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March 2020 Propeller










Please Join Us for Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres


6 P, TUESDAY, March 10th, 2020

Speaker:  Navid Redjal, MD

Director, Neurosurgical Oncology

Capital Institute for Neurosciences, Capital Health

Stereotactic Radiosurgery:  A Transformation in Managing Neurologic Disease --- From Operating Room to Outpatient Treatment


Stereotactic radiosurgery, the ability to precisely target lesions with focused radiation beams, is advancing the treatment of neurologic disease.  Complex lesions deep within the brain, which once required high-risk surgeries, can now be treated in a non-invasive manner and on an outpatient basis.  This has been a boon to patients with:  brain tumors; vascular lesions; the movement disorders of Parkinson’s Disease and essential tremor; and pain conditions, such as trigeminal neuralgia --- resulting in vastly improved quality-of-life.  While advances in computer processing and memory storage/retrieval speeds drove some of these breakthroughs, others came from progress in the fields of:   neural networks and neuroanatomy; physics; radiology and robotics.  Our speaker will describe these rapidly-evolving surgical approaches and their prospects for future use in treating myriad diseases, including psychiatric disorders.


Registration Required via

NEXT PRINCETON PROPELLER:  Tuesday, April 14th (6 P)

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CANCELED: March 10, 2020 Propeller ( Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM )
Location: Quadrangle Club
Cost: Donations Gratefully Accepted
Organized by: PA3

Posted by Teegger about 1 year ago.


PA3 Book Club: February 27, 2020

February 2, 2020 - The PA3 book club will meet on campus on Thursday, February 27, 2020, from 7-8:30 pm. Our selection is:

Information Wars: How We Lost the Global Battle Against Disinformation and What We Can Do About It, by Richard Stengel '77 P20 P23

We are pleased to announce that the author will join us for discussion of his book.

We're expecting a larger turnout than usual this month and want to ensure we have adequate space. If you plan to attend this month's meeting, please email Arlen at by Wednesday morning, February 26.

The PA3 book club meets on the last Thursday evening of each month (except July, August & December) from 7-8:30, usually in East Pyne or Frist. Selections alternate, with occasional exceptions, between fiction and non-fiction, and the authors or books typically have a Princeton connection. Book club meetings are informal and are open to all PA3 members and their spouses/partners.

A list of book club selections can be found at

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Book Club: Information Wars ( Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM )

Posted by Arlen about 1 year ago.


Princeton Diversity Discussion, February 21

Please join us at our next Princeton Diversity Discussion, hosted by Marita Martiney on Friday, February 21, 2020, at 6 pm, at Surf Taco Coastal Cuisine in the Princeton Shopping Center, 301 North Harrison Street. (Note this is the evening before Alumni Day.) Free parking is available. Order individually, pay at the counter, and join us at the tables inside; or feel free to come for the conversation without eating. Remember to wear your orange and black so we can find one another! RSVPs are not required, but may be sent to Jenny Korn '96.

Princeton Diversity Discussions is a monthly series of friendly and inclusive gatherings supported by the Association of Black Princeton Alumni (ABPA), Association of Latino Princeton Alumni (ALPA), Asian American Alumni Association of Princeton (A4P), Princeton Area Alumni Association (PA3), Princeton Association of Delaware, Princeton Association of New York City (PANYC), Princeton Club of Washington (PCW), Princeton Club of San Diego (PCSD), Princeton Association of New England (PANE), and Princeton Club of Chicago (PCC). We have been featured in Princeton Alumni Weekly.

Open to *everyone* (affiliated and not with Princeton) who would like to discuss race-related issues in person,. We invite alumni, students, staff, family, friends, and everyone you think is groovy to join us! So far, we have teamed up with the Duke Black Alumni Association, Harvard Women in Design, and the Harvard Kennedy School's Women's Network to co-host discussions. Hosting involves no financial commitment, only a commitment to selecting a date in the calendar and to choosing a restaurant that the host digs.

To join our Princeton Diversity Discussions email list to learn of upcoming gatherings across the United States, please email Princeton Diversity Discussions Founding Director Jenny Korn '96.

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Princeton Diversity Discussion ( Friday, February 21, 2020 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM )
Location: Surf Taco, Princeton Shopping Center
Organized by: Jenny Korn '96

Posted by Arlen about 1 year ago.


First Friday Lunch - February 7, 2020

Join us for First Fridays, a monthly recurring event for undergraduate and graduate Princeton alumni, graduate students, and parents.  On the first Friday of each month, area alumni and their guests will meet to enjoy a prix fixe luncheon at the Nassau Club in downtown Princeton.  As a special bonus for PA3, a Princeton University PhD candidate will present his/her work to the group in this informal setting.  Topics vary monthly and are always interesting!  Have a look at our impressive roster of previous luncheons

Our speaker this month is Robbie LeDesma, a graduate student in the department of Molecular Biology.  His topic is a very timely one:  viruses and the human immune system.  "I will have a combination of a very brief general introduction to the innate immune system, followed by more detail on how viruses generally evade these mechanisms. While I don't actually work on coronaviruses, I can definitely offer brief insights as to what makes for an epidemic both on the sides of the virus and host, but also, more broadly in terms of global travel and the way in which governments respond to such events."

