Thursday, Oct 18, 2018
by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research
Those pesky bees that come buzzing around on a muggy summer day are helping researchers reveal the genes responsible for social behaviors. A new study published this week found that the social lives of sweat bees — named for their attraction to perspiration — are linked to patterns of activity in specific genes, including ones linked to autism.
Tuesday, Oct 16, 2018
by B. Rose Kelly, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
As the global population continues to increase, so will food production. This means increased use of fertilizers, and many on today’s market are not environmentally friendly. To reduce pollution and save billions of dollars in damages, the United States and other national governments should require manufacturers to sell nitrogen fertilizer with...
Tuesday, Oct 16, 2018
by Denise Valenti for the Office of Communications
“War of the Worlds” turned out to be a prank — Welles’ “news bulletin” was actually an adaptation of an H.G. Wells story — but it had real repercussions, sparking a debate about the consequences of “fake news” that has direct relevance today.
Tuesday, Oct 16, 2018
by Steven Schultz, Office of Engineering Communications
The Princeton Start-up Immersion Program places undergraduates at early-stage companies and nonprofit ventures for summer internships in New York, Tel Aviv and — starting next year — Shanghai. Last summer Princeton senior Hannah Waxman (left) and sophomore Allison Huang (right) worked at Emma’s Torch, a nonprofit culinary school and restaurant...
Friday, Oct 12, 2018
by Wright Seneres, Princeton Entrepreneurship Council
Niko Fotopoulos, Shrewsbury, NJ native and a Princeton sophomore, is a co-founder of Blackwell, a medical technology startup. The Blackwell team spent this past summer at Princeton Innovation Center BioLabs, the first undergraduate team to do so.
Tuesday, Oct 9, 2018
by James Bronzan, Office of Communications
How should society decide who gets a liver transplant? Should there be marketplaces for data in the near future and how should these markets be run? If a driverless car kills someone, who is at fault? And how can randomness help optimize algorithms used in machine learning? These questions and others, from the highly technical to the broadly...
Tuesday, Oct 9, 2018
by B. Rose Kelly, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
A partisan divide exists when it comes to the value of higher education, a gap that’s widened between 2010 and 2017. But why has higher education become such a controversial hot-button issue? Cecilia Rouse, dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, addressed the future of higher education to a roomful of “She Roars”...
Tuesday, Oct 2, 2018
by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research
When nitrogen-based fertilizers flow into water bodies, the result can be deadly for marine life near shore, but what is the effect of nitrogen pollution far out in the open ocean? A 130-year-old brain coral has provided the answer, at least for the North Atlantic Ocean off the East Coast of the United States. By measuring the nitrogen in the...
Monday, Oct 1, 2018
by Molly Seltzer, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
Hurricane Sandy sent a clear message on climate change, Tammy Snyder Murphy, the first lady of New Jersey, told the audience in her keynote speech at a Princeton climate conference Friday, Sept. 21. “We’re not looking at Sandy as just some part of our history, but something that we know will happen again unless we take action,” said Murphy, who...
Friday, Sep 28, 2018
New NOAA research that looks at the devastating 2017 Atlantic hurricane season projects that if similar weather conditions occur in the future, it’s likely that the number of major hurricanes (category 3 and higher) would increase by two in a similar active year at the end of century.