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July 2017

Analysis shows carbon-slashing promise of new biofuel technology

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 10:00am

Finding an alternative vehicle fuel poses a difficult challenge: it has to be relatively cheap and able to reduce carbon emissions without using up valuable crop land or trees from forests.

Now, researchers at Princeton’s Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment say one possible solution might be all around us. In a recent paper, the researchers evaluated a method that creates fuel from wood residues, sawdust and branches. The method, called catalytic hydropyrolysis, could use the refining and distribution systems now used for gasoline to create a fuel that would work in modern engines.

Two graduate students receive 2017 PEI-STEP Environmental Policy Fellowships

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Friday, July 21, 2017 - 10:30am

Princeton University graduate students Xiaogang He and Kasparas Spokas have been awarded 2017 PEI-STEP Environmental Policy Fellowships from the Princeton Environmental Institute. The PEI-STEP Fellowship Program provides Princeton doctoral students in departments outside of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs with two years of financial support and a $3,500 award.

Peter and Rosemary Grant receive Royal Medal in Biology

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 9:30am

Peter Grant, the Class of 1877 Professor of Zoology, Emeritus, and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, emeritus, and B. Rosemary Grant, senior research biologist, emeritus, ecology and evolutionary biology, have been named recipients of the Royal Medal in Biology.

Eight graduate students receive 2017 Hack Awards for study of water issues

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Friday, July 21, 2017 - 10:30am

Eight Princeton University graduate students were selected to receive a Mary and Randall Hack ’69 Graduate Award from the Princeton Environmental Institute. The award provides up to $8,000 in research funding to Princeton graduate students exploring water and water-related topics. The 2017 recipients are Kessie Alexandre, Keita DeCarlo, Ying Liu, Hamid Omidvar, Melany Ruiz, Kimia Shahi, Kaia Tombak and Siyuan (Henry) Xian.

Methane, light and river trade: 2017 Walbridge Fund empowers innovative environmental graduate research

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Friday, July 21, 2017 - 10:30am

Five Princeton University graduate students have been selected to receive Walbridge Fund Graduate Awards from the Princeton Environmental Institute to support their doctoral research. Established in 2009, the Walbridge Fund provides up to $10,000 to Princeton graduate students pursuing innovative projects in the fields of energy technology, carbon policy and climate science.

New model projects an increase in dust storms in the US

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Monday, July 17, 2017 - 10:15am

Could the storms that once engulfed the Great Plains in clouds of black dust in the 1930’s once again wreak havoc in the U.S.? A new statistical model developed by researchers at Princeton University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) predicts that climate change will amplify dust activity in parts of the U.S. in the latter half of the 21st century, which may lead to the increased frequency of spectacular dust storms that have far-reaching impacts on public health and infrastructure.

New PEI director Michael Celia plans to build on Institute's strengths, expand reach

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Monday, July 10, 2017 - 12:30pm

Michael Celia, the Theodora Shelton Pitney Professor of Environmental Studies and professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been named director of the Princeton Environmental Institute effective July 1. Celia, who has been involved in PEI's research, teaching programs and governance for many years, succeeds François Morel, the Albert G. Blanke, Jr., Professor of Geosciences and professor of geosciences and the Princeton Environmental Institute, who had served as director since 2014.