Albert Rivera, who has helped steer Princeton University’s international community through years of tumultuous federal immigration policy changes, has been named director of the Davis International Center, effective Oct. 1.
Approaching Hurricane Dorian puts a spotlight in the media on research involving global warming and climate in relation to weather events such as hurricanes.
— Princeton University (@Princeton) September 5, 2019
‘100-year’ floods will happen every one to 30 years, according to new coastal flood prediction maps
Higher education has been prominent in the news this week, demonstrating the intense spotlight on the nation’s institutions of higher learning, including Princeton. So, we want to offer some insight into how the University thinks about and addresses these issues.
In the news: a New York Times editorial calling for the end to legacy admissions nationally and coverage in the Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed of a new book arguing that the hunt for tuition dollars drives admission decisions
A Princeton perspective: President Eisgruber wrote in his 2018 letter to the University community that “every single student on this campus is here because of merit”:
“The trade-offs in the admission process are complex and difficult, but this much is straightforward and singularly important: every single student on this campus is here because of merit. All of our students are here because we have made a judgment, on the basis of exceptionally demanding standards, that they have what it takes to succeed at Princeton, to enhance the education of their peers, and to use their education ‘in the nation’s service and the service of humanity’ after they graduate.That is true of our undergraduates and our graduate students. It is true of our athletes, our artists, our legacies, our first-generation students, and our students from every state and every country represented on this campus. They all have the talent needed to benefit from the transformative education made possible by our superb faculty and staff.”
In the news: a Times column by Harvard professor Anthony Abraham Jack writes about the true challenges faced by him and other low-income college students
A Princeton perspective: Jack was part of a conference held on Princeton campus in February for administrators who work with first-generation, low-income (FLI) students from 40 highly selective institutions. “1vyG,” the largest conference for FLI students in the nation, was also held at Princeton in February. Read more about the conferences, which offered the opportunity to to build community, share experiences and create visions for change.
In the news: the latest college rankings from U.S. News.
A Princeton perspective: Deputy University Spokesperson Michael Hotchkiss told ROI-NJ:
“While we appreciate acknowledgement for our efforts as a research university dedicated to world-class education and innovation, our focus remains on preparing students for meaningful lives in the nation’s service and the service of humanity. To do that, we strive to support a diverse community and offer financial aid that allows students from a wide-range of backgrounds and experiences to graduate debt-free, pursue a wide range of careers, and impact the community and world around them.”
The International Balzan Foundation has awarded Michael Cook, the Class of 1943 University Professor of Near Eastern Studies, the 2019 Balzan Prize for Islamic Studies. The prize comes with an award of $760,000, half of which must be spent to finance research projects involving a new generation of young researchers.
In summer heat, cities may swelter more than nearby suburbs and rural areas. And while the size of this urban heat island effect varies widely among the world’s cities, heat island intensity can largely be explained by a city’s population and precipitation level, researchers reported in a paper published Sept. 4 in the journal Nature.
Low-temperature plasma, a rapidly expanding source of innovation in fields ranging from electronics to health care to space exploration, is a highly complex state of matter. So complex that the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has teamed with Princeton University to become home to a collaborative facility open to researchers from across the country to advance the understanding and control of this dynamic physical state.
The Office of Human Resources proudly introduces this new website, developed with Princeton’s Web Development Services Team. The site has a completely new look and feel and includes updated and new information for faculty, staff, their dependents, and prospective employees about specific workplace and work-life programs, benefits, services, policies, and other relevant content.
All for Earth is a podcast about the broad-based mobilization of people around the world who are racing time to prevent the impending implosion of the critical and interconnected systems that support life on earth. The point is simple and twofold: The planet is facing an existential crisis…and we have the tools to avert it. The latest episode of the “She Roars” podcast features Catherine Riihimaki, host of “All for Earth,” discussing the themes and surprises of Princeton’s newest podcast.
Morrison, a Nobel laureate, was Princeton’s Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Humanities, Emeritus, “who had a very special role in this community for 30 years,” Eisgruber said to the students gathered in the University Chapel. He noted that two years ago, the University dedicated one of the oldest buildings on campus in her name, to “honor the marvelous author and teacher who contributed so much to Princeton and the world.”
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