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Scientists demonstrate path to linking the genome to healthy tissues and disease

Our genomes help to determine who we are — the countless variations between individuals that encode the complexity of tissues and functions throughout the body.
Since scientists first decoded a draft of the human genome more than 15 years ago, many questions have lingered, two of which have been addressed in a major new study co-led by a Princeton University computer […]

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Mathematician Pardon receives Packard Fellowship for early-career scientists

John Pardon, a Princeton University professor of mathematics, is one of 18 researchers nationwide to receive a 2017 Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering for promising early-career researchers from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
Pardon, who will receive a five-year, $875,000 grant, explores problems in geometric topology — which is the study of properties of shapes that are preserved under […]

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Case elected to National Academy of Medicine

Anne Case, the Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Emeritus, at Princeton University, was elected a member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). She is among 70 regular members and 10 international members announced Oct. 16 at the academy’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
Election to the academy is considered one of the highest honors in the […]

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Todorov explores the ‘Irresistible Influence of First Impressions’

For more than a decade, Princeton psychologist Alexander Todorov has studied the irresistible but faulty first impressions people form when they see a face for the first time.
It takes only a fraction of a second for these snap judgments to take shape in the brain, but their influence has a major impact on how we view those around us, said […]

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Princeton Profiles: So Kubota, researching family issues in economics

So Kubota earned his Ph.D. in economics from Princeton this year and is now an assistant professor of economics at the University of Tokyo. As he explains in the video above, he found the topic of his research through his roles as a father and a husband.
Kubota has examined why the female labor-force participation rate in the United States began to […]

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Employee obituaries: October 2017

The following is an updated list of University employee obituaries.
Current employees
September 2017: Jeffrey Benson, Sr., 58 (2014-2017, Building Services); Gary D’Amico, 68 (1979-2017, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory); Douglass Darrow, 57 (1988-2017, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory).
Retired employees
June 2017: Joan Kenny, 88 (1987-1997, Annual Giving).
August 2017: Willodean Holman, 80 (1998-2015, Campus Dining); Donald Weston Jr. (1974-2012, Office of the Vice President for […]

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Employee retirements: October 2017

The following is an updated list of University employee retirements.
Effective Sept. 1: in special facilities, senior maintenance mechanic Ralph Forcier III, after 31 years; in the Bendheim Center for Finance, center administrator Karen Neukirchen, after 31 years.
Effective Oct. 1: in the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), senior quality control inspector John Boscoe, after 19 years; in PPPL, senior stores administrator […]

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Princeton researchers involved in ICAN’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning work to abolish nuclear weapons

Researchers at Princeton’s Program on Science and Global Security attend and address the 124-nation United Nations Conference to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons in 2017.

Three Princeton University researchers are connected to this year’s winner of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize: the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

ICAN is a coalition of nongovernmental groups from 100 countries working on a treaty to […]

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Uncovering the sound of ‘motherese,’ baby talk across languages

Around the world, mothers speak differently to their children than they do to other adults — and Princeton researchers have found a new way to quantify that vocal shift.

Mothers interact with their babies in the Princeton Baby Lab, where researchers identified consistent shifts in vocal timbre between mothers speaking or reading to their children and speaking to other adults.

With their kids, […]

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Princeton’s Center on Contemporary China named in honor of Paul and Marcia Wythes

The Paul and Marcia Wythes Center on Contemporary China was dedicated at Princeton University on Oct. 11. Pictured at the ribbon cutting, from left, are Paul Wythes Jr., Professor Yu Xie, Provost Deborah Prentice, President Christopher L. Eisgruber, John Knoll, Linda Wythes Knoll and Jennifer Wythes Vettel, Class of 1986.

A gift from the Wythes family — Marcia Wythes, Jennifer Wythes […]

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Princeton’s research community on migration awarded Mellon grant

“Migration: People and Cultures Across Borders,” an interdisciplinary research community at Princeton, has been awarded a Sawyer Seminar grant from the Mellon Foundation.

Sandra Bermann (left), the Cotsen Professor in the Humanities and professor of comparative literature, and Stephen Macedo, the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values, discuss “Migration: People and Cultures Across Borders,” […]

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Devourer of planets? Princeton researchers dub star ‘Kronos’

Sun-like star Kronos shows signs of having ingested 15 Earth masses worth of rocky planets, prompting Princeton astronomers to nickname it for the Titan who ate his young. This artist’s rendering of the diverse rocky planets in our galaxy hints at what Kronos’ planets might have looked like before the star enveloped them.

