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Thursday, Mar 9, 2017
by Julian Zelizer & Sam Wang
The start of Donald Trump’s presidency has been anything but predictable. So far, his first 100 days in office have been filled with a lot of heat, noise — and executive orders. But is this that abnormal? Or is it par for the course? Where do we draw the line between what is unprecedented, and what we’ve seen before? Professors Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang discuss these questions — which are based on a recent article in The Upshot, a column for The New York Times— in episode #34 of Politics & Polls.
Wednesday, Mar 8, 2017
by Rochelle Hendricks, NJ Secretary of Higher Education
Historically, New Jersey has led the nation in providing a richly diverse student population with many pathways to gain access to life-changing, high-quality higher education. For nearly 50 years, the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) program has helped thousands of students from the lowest income levels in the State achieve their dreams.
Thursday, Mar 2, 2017
by Julian Zelizer & Sam Wang
President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to withdraw from the negotiating process of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and has vowed to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. Both moves signal to foreign nations that the United States may have a very different outlook on international trade under President Trump. In this episode of Politics & Polls, professors Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang interview (Ret.) Amb. Michael B.G. Froman ’85 about his outlook for international trade in a ‘Trumpian World.’
Wednesday, Mar 1, 2017
by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research
An influx of pollution from Asia in the western United States and more frequent heat waves in the eastern U.S. are responsible for the persistence of smog in these regions over the past quarter century despite laws curtailing the emission of smog-forming chemicals from automobile tailpipes and factories. The study, led by researchers at Princeton University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL), highlights the importance of maintaining domestic emission controls on cars, power plants and other industries at a time when pollution is increasingly global.
Wednesday, Mar 1, 2017
by Office of the Dean for Research
The universe has come into sharper focus with the release this week of new images from the one of the largest telescopes in the world. A multinational collaboration led by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan that includes Princeton University scientists has published a “cosmic census” of a large swath of the night sky containing roughly 100 million stars and galaxies, including some of the most distant objects in the universe. These high-quality images allow an unprecedented view into the nature and evolution of galaxies and dark matter.
Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017
by Michael Hotchkiss, Office of Communications
As part of Princeton University's ongoing efforts to increase diversity and inclusion, three academic departments have created pilot programs that build bridges between undergraduate coursework and doctoral programs for promising young scholars from underrepresented backgrounds. The pilot programs in astrophysical sciences, physics and politics offer a select number of recent bachelor's degree graduates the opportunity to spend between one and two years on campus taking courses and conducting research. The goals of the non-degree programs are to help the scholars gain admission to top-tier doctoral programs and to help diversify their fields on campus and beyond. Brandon Johnson is one student who came to the bridge program in the Department of Politics in January 2016 after finishing his bachelor's degree in political science from Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey.
Monday, Feb 27, 2017
by Maura M. Fennessy
This issue of @princeton.edu features the work of the University, as a research institution and convener of experts in their fields, to address global policy issues that challenge our nation and those around the world. In this issue, we place particular emphasis on diversity, climate change and digital privacy.
Monday, Feb 27, 2017
by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research
Early this year, about 30 neuroscientists and computer programmers got together to improve their ability to read the human mind. The hackathon was one of several that researchers from Princeton University and Intel, the largest maker of computer processors, organized to build software that can tell what a person is thinking in real time, while the person is thinking it. The collaboration between researchers at Princeton and Intel has enabled rapid progress on the ability to decode digital brain data, scanned using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), to reveal how neural activity gives rise to learning, memory and other cognitive functions.
Thursday, Feb 23, 2017
by Julian Zelizer & Sam Wang
Almost every U.S. president has struggled to broker peace agreements in the Middle East, especially among Israel and Palestine. For many, the possibility of a peace agreement seems dire, with a two-state solution that seems to be fleeting. But what can we expect to see from President Donald Trump? To unravel these complex issues, Amb. Daniel Kurtzer joins this episode of Politics & Polls with co-hosts Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang.
Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017
by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research
Three projects with the potential for broad impacts in science and technology have been selected to receive support from the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund. The projects include a technology for improving ultrasound's grainy images, a system for boosting biofuel production, and a facility for designing and testing new wind power technologies.

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