Here is Robbie's bio:

Robbie LeDesma is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in Molecular Biology. Born and raised in Mesa, Arizona, Robbie took a very nontraditional path to get to where he is today. He began his own dog training / house sitting business to pay his way through community college, where he graduated as Valedictorian in 2010 before moving east and transferring to Columbia University on a full-tuition scholarship to finish his undergraduate education.  In 2014, he graduated with a degree in Neuroscience and Behavior, with a concentration in premedical sciences, and began working in a genetic nephrology lab at Columbia University Medical Center. In 2016, he matriculated to Princeton University, and has been pursuing his passions in science and community outreach ever since.  His current research focuses on viral evasion mechanisms of the innate immune system.  In his free time, he likes to make music, make hot sauce, and play with puppies.

Priced at $28/person (or $32 if you choose not to pay PA3's annual dues).  Lunch includes an appetizer, entree, dessert and coffee/tea. Wine/beer offered a la carte - select Enhanced Lunch Ticket on the PayPal button below.


Pre-registration is required, by 9 pm on the day prior to the luncheon (so that Nassau Club can properly prepare).

Date: Friday, Febuary 7, 2020
Time: 12 noon - 2 pm
Location: Nassau Club, 6 Mercer St, Princeton, NJ
Nassau Club membership is not necessary to attend this event.
Dress is business casual.

Registration (if not via Paypal) or questions:  Send email to Tom Swift via:

>> Looking forward to seeing your orange and black! <<

First Friday Lunch Ticket
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First Friday Lunch: Viruses and the human immune system ( Friday, February 7, 2020 - 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM )

Priced at $28/person (or $32 if you choose not to pay PA3's annual dues). Lunch includes an appetizer, entree, dessert and coffee/tea. Wine/beer offered a la carte - click on the link below and select Enhanced Lunch Ticket.

Location: Nassau Club
Organized by: Thomas Swift

Posted by tmswift about 1 year ago.


American Classical Orchestra Feb. 1 Concert

Location: Alice Tully Hall
Cost: Discounted premium seat $60 (new discount price)
Organized by: Mae Wong Miller '70, Flo Distefano '80 and Mo Chen '80

Happy New Year! To kick off 2020 with our fellow Princetonians, Mae Wong Miller '70 is offering discounted premium seating for the Feb. 1 American Classical Orchestra concert to be held at Alice Tully Hall. We did this last May and it was a hit. Over 40 Princetonians attended in their orange and black and we had a great time seated together enjoying the concert. Discounted premium tickets need to be purchased directly from either David Larkin or Amanda Sidebottom (contact info below). If you would like lower cost non-premium seats, please go directly to website to purchase. 

Join us to kickoff 2020 and the road to Princeton Reunions 2020!

Mae Wong Miller’70, Education Director at American Classical Orchestra (ACO), has arranged for a block of premium-level seats, at a discount, for Princeton classmates and friends.

Please join us at the American Classical Orchestra’s upcoming concert,

New York’s leading period-instrument orchestra (, featuring Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 with ACO Chorus.

Saturday, February 1, 2020 @ 8:00 PM

Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center

Discounted Ticket Price: $60/seat in Prime 1 – Orchestra A

Deadline to Purchase special seating: January 31

You are encouraged to don your reunions jacket or your favorite orange and black outfit.

To purchase tickets, and for more information, please contact:

David Larkin, Executive Director


Amanda Sidebottom, Director of Operations

American Classical Orchestra



A Little About American Classical Orchestra

The ACO, under the direction of Thomas Crawford, is one of the nation’s leading period instrument orchestras. It is dedicated to preserving the great music literature of the Baroque, Classical and early Romantic eras. The Orchestra recreates the sound world of the masters using priceless historic instruments, as well as era-specified performance techniques. Comprised of the world’s top period instrumentalists, the ACO provides audiences the opportunity to experience classical music in the way it was intended to be heard, and in a venue with exquisite acoustics and ideally suited for the repertoire. We are very fortunate to have such a gem in the New York area. Fellow Princeton classmate Mae promises a great experience. More information about the ACO is available on

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American Classical Orchestra Feb. 1 Concert ( Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM )
Location: Alice Tully Hall
Cost: Discounted premium seat $60
Organized by: Mae Wong Miller '70, Flo Distefano '80 and Mo Chen '80

Posted by Teegger over 1 year ago.