Samvida Venkatesh


Kane discusses exotic properties of quantum mechanics

Approximately 200 people gathered on Thursday to hear professor Charles Kane from the University of Pennsylvania discuss how quantum mechanics can enable electronic phases of matter to have both exotic and useful properties.

Barrica addresses safe space for sex and pleasure

There is no safe online space for people to ask questions about sex and pleasure without attracting vicious internet trolls, Andrea Barrica, Founder and CEO of, said in a workshop on Tuesday titled ‘Sex, Power and Pleasure: The Sex Ed you Deserve.’ is a shame-free online platform for pleasure education that is intersectional, trauma-informed, and entirely LGBTQ+ inclusive, Barrica explained. 

Women's History Month: Shirley Tilghman

As part of a series for Women's History Month, The Daily Princetonian sat down with Professor Shirley Tilghman, President Emerita of Princeton University. The 'Prince' interviewed Tilghman about her journey through science, her time as President of the University, and the advice she has for young students entering careers in science.

Code to Inspire founder discusses teaching computer science to Afghani women

Seeking to help Afghan girls learn coding skills and to empower them both financially and socially, Fereshteh Forough founded Code to Inspire, the first coding school for girls in Afghanistan. At a dinner discussion on Friday, Forough shared her life’s journey, from being born as an Afghan refugee in Iran, to graduating with a master’s degree in computer science from the Technical University of Berlin, to finally founding CTI in 2015.

Venter discusses genetic engineering, human longevity

In a quote written on a chalkboard in the Caltech archives, Richard Feynman said, “What I cannot create, I do not understand.” This quote is the root of inspiration for geneticist J. Craig Venter’s research and scientific mission.

Women in STEM discuss gender stereotype threat

One student spoke out about her feelings on Princeton’s environment. “I tell myself that Princeton is not a normal space and the things I am experiencing are very abnormal – this is not a regular experience,” she said. “The reason I am not happy is not about me, it is because Princeton sucks.” 

U.-funded expert explains 'vaccine court'

In response to an audience question on whether the government was being unethical in forcing children to be given vaccines that could harm their bodies, Kirkland explained that any vaccines approved for use must go through a rigorous approval process mandated by the FDA and were deemed to be safe in clinical trials run on tens of thousands of children. She agreed with an audience member who noted in response that the diseases that the vaccines were preventing children against, such as measles, pertussis and whooping cough, were themselves incredibly harmful and often caused death.

Lecture: Human Locomotion Uses Energy-Optimality Model Under Many Conditions

In a lecture given on Friday, Feb. 10 titled “Human Locomotion: How Humans Move Efficiently and Stably”, Dr. Manoj Srinivasan, Associate Professor at Ohio State University, covered both experiments on how humans optimize their locomotion behavior under different conditions and an explanation of the computational methods used to design robotic prostheses and walking exoskeletons.

Bergstrom discusses negative results in scientific literature

"False facts" are being canonized in scientific literature due to the under-publication of negative results, said Carl Bergstrom, professor of biology at the University of Washington.The lecture, titled “Modeling Scientific Activity,” consisted of a two-part discussion on scientific activity, the first being publication bias leading to the canonization of "false facts," and the second a game theoretic model of the questions that scientists choose to pursue.Bergstrom explained that to accurately accept as true 99.9 percent of facts at a p-value of 0.05, over 40 percent of the obtained negative results need to be published.