The latest episode of the “She Roars” podcast features Maribel Hernandez Rivera, a 2010 graduate alumna, reflecting on her childhood experience as an undocumented immigrant and now a champion of immigrant rights. She works as district director for Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez after a previous position in the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs.
Summertime greetings from the Office of Communications! Starting with this issue, we are evolving the Weekly Bulletin to showcase content around key themes and institutional priorities, alongside campus updates. For example, below, you will find items focused on Innovation, Diversity & Inclusion, and the Environment, as well as pieces on Toni Morrison and Xiyue Wang. We will be reaching out to readers over the coming weeks for feedback and input. Best, Ben Chang and Mike Hotchkiss
Steven Scott Gubser, a professor of physics at Princeton and a highly accomplished scholar of string theory and black holes, died as a result of a rock-climbing accident on Saturday, Aug. 3, in Chamonix, France. He was 47 years old. At the time of his death, Gubser was on vacation in Europe with his family.
On Aug. 7, 2016, authorities in Iran detained Princeton history graduate student Xiyue Wang in Tehran, where he remains held in Evin prison. Sarah-Jane Leslie, dean of the Graduate School, issued the following statement Aug. 7, 2019, appealing for Wang’s immediate release. (Media coverage from Bloomberg, The New York Times and CNN.)
World-renowned writer and Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, the Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Humanities, Emeritus, at Princeton University, died Monday, Aug. 5. She was 88. (Media coverage from The Wall Street Journal, CNN and Inside Higher Ed.)
More from Princeton:
How does a curator create a museum exhibition? What does a day in the life of a working artist look like? How do science and technology help conserve art? How do issues of diversity and representation affect artists and professionals in the field?
In the media:
Climate change may be depriving juvenile fish of their most crucial early food source by throwing off the synchronization of when microscopic plants known as phytoplankton bloom and when fish hatch, according to Princeton researchers. The long-term effect on fish reproductivity could mean fewer fish available for human consumption.
Wells that extract natural gas from underground often leak large amounts of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, into the air. A team of Princeton researchers has found that, in one of the biggest gas-producing regions, most of these emissions come from a tiny subset of the wells, a finding with major implications for how to control the problem.
Young people enrolled in the pre-apprenticeship program at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory are shadowing skilled technicians on tasks such as welding components for PPPL’s flagship fusion experiment or repairing the massive motor generators that power it. As they learn, they are preparing for their own future. (Media coverage from ROI and Insider NJ.)
More from Princeton:
- Entrepreneurship Club students help transfer Princeton biotech research to business ventures
- Small but mighty: A mini plasma-powered satellite under construction may launch a new era in space exploration
- Innovative tiny laser has potential uses in drug quality control, medical diagnosis, airplane safety
- Students Marquardt and Shah win Slavin Fellowships for work in entrepreneurship
In the news:
- Princeton startup Offchain Labs speeds, secures blockchain application development (ROI)
- Could a Jersey lab be the key to unlocking the sun’s energy on Earth? (NJTV)
- Incentive to innovate: Zwicker says new legislation will boost N.J. economy, help it keep up with rival states (ROI)
Rodney Priestley, professor of chemical and biological engineering and a leading researcher in the area of complex materials and processing, has been named Princeton’s vice dean for innovation, effective Feb. 3. The newly created position provides academic leadership for innovation and entrepreneurship activities across campus. (Media coverage from ROI and The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Princeton University’s 2018-19 Annual Giving campaign raised $68,568,435 — the third highest total in Annual Giving history — with 55.4% of undergraduate alumni participating. The results are notable for their strength across all of Princeton’s constituencies: undergraduate alumni, graduate alumni, parents and friends.
New Jersey high school educators hoping to improve college access for their students spent a day learning about Princeton University’s pathway programs for underrepresented populations at the Princeton AP/IB College Pathways Institute. The educators explored model practices they can apply in their home districts to support students who take Advanced Placement (AP) courses or those who are earning International Baccalaureate (IB) diplomas.
Anu Ramaswami, an interdisciplinary environmental engineer who is recognized as a pioneer and leader on the topic of sustainable urban systems, has been named professor of India studies, civil and environmental engineering, and the Princeton Environmental Institute, and the inaugural director of the M.S. Chadha Center for Global India. She will assume her new duties at Princeton on Aug. 1.
A statement was issued by Sarah-Jane Leslie, dean of the Graduate School regarding the call to release Princeton University graduate student Xiyue Wang.