In mythology, the Titan Kronos devoured his children, including […]

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How global warming is drying up the North American monsoon

Researchers have struggled to model accurately the changes to the abundant summer rains that sweep across the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico, known to scientists as the “North American monsoon.”
In a report published Oct. 9 in the journal Nature Climate Change, a team of Princeton and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) researchers have applied a key factor in […]

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Lessons learned, and some unheeded, after hurricanes

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season does not end until after Thanksgiving in late November, but it has already been a memorable one. Harvey wrought havoc on Texas in August. Irma, which notched records for size and power, pounded the Caribbean and damaged parts of Florida in early September. It was soon followed by Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico.
Ning Lin, an […]

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Festival of the Arts brings together community, campus to fête new Lewis Arts complex

It was a party 10 years in the making.
During a four-day Festival of the Arts, Oct. 5-8, Princeton University celebrated the opening of the new Lewis Arts complex with a bonanza of events, open to the public. More than 100 events across arts genres took place in more than 30 venues of every shape and size, from the expansive University […]

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Princeton endowment earns 12.5 percent return

Princeton University’s endowment earned a 12.5 percent investment gain for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2017. The endowment value stood at $23.8 billion, an increase of about $1.6 billion from the previous year.
The average annual return on the endowment for the past decade is 7.1 percent, which places the University’s endowment among the top percentile of 458 institutions […]

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Campus and town police work to keep Princeton safe

Two departments have the responsibility of keeping Princeton University and the town of Princeton safe and secure — the Princeton Police Department and Princeton’s Department of Public Safety.
The departments have had an ongoing and evolving partnership since Paul Ominsky, executive director of public safety, arrived at the University in 2010. The collaboration aims to provide the best possible emergency response […]

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Architecture of new Lewis Arts complex embraces ‘campus-making but also community-making’

The Princeton community has only been able to glimpse the construction of the new Lewis Arts complex through mesh-covered fences over the course of the past three years. Slowly but surely, its three distinct buildings have risen higher and higher, finally reaching over the fences. Now, the fences are gone and everyone can walk straight through the main pathway from […]

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PPPL completes shipment of electrical components to power site for ITER, the international fusion experiment

The arrival of six truckloads of electrical supplies at a warehouse for the international ITER fusion experiment on Oct. 2 brings to a successful conclusion a massive project that will provide 120 megawatts of power — enough to light up a small city — to the 445-acre ITER site in France.
The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), with assistance from the […]

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Five scholars join Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts

Five new postdoctoral scholars joined the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts this academic year.
The society, initiated by a gift from Charter Trustee Lloyd Cotsen under the leadership of the Council of the Humanities in 1999, is an interdisciplinary community of postdoctoral fellows and Princeton faculty members that seeks to bring innovative approaches to scholarship and teaching. It offers […]

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Princeton alumnus Thorne, former postdoc win Nobel Prize in Physics

A computer simulation shows the collision of two black holes, a tremendously powerful event detected for the first time ever by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, or LIGO. On Oct. 3, the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to three LIGO researchers: Princeton alumnus Kip Thorne, Rainer Weiss and Barry Barish.

Kip Thorne, a Princeton Graduate School alumnus, is one of three recipients […]

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Ultracold atoms point toward an intriguing magnetic behavior

Using atoms cooled to just billionths of a degree above absolute zero, a team led by researchers at Princeton University has discovered an intriguing magnetic behavior that could help explain how high-temperature superconductivity works.
The researchers found that applying a strong magnetic field to these ultracold atoms caused them to line up in an alternating pattern and lean away from each […]

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Wilson School funding available for creative quantitative research projects in education

A fund offered through Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs will focus on cross-disciplinary education projects involving quantitative data analysis.
The Overdeck Research Fund will award up to $500,000 to Princeton faculty and students for innovative research projects focused on education. For the 2017-18 academic year, two levels of grant support are available: Grants of $5,000 or […]

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New Princeton-CUNY program to bring together physicists and biologists

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $13 million to create the Center for the Physics of Biological Function, a joint endeavor between Princeton University and the City University of New York that will be headed up by Princeton biophysicists William Bialek and Joshua Shaevitz.
The new center will tackle a deceptively simple question: What does modern physics reveal about life […]

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Sound, expression, study: New pianos expand creative possibilities on campus

In June, Princeton graduate student Andrew Or and Nico Toy of the Class of 2018 traveled to the Steinway Sons factory in Queens, New York, with music lecturers Margaret Kampmeier and Jennifer Tao to select the last of 48 new pianos that have been purchased for the University’s new Lewis Arts complex.
Henry Valoris, production manager for the Department of […]

