princeton University professors were among 197 influential artists, scientists, scholars, authors and institutional leaders inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Princeton economist Harrison Hong has spent much of his career working to understand how and why asset-price bubbles form, studying the dot-com bubble in stock prices from 1997 to 2000 and the run-up in global commodity prices from 2003 to 2008. His latest insights, though, come from the check-out line at your local grocery store.
Now in its fourth year, HackPrinceton 2015 brought together students from dozens of institutions for 24 hours of working on any project of their choice. The event organizers helped participants supplement their long hours of programming with activities such as specialized workshops and laser tag.
Naomi Murakawa, an associate professor of African American studies, examines racial inequality in 20th- and 21st-century American politics, with specialization in crime policy and issues related to mass incarceration.
Students in Princeton's Engineers Without Borders worked with a community in Kenya to design and build a rainwater catchment system, giving the village a source of clean, reliable water.
A material called Synthetic Muscle™ that could be used in robotics for deep space travel will be rocketed to the International Space Station for testing this week. The muscle, which could aid in travel to Mars because of its radiation resistance, was developed by Lenore Rasmussen, a synthetic polymer chemist and founder of Ras Labs, in collaboration with researchers and engineers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.
With the global population rising, analysts and policymakers have targeted Africa's vast wet savannas as a place to produce staple foods and bioenergy groups at low environmental costs. But a new report published in the journal Nature Climate Change finds that converting Africa's wet savannas into farmland would come at a high environmental cost and, in some cases, fail to meet existing standards for renewable fuels.
Princeton University-led research found that antibiotic consumption in livestock worldwide could rise by 67 percent between 2010 and 2030, and possibly endanger the effectiveness of antimicrobials in humans.
Numerous Princeton University researchers will be ready once the Large Hadron Collider is "switched on" after a two-year hiatus during which it has been upgraded to run at a higher energy. Princeton physics professor James Olsen, who oversees all physics results for the collider's Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector, discusses the discoveries that lay ahead at the LHC.
Alan Krueger, Princeton's Bendheim Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, served as an adviser to President Barack Obama during the aftermath of the financial crisis. In this interview, he looks back at the rescue of General Motors and Chrysler.
Two exploratory and promising research projects — a quantum computer based on a recently observed exotic particle and a smartphone that could replace laboratory tests in health care settings — have been awarded funding at Princeton University through the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund.
Princeton University mathematician John Nash received the 2015 Abel Prize from the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters for his seminal work on partial differential equations, which are used to describe the basic laws of scientific phenomena. The award is one of the most prestigious in the field of mathematics and includes an $800,000 prize. Nash shares the prize with longtime colleague Louis Nirenberg, a professor emeritus at New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences.
The Ebola outbreak that has swept West Africa since 2014 may have cleared the way for a more familiar killer that could claim thousands of more lives — measles.
Alexander (Lex) Smits, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, came to Jadwin Gymnasium recently to talk with Princeton women's basketball coach Courtney Banghart and players Alex Rodgers and Blake Dietrick about the physics behind shooting three-pointers.
Eric Wood, the Susan Dod Brown Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest career honors for engineers.
The limit of cellular growth and how cells "choose" their eventual size have long been open questions for biologists. The mechanism by which cells figure out what size to be could involve a cell structure known as the nucleolus, Princeton University researchers found.
Thanks to a growing earthquake detection network and superfast computers, geoscientists are now able to explore the Earth's interior, a region that has been more inaccessible than the deepest ocean or the farthest planet in our solar system.
Coleen Burrus, an institutional advancement professional with more than 25 years of experience spanning the higher education, philanthropic, corporate and government sectors, has been appointed director of corporate and foundation relations at Princeton University. Her appointment is effective April 27.
David Tank, the Henry L. Hillman Professor in Molecular Biology at Princeton, has been named one of four winners of the Brain Prize, an honor that recognizes scientists who have made outstanding contributions to brain research.
Ruha Benjamin, an assistant professor in the Center for African American Studies, discusses the notion of "discriminatory design" in medical and scientific research, highlighted in a TEDx talk in Baltimore. Professor Benjamin joined the Princeton faculty in 2014 and is teaching two undergraduate courses on the topic.
Ian Bourg, a new assistant professor who researches carbon capture and storage, has joined Princeton University in a joint appointment with the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Mariangela Lisanti joined the Princeton faculty in 2013 as an assistant professor of physics. Her work involves trying to understand the nature of dark matter, which is the invisible "stuff" that makes up the vast majority of the matter in the universe.
The Innovation Forum, now celebrating its 10th year, is an annual presentation of technology developed by the University's professors, graduate students and researchers, sponsored by the Keller Center and the Office of Technology Licensing.
Nick Feamster, a professor who spent nine years at Georgia Tech and earned accolades for his research in cybersecurity and other problems with real-world communications networks, joined the faculty of the Princeton University Computer Science Department in January.
Five Princeton University faculty members were among the 126 researchers from the United States and Canada named as 2015 Sloan Research Fellows.
Princeton researchers are strongly motivated to apply their discoveries to solving real-world problems.
Princeton research that makes a difference was highlighted at the Innovation Forum, an event for University researchers to present discoveries that have the potential to benefit society.
A new video series features the work of Princeton University graduate students and a postdoctoral researcher working in Mozambique's Gorongosa National Park, one of the world's most biologically rich habitats.
Researchers at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have found that 3-D printers can be an important tool in laboratory environments. Before rushing out to buy a piece of equipment needed in the laboratory, researchers first consider the possibility of printing the item themselves.
Innovation funds awarded to support natural sciences, humanities projects and industry collaborations
Seven innovative projects have been selected to receive Princeton University's Dean for Research innovation funds, which, now in their second year, enable faculty members to pursue bold new ideas.
Researchers at Princeton's Bendheim Center for Finance are strengthening connections between the often separate disciplines of finance, economics, engineering and public policy. This inclusive approach helps bring clarity to today's rapidly evolving economy.
A study done by Researcher at Princeton University shows that training people using real-time feedback from their own brain activity can reduce the frequency of attention lapses and improve their ability to sustain attention.
Researchers from Princeton University and Uppsala University in Sweden took part in a study that illustrates the genetic foundation of evolution, including how genes can flow from one species to another, and how different versions of a gene within a species can contribute to the formation of entirely new species.
The Princeton University Board of Trustees has approved the appointments of four full professors.
Known for foundational contributions to the standard model of particle physics, Fitch is remembered for his modesty and his kindness as well as for his experiments and insight into the fundamental nature of matter.
Egemen Kolemen is a specialist in the field of control of fusion plasmas and is an assistant professor jointly appointed with the Andlinger Center, the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL).
Greg Scholes joined the Chemistry Department faculty at Princeton University last July. His lab is one of the leading groups studying how nature collects light to power fundamental processes like photosynthesis, using both experimental and theoretical techniques.
Resilient shores: After Sandy, climate scientists and architects explore how to co-exist with rising tides
Princeton climate scientists are using mathematical models of hurricanes to predict storm surge levels over the next century. The researchers aim for a reinvention of flood hazard planning for the East Coast, rejecting the strict dividing line between land and water that coastal planners historically have imposed, favoring the development of "amphibious suburbs" and landscapes that can tolerate periodic floods.
Undergraduates from Professor Nicole Shelton's Social Psychology class combined concepts from the course with their own research to offer nonprofit groups a wide range of ideas and insights to address the community partners' questions.
An experiment conducted by researchers from Princeton University and the University of Texas-Austin shows that the human brain uses memories to make predictions about what it expects to find in familiar contexts. When those subconscious predictions are shown to be wrong, the related memories are weakened and are more likely to be forgotten. And the greater the error, the more likely you are to forget the memory.
The stereotype that women lack natural "brilliance" could explain their underrepresentation in academia, according to new research based at Princeton University.
Princeton University researchers have built a rice grain-sized laser powered by single electrons tunneling through artificial atoms known as quantum dots. The tiny microwave laser, or "maser," is a demonstration of the fundamental interactions between light and moving electrons.
Princeton University professor of physics, Shivaji Sondhi, has received a Humboldt Research Award and will be allowed to spend up to one year collaborating with researchers at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems in Dresden, Germany.
Five inventions with the potential for societal benefit and commercial applications have been awarded support through Princeton's Intellectual Property Accelerator Fund, which aims to help promising technologies bridge the gap between the laboratory and the marketplace.
David Tank, Princeton University's Henry L. Hillman Professor in Molecular Biology and co-director of the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, has received the 2015 Perl-UNC Neuroscience Prize, which recognizes seminal discoveries that advance scientists' understanding of the brain.
David Spergel, Princeton University's Charles A. Young Professor of Astronomy on the Class of 1897 Foundation and chair of the Department of Astrophysical Sciences, has received one of the top prizes in astronomy for his breakthroughs in our understanding of the universe.
Professor Stanley Katz discusses the potential effects of enhanced relations between the United States and Cuba.
"Introduction to Entrepreneurship" — a class taught for the first time this semester is open to students from all disciplines and allows undergraduates to work with a team of successful entrepreneurs.
Professor of economics, Yuliy Sannikov, has been awarded the 2015 Fischer Black Prize from the American Finance Association.
The successful January 1st launch signaled the beginning of a roughly 20-day mission above the continent of Antarctica for SPIDER, a telescope designed to investigate the origin of the universe.
Princeton's School of Engineering and Applied Science offers this video library featuring Princeton's highly successful young entrepreneurs.
A definitive geological timeline shows that a series of massive volcanic explosions 66 million years ago spewed enormous amounts of climate-altering gases into the atmosphere immediately before and during the extinction event that claimed Earth's non-avian dinosaurs, according to new research from Princeton University.
Professor Ruben Gallo discusses the United States' renewed diplomatic relations with Cuba.
As part of a project demonstrating new 3-D printing techniques, Princeton researchers have embedded tiny light-emitting diodes into a standard contact lens, allowing the device to project beams of colored light.
Three Princeton University researchers have been granted a total of 345 million hours of processing time on two powerful supercomputers as part of the 2015 Innovative and Novel Computational Impact of Theory and Experiment (INCITE) awards from the U.S. Department of Energy.
Princeton University's David Spergel, the Charles A. Young Professor of Astronomy on the Class of 1897 Foundation and chair of the Department of Astrophysical Sciences, was selected as one of Nature's 10 in 2014 by Nature magazine.
Two Princeton fellows of the National Academy of Inventors will be inducted Mar. 20, 2015.
The detection of an elusive solar neutrino by the Borexino experiment in Italy has been named one of Physics World magazine’s top ten Breakthroughs of the Year for 2014.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted a patent to a novel technique and device for pasteurizing eggs developed by engineers at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The Mogao Caves in the desert of northwest China tell a story of art and Buddhism that began more than 1,500 years ago.
Cecilia Elena Rouse, dean of Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, discusses the unemployment rate and what it means for the U.S. economy.
Abandoned wells can be "super-emitters" of methane gas, an unprocessed form of natural gas that, after carbon dioxide, is the most important contributor to the greenhouse effect. The research was led by a team in civil and environmental engineering and focused on abandoned oil and gas wells in two counties in northwestern Pennsylvania.
Princeton researchers are strongly motivated to apply their discoveries to solving real-world problems.
Celebrate Princeton Invention event honors Princeton faculty, staff and students whose research has the potential to improve lives and benefit society.
Fabian Wagner, the 2014-15 Gerhard R. Andlinger Visiting Professor in Energy and the Environment, shared his thoughts on communication between scientists and policymakers, his focus for the year, and the concepts he hopes to impart to Princeton students.
The newly named Sulawesi streaked flycatcher, distinguished by its mottled throat and short wings, was found in the forested lowlands of Sulawesi where it had last been observed.
Pseudomonas is the first pathogen found to initiate infection after merely attaching to the surface of a host.
