Faculty in the News
Double helix of masonry — researchers uncover the secret of Italian Renaissance domes .
In a collaborative study, researchers at Princeton University and the University of Bergamo revealed the engineering techniques behind self-supporting masonry domes inherent to the Italian Renaissance. Researchers analyzed how cupolas like the famous duomo, part of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, were built as self-supporting, without the use of shoring or forms typically required.
For people in diverse areas, community identity supersedes racial, ethnic differences .
In an increasingly polarized world, many see people who are different from them as “outsiders,” or even a threat. Yet, around the world, this tends to be more common in traditionally homogenous societies, according to a series of studies led by Princeton University.
Local climate unlikely to drive the early COVID-19 pandemic .
Princeton researchers report in the journal Science that the number of people still vulnerable to COVID-19 and the speed at which the disease spreads means that local climate conditions are not likely to affect the first wave of the pandemic.
Princeton engineering team to use NSF RAPID grant to investigate asymptomatic spread of COVID-19, test strategies for prevention .
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.