• Board approves 22 faculty appointments

    Friday, Oct 12, 2018
    by Susan Promislo, Office of Communications

    The Princeton University Board of Trustees has approved the appointment of 22 faculty members, including seven full professors, one associate professor and 14 assistant professors.


  • Inaugural Princeton Day of Optimization convenes researchers at forefront of data science and machine learning

    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 applicable, were discussed at the inaugural Princeton Day of Optimization, a day-long conference on Friday, Sept. 28.

  • Princeton faculty Brangwynne, Sly; arts fellow Okpokwasili awarded MacArthur Fellowships

    Thursday, Oct 4, 2018
    by by Jamie Saxon, Steven Schultz and Molly Sharlach

    Two Princeton professors — one who explores the interior structures of cells, and another who mathematically defines thresholds between shifting, complex systems — have been awarded 2018 MacArthur Fellowships. Choreographer and performer Okwui Okpokwasili, a Hodder Fellow in the Lewis Center for the Arts, also received an award.

  • Princeton engineering alumna Frances Arnold wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry

    Wednesday, Oct 3, 2018
    by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

    The 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded today to Princeton alumna Frances Arnold "for the directed evolution of enzymes." She received half of the award, while the other half was divided between George Smith of the University of Missouri-Columbia and Sir Gregory Winter of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology at the University of Cambridge "for the phage display of peptides and antibodies."

  • Andlinger Center conference tackles challenges of a changing climate

    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 plays a key role in the governor’s administration on climate and environmental policy. “We are accepting the challenge that climate change has presented. We are committed to making this state the magnet for innovative solutions.”

  • First results are in: New sky survey suggests dark matter is less ‘lumpy’ than previously believed

    Friday, Sep 28, 2018
    by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

    Using the first year of data gathered by the Hyper Suprime-Cam on the Subaru Telescope, an international team of researchers has created and analyzed the deepest-ever map of dark matter.

    The Hyper Suprime-Cam (HSC) survey collaboration team, including scientists from Princeton University, Japan and Taiwan, used tiny gravitational distortions in images of about 10 million galaxies to make a precise measurement of the “lumpiness,” or uneven distribution, of matter in the universe.

  • Princeton to lead new software institute to enable discoveries in high-energy physics

    Tuesday, Sep 4, 2018
    by Melissa Moss, Office of Communications

    With the goal of creating next-generation computing power to support high-energy physics research, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced today that Princeton University will lead a new NSF-funded coalition of 17 research universities to be called the Institute for Research and Innovation in Software for High Energy Physics (IRIS-HEP).

    The institute will develop computing software and expertise to enable a new era of discovery at the world's most powerful physics experiment, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland.

  • Foam could offer greener option for petroleum drillers

    Friday, Aug 10, 2018
    by John Sullivan, Office of Engineering Communications

    Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, provides critical energy for society, but also uses large amounts of fresh water while producing corresponding amounts of wastewater. Water-based foams, which use about 90 percent less water than fracking fluids, provide an alternative, but the mechanism for foam-driven fracture in such drilling is not well understood.


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