Freedman, Singh named fellows of Association of Computing Machinery

Princeton computer science professors Michael Freedman and Mona Singh have been named fellows of the Association for Computing Machinery in recognition of their significant contribution to computing and information technology. This year, the association named 58 new fellows from research centers, companies and universities around the world.

Novel PPPL invention could improve the efficiency of car and truck engines while reducing pollutants

When it comes to car and truck engines, not much has changed since Nikolaus Otto invented the modern internal combustion engine in 1876. But the internal combustion engine could, at least theoretically, be in for a big change.

Origin story: Rewriting human history through our DNA

For most of our evolutionary history — for most of the time anatomically modern humans have been on Earth — we’ve shared the planet with other species of humans. It’s only been in the last 30,000 years, the mere blink of an evolutionary eye, that modern humans have occupied the planet as the sole representative of the hominin lineage.

Urban encounters: How to ‘read’ a city

Each fall, an urban studies research seminar, offered to juniors and seniors, dives into research methods in the field. This fall, 15 Princeton students delved into historical accounts, literary works, art and film that capture the communities and landmarks of two cities — New York and Moscow. Armed with this knowledge, the students visited both cities to experience firsthand the similarities and differences in the cultural, political and social worlds of the people who live there.

Standing with families: Community House celebrates 50th anniversary

In 1969, seven Princeton University undergraduate students moved off campus to live and connect with the Princeton community. Fifty years later, their outreach and mission lives on as Community House continues to stand with families in the Princeton region, supporting the academic success and social and emotional wellness of underrepresented youth.

Climate change could make RSV respiratory infection outbreaks less severe, more common

Princeton University-led researchers studied annual outbreaks of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in one of the first examinations of how climate change could affect diseases such as influenza that are transmitted directly from person to person. They found that while outbreaks of RSV could become generally less severe, infections may become more common, which could leave people more vulnerable to the virus over the long term, particularly children.

Princeton researchers listen in on the chemical conversation of the human microbiome

The microbial community populating the human body plays an important role in health and disease, but with few exceptions, how individual microbial species affect health and disease states remains poorly understood. A new study by Princeton researcher Mohamed Abou Donia and his colleagues, appearing in the Dec. 13 issue of the journal Science, gives scientists new tools to explore and understand the human microbiome.

Princeton offers early action admission to 791 students for Class of 2024

Princeton has offered admission to 791 students for the Class of 2024 through the University’s single-choice early action program. The admission process reflects Princeton’s enduring commitment to attract, enroll and support extraordinary students from all backgrounds.

Seniors Brown, Fried awarded Marshall Scholarship for graduate study in the UK

Princeton seniors Andrew Brown and Avital Fried have been named 2019 Marshall Scholars. The Marshall Scholarship seeks to promote strong relations between the United Kingdom and the United States by offering intellectually distinguished young Americans the opportunity to develop their abilities as future leaders. The scholarship covers the cost of two years of graduate study in the UK at a university of the recipient’s choice.

Graduate student researcher hits the lights on cells’ development

Princeton researchers have created a tool, combining light and a specific protein, that gives an unprecedented look at developing life forms. The study was led by Aleena Patel, center, a graduate student in chemical and biological engineering. Faculty members Rebecca Burdine, and Stanislav Shvartsman, were co-principal investigators on the project.

Sun’s close-up reveals atmosphere hopping with highly energetic particles

During its first two orbits around the sun, the Parker Solar Probe found a surprising variety of activities from the zippy particles that fly out in advance of the solar wind and can disrupt space travel and communications on Earth. In this video, Princeton’s David McComas, principal investigator of the ISʘIS instrument suite, helps explain what they found.

“The Spirit of Truth-Seeking”

On Friday evening during First-year Families Weekend, I introduced an event about “The Spirit of Truth-Seeking,” featuring Professors Robert P. George and Cornel West. This topic is core to this University’s mission and to the mission of all great research universities. I was delighted to offer some thoughts about truth-seeking to the audience that night, and I am similarly glad to share my comments with readers of the Princeton Alumni Weekly. Here is an excerpt from what I said. — C.L.E.

Tonight’s discussion addresses a topic, truthseeking, that resides at the heart of this University and, indeed, at the center of any research university worthy of the name. We have many kinds of schools in this country, with many kinds of goals. Schools may aim at skill-building, value formation, vocational training, or the transmission of expertise. None of these goals are absent from a research university’s mission, but neither are they the core of it. Research universities have a more radical, disruptive, thrilling, and demanding mission: they seek truth about questions that matter even when, perhaps especially when, investigating them may threaten conventional wisdom or societal pieties.