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Having the knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts and processes necessary to make informed decisions on scientific issues.

COLLOQUIUM: A Wild Solution for Climate Change

The impacts of climate change on biodiversity and nature is increasingly prevalent. Projected ahead climate change has increasingly greater impacts beyond what the Climate Convention refers to as allowing systems to adapt naturally.

The presentation will examine the two degree target for climate change and what biological systems can contribute toward reducing (mitigating) climate change.

Fierce competitions propel two local teams to National Science Bowl

Two local teams turned their knowledge of science and math into a ticket to the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl® after winning the N.J. Regional Science Bowl® at PPPL on Feb. 20 and 21.  

The West Windsor-Plainsboro South (WWPS) High School team won first place in the High School Science Bowl on Saturday, Feb. 21 in 12 rounds of fierce competition. The contest brought 32 teams from throughout New Jersey together to compete to answer challenging questions in general science, earth science, physical science, math, and technology.

Science on Saturday lecture series kicks off with tribute to PPPL engineer and SOS host

As hundreds of people gathered for the first day of the newly-named Ronald E. Hatcher Science on Saturday lecture series on Jan. 10, many of the regular attendees remembered the PPPL engineer who was the organizer and informal host of the series for more than 20 years.

“As soon as I read it I was devastated because I didn’t know anything about it,” said Gary Grubb, of Hightstown, about Hatcher’s death last March at age 56. “Just to walk in here and hear kind words on a cold winter day is great.”

PPPL’s science lecture debuts Jan. 10 with new name honoring long-time organizer

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Laboratory’s popular Science on Saturday lecture series will have a new name when it begins on Jan. 10. “The Ronald E. Hatcher Science on Saturday Lecture Series” honors the late PPPL engineer who spent some 20 years organizing the series and serving as the unofficial master of ceremonies.

The free nine-week lecture series will continue to offer a wide variety of science topics from top experts in their fields aimed at a high school level. This year’s series features several lectures by PPPL scientists.

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