The third annual meeting of Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership brought together about 200 academic experts and industry leaders in a day-long discussion of the challenges in creating alternative energy sources, the future of energy investment, and the key areas of energy technology.
The use of the "campus as a laboratory" has gained popularity at Princeton and institutions worldwide. Resembling self-contained towns, universities can be an ideal place to research topics in sustainability. The approach can be used to study a range of topics, from energy conservation to natural resource management, to the human relationship with the environment.
Reinhardt was recognized for his important contributions to the public's understanding of health care financing and the implications of policy decisions about health care reform.
Mathematical modeling has tremendous potential for developing and guiding public health initiatives to address some of the world's most pressing public health issues through cost-effective means. Models can have the power to accurately predict the progression of infectious diseases and potential epidemic outcomes.
Revealing and measuring the many commercial tools that invisibly track Web users is a key step toward improving transparency and privacy on the Internet, according to a set of privacy and technology experts who convened at Princeton University on Oct. 24.
In the era of big data, transparency has become a popular policy tool for addressing potential problems. But publicly disclosing personal information — such as government officials' income — may result in unintended consequences.
Researchers from Princeton University and other institutions may have hit upon an answer to a climate-change puzzle that has eluded scientists for years, and that could help understand the future availability of water for hundreds of millions of people.
A new computational model developed in the laboratory of Salvatore Torquato, a professor of chemistry at Princeton University, offers a way to probe the conditions surrounding tumor dormancy and the switch to a malignant state.
Sankaran Sundaresan, a Princeton University professor of chemical and biological engineering, has been chosen to receive a Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, in recognition of lifetime achievements in research.
Re-examining longstanding beliefs about the physics of these devices, Princeton engineers have now shown that carefully restricting the delivery of power to certain areas within a laser could boost its output by many orders of magnitude.
When it comes to the brain, "more is better" seems like an obvious assumption. But in the case of synapses, which are the connections between brain cells, too many or too few can both disrupt brain function. Researchers from Princeton University and the University of California-San Diego recently found an immune-system protein that moonlights in the nervous system to help regulate the number of synapses, and could play an unexpected role in conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, type II diabete
Jason Schwartz, the Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Research Associate in Bioethics at the University Center for Human Values at Princeton, addresses difficult questions regarding the Ebola virus, from how nations such as the United States should respond in Africa, to the most appropriate measures to take at home and whether to deploy unproven treatments.
Princeton undergraduates span the globe to conduct research for their senior theses, often delving deeply into their projects the summer before the start of senior year.
Princeton University faculty member Sabine Petry, an associate professor of molecular biology, was one of 18 early-career researchers nationwide to receive a 2014 Fellowship for Science and Engineering from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
Constructed primarily in Princeton's Jadwin Hall, SPIDER is a stratospheric spacecraft that in December will begin a 20-day orbit in Earth's stratosphere. During that period, SPIDER's six large cameras will look for the pattern, or polarization, of gravitational waves produced by the fluctuation of energy and density that resulted from the Big Bang.
A new center for small-molecule screening has opened on the Princeton campus. The facility offers researchers the ability to rapidly test large numbers of molecules and identify ones that may have therapeutic potential or aid in biomedical research.
Tali Mendelberg, a professor of politics at Princeton, explores how women influence the decision-making process and why women still have less influence than men in many decision-making bodies. She is the author with Christopher Karpowitz of "The Silent Sex: Gender, Deliberation and Institutions," published this year by Princeton University Press.
Princeton University's Office of Technology Licensing has named W. Bradford Middlekauff as its first executive in residence, a position aimed at offering an entrepreneurial and industry-based perspective to the faculty and students involved in the transfer of University discoveries to the marketplace.
Four Princeton University physicists were among 19 scientists nationwide to receive five-year, $1.8 million awards from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation intended to support "ambitious, high-risk research" in quantum materials: M. Zahid Hasan, a professor of physics; Nai Phuan Ong, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Physics and director of the Princeton Center for Complex Materials; Jason Petta, an associate professor of physics; and Ali Yazdani, a professor of physics.
Capping decades of searching, Princeton scientists observe elusive particle that is its own antiparticle
Princeton University scientists have observed an exotic particle that behaves simultaneously like matter and antimatter, a feat of math and engineering that could yield powerful computers based on quantum mechanics. The team, which includes researchers from the University of Texas-Austin, published a report in the journal Science.
Recent Princeton University postdoctoral researchers Jeremy Palmer, of chemical and biological engineering, and Knut Drescher, of molecular biology, received 2014 Blavatnik Regional Awards for Young Scientists, which recognize outstanding postdoctoral scientists in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.
The "Civil Liberties in Times of War" policy forum began with a look into how security and technology affect civil liberties in the 21st century. Throughout the day, panelists explored the constitutionality of government actions that have been criticized as violations of civil liberties.
Princeton's new Center for Digital Humanities will be a nexus of engagement with transformative technologies that will foster and support interdisciplinary projects across the humanities, computer sciences and library sciences.
Princeton University faculty members Carlos Brody, a professor of molecular biology, and Sebastian Seung, a professor of computer science, are among the first group of researchers worldwide selected by the National Institutes of Health to receive an overall $46 million in funds related to the federal BRAIN Initiative. Brody and Seung are both affiliated with the Princeton Neuroscience Institute (PNI). Announced in 2013, the BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) In
Childhood trauma has been associated with a greater risk of health problems later in life. As a summer research project, Melody Qiu, Class of 2016, explored the question of whether people who frequently use emergency room-based hospital care had experienced childhood trauma. She interned with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.
A study led by Princeton University researchers found that a triple-punch of antibodies both prevented hepatitis C infection and wiped out the disease after it had established itself in laboratory mice. Instead of delivering the antibodies directly, the researchers administered a genetic "instruction set" that, once in a cell, developed into antibodies that target the portions of the virus that do not mutate.
Princeton University researchers have developed a new method to increase the brightness, efficiency and clarity of LEDs, which are widely used on smartphones and portable electronics as well as becoming increasingly common in lighting.
Associate professor of politics and international affairs, Jacob Shapiro, shares his views on Obama's announcement of plans for the United States to take action against ISIS.
A Google Hangout with Joao Biehl, an anthropologist and co-director of Princeton's Global Health Program and Princeton Class of 2013 student Raphael Frankfurter, executive director of the nonprofit group Wellbody Alliance. Frankfurter discusses his group's work in Sierra Leone and efforts to respond to the Ebola outbreak.
Understanding the current and future cycles of fall leaf coloration illuminates what's to come for agriculture, water supplies and animal behavior, among many other areas.
Princeton University researchers Robert Cava, Loren Pfeiffer and Mansour Shayegan have been chosen as Moore Materials Synthesis Investigators by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
Expanding the Age of Eligibility for Measles Vaccination Could Increase Childhood Survival in Africa
Expanding the age of eligibility for measles vaccination from 12 to 15 months could help Africa inch closer to the national coverage levels required for measles eradication.
Researchers at Princeton University have begun crystallizing light as part of an effort to answer fundamental questions about the physics of matter.
Data has shown that mothers in their first trimester who were exposed to the dust cloud of 9/11 experienced higher-than-normal negative birth outcomes.
Princeton University researchers offer a new theory that an early-life injury to the cerebellum disrupts the brain's processing of external and internal information and leads to "developmental diaschisis," wherein a loss of function in one brain region leads to problems in another.
The pond-dwelling, single-celled organism Oxytricha trifallax has the remarkable ability to break its own DNA into nearly a quarter-million pieces and rapidly reassemble those pieces when it's time to mate.
Wilson School's Nolan McCarty, Susan Dod Brown Professor of Politics and Public Affairs, talks about his finding that while Congress continues to diverge, many state legislatures are actually far more polarized. The analysis, with Georgetown University Professor Boris Shor, examines what causes party systems to polarize and what happens to governance when they do.
Princeton University's Laboratory Learning Program provides an opportunity for selected high school students to work with faculty and research staff in engineering and the natural sciences.
Coal's continued dominance of global industrialization must be made more vivid in climate change accounting
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, according to a new study from Princeton University and the University of California-Irvine.
Jin Liu, Director of the new Princeton Center in China is available to help University community members with a range of services in China, including travel and housing arrangements; event planning; translation services; finding meeting spaces; and obtaining access to Chinese archives or scientific labs at Chinese universities for academic research.
The U.S. Department of Energy announced it will fund a project led by Princeton University Professor Michael Celia to develop new modeling capabilities for geologic storage of carbon dioxide.
The death of a spouse undoubtedly brings with it stress, anxiety and uncertainty. Now, a report by Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs quantifies this stress, showing how a husband's declining health could put Taiwanese women at risk for health issues.
A team of economists discover that the effects of local industry fluctuations are widespread, affecting not only local producers but other industries in different regions.
Are There Enduring Effects of Communism, or Is It Kaput? Two Princeton Professors Set Out to Determine Its Historical Legacy
It was during a spirited discussion at lunch that Stephen Kotkin and Mark Bessinger, two passionate professors of Russia and Eastern Europe, decided to write their book "Historical Legacies of Communism in Russia And Eastern Europe."
China's rapid socioeconomic growth continues to tax national water resources. The researchers report in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that reducing agricultural production in these provinces and importing food commodities from other provinces or nations instead could help China conserve more water.
Princeton and Columbia universities have proposed a method that could allow scientists to customize and grow highly purified crystals, known as photonic crystals, with relative ease.
Princeton University mathematician Manjul Bhargava was awarded the 2014 Fields Medal, often referred to as the "Nobel Prize of mathematics," in recognition of his work in the geometry of numbers.
Stephen Kotkin, the John P. Birkelund '52 Professor in History and International Affairs answers questions about eastern Ukraine, its fighting forces and strategies going forward.
Gerard Wysocki of Princeton University discusses his laser technology for detecting nitric oxide in the breath as a way for doctors to monitor patient health.
In the first evidence that natural selection favors an individual's infection tolerance, researchers from Princeton University and the University of Edinburgh have found that an animal's ability to endure an internal parasite strongly influences its reproductive success.
Moses Charikar, a professor of computer science and Anatoly Spitkovsky, an associate professor of astrophysical sciences have been selected to receive 2014 Simons Investigators awards.
Heather Howard, lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School, affiliate in the Wilson School's Center for Health and Wellbeing and director of the State Health Reform Assistance Network, answers questions regarding the legality of some subsidies offered under the Affordable Care Act.
The "Art of Science 2014" exhibit in the Friend Center on the Princeton University campus consists of 44 images and 12 videos of artistic merit created during the course of scientific research. The works, part of a recurring show now in its seventh iteration, were chosen from more than 250 images and 50 videos submitted from over 25 departments across the University. This video offers a cross-section of the artwork on display.
People choosing between two or more equally positive outcomes experience paradoxical feelings of pleasure and anxiety, feelings associated with activity in different regions of the brain, according to research led by Amitai Shenhav, an associate research scholar at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute at Princeton University.
PPPL receives $4.3 million to increase understanding of the role that plasma plays in synthesizing nanoparticles
The new funds will expand research in a nanotechnology laboratory that the lab launched in 2012 with PPPL Laboratory Directed Research and Development funds.
Stephen Kotkin,the John P. Birkelund '52 Professor in History and International Affairs, gives his take on the apparent attack on a Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine in a recent interview.
John Storey, a professor of molecular biology and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, has been named the director of the new Center for Statistics and Machine Learning.
Assistant professor Forrest Meggers, has an interest in finding hidden potential for efficiencies in building design, such as a low exergy building, where systems such as heating and cooling are integrated into the architecture itself, to increase their performance.
Global use of antibiotics is surging, according to Princeton University researchers who have conducted a broad assessment of antibiotic consumption around the world.
Emily Carter receives Remsen Award for outstanding achievement in chemistry. The award recognizes her work in pioneering the development of unique tools to study and design materials, most recently for sustainable energy from solar and fuel cells to fusion.
