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  • ‘Migrations’ series continues exploration of peoples, cultures and borders

    Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019

    This spring term, Princeton University and community partners are engaged in the second year of a three-year public program around the theme of migrations through “Global Migration: The Humanities and Social Sciences in Dialogue.” A full list of events is available online.

    Through lectures, conferences, performances and panel discussions, the public is invited to learn more about the movement of peoples over time and the consequences of those shifts.

  • Good news for future tech: Exotic ‘topological’ materials are surprisingly common

    Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019
    by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research

    In a major step forward for an area of research that earned the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics, an international team has found that substances with exotic electronic behaviors called topological materials are in fact quite common, and include everyday elements such as arsenic and gold. The team created an online catalog to make it easy to design new topological materials using elements from the periodic table.

  • Steinhardt's changing views from Big Bang to Big Bounce featured in Simons Foundation video

    Thursday, Feb 21, 2019

    The Simons Foundation recently featured Princeton University Professor Paul Steinhardt in its web video series, "Four Minutes With."

    Steinhardt, a 2018 Simons Fellow in theoretical physics, explains how he has changed his thinking on cosmic inflation and the Big Bang theory and is now reconsidering a "Big Bounce" cyclical theory of the universe. Steinhardt was a key developer of the inflation theory. 

  • Ten Princeton faculty members awarded Sloan Research Fellowships

    Tuesday, Feb 19, 2019
    by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

    Ten Princeton scientists have been selected to receive 2019 Sloan Research Fellowships, highly competitive grants given to outstanding young scholars working at the frontiers of their fields.

    The 10 fellows are among 126 biologists, chemists, computer scientists, economists, mathematicians, neuroscientists, ocean scientists and physicists chosen for the award from 57 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. Princeton earned the most fellowships of any single-campus institution, with at least one winner from each field.

  • Currie wins NOMIS Foundation’s Distinguished Scientist and Scholar Award

    Monday, Feb 18, 2019
    by B. Rose Kelly, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

    Princeton University’s Janet Currie is winner of the NOMIS Foundation’s Distinguished Scientist and Scholar Award, which comes with a research grant of $2-million to support exceptional scientists exploring new and unconventional directions in science.

    Currie’s research focuses on health and wellbeing, especially of children. Her project supported by NOMIS will harness big data to better understand children’s mental health.

  • Researchers find a way to peel slimy biofilms like old stickers

    Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018
    by Adam Hadhazy for the Office of Engineering Communications

    Slimy, hard-to-clean bacterial mats called biofilms cause problems ranging from medical infections to clogged drains and fouled industrial equipment. Now, researchers at Princeton have found a way to cleanly and completely peel off these notorious sludges.

  • New tools illuminate mechanisms behind overlooked cellular components’ critical roles

    Friday, Nov 30, 2018
    by Adam Hadhazy for the Office of Engineering Communications

    Creating new tools that harness light to probe the mysteries of cellular behavior, Princeton researchers have made discoveries about the formation of cellular components called membraneless organelles and the key role these organelles play in cells.

    In two papers published Nov. 29 in the journal Cell, researchers from multiple Princeton departments report on the conditions that lead to the formation of membraneless organelles and the impact that the formation has on cellular DNA.

  • Hispanics face racial discrimination in New York City’s rental housing market

    Wednesday, Oct 24, 2018
    by B. Rose Kelly, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

    Hispanics make up about one-third of New York City’s population, with many spending half of their income on rent. That is, of course, if they can even find housing at all — in a city suffering from an affordable housing crisis.

    Add to the mix that Hispanics experience significant levels of racial discrimination in the rental housing market, according to a new study. Compared to whites, they are 28 percent less likely to have a landlord return their calls and 49 percent less likely to receive an offer at all.

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