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Professor Shane Campbell-Staton and team taking samples from a tranquilized elephant in Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique.
Courtesy of Rob Pringle

More elephants in Mozambique have no tusks as a result of a painful, 15-year civil war. An ocean and thousands of miles away, assistant EEB professor Shane Campbell-Staton and his team are looking at why and how this example of remarkably fast evolution came to be. Their studies have attracted media attention from newspapers to Trevor Noah, and display how closely human activity can be tied up in the process of evolution.

More elephants in Mozambique have no tusks as a result of a painful, 15-year civil war. An ocean and thousands of miles away, assistant EEB professor Shane Campbell-Staton and his team are looking at why and how this example of remarkably fast evolution came to be. Their studies have attracted media attention from newspapers and Trevor Noah, and display how closely human activity can be tied up in the process of evolution.


NASA / X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO/R. DiStefano, et al. | Optical: NASA/ESA/STScI/Grendler | Illustration: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss

Julia Berndtsson ’23 co-authors paper presenting possible planet beyond Milky Way

A group of physicists and researchers, including Julia Berndtsson ’23, reported finding evidence of the existence of a planet transiting a star in an external galaxy, marking the first such potential ‘exoplanet’ ever detected outside the Milky Way.

A group of physicists and researchers, including Julia Berndtsson ’23, reported finding evidence of the existence of a planet transiting a star in an external galaxy, marking the first such potential ‘exoplanet’ ever detected outside the Milky Way.

NEWS | November 9

Joshua Angrist in his office.
Mahya Fazel-Zarandi / The Daily Princetonian

Economics Nobel laureate Joshua Angrist GS ’89 discusses causal inference, his time at Princeton

Joshua Angrist GS ’89 was awarded the 2021 Nobel Prize in Economics. He won half of the prize jointly with Guido Imbens “for their methodological contributions to the analysis of causal relationships.”

Joshua Angrist GS ’89 was awarded the 2021 Nobel Prize in Economics. He won half of the prize jointly with Guido Imbens “for their methodological contributions to the analysis of causal relationships.” 

NEWS | October 27

Fizzah Arshad / The Daily Princetonian

A 'bird's-eye' view with Professor Cassie Stoddard

In this episode of The Highlights, we're joined by Mary Caswell Stoddard, a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB). We discuss her career in sensory ecology and color vision in birds, her field experiments in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, and the science of nonspectral colors.

In this episode of The Highlights, we're joined by Mary Caswell Stoddard, a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB). We discuss her career in sensory ecology and color vision in birds, her field experiments in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, and the science of nonspectral colors.

PODCAST | October 20

David Card, from his interview with U.C. Berkeley about his reception of half of the 2021 Nobel prize in economics
By Roxanne Makasdjian and Alan Toth for the University of California, Berkeley / Wikimedia Commons

Nobel-Prize-winning economist David Card GS ’83 discusses labor markets and Princeton influences

A graduate alumnus and former University faculty member, David Card was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences “for his empirical contributions to labor economics.” He sat with the ‘Prince’ to discuss his prize, his career, and Princeton’s influence on his work.  

A graduate alumnus and former University faculty member, David Card was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences “for his empirical contributions to labor economics.” He sat with the ‘Prince’ to discuss his prize, his career, and Princeton’s influence on his work. 

NEWS | October 14

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Left: David Card GS ’83 discusses his work and receiving the Nobel Prize during an interview at UC Berkeley on Monday. Right: MIT economist and Nobel laureate Joshua Angrist GS ’89.
Brittany Hosea-Small / UC Berkeley
Lillie Paquette

Card GS ’83, Angrist GS ’89 win Nobel Prize in Economics

Card and Angrist join fellow Nobel laureates Professor Syukuro Manabe, Professor David MacMillan, and Maria Ressa ’86, who won this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics, Chemistry, and Peace, respectively.

Card and Angrist join fellow Nobel laureates Professor Syukuro Manabe, Professor David MacMillan, and Maria Ressa ’86, who won this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics, Chemistry, and Peace, respectively.

NEWS | October 11

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, professor in the Department of African American Studies
Photo via the AAS Department website 

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor wins 2021 ‘Genius Grant’

Princeton African American Studies Professor Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor was awarded a 2021 MacArthur Fellowship. An award winning published author, she is currently working on an investigation of civil rights in the 1980s — among other projects.

Princeton African American Studies Professor Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor was awarded a 2021 MacArthur Fellowship. An award winning published author, she is currently working on an investigation of civil rights in the 1980s — among other projects.

NEWS | October 10

 David MacMillan speaks with media and well-wishers the morning of the announcement 
 Courtesy of Princeton University, Office of Communications, Denise Applewhite (2021) 

Princeton professor David MacMillan awarded Nobel Prize in Chemistry

David W. C. MacMillan, the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry, was awarded the 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work in asymmetric organocatalysis.

David W. C. MacMillan, the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry, was awarded the 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work in asymmetric organocatalysis. 

NEWS | October 6

Princeton University researcher and 2021 Nobel laureate in physics Syukuro Manabe at his home in Princeton the morning of the Nobel Prize announcement.
Denise Applewhite / Office of Communications

Princeton meteorologist Syukuro Manabe awarded Nobel Prize in Physics

Syukuro Manabe was one of three recipients of the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics, awarded for his work in physical modeling of global climate with Klaus Hasselmann.

Syukuro Manabe was one of three recipients of the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics, awarded for his work in physical modeling of global climate with Klaus Hasselmann.

NEWS | October 5

The White House in Washington, D.C.
Matt Wade / Wikimedia Commons

Two Princeton professors, two alumni appointed to serve on White House science committee

The White House describes PCAST as “the sole body of external advisors charged with making science, technology, and innovation policy recommendations to the President and the White House.”

The White House describes PCAST as “the sole body of external advisors charged with making science, technology, and innovation policy recommendations to the President and the White House.” 

NEWS | October 5

‘Which side are you on?’ with Patricia Hoyos

In this episode of The Highlights, we're joined by Patricia Hoyos, a graduate student in the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. We discuss her work on the development of spatial biases, working with children, and her experiences building a graduate project out of undergraduate independent work.

In this episode of The Highlights, we're joined by Patricia Hoyos, a graduate student in the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. We discuss her work on the development of spatial biases, working with children, and her experiences building a graduate project out of undergraduate independent work. 

PODCAST | September 29

The Graduate College, with Cleveland Tower. 
Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian

New research finds women in academic fields that value ‘brilliance’ more likely to experience imposter syndrome

A new study, co-led by Professor Sarah-Jane Leslie, found that women were more likely to experience imposter syndrome in fields that value “brilliance.”

A new study, co-led by Professor Sarah-Jane Leslie, found that women were more likely to experience imposter syndrome in fields that value “brilliance.”

NEWS | September 22