In the ongoing debate on whether experts are "born" or "made", new research from psychological scientist Brooke Macnamara of Princeton and colleagues, offers a counterpoint to the opinion that practice is the key to success in any field.
The interests of fauna and farmer might finally be unified by the "Sodom apple," a toxic invasive plant that has overrun vast swaths of East African savanna and pastureland.
Discover how ice cores taken from the remote Antarctic serve as unique time capsules, containing records of the Earth's climate from the distant past.
A study led by Princeton University researchers has revealed a gene which is implicated in promoting the spread of breast cancer tumors. In collaboration with the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (Rutgers-CINJ), researchers hope to someday have a drug that could improve, cure or control breast cancer by targeting the particular pathways that are associated with metastasis and the progression of disease.
Lane, a professor of politics at Princeton since 2009, is an internationally recognized scholar of ancient political theory and ethics, who combines an expert knowledge of the ancient classics and the history of political thought with a mastery of current issues.
Two Princeton University faculty members have been selected as 2014 Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences, and will receive flexible funding over four years to help establish their research careers.
Using a computer model to explore water as it freezes, a team at Princeton University has found that water's weird behaviors may arise from a sort of split personality: at very cold temperatures and above a certain pressure, water may spontaneously split into two liquid forms.
In a paper published in the journal Nature Physics today, the CMS experiment at CERN reported new results on an important property of the Higgs particle. The CMS result follows preliminary results from both experiments, which both reported strong evidence for the fermionic decay late in 2013. The CMS team features the involvement of researchers at Princeton University.
Doug Massey discusses the upswing in children crossing into the United States from Mexico, hoping to reconnect with family
Unaccompanied minors from Central America are traveling in droves to the United States, hoping to reconnect with family and escape the violence reverberating in their hometowns. Douglas Massey, the Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, discusses why there has been such a surge in children crossing the border, what this means for America, and how the government should react.
Decades ago, programs like Social Security and public pensions came about so that a person's declining years were not spent in grinding poverty, which, in the 18th and 19th century was an issue; people literally landed in the poorhouse. Now, thanks to growing affluence, there is an opposite risk: not living long enough to enjoy all that money squirreled away.
Princeton University researchers explored the construction of what was for its time an engineering marvel: the Trajan's Bridge, built over 2000 years ago. Princeton professor Branko Glišić and former Princeton undergraduate Anjali Mehrotra reconstructed the engineering behind the bridge and published their findings in the Journal of Cultural Heritage.
Scientists at Princeton University have shown that negatively charged particles known as electrons can flow extremely rapidly due to quantum behaviors in a type of material known as a topological Dirac semi-metal.
Entrepreneurship committee seeks to engage alumni, campus community in fostering innovations for society
The Princeton Entrepreneurship Advisory Committee has launched a website seeking feedback from alumni, students, faculty and staff about their involvement in and suggestions for entrepreneurial activities at Princeton.
Serving as the Director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Prager has worked closely within the research community to help develop strategies for the U.S. fusion program. After recently completing a five year term, he has agreed to continue in that position.
Two Princeton University faculty members and a University alumnus were among 33 new members recently elected to the American Philosophical Society (APS), the nation's oldest scholarly organization.
Two faculty proposals have been selected by Princeton's Council for International Teaching and Research to receive grants from the Princeton Global Collaborative Networks Fund.
According to research by a Princeton University graduate student and Sociologist, David Pedulla, the negative attributes of the two stereotypes can cancel one another out in the employment context, challenging the commonly held idea that membership in multiple marginalized groups leads to more discrimination than being a member of a single such group.
Revenge is a dish best served with a side of change. A series of experiments conducted by researchers affiliated with Princeton University has found that punishment is only satisfying to victims if the offenders change their attitude as a result of the punishment.
Two new research technologies — a microscope for probing bacterial biofilms and an instrument to measure the properties of ultrathin plastics — have been awarded funding at Princeton University through the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund. Established in 2009 by Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt, a 1976 Princeton alumnus and former trustee, and his wife, Wendy, the fund supports projects with the potential for broad impacts on research in the natural sciences or eng
As part of an entry level chemistry class, students at Princeton took on the challenge of explaining "What is Color?" to an 11-year old. The task is inspired by The Flame Challenge, an education initiative of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science.
To learn more about the delicate balance needed for coral to survive, Princeton University ecology and evolutionary biology major, Elizabeth McKenna embarked on an 11-week study last summer to research the effects of varying light and sedimentation conditions on the growth rates of juvenile corals at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) in St. George's, Bermuda.
President Christopher L. Eisgruber and six other Princeton faculty members have been named fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. They are among leaders in scholarship, business, the arts and public affairs elected this year in recognition of their contributions to their respective fields.
Guenther interweaves her training as a physician, neuroscientist and historian to study the history of modern medicine and the mind sciences.
A research project focused on understanding fiscal stimulus payments and household balance sheets discovered that to maximize the amount of the stimulus payments spent, you may want to pay out to people at middle-class levels of income as well as the lowest levels.
The Princeton University Board of Trustees has approved the appointments of one full professor and five assistant professors.
Court’s Gutting of Campaign Finance Laws May Enhance Influence of Corporations and Wealthy Americans
Affluent individuals and business corporations already have vastly more influence on federal government policy than average citizens, according to recently released research by Princeton University and Northwestern University.
Devin Fore, Robert Kaster and Judith Weisenfeld recieve fellowship awards from the Amercian Council of Learned Societies.
A conference was held on April 4 at Princeton University, to examine how big data can transform health care and help clinicians improve care and patient outcomes.
Without wolves, deer populations have exploded and altered the landscape in a way that is inhospitable to songbirds. This short film explores the problems facing songbirds and potential solutions.
Studies examining the interactions between genes and social environments using telomeres as a biomarker have shown that African American boys at nine years of age who have experienced a stressful social environment have accelerated aging or stress-mediated wear and tear on the body, which can make them more vulnerable to all kinds of illnesses and diseases.
Nannerl Keohane, senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson School, on the value of a liberal arts education
Nannerl Keohane, senior scholar the Woodrow Wilson School and former president of both Wellesley College and Duke University, argues that a liberal arts education provides students with exposure to different disciplines, and helps them make wiser choices about their profession because they will have understood something about the intellectual foundations on which some of the alternative professions rest.
David Botstein, named AACR distinguished lecturer, will deliver his lecture "Evolution and Cancer" April 5 at the AACR's Annual Meeting in San Diego.
The hackathon opened Friday evening at Jadwin Gym on the Princeton University campus and continued for 36 hours ending Sunday afternoon, March 30. Some 500 undergraduates from more than 40 universities, packed the gym working furiously on programming and hardware projects.
The challenges facing women in sciences, mathematics and engineering — be it discouragement, or balancing the obligations of work and family — can be overcome with confidence, support and tenacity.
The Fung Global Fellows Program, administered by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, brings together international faculty members from the social sciences and humanities around a common theme.
The combination of over-harvesting by the medical and fishing industry along with the effects from Hurricane Sandy have caused huge declines in the population of the Horseshoe Crab in the Delaware Bay.
Performance artist Aaron Landsman and poet Dora Malech were chosen from a pool of almost 450 applicants as Princeton's 2014-16 Fellows in the Creative and Performing Arts.
Research shows that parents who hold their baby and lovingly respond to the baby's needs form a secure attachment with the child and provide a base for stronger cognitive, social and emotional development.
On March 12th, students at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School-South participated in the first public demonstration of an invention that fills a gap in online education by providing students and instructors anywhere in the world with a way to take part in a laboratory experiment.
Researchers from Princeton University and the Swiss Federal Institute of Techonology confirmed that during the last ice age wind-borne dust carried iron to the region north of Antarctica, where iron fertilization caused plankton to thrive and eventually led to the removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Simon Levin has shed new light on the interactions among groups of plants and animals living together. His research has generated improved management of natural resources such as forests and fisheries, and enhanced environmental policies.
A prolific researcher who joined the Princeton faculty in 1993, Yakov Sinai has been awarded the 2014 Abel Prize by The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters for his influential 50-year career in mathematics.
Keith Wailoo is astonished by the power of genes -- not only to shape life but also to challenge our understanding of it.
Because fruit flies are a common model for studying the systems of more advanced beings such as humans and have the basic components of more complex nervous systems, studying them could help researchers understand rapid decision-making.
Robert Vanderbei, a Princeton University professor of operations research and financial engineering, is a mathematician with a specialized hobby. Vanderbei tinkers with camera lenses and uses image-enhancing software to produce exquisite pictures of snowflakes. In this video, he demonstrates his technique and explains how the artistic endeavor inspires his research.
Kahn and Cerf are often called the fathers of the Internet. Although both men prefer to share the credit with others, they wrote the fundamental rules, or protocols, that are the basis of the Net. Their original system remains the foundation of modern communications.
The world's largest virtual currency,Bitcoin, continues to make headlines, but many still don't have a clue about the inner workings of Bitcoin or its influence. Princeton Professor Ed Felten explains.
Tubal ligation – or having one's "tubes tied" – is widely used to prevent unintended pregnancies. However, current Medicaid policies create roadblocks for low-income women trying to obtain the procedure, according to a Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School review.
While it may seem that judges in nonpartisan elections would be less influenced by popular majority opinion, a Princeton University-led report finds the opposite is true. On hot-button issues like the death penalty, state supreme court justices in the United States are more likely to side with the public majority sentiment, the researchers report. However, this occurs only after moneyed interest groups begin pushing for or against specific judicial stances.
A new book by Princeton University historian Angela Creager explains how knowledge and technology that grew out of the secret U.S.-led effort to build atomic bombs made possible important breakthroughs in medicine and biology.
The material that protects our teeth is being tested for it's ability to protect stone monuments and statues from the harsh elements.
The first annual Dean for Research Innovation Funds have been awarded to a group of projects that push the boundaries of research in the natural sciences, encourage research partnerships with industry, and facilitate collaborations between investigators in the arts and the sciences or engineering.
A competition showcasing University research with commercial potential, the Innovation Forum allows inventors to pitch their ideas to a panel of investors and business leaders.
Tiny and swift, viruses are hard to capture on video. Now researchers at Princeton University have achieved an unprecedented look at a virus-like particle as it tries to break into and infect a cell.
Along with eggs, soup and rubber toys, the list of the chicken's most lasting legacies may eventually include advanced materials. The researchers report that the unusual arrangement of cells in a chicken's eye constitutes the first known biological occurrence of a potentially new state of matter known as "disordered hyperuniformity," which has been shown to have unique physical properties.
A trip to India in her 20's sparked a life-long interest in the culture and people for Princeton Professor Isabel Clark-Deces, who is a professor of Anthropology and a scholar of South India.
Five Princeton University faculty members were among the 126 researchers from the United States and Canada named as 2014 Sloan Research Fellows.
Bats keep down the population of insects, which can destroy crops and spread diseases. The demise of the brown bat from White Nose Syndrome could cause a significant loss for agribusiness.
Two paintings in the American art collection at Princeton University capture the spirit of the American Revolution and the prominence of George Washington.
Five to eight percent of all human-generated CO2 released into the atmosphere comes from cement factories. Claire White, an assistant professor in the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is exploring sustainable alternatives.
Research projects such as finding solutions to sustainably address our energy needs and developing green cement technologies represent the best of industrial-academic partnerships.
Two Princeton University professors are among 67 new members elected to the Academy of Engineering, which is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.
Modern agricultural practices of monoculture farming, and intensive pesticide use are causing bee populations to disappear worldwide. Without bees to pollinate crops, the crops will disappear. By growing varied crops with no pesticides, we can keep Colony Collapse Disorder at bay.
A new study explains how fundamental physical laws can describe objects that are as small as an atom or as massive as a galaxy. Adam Burrows and Jeremiah Ostriker discuss the unifying power of physics.
