July 15, 2020 Health Care, Policy, Research
For Evan Harrel ’83, Compassion Is About Action
Evan Harrel ’83 is chief operating officer of the nonprofit Center for Compassionate Leadership, which is dedicated to helping workplace leaders see the power behind kindness. The Center recently conducted a study to understand the feelings of team members and leaders during COVID-19. “We wanted to know: How are leaders responding?” said Harrel.
Global Threats: How Lessons from Covid-19 Can Prevent Environmental Meltdown
Covid-19, climate emergencies, and mass extinction all share something in common: Their lagged impacts have devastating effects. However, with early intervention, further damage could be thwarted. This is the crux of a piece co-authored by David Wilcove and featured in Cell Press.
June 30, 2020 Health Care, Podcasts, Research, Technology
Switching Gears to Save Lives: Physicists Pause Their Research to Design an Affordable COVID-19 Ventilator
Dark matter physicist Cristian Galbiati describes how he conceived of a “very simple, cheap and effective ventilator” for COVID-19 patients that uses off-the-shelf components — and how his team went from design to production in just six weeks.
June 1, 2020 Education, Health Care, Policy, Research, Technology
Hisashi Kobayashi *67 Engineers Pandemic Model and Support for Princeton
While on an extended visit to his native Japan due to the global coronavirus pandemic, former dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science Hisashi Kobayashi *67 is developing a mathematical model that he hopes can capture the epidemic’s behavior — for the benefit of all who are tracking the virus.
June 1, 2020 Community, Health Care, Research
Nabarun Dasgupta ’00 Uses Mobile Data to Study Social Distancing Patterns
Epidemiologist Nabarun Dasgupta ’00 and his team at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill set out to examine social-distancing patterns by studying location data from 65 million mobile devices to isolate key factors, such as limited access to doctors, public parks and recreation facilities, and food insecurity.
Eviction Lab develops COVID-19 scorecard to measure states’ response to housing crisis
More than 38 million Americans have filed for unemployment since the crisis began, and for many, meeting next month’s rent or mortgage will prove difficult. To help renters and homeowners understand their rights and navigate the process, Princeton’s Eviction Lab recently developed a COVID-19 Housing Policy Scorecard, which rates each state’s homelessness-prevention response to the crisis.
May 21, 2020 Health Care, Research, Technology
AI tool gives doctors a new look at the lungs in treating COVID-19
Spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, Princeton researchers have developed a diagnostic tool to analyze chest X-rays for patterns in diseased lungs. The new tool could give doctors valuable information about a patient’s condition, quickly and cheaply, at the point of care.
May 18, 2020 Health Care, News, Research
New Princeton COVID-19 study: ‘Warmer or more humid climates will not slow the virus’
Local variations in climate are not likely to dominate the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Princeton University study published May 18 in the journal, Science. “We project that warmer or more humid climates will not slow the virus at the early stage of the pandemic,” said first author Rachel Baker, a postdoctoral research associate in the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI).
May 18, 2020 Health Care, News, Research
National Science Foundation awards grant to Princeton engineers to investigate asymptomatic spread of COVID-19
A National Science Foundation grant will support Princeton researchers studying how COVID-19 may be spread by people without symptoms through everyday social interactions involving breathing and speaking.
May 14, 2020 Research
Essential work: Princeton’s fly food chef provides sustenance for life-sciences research
Millions of tiny creatures — and the scientific discoveries that they make possible — depend on one of the essential workers reporting to campus during the pandemic. Gordon Gray is “chef de cuisine” at Princeton’s fly kitchen, where he brews a rich and hearty concoction for the roughly 2 million fruit flies that call Princeton laboratories home.
May 12, 2020 Health Care, Podcasts, Research
Warning the Public: Coronaviruses are Deadlier in Larger Amounts
Catching COVID-19 isn’t all-or-nothing, says immunologist Caroline Bartman: like poison, a high dose of virus can kill while a low ‘viral load’ may cause mild infections.
May 12, 2020 Research
COVID-19′s silent spread: Princeton researchers explore how symptomless transmission helps pathogens thrive
COVID-19′s rapid spread throughout the world has been fueled in part by the virus’ ability to be transmitted by people who are not showing symptoms of infection. Now, a study by researchers at Princeton has found that this silent phase of transmission can be a successful evolutionary strategy for pathogens such as viruses like the one that causes COVID-19.