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Princeton honors Judy and Carl Ferenbach ’64 at High Meadows Environmental Institute dedication

May 11, 2022 ・ Advancement Communications

President Christopher L. Eisgruber ’83, members of the Princeton faculty and friends gathered on the lawn behind Princeton’s Guyot Hall May 10 to celebrate Judy and Carl Ferenbach ’64 and the dedication of the High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI). In…

New HMEI director Gabriel Vecchi aims to expand campus, community research and teaching partnerships

August 30, 2021 ・ Morgan Kelly

Gabriel Vecchi, professor of geosciences and the High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI), was named director of HMEI effective July 1. Vecchi succeeds Michael Celia, the Theodora Shelton Pitney Professor of Environmental Studies and professor of civil and environmental engineering, who…

As Princeton’s Lake Carnegie opens less often for skating, a climate trend may be emerging

March 29, 2021 ・ Morgan Kelly

The heavy snowfalls and frigid days of this past winter in New Jersey let Princeton sophomore Grace Liu finally experience the Northeastern winter she’d only imagined growing up in her Florida hometown of palm trees and sandy beaches. She was…

Intensity of tropical cyclones is probably increasing due to climate change

March 25, 2021 ・ Laura Potts

Many tropical cyclone-prone regions of the world are expected to experience storm systems of greater intensity over the coming century, according to an extensive review of existing research published March 26 in ScienceBrief Review. Moreover, sea-level rise will aggravate coastal flood risk…

Lightning in blue clouds.

High end of climate sensitivity in new climate models seen as less plausible

March 3, 2021 ・ Morgan Kelly

A recent analysis of the latest generation of climate models — known as a CMIP6 — provides a cautionary tale on interpreting climate simulations as scientists develop more sensitive and sophisticated projections of how the Earth will respond to increasing…

Man in grey winter jacket wearing a facemask walking as it snows

Adherence to health precautions, not climate, the biggest factor driving wintertime COVID-19 outbreaks

February 9, 2021 ・ Morgan Kelly

Wintertime outbreaks of COVID-19 have been largely driven by whether people adhere to control measures such as mask wearing and social distancing, according to a study published Feb. 8 in Nature Communications by Princeton University researchers. Climate and population immunity…

Large, delayed outbreaks of endemic diseases possible following COVID-19 controls

November 9, 2020

Measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 through non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) such as mask wearing and social distancing are a key tool in combatting the impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. These actions also have greatly reduced incidence of many…

Connected virtually, working globally: PEI engaged more than 100 undergraduates in virtual environmental internships for summer 2020


September 9, 2020 ・ Morgan Kelly

Princeton senior Ben Alessio had planned to spend his summer internship with the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) in the laboratory of Professor Howard Stone conducting experiments related to diffusiophoresis, an important process by which particles are transported through water. But…

Local climate unlikely to drive the early COVID-19 pandemic

May 18, 2020 ・ Morgan Kelly

Local variations in climate are not likely to dominate the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Princeton University study published May 18 in the journal Science. The researchers found that the vast number of people still vulnerable…