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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.

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.

COLLOQUIUM: Efforts in New Jersey to Prepare for a Changing Climate

As a densely populated, highly urbanized coastal state, New Jersey is especially vulnerable to the impacts of a changing climate. An innovative network of organizations, facilitated by Rutgers University, has been spearheading efforts to build capacity at the state, local and community levels to prepare for and adapt to the conditions of a changing climate in the Garden State.

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