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Thu, 05/10/2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Speaker: Frank von Hippel, Professor and Co-Director of Program on Science and Global Security, Professor of Woodrow Wilson School

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Speaker: Marc Fleurbaey, Robert E. Kuenne Professor in Economics and Humanistic Studies, Professor of Public Affairs and the University Center for Human Values

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Speaker: Karl Kusserow, John Wilmerding Curator of American Art at Princeton Art Museum

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Speaker: Tim Searchinger, Research Scholar, Woodrow Wilson School, Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy Program

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Speaker: Sarah Kapnick, physical scientist at NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory


Tue, 12/12/2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Speaker: Janet Currie, Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Speaker: Warren Powell, Professor of Operations Research and Financial Engineering

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Speaker: Andrew Zwicker, physicist at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and member of the NJ General Assembly

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Andrew B. Bocarsly - Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Andrew Bocarsly's research interests lie in the general field of physical inorganic chemistry, with emphasis on the chemistry of excited state and charge transfer processes and the chemistry of surfaces. These interests have resulted in his research focusing on electrochemistry, photochemistry, solid state chemistry, and fuel cells. There are three active projects (CO2 Reduction, Fuel Cells, and Cyanogels) on which graduate and undergraduate students currently work. 

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

William Happer - Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor of Physics, Emeritus


I am interested in the physics of spin-polarized atoms and nuclei, and in the application of these spin-polarized systems in other areas. Together with Professor Cates, research associates and graduate students at Princeton and collaborators from various medical schools, I have been working on ways to use polarized 3He and 129Xe for magnetic resonance imaging of lungs and perhaps other organs.

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Dr. Forrest Meggers - Assistant Professor, School of Architecture and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. Affiliated faculty in Civil and Environmental Engineering


Tue, 11/15/2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Gabriel Vecchi - Professor of Geosciences and the Princeton Environmental Institute.

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Peter Singer - Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Martha Coven - Lecturer and John L. Weinberg/Goldman Sachs & Co. Visiting Professor


Thu, 05/12/2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Thomas Nyquist, Executive Director, Engineering and Campus Energy, Engineering and Campus Energy.

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Smita Brunnermeier, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, Lecturer in Economics and Public Affairs

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

John Haldon, Shelby Cullom Davis '30 Professor of European History. Professor of History and Hellenic Studies. Director, Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies.

Thu, 02/18/2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Robert Socolow, Professor Emeritus of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Elie Bou-Zeid, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering.


Thu, 11/12/2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Warren Powell, Professor of Operations Research and Financial Engineering. Director, Program in Engineering and Management Systems.

Thu, 10/22/2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Adam Maloof, Associate Professor of Geosciences

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Prof. Ning Lin, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Prof. François Morel, Professor of Geoscience

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Prof. Michael Mueller, professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering


Thu, 12/11/2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Prof. Dan Steingart, Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Prof. Forrest Meggers, Professor of School of Architecture

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Prof. Fabian Wagner, visiting Professor of WWS and Andlinger Center for Energy and Environment

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

How does sea level change and what is the Anthropocene

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Stop Saving the Planet!: An Historian's-Eye View of Environmental Advocacy

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Cities in the 21st Century: The nexus of climate, water and energy challenges


Thu, 11/21/2013 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Understanding the role of climate variability as a determinant of ecosystem structure and function/how changing rainfall climatology might impact the distribution of ecosystems in Africa

Thu, 09/19/2013 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

The evolving view of climate forcing as climate models begin to include interactions between aerosols and clouds.


Tue, 10/23/2012 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Speaker: Dan Li
The eddy-covariance system operated by the Hydrometeorology group at Princeton is located at the Broadmead site (close to the football stadium). It has a CSAT 3D sonic anemometer and a LICOR-7500, which measure the wind speed, air temperature, water vapor and CO2 concentration at high frequencies(~10-20Hz). Other variables measured at the site include four-component surface radiation, soil moisture, rainfall and so on.

