The Supreme Court ruling on Friday, June 26, that same-sex couples have the right to marry bolsters the institution of marriage for all, Princeton political scientist Stephen Macedo said. "This is a great and historic step forward for equal justice under our Constitution," said Macedo, the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. "The decision strengthens both the institution of marriage and our democracy — contrary to the dissenters — by extending the reach of the fundamental equality of all on which democracy rests."
Monday, Jun 29, 2015
Friday, Jun 26, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld on Thursday, June 25, a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, keeping health insurance coverage within reach for millions of Americans. The case, King v. Burwell, resolves unclear language found in section 36B of the Internal Revenue Code, stating that ACA subsidies can only help individuals on insurance plan exchanges "established by the State." We discussed the ruling with Heather Howard, director of the State Health Reform Assistance Network and lecturer in public affairs at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Thursday, Jun 11, 2015
Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership, an initiative that forges collaborations between industry and Princeton University experts, has entered a five-year agreement with ExxonMobil to pursue transformational innovations in the fields of energy and environment. During a recent signing ceremony on Princeton's campus, ExxonMobil committed to investing $5 million during the next five years, making it the largest financial commitment in the E-ffiliates Partnership. The company will immediately begin working with research groups across the University, including selected graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, who will be designated ExxonMobil Fellows.
Thursday, Jun 4, 2015
Earlier this spring, Princeton University opened the Entrepreneurship Hub, a new incubator space to advance entrepreneurial initiatives and education for faculty, students, and alumni. The hub, located in space leased by the University at 34 Chambers Street in downtown Princeton, will house the Keller Center's annual eLab program, which supports student ventures, as well as shared working space for startups founded by faculty, students and alumni.
Tuesday, Jun 2, 2015
Princeton undergraduate students will be able to major in African American studies starting in the fall. The University's Board of Trustees approved the new concentration Monday and gave the Center for African American Studies academic department status. Eddie Glaude Jr., chair of African American studies and the William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies, will chair the new department.
Monday, May 18, 2015
Baltimore, Maryland, and Ferguson, Missouri, share more than being the sites of racial strife over the past year. Both are part of metropolitan areas where black residents have been hypersegregated for the past four decades, according to Princeton researchers. "Hypersegregation produces high levels of social isolation from mainstream society, but also high concentrations of poverty and disadvantage," said Douglas Massey, the Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs and director of Princeton's Office of Population Research. "If you look at the cityscape of the United States, hypersegregated cities are the places where our most severe problems of urban poverty, of racial inequality, of racial violence of various sorts are taking the most fervent root."
Friday, May 8, 2015
Princeton student Denisa Buzatu's vision for an environmentally sustainable building is a sort of shape-shifting origami façade. For her senior thesis, Buzatu, a civil and environmental engineering major, is designing and prototyping a structure that shades the façade of a building by folding and adapting its shape in response to sunlight. Her design takes advantage of a type of wire that contracts when current is applied to it and yet "remembers" and returns to its original shape. "It's like electrical origami," said Buzatu.
Eldar Shafir to serve as director of new Kahneman and Treisman Center for Behavioral Science and Public Policy
Monday, May 4, 2015
A $10 million gift will create the Daniel Kahneman and Anne Treisman Center for Behavioral Science and Public Policy at Princeton, enabling the University to strengthen its leading role in this emerging field and improve the development of effective policymaking. Eldar Shafir, the William Stewart Tod Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs, will serve as the center's first director.
Thursday, Apr 23, 2015
NJ native and Pompton Plains resident Kimberly Shepard is a chemical and biological engineering graduate student at Princeton University, studying the behavior of polymer glasses. And she is one of four co-winners of this year’s Porter Odgen Jacobus Fellowship, Princeton’s top honor for graduate students.
Monday, Apr 20, 2015
If a picture is worth a thousands words, a computer graphic is worth millions. With that in mind, Princeton University has formed a consortium that will share efforts to turn mountains of scientific data into eye-friendly computer visualizations. The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has named Computational Scientist Eliot Feibush to lead the consortium.