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From lab to ambulance, training pays off for EMT volunteer

Eric Mills volunteers for the Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad, an independent, non-profit 110-member group of emergency medical technicians serving the Princeton area. He’s one of numerous members of the Princeton University community, mainly staff and students, who volunteer their time with area rescue crews.

Senior thesis project probes intricacies of groundwater cleanup

Audrey Shih’s thesis focused on specially formulated chain-like molecules called polymers that can help flush contaminants from hard-to-reach crevices in underground aquifers. How these polymers move through porous rocks to dislodge pollutants — and why they are more effective in some settings than in others — is not well understood.

Innovation funds propel research to improve health, computing and sustainability

Funded by Princeton alumni, parents and other donors, this year’s Innovation Research Grants total more than $1.3 million.

Mechanical forces shape bacterial biofilms’ puzzling patterns

Belying their slimy natures, the sticky patches of bacteria called biofilms often form intricate, starburst-like patterns as they grow. Researchers at Princeton University have combined expertise in molecular biology, mechanical engineering and mathematical modeling to unravel the physical processes underlying these curious crinkles.

New rules illuminate how objects absorb and emit light

Princeton researchers have uncovered new rules governing how objects absorb and emit light, fine-tuning scientists' control over light and boosting research into next-generation solar and optical devices.

Foam offers way to manipulate light

A study by Princeton scientists has shown that a type of foam long studied by scientists is able to block particular wavelengths of light, a coveted property for next-generation information technology that uses light instead of electricity.

High school students connect materials science to future careers and global challenges

High schoolers toured materials science and engineering labs, participated in coursework and projects, and interacted with graduate students  as part of the Princeton University Materials Academy (PUMA), a three-week program held in July.

Summer school marks 10th year of bringing young combustion scientists to ‘the edge of research’

Each summer since 2010, the Princeton-Combustion Institute Summer School on Combustion has brought together top scientists to teach graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from around the world. Combined with a sister program in China, the summer schools have helped advance the careers of more than 4,000 students.

Quantum engineer recognized by Department of Energy with Early Career Award

The U.S. Department of Energy has named Jeff Thompson the recipient of a 2019 Early Career Award, with five years of significant funding from the department's Office of Science.

Strange warping geometry helps to push scientific boundaries

Princeton researchers have built an electronic array on a microchip that simulates particle interactions in a hyperbolic plane, a geometric surface in which space curves away from itself at every point.

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