Princeton University psychology professor Michael Graziano has developed a new theory of consciousness he calls the "attention schema theory" that takes a completely different approach to explaining consciousness.
Hyunjune Sebastian Seung and Michal Kolesár join Princeton Faculty.
Kulkarni, winner of the 2007 President's Award for Distinguished Teaching, will take over as dean of the Princeton University Graduate School, effective March 31.
Parents and nonparents have similar levels of life satisfaction once factors such as higher educational attainment, higher income, better health and religiosity are taken into account.
How a contagious dog tumor went global: Princeton's Bridgett vonHoldt in Nature.
...problem that turned out to be wrong, says Charles Fefferman of Princeton University, who wrote the official formulation of the problem for Clay...
The technology was discovered by researchers from IFW Dresden, Princeton University , and Technische Universitat Dresden, and independently by researchers ...
...Princeton University Professor of Economics Alan Krueger discusses the challenges facing women in the workplace...
Garnet Chan is being recognized for his pioneering research in the field of numerical simulation of highly correlated quantum systems in chemistry and physics.
DarkSide-50 is an experiment that is searching for particles of dark matter, which are thought to make up about 23 percent of the universe but have yet to be detected. The DarkSide-50 team is made up of faculty, students and researchers from dozens of institutions around the world, with lead scientists at Princeton University. The experiment is taking place at Italy's Gran Sasso National Laboratory, located underneath a mountain about 80 miles east of Rome.
DarkSide-50,an experiment that began this fall in Italy, is aimed at finding dark matter, a mysterious substance known as that makes up a quarter of the universe. Researchers feel that finding this substance will solidify our understanding of how the universe formed and shed light on its ultimate fate.
Princeton University's Intellectual Property Accelerator Fund, which supports discoveries that have significant potential for further development into products or services, has been awarded to four technologies: enhanced cybersecurity, non-scarring tattoo removal, 3-D photography and a laser-scanning device.
Professor Garnet Chan explores why the laws of quantum mechanics are so important for chemistry.
A sun shade designed to account for the sun’s path within a specific geographic location can keep harmful types of ultraviolet rays away from playgrounds and gathering spots.
In worms, male sperm and seminal fluid trigger pathways that cause females to dehydrate, prematurely age and die, researchers reported in the journal Science. The demise of the female appears to benefit the male worm by removing her from the mating pool for other males.
Materials heralded as the future of powering our homes and communities could help in the development of high-efficiency electric-power delivery.
Four Princeton University-affiliated research projects have been awarded grants that enable them to use two of America's fastest supercomputers.
Bacteria refuse to share food generated by the community's productive members with the loafers of thier kind.
Four Princeton University professors have received the 2013 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers.
Princeton's Prison Teaching Initiative gives inmates a second chance. Since the program began eight years ago, nearly 500 inmates have earned college credits.
A quarter-century after leaving his home country, Wantchekon has built upon his remarkable past to forge an academic career focused on studying — and working to shape — governance and institutions in Africa.
Researchers hope that by studying other solar systems they can confirm theories about how planets form and perhaps even learn whether life exists on these other worlds.
Black Mayoral Candidates Win Close Elections in the South, Pointing to Importance of Voter Mobilization
Studies show that in the South, it is likely that when an election became close enough, black campaigns could "out-mobilize their opponents and win" by invigorating the African-American electorate.
Secrets of the Southern Ocean. Explorers probe the ocean's role in the world's ecosystems and climate.
Princeton researchers push through the challenging conditions in the Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica because they want to learn more about the waters at the bottom of the globe, which have a significant impact on the Earth’s ecosystems and climate.
Noted Princeton University physicist Philip Anderson celebrated his 90th birthday at a weekend workshop devoted to an illustrious career that included a Nobel Prize and contributions to understanding the fundamental nature of materials.
Princeton sociologist Douglas Massey, shown above in Mount Laurel, N.J., examined the impact of building an affordable-housing development in an upscale suburb.
Results of tests conducted in China could mark a key step in the worldwide effort to develop fusion as a clean and abundant source of energy for generating electricity.
Researchers at Princeton University and in Beijing have used engineering calculations to study how an enormous block of stone was transported 43 miles by sliding it on a track of wet ice.
Princeton researchers come up with nearly 100 new discoveries of commercial potential each year. The inventors and their discoveries were highlighted a the University's annual event, Celebrate Princeton Invention.
The Princeton University Board of Trustees has approved the appointments of one full professor and two assistant professors.
Cuban-born Princeton Professor Miguel Centeno has launched a research community on global systemic risk.
Cuban-born Princeton Professor Miguel Centeno has launched a research community on global systemic risk that looks to understand “the plumbing of globalization” and the potential for catastrophic failure when networks are linked. The three-year research community (AY 2014–16) is funded and administered by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies.
Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment is dedicated to environmental protection and conservation, the study of sustainable energy, and tackling the issues related to our use of non-renewable fuels.
A six semester forum for faculty and students to promote discussion and support new work is planned for fall 2014, with the following tentative themes: American places, infrastructure, crowds, home, property, and design and plan.
The conservation clubs are raising the awarenes of the children of Northern Kenya about environment around them and the need to conserve it for the future generations.
A Princeton-led team has found that even if carbon dioxide emissions came to a sudden halt, the carbon dioxide already in Earth's atmosphere could continue to warm our planet for hundreds of years.
Four individuals have been named co-winners of the Porter Ogden Jacobus Fellowship, Princeton University's top honor for graduate students
A school in Harlem is seeing positive outcomes that stretch beyond test scores – including higher college-acceptance rates and lower incidences of teen pregnancy and incarceration, according to a Princeton-Harvard University study.
The Future of Children – a collaboration between the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and the Brookings Institution – has released the first comprehensive report since 9/11 to uncover what we know and don't know about military children and their families.
Studies show Amazon deforestation could result in water and food shortages in the western United States.
Narrow stripes of dirt and rock at the base of a glacier may play an important role in buffering the effects of a warming climate.
Researchers are studying how to foster the co-existence of people and African Wild Dogs, an endangered species that disappeared from a region of central Kenya in the 1980s but has since returned.
Report highlights role of Princeton's federally funded research in driving innovation and economic growth
Current funding environment could jeopardize future university research and economic growth.
Princeton scientists discover that identifying patterns in data can be a solution to data overload.
Princeton researchers make a fundamental discovery about the likely role of gravity in limiting the size of cells.
The Princeton Center for Theoretical Science is dedicated to exploring the frontiers of theory in the natural sciences.
The annual Princeton Research Symposium is aimed at giving early-career researchers the opportunity to give talks and poster presentations geared toward a general audience.
Princeton researcher studies the effects of using bird song recordings, known as "playbacks" to lure birds out of hiding.
"The Matriarch" follows the life of Jada, an elephant and the matriarch of her family who has survived a brutal poaching attack. Jada's story is interwoven with a riveting science story about the research being done at Mpala which allow us to see just how important elephants are for the environment and what is at risk if they no longer exist in the wild.
Princeton astrophysicist Lyman Spitzer Jr. (1914-1997) was among the 20th Century’s most visionary scientists. He founded the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and pushed for the development of the Hubble Space Telescope. To honor Spitzer’s achievements, some 60 scientists from around the world gathered at Princeton University Oct. 18-20 for a 100th birthday celebration of the pioneering physicist.
“Realignments: A Zebra Story” examines the differences in appearance and behavior of the two zebra species in Kenya, providing insight into the endangerment of the Grevy's zebras and their uncertain future.
Researchers based at Princeton University found that land ecosystems have kept the planet cooler by absorbing billions of tons of carbon, especially during the past 60 years.
Red Crabs could help scientists understand the consequences of climate change for the millions of migratory animals in Earth's tropical zones.
Researchers examine whether guilt is actually embodied as a sensation of weight.
This year's Nobel prizes in physics and physiology or medicine were awarded to researchers with connections to Princeton. Princeton University researchers have been significantly involved in the 50-year endeavor to observe the Higgs boson, and the winner in physiology or medicine, James Rothman, is a former Princeton faculty member.
Professor Serguei Oushakine connects the fragmented dots of the Soviet Union — its culture, its politics, its influence — in a manner that brings greater clarity to fellow scholars and undergraduates.
Five teams, each with three Princeton students and one Kenyan student, were paired with a research scientist. Their goal: to produce a film in the scientist's area of focus.
The Dietrich gift will provide sustained funding for faculty research, seminars and fellowship programs, as well as support undergraduate and graduate student financial aid.
Princeton University Board of Trustees has approved the appointments of 13 faculty members, including one full professor, one associate professor and 11 assistant professors.
Research implies that climate can be very useful for predicting marine distribution shifts.
RealBrush, a program that allows computer artists to quickly and easily produce realistic brushstrokes on their computers combines graphics algorithms with "Big Data" storage and retrieval techniques.
International leaders in the fields of South Asian politics and physics will visit Princeton for terms starting this academic year in the University's Global Scholars Program.
The cyclic wobble of the Earth on its axis controls the production of a nutrient essential to the health of the ocean, according to a new study in the journal Nature.
Princeton researchers are part of a comprehensive study of flood risks that will develop four integrated coastal resilient design strategies for vulnerable coastal populations in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy.
The role of tropical forests in offsetting the atmospheric buildup of carbon from fossil fuels depends on tree diversity, particularly in forests recovering from exploitation.
The University's Office of the Dean for Research will roll out this fall the first in a series of competitive "innovation funds." Three initial competitions will encourage bold research in the natural sciences, collaboration between artists and scientists or engineers, and new partnerships with industry. Initiatives to support research in the humanities and social sciences are being planned.
New Jersey K-12 science teachers in the QUEST program become the students, observing and collecting evidence for self-designed research projects.
A student-led project, called FireStop, provides relevant information to firefighters, such as building layouts, fire hydrant location and hazardous material warnings.
Princeton students create a video to explain how the use of aerosols plays a part in cloud formation and the Earth's climate.
A device for pasteurizing eggs in the shell could lead to a sharp reduction in illnesses caused by egg-borne salmonella bacteria.
New research indicates that being poor may keep a person from concentrating on the very avenues that would lead them out of poverty.
A new wide-field camera, the result of an international collaboration between Princeton University astrophysicists and Japanese and Taiwanese scientists, represents a giant step into a new era of observational astronomy.
At the close of an extremely challenging ten weeks, members of the eLab summer business accelerator program present their startup businesses on Demo Day to a crowd that includes entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.
Two years of research for a senior thesis yeilds not only exciting findings on the communication of dolphins, but many practical lessons about being part of a research community.
Among three researchers to share the 2013 Dirac Medal, Peebles made major contributions to all areas of cosmology.
Princeton students create a video to explain the role of plasma in fusion.
GIRI, (Grinding, Imaging and Reconstruction Instrument): A new facility uncovers the planetary past hidden in rocks
The centerpiece of the new Princeton Grinder Lab, known as GIRI, (Grinding, Imaging and Reconstruction Instrument) is a fully automated rock grinder equipped with a high resolution camera. GIRI is able to create 3-D models from photos, allowing scientists to examine the inner features of rocks, including tiny fossils and ancient life forms.
Ultrathin radios embedded directly on thin plastic sheets can be applied to walls and other structures and used as an invisible communications system inside buildings or sophisticated structural monitors for bridges and roads.
This summer, 72 college students from across the country are immersing themselves in research in labs at Princeton University, discovering what it is like to be a scientist.
Deteriorating economic conditions lead mothers to engage in harsh parenting, such as hitting or shouting at children, a team of researchers has found. But the effect is only found in mothers who carry a gene variation that makes them more likely to react to their environment.
Some people feel so "creeped out" that they would prefer not to receive an organ or blood that came from a murderer or thief, according to researchers who assessed people's beliefs that a transplant would cause the recipient's personality or behavior to become similar to the donor's.
Researchers from Princeton University and the University of California-Berkeley suggest that more human conflict is a likely outcome of climate change.
