Social Science

  • Genes, the social environment and adolescent smoking

    Monday, Sep 16, 2019
    by Tom Garlinghouse, Office of Communications

    Adolescence is a time of dramatic change. It marks a period of significant physical transformation — such as the drive toward sexual maturity. But it can also be a time of considerable psychological change and social experimentation.

  • Redding explores the brightening future of solar power in the Philippines

    Wednesday, Jun 26, 2019
    by Morgan Kelly, Princeton Environmental Institute

    As a tropical nation spread across more than 7,600 islands, the Philippines seems like the ideal location to implement localized solar power for the 16 million Filipinos lacking reliable access to electricity. But as Princeton senior Erin Redding discovered, providing lasting energy solutions requires much more than a willing populace, low-cost technology and ample sunshine.

  • Course explores the Millstone River, Princeton’s backyard wilderness

    Thursday, May 23, 2019
    by Morgan Kelly, Princeton Environmental Institute

    An 8-foot deer shape cut from a discarded mirror stood along one wall of the Lucas Gallery at 185 Nassau St. on the Princeton campus, its humanoid body reflecting the people gathered around a table set with native New Jersey plants, a sun-bleached turtle shell and discarded bottles stuffed with secret messages.

  • Princeton senior Lohmann explores Nauru, where the environmental future is now

    Monday, May 20, 2019
    by Morgan Kelly, Princeton Environmental Institute

    When planning his stay on the remote Pacific island of Nauru last year, Princeton senior Jack Lohmann had expected that a place often portrayed as a post-environmental dystopia would present challenges. Being besieged by feral dogs the moment he left the airport was not one he had anticipated.

    "Packs of wild dogs roam the island and a lot of people are terrified," Lohmann said. "They come snarling and barking wherever you walk. The ones by the airport are particularly bad."

  • Four Princeton professors elected to National Academy of Sciences

    Wednesday, May 1, 2019
    by Princeton University

    The National Academy of Sciences has elected four Princeton faculty members to join its ranks. They are among 100 new members and 25 foreign associates who were selected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Those elected bring the total number of active members to 2,347 and the total number of foreign associates to 487. Foreign associates are nonvoting members of the academy, with citizenship outside the United States.

  • Innovative ideas in the social sciences awarded Dean for Research funding

    Thursday, Apr 18, 2019
    by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research
    Projects that explore the role of online video platforms in generating partisan "information bubbles" and address gender-based violence in India have been chosen to receive grants from the Dean for Research Innovation Fund for New Ideas in the Social Sciences.
  • Racial bias associated with disparities in disciplinary action across U.S. schools

    Tuesday, Apr 2, 2019
    by B. Rose Kelly, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

    Studies have shown that black students are subjected to higher disciplinary rates than whites, resulting in a number of negative life outcomes, including involvement in the criminal justice system.

    Using federal data covering 32 million students across 96,000 K-12 schools, researchers at Princeton University investigated the degree to which racial disparities in disciplinary action across the United States relates to county-level measures of racial bias.

  • Griffiths receives Troland prize from the National Academy of Sciences

    Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019
    by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

    The National Academy of Sciences announced today that Thomas Griffiths has received one of the two Troland Research Awards issued this year “for his research into how people and machines make decisions.” The Troland awards recognize unusual achievement by young investigators (defined as no older than 40) working within the broad spectrum of experimental psychology.

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