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Orange is the new green: How orange peels revived a Costa Rican forest

In the mid-1990s, 1,000 truckloads of orange peels and orange pulp were purposefully unloaded onto a barren pasture in a Costa Rican national park. Today, that area is covered in lush, vine-laden forest.
A team led by Princeton University researchers surveyed the land 16 years after the orange peels were deposited. They found a 176 percent increase in aboveground biomass — […]

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A conversation on studying migration

Coffee and conversation are essential components of the research process at Princeton.
In this video, Sandra Bermann, 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, sit down over coffee to discuss one of society’s most complex global issues — migration — […]

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Team to use virtual reality to help with real-world arms control

Efforts to reduce nuclear stockpiles soon may get a boost from a team of Princeton University researchers and a socially responsible gaming company that are seeking to use virtual reality to help improve systems to discover and monitor nuclear materials worldwide.
Alexander Glaser, an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and international affairs, and New York City-based Games for Change […]

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Solar eclipses explained in 90 seconds

On Monday, Aug. 21, a solar eclipse will be visible throughout North America.
In this video, Amitava Bhattacharjee discusses the ways in which the sun, moon and Earth align to create this phenomenon. Bhattacharjee, a professor of astrophysical sciences and head of the theory department at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, also offers a few tips on watching the eclipse. 
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Princeton continues to support graduate student imprisoned in Iran

Princeton University issued the following statement Thursday, Aug. 17, regarding Xiyue Wang, a Princeton graduate student conducting dissertation research in Iran who was sentenced to 10 years in prison after having been accused of espionage.
Iranian authorities have denied Xiyue Wang’s appeal of his conviction and 10-year prison sentence for espionage that he did not attempt or commit. We are distressed that […]

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Entrepreneurship could benefit from cultural studies, conference finds

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 […]

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Doctors trained at lowest-ranked medical schools prescribe more opioids

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.

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From 2006 to 2014, “If all general practitioners had prescribed like those from […]

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Graduate student Rale awarded Gilliam Fellowship to support diversity in science

Princeton doctoral student Michael Rale has been selected by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) as one of 39 new Gilliam Fellows this year.
The awards, established by HHMI, support exceptionally promising doctoral students motivated to pursue careers in academic science. The program’s goal is to prepare a diverse and highly trained scientific workforce that can help develop the next generation […]

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Employee retirements: August 2017

The following is an updated list of University employee retirements.
Effective July 1: in Environmental Health Safety, assistant director Sue Dupre, after 36 years.
Effective Aug. 1: in the Woodrow Wilson School, associate research scholar Michael Barry, after 13 years; in the Woodrow Wilson School, maintenance assistant and AV coordinator Thomas Geherty III, after 30 years; in the Office of the […]

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Princeton Profiles: Yusuf Dahl, from prison to Princeton

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 […]

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Five Princeton graduate students receive DAAD awards for research and study in Germany

Five Princeton graduate students have received grants from the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst — DAAD) for research and language study in Germany for the 2017-18 academic year.
Three students have received graduate scholarships: Paul Babinski, Department of German; Thomas Benfey; Department of Near Eastern Studies; and Irina Simova, Department of Comparative Literature.
Michael McGovern in the Program in History […]

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#TellUsTigers 2017: Take a leisurely scroll to meet Princetonians — one post at a time

A first-generation undergraduate scaling a mountain. A department manager dealing with her young child’s surgeries. A faculty member immersed in brain research. A student whose senior thesis was inspired by travels in Morocco. What do they have in common? More than you think. These Princetonians — and dozens more — have shared their stories on Princeton University’s Instagram feed.
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Junior Summer Institute serves as ‘boot camp’ for future leaders in public policy

College juniors (left to right) Ammiel Williams, Xavier University of Louisiana; Harleigh Bean, Washington and Lee University; and David Kirichenko, University of Washington; present their international policy workshop research during this year’s Junior Summer Institute held at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

“You have every right to have a say and to lead in the domestic affairs […]

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

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 […]

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Princeton University Orchestra: Balancing arts and academics

As students filtered into their afternoon rehearsal on a Wednesday afternoon in April, Michael Pratt sat stoically at the front of the stage in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall.
Pratt, a student-proclaimed legend within Princeton’s Department of Music, has been Princeton University Orchestra’s conductor for 40 years. During his tenure, Pratt has nurtured the best from gifted students who, in addition to […]

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Witten receives Freedman Prize for exceptional basic research

