University News

Craig B. Arnold appointed vice dean for innovation
May 10, 2022
Written by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research

Craig B. Arnold, the Susan Dod Brown Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and director of the Princeton Institute of Materials, has been appointed Princeton University’s vice dean for innovation. He will begin the role July 1.

Arnold will be the University…

Princeton partners with UNCF and HBCUs to expand research and innovation
May 4, 2022
Written by Tracy Meyer, Corporate Engagement and Foundation Relations

Princeton University is partnering with UNCF (United Negro College Fund) and five historically Black colleges and universities to launch a groundbreaking program designed to enable research collaborations between Princeton faculty and their peers at HBCUs. 

In the initial phase, Princeton researchers and researchers from Howard…

Our COVID-19 vaccines would not exist without this unsung Princeton technology
May 2, 2022
Written by Scott Lyon, Office of Engineering Communications

It might not look like much — a plastic box that fits in the hand, with tiny tubes jutting out the top and bottom. Too simple to be cutting edge. Too humble to save so many lives.

But for 20 years, researchers in Robert Prud’homme’s lab have fine-tuned this little box that has revolutionized drug manufacturing, enabling everything…

CDC Director Walensky visits Princeton to talk with students, tour COVID-19 testing lab
March 25, 2022
Written by Emily Aronson, Office of Communications

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), visited Princeton March 24 to tour the University’s COVID-19 testing laboratory and speak about her public health career during a lecture organized by members of the Class of 2022.

Walensky said there is still a lot of work needed to fight the…

Why Einstein wouldn't think of March 14 as Pi Day, and more on his life and times
March 14, 2022
Written by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

Historian of science Michael Gordin is teaching “The Einstein Era” about Princeton’s most famous resident, Albert Einstein, who lived here from 1933 until his death in 1955. According to the course description, “In addition to covering Einstein’s core scientific and…

Here are key dates and details for Princeton Research Day this year
Feb. 15, 2022
Written by Wendy Plump, Department of Chemistry

Princeton Research Day endorses a simple message: Make your research and creative work relatable so that you can share it with others.  

The event is the University’s signature campus-wide opportunity for early career researchers — undergraduates, graduate students,…

Presenting the modern face of science
Feb. 3, 2022
Written by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

Whose stories do you tell when you teach science and engineering? Newton? Galileo? Maybe Marie Curie?

That question was posed to eight members of Princeton’s science and engineering faculty as part of their work in a Community of Practice group focused on adding diverse voices to course materials. The professors and lecturers gathered…

Work of ‘technical visionary’ underpins modern wireless communications
Feb. 2, 2022
Written by Molly Sharlach, School of Engineering

As a master’s student at Auburn University in the 1970s, H. Vincent Poor switched on an oscilloscope and tweaked its knobs to reveal a pattern of bright, undulating lines on a gridded screen — a visual measurement of background noise picked up by a radio receiver, and an example of the real-world relevance of the communication theory he was…

Three Princeton researchers win NIH high-risk, high-reward fellowships
Nov. 5, 2021
Written by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

Princeton faculty members Coleen Murphy, Mohamed Abou Donia and Zemer Gitai are among 20 researchers nationwide to receive 2021 Transformative Research Awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Murphy is also one of the 10 recipients of the NIH Director's Pioneer Award — the only recipient of both the Pioneer Award and the…

Turning 'gee-whiz ideas' into reality at Nobel Laureate Dave MacMillan's latest PCI Symposium
Oct. 28, 2021
Written by Wendy Plump, Department of Chemistry

Newly minted Nobel Laureate David MacMillan opened this year’s Princeton Catalysis Initiative Symposium by inviting faculty speakers to “talk about their best stuff,” a challenge handily met throughout the day as 23 professors stepped up to deliver dynamic flash lectures representing 10 departments and centers across campus.