Norman Augustine ’57 *59 and his wife, Meg, still marvel at the power of inspiring teachers in their lives. It was the impetus behind their recent gift to Princeton of three endowed professorships in the School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Princeton will establish a technology and democracy program within the University’s Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP), a leading authority on issues related to artificial intelligence, internet privacy and security, big data, cryptocurrencies and the impact of digital technologies on society. The new program, made possible by a gift from an anonymous donor, will include a first-of-its-kind technology policy clinic that will enable technical specialists to provide nonpartisan studies and expertise on emerging technologies to federal, state and local policymakers so that elected officials can make better informed decisions on behalf of the public.
Cliff Brangwynne’s research has provided a foundation for an entire new field of study and uncovered promising clues for potential treatments for cancer and neurodegenerative diseases like ALS, Alzheimer’s disease, and Huntington’s disease.
Each year, Princeton alumni, parents, and friends make a commitment through Annual Giving to support and expand Princeton's mission of excellence in teaching and research. A new video series, "Walking Together," demonstrates the impact of that commitment to give back to the University. The first video in the series highlights the work of Professor of Sociology Matthew Desmond, principal investigator of The Eviction Lab at Princeton, whose groundbreaking work is changing the national conversation about housing insecurity.
Edward C. Taylor, a Princeton University chemistry professor whose research into butterfly wing pigments led to the development of a cancer-fighting drug used worldwide, died Nov. 22 in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was 94.
Chances are, when you went to Princeton, your interaction with professors went well beyond the classroom and office hours. The same teacher-scholars who are at the pinnacle of their professions and break new ground in their fields of study also work closely with undergraduates as mentors, advisors, and colleagues.
Edward C. (Ted) Taylor, Sir W. Arthur Lewis, and Froma Zeitlin are three of Princeton’s most accomplished and honored professors. Their dedication to students matches their contributions to their disciplines.
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.