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The PPPL function that reaches out to students, teachers and the general public through programs ranging from student internships to weekly talks on scientific topics from January through April.

A.J. Stewart Smith to step down as Princeton University vice president for PPPL in 2016

As a young man, A.J. Stewart “Stew” Smith won the Canadian National Lacrosse Championship as a member of a powerful Vancouver, British Columbia, club team. That early success and love of teamwork foreshadowed an illustrious career in which Smith has played leading roles as an educator, administrator and particle physicist. Now, after nearly 50 years on the faculty and staff of Princeton University, Smith is stepping down next February from his current post as the University’s initial vice president for the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL).

A.J. Stewart Smith to step down as Princeton University vice president for PPPL in 2016

As a young man, A.J. Stewart “Stew” Smith won the Canadian National Lacrosse Championship as a member of a powerful Vancouver, British Columbia, club team. That early success and love of teamwork foreshadowed an illustrious career in which Smith has played leading roles as an educator, administrator and particle physicist. Now, after nearly 50 years on the faculty and staff of Princeton University, Smith is stepping down next February from his current post as the University’s initial vice president for the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL).

Delgado-Aparicio urges middle school students to pursue careers in science and join the quest for fusion energy

Physicist Luis Delgado-Aparicio told middle school students attending a conference of Hispanics Inspiring Students’ Performance and Achievement (HISPA) at Princeton University to follow their dreams and to pursue careers in science even if the path is difficult.

Researchers correlate incidences of rheumatoid arthritis and giant cell arteritis with solar cycles

What began as a chat between husband and wife has evolved into an intriguing scientific discovery. The results, published in May in BMJ (formerly British Medical Journal) Open, show a “highly significant” correlation between periodic solar storms and incidences of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and giant cell arteritis (GCA), two potentially debilitating autoimmune diseases.

Researchers correlate incidences of rheumatoid arthritis and giant cell arteritis with solar cycles

What began as a chat between husband and wife has evolved into an intriguing scientific discovery. The results, published in May in BMJ (formerly British Medical Journal) Open, show a “highly significant” correlation between periodic solar storms and incidences of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and giant cell arteritis (GCA), two potentially debilitating autoimmune diseases.

COLLOQUIUM: The Electrical System of the Heart

The electrical system of the heart is uniquely designed to promote organization and prevent disorder. Despite this, many people suffer from arrhythmias. Atrial fibrillation affects almost 5 million Americans and sudden cardiac death, in part caused by ventricular arrhythmias, is the leading cause of mortality in industrialized nations. We will discuss the electrical system of the heart, how it can be thwarted to produce arrhythmias and the field of cardiac electrophysiology, which is the study and treatment of arrhythmias.

COLLOQUIUM: In Silico Plasmas Under Extreme Intensities

Intense laser and particle beams can be focused down to intensities in excess of 10^23 W/cm^2. Similar intensities are also present in extreme astrophysical scenarios. Under these conditions, the interaction of these intense beams and fields with plasmas is very rich, permeated by collective processes, relativistic nonlinearities and strong field physics. The complexity of these scenarios can only be grasped resorting to large scale numerical simulations.  Advanced multi-scale models combined with massively parallel high performance computing are driving new discoveries.

The Ronald E. Hatcher SCIENCE ON SATURDAY Lecture Series

The 2016 Ronald E. Hatcher Science on Saturday Lecture Series is scheduled to run from January through March.

Science on Saturday is a series of lectures given by scientists, engineers, and other professionals involved in cutting-edge research. Held on Saturday mornings throughout winter, the lectures are geared toward high school students. The program draws more than 300 students, teachers, parents, and community members. Topics are selected from a variety of disciplines. 

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