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

Science Education Event

Welcome to the Science Education Department at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), where we combine the lab's core research activities with science education programs to create a center of excellence for students, teachers and the general public.  We contribute to the training of the next generation of scientists and engineers, collaborate with K-12 teachers on ways to improve science teaching using an inquiry-based approach to learning, and improve the science literacy of the community at large. 

Communiversity

Princeton Festival of the Arts

The countdown is on for Communiversity, one of Central New Jersey's most well-known events and beloved annual traditions. This year's celebration of the arts is slated for Sunday, April 27, 2014 (rain or shine), from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.

COLLOQUIUM: Future Projections of Climate Change: An Update from IPCC AR5IPCC AR5 WG1 Report

I will present some highlights from the chapter on long term projections [Collins et al., 2013] of the latest assessment report by IPCC Working Group 1, AR5. I will try to cover the main messages and highlight consistencies and novel results in comparison to the previous report’s content, IPCC AR4. I will touch upon the new scenarios used (Representative Concentration Pathways); patterns of change in temperature and precipitation; the concept of climate response to cumulative emissions, and aspects of commitment and irreversibility.

COLLOQUIUM: David Sarnoff, RCA Laboratories, and the Dawn of the Information Age

Decades before Silicon Valley became synonymous with innovation, New Jersey was the center of the American consumer electronics industry. Leading the way was the Radio Corporation of America (RCA), whose Garden State laboratories were the birthplace of color television, digital computer memories, liquid crystal displays, and many other vital technologies. The success of these projects reaffirmed the beliefs of RCA’s longtime chairman, David Sarnoff, who argued that a sustained investment in research was essential to maintaining a competitive edge in high-tech industries.

COLLOQUIUM: Mikhail Lomonosov - Father of Russian Science

We will briefly review review the life and achievements of Russian polymath Mikhail Lomonosov (1711-1765) who is rightfully called the “Father of Russian science” for his tireless promotion of Enlightenment, many outstanding contributions to natural sciences and foundation of the country’s foremost Moscow University. Some of his projective works in physics, chemistry and astronomy were way ahead of his time, and one of them - discovery of Venus's atmosphere - will be presented in greater detail.

Sustainability Policy and Planning in New York City

Since the 2007 publication of PlaNYC, a comprehensive sustainability agenda for the City, New York City has been at the forefront of policy planning and implementation to achieve sustainability goals in preparation for a million new inhabitants over the course of the next two decades.  The Plan sets an aggressive target of 30 percent greenhouse gas emissions reduction by the year 2030 and also maps out a future to meet the energy demands of a growing economy and population.

COLLOQUIUM: Extreme Global Warming: Examples from the Past

Earth’s climate 50 million years ago was the warmest time of the Cenozoic and characterized by expansive high-latitude warmth and low meridional temperature gradients. Starting at about 55 million years ago, a series of rapid and extreme carbon-induced global warming events, known as hyperthermals, are evident.  This presentation will explore what is known of the largest of these hyperthermals—the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum —which is considered an analog for future increases in atmospheric CO2.

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