Researchers in the lab of PEI associated faculty Peter Jaffe, professor of civil and environmental engineering, discovered a bacterium in a New Jersey wetland that has the surprising ability to degrade pollutants without using oxygen. This could offer a more efficient method for treating toxins in sewage.
Lessons from lemurs: To make friends, show off your smarts
Monday, April 9, 2018 - 8:00am
A study of ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta) suggests that a clever individual's social position can improve if others see their problem-solving skills pay off, according to a team of Princeton University researchers, including PEI associated faculty Dan Rubenstein, Class of 1877 Professor of Zoology and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and director of the Program in Environmental Studies.
New Orleans' Black Masking Indian chiefs discuss art, community
Friday, April 6, 2018 - 10:00am
Big Chief Darryl Montana and Chief Demond Melancon of New Orleans' Black Masking Indian groups visited Princeton for an April 3 panel discussion on the artistry and passion behind the tradition, and met with students in two courses the next day. Their visit was part of the exhibition, "Big Chief Wears a Golden Crown," organized by PEI associated faculty Jeff Whetstone in connection to his PEI Urban Grand Challenges project, "Flow: Living with the Mississippi."
Michael Bender, Professor of Geosciences, Emeritus, and Senior Geoscientist, presented, "3 Million Years of Global Climate Change Captured in Ice Cores," at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 3. Bender was the third speaker in the Spring 2018 PEI Faculty Seminar Series.
Combining science and service: Studying lead contamination in Trenton, N.J.
Monday, April 2, 2018 - 12:00pm
The project "Urban Tap Water and Human Health" led by Princeton University professors John Higgins and Janet Currie combines science with community service. Funded by PEI's Urban Grand Challenges program, the initiative aims to measure the level and source of lead contamination in Trenton homes, then eventually see how those data correlate with childhood health and development. Meanwhile, students work with the Trenton-based nonprofit organization Isles Inc. to help provide free lead-contamination testing for Trenton residents.
As antibiotics fail, global consumption of antibiotics skyrockets, further driving drug resistance
Monday, March 26, 2018 - 3:00pm
The worldwide use of antibiotics in humans soared 39 percent between 2000 and 2015, fueled by dramatic increases in low-income and middle-income countries, according to a study involving Princeton and PEI researchers. The study, which analyzed human antibiotic consumption in 76 countries, is the most comprehensive assessment of global trends to date.
History can tell us a lot about environmental upheaval, according to Princeton history professor and PEI associated faculty John Haldon and alumnus Lee Mordechai. What is missing in today’s debate about climate change is using what we know about how past societies handled environmental stresses to help inform our own situation.
Bourg receives NSF CAREER grant to study fine-grain soil hydrology, mechanics
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 10:00am
Ian Bourg, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and the Princeton Environmental Institute, has received a five-year CAREER award from the National Science Foundation to study the hydrology and mechanics of fine-grained soils and sedimentary rocks.
Emmanuel Kreike, Professor of History, presented, "Environcide: War, Society, and Environment," at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, in Guyot Hall, Room 10. Kreike was the second speaker in the Spring 2018 PEI Faculty Seminar Series.