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Geochemistry and Paleoclimate

PEI Discovery Day 2018 exhibits array of student research in environmental studies

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Monday, May 21, 2018 - 9:30am

Seniors and graduate students exhibited the topical diversity of environmental studies at Princeton University during the seventh annual PEI Discovery Day hosted by the Princeton Environmental Institute May 9 in the Frick Chemistry Lab Atrium. Ninety-six students representing 20 academic departments showcased their research and discussed their findings with fellow students and University faculty. PEI interviewed seven students who provide a snapshot of the research and disciplines featured at Discovery Day 2018.

PEI awards $515,000 to projects studying our changing climate and environment

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Monday, April 23, 2018 - 4:45pm

Birds and flowers out of sync, the integration of built and natural flood-control features, and frozen methane deep beneath the ocean are among the five projects recently funded by the Princeton Environmental Institute as part of its Climate and Energy Challenge program. Totaling $515,000, the newly awarded research projects will run from 2018 to 2020.

PEI Faculty Seminar: "3 Million Years of Global Climate Change Captured in Ice Cores"

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.

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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.

Bourg receives NSF CAREER grant to study fine-grain soil hydrology, mechanics

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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.

Princeton geologists solve fossil mystery by creating 3-D ‘virtual tour’ through rock

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 12:15pm

With an industrial grinder and a super-high-resolution camera, PEI associated faculty Adam Maloof, a Princeton associate professor of geosciences, and graduate student Akshay Mehra can deconstruct rock samples and create three-dimensional digital versions that scientists can look at from any angle. In addition, they have developed software that allows the computer to segment images and isolate objects without human bias.

Drones, Thorns and New Orleans: PEI's Summer of Learning Symposium features breadth of undergrad research

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Monday, October 30, 2017 - 9:15am

Drones in Africa, algal biofuel and the necessity of thorns. These topics and more constituted the varied research projects of 88 Princeton University undergraduates who presented the results of their summer-long internships during the Princeton Environmental Institute's 2017 Summer of Learning Symposium Oct. 6 at the Campus Club.