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Monday, September 16, 2019
Genes, the social environment and adolescent smoking
Researchers at Princeton suggest that teens are influenced to smoke not only by their peers but — surprisingly — by their peers’ genes. New evidence on teen smoking behavior points to the genes of people around us, the genetics of our social environment, as significant factors in why some people...
Thursday, August 8, 2019
Graduate school dean appeals for release of Xiyue Wang on 3-year anniversary of his detention in Iran
On August 7, 2016, authorities in Iran detained Princeton University history graduate student Xiyue Wang in Tehran, where he remains held in Evin prison. Sarah-Jane Leslie, dean of the Princeton Graduate School, issued the following statement August 7, 2019, appealing for Wang’s immediate release...
Monday, July 29, 2019
Small but mighty: A mini plasma-powered satellite under construction may launch a new era in space exploration
A tiny satellite under construction at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) could open new horizons in space exploration. Princeton University students are building the device, a cubic satellite or “CubeSat,” as a testbed for a miniaturized rocket thruster with...
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
More farmers, more problems: How smallholder agriculture is threatening the Western Amazon
A verdant, nearly roadless place, the Western Amazon in South America may be the most biologically diverse place in the world. There, many people live in near isolation, with goods coming in either by river or air. Turning to crops for profit or sustenance, farmers operate small family plots to...
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Graduate School dean renews urgent call for release of Xiyue Wang from Iranian prison
The following statement was issued Thursday, June 13, by Sarah-Jane Leslie, dean of the Graduate School:  The release of Nizar Zakka from an Iranian prison reminded the world that Princeton University graduate student Xiyue Wang remains unjustly detained after nearly three years in that same Evin...
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Princeton creates trustee position for recent alumni of the Graduate School
The Princeton University Board of Trustees has designated one of its nine alumni-elected trustee positions to be held by a recent graduate of the Graduate School, defined as an individual who has received a Princeton graduate degree within the five years prior to the year of the election.  As with...
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Forensic engineering preserves art treasures by saving historic buildings
Italian Renaissance frescos of the gods and goddesses of air, water, fire and earth enliven the ceiling and four walls of the Room of the Elements in Florence’s famed Palazzo Vecchio, but without structural engineers’ work to preserve such historic buildings, the world could eventually lose these...
Thursday, April 25, 2019
American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Completion Fellowships
The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce the 2019 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellows. The 67 fellows, who hail from 42 US universities, comprise one of the most institutionally diverse cohorts in the history of this fellowship. They were selected from a pool...
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Princeton updates its policy regarding sexual and romantic relationships between faculty and graduate students
During the Faculty Meeting on Monday, April 1, faculty voted to approve a policy that prohibits all faculty from initiating or engaging in romantic or sexual relationships with graduate students. Previously, faculty were prohibited only from initiating or engaging in romantic or sexual...
Saturday, March 9, 2019
Ecologists find a ‘landscape of fearlessness’ in a war-torn savannah
A team of Princeton ecologists took advantage of a rare opportunity to study what happens to an ecosystem when large carnivores are wiped out. “Large carnivores play a critical, and disproportionate, role in their ecosystems, and their populations are declining worldwide,” said Justine Atkins, a...

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