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Studies of ‘amorphous ice’ reveal hidden order in glass

The waves at the bottom of old window panes are a reminder that solid glass behaves like a very slow-moving liquid. Now a new study challenges the notion that the atomic structure of glass is indistinguishable from that of a liquid­ ­— at least for a certain kind of glass called “amorphous ice” that forms when water is cooled to […]

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Trustees approve three faculty promotions

Three faculty members have been promoted effective July 1.
Professor
Jason Fleischer, electrical engineering; Yair Mintzker, history.
Associate professor
Ruha Benjamin, African American studies.
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Two faculty members named to endowed professorships

Two faculty members have been named to endowed professorships, effective July 1.
Harriet Flower, the Andrew Fleming West Chair in Classics.Keith Wailoo, the Henry Putnam University Professor of History and Public Affairs.
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Board approves 14 faculty appointments

The Princeton University Board of Trustees has approved the appointment of 14 faculty members, including four professors and 10 assistant professors.
Professors
Kathryn Edin, in sociology and the Woodrow Wilson School, will join the faculty in winter 2018 from Johns Hopkins University, where she has taught since 2014. An expert in poverty research, looking specifically at the nexus of welfare and low-wage […]

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Q&A with Dancygier: Muslims in European politics

As Western Europe’s Muslim communities continue to grow, so does their influence on electoral politics. For many electoral districts, parties can only win if they secure a large majority of the Muslim vote. This presents unique political challenges across Europe, since Muslim views on religion, tradition and gender roles can differ dramatically from the majority electorate.
Rafaela Dancygier explores this challenge […]

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Tiger Challenge team tackles sustainability in Princeton

Municipalities around the country are working to limit climate change and prepare for its consequences. For the town of Princeton, planning is a priority.
As the town reevaluates its progress on climate positive activities, it has collaborated with five Princeton undergraduates as part of the University’s Tiger Challenge to help them address a vexing problem — how to increase residents’, businesses’ […]

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University seeks recommendations for expanded campus portrait collection

This week a newly formed Portraiture Nominations Committee has started soliciting recommendations for up to 10 portraits that will be commissioned this year to begin to expand the University’s campus portrait collection, which is maintained by the Princeton University Art Museum. Members of the campus community and the greater Princeton community are encouraged to submit suggestions online.
Launched as one of […]

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Gerrymandering: When does redistricting leave voters without a voice?

On Oct. 3, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in Gill v. Whitford, a case challenging Wisconsin’s 2011 redistricting plan as being the product of partisan gerrymandering. Princeton’s Sam Wang has a suggestion for the justices — and for citizens who want to make their voices heard.
Wang, a professor of molecular biology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute and affiliated […]

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Memorial service planned for Princeton anthropologist Clark-Decès

Isabelle Clark-Decès

A memorial service for Isabelle Clark-Decès, a professor of anthropology at Princeton and a widely respected scholar of South Asia, is scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, in Chancellor Green Rotunda.
Clark-Decès died from a fall in the village of Mussoorie, India, on June 29, where she was directing the PIIRS Global Seminar “At Home (And Abroad) in the […]

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Scientists discover one of nature’s tiniest switches

If the advent of computers launched the Information Age, the ability to engineer tiny machines from molecules could define the coming decades.
In a testament to the rapid advance of nanotechnology, the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to scientists who built the world’s first synthetic molecular machines by interlocking single molecules into devices capable of mechanical motion.
Now, a discovery […]

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Bioinformatics points the way to treating deadly pancreatic cancer

A new study that sifted through an enormous mass of biomolecular data has significantly advanced our understanding of the genetics of pancreatic cancer and opened up promising treatment avenues.
More than 40,000 Americans die each year from this devastating disease, making it the third deadliest cancer nationwide. Most patients do not show signs of the illness until their cancers have spread […]

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Green algae could hold clues for engineering faster-growing crops

Two new Princeton-led studies provide a detailed look at an essential part of algae’s growth machinery, with the eventual goal of applying this knowledge to improving the growth of crops. In this image, the researchers used a technique called cryo-electron tomography to image an algal structure called the pyrenoid, which concentrates carbon dioxide to make it more readily available for […]

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Princeton joins brief to Supreme Court challenging Trump administration travel ban

Princeton has again joined 30 other colleges and universities in submitting a friend-of-the-court brief challenging the Trump administration’s ban on entry into the United States by people from six Muslim-majority countries.
On Monday, Sept. 18, Princeton and the other schools filed an amicus curiae brief with the U.S. Supreme Court. The court is scheduled on Oct. 10 to hear oral arguments […]

