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May 2015

Discovery Day 2015

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Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 11:00am

Discovery Day 2015On Friday, May 8th, the Princeton Environmental Institute hosted its annual Discovery Day—a multidisciplinary poster session celebrating undergraduate senior thesis research on environmental issues. Over 50 students from 16 academic departments showcased their work which was mentored by 34 faculty advisers.

Colvin Recipient Studies Nutrient Uptake in the Flood Plains of the Mississippi River

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Friday, May 22, 2015 (All day)
Sunset over the Mississippi River
Sunset over the Mississippi River. (Photo credit: Katherine Smith)

Feeding the Future and the Future of Food: Panel Discussion and Screening of the Film "Modern Nature"

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 12:15am

This panel will highlight research and educational activities currently underway by faculty, alumni, and graduate and undergraduate students to address the “food problem.” The broad focus will include health, environment, animal ethics, climate change, and food production and sufficiency. The event is free and open to the public.

When: May 29, 2015 at 10:00 am | McCosh, Room 46

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Reshaping Mountains in the Human Mind to Save Species Facing Climate Change

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 2:00pm

People commonly perceive mountain ranges as jumbles of pyramid-shaped masses that steadily narrow as they slope upward.

Termites Can Aid in Keeping Desertification at Bay

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Monday, May 18, 2015 - 2:00pm

“Scientists have recently expressed interest in developing ‘early warning systems’ for desertification based on patterns observed in satellite imagery,” Corina Tarnita of Princeton University, US, told environmentalresearchweb. “The problem is that multiple mechanisms can produce very similar-looking patterns – one mechanism might suggest that an ecosystem is on the brink of collapse, whereas another might instead reflect that termites or other ecosystem engineers are helping the ecosystem persist.”

Million Year-Old Ice Holds Answers to Climate Record

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Sunday, May 17, 2015 - 11:00am

A team of researchers with members from Princeton University, the University of Maine and Oregon State University has found that greenhouse gasses a million years ago, were only slightly higher than they were between 450,000 and 800,000 years ago. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes their study of the newly retrieved ice cores and how it is helping to better understand the changes to the Earth's ice ages.
 

The 14th Carbon Mitigation Initiative Annual Meeting

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Monday, May 11, 2015 (All day)

The Carbon Mitigation Initiative (CMI) held its 14th annual meeting at Princeton University on April 14 and 15, 2015. More than 100 participants gathered to discuss CMI’s most recent initiatives in the areas of science, technology, and integration and outreach.  Attendees included Princeton faculty and students and colleagues from BP, the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL), the U.S.

Wasting the Savanna

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Monday, May 11, 2015 (All day)

Tim Searchinger and Lyndon Estes are, respectively, a research scholar and associate research scholar at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs.

Faculty Honor: Pringle Named ESA Early Career Fellow for Contributions to Ecology

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015 (All day)

Robert Pringle, an assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, was named one of nine Early Career Fellows nationwide by the Ecological Society of America (ESA). Fellows are elected by ESA members, and the five-year fellowships recognize early-career researchers for their contributions and potential contributions to ecology.

Class Snapshot: 'Environmental Challenges and Urban Solutions'

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Monday, May 4, 2015 (All day)

This spring, 12 Princeton undergraduates are joining forces in the interdisciplinary course "Environmental Challenges and Urban Solutions" to confront urbanization and environmental problems and to rethink traditional theories about nature and city dynamics. 

Identifying Species Imperiled by the Wildlife Trade May Require a Trip to the Market

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Monday, May 4, 2015 (All day)