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Can ‘forever’ chemicals become less so? This senior thesis works toward smarter cleanup of PFAS.

May 20, 2024 ・ Molly Sharlach

The class of chemicals known as PFAS — used in firefighting foams, some nonstick cookware, and many other products — can resist heat and repel water. Their chemical bonds are hard to break, and they persist in water sources for…

Laure Resplandy Promoted to Associate Professor

April 5, 2024

Congratulations to Professor Laure Resplandy who has been promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Geosciences and the High Meadows Environmental Institute, effective July 1, 2024. In her career to date, Professor Resplandy has made leading contributions to understanding…

Rapidly-Intensifying Tropical Cyclones Likely to Increase Flood Hazard in the North Atlantic as Climate Warms

March 15, 2024 ・ Cara Clase

Many of the most devastating tropical cyclones (TCs) in history, including Hurricanes Andrew (1992) and Katrina (2005), underwent a process known as rapid intensification (RI). Defined by a wind speed increase of at least 30 knots (35 mph) within a…

Wilcove to Assume Vice Dean Role on Permanent Basis

February 28, 2024 ・ Tom Durso

David S. Wilcove, who has been serving as acting vice dean of the School of Public and International Affairs since the start of the academic year, will assume the role on a permanent basis beginning in the 2024-25 year. Wilcove,…

3d rendering of olympic games 2021 Covid-19 pandemic Tokyo, Japan

Keeping a pandemic at bay: Lessons from the Tokyo and Beijing Olympics

January 18, 2024 ・ Tom Garlinghouse

At the time, it seemed absurd. The decision to hold the already postponed Tokyo Summer Olympic Games during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2021 seemed like a recipe for disaster. Many people feared that staging such a large…

Climate change likely to drive more floods in some parts of the U.S., fewer in others

January 8, 2024

By breaking down flooding analysis into its main physical mechanisms, researchers at Princeton have projected that climate change will markedly impact river basin flooding across the United States during the 21st century. In an article published Jan. 3 in Nature Communications, the…

HMEI Graduate Research Awards — Call for Applications

January 31, 2024

The High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI) is accepting applications for graduate research fellowships and awards in the areas of climate change, environmental policy, water issues and other pressing environmental topics. Our awards are open to Princeton Ph.D. candidates in all…

Climate scientist Robert Socolow receives the 2023 John Scott Award

November 28, 2023 ・ Tom Garlinghouse

Robert Socolow, emeritus professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton University and longtime member of High Meadows Environmental Institute’s Associated Faculty, has been awarded the prestigious John Scott Award for his decades-long contributions to reducing human impacts on the…

Luc Deike receives the François Frenkiel Award for innovative paper on bubbles and breaking waves

November 28, 2023 ・ Tom Garlinghouse

Luc Deike, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and the High Meadows Environmental Institute, was recently awarded the François Frenkiel Award from the American Physical Society’s Division of Fluid Dynamics for a paper entitled “Capillary driven fragmentation of large…