The path of the peanut from a snack staple to the object of bans at schools, day care centers and beyond offers important insights into how and why a rare, life-threatening food allergy can prompt far-reaching societal change, according to a Princeton University researcher.
Princeton researchers have found that despite the common view that a single mutation could boost the survival of an indivudual,there are actually about five to seven mutations required. These extra mutations are termed hitchhikers because they don't appear to contribute to the enhanced fitness of the organism.
People native to low-lying areas can be naturally barred from regions such as the Tibetan Plateau, the Andes or the Himalayas by altitude sickness. This separation can potentially increase ethnic tension.
The Princeton University Board of Trustees has approved the promotions of 14 faculty members.
The Board of Trustees has approved the promotions of 15 faculty members.
Princeton students create a video to explain communication between bacteria cells.
The road from university laboratory to marketplace is not easy. TAG Optics Inc. illustrates the journey that new technologies — and their inventors — take as they embark on the path to commercialization.
Former Princeton University President William G. Bowen was among 12 individuals awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama on July 10th.
Physical activity reorganizes the brain so that its response to stress is reduced and anxiety is less likely to interfere with normal brain function.
Graduate student Manu sebastian Mannoor speaks about developing nanotechnology-enabled approaches to directly integrate electronics and sensors with biological tissues and the human body.
Professor Michael Gordin illuminates the history of science and language by exploring the overlooked, the misunderstood and the unusual.
In his tenure as dean for research from 2006 to 2013, A.J. Stewart Smith built the Office of the Dean for Research from its inception into a fully functioning department of professionals dedicated to making the University research activities run smoothly.
Two Princeton University professors and an Associate Research Scholar, in the Princeton Center for Theoretical Science, were among five faculty to receive a 2013 Regional Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists
The Princeton University Board of Trustees has approved the appointments of 19 faculty members, including four full professors, one associate professor, and 14 assistant professors.
Systems such as a beating heart or a power grid that depend on the synchronized movement of their parts could fall prey to an invisible and chaotic tug-of-war known as a "chimera," which arises — when a few of those parts spontaneously fall out of sync while the rest remain synchronized.
Ostriker was recognized for his research and influence in theoretical astronomy, particularly the aspects of interstellar medium, galaxies, quasars and cosmology that can be approached best by large-scale numerical calculations.
Data-driven: Health economist Janet Currie uses large data sets to study environmental threats to children's health
Access to data on births, deaths, insurance claims and other records are helping economist Janet Currie tackle big questions about child health.
Researchers have identified a benign bone tumor in the rib of a young Neandertal who lived about 120,000 years ago — by far the earliest bone tumor ever identified in the archaeological record. .
Listen to an interview with Princeton University's Douglas Massey, the Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School, on social stratification in today's society on WBUR radio.
Stephen Pacala and Robert Socolow explain why what we can do reduce carbon emissions on PBS's NOVA. Watch the video.
Graduate student Ilissa Ocko speaks about contrasting features of scattering and absorbing aerosol radiative forcings and climate responses.
David S. Lee, professor of economics and public affairs and the director of the Industrial Relations Section at Princeton University, will become provost effective July 1.
About 1 in 20,000 individuals does not have his or her heart in the right place, litterally. Rebecca Burdine, a Princeton University professor of molecular biology, explains her research on the genes that drive the development of the heart in the New York Times.
The "Culture of Violence Summit," a half-day policy forum held May 28, 2013, at Princeton University, took a broad, nonpartisan look at gun violence in America as a public health imperative.
Princeton University alumnus David Donoho, the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Humanities and Sciences and a professor of statistics at Stanford University, today was named the 2013 Shaw Laureate in mathematics.
Though critics depict the AP subpoenas as an unprecedented threat to the freedom of the press, Princeton Assistant Professor Rahul Sagar finds that the government's actions are consistent with the Constitution's intent.
Should you cover your sleek smartphone with a clunky but protective rubber case? Bloomberg.com checks in with Sigrid Adriaenssens, a materials expert and assistant professor at Princeton's School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Princeton University senior Sofia Quinodoz conducted two thesis projects: uncovering how bacteria communicate to coordinate group behaviors, and exploring the impact of Argentina's Dirty War.
Speaking to a capacity audience in Dodds Auditorium, Burns outlined what he views as the three interconnected elements needed for positive change in the Middle East: support for democratic change; economic opportunity; and regional peace and security.
Princeton professors Scott Burnham and Peter Schäfer have received the University's Howard T. Behrman Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities.
A roughly 3.5-mile high Martian mound that scientists suspect preserves evidence of a massive lake might actually have formed as a result of the Red Planet's famously dusty atmosphere. If correct, the research would have important implications for understanding Mars' past habitability.
Researchers have demonstrated that 3-D printing is an effective strategy for interweaving tissue with electronics.
The U.S. electric utility industry faces a critical juncture as new technology and declining prices allow a more "distributed" system of small-scale generators, renewable energy installations and energy-efficiency strategies, according to a group of high-level energy industry executives and regulators who met at Princeton University recently.
Major Milestone: PPPL completes first quadrant of the heart of the National Spherical Torus Experiment Upgrade
The U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, which is managed by Princeton University, has completed a major first step in the $94 million upgrade of its experimental fusion reactor, the National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX).
Princeton University's Council for International Teaching and Research has selected faculty proposals to create global networks to allow scholars to focus on interdisciplinary research in the humanities and experimental methods in political economy.
Three Princeton University students with diverse interests in computer networks, machine learning and the basic physical processes of the brain were among 15 recipients of this year's Hertz Fellowship for graduate studies in the sciences.
A collaboration of researchers in the physical and biological sciences seeks a better understanding of the physical and chemical forces that shape the emergence and behavior of cancer.
Two Princeton University research projects — a new tool for visualizing drug therapy in the brain and a method for aiding the search for planets outside our solar system — have been selected to receive grants from Princeton's Eric and Wendy Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund.
In this Research at Princeton podcast, Carlos Brody, an associate professor in the Princeton Neuroscience Institute and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, explains how the team went about studying the decision-making process.
Carlos Brody, a neuroscientist at Princeton University, explains his research on decision-making.
Graduate student Brian Ell speaks about his research on small RNAs as novel therapeutics for the treatment of bone metastatic cancer.
Christopher L. Eisgruber has been appointed Princeton University's 20th president.
The Princeton Neuroscience Institute is home to worldclass research on the study of the brain.
Princeton University's School of Engineering is unique in combining the strengths of a world-leading research institution with the qualities of an outstanding liberal arts college.
Caroline Shaw, a graduate student in composition in the Department of Music at Princeton University and a New York-based musician, today won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for music for "Partita for 8 Voices."
Located at the center of campus, the Museum is free and open to the public and hosts a dozen temporary exhibitions each year, many motivated by the collections and coordinated with the University curriculum, but presented for the benefit of a broad public.
Some 360 young women from seventh to tenth grade spent the day immersed in science and technology at the Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Lab's Young Women’s Conference on March 22 at Princeton University.
Princeton University researchers suggest that the brain may actually work from subconscious mental categories it creates based on how it considers people, objects and actions are related.
Princeton researchers assess the probable Antarctic contribution to 21st-century sea-level change.
MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry interviews a roundtable of neuroscience experts including Princeton's Sam Wang. View the video.
Princeton University has appointed as dean for research Pablo Debenedetti, a longtime Princeton engineering professor and vice dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science. He succeeds A.J. Stewart Smith, who will become the University’s vice president for the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.
In a paper published online in January by the American Journal of Political Science, "People Power or a One-Shot Deal? A Dynamic Model of Protest," Princeton politics professor Adam Meirowitz and New York University politics Professor Joshua Tucker lay out a theoretical model that helps answer a real-world question: Why do people who take on the considerable costs and risks of protesting to change the type of government in their country sometimes stay off the streets when the new government turn
Graduate student Carlee Joe-Wong's work as an undergraduate has led to new ways that wireless companies could reduce congestion by varying their prices depending on the time of day.
"The Mathematics of Magic Tricks and Games" explores the mathematical principles behind games and magic tricks. Students then use those principles to create and master their own tricks and games.
With a growing global population comes new challenges – ranging from access to health care to changing migration patterns. These are among the issues being addressed by researchers at the Office of Population Research (OPR) at Princeton University.
Results from a team including a Princeton University scientist offer a possible solution that uses the bacteria's own byproducts to destroy them.
Princeton University researchers contributed extensively to the Planck space mission that on March 21 released the most accurate and detailed map ever made of the oldest light in the universe, revealing new information about its age, contents and origins.
Polyakov was one of three winners of the foundation's 2013 Physics Frontiers Prize from which the recipient of the Fundamental Physics Prize was chosen. Polyakov was selected by the nine recipients of the inaugural Fundamental Physics Prize awarded in 2012, four of whom are faculty members at the Institute for Advanced Study.
Using a database containing detailed measurements of the men's haywire immune responses to the drug, researchers at Princeton University created an unprecedentedly clear model for how immune signals called cytokines interact with each other.
Mung Chiang, a Princeton University engineering professor who uses innovative mathematical analysis to simplify and strengthen the design of wireless networks, has been awarded the National Science Foundation's highest honor for young researchers, the Alan T. Waterman Award.
Mark Zondlo, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, and a team of researchers are mapping Earth's atmosphere from pole to pole in search of the most comprehensive picture yet of greenhouse gases and how they affect climate.
Three winning technologies were announced Tuesday, March 12 at the Princeton University Keller Center Innovation Forum. The Forum offers University researchers the opportunity to compete for prize money aimed at moving laboratory discoveries into the product development stage.
The National Cancer Institute has awarded a new $2.4 million research grant to a team led by Joshua Rabinowitz, a professor in the Department of Chemistry and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics at Princeton University, and Eileen White, associate director for basic science at The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ) and professor of molecular biology and biochemistry at Rutgers University. Read more at MyCentralJersey.com.
New results from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) indicate that the particle detected last summer is looking more and more like the Higgs boson, the particle thought to be essential for giving mass to the universe.
The Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice supports research on civil strife mitigation, regional and global conflicts, and strategies for reconciliation.
Greg Kaplan, an assistant professor of economics at Princeton, and Sam Schulhofer-Wohl, a senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, argue that the shifts in migration patterns are better explained by changes in the labor market and the ways people learn about faraway places.
Three Princeton Engineering faculty members are part of a newly announced $194 million government-industry initiative called the Semiconductor Technology Advanced Research network (STARnet), a consortium of six new university research centers whose mission is to maintain U.S. leadership in microelectronics.
Research that spans the globe in Discovery: Research at Princeton
Energy research is featured in Discovery: Research at Princeton.
A team of five Princeton engineering graduate students is leading a yearlong field research project using new laser sensors to measure pollutants with unprecedented sensitivity.
Princeton University researchers developed a model that can identify the prospects for nearly any disease-causing parasite as the Earth grows warmer, even if little is known about the organism.
State supreme court justices who don't face voters are generally more effective than their elected counterparts, according to research led by Princeton University political scientists.
The genetic factors behind many human diseases and characteristics remain unknown, but new research from Princeton University suggests ways this "missing heritability" could be found.
The Princeton Energy and Environment Corporate Affiliates Program, a consortium of industrial partners working with Princeton University, has awarded grants to two projects: Turning municipal solid waste into fuel and reducing greenhouse gases emitted in making concrete.
David Botstein, Princeton University's Anthony B. Evnin '62 Professor of Genomics and molecular biology and director of the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, was among 11 recipients of the inaugural $3 million Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences.
Awarded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the $50,000 fellowships recognize promising early-career scientists who have been nominated by their colleagues.
A possible Higgs boson of cancer and steps to give natural biodiversity a fighting chance were among the topics Princeton University researchers discussed during the 2013 AAAS annual meeting.
