Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017
by Susan Promislo, Office of Communications
Princeton University has a substantial impact on the New Jersey economy, generating an annual total of $1.58 billion in economic output as an employer, research and innovation leader, sponsor of construction projects, purchaser of goods and services, and financial and civic contributor to local communities. That total supports an estimated 13,450 jobs with $970.7 million in earnings. The economic and other benefits the University generates within the town of Princeton and neighboring communities, Mercer County and the state of New Jersey are presented in a new report, "Education, Innovation and Opportunity: The Economic Impact of Princeton University."
Friday, Apr 28, 2017
by Julian Zelizer & Sam Wang
The first 100 days of Trump’s presidency have been a whirlwind of victories and setbacks, leaving Americans with mixed opinions about President Trump and how the next four years could unfold. While his approval ratings are at historic lows and he has yet to enact any major legislation, his supporters have been pleased with the burst of executive actions and his defiant stand against the political establishment. How has President Trump done in his first 100 days, and how does he compare to past presidents? Why is the first 100 days in office used as a barometer in the first place? Do these presidential beginnings predict the course of an entire term? In this episode of Politics & Polls, professors Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang interview political historian Meg Jacobs, a research scholar at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Jacobs explains the concept of evaluating a president’s first 100 days and how she thinks Trump’s faring from a historical perspective.
Wednesday, Apr 26, 2017
by Rochelle Hendricks, NJ Secretary of Higher Education
STEM jobs are the jobs of the future, with more than 200,000 STEM-related positions needing to be filled by 2025. This represents both a challenge and an opportunity. New Jersey has long been known as a highly educated State, with an attainment rate recently estimated to be at 50.1 percent, meaning that slightly more than half of our working-age adults have some level of education after high school. That’s not bad, compared with the national attainment rate of 45.3 percent, but it’s not good enough.
Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017
by Sharon B. Adarlo, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
The Energy Systems Analysis Group (ESAG) at the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment is one of nine groups that has been selected to receive funding from Princeton University’s Innovation Fund. The ESAG’s work will involve a modeling study of the U.S. electric grid. ESAG will lead the project and work in collaboration with NRG Energy, a leading power company in the U.S., to assess how the ongoing penetration of renewables might affect the U.S. electric grid and prospects for decarbonization in order to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate. ESAG developed this research project over the past several months through discussions with NRG since both parties share strong interests around a low-carbon future for the U.S. power sector. Analysts at NRG will bring perspectives of a private-sector player in electricity markets to help inform ESAG’s efforts.
Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017
by Sharon B. Adarlo, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
Drastic changes in climate policy under the Trump administration should not cause environmental advocates to lose hope, a panel of experts said at a recent symposium at Princeton University’s Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. Even though the administration and Congressional leaders have begun to reverse policies aimed at reducing atmospheric carbon emissions, the panelists said that many opportunities remain to push policies and technologies to mitigate climate change. In fact, a number of technologies, from solar power to increased energy efficiency, already have momentum that may be unstoppable. “This issue will not go away,” said David Hawkins, director of the Climate Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council. “The business community knows that it won’t go away. The markets believe in climate change because the markets are anchored in reality.”
Monday, Apr 24, 2017
by Sharon B. Adarlo, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
An interview Professor Warren Powell, who’s a well-known expert on modeling transportation and logistics systems, on his research work modeling the electric grid, specifically the impact of intermittent renewables (solar and wind) on the grid. He talks about the challenges of increasing these renewables on the electric grid, and how their rise has necessitated at times backup reserve in the form of fossil fuel generators. Another interesting point he brings up is that the electricity “portfolio” of any given region is dictated by geography and resource availability, i.e., Texas has a lot of wind due to being situated in a wind corridor, and Florida has favorable growing conditions for sugar cane, which can be turned into biofuels.
Thursday, Apr 20, 2017
by Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang
From Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election to the looming federal budget negotiations, the 115th U.S. Congress currently has a full plate. What other challenges might today’s Congress face in the months ahead? In this episode of Politics & Polls, Professor Sam Wang interviews Congressman Leonard Lance (R-NJ), who represents the 7th Congressional District of New Jersey.
Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017
by Adam Hadhazy, for the Office of Engineering Communications
Princeton University-based researchers have found that machine-learning programs can acquire the cultural biases embedded in the patterns of wording, from a mere preference for flowers over insects, to discriminatory views on race and gender.
Monday, Apr 17, 2017
by the Office of Communications
Through its comprehensive campus planning effort, Princeton University has identified a potential site for a new undergraduate residential college south of Poe Field and east of Elm Drive and potential sites for the expansion of engineering and environmental studies on lands along the north side of Ivy Lane and Western Way, west of FitzRandolph Road.
Friday, Apr 14, 2017
by John Schoonejongen for the Office of Engineering Communications
Agriculture has long been blamed for smog-causing ammonia in the atmosphere, but vehicle tailpipes actually are a more important source of ammonia's contribution to the haze that hovers over big cities, according to new research by a team including Princeton engineers. "Ammonia doesn't have to come all the way from the Midwest to Philadelphia or New York," said Mark Zondlo, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Princeton University. "Much of it is being generated here."