Amit Singer: Software for near-atomic resolution using cryo-electron microscopy

A software package aims to aid drug design and biomedical research by making it easy to construct 3D images of proteins and other molecules using one of the world’s most powerful microscopes. Amit Singer and his team are developing a package they call Algorithms for Single Particle Reconstruction, or ASPIRE, that takes in 2D images captured by cryo-electron microscopy and produces reliable 3D structures without significant human intervention.

Bridge Closure

Beginning on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, Alexander Street, between Lawrence Drive and Canal Pointe Boulevard, will close for about six months as local agencies replace aging bridges and a culvert. Construction won’t prohibit traveling to campus, but it will make travel more time consuming.
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President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund, Carter Roberts, appears on ‘All for Earth’ podcast

The World Wildlife Fund is about much more than wildlife, CEO and president Carter Roberts explains on the latest episode of the “All for Earth” podcast. WWF’s mission includes climate, sustainable food production, water scarcity and ecosystems, as well as the issue of biodiversity that is so neatly encapsulated in the organization’s famous panda logo.

Mathematician Logunov named Packard Fellow

Aleksandr Logunov, an assistant professor of mathematics, has been awarded a 2019 Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering. This year’s class features 22 early-career scientists and engineers, who will each receive $875,000 over five years to pursue their research.

A world without the Amazon? Safeguarding the Earth’s largest rainforest is focus of Princeton conference

The Amazon is the world’s largest and most diverse tropical forest and the ancestral home of over 1 million indigenous peoples. How to preserve it was the centrally urgent theme at a conference at Princeton on Oct. 17-18.

Thriving together: Princeton’s 8% reflects on the impact of Thrive last weekend

Student columnist Maya Houser writes: “Undergraduate participation in Thrive was unprecedented: students performed, networked, and attended events all weekend. For many current students, such a massive congregation of black alumni at this predominantly white institution was a powerful experience.”

Edison Awards: R&D Council announces winners of prestigious honors for 2019

President Eisgruber has been chosen as Educator of the Year by the Research & Development Council of New Jersey. R&D Council Executive Director Kim Case said Princeton stands as a global leader in research and teaching and, under Eisgruber’s leadership, has embraced innovation, connecting research to real-world problems and solutions and leading the way in the development of an innovation ecosystem in the heart of the state.

Edison Awards: R&D Council announces winners of prestigious honors for 2019

Study helps pinpoint what makes species vulnerable to environmental change

Princeton researchers have identified traits that make certain species more vulnerable than others to human impacts on the environment. The study found that exposure to seasonal temperature changes may be one factor that determines if bird species can adapt to environmental changes such as deforestation.

Farhana Sultana talks about the universal right to water on ‘All for Earth’ podcast

Access to clean, safe water is a life or death question for over a billion people worldwide, with some 500,000 deaths annually related to a shortage of potable water says Farhana Sultana on the latest episode of the “All for Earth” podcast. These staggering numbers are destined to rise as climate change exacerbates water insecurity around the globe.

Princeton to take part in new U.S.-Swedish initiative on artificial intelligence and sustainability

The intensive fires in the Amazon, the rapid melting of glaciers and ice sheets, and continued loss of biodiversity all illustrate that our planet is changing at a dangerous pace. At the same time, we are entering a period of unprecedented technological change.

Kastner receives Award for Education in Neuroscience

Sabine Kastner, a professor of psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, will receive this year’s Award for Education in Neuroscience from the Society for Neuroscience (SfN). The award honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to neuroscience education and training and will be presented Monday, Oct. 21, at SfN’s annual meeting in Chicago.

Faculty Research Forum offers community, knowledge for new professors

  A new series, the Faculty Research Forum, brings together newly hired assistant professors with senior faculty and research administration staff to share information and build community, with the goal of ensuring that early career faculty have the resources they need to be successful.