Tue, 08/21/2012 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Speaker: Gardiner Hill, EB&V, Alternative Energy, Director Carbon Solutions, BP and Nigel Jenvey, Subsurface Resource Manager, Americas, Emerging Business & Ventures, BP Alternative Energy

Wed, 08/01/2012 - 8:30pm to 11:00pm

Every energy resource — fossil, nuclear and renewable — is undergoing profound changes. And overall, we're gradually shifting from coal and oil to the energies of tomorrow.
This sweeping transition is the subject of Switch. But rather than advocate for how it should happen, Switch travels the world to discover how it most likely will happen.
Switch is also about a changing energy conversation. Today, it’s polarized and unproductive. Switch focuses on practical realities and encourages a balanced understanding.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

Speakers: Representatives from Princeton Energy & Climate Scholars (PECS) and the Pontifícia Universidade Católica (PUC) do Rio de Janeiro’s Interdisciplinary Center for the Environment (NIMA). For more information, contact or visit

Wed, 06/06/2012 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Speaker: Celine Stein. Presentations and lab tour.

Wed, 05/09/2012 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Speaker: Sarah Batterman, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Wed, 05/09/2012 - 1:45pm to 2:45pm

Speaker: Dr. Jane Lubchenco, NOAA

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Fri, 04/13/2012 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Speaker: Hang Deng, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Speaker: Megan Konar, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Speaker: Professor Alexander Glaser, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering & Woodrow Wilson School

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Speaker: Dr. Robert Watson, Former Chair of IPCC

Fri, 03/23/2012 - 5:00pm

The Faculty Board of Princeton Energy and Climate Scholars (PECS) is seeking applications from highly motivated graduate students who are conducting research within the broad area of climate change and energy. Since the creation of the group in 2008, PECS has typically had a balanced membership across disciplines within engineering, policy, and economics. PECS has been designed to enhance the research experience of Princeton's graduate students by encouraging the most talented of these students to transcend the boundaries of their fields.

Thu, 03/15/2012 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Speaker: Professor David Medvigy, Geosciences

Tue, 02/21/2012 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Aerosols are one of the major stumbling blocks in predicting future climate change. Both their direct interaction with solar radiation and their indirect impact on radiation via modification of cloud properties give aerosols the potential to significantly alter the Earth's energy balance and hydrological cycle.

Thu, 02/16/2012 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Speaker: Professor Elie Bou-Zeid, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

PECS -- Speaker: Mary Kang, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Speaker: Annette Trierweiller
In the Hedin Biochemistry lab, soil, water, plant samples are processed for their nutrient (soil, plant and water samples and ion concentration) . In the lab we have a gas chromatograph, ion chromatographs, an elemental analyzer, a machine to measure Dissolved organic carbon, and a nutrient analyzer.

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Speaker: Professor Craig Arnold, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 6:30pm to 7:00pm

Speaker: David Kanter, WWS Science Technology and Public Policy


Fri, 12/02/2011 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Speaker: Professor Robert Socolow, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Thu, 11/17/2011 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Speaker: Dr. Syukuro Manabe, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

Tue, 10/25/2011 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Speaker: Clinton Smith, Electrical Engineering

Tue, 10/11/2011 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

PECS beginning of the fall semester social event to welcome the new PECS student and faculty board members.

Fri, 09/23/2011 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

The Faculty Board of Princeton Energy and Climate Scholars (PECS) is seeking applications from highly motivated graduate students who are conducting research in climate science and closely related fields (i.e.

Wed, 05/11/2011 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Victor B. Oyeyemi, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Wed, 04/20/2011 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

PECS end of year social event to welcome the new PECS student members and say farewell to the old.

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Speaker: Caroline Farrior, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Thu, 03/03/2011 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Speaker: Professor Warren Powell, founder and director of CASTLE Laboratory and faculty member at Princeton since 1981. 
CASTLE Lab was created in 1990 to reflect an expanding research program into dynamic resource management.  Topics covered include climate change, storage, investments in energy, energy resource allocation, pricing; discussion on challenges in modeling, issue of the flow of information ("stochastic models" without using the word "stochastic"), and the notion of a "policy".

Tue, 02/22/2011 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Speaker: Rebecca Lutzy, Woodrow Wilson School STEP

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Speaker: Jose Azar, Economics

Thu, 01/20/2011 - 8:30pm to 10:30pm

Speaker: Craig Arnold, Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Acting Director, Program in Sustainable Energy.


