Video chat features graduate aiding Ebola response

frankfurterRaphael Frankfurter, a 2013 graduate and executive director of the nonprofit group Wellbody Alliance, participated in a live video chat on Monday, Aug to discuss the group’s response to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. Frankfurter was joined by João Biehl, the Susan Dod Brown Professor of Anthropology and co-director of Princeton’s Program in Global Health and Health Policy.

Watch a recording of the video chat with Frankfurter and Biehl

Bhargava receives Fields Medal

BhargavaManjul Bhargava was awarded today the 2014 Fields Medal, one of the most prestigious awards in mathematics, in recognition of his work in the geometry of numbers. The International Mathematical Union (IMU) presents the medal every four years to researchers under the age of 40 based on the influence of their existing work and on their “promise of future achievement.”

Read more about Bhargava and the Fields medal

Changes to grading policies recommended

An ad hoc faculty committee that President Eisgruber appointed last fall to review the undergraduate grading policy has recommended that the University remove numerical targets from the policy and that the numerical guidelines be replaced with grading standards developed and articulated by each department. 

Learn more about the suggested changes to the assessment and grading policies

How local ‘shocks’ influence U.S. economy

A team of economists including Professor Esteban Rossi-Hansberg have developed a model that can measure the widespread effects of local industry fluctuations, such as the sudden closing of a major airline hub. Gauging the power of these fluctuations could be a useful tool when it comes to designing policies to manage past and future shocks.

Read more about predicting the effects of a local event on the broader U.S. economy