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December 2015

PEI Faculty Seminar Series Video: The Des Moines Farming Corridor

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - 10:30am

PEI Founding Director, Simon Levin, Wins National Medal of Science for Unraveling Ecological Complexity

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015 - 4:00pm

Simon Levin, Princeton University's George M. Moffett Professor of Biology and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, will receive a National Medal of Science, the nation's highest scientific honor. Levin will be honored at a White House ceremony in early 2016 along with eight fellow Medal of Science recipients and eight recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.

WWS Reacts: Will the Paris Climate Agreement be a 'Turning Point' for the World?

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Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 4:00pm

On Dec. 12, the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris ended with the first climate change agreement in which the representatives of all 195 nations have agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The deal comes after more than 20 years of deliberation following the 1992 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) treaty, which set goals and procedures for signatory nations to contain and reduce carbon emissions.

More Aggressive Climate Policies Are Needed to Save the Future Poor

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 4:00pm

People often believe that future generations will be better off than their predecessors, but that may be a dangerous assumption when it comes to climate change, according to new Princeton research in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Warm Nights Could Flood the Atmosphere With Carbon Under Climate Change

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 4:00pm

The warming effects of climate change usually conjure up ideas of parched and barren landscapes broiling under a blazing sun, its heat amplified by greenhouse gases. But a study led by Princeton University researchers suggests that hotter nights may actually wield much greater influence over the planet’s atmosphere as global temperatures rise — and could eventually lead to more carbon flooding the atmosphere.

Dolphin-Disease Outbreak Shows How to Account for the Unknown When Tracking Epidemics

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Friday, December 4, 2015 - 3:45pm

Stopping the outbreak of a disease hinges on a wealth of data such as what makes a suitable host and how a pathogen spreads. But gathering these data can be difficult for diseases in remote areas of the world, or for epidemics involving wild animals.

Theory of 'Smart' Plants May Explain the Evolution of Global Ecosystems

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 3:00pm

It's easy to think of plants as passive features of their environments, doing as the land prescribes, serving as a backdrop to the bustling animal kingdom.