Sustainability Action Plan’s efforts to reduce water usage by 26% are underway

Reducing water usage is one of seven action areas outlined in Princeton University’s Sustainability Action Plan, which was released in April 2019. The University aims to reduce annual campus water usage by 11% by 2026 and 26% by 2046 — and efforts are already underway.

Princeton marks 100 years of ROTC on campus during Veterans Day program

Princeton University marked the 100th anniversary of ROTC during Veterans Day on Nov. 11. Nearly 200 alumni, students, faculty, staff and guests, including distinguished officers from five military branches, spent the day on campus to commemorate Princeton’s century-long Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program.

Naor receives Ostrowski Prize in Higher Mathematics

Professor of Mathematics Assaf Naor has been awarded the 2019 Ostrowski Prize in Higher Mathematics in recognition of his pioneering achievements at the interface of the geometry of Banach spaces, the structure of metric spaces and algorithms.

Nuclear warheads? This robot can find them

Picture a swarm of autonomous, three-foot rolling robots armed with smart detectors to support nuclear safeguards and verify arms-control agreements. The prototype of such robots, being developed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and Princeton University, recently demonstrated the ability to identify the source of nuclear radiation and whether it has been shielded to avoid detection.

U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on Princeton, Microsoft challenge to DACA termination

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday on cases challenging the federal government’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, including a complaint filed by Princeton University, Microsoft and Princeton graduate María Perales Sánchez.

Study of African animals illuminates links between environment, diet and gut microbiome

A reticulated giraffe selects a mouthful of a Hibiscus plant at the Mpala Research Centre in central Kenya. The researchers analyzed plant DNA in animal fecal samples to quantify the diet composition for 33 herbivore species.

Fighting to protect Dreamers: Why Microsoft and Princeton University are taking their case to the Supreme Court

An op-ed by Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber and Microsoft Corp. President Brad Smith on why Microsoft and Princeton University are taking their case to the Supreme Court to protect Dreamers was published in a TIME Ideas column on Nov. 10. It has been translated into Spanish. Fighting to protect Dreamers: Why Microsoft and Princeton University are taking their case to the Supreme Court

Yibin Kang awarded American Cancer Society research professorship grant

Yibin Kang, Ph.D., the Warner-Lambert/Parke Davis Professor of Molecular Biology at Princeton University and the associate director for Consortium Research of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, has been awarded an American Cancer Society Research Professorship, receiving a lifelong designation accompanied by a five-year $400,000 commitment.

Princeton researchers receive $2.5 million to advance the science of urban food sustainability

Princeton University researchers have received a $2.5 million federal grant to lead an interdisciplinary effort with academic, city government and nonprofit partners that will develop a scientific process for establishing urban food systems that are less wasteful and environmentally detrimental. The grant will be administered by the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI).

Meet the Baltimore woman who sued Trump over ending DACA; U.S. Supreme Court to hear arguments in her case

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Princeton, together with Maria Perales Sánchez, filed its lawsuit in November 2018 in federal court in Washington, D.C., claiming the government’s actions violated the due process clause of the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, including its guarantee of equal protection under the law, as well as the Administrative Procedure Act. 

Ben Chang: “We asserted then — and still believe now — that Princeton will suffer the loss of critical members of its community if the administration’s action is left to stand.”

Princeton Environmental Forum gathers faculty, alumni, to address climate crises

In response to the urgent environmental challenges facing the planet, Princeton faculty and alumni who are working to protect the environment gathered for the Princeton Environmental Forum held on campus Oct. 24-25. They came with knowledge, questions and an eagerness to share ideas from the frontlines of science leadership and environmental advocacy.