The Brain Behavior Research Foundation has awarded the 2017 Freedman Prize for Exceptional Basic Research to Ilana Witten, an assistant professor of psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute whose lab focuses on the neural circuitry that supports reward learning and decision making.
The award recognizes exceptional basic research by scientists who have been supported by the foundation’s Young Investigator Grants, […]

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Native students visit Princeton to prepare for college

For one week this summer, more than 100 high school students in the College Horizons program had a crash course in college admissions on the Princeton campus. 
“Our goal at College Horizons is to increase the number of Native Americans that are accessing higher education,” said Carmen Lopez, the program’s executive director. 
During the week, students research their top schools; complete college […]

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Princeton researchers show how the brain breaks down events

Research by Princeton University neuroscientists provides a new framework for understanding how the experience of life is accumulated, stored and recalled by the human brain.
“When you go about your day, you’re continuously assaulted with visual, auditory and other sensory information,” said Christopher Baldassano, an associate research scholar at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute (PNI). “We don’t try to understand our world […]

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Princeton professor Delia Graff Fara, an ’eminent’ philosopher of language, dies at 48

Delia Graff Fara

Delia Graff Fara, a noted professor of philosophy of language at Princeton University, died peacefully at home July 18 after a chronic illness. She was 48.
Fara served on Princeton’s faculty for 11 years. She made exceptional contributions to her field and was a highly engaged member of the philosophy community, her colleagues said.
“Delia was an eminent scholar, an […]

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Taking concrete steps toward lower carbon dioxide emissions

The hardest thing about concrete just might be the problem of how to make the ubiquitous building material in an environmentally friendly manner. Recent laboratory results at Princeton University indicate that the challenge of making greener concrete may eventually be cracked.
Concrete raises climate-change concerns because manufacturing its primary component, Portland cement, is responsible for as much as 8 percent of […]

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Projected precipitation increases are bad news for water quality

If climate change is not curbed, increased precipitation could substantially overload waterways in the United States with excess nitrogen, according to a new study published July 28 in the journal Science.
A team of researchers, including those from Princeton University, reported that climate change-induced precipitation changes will increase nitrogen pollution, especially in the Midwest and Northeast. This will, in turn, worsen […]

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Outage of campus computing systems planned for Aug. 5

A wide range of University computing systems will be unavailable on Saturday, Aug. 5. The outage will run from 3 a.m. to 11 p.m. and will allow the Office of Information Technology (OIT) and Facilities to upgrade crucial equipment and conduct preventive maintenance.
The outage will affect systems including PeopleSoft, Princeton Prime, the Princeton Information Warehouse and most systems that require authentication through the Central Authentication […]

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Princeton Profiles: Penna Rose, leaving beautiful sounds in the stones

Close to 90 years of music reverberates through the stones of the Princeton University Chapel.
Penna Rose, director of Chapel Music under the Office of Religious Life, says the voices of past students live within the walls of the chapel, completed in 1928. For 25 years, Rose has ensured the legacy continues.
Rose leads the 80-member Chapel Choir, which comprises undergraduate and […]

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They grow up so fast: Embryos rapidly outgrow mother’s genetic kick-start

Attaining independence from one’s parents is an enduring theme in the lives of many organisms. Birds must fly the nest, just as mammals must wean off their mother’s milk.
Now a study from Princeton researchers sheds light on a similar sort of separation drama that unfolds almost from the moment life begins, and long before an animal is born or hatches […]

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Wife of Princeton graduate student imprisoned in Iran discusses his confinement, their hopes

On August 7, 2016, Xiyue Wang, a fourth-year graduate student in the Department of History at Princeton University, was detained and confined to Evin Prison in Tehran. Wang, an American citizen born in China, was in Iran solely for the purpose of studying Farsi and doing scholarly research in connection with his Ph.D. dissertation in his field, late 19th– and […]

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Five Princeton professors receive Simons Investigators awards

Five Princeton University professors have been selected to receive 2017 Simons Investigators awards, which are presented by the New York-based Simons Foundation to outstanding scientists nationwide engaged in mathematics, physics, astrophysics, theoretical computer science, mathematical modeling of living systems, and Math+X, which encourages novel collaborations between mathematics and other fields in science or engineering.
The awards provide $100,000 annually for an […]

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Princeton graduate student teams advance in robotics, intelligent systems competitions

Two teams of Princeton graduate students are making strong showings in national robotics competitions this year. The teams are combining advances in computation with those in sensing technology.
One group is joining with teammates at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology later this month for the third annual Amazon Robotics Challenge in Nagoya, Japan. The challenge asks teams to develop a robot that […]