The Princeton Physical Sciences-Oncology Center (PPS-OC) is an interdisciplinary research center aimed at exploring the physical laws that govern the emergence and behavior of cancer.
Three Princeton researchers will join a mission to study dark energy and dark matter as participants in the European Space Agency's (ESA) planned Euclid space telescope project. The Princeton astrophysicists will work as part of team led by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif.
By studying the common fruitfly, Stas Shvartsman's lab in the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics is learning how cells signal each other in order to grow from the simple structure of an embryo into a full-grown, complex creature.
A large-scale field experiment conducted during the December 2011 parliamentary elections in Russia suggests that fraud had a significant impact on the results. The research marks an advance in efforts to quantify vote fraud.
Starlings strike an optimal balance between the work of responding to social cues from their neighbors and the need to conserve energy. This trade-off yields a special number: seven. The finding has implications not just for unlocking the mysteries of coordinated animal movements, but also for the field of robotics, in which engineers seek to emulate nature's efficiency in coordinating the activity of many individuals in uncertain environments.
Edward Felten, a Princeton University professor of computer science and public affairs, was among 69 researchers nationwide elected to the National Academy of Engineering.
On the eve of Dec. 20, 2012, while the international news media were reporting on the alleged "end of the world" predicted by the ancient Maya calendar, six Princeton students and their professor were in Guatemala to experience the phenomenon firsthand.
TAG Optics, a company based on technology developed at Princeton University, has won the prestigious Prism Award for Photonics Innovation, which recognizes products that improve life through the application of light-based technologies.
A mathematical framework developed at Princeton University strips away the differences between classical and quantum mechanics to reveal how the ideas are compatible.
Nine new technologies with promising societal or commercial applications will get a boost from a Princeton University program aimed at bridging the gap between the laboratory and the marketplace.
The Lewis Center for the Arts, now celebrating its fifth anniversary, was founded on the principle that exposure to the arts, and particularly to the experience of making art, is fundamental to understanding ourselves and the world around us.
A new data archive project makes it easier for academics and the general public to access information gathered by governments and other sources about global conflicts, including those in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and other nations.
At Princeton, engineering and art often intersect, creating something new and entirely unexpected.
The Princeton Neuroscience Institute (PNI) is exploring the physical underpinnings of emotions, learning, memory and other neurological functions.
Extreme financial hardship can lead to reckless borrowing even among people who know better, according to research by Eldar Shafir, Princeton's William Stewart Tod Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs, as quoted in the New York Times.
Princeton University researchers report in the journal Science that facial expressions can be ambiguous and subjective when viewed independently.
Princeton University has established a strategic partnership with Humboldt University in Berlin that will support research and teaching collaboration spanning the disciplines.
Princeton Professor Jorge Sarmiento studies the vital role Earth's oceans play in the complex biochemical process through which carbon is exchanged among water, soil and atmosphere.
This virtual 3-D walkthrough of four principal buildings uncovered during Princeton University's archaeological excavations in Cyprus is part of the Princeton Art Museum's City of Gold exhibit. The animations were created by graduate and undergraduate students under the direction of Joanna Smith, a lecturer in art and archaeology, and Szymon Rusinkiewicz, a professor of computer science.
In an article published last month in the scientific journal Nature, Bogucki and his fellow researchers explain that the presence of milk byproducts found in the pottery provides compelling evidence that farmers used the perforated pots to separate cheese curds from whey.
Three teams led by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have won major blocks of time on two of the world’s most powerful supercomputers.
Princeton University has signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC).
Two Princeton University professors were among 18 researchers nationwide recognized by the National Academy of Sciences in 2013 for their achievement in the physical, biological and social sciences.
A series of recent droughts from Australia to the United States has led some scientists to warn that global warming has already begun to increase worldwide drought. But new research from Princeton and the Australian National University in Canberra has found that this might not be the case.
Princeton mathematician Manjul Bhargava was profiled in liveMint.com.
President Obama named Princeton psychology professor Anne Treisman as one of 12 recipients of the National Medal of Science on Dec. 21, 2012. Awarded annually, the Medal recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science and engineering. The Medal is considered the country's highest honor for scientists.
A new study reveals that bacterial cells can contain internal compartments, indicating that the single-celled organisms are more complex than previously thought.
The findings shed light on how organisms handle non-essential DNA.
Only a few regions contain the correct form of iron needed to sustain the growth of phytoplankton.
Emily Carter, founding director of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton, talks about why she decided to devote her career to energy research.
innovation triples the efficiency of organic solar cells
An enhanced approach to capturing changes on the Earth's surface via satellite could provide a more accurate account of how ice sheets are changing as a result of natural and human factors.
A new study published in the journal Science demonstrates that people rely on body language rather than facial expressions alone when determining how other people are feeling. The study by Hillel Aviezer, psychology professor at Hebrew University in Israel, and Alexander Todorov, professor of psychology at Princeton University, as featured on NPR. Listen to the broadcast.
The Princeton University Board of Trustees has approved the appointments of four assistant professors.
In recognition of a lifetime of breakthroughs that have shaped our understanding of the brain, John Hopfield has been awarded the Society for Neuroscience Swartz Prize for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience.
The United States could eliminate the need for crude oil by using a combination of coal, natural gas and non-food crops to make synthetic fuel, a team of Princeton researchers has found.
Climate change could cause larger and more frequent hurricane storm surges in New York City, according to a study published in June by Princeton University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers in Nature Climate Change. Read more in The Atlantic.
An efficient, high-volume technique for testing potential drug treatments for Alzheimer's disease uncovered an organic compound that restored motor function and longevity to fruit flies.
The Symposium offers fascinating scholarship extending across the humanities, social and natural sciences, and engineering.
The Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, known as PIIRS, is dedicated to furthering interdisciplinary, international research and teaching at Princeton.
Fusion will transform how we energize our society, argues Stewart C. Prager, the director of the Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and a professor of astrophysical sciences at Princeton University, in the New York Times blog, Dot Earth.
Princeton University and Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory researchers Emily Carter, Choong-Seock Chang, William Tang and Jeroen Tromp are among the recipients of the Department of Energy’s 2013 Innovative and Novel Computational Impact of Theory and Experiment (INCITE) multi-year award.
Researchers from Princeton University, the Bank of England and the University of Oxford applied methods inspired by ecosystem stability and contagion models to banking meltdowns and found that large national and international banks wield an influence and potentially destructive power that far exceeds their actual size.
A study published in the journal Nature finds that global drought has changed little over the past 60 years, casting doubt on the view that climate change has led to more incidents of drought. The research by Justin Sheffield, a research scholar in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University, and Eric Wood, Princeton's Susan Dod Brown Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was featured in New Scientist magazine. Read the article.
Princeton University President and molecular biologist Shirley M. Tilghman urged a new approach to science education that involves tackling big questions in tandem with learning the basics. She spoke Tuesday at Harvard University.
Recent research suggests that a short-term focus on immediate needs might lead individuals to borrow too much at high cost.
"Coca-Cola" Model for Delivering Malaria Meds is a Success, Should be Continued, Say Public Health Experts
A private-market approach to bringing affordable malaria treatments to people in Africa has increased access to care.
The American Mathematical Society selected 19 Princeton professors to be among its inaugural class of Fellows. The class includes 1,119 researchers from more than 600 institutions worldwide.
Princeton neuroscientists have been awarded a $4 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation to explore how the human brain enables us to pursue goals and juggle priorities in an environment full of distractions.
New research suggests that just one or two individual herpes virus particles attack a skin cell in the first stage of an outbreak, resulting in a bottleneck in which the infection may be vulnerable to medical treatment.
Ilana Witten, a new assistant professor in psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, received the NIH Director's New Innovator Award for 2012.
Every four years, Princeton neuroscientist Sam Wang successfully predicts the outcome of the presidential election. Find out how he does it in this article in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Evolution, often perceived as a series of random changes, might in fact be driven by a simple and repeated genetic solution to an environmental pressure.
How do protozoans take out the trash? By marking trash DNA with special methyl markers. The study, published in Genome Biology, refutes previous findings that these single-cell organisms have methylation-free DNA. The work was conducted in the laboratory of Laura Landweber, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Princeton University.
Princeton researchers found that elephants' widely spaced hairs draw heat away from the skin, helping the animals cool down.
New laser sensors use quantum cascade lasers to perform chemical fingerprinting of the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, methane and water vapor, as well as ammonia and carbon monoxide, which are related to air quality. These trace gas sensors were developed in laboratories that are part of Princeton's Mid-InfraRed Technologies for Health and the Environment (MIRTHE), a center funded by the National Science Foundation.
Microorganisms that crashed to Earth embedded in the fragments of distant planets might have been the sprouts of life on this one, according to new research from Princeton University, the University of Arizona and the Centro de Astrobiología (CAB) in Spain.
Why do elephants have hair? The answer can be found in the research of Elie Bou-Zeid, a Princeton University assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and his colleagues. "Hair works as an insulator when it covers the skin," said Elie Bou-Zeid, in a Princeton news release on the report, which appeared in the journal PLoS One. Read the CNN article.
Princeton chemistry professor Paul Chirik makes iron function like platinum in chemical reactions. Read about Paul Chirik, Princeton's Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Chemistry, in the New York Times.
Crucial next steps on the roadmap to developing fusion energy will be the focus of more than 70 top fusion scientists and engineers from around the world who will gather at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) this month.
Catalyst could have uses in drug discovery and development.
Can science be crowdfunded? Yes, according to Ethan Perlstein, a fellow at Princeton University's Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, and colleague David Sulzer at Columbia University. View their outline of a proposal to crowdfund a project to discover how amphetamines such as crystal meth work, or read a description in a Scientific American blog on Oct. 5, 2012. Perlstein's research focuses on cell biology, personalized medicine and quantitative evolutionary theory &ndas
A center based at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has won a highly competitive $12.25 million grant to develop computer codes to simulate a key component of the plasma that fuels fusion energy.
Topics related to water are explored in the most recent issue of EQuad News, the magazine of the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Topics include: A trip to Nevada's Lake Mead provides a stark reminder of dramatically changing drought patterns. Global changes mean a complex future for tropical storms. Trends in "virtual water" trade. Dams on Mekong River could spell disaster for fisheries. Cutting through the clouds to re
As countries such as China stretch their water supplies, they turn to countries with more abundant water supplies for food.
Discover Magazine spoke with Tullis Onstott, professor of geosciences at Princeton University, for the magazine's July-August 2012 edition. Onstott describes his trip to a South African mine and tells how what we learn about these environments could assist our understanding of the planet Mars. Read the article in Discover.
Planet-hunter Bakos talks about using a network of small telescopes to search outside our solar system.
Four student teams presented their enterprise concepts to venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and business people from the Princeton area and beyond.
Princeton ranks 5th among U.S. universities in the amount of income generated from the licensing of research innovations, according to a survey by the Association of University Technology Managers. Read the article at Inside Higher Education.
Princeton University’s Cooperative Institute for Climate Science will receive $3 million to create detailed models of the earth's climate and gain a better undestanding of how climage change affects life on earth. Read more on NJ.com.
A video game designed for predatory fish addresses lingering evolutionary questions about group formation and movement in animals, according to a new paper in Science
Researchers report in the journal Science that an area of our brain called the pulvinar regulates communication between clusters of brain cells as we focus on the people and objects that need our attention
Duncan Haldane, Princeton's Eugene Higgs Professor of Physics, was one of three researchers to be awarded the Dirac medal from the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy for their work on topological insulators. Read more at Physicsworld.com.
The second in a series of profiles of graduate students and post-docs in the Department of Chemistry across the spectrum of specialties: organic, inorganic, physical, chemical biology and theoretical. This profile features postdoctoral researcher Kevin Welsher in the physical chemistry group of Associate Professor Haw Yang.
Climate change could almost completely wipe out the eastern Pacific leatherback sea turtle by the end of the century, according to a new study led by Princeton and NOAA researchers.
