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Clifford Brangwynne to lead Princeton Bioengineering Initiative

Clifford Brangwynne, professor of chemical and biological engineering, has been appointed the inaugural director of the Princeton Bioengineering Initiative. This initiative will support and expand the bioengineering activities already underway at the University, and ignite new directions in research, education and innovation at the intersection of the life sciences and engineering.
 

Machine learning guarantees robots’ performance in unknown territory

As engineers increasingly turn to machine learning methods to develop adaptable robots, new work by Princeton University researchers makes progress on safety and performance guarantees for robots operating in novel environments with diverse types of obstacles and constraints.

Plastic pollution is everywhere. Study reveals how it travels

A study reveals the mechanism by which microplastics, like Styrofoam, and particulate pollutants are carried long distances through soil and other porous media, with implications for preventing the spread and accumulation of contaminants in food and water sources.

Strange quasi-particles reveal new magnetic behavior, verify nearly century-old prediction

Princeton researchers have confirmed a theory first put forward in 1929 by the Nobel laureate Felix Bloch, who theorized that certain kinds of materials, when drawn down to a very low electron density, would spontaneously magnetize.

Nakasone Award honors Brangwynne's pioneering discoveries in biology

Clifford Brangwynne, professor of chemical and biological engineering at Princeton University and an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, is one of two recipients of this year’s Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) Nakasone Award. The other recipient is Anthony Hyman of the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, Germany.

A new spin on atoms gives scientists a closer look at quantum weirdness

A team of Princeton researchers, led by Jeff Thompson, an assistant professor of electrical engineering, have developed a new way to control and measure atoms that are so close together no optical lens can distinguish them.

Robert Prud’homme named first recipient of Princeton’s Dean for Research Award for Distinguished Innovation

Robert Prud’homme, professor of chemical and biological engineering at Princeton University, has been selected to receive the inaugural Dean for Research Award for Distinguished Innovation for the invention of flash nanoprecipitation, a method for creating nanoparticles that promises to improve the delivery of drugs throughout the body.

Princeton’s “Dinky” train helps nuclear arms control researchers

Researchers worked with NJ Transit's commuter train to improve methods to check arms control agreements

Technology and humanities combine in annual Innovation Forum

At Princeton University's annual Innovation Forum, researchers demonstrated methods to prevent political gerrymandering, potentially treat currently incurable forms of hepatitis and combat drug-resistant bacteria that cause urinary tract infections.

CITP: ‘Interdisciplinary, deeply technical, motivated by real problems’

Matthew Salganik, director of Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy, discusses the center’s priorities, the progress of its new tech policy clinic, and opportunities for students from a variety of backgrounds to take on challenges at the intersection of technology and society.

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