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Summer students take the next step toward graduate school

When Xavier Durham enrolled at the University of Texas-Austin, where he is now a senior, he had no intention of becoming an academic. This summer at Princeton University, he is exploring what such a career might look like in his key field of interest — sociology.
Durham is attending the Princeton Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (PSURE), a program the Graduate School […]

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Exposure to violence hinders short-term memory, cognitive control

Being exposed to and actively remembering violent episodes — even those that happened up to a decade before — hinders short-term memory and cognitive control, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The study, which was co-authored by Princeton University’s Pietro Ortoleva, examined more than 500 civilians in Colombia, a country that has experienced […]

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Behind the scenes: Making ‘Into the Woods’

The production of the musical “Into the Woods” by the Lewis Center for the Arts this spring celebrated the fall 2016 launch of Princeton’s Program in Music Theater. In this behind-the-scenes video, director Ethan Heard describes how the show came together through the spring course “Theater Rehearsal and Performance.”
“One of the reasons that ‘Into the Woods’ is such a great […]

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Historian Cannadine named president of the British Academy

On July 20, Sir David Cannadine, the Dodge Professor of History at Princeton University, started his four-year term as president of the British Academy.
Founded in 1902, the British Academy is the UK’s national body for the humanities and social sciences.
In the announcement of his new role, Cannadine said: “At a time when institutions are distrusted and derided, and expertise is […]

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Scientists create first laboratory generation of high-energy shock waves that accelerate astrophysical particles

Throughout the universe, supersonic shock waves propel cosmic rays and supernova particles to velocities near the speed of light. The most high-energy of these astrophysical shocks occur too far outside the solar system to be studied in detail and have long puzzled astrophysicists. Shocks closer to Earth can be detected by spacecraft, but they fly by too quickly to probe […]

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Researchers find path to discovering new topological materials, holding promise for technological applications

An international team of researchers has found a way to determine whether a crystal is a topological insulator — and to predict crystal structures and chemical compositions in which new ones can arise. The results, published July 20 in the journal Nature, show that topological insulators are much more common in nature than currently believed.
Topological materials, which hold promise for […]

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Researchers identify a common underlying genetic basis for social behavior in dogs and humans

Dogs’ ability to communicate and interact with humans is one the most astonishing differences between them and their wild cousins, wolves. A new study published today in the journal Science Advances identifies genetic changes that are linked to dogs’ human-directed social behaviors and suggests there is a common underlying genetic basis for hyper-social behavior in both dogs and humans.
An interdisciplinary […]

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Peter and Rosemary Grant receive Royal Medal in Biology

Peter Grant, the Class of 1877 Professor of Zoology, Emeritus, and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, emeritus, and B. Rosemary Grant, senior research biologist, emeritus, ecology and evolutionary biology.

Peter Grant, the Class of 1877 Professor of Zoology, Emeritus, and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, emeritus, and B. Rosemary Grant, senior research biologist, emeritus, ecology and evolutionary biology, have been […]

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At the cellular level, a child’s loss of a father is associated with increased stress

The absence of a father — due to incarceration, death, separation or divorce — has adverse physical and behavioral consequences for a growing child. But little is known about the biological processes that underlie this link between father loss and child well-being.
In a study published July 18 in the journal Pediatrics, a team of researchers, including those from Princeton University, […]

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Princeton engineering professor George Luchak, whose work helped astronauts land on the moon, dies at 97

George Luchak

George Luchak, a professor of civil engineering emeritus who taught at Princeton for two decades, died June 6 at his Princeton home. He was 97. Luchak specialized in analyzing technical innovations, including the module that landed men on the moon in 1969.
Luchak, who joined the faculty of the School of Engineering and Applied Science in 1966, was the first […]

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Board approves eight promotions

Eight faculty members were promoted effective July 1.
Professor — Robert Knowles, chemistry; and Serguei Alex. Oushakine, anthropology and Slavic languages and literatures.
Associate professor — Clifford Brangwynne, chemical and biological engineering; Mark Brynildsen, chemical and biological engineering; Donnacha Dennehy, music; Katja Guenther, history; Jonathan Kastellec, politics; and Joshua Kotin, English.
found for you by the Independence News Desk at https://www.princeton.edu/news/2017/07/18/board-approves-eight-promotions […]

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Princeton renews strategic partnership with Humboldt University in Berlin

