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April 2018

Students study New Orleans' rich life and tenuous landscape

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Monday, April 30, 2018 - 10:00am

The class "The Port of New Orleans: Culture and Climate Change" focuses on how the global climate problems of tomorrow imperil New Orleans today, and how people and culture can affect change. The course encompasses PEI's Grand Challenges and summer internship programs, as well as the Program in Environmental Studies and the Environmental Humanities at Princeton initiative.

PEI researchers among recipients of Dean for Research Innovation Funds

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 4:00pm

Researchers in or associated with the Princeton Environmental Institute were among several Princeton University faculty members to be selected to receive 2018 Dean for Research Innovation Funds through Princeton's Office of the Dean for Research. The funds are awarded annually to promising research in various subject areas and disciplines.

PEI-STEP fellow Ryan Edwards awarded fellowship to take geosciences to D.C.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 11:15am

Ryan EdwardsRyan Edwards, a graduate student in civil and environmental engineering and PEI-STEP fellow, has received the 

PEI awards $515,000 to projects studying our changing climate and environment

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Monday, April 23, 2018 - 4:45pm

Birds and flowers out of sync, the integration of built and natural flood-control features, and frozen methane deep beneath the ocean are among the five projects recently funded by the Princeton Environmental Institute as part of its Climate and Energy Challenge program. Totaling $515,000, the newly awarded research projects will run from 2018 to 2020.

Swamp microbe has pollution-munching superpower

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Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 11:45am

Researchers in the lab of PEI associated faculty Peter Jaffe, professor of civil and environmental engineering, discovered a bacterium in a New Jersey wetland that has the surprising ability to degrade pollutants without using oxygen. This could offer a more efficient method for treating toxins in sewage.

Lessons from lemurs: To make friends, show off your smarts

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Monday, April 9, 2018 - 8:00am

A study of ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta) suggests that a clever individual's social position can improve if others see their problem-solving skills pay off, according to a team of Princeton University researchers, including PEI associated faculty Dan Rubenstein, Class of 1877 Professor of Zoology and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and director of the Program in Environmental Studies.

New Orleans' Black Masking Indian chiefs discuss art, community

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Friday, April 6, 2018 - 10:00am

Big Chief Darryl Montana and Chief Demond Melancon of New Orleans' Black Masking Indian groups visited Princeton for an April 3 panel discussion on the artistry and passion behind the tradition, and met with students in two courses the next day. Their visit was part of the exhibition, "Big Chief Wears a Golden Crown," organized by PEI associated faculty Jeff Whetstone in connection to his PEI Urban Grand Challenges project, "Flow: Living with the Mississippi."

PECS scholar, PEI-STEP fellow Tim Treuer selected as AAAS science media fellow

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Monday, April 2, 2018 - 10:15am

Tim Treuer, a PEI-STEP fellow and Princeton Energy and Climate Scholar (PECS) in the Princeton Environmental Institute, was one of two Princeton University graduate students to be named a 2018 Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Treuer, a graduate student in ecology and evolutionary biology, will spend the summer working at NOVA Next in Boston.

PEI to host select Princeton Environmental Film Festival screenings

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Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 9:00am

The Princeton Environmental Institute, a co-sponsor of the 2018 Princeton Environmental Film Festival, will host selected films on the Princeton University campus between April 8-15. The films will be screened on the dates and times listed below in the Friend Center, Room 101.

Combining science and service: Studying lead contamination in Trenton, N.J.

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Monday, April 2, 2018 - 12:00pm

The project "Urban Tap Water and Human Health" led by Princeton University professors John Higgins and Janet Currie combines science with community service. Funded by PEI's Urban Grand Challenges program, the initiative aims to measure the level and source of lead contamination in Trenton homes, then eventually see how those data correlate with childhood health and development. Meanwhile, students work with the Trenton-based nonprofit organization Isles Inc. to help provide free lead-contamination testing for Trenton residents.