2016 Projects

Exploring Eastern Europe/Russia – Middle Eastern relations, late 19th to late 20th centuries

There are two compelling intellectual reasons for this project. First, histories of Eastern Europe/Russia – Middle East relations (EERMER) are a relative lacuna in the scholarship on both regions; most extant work is centered on Russia/USSR, and/or the Cold War, and/or state actors; and few scholars od various subfields are in conversation. Second, EERMER from the late 19th to the late 20th centuries is a wonderful laboratory to explore broad conceptual issues – for instance about periodization and space – in the field of modern (societal) transnational and (state) international history.

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The link between supermassive black hole activity and star formation

The physical processes underlying the evolution of galaxies, which shape the diversity of present-day galaxies,  has yet to be understood. One of the most important unresolved questions is, what role do central supermassive black holes (SMBH) play in galaxy evolution? The link between the SMBH and the host galaxy properties is now well documented, showing a tight correlation between the mass of an extinct SMBH and the properties of its host galaxy,  whose star formation is quenched.

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Perception of faces of mothers with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related to interpersonal violence

We received a seed-grant in 2014 from the Geneva/Princeton collaborative research grant, which allowed us to have a fruitful collaboration, using avatars created by Prof. Alexander Todorov and colleagues at Princeton, and to use them in a face evaluation task with the clinical population of the Geneva Early Childhood Stress Project (GECS-Pro), Dr. Daniel Schechter, principal investigator. The GECS-Pro involved mothers with and without posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related to interpersonal violence (IPV). In this pilot study,

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Learning History in Emergency Zones

We are proposing to join the work of InZone at the University of Geneva (which offers training and learning opportunities for students and scholars working emergency zones) and the Global History Lab (which offers an online course to tens of thousands of students worldwide and at Princeton) to extend Princeton’s online course to refugees in Azraq refugee camp and in Amman, Jordan, and in Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya (year 1) and to undergraduates from the University of Geneva (year 2).

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The metabolic control of tissue integrity and function in health and disease

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The role of Lysyl Oxidase (LOX) in the pathogenesis of diabetic retinopathy

Participants:

  • Prof. Gabriele Thumann, UNIGE Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Division of Ophtalmology
  • Prof. Jean E. Schwarzbauer, Princeton Department of Molecular Biology

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Exploring links between statistical learning abilities and attention

Participants:

  • Prof. Daphne Bavelier, UNIGE Faculty of Psychology and Education Science/Neuroscience Center
  • Prof. Nicholas Turk-Browne, Princeton Department of Psychology/Neuroscience Institute

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Small codes for large systems: information-theoretic privacy preserving content identification

Participants:

  • Prof. Svyatoslav Voloshynovskyy, UNIGE, Faculty of Science, Centre universitaire d’informatique
  • Prof. Emmanuel Abbe, Princeton, Appliced and Computational Mathematics and Electrical Engineering

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Enhanced superconducting wires for fusion applications

Participants:

  • Prof. Carmine Senatore, UNIGE, Faculty of Science, Section of Physics
  • Dr. Yuhu Zhai, Princeton, Plasma Physics Lab

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Application of validated facial avatar paradigm to study of violence-exposed mothers with PTSD

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Democratic responsiveness and redistributive politics

Participants

  • Prof. Jonas Pontusson, UNIGE, Faculty of Social Science, Department of Political Science and International Relations
  • Prof. Nolan McCarty, Princeton, Woodrow Wilson School, Politics and Public Affairs

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The Ising model in three and four dimensions

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