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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.

Know a young woman interested in science? Sign her up for PPPL’s virtual Young Women’s Conference on May 7

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) is inviting seventh- to tenth-grade girls to step into the world of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at PPPL’s annual Young Women’s Conference on May 7, this year online.

The day of science will be held on a virtual platform where young women can watch live and videotaped science demonstrations, talk to women working in STEM fields, and listen to an inspiring talk by a female scientist.

Internship that honors Pauline Dande, a young staff member who passed away, begins this summer

An internship is being established in the Human Resources (HR) Department of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) in honor of a young HR staff member who passed away last year, the executive director of HR said.

The internship honors Pauline Dande, an HR staff member known for throwing herself into her work who passed away of sickle cell anemia and liver disease on Sept. 25, 2020, at the young age of 26.

Princeton Charter Middle School and West Windsor-Plainsboro North High School advance to National Science Bowl® competition

There was plenty of suspense and drama as middle school and high school students tested their knowledge and skills at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) New Jersey Regional Science Bowl on Feb. 19 and 20, hosted by the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, but this year it was all online as the contest went fully virtual for the first time.

“The Renaissance of the Stellarator” is unveiled at first 2021 Science on Saturday lecture

The twisty plasma fusion device known as the stellarator was first envisioned by Lyman Spitzer, the founder of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), 70 years ago as a way to harness the energy of the stars in a bottle. Now, the concept of using stellarators as a clean, affordable and abundant way to produce electricity is making a comeback, physicist David Gates said at PPPL’s first Ronald E. Hatcher Science on Saturday lecture of the year on Jan. 9.

PPPL receives international recognition for platform to conduct educational experiments remotely by anyone, anywhere

A computer platform developed  by Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory physicist Arturo Dominguez and others that allows users all over the world to operate a real plasma experiment from their living rooms was among 10 winners chosen by an international science committee as a cutting-edge digital education technology. 

The technology was among 10 global winners in digital education technology, one of 10 categories with 10 winners each. The winners were chosen from more than 900 nominations of breakthrough technologies from 110 countries.

Virtual internships for physics students present challenges, build community

Summer is usually the time when student interns flock to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) to learn about fusion and plasma physics at a national laboratory. But because of the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s students participated virtually from their homes around the country.

Workshop to encourage women and underrepresented minority students to consider careers in plasma physics goes online

A dozen undergraduate students spent the afternoon doing experiments aimed at teaching them some fundamentals about electromagnets through the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory’s (PPPL) Undergraduate Workshop in Plasma Physics, but instead of sitting at laboratory tables the students built small homemade batteries and electromagnets in their own living rooms and bedrooms.

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