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Posted by Morgan Kelly on Oct 11, 2017
The North American monsoon that brings summer rains to the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico is facing a dramatic reduction, according to researchers from Princeton University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The researchers — who included Gabriel Vecchi of the Princeton Environmental Institute — used a new, high-resolution climate model that corrects for persistent sea-surface temperature biases.
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Posted by Morgan Kelly, Communications Manager on Sep 28, 2017
The Princeton Environmental Institute has added core faculty member Amilcare Porporato, professor of civil and environmental engineering and the Princeton Environmental Institute, and 10 associated faculty to its roster of researchers and educators whose work focuses on or relates to the environment.
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Posted by Morgan Kelly on Sep 25, 2017
Princeton University faculty can submit up to two proposals for Campus as a Lab Innovation Funds through the Office of the Dean for Research by Nov. 20. Funding could start as early as Feb. 5, 2018.
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Posted by Morgan Kelly on Sep 18, 2017
Extreme ocean waves, severe thunderstorms and urban flooding, and a sophomore urban-design course make up the latest round of projects funded by PEI's Urban Grand Challenges program. Totaling $348,000, the new awards combine the study of the natural and built environments to address the interrelated environmental and social issues facing the world's rapidly expanding urban areas in a world of increasing volatility.
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Posted by Morgan Kelly on Sep 18, 2017
Predicting how climate change will affect the incidence of infectious diseases is made difficult by the complex relationship between climate and disease. In a recent review paper, PEI associated faculty Jessica Metcalf, a Princeton assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and public affairs, and coauthors write that researchers need new statistical models that incorporate both climate factors and the climate-disease relationship, and account for uncertainties in both.
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Posted by Morgan Kelly on Sep 14, 2017
The International Balzan Foundation has awarded Princeton University professor emeritus Robert Keohane the 2016 Balzan Prize for International Relations, History and Theory. The prize comes with an award of $790,000, half of which must be spent to finance research projects conducted by young scholars or scientists. Keohane is professor of public and international affairs, emeritus, in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and PEI associated faculty. His prize will be presented during an award ceremony in Berne, Switzerland, on Nov. 17.
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Posted by Morgan Kelly on Sep 13, 2017
Ashley Dawson, an English professor at the City University of New York's Graduate Center and the College of Staten Island, has been selected as the Princeton Environmental Institute's 2017-18 Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and the Humanities. Dawson focuses his work on cultural studies, post-colonialism, eco-criticism and activism, particularly how people have perceived, affected and defended nature through art, politics and economics.
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Posted by Morgan Kelly on Sep 05, 2017
The case for carbon capture and storage — a promising method for reducing greenhouse gases — received a boost recently from a Princeton study that indicated the procedure would not be prone to significant leakage or high costs related to fixing leaks. Authors of the study included PEI associated faculty Catherine Peters, professor and chair of civil and environmental engineering, and Michael Oppenheimer, the Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs and the Princeton Environmental Institute. 
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Posted by Morgan Kelly on Aug 22, 2017
A team led by Princeton University researchers — including David Wilcove, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and public affairs and the Princeton Environmental Institute — found that a barren pasture in a Costa Rican national park became a lush forest 16 years after an orange juice company unloaded 1,000 truckloads of orange peels and orange pulp onto it. The researchers report in the journal Restoration Ecology a 176 percent increase in aboveground biomass within the 3-hectare (7-acre) area studied, which demonstrates the power of agricultural waste to potentially regenerate forests and mitigate carbon at low cost. The research was supported by a 2015 Walbridge Fund Graduate Award from the Princeton Environmental Institute.
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Posted by Morgan Kelly on Aug 15, 2017
Princeton University researchers have uncovered a critical role for a new immune signaling pathway in controlling infection by the flavivirus Yellow Fever Virus (YFV), according to a paper published Aug. 15 in the journal mBio. The research stemmed from a 2015 Grand Health Challenges grant from the Princeton Environmental Institute.
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