Princeton University has signed a five-year renewal of its strategic partnership with Humboldt University in Berlin to support research and teaching collaboration spanning the disciplines. In June, Dan Garber, the A. Watson Armour, III, University Professor of Philosophy at Princeton (right), participated in a panel as part of the celebrations around Humboldt’s 250th anniversary. From left are Humboldt President Sabine […]

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Princeton supporting graduate student sentenced to prison in Iran

Princeton University issued the following statement after the Iranian judiciary announced on Sunday, July 16, that a Princeton graduate student conducting dissertation research in Iran had been sentenced to 10 years in prison after having been accused of espionage.
“Xiyue Wang is a fourth-year doctoral candidate (graduate student) in the Department of History at Princeton University. His field is late 19th […]

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What I think: Paul Muldoon

The son of a market gardener and a schoolteacher, Paul Muldoon grew up near a village called The Moy on the border of Counties Armagh and Tyrone, Northern Ireland. The oldest of three children, he describes himself as “a bit of an eccentric child, a little bit of the family mascot” who was given privileges such as his own tiny […]

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Two faculty members, alumnus inducted into American Philosophical Society

Two Princeton University faculty members and one University alumnus are among 32 new members recently elected to the American Philosophical Society (APS), the nation’s oldest scholarly organization.
Orley Ashenfelter, the Joseph Douglas Green 1895 Professor of Economics, and Anne Case, the Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Emeritus, were inducted into APS’ social sciences class. Ashenfelter earned his […]

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Understanding the universe: Astrophysicist Dunkley shines through her research

Jo Dunkley, a professor of physics and astrophysical sciences at Princeton, asks big questions about the universe and the fundamental laws that describe nature. Dunkley joined the faculty in 2016, deepening research collaborations she already had developed with Princeton colleagues. Dunkley also is a mentor to women in science. Dunkley, who as of this spring has two young children, said she feels it […]

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Analysis shows carbon-slashing promise of new biofuel technology

Finding an alternative vehicle fuel poses a difficult challenge: it has to be relatively cheap and able to reduce carbon emissions without using up valuable crop land or trees from forests.
Now, researchers at Princeton’s Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment say one possible solution might be all around us. In a recent paper, the researchers evaluated a method that […]

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A passion for nature drives senior Zoe Sims’ excellence in environmental studies

Zoe Sims (above), who received her degree in ecology and evolutionary biology and a certificate in environmental studies on June 6, has distinguished herself as a scientist and a student during her time at Princeton. For her senior thesis, Sims spent two years studying the effect of groundwater pollution on coral reefs in Bermuda. In the photo above, Sims processes […]

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‘Forbearance as Redistribution’: Holland explores legality and politics in Latin America

Alisha Holland, an assistant professor of politics at Princeton University, went to Colombia, Chile and Peru to conduct research for her first book, “Forbearance as Redistribution: The Politics of Informal Welfare in Latin America” (Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics, 2017), which grew out of her doctoral dissertation at Harvard University. Holland studies the comparative political economy of development, with a […]

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Rock stars: Exploring the ruins and royalty of ancient Maya courts

This spring, 11 Princeton undergraduates in the course “The Art and Politics of Ancient Maya Courts” had an unusual assignment: deciphering hieroglyphs.
“This course is a deep dive into the art and culture within Maya courts from about 600-800,” said Bryan Just, the Peter Jay Sharp, Class of 1952, Curator and Lecturer in the Art of the Ancient Americas. “While visual […]

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Princeton’s Annual Giving campaign raises record-setting $74.9 million

Princeton University’s 2016-17 Annual Giving campaign raised $74,912,035, with 56.8 percent of undergraduate alumni participating. This historic achievement — Princeton’s first-ever Annual Giving campaign in excess of $70 million — represents strong performances across all of Princeton’s constituencies: undergraduate alumni, graduate alumni, parents and friends.
“This year’s Annual Giving results are truly extraordinary,” said President Christopher L. Eisgruber. “Unrestricted funds play […]

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‘Liquid scaffolding’: Watery droplets form structures inside cells

A research team led by Princeton engineers has revealed in remarkable new detail how liquid droplets can develop structure amidst the soup of material found inside a living cell. These droplets, known as membraneless organelles, play critical roles in cellular function and diseases.
The team, a mix of biologists and materials scientists, has shown that surprisingly low concentrations of proteins can […]

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Spinal tap 2017: What are Princeton professors reading this summer?

Whether traveling with students on a summer course, serving on the judging panel of a book contest, researching a new book or simply putting their feet up, professors — like book lovers everywhere — think carefully about what to read each summer. Some relish the hunt through the shelves of used bookstores; others happily snap open their mobile device as […]

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