Four Princeton University faculty members have been selected as Simons Investigators in the inaugural year of a prestigious program aimed at supporting research by mathematicians, theoretical physicists, and theoretical computer scientists.
Two Princeton University professors have received the 2012 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers.
A new telescope capable of surveying large areas of the sky and increasing our understanding of dark energy and dark matter is one step closer to construction.
A new technology allows data centers to substitute flash memory for the more expensive and energy-intensive RAM, potentially reducing data storage costs. The technology is being commercialized by flash memory-maker Fusion-io and is under evaluation by other industry partners.
A team of Princeton University physicists and students have made major contributions to the hunt for the Higgs boson, a particle much smaller than an atom theorized to be crucial to understanding the nature of the world around us.
New supercomputers, operating at a speed called the "exascale," will produce realistic simulations of dazzlingly complex phenomena in nature such as fusion reactions, earthquakes and climate change.
Grad student training in the biosciences: In need of overhaul, says Princeton President Shirley Tilghman in Science magazine
Molecular biologist and Princeton University President Shirley M. Tilghman explains why biomedical graduate level training needs renovation. Tilghman serves as chair of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Biomedical Research Workforce Working Group.
Researchers found that the oral-facial component of human speech mirrors the rhythm, development and internal dynamics of lip smacking, a friendly back-and-forth gesture performed by primates such as chimpanzees, baboons and macaques.
Mothers living within 30 kilometers of a hurricane's path during their third trimester were 60 percent more likely to have a newborn with abnormal conditions, a Princeton study found.
A Princeton University-led team of scientists has shown how electrons moving in certain solids can behave as though they are a thousand times more massive than free electrons, yet at the same time act as speedy superconductors.
Scientists around the globe are searching for ways to store, dispose of, or prevent the formation of the greenhouse gas, which is a major driver of global climate change.
View from top (left) and side (right) of nanopillars
New research reveals that nervous system viruses, such as herpes, sabotage nerve cell and commandeer their mitochondria to spread.
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.
Rocks preserved in the Earth's crust reveal that a steep decline in the intensity of melting within the planet's mantle brought about ideal conditions for the period known as the Great Oxygenation Event (GOE) that occurred roughly 2.5 billion years ago.
Day-to-day weather variations are growing more erratic and more extreme for at least one-third of the global climate.
Bogdan Bernevig, the Eugene and Mary Wigner Assistant Professor in Theoretical Physics in Princeton's Department of Physics, is among 11 researchers nationwide to receive a 2012 Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists from the New York Academy of Sciences
Male baboons that have a high rank within their society recover more quickly from injuries and are less likely to become ill than other males, according to a study by a team from University of Notre Dame, Duke University and Princeton University.
Considered the father of computer science, Turing earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from Princeton in 1938. Watch the video.
Princeton's Michael Bender explains how tiny bubbles trapped for centuries in Antarctic ice, can reveal the history of the Earth's climate. Read the article in Climate Central.
Iain Couzin, assistant professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University, studies collective animal behavior.
Building relationships between the researchers and students of Princeton University and education institutions around the world.
An unique research collaboration blossomed when a Princeton University researcher took her dog Jessy for cancer treatment at the University of Pennsylvania
A nitrogen sensor that can monitor environmental change, a "no-frills" quantum computer and a laboratory small enough to fit inside a single cell are the three technologies selected to receive support this year at Princeton University from the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund.
Big Mac Index, a measurement of a nation's wages developed by Princeton's Orley Ashenfelter, is featured on public radio
Comparing wages across countries can be challenging. To address this, Orley Ashenfelter came up with the Big Mac Index, a measure of the number of minutes it takes for a McDonald's worker to earn enough money to buy a Big Mac sandwich.
Research within the Center for African American Studies (CAAS) is interdisciplinary in nature and part of a broader endeavor to understand history and experiences of African Americans.
Members elected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.
The Carbon Mitigation Initiative is a 15-year joint project of Princeton University, BP and Ford Motor company with the goal of finding solutions to the carbon and climate problem.
Researchers at Princeton University have created a removable tattoo that adheres to dental enamel and could eventually monitor a patient’s health with unprecedented sensitivity.
Behavioral and developmental disabilities in children are now more common than physical disabilities, report finds
A new report released by Princeton University and the Brookings Institution found that the most common disabiliteis in children have shifted from physical disorders toward mental health and behavioral disorders.
Immersive 3-D sound developed at Princeton University makes its way into a new product, the Jawbone Big Jambox.
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.
Look over there! A study of group gawking in crowds overturns what we thought we knew about human behavior
Princeton researchers Andrew Gallup and Ian Couzin studied street crowds to identify what makes us follow the gazes of perfect strangers and look up at something that everyone else seems to be watching. The researchers found that, contrary to research conducted in the 1960s, the copying of other people's actions is much less strong than was observed in those early studies, and people do not reach a "tipping point' at which everyone starts to look. The work was covered in Discover Magazine's blog
A massive expansion of hydropower planned for the Mekong River Basin in Southeast Asia could have a catastrophic impact on the river's fishery and millions of people who depend on it, according to a new study by researchers including scientists from Princeton University.
Student engineers win $90,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to further develop and implement a portable energy generator intended for use in remote or disaster-torn regions. project.
Researchers at the Combustion Energy Frontier Research Center (CEFRC) are finding ways to enhance combustion efficiency, reduce emissions, explore carbon-neutral fuels and contribute to the formulation of fundamentally new fuels and engines.
Princeton University researchers have found that the expectation that life — from bacteria to sentient beings — has or will develop on other planets as on Earth might be based more on optimism than scientific evidence.
A study in yeast cells sheds light on antidepressant drug effects.
The two-day meeting of the Carbon Mitigation Initiative explored policies and technologies for addressing greenhouse gases and climate change.
Two Princeton University professors are among the noted scientists elected as fellows of the Royal Society in 2012. David MacMillan, the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry and chair of the department, was among 44 scientists around the world to be named a fellow of the Royal Society. Bonnie Bassler, Princeton's Squibb Professor of Molecular Biology, was one of eight researchers named foreign members of the society.
Texas' policy of admitting the top 10% of graduating high school seniors to its public universities coincided with a drop in the proportion of Hispanic student admissions at the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University, found a study by Princeton's Angel L. Harris, an assistant professor of sociology, and Marta Tienda, a professor of sociology and public affairs. The 10% policy was created after race-conscious admissions were banned by a federal judge. The findings were
The secret to the development of fusion as a clean and abundant source of energy for producing electric power could lie in the destruction of bubble-like islands that appear in the hot, charged gases.
The Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics (PACM) is home to researchers who create innovative and quantitative approaches and apply them to today's unsolved problems in science, economics, and engineering.
There is more than one route to success, says Jeanne Altmann, Eugene Higgins Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Emeritus, Princeton University in Scientific American Blogs.
A.J. Stewart Smith, who has served as Princeton University's first dean for research since 2006, will assume a newly created position as vice president for the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) to serve as the University's primary liaison with DOE.
Student research suggests a potential new chemotherapeutic approach for treating certain cancers.
Social Risk Factors Linked to Childhood Obesity in Girls, according to Princeton's Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study
As featured in CNN, US News & World Report, Education Week and many other outlets, young girls growing up in difficult home and family situations were at increased risk of becoming obese by age 5. These challenges challenges include a mother's mental illness or substance abuse, intimate partner violence, housing or food insecurity, or a father's incarceration. The study was conducted using data from Princeton University's Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study and was published online in the
Princeton's Program in Latin American Studies (PLAS) brings together scholars, artists, students and experts to explore the many facets of Latin America.
At the forefront in providing research to guide policies that protect consumers and enable secure technologies for voting, commerce and many other applications.
The study found that household income alone accounts for more than half of the racial imbalance among both men and women, while more than a quarter of the gaps can be attributed to educational differences alone. Surprisingly, marital status was significantly more influential in extending life expectancy for men than for women.
A metal lining inside a fusion reactor could make all the difference in the quest to produce clean and abundant energy.
A sensor embedded in a tooth could monitor your health. The sensor, developed in the lab of Princeton's Michael McAlpine, is featured in the Daily Mail.
In 2010-2011, the Pace Center offered more than 1,680 opportunities for civic engagement.
Results from neutrino experiments in China by international team enable search for antimatter
New collaboration to study plasma physics.
Research that enhances the fundamental understanding of natural climate variability and human influence on climate.
Movie tweets don't tell the whole story, Princeton researchers find. As reported in Technology Review's arXiv Blog.
Twitter traffic on movies doesn't predict box office success, found Felix Ming Fai Wong, a graduate student in Mung Chiang's lab at Princeton University
The device can heat a spot of foil to 30,000 degrees Centigrade in less than a billionth of a second.
Elusive kSZ effect found, could provide insight on dark energy and dark matter.
With an emphasis on quantitative approaches, the Bendheim Center for Finance attracts the world’s leading experts in finance from academia, government and the private sector.
Princeton neuroscientists followed the brain activity of mice as they navigated a virtual reality maze, uncovering new information about the neurons involved in making memories.
Students meet with faculty members in physics and integrative genomics
With a focus on health and wellbeing, exploring how public policies can influence health and quality of life, and training future leaders in health and health policy.
The 7th Annual Innovation Forum showcased eight exciting concepts for novel products or start-up companies.
Spanning the traditional disciplines of science and engineering, PRISM brings together academia and industry to advance material science research and educate the next generation of leaders.
A Princeton University-led research team raises questions about how tropical forests might respond if they were to become exposed to additional nitrogen through water and air pollution.
Princeton University-based researchers have found that a "universal" vaccine could for the first time allow for the effective, wide-scale prevention of flu by limiting the influenza virus' ability to spread and mutate.
Princeton's Edgar Choueiri and his team seek to create a 3-D sound experience so realistic that it could revolutionize entertainment.
Educating leaders for a technology-driven society
A study led by researchers at Princeton University has yielded insights into how liquid spreads along flexible fibers, which could allow for increased efficiency in various industrial applications.
Researchers find that allowing cattle to graze on the same land as wild animals can result in healthier, meatier bovines by enhancing the cows' diet. The findings suggest a new approach to raising cattle that could help spare wildlife.
Hurricanes and tropical storms could become far more common in low-lying coastal areas, according to a new study by researchers from Princeton University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dedicated to improving children's lives, the Center focuses on research and policy in fields such as education, child health, economic insecurity and neighborhood quality.
New method of making silicone-based surfactants, work led by Princeton chemist Paul Chirik, is published in Science and written up in C&E News
Climate change linked to increased risk of storm surges, Princeton and MIT researchers find, as reported in the Boston Globe
The Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics is dedicated to an interdisciplinary approach to the study of modern biology.
Vorbeck Materials, a startup company founded on discoveries made at Princeton University, has been named as one of three winning startup companies in the U.S. Department of Energy's America’s Next Top Energy Innovator Challenge.
Long-sought solar neutrino spotted by team including Princeton's Frank Calaprice and Cristiano Galbiati, reports Science News
At Princeton, high-performance computing resources are available to researchers from all academic departments and disciplines.
Five Princeton faculty teams are the new recipients of support from a University fund designed to help propel promising discoveries out of the laboratory into products and technologies that can benefit society.
A family history of psychiatric conditions such as autism and depression could influence the subjects a person finds engaging, Princeton researchers find.
Survivors of Hurricane Katrina have struggled with poor mental health for years after the storm, according to a new study of low-income mothers in the New Orleans area. The study's lead author, Christina Paxson of Princeton University, said that the results were a departure from other surveys both in the design and the results. The researchers were able to collect data on the participants before Katrina and nearly five years after the August 2005 storm, finding a persistence of po
EQuad News (Winter 2012) offers a snapshot of health-related research at Princeton Engineering.
Princeton technologies and the inventors behind them were featured at an annual event honoring faculty members and investment partners.
