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Computer scientist Kernighan elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Brian Kernighan, a pioneer of early programming languages and software tools and a scholar known for distilling and clarifying complex technical subjects, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. A professor of computer science, Kernighan is among five Princeton faculty members, a visiting professor, and two alumni joining the Academy this year.

Panelists tell UN expert that artificial intelligence offers promise and peril for social programs

While artificial intelligence could help bring greater effectiveness and fairness to social programs such as disability and health benefits, it could also be used to unjustly deny assistance to people in need, experts told a United Nations special rapporteur during a conference at Princeton University last week.

Salt takes a quick step before falling out of water

In a finding with implications for topics including climate models and drug production, computational research from Princeton University has described an additional step in the precipitation of salt crystals. 

Robert Mark, who brought modern engineering to the study of historic buildings, dies at 88

Robert Mark, professor of civil engineering and architecture, emeritus, who pioneered the application of modern engineering modeling to study the structure of medieval and ancient buildings, died March 29 in New York City. He was 88.

Four engineering scholars among Princeton’s first Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellows

Twelve scholars from a wide range of disciplines, including four in engineering, have been named among Princeton’s first cohort of Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellows, a program aimed at enhancing diversity in the professoriate. 

Top national research honor goes to Mark Braverman

Mark Braverman, who focuses on core problems of theoretical computer science and applies the results to a broad range of disciplines, has been awarded the National Science Foundation’s highest honor for young researchers, the Alan T. Waterman Award.

Symposium marks growth for Princeton’s materials institute

This year’s symposium, on March 26 and 27, marked several years of growth for the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials, which has expanded and opened new facilities.

New technology marks a key step toward shrinking a medical lab to fit on fingertip

Identifying a patient’s viral infection or diagnosing a blood disorder usually requires a lab and skilled technicians. Now researchers at Princeton University have developed a new technology that goes a long way toward replacing the lab with a single microchip.

Post ‘net neutrality’ internet needs new measurement tools, Princeton experts tell policymakers

Speaking before the Federal Trade Commission’s hearing on internet competition and consumer protection, Nick Feamster said changes to the structure of the internet require new methods to measure online services. He said using speed as a benchmark is no longer the best measure.

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