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  • New animation tool streamlines the creation of moving pictures

    Friday, Oct 26, 2018
    by Molly Sharlach, Office of Engineering Communications

    It’s often easy to imagine balloons soaring or butterflies fluttering across a still image, but realizing this vision through computer animation is easier said than done. Now, a team of researchers has developed a new tool that makes animating such images much simpler.

  • 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.

  • Women most likely to leave labor force after first child, not later births

    Monday, Oct 22, 2018
    by Denise Valenti for the Office of Communications

    While conventional wisdom suggests women reach a “tipping point” and are more likely to leave the workforce after having a second child, new findings by a Princeton University researcher show that, in fact, they are more likely to leave after their first child regardless of how many more times they give birth. However, women who ultimately have more children are always more likely to leave, even prior to having these later births.

  • Bee social or buzz off: Study links genes to social behaviors, including autism

    Thursday, Oct 18, 2018
    by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research

    Those pesky bees that come buzzing around on a muggy summer day are helping researchers reveal the genes responsible for social behaviors. A new study published this week found that the social lives of sweat bees — named for their attraction to perspiration — are linked to patterns of activity in specific genes, including ones linked to autism.

  • 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 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."

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