Thu, 12/09/2010 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Speaker: Albert Cot. Summary: The importance of electric mobility in the energy agenda is rising in different parts of the world.  Albert Cot, President of Cluster for Energy Efficiency in Catalonia (Spain), lead a discussion on how Southern Europe is positioning itself to be a leader including using wind power to charge electric vehicles.

Mon, 11/22/2010 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Speaker: Van Jones.
Biography: Van Jones is currently at Princeton as a distinguished visiting fellow in the STEP program at the Woodrow Wilson School and the Center for African American Studies. Jones is an environmental advocate and social entrepreneur and was a primary advocate for the Green Jobs Act, which President Bush signed into law in 2007. He also served as the Obama administration's special advisor for green jobs, enterprise and innovation from March-September 2009.

Wed, 10/06/2010 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Speaker: Syukuro Manabe, Senior Meteorologist, Tokyo University.

Mon, 05/24/2010 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

PECS end of year social event to welcome the new PECS student members and say farewell to the old.

Wed, 04/21/2010 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Speaker: Steve Pacala, Frederick D. Petrie Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Director, Princeton Environmental Institute.

Thu, 03/25/2010 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Speaker: Claire Gmachl, Professor of Electrical Engineering

Sun, 02/28/2010 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Speaker: Craig Arnold, Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Thu, 12/10/2009 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Speaker: Jeroen Tromp, Professor of Geosciences and Applied and Computational Mathematics, Princeton University

Thu, 11/12/2009 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Speakers: Nat Keohane, Director of Economic Policy and Analysis, Environmental Defense Fund, with special guests David Wilcove and Steve Pacala

Tue, 10/27/2009 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Speaker: Greg Olsen, President, GHO Ventures

Thu, 09/24/2009 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Speaker: Gardiner Hill, Director CCS Technology, Alternative Energy, BP with special guest Kate Hadley-Baker, Director, Well Planning and Geotechnical Operations, BP

Tue, 05/19/2009 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Speaker: Bernard Haykel, Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University - This talk will explore the role and power of the Arab countries of the Persian Gulf, especially that of Saudi Arabia, in the world's energy markets and the geopolitics of the region. In addition, the talk will assess the tentative plans and projects of the Gulf countries in the areas of renewable and alternative energy sources (e.g., MASDAR, KAPSARC) and whether these will survive the present downturn in oil prices and declining national revenues.

Wed, 04/29/2009 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Speakers: Shoibal Chakravarty and Massimo Tavoni, Princeton Environmental Institute, Princeton University -- Global demand for air transport has been characterized by a steady and rapid growth in the past 20 years, at a rate roughly 50% higher than that of economic activity. With growing population and standards of living, and a significant share of developing countries that fly very little, identifying the main drivers of air demand is an important research and policy question.

Tue, 03/10/2009 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Speaker: Emily Carter, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and Applied & Computational Mathematics, Princeton University

Mon, 02/23/2009 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Speaker: Elena Shevliakova, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University and Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory -- Changes in climate have potential to affect the global carbon cycle through changes in ecosystems distribution and functioning.   While considerable attention has been devoted to modeling the effect of increasing atmospheric CO2 concentration on climate and to the assessment of the ecological impacts of climate change, the potential feedbacks between biosphere and climate are far less understood.


Thu, 12/11/2008 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Speaker: Michael Oppenheimer, Department of Geosciences and Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University - How does the US election affect prospects for US action on climate change? How does the global financial crisis and economic downturn factor into the political equation?  What may or may not be accomplished at the international level including at the Copenhagen meeting a year from now? What are the prospects for engaging developing countries? What may US and global climate policy look like over the next two, five, and ten years?

Tue, 11/18/2008 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Speaker: Francois Morel, Department of Geosciences, Princeton University -- The dissolution of anthropogenic CO2 increases the dissolved CO2 concentration of surface seawater, decreases its pH, and decreases the saturation of calcium carbonate.  All three processes, described collectively under the the expression "ocean acidification," have important potential effects on the ocean biota: 1)  inorganic carbon may become more available for photosynthesis; essential algal nutrients may become more or less available to phytoplankton at lower pH; and calcifying organisms such as corals and cocco

Tue, 09/23/2008 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Speaker: Robert Socolow, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University