In a world filled with cyber hacks, communication silos, fake news and government surveillance, can liberty really survive the digital age? That question—which is playing out in real time across the globe—was the focus of the 2017 Princeton-Fung Global Forum held in Berlin on March 20 and 21. The event, established in 2012 through a generous gift from William Fung ’70, drew university leaders and policymakers from around the world.
Professor of Computer Science Ben Raphael first applied his computational muscle to the fight against cancer by accident. As a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Diego, he studied genomes. One day, during a routine research meeting, his advisor mentioned that he had gotten an email out of the blue from cancer biologists who needed help making sense of their data. He asked the lab group if anyone was interested in helping them out. Raphael volunteered, thinking it would be a one-off project. Fifteen years later, he’s still studying what drives cancer.
Three projects with the potential for broad impacts in science and technology have been selected to receive support from the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund. The projects include a technology for improving ultrasound's grainy images, a system for boosting biofuel production, and a facility for designing and testing new wind power technologies.
This month, the Princeton Entrepreneurship Council (PEC) launched "TigerTalks in the City," a quarterly series designed to bring Princeton research with an entrepreneurship focus to New York. The topic of the inaugural panel discussion was "Big Data and Little Privacy?" and featured faculty from a range of disciplines.
The senior thesis is helping Alec Lowman ’16 find a sense of himself in the world as an artist, says Professor Tracy K. Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and director of the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing—and it inspires her.
From nano-scale sensors to costume design, drosophila morphogenesis to opera, sea urchins to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Princeton’s first Research Day offered a mind-expanding view of work explored across campus. Undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers engaged visitors with ten-minute talks, 90-second pitches, performances, or poster presentations in Frist Campus Center May 5. The day—to become an annual event—showcased talented Princetonians who will be at the forefront of tomorrow’s scientific and creative endeavors.
Humanists traditionally have spent long hours in archives poring through books, letters, and ephemera, laboriously piecing together information. Today, digital technology has streamlined and galvanized this process. Now scholars can not only quickly access and preserve different kinds of information but also identify connections among their discoveries, creating new data for scholars around the world.
A $10 million gift will create the Daniel Kahneman and Anne Treisman Center for Behavioral Science and Public Policy at Princeton, enabling the University to strengthen its leading role in this emerging field and improve the development of effective policymaking.
A $4 million gift from technology entrepreneur and philanthropist Thomas M. Siebel has created the Thomas M. Siebel Professorship in the History of Science. “This generous gift from Tom Siebel will significantly advance our efforts to interpret the development of scientific ideas and to understand their historical importance,” said President Christopher L. Eisgruber.