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Clifford Brangwynne, a biophysical engineer who transformed the way scientists see cell biology, has won the 2020 Blavatnik National Award in Life Sciences.

Water, so ordinary and so essential to life, acts in ways that are quite puzzling to scientists. For example, why is ice less dense than water, floating rather than sinking the way other liquids do when they freeze?

Sujit Datta has received the 2020 Unilever Award from the American Chemical Society, recognizing his work on a class of materials that includes fluids, gels and biomaterials to address problems in energy, the environment and biotechnology.
The Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) has selected seven Princeton University graduate students as 2020 recipients of the Mary and Randall Hack ’69 Graduate Awards for Water and the Environment. The awardees are Francisco Carrillo, Eunah Han, Julie Kim, Aleksander Musiał, Daniel Ruth, Joanna Schneider, and Kewei Zhao.

The School of Engineering and Applied Science virtually celebrated its 2020 Class Day ceremony, with interim dean H. Vincent Poor commending graduates for courage and determination during a difficult time.

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering honored its 24 graduating seniors in a virtual Class Day ceremony on Monday, June 1, conferring multiple honors and awards for academic achievement.
Shih’s thesis focused on specially formulated chain-like molecules called polymers that can help flush contaminants from hard-to-reach crevices in underground aquifers. How these polymers move through porous rocks to dislodge pollutants — and why they are more effective in some settings than in others — is not well understood.

William Schowalter, whose engineering career spans seven decades, has left a lasting mark on the study of fluid mechanics. His profound contribution was recognized on Sunday, May 31, with an honorary degree from Princeton University, where he taught for several decades.

Sixteen scholars from across disciplines, including polymer scientist R. Konane Bay from chemical and biological engineering, have been named Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellows at Princeton. They join 12 fellows who were the first cohort selected to the program last year, with the aim of enhancing diversity in the professoriate.

The National Science Foundation has awarded unrestricted graduate research funding to four Princeton CBE students and recent alumni. They will receive an annual stipend and additional support for three years.

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