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PEI and Art Museum host Art + Environment Event Series

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Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 11:30am

Art = Environment poster

Stoddard receives Packard Fellowship for early-career scientists

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Monday, October 15, 2018 - 1:15pm

Mary Caswell "Cassie" Stoddard, an assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and PEI associated faculty, was one of 18 researchers nationwide to receive a David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship for Science and Engineering, which is awarded to innovative, early-career scientists and engineers. Recipients also include William Anderegg, an assistant professor of biology at the University of Utah and a past PEI postdoctoral research associate.

Urban Population, Transportation Patterns Affect How Flu Epidemics Play Out

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Monday, October 8, 2018 - 10:00am

The more people a city has and the more organized its residents' movement patterns, the longer its flu season is apt to last, according to new research co-authored by Princeton University researchers. Published in the journal Science, the findings are an important step toward predicting influenza outbreak trends.

PEI Faculty Seminar: “The New Wilderness”

Jeff Whetstone, Professor of Visual Arts in the Lewis Center for the Arts and PEI associated faculty, presented, "The New Wilderness," at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, in Guyot Hall, Room 10.

Funded by new tax credits, U.S. carbon-capture network could double global CO2 headed underground

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 9:30am

Princeton University researchers have proposed a U.S. pipeline network that would capture, transport and store underground up to 30 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year — an amount equal to removing 6.5 million cars from the road. The authors found that the network infrastructure would only be possible if tax credits passed by Congress in 2018 to encourage investment in carbon capture-and-storage technology are coupled with low-interest government financing.

From crystals to climate: New ‘gold standard’ timeline connects volcanic eruptions to climate change

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 12:00pm

Princeton University researchers may have rewritten the history of the Columbia River Flood Basalts, a set of ancient eruptions so voluminous that it could bury the continental United States to a depth of 80 feet. Most geologists believed that the eruptions took almost 2 million years, but graduate student Jennifer Kasbohm — who was supported by a PEI Walbridge Graduate Award — and PEI associated faculty Blair Schoene, an associate professor of geosciences, reported in Science Advances that they may have happened more than twice as fast, with 95 percent of the eruptions falling within a 750,000-year window.

Science at sea: Bess Ward teaches and researches from the Pacific Ocean

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 11:45am
Bess Ward, Princeton’s William J. Sinclair Professor of Geosciences and the Princeton Environmental Institute, faced an unusual challenge in the middle of the Spring 2018 semester when she was granted precious research time aboard the research vessel R/V Sally Ride ... at the exact time she had a classroom full of students on campus. Read how she figured out how to teach the class, "Biological Oceanography," from the Pacific Ocean and see photos from her five weeks at sea.

Europe's Policy to Treat Wood as Low-Carbon Fuel Poised to Harm Global Forests

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 11:30am

Europe's decision to promote the use of wood as a "renewable fuel" will likely greatly increase Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions and possibly lead to vast new cutting of the world's forests, according to a new paper published in Nature Communications. The paper is co-authored by eight scientists from the United States and Europe, including lead author Tim Searchinger, research scholar in Princeton University's Program in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy and a lecturer in the Princeton Environmental Institute.

Diving robots find that Antarctic seas release surprising amounts of carbon dioxide in winter

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 12:00pm

The Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica — regarded by scientists as a large and crucial absorber of atmospheric carbon dioxide — may in fact release significantly more carbon dioxide than previously thought during the winter, according to a study from the Princeton University-based Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modeling (SOCCOM) project administered by PEI. The study is based on data from autonomous floats deployed by SOCCOM that captured the first comprehensive data about the Southern Ocean during the treacherous Antarctic winter.

Foam could offer greener option for petroleum drillers

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Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 11:00am

Princeton researchers have experimentally tested the fracturing behavior of foam for use in hydraulic fracturing, which would use about 90 percent less water than fracking fluids, but the mechanism for foam-driven fracture is not well understood. The research was supported by PEI's Mary and Randall Hack ’69 Graduate Fund and Carbon Mitigation Initiative and led by PEI associated faculty Howard Stone, the Donald R. Dixon '69 and Elizabeth W. Dixon Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.