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Call for Proposals: PEI Urban Grand Challenge

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Friday, June 15, 2018 - 10:30am

The Princeton Environmental Institute is accepting faculty proposals for two-year projects of up to $150,000 for the Urban Grand Challenge program through Friday, June 29, 2018. Part of PEI's Grand Challenges program, the Urban Challenge combines the study of natural and built environments to address the interrelated environmental and social issues that face the world's rapidly expanding urban areas in an era of increasing environmental volatility.

PEI Faculty Seminar: "China’s Energy Future: Potential Air-Pollution, Health and Climate Implications"

Denise Mauzerall, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Public and International Affairs, presented, "China’s Energy Future: Potential Air-Pollution, Health and Climate Implications," at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 1. Bender is the fourth speaker in the Spring 2018 PEI Faculty Seminar Series.

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.

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."

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.

So much depends on the velocity of tiny droplets cast upward

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Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 2:30pm

New research describes the velocity of aerosols cast upward as bubbles on a liquid's surface burst. Above the ocean, these droplets transfer moisture, salt, and even toxins such as algae from water to air. Knowing the speed and height of aerosols applies to numerous areas of scientific and economic interest, including more accurate climate modeling or creating a perfect glass of champagne.

Responding to urban design challenges: Students explore architecture in Brazil

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Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 3:15pm

This semester, 12 Princeton undergraduates explored architectural and urban design through a course that took them to Brazil over fall break to gain firsthand knowledge of the topics discussed on campus. The course, “The Interdisciplinary Design Studio,” was developed by PEI associated faculty member Mario Gandelsonas, professor of architecture and the Class of 1913 Lecturer in Architecture, with support from a PEI's Urban Grand Challenges program.

 

Drones, Thorns and New Orleans: PEI's Summer of Learning Symposium features breadth of undergrad research

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Monday, October 30, 2017 - 9:15am

Drones in Africa, algal biofuel and the necessity of thorns. These topics and more constituted the varied research projects of 88 Princeton University undergraduates who presented the results of their summer-long internships during the Princeton Environmental Institute's 2017 Summer of Learning Symposium Oct. 6 at the Campus Club.

PEI Urban Challenge awards $348,000 to new urban sustainability projects

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Monday, September 18, 2017 - 12:30pm

Extreme ocean waves, severe thunderstorms and urban flooding, and a sophomore urban-design course make up the latest round of projects funded by PEI's Urban Grand Challenges program. Totaling $348,000, the new awards combine the study of the natural and built environments to address the interrelated environmental and social issues facing the world's rapidly expanding urban areas in a world of increasing volatility.

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