Tuesday, Jul 18, 2017
by The Office of Communications
Peter Grant, the Class of 1877 Professor of Zoology, Emeritus, and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, emeritus, and B. Rosemary Grant, senior research biologist, emeritus, ecology and evolutionary biology, have been named recipients of the Royal Medal in Biology. The Grants’ legendary explorations of the group of 18 bird species known as Darwin’s finches that populate the Galápagos island of Daphne Major — which is in an entirely natural state unaffected by humans — over four decades have produced an array of dazzling insights into evolutionary theory.
Thursday, Jul 13, 2017
by Kristin Qian
Jo Dunkley, a professor of physics and astrophysical sciences who joined the faculty last year, asks big questions about the universe and the fundamental laws that describe nature. She is also a mentor to women in science. Dunkley, who had her second child this spring, said she feels it is part of her job to “figure out how to have a family, be a mother, and be a professor.”
Thursday, Jul 13, 2017
by B. Rose Kelly
President Donald Trump has spent his first months faced with a potential scandal involving Russia, an issue that’s only grown since the election with discussions and investigations about possible obstruction and collusion. In recent weeks, this has dominated national political debates, especially in Congress and the White House. Benjamin Wittes, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Lawfare blog, joins this episode of Politics & Polls to discuss where things stand in the Trump-Russia story. The Lawfare blog is “devoted to sober and serious discussion of ‘hard national security choices.’”
Wednesday, Jul 12, 2017
by Suleman Din for the Office of Engineering Communications
Finding an alternative vehicle fuel poses a difficult challenge: it has to be relatively cheap and able to reduce carbon emissions without using up valuable crop land or trees from forests. Now, researchers at Princeton’s Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment say one possible solution might be all around us. In a recent paper, the researchers evaluated a method that creates fuel from wood residues, sawdust and branches. The method, called catalytic hydropyrolysis, could use the refining and distribution systems now used for gasoline to create a fuel that would work in modern engines.
Wednesday, Jul 5, 2017
by Jamie Saxon
Zachary Beecher is a captain on the 2nd Brigade Combat Team’s staff working for the brigade commander in developing the analysis for the ongoing advise-and-assist mission in Iraq. For the first six months of his deployment, Beecher served as the logistics advise-and-assist coordinator for 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division. With his team of logistics advisers, he coordinated efforts with coalition partners including Sweden, New Zealand, Great Britain, Australia, Hungary, Norway, Germany, France and others while working hand-in-hand with the Iraqi Army to provide support and real-time consultations on optimizing logistics operations in support of the five Iraqi Army Divisions (nearly 100,000 Iraqi soldiers) engaged in combat operations to liberate Mosul, Iraq.
Thursday, Jun 29, 2017
by The Office of Communications
The 2016-17 academic year at Princeton University has been memorable, with high points ranging from a faculty member’s Nobel Prize to the valedictorian’s commitment to service and community. Throughout the year, the University strengthened its commitments to academic excellence through research and teaching; increased access and inclusion across ability, race, gender and income; reflected on and expanded our service mission; made changes to the campus environment; supported vibrant student experiences; and gathered for major events.
Thursday, Jun 29, 2017
by Professors Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang
This week marks the one-year anniversary of Politics & Polls! In this episode, Professors Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang reflect on everything that’s transpired over the past year from the presidential campaign to President Donald Trump’s election.
Wednesday, Jun 28, 2017
by The Office of Communications
Princeton University neuroscientist Sabine Kastner comes prepared for a meeting with her youngest collaborators, packing a model of the human brain, a collection of preserved animal brains and a video demonstrating a single neuron in action. Those collaborators — fifth-graders at Riverside School in Princeton, shown in the video above — are prepared, too, with questions, ideas and enthusiasm.
Tuesday, Jun 27, 2017
College football, one of America's most beloved and popular institutions, is getting ready to celebrate a big birthday. And it plans to do so in style. A group of college football leaders announced plans today to launch a nationwide celebration to commemorate the game's 150th birthday. Princeton Ford Family Director of Athletics Mollie Marcoux Samaan has been selected as one of the 13 members of this committee.
Tuesday, Jun 27, 2017
by Julie Halsey, Princeton Entrepreneurship Council
Last month, the Princeton Entrepreneurship Council (PEC), in partnership with Princeton University Press, held a TigerTalks in the City on “Breakthrough Books,” featuring four Princeton faculty members discussing their most recent books, all published by PUP, in New York City. The quarterly series is designed to bring Princeton research to New York. The faculty participating in the evening’s panel discussion are all Princeton University Press authors: Sir Angus Deaton, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of International Affairs, Emeritus; Nancy Malkiel, professor of history, emeritus; Dalton Conley, the Henry Putnam University Professor in Sociology; and Alexander Todorov, professor of psychology.