Friday, January 29, 2021Dewdrops on a spiderweb reveal the physics behind cell structures
The physics at work in the beading of dewdrops on a spiderweb is the same as that which drives the sub-microscopic beading of a protein called TPX2, which is necessary to building microtubules (the skeleton of the cell) and which also plays a role in some cancers.
Monday, January 11, 2021Discovery of quantum behavior in insulators suggests possible new particle
In a surprising discovery, Princeton physicists have observed behavior in an insulator that is typically observed in metals, which hints at the existence of an entirely new type of quantum particle.
Thursday, December 10, 2020What caused the ice ages? Tiny ocean fossils offer key evidence
Since the discovery that atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations were lower during past ice ages, the cause has been a mystery. Now, the fossils of ocean algae reveal that a weakening in upwelling in the Antarctic Ocean, the ocean around Antarctica, kept more CO2 in the deep ocean during...
Wednesday, December 9, 2020Theodore Ziolkowski, renowned scholar of German and European literature and ‘one of the true giants of the Princeton faculty’ dies at 88
Theodore "Ted" Ziolkowski, former dean of Princeton's Graduate School, the Class of 1900 Professor of Modern Languages, Emeritus, and professor of Germanic languages and literatures and comparative literature, died Dec. 5, 2020. He was 88.
Monday, December 7, 2020Princeton graduate student Cassidy Yang dies in Ohio
Princeton University doctoral student Cassidy Yang died this past weekend in Ohio as a result of a car accident. She was 26.
Thursday, December 3, 2020How plants compete for underground real estate affects climate change and food production
How do plant roots store carbon? Princeton researchers found that the energy a plant devotes to its roots depends on proximity to other plants: when close together, plants heavily invest in their root systems to compete for finite underground resources; if far apart, they invest less. As about a...
Tuesday, November 17, 2020Everybody’s got a hungry heart
Researchers in Princeton's Department of Chemistry were part of a team that has completed the first comprehensive, quantitative mapping of human cardiac fuel use, reporting that the heart preferentially and voraciously consumes fatty acids.
Friday, November 13, 2020Virtual teaching with Special Collections: ‘Colonial Spanish American Literature: Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz’
Nicole Legnani, assistant professor in Spanish and Portuguese, and the Digital Imaging Services team at Princeton University Library worked closely over the summer to pivot her fall graduate seminar to virtual teaching — creating 'virtual visits' of rare, exquisite first editions and manuscripts.
Monday, October 12, 2020The Task Force on Graduate Student Mentoring Report
At the beginning of the 2019-20 academic year, Sarah-Jane Leslie, dean of the Graduate School, and Sanjeev Kulkarni, dean of the faculty, charged a task force comprised of faculty, graduate students, and administrators with examining the issue of graduate student mentoring and advising by faculty...
Wednesday, September 16, 2020Seyedsayamdost lab uncovers small fratricidal molecule
A new bacterial molecule with the unsavory tendency to track down and kill others of its own kind has been discovered in the human microbiome by researchers at Princeton’s Department of Chemistry.