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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.

NASA aerospace engineer tells more than 600 girls to reach for the stars at PPPL’s Young Women’s conference

NASA aerospace engineer Aprille Ericsson told more than 600 seventh- to tenth-grade girls at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory’s Young Women’s Conference that she was depending on them to pursue their dreams and make their ideas a reality in the wide-open field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

“You guys are very capable of so many ideas and I’m depending on you,” Ericsson told an enthusiastic audience at Princeton University’s Richardson Auditorium at the March 23 event. “Don’t be scared to keep pushing forward until you achieve your dream.” 

The physics of ice cream helps inspire students at PPPL’s STEM Day

More than 35 students from Orange in the north and Moorestown in the south came to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory in central New Jersey in early March for a day of science fun that included ice cream made with cryogenics, cool plasma demos, and a hands-on workshop in which they made motors.

The activities were all part of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Day at the Lab on March 2 and they had a serious aim: engaging students in science and technology and hopefully pointing the way to future careers. 

West Windsor-Plainsboro South wins U.S. Department of Energy’s N.J. Regional High School Science Bowl at PPPL for third consecutive year

Two Princeton-area teams will travel to Washington, D.C., to compete in the National Science Bowl® finals after winning the regional middle school and high school competitions at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) New Jersey Science Bowl® at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) Feb. 24 to 25.

A contest of the minds at N.J. Regional Science Bowl

Teams of middle school and high school students from as far away as Delaware and New York will come to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) Feb. 24 to Feb. 25 to compete in a battle of the minds in 12 fierce rounds of competition answering challenging math, science and technology questions at the DOE’s New Jersey Regional Science Bowl®, 100 Stellarator Road, Princeton, New Jersey.

Assembly and Actuation of Magnetic Polymers and Membranes by Precessing Magnetic Fields

Abstract: ​Magnetic colloids are used in drug delivery, tissue scaffolding, image contrast, and tumor reduction applications as well as self-healing membranes. Flexible magnetic filaments can be synthesized by joining superparamagnetic beads with elastic linkers, giving rise to interesting phenomena due to the combinations of their elastic and magnetic properties, which have found diverse applications, such as micro-mechanical sensors and self-propelled swimmers.

A “fresh perspective” on cancer research in Science on Saturday lecture

Cancer research should focus on the “fundamentals of the origins” of mutating and rapidly reproducing cancer cells that make the disease so difficult to treat. So said Princeton University physicist Robert Austin at the Jan. 28 Ronald E. Hatcher Science on Saturday lecture series at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). 

COLLOQUIUM: Recent results and near-term plans for Wendelstein 7-X

The world's most advanced stellarator, Wendelstein 7-X, located in Greifswald, Germany, has as its goal to demonstrate the fusion reactor relevance of the optimized stellarator. The experiment is built for steady-state operation, featuring 70 superconducting coils, up to 10 MW of steady-state ECRH heating, and actively cooled plasma-facing components.  In this talk I will summarize the main results of the first operation phase (OP1.1) and talk about plans for operation in OP1.2.


Conference gives undergraduate women skills, inspiration to pursue physics careers

Meg Urry was the first tenured woman professor in the Physics Department at Yale University and was often the only woman in her physics classes, including her graduate class at MIT, but she still heard a fellow student complain that women were unfairly given advantages over their male colleagues. “That’s when I realized there was something fishy going on,” she said.

COLLOQUIUM: Princeton Campus Development 1756 – 2017

We will explore the growth and development of Princeton’s campus over time, as well as the impacts that various planning trends had on the built environment.  We will discuss a variety of styles, aspirations, and cultural traditions that are represented on campus.  Plus, numerous historic renderings and photographs will help illustrate the campus and surrounding areas through the years.

PPPL’s Ronald E. Hatcher Science on Saturday Lecture Series kicks off Jan. 14 with a banquet of cutting-edge science

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) will once again offer a wide variety of cutting-edge science talks as it kicks off its popular Ronald E. Hatcher Science on Saturday Lecture Series for high school students and science lovers of all ages on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 9:30 a.m. at the Laboratory, 100 Stellarator Road, Princeton, New Jersey.


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