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

COLLOQUIUM: Efforts in New Jersey to Prepare for a Changing Climate

As a densely populated, highly urbanized coastal state, New Jersey is especially vulnerable to the impacts of a changing climate. An innovative network of organizations, facilitated by Rutgers University, has been spearheading efforts to build capacity at the state, local and community levels to prepare for and adapt to the conditions of a changing climate in the Garden State.

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.

COLLOQUIUM: Future Electrical Technologies From a GE Viewpoint

I will give a brief overview of the technologies being pursued within GE, the largest conglomerate. I will then focus more on the electrical technologies for a more detailed description. These will include new devices such as SiC MOSFETs, electrical systems, controls, electrical machines, superconducting equipment, medical equipment, lighting, power conversion, materials, and energy storage. Work with PPPL on tubes will be discussed. 

COLLOQUIUM: Theoretical and Experimental Aspects of Controlled Quantum Dynamics

Controlling quantum dynamics phenomena spans a wide range of applications and potential technologies. Although some experiments are far more demanding than others, the experiments are collectively proving to be remarkably successful considering all of the complexities involved in manipulating quantum coherence phenomena. The presentation will include experimental results ranging from NMR control of a few spins out to laser control of complex dissociative ionization channels of polyatomic molecules.

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.”


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