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PNI locks interior hallways as PETA brings VR exhibit “Abduction” to campus

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) brought a traveling virtual reality exhibit to Princeton in order to highlight the cruelty of animal laboratory testing. The Princeton Neuroscience Institute (PNI) adopted certain preemptive measures as a result.  

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) brought a traveling virtual reality exhibit to Princeton in order to highlight the cruelty of animal laboratory testing. The Princeton Neuroscience Institute (PNI) adopted certain preemptive measures as a result. 

NEWS | October 26

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Princeton mathematics professor June Huh and Melanie Matchett Wood GS ’09 named 2022 MacArthur Fellows

June Huh, a professor in the mathematics department, and Melanie Matchet Wood GS ’09 won the 2022 MacArthur Fellowship. Huh was recognized for proving mathematical conjectures and Wood for her work on number theory. 

June Huh, a professor in the mathematics department, and Melanie Matchet Wood GS ’09 won the 2022 MacArthur Fellowship. Huh was recognized for proving mathematical conjectures and Wood for her work on number theory. 

NEWS | October 13

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CBE professor Clifford Brangwynne earns Breakthrough Prize in revolutionary cellular research

Brangwynne received the award for research he completed on phase separation of RNA droplets in cells. He will be awarded $3 million to share with his research partner Anthony Hyman.

Brangwynne received the award for research he completed on phase separation of RNA droplets in cells. He will be awarded $3 million to share with his research partner Anthony Hyman.

NEWS | September 30

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Sorensen Lab spearheads shortened synthesis of molecule with promising potential for cancer treatment

Dr. Erik Sorenson and John Hoskin, researchers at the Sorenson Lab, published a paper detailing their original procedure to streamline the synthesis of pleurotin, a complex molecule with potential applications as an antibiotic or tumor-inhibiting drug.

Dr. Erik Sorenson and John Hoskin, researchers at the Sorenson Lab, published a paper detailing their original procedure to streamline the synthesis of pleurotin, a complex molecule with potential applications as an antibiotic or tumor-inhibiting drug.

NEWS | September 15

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Podcast | What can social impairment in autistic mice teach neuroscientists?

In this special episode of The Highlights, we interview Chino Eke ’22, a recent alum of the neuroscience department, whose senior thesis investigated two types of social impairments in autistic mice and what his research may tell us about the future of autism research.

In this special episode of The Highlights, we interview Chino Eke ’22, a recent alum of the neuroscience department, whose senior thesis investigated two types of social impairments in autistic mice and what his research may tell us about the future of autism research.

PODCAST | September 7

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“A coordinated regulatory dance”: Levine lab identifies new elements involved in genome organization

Levine’s team’s work could have critical implications in treating a host of human diseases, from psychiatric disorders to cancer and diabetes.

Levine’s team’s work could have critical implications in treating a host of human diseases, from psychiatric disorders to cancer and diabetes.

NEWS | August 2

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University investigates Princeton Gerrymandering Project's Sam Wang for research misconduct, toxic workplace

The University “knows of no credible allegations of data manipulation” based on its initial review and denied the New Jersey Globe’s claims of a pending Title IX complaint against Princeton Gerrymandering Project Director Sam Wang.

The University “knows of no credible allegations of data manipulation” based on its initial review and denied the New Jersey Globe’s claims of a pending Title IX complaint against Princeton Gerrymandering Project Director Sam Wang.

NEWS | May 15

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Princeton enters partnership with HBCUs, announces new research initiative

The University will partner with five HBCUs — Howard University, Jackson State University, Prairie View A&M University, Spelman College, and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore — to fund research projects in all disciplines that are led by researchers from the HBCUs working with Princeton faculty.

The University will partner with five HBCUs — Howard University, Jackson State University, Prairie View A&M University, Spelman College, and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore — to fund research projects in all disciplines that are led by researchers from the HBCUs working with Princeton faculty.

NEWS | May 5

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Four professors, eight Princeton University Press authors win 2022 Guggenheim Fellowship

Eight Princeton University Press (PUP) authors have been recognized for scholarship in their fields of study. The fellowship is awarded on the basis of past research as well as a project that the candidate proposes. 

Eight Princeton University Press (PUP) authors have been recognized for scholarship in their fields of study. The fellowship is awarded on the basis of past research as well as a project that the candidate proposes. 

NEWS | April 26

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Josh Babu ’22 researches the effects of gender-affirming care on transgender youth’s long-term health

In the first installment of “Inside Independent Work,” The Daily Princetonian dives into Josh Babu’s research at the intersection of gender and sexuality studies and molecular biology. He studies how gender-affirming healthcare can affect the long-term health of transgender youth. 

