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February '20 Propeller

PA3 INVITES YOU TO “SECOND TUESDAYS”

A PRINCETON PROPELLER EVENT

AT QUADRANGLE CLUB

 

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FOR ENTREPRENEURS,

NAVIGATORS & THE CURIOUS

 

Please Join Us for Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres

33 PROSPECT AVENUE – PRINCETON, NJ

6 P, TUESDAY, February 11th, 2020

 

Speakers:  Stephanie Thomas & Charles Swanson

 

Vice President and Senior Scientist, Princeton Satellite Systems

 

“Frontiers in Commercializing Fusion Development:

The New Landscape of Companies Investing in Fusion Worldwide”

 

The 2010s saw a tremendous proliferation of private nuclear fusion companies.  There may be dozens:  including five stand-out leaders and a burgeoning host of intermediate companies.  Though not yet within our grasp, the promise of fusion energy remains obvious.  Clean, limitless power plants could:  halt deleterious global climate change; and free us from polluting, extractive industries and the resource conflicts they engender.  But what makes these companies think they can succeed where 60 years of research from world governments have not?  And, how are they now leveraging governmental support to accomplish this?  Our speakers will survey this rapidly evolving landscape and the technical and financial investments that are driving its development.

 

Registration Required via propellers.princetonaaa.org

NEXT PRINCETON PROPELLER:  Tuesday, March 10th (6 P)


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February '20 Propeller ( Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM )
Location: Quadrangle Club
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Curator led Art Museum exhibit tour

 The Princeton University Art Museum currently features the exhibit: "Eternal Feast: Banqueting in Chinese Art from the 10th to the 14th Century".  These banquets were about more than food, and their images more that mere adornments for the walls of the wealthy.

The exhibit is described here: https://artmuseum.princeton.edu/story/eternal-feast-banqueting-chinese-art-10th-14th-century

There is also a reference to it in the New York Times:  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/21/dining/chinese-banquet-princeton-art-museum.html

Thanks to the wonderful assistance of the Association of Asian American Alumni of Princeton (A4P), Zoe Kwok *13, the Assistant Curator of Asian Art who put together the exhibit, has offered to give an exhibition tour to PA3 members, family, and friends on Saturday, January 25th, 2020 at 2 PM - 3 PM.  This is an exceptional opportunity to learn about a PU Art Museum exhibit directly from the curator.

Space is limited, so please indicate your desire to attend via an email to Tom Swift at tswift@alumni.princeton.edu.  Reservations will be taken on a first come, first served basis.  Please indicate your interest in participating in a lunch in Princeton (venue TBD) prior to the tour.  We'll organize that if there is sufficient interest.

 


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Curator led Art Museum exhibit tour ( Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM )

Zoe Kwok *13, Assistant Curