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Princeton University significant contributor and catalyst to New Jersey economy, quality of life

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."

Politics & Polls #56: The Aftermath of Charlottesville

Thursday, Aug 17, 2017
by Julian Zelizer & Sam Wang
A brutal protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, left three people dead and dozens injured on Aug. 11 and 12 as white nationalists, white supremacists and Neo-Nazis descended on the city and clashed violently with anti-racism protestors. President Donald Trump initially condemned the conflict on Twitter and then a few days later placed blame upon both parties involved in the clash. The event, which has rattled Americans, has brought racial tensions to the forefront. In this episode, Professors Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang discuss the aftermath of Charlottesville — and what to expect in the weeks ahead.

Lower-Income Children Raised in Counties With High Upward Mobility Display Fewer Behavioral Issues, Perform Better on Cognitive Tests

Thursday, Aug 17, 2017
by B. Rose Kelly, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Children who grow up in urban counties with high upward mobility exhibit fewer behavioral problems and perform better on cognitive tests, according to a study led by Princeton University. Children in these counties display fewer behavior problems at age 3 and show substantial gains in cognitive test scores between ages 3 and 9. Growing up in a county with higher intergenerational mobility reduces the gap between economically advantaged and disadvantaged children’s cognitive and behavioral outcomes by around 20 percent.

An immune signaling pathway for control of Yellow Fever Virus infection

Thursday, Aug 17, 2017
by Department of Molecular Biology
Princeton University researchers have uncovered a critical role for a new immune signaling pathway in controlling infection by the flavivirus Yellow Fever Virus (YFV). Infection with YFV causes a devastating illness with a mortality rate of up to 50%. Like other members of its viral family—which includes West Nile Virus, Dengue Virus and Zika Virus—YFV is transmitted to humans by mosquitos that are expanding into new areas across the globe, exposing more people to these dangerous viruses. Fortunately, there is an effective vaccine for YFV: a live-attenuated strain of the virus, called YFV-17D, which differs by only a few amino acids from the virulent viral strain YFV-Asibi, but nonetheless provokes a potent and durable protective immune response in humans.

Princeton Profiles: Yusuf Dahl, from prison to Princeton

Thursday, Aug 17, 2017
by Danielle Alio & Michael Hotchkiss, Office of Communications
At age 18, Yusuf Dahl wasn’t heading off to college. He was on his way to prison. Even on the day of his sentencing, though, Dahl was thinking ahead to how he could use his time in prison to prepare for a successful life on the outside. Eventually, he built a career and became involved in addressing the foreclosure crisis in his Milwaukee neighborhood. Dahl’s experiences spurred him to come to Princeton to learn more about how to have a broader impact. Today, he is a graduate of the Master in Public Affairs Program at the University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. In this video, he discusses his unconventional path to Princeton, how he found success here and his dreams for the future.

Entrepreneurship could benefit from cultural studies, conference finds

Thursday, Aug 17, 2017
by Wendy Plump for the Office of Engineering Communications
Three days of panel discussions, presentations and conversations at Princeton University’s recent ethnography and entrepreneurship conference produced a rich stew of questions with no great consensus — just the way Derek Lidow wanted it. Consensus often leads to mediocrity, said Lidow, an entrepreneur who teaches at Princeton’s Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education. The conference, “Expanding Understanding of Business Creation: Adding More Ethnography into the Research Mix,” offered insights on ways that ethnography — the study of specific cultures — can help startup teams develop new businesses.

Doctors trained at lowest-ranked medical schools prescribe more opioids

Thursday, Aug 17, 2017
by Jon Wallace, Future of Children
Physicians trained at the United States’ lowest-ranked medical schools write more opioid prescriptions than physicians trained at the highest-ranked schools, according to a study by Princeton University researchers. The study suggests that better training for physicians, and for general practitioners in particular, could help curb the nation’s opioid epidemic.

Bilingual babies listen to languages — and don’t get confused

Thursday, Aug 17, 2017
by Pooja Makhijani, Office of Communications
Are two languages at a time too much for the mind? Caregivers and teachers should know that infants growing up bilingual have the learning capacities to make sense of the complexities of two languages just by listening. In a new study, an international team of researchers, including those from Princeton University, report that bilingual infants as young as 20 months of age efficiently and accurately process two languages.

Podcast Feature: Politics & Polls 55th episode "Has the Conservative Revolution Succeeded?"

Thursday, Aug 10, 2017
by Woodrow Wilson School
Joining today’s episode is Nancy MacLean, an award-winning scholar of the twentieth-century United States, whose new book, “Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America,” has been described by Publishers Weekly as “a thoroughly researched and gripping narrative… [and] a feat of American intellectual and political history.” Booklist called it “perhaps the best explanation to date of the roots of the political divide that threatens to irrevocably alter American government.”

Pace Center welcomes Rev. Karen Hernandez-Granzen as its first Community Partner-in-Residence

Monday, Aug 7, 2017
by David Brown
On Tuesday, August 1, the Pace Center for Civic Engagement welcomed the Rev. Karen Hernandez-Granzen as its first Community Partner-in-Residence. From August through October 2017, Pastor Karen will work with the Pace Center to strengthen the intersection of the wider campus and community.

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