Princeton’s scientists are conducting research with real-world impact, pursuing solutions that can improve human health, reduce dependence on fossil fuels, safeguard the environment, and help unravel the mysteries of the universe.
China—home to the largest population and second largest economy in the world—is the only superpower that is still in the process of being defined both domestically and internationally. The scope and speed of its transformation from an isolated, largely agrarian nation to one of great economic and political power is unprecedented in human history.
A $5 million gift from investment executive John P. Birkelund ’52 has established the Program in History and the Practice of Diplomacy at Princeton University. The new undergraduate certificate program, available to students beginning in the 2015–16 academic year, will provide preparation for careers in governmental and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that preserve stability and improve lives around the world.
A gift from three Princeton alumni—Peter Briger ’86, Gordon Ritter ’86, and a third who wishes to remain anonymous—has established a pilot funding program to support recent University alumni entrepreneurs and their startup companies.
A $10 million gift will create the Daniel Kahneman and Anne Treisman Center for Behavioral Science and Public Policy at Princeton, enabling the University to strengthen its leading role in this emerging field and improve the development of effective policymaking.
In 1984, Bob Peck ’88 was the valedictorian of his high school class, poised to become the first person in his family to attend college. The son of a butcher who had recently passed away, he planned to apply to schools only in his home state of Texas. A visit from Alumni Schools Committee member Theodore McAlister ’52 introduced him to other possibilities.
Princeton’s Department of Molecular Biology is home to some of the world’s leading scientists whose research holds tremendous promise for understanding the complexities of all living things. Their work may lead to discoveries that can mitigate illnesses or even extend life.
Eric Wieschaus, Nobel laureate and Squibb Professor in Molecular Biology, talks about the importance of teaching science to non-majors and the rewarding experience of working with undergraduates.
The Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment is working to transform the ways we generate and use electricity and fuels around the world. The center combines Princeton’s strengths in materials science, environmental science, policy, and engineering—and adds a measure of entrepreneurial creativity—to develop practical technologies and affordable products that can provide renewable energy and mitigate damage to the environment.
Princeton freshmen face a difficult choice. Should they learn how cells age or how to curate a museum exhibition? Should they study ethics in financial markets, the tipping points of global warming, or whether there is life on Mars? More than half of each year’s entering class enrolls in freshman seminars.