Vaccination in a globalized world, research by Princeton's Petra Klepac, is featured in The Economist.
People are willing to lose money to avoid taxes, according to Abigail Sussman and Christopher Y. Olivola, as reported in the Washington Post.
Lyman Page, chair of the Department of Physics, was selected to present the Kavli Foundation Plenary Lecture at the American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting in Austin. The Kavli Foundation Plenary Lectureship recognizes a recent research topic of great importance.
A rare and exotic mineral, so unusual that it was thought impossible to exist, came to Earth on a meteorite, according to an international team of researchers led by Princeton University scientists.
Research on Middleweight Black Holes by Princeton's Jenny Greene is featured in the January issue of Scientific American.
The Princeton Research Symposium is an annual opportunity for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to present their work to a broad audience of fellow students, faculty members, alumni and community members.
Researchers at Princeton have found a way to extend their control over the spins of billions of electrons for up to 10 seconds.
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) is getting an earlier-than-expected start on a $94 million project as the next stage of its mission to chart an attractive course for the development of nuclear fusion as a clean, safe and abundant fuel for generating electricity.
Fertility and lifespan are governed by different biological clocks, according to Princeton's Coleen Murphy, as reported in Scientific American.
Contrary to the ideal of a completely engaged electorate, individuals who have the least interest in a specific outcome can actually be vital to achieving a democratic consensus. These individuals dilute the influence of powerful minority factions who would otherwise dominate everyone else, according to new research published in the journal Science. A Princeton University-based research team reports Dec. 16 that this finding — based on group decision-making experiments on fish, as
In an effort to accelerate innovation in sustainable energy and environmental technology, a collaborative network known as the Princeton Energy and Environment Corporate Affiliates Program has been created at Princeton University to engage a wide range of businesses.
Princeton University alumnus Jeff Bezos, the founder and chief executive officer of Amazon.com, and alumna MacKenzie Bezos, are donating $15 million to the University to create a center in the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. The gift will establish the Bezos Center for Neural Circuit Dynamics, which will be led by institute co-director David Tank. Jeff Bezos was an electrical engineering and computer science major at the University who graduated from Princeton with highest honors an
Normally used to spot where people live, satellite images of nighttime lights can help keep tabs on the diseases festering among them, too, according to new research.
After several years of planning and more than a year of construction, Princeton University's High-Performance Computing Research Center opened its doors this week. The facility gives researchers on campus new capacity to tackle some of the world's most complex scientific challenges.
Researchers report this month in the journal Science a technique using robotics to perform more than 1,000 chemical reactions a day with molecules never before combined. In a single day of trials, the Princeton researchers discovered a shortcut for producing pharmaceutical-like compounds that shaves weeks off the traditional process.
Science deans and educators from universities and colleges around the state came to Princeton University to discuss ways to revive the state's economy and create jobs through programs in science, technology, engineering and math.
Princeton's Jeffrey Aristoff and Howard Stone featured in Science on the mathematics of jumping rope
Princeton researchers reported this month in the journal Science that savanna wildfires, combined with climate conditions, maintain the distinct border between savannas and forests in many tropical and subtropical areas. But climate change, road construction and fire-prevention measures threaten to disrupt this balance.
A new policy approved this fall by Princeton faculty members gives the University and faculty members rights to republish scholarly articles.The policy is intended to make the faculty's scholarly articles, published in journals and conference proceedings, available to a wider audience.
Princeton's Frederick Hughson and Bonnie Bassler target bacteria 'quorum sensing' as route to antibacterial therapies in R&D Mag
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) are conducting experiments on a process known as "magnetic reconnection," one of the most common but least understood phenomena in the universe.
Princeton University researchers have developed a new model that can not only more accurately simulate the seismic fallout of such an impact, but also help reveal new information about the surface and interior of planets based on past collisions.
Seeking to better understand the level of death and destruction that would result from a large meteorite striking the Earth, Princeton University researchers have developed a new model that can not only more accurately simulate the seismic fallout of such an impact, but also help reveal new information about the surface and interior of planets based on past collisions. Princeton researchers created the first model to take into account Earth's elliptical shape, surface features and ocean dep
Princeton University professor Christopher Sims has been awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in economics along with Thomas Sargent, a New York University economist who is a visiting professor at Princeton, for developing tools to analyze the effect of monetary policy on the economy.
How can scientists help the public take climate change seriously, asks Princeton's Robert Socolow in the New York Times
A giant Jupiter-like gas planet has been revealed to be the most light-thirsty object in the known universe -- a finding that may help astronomers better understand a mysterious characteristic of similar planets found outside our solar system.
Delaying kindergarten is not in your child's best interests, according to Princeton neuroscientist Sam Wang in the New York Times
Benjamin Garcia of Princeton's Department of Molecular Biology and Amit Singer of the Department of Mathematics have received the 2010 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers.
The American Physical Society announced today, Sept. 26, 2011, that Professor Robert J. Cava of Princeton University will be the recipient of the 2012 James C. McGroddy Prize for New Materials sponsored by IBM.
Work on how bacteria resist antibiotics by Robert Austin's team is published in Science and featured in MIT Technology Rev
A course in the responsible conduct of research is required for all federally funded students and postdoctoral researchers in the natural sciences, mathematics, engineering and the social sciences.
A team of researchers from Princeton and New York University have unveiled a ready-made method for detecting the collision of stars with an elusive type of black hole that is on the short list of objects believed to make up dark matter.
Research by Princeton's Andrew Gallup on why we yawn is featured in the International Business Times
Dashboard-mounted smartphone "SignalGuru" helping drivers optimize fuel efficiency reported in Scientific American
Princeton research reported in the Sept. 13 issue of the journal PLoS Medicine shows for the first time that people recovering from a serious injury -- regardless of age, gender or previous health -- exhibit similar gene activity as their condition changes, which doctors can use to predict and prepare for a patient's deterioration.
Research by Princeton's Laurence Gesquiere on rank and stress in "alpha male" baboons reported in the Wall Street Journal
Frick Chemistry Laboratory — the new home of the University's Department of Chemistry — presents the perfect staging area to break scientific ground, to engage students by actively involving them in cutting-edge work, and — according to the department's leader — to provide "the best education in undergraduate chemistry in the world."
Problems in energy systems analysis require making decisions in the presence of different sources of uncertainty.
The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, which is managed by the University, is devoted both to creating new knowledge about the physics of plasmas -- ultrahot, charged gases -- and to developing practical solutions for the creation of fusion energy. Through the process of fusion, which is constantly occurring in the sun and other stars, energy is created when the nuclei of two lightweight atoms, such as those of hydrogen, combine in a plasma at very high temperatures. When this happens, a burst
Real-world scenes, such as cityscapes or mountain vistas, are cluttered and contain many different objects. The capacity of the visual system to process the information that is present in these scenes is rather limited, so the brain has developed neural mechanisms to select the information that is most relevant for guiding current behavior.
In our research published in the Journal of Political Economy, we considered an urban revitalization program implemented in Richmond, Virginia, which subsidized housing investments in poor neighborhoods. The magnitude and scope of the measured housing externalities indicates that the social value of this policy was positive and large. It also suggests that the current wave of foreclosures is probably reducing the value of urban land in the U.S. way beyond its direct effect on foreclosed homes.
Founded in 1994, the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) is the interdisciplinary center of environmental research, education and outreach at Princeton University.
As research becomes increasingly interdisciplinary and complicated, international partnerships are crucial for finding answers to pressing societal challenges, maintaining Princeton's status as a leading research university, bolstering American competitiveness, and providing critical educational opportunities and international experiences to Princeton students who will become the leaders of tomorrow's increasingly global world.
Mathematics professor Manjul Bhargava and graduate student Arul Shankar are shaping the understanding of elliptic curves. Beyond advancing the subject of number theory in general, a heightened understanding of elliptic curves also has important implications in coding theory and cryptography. Encryption schemes, such as those used to protect our privacy when transmitting information online, often centrally involve the use of elliptic curves and the connect-the-dots construction.
Discovery: Research at Princeton University, produced by the Office of the Dean for Research in collaboration with the Office of Communications, reports on significant research endeavors and discoveries, faculty honors, notable awards, recent books and the University’s research administration. The latest edition, published in 2011, is now available.
Princeton University inventors mixed with industry representatives, investors and entrepreneurs at Celebrate Princeton Invention, an annual event that honors University researchers.
Princeton researchers have invented an extremely sensitive sensor that opens up new ways to detect a wide range of substances, from biological markers of cancer to hidden explosives.
Princeton Plasma Physics Lab deputy director Hawryluk's appointment to ITER core management team reported in Science
There are few studies of how motion of the surrounding fluid affects biofilms -- sticky aggregations of microorganisms that grow on wet surfaces ranging from riverbeds to sewer pipes to human teeth. Using a combination of approaches, we found that that string-like filaments called streamers that are formed by biofilms may be much more common than previously believed and that their presence can have a major impact on various flow processes, such as how biomass accumulates in filters.
A team of researchers, including Jeanne Altmann, a Princeton University professor of ecology and evolutionary biology emeritus, has found that the slow pace of human aging is not as unique as once thought. The findings were published in the March 11 issue of the journal Science.
Alireza Shabani, a postdoctoral research associate in chemistry at Princeton University, and an international team of scientists have removed a major obstacle in the quest to engineer quantum systems that will play a major role in the computers, communication networks and biomedical devices of the future.
Warren Powell, a professor of operations research and financial engineering at Princeton University, has received $3.5 million in funding for his energy systems research over the next five years. The support comes from SAP, a major provider of business software, and is intended to help its clients in the energy industry operate more effectively.
Princeton researchers have developed a new method to better understand how an embryo's basic molecular makeup helps ensure that the embryo's development occurs reliably every time. A team led by Thomas Gregor, an assistant professor of physics and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics at Princeton University, and Shawn Little, a visiting postdoctoral research associate in the laboratory of Professor Eric Wieschaus in the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton, has pu
Sociologist Sara McLanahan's research on children who live in public housing featured in United Press International
In a discovery that may lead to a new treatment for breast cancer that has spread to the bone, a Princeton University research team has unraveled a mystery about how these tumors take root.
Alexander Smits and Richard Miles, professors of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and Christodoulos Floudas, professor of chemical and biological engineering, have been elected as 2011 members of the National Academy of Engineering.
Using mathematical concepts, Princeton researchers have developed a method of discovering new drugs for a range of diseases by calculating which physical properties of biological molecules may predict their effectiveness as medicines. The technique already has identified several potential new drugs that were shown to be effective for fighting strains of HIV by researchers at Johns Hopkins University.
Princeton University engineers have developed a new laser-sensing technology that may allow soldiers to detect hidden bombs from a distance and scientists to better measure airborne environmental pollutants and greenhouse gases.
CMI has received a commitment of $11 million from BP as part of an extension of their partnership first announced in October 2008.
WWS' Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study: "King's Dream Deferred for Children of Unmarried Parents"
As the nation prepares to celebrate the life and achievements of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., work by researchers at Princeton and Columbia Universities shows King's dream deferred for millions of children. The reason? A significant increase over the past 40 years in the percentage of children born into fragile families, defined as couples who are unmarried when their children are born.
A project that could enable the development of revolutionary electronics and a separate project that could dramatically improve diabetes monitoring and treatment are the first two research efforts to be supported at Princeton University from the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund.
Matthias Kaschube, a lecturer in physics and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics at Princeton University, published results of research into the factors determining development of the brain's neural circuits in the Nov. 4 online edition of Science Express.
The Gigascale Systems Research Center, a Princeton-led consortium of dozens of researchers across 15 universities, focuses on solving a range of technical hurdles that are emerging as computing demands strain the capabilities of current processor design technology. The scientists are exploring new designs, programming techniques and applications of computing.
Researchers at Princeton University are creating new inventions that have the potential to make the world a better place.