Princeton scientists, alumna honored with Edison Awards

Scientists from Princeton University and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have won 2017 Edison Patent Awards from the Research & Development Council of New Jersey. Princeton alumna and trustee Laura Overdeck was honored as Educator of the Year. The winners were recognized Nov. 2 at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Panel: Biotech, data science promise better NJ health and business growth

Companies and academic institutions of New Jersey have a unique opportunity to solve health care problems and grow new businesses at the intersection of biotechnology and data science, a panel of leaders from industry and academia concluded at a conference convened by Princeton University on Oct. 25.

Alumnus Yi Wang’s language-learning app attracts $100M in funding, 50M Users

Alumnus Yi Wang's new venture, an artificial intelligence-based English language learning app called Liulishuo, has over 50 million registered users, making it one of the most popular language learning apps in China.

Old phones get new life in high-powered computer servers

In a recent paper, graduate student Mohammad Shahrad and David Wentzlaff, an assistant professor of electrical engineering, demonstrated that it is possible to build servers out of ranks of old smartphones. 

Students forge ahead, with help from blacksmiths

The Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM) held its fifth annual blacksmithing event on Saturday, October 14th.


Scientists demonstrate path to linking the genome to healthy tissues and disease

A study by an international consortium of scientists reached a major milestone in establishing a baseline understanding of gene expression across healthy human tissues, and linking genes to disease.

Lessons learned, and some unheeded, after hurricanes

Ning Lin, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Princeton University, studies hurricane hazards and risks. Several months before Hurricane Sandy battered the New Jersey Shore and the New York City region in 2012, she warned that the area was vulnerable to storm surges, which are destructive amounts of coastal water driven inland by storms. She published a paper in Nature Climate Change with Princeton professors Michael Oppenheimer and Erik Vanmarcke, as well as Kerry Emanuel, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Lin recently answered questions about her work and how  actions taken after Sandy might not be enough to protect residents on the Jersey Shore and New York City from another damaging storm.

Tiger Challenge team tackles sustainability in Princeton

Municipalities around the country are working to limit climate change and prepare for its consequences. For the town of Princeton, planning is a priority.

As the town reevaluates its progress on climate positive activities, it has collaborated with five Princeton undergraduates as part of the University’s Tiger Challenge to help them address a vexing problem — how to increase residents’, businesses’ and town stakeholders’ engagement in the creation and implementation of a new plan that has greater impact.

Felten joins panel aimed at modernizing labor market

Princeton Computer Science Prof. Edward Felten will be joined by fellow Princeton professor Alan Krueger on a new task force aimed at transforming America’s labor market to a 21st century, skills-driven model.

Scientists discover one of nature’s tiniest switches

In a testament to the rapid advance of nanotechnology, the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to scientists who built the world’s first synthetic molecular machines by interlocking single molecules into devices capable of mechanical motion.

Now, a discovery by Princeton University scientists, reported Aug. 2 in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, demonstrates that humans don’t have the monopoly on building the world’s tiniest machines.