In the first installment of “Inside Independent Work,” The Daily Princetonian dives into Josh Babu’s research at the intersection of gender and sexuality studies and molecular biology. He studies how gender-affirming healthcare can affect the long-term health of transgender youth.

FEATURES | April 19

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Podcast | What can vocal marmosets tell us about human development?

In this episode of The Highlights, show host Thiago Tarraf Varella discusses his research on pre linguistic vocal learning in marmosets, and what this can tell us about human vocal development.

In this episode of The Highlights, show host Thiago Tarraf Varella discusses his research on pre-linguistic vocal learning in marmosets, and what this can tell us about human vocal development. 

PODCAST | April 4

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A mysterious email, a scalpel, and a Princeton professor: The search for extinct wolves

Bridgette vonHoldt, a Princeton researcher specializing in canids, received a mysterious email from a curious citizen in Texas. The results of her analysis revealed the genetic material of an extinct wolf species maintained in a population of coyotes in Texas. Her continued exploration of these strange hybrid canines may hold the key to reviving the extinct wolf species in the future.

Bridgette vonHoldt, a Princeton researcher specializing in canids, received a mysterious email from a curious citizen in Texas. The results of her analysis revealed the genetic material of an extinct wolf species maintained in a population of coyotes in Texas. Her continued exploration of these strange hybrid canines may hold the key to reviving the extinct wolf species in the future.

FEATURES | March 29

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In the eye of the storm: Princeton professor’s research may hold the key to predicting hurricanes

Princeton professor Dr. Gabriel A. Vecchi gave a talk regarding his research about hurricane frequency in the North Atlantic, expressing that the abnormal increase in hurricanes can be contributed to a phenomenon called aerosol forcing. 

Princeton professor Dr. Gabriel A. Vecchi gave a talk regarding his research about hurricane frequency in the North Atlantic, expressing that the abnormal increase in hurricanes can be contributed to a phenomenon called aerosol forcing. 

NEWS | February 23

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Q&A with 2021 Nobel Laureate, chemistry professor David MacMillan

Professor of Chemistry and 2021 Nobel Prize award-winner David MacMillan sat in an interview with The Daily Princetonian to discuss his upbringing, research, and Princeton’s continued influence on his work.

Professor of Chemistry and 2021 Nobel Prize award-winner David MacMillan sat in an interview with The Daily Princetonian to discuss his upbringing, research, and Princeton’s continued influence on his work.

NEWS | February 22

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Princeton professor Bonnie Bassler awarded the Wolf Prize in chemistry

Dr. Bonnie Bassler, Squibb Professor in Molecular Biology and Department Chair of Molecular Biology, was recently awarded the 2022 Wolf Prize in Chemistry for her work surrounding quorum sensing and cellular communication in bacterial organisms. 

Dr. Bonnie Bassler, Squibb Professor in Molecular Biology and Department Chair of Molecular Biology, was recently awarded the 2022 Wolf Prize in Chemistry for her work surrounding quorum sensing and cellular communication in bacterial organisms. 

NEWS | February 21

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Princeton Astrophysics researchers find new way to detect coronal mass ejections

New research by Stephen Majeski, a graduate student in the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, and Professor Hantao Ji of the Astrophysics department helps to detect potential coronal mass ejections and learn more about their behaviors to prevent them before they reach Earth.

New research by Stephen Majeski, a graduate student in the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, and Professor Hantao Ji of the Astrophysics department helps to detect potential coronal mass ejections and learn more about their behaviors to prevent them before they reach Earth.

NEWS | February 15

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Q&A with 2022 George W. Beadle Award winner, former Princeton president Shirley Tilghman

Former Princeton president Shirley Tilghman sat down with The Daily Princetonian to discuss the George W. Beadle award, her contributions to genetic research, and the significance of her time spent at Princeton. 

Former Princeton president Shirley Tilghman discusses the George W. Beadle award, her contributions to genetic research, and the significance of her time spent at Princeton. 

NEWS | February 10

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As pandemic-era eviction moratoria expire, Princeton’s Eviction Lab highlights surprising trends

Throughout the pandemic, University researchers led by Professor Matthew Desmond have been poring through formal eviction court records and compiling the data to analyze eviction trends in states and cities across the nation.

Throughout the pandemic, University researchers led by Professor Matthew Desmond have been poring through formal eviction court records and compiling the data to analyze eviction trends in states and cities across the nation.

NEWS | February 9