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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.

COLLOQUIUM: How Trenton Iron and Steel Innovations Reshaped America

Iron and steel innovations in Trenton helped transform modern life with new methods of transportation, construction, and communications. Peter Cooper established his Trenton Iron Company on the Delaware River in 1847, and rolled America’s first I-beams in the early 1850s. Cooper then established the New Jersey Steel & Iron Company to fabricate structural steel for larger and larger buildings and bridges. At Cooper’s suggestion, John A. Roebling built his wire rope factory in Trenton in 1849, and the John A.

Young Women’s Conference cheers on girls interested in STEM

The Young Women’s Conference hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) became a pep rally for science this year when all 400 girls attending shouted “Science” at the top of their lungs from the bleachers in Jadwin Gymnasium at the urging of keynote speaker Jayatri Das. It was no doubt the first such cheer ever shouted in the gym.

Students try out PPPL plasma physics experiment that can be accessed from anywhere in the world

Students at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South in West Windsor, N.J. were enthralled when they watched a glowing pink plasma appear on a screen in their classroom in a video stream of PPPL’s Remote Glow Discharge Experiment (RGDX) five miles away.

The March 12 event marked the first public demonstration of an invention that fills a gap in online education by providing students anywhere in the world with a way to take part in an actual experiment online.


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