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Virtual mega-laboratory will probe the brain’s deepest secrets

Princeton Neuroscience Institute researchers are joining with scientists from 19 other laboratories around the world to create the $15 million International Brain Laboratory (IBL).
Two Princeton neuroscience labs, led by Jonathan Pillow and Ilana Witten, are joining forces with researchers from Europe and the United States to crack the code on how the brain makes choices, by studying the activity and […]

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What I think: John McPhee

John McPhee

From his office in the fifth floor tower of Guyot Hall, home of the Department of Geosciences, John McPhee can look down through two vertical windows and see the office in McCosh Health Center where his father served as a medical doctor for Princeton University Athletics from 1928 until the late 1960s. McPhee, a Ferris Professor of Journalism in […]

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Four-day festival to celebrate opening of the Lewis Arts complex

Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts and Department of Music will celebrate the opening of the new Lewis Arts complex with a Festival of the Arts Oct. 5 through 8, open to the public.
The festival will feature over 100 concerts, plays, readings, dance performances, art exhibitions, multidisciplinary presentations, film screenings, community workshops, performances by student arts groups and site-specific […]

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University opens new child care center

On Tuesday, Sept. 5, more than 150 children and teachers began their first day at the new Princeton Childcare Center, a state-of-the-art building about a mile southeast of Nassau Hall at 185 Broadmead St. on the Princeton campus.
The new facility has space for up to 180 infants, toddlers and preschoolers, answering years of calls for more access to infant and […]

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Keohane receives Balzan Prize for international relations

Robert Keohane

The International Balzan Foundation has awarded Professor Robert Keohane the 2016 Balzan Prize for International Relations, History and Theory. The prize comes with an award of $790,000, half of which must be spent to finance research projects conducted by young scholars or scientists.
Keohane is professor of public and international affairs, emeritus, at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public […]

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Classes back in session

Classes for the new academic year began at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13.
Some students are starting their day with “Basic Principles of Quantum Mechanics” or “Beginning Polish.” Others may be starting with the after-lunch music class, “Species Counterpoint,” or “Classical Roots of Western Literature.” Some are waiting until evening for the freshman seminars “Life in a Nuclear-Armed World” or […]

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Graduate School orientation focuses on academic success, community

Emphasizing camaraderie, compassion and community, Princeton University welcomed 664 graduate students from 62 countries to a new academic year during orientation activities Sept. 10-11.
In a keynote address on Monday, Sept. 11, in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber said, “Graduate students are simultaneously talented teachers and critical scholarly partners to our faculty in conducting pathbreaking research.”

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First day of classes!

Classes for the new academic year start at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13.
Some students are starting their day with “Basic Principles of Quantum Mechanics” or “Beginning Polish.” Others may be starting with the after-lunch music class, “Species Counterpoint,” or “Classical Roots of Western Literature.” Some are waiting until evening for the freshman seminars “Life in a Nuclear-Armed World” or […]

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University extends, makes standard access hours to campus academic buildings

Beginning with the first day of classes on Wednesday, Sept. 13, students, faculty and staff members will have additional exterior door access to academic buildings with Registrar classroom spaces. To accommodate better the work and activities that continue into the evening hours, TigerCard holders will be able to access electronically controlled buildings from 7 a.m. until midnight during the week […]

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Eisgruber emphasizes pluralism and the art of disagreement at Opening Exercises

Emphasizing the value of pluralism and the importance of independent thinking, Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber welcomed the Class of 2021 on Sunday, Sept. 10, during Opening Exercises marking the start of the academic year.
“Today is one of my favorite days of the academic year,” Eisgruber said, addressing the students gathered in the University Chapel. “It is our New Year’s […]

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Students honored at Opening Exercises

Princeton University celebrated the accomplishments of its students with the awarding of four undergraduate prizes at Opening Exercises on Sunday, Sept. 10.
“We are proud of these prize-winning students and delighted to celebrate their academic success,” Dean of the College Jill Dolan said. “They have worked diligently at their studies, while demonstrating how to best take advantage of the many opportunities […]

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President Eisgruber asks Senate committee to avoid ‘religious test’ in judicial appointments

Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber sent the following letter Friday to the Republican chair and the ranking Democrat on the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary.
September 8, 2017

The Honorable Charles E. Grassley
Chairman
The United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary
Washington, DC 20510
The Honorable Dianne Feinstein
Ranking Member
The United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member Feinstein:
I write, […]

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