Faculty in the News
Two faculty members, alumnus inducted into American Philosophical Society .
Two Princeton University faculty members and one University alumnus are among 36 new members recently elected to the American Philosophical Society.
Hop to It: New look upends old concept of bacteria’s movement .
Bacteria have emerged as allies in the fights against pollution and disease. But harnessing that potential will require a strategy to control their behavior. Engineered bacteria can help clean up polluted aquifers, where they move through porous rocks and wet sediments to target and break down contaminants. Likewise, medical therapies use bacteria to detect illnesses like diabetes or cancer by moving through the soft gels and tissues of the body and alerting physicians to the presence of sugars or mutated cells.
Forensic engineering preserves art treasures by saving historic buildings .
Art such as frescos and mosaics are often inherent parts of the buildings that house them, making them vulnerable to the damage inevitably faced by aging structures. To save the works, researchers from Princeton University and the University of California-San Diego are using non-invasive technology to protect them, while preserving the buildings in which they stand. The work is part of a broader effort to analyze and protect two Italian UNESCO World Heritage sites in Florence, the Palazzo Vecchio and the Baptistery di San Giovanni.