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.
When Princeton University senior Alana Reynolds arrived in Mozambique last June to conduct fieldwork for her thesis, she realized that she had to see elephants differently if she wanted to help protect them. She had traveled to the southeast African country with support from the Becky Colvin Memorial Award presented annually by the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
The third annual Princeton Research Day took place on May 10, 2018, at Frist Campus Center. Nearly 200 undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral and other researchers presented their research and creative work, through 10-minute talks, 90-second pitches, poster presentations, and performances.
Princeton Research Day—the second annual celebration of research and creative endeavors by undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and other scholars—showcased more than 140 presentations on topics ranging from the metabolism of fruit fly embryos to theories on why large-scale, complex projects rarely—if ever—stay on schedule.
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.
Computer science powers the work of many disciplines. If a molecular biologist needs to match up millions of pairs of genes, or a humanist wants to mine databases to understand the evolution of English prose, computers make it possible. Princeton’s computer science department, part of the University’s renowned engineering school, is distinguished by its deep expertise in both the theoretical foundations of computing and the many applications of computing in modern life.
NANYUKI, Kenya — Princeton University graduate student Tyler Coverdale and Ryan O'Connell of the Class of 2017 clap as they walk around the tall bushes surrounding the sprawling experiment site. Not in applause, or for self-motivation — but to alert any buffalo, elephants or other animals that might be foraging for food or seeking shade from the intense equatorial sun. This is the nature of working at the Mpala Research Centre, a multidisciplinary and multi-institutional field laboratory that sits on a 50,000-acre reserve and ranch in Laikipia County in central Kenya.
Digital technology has become essential for personal communication, getting the news, banking, shopping, and countless routine transactions. As our reliance on technological devices grows, however, pressing questions emerge: How do we define privacy online? Who has access to our data—and how will they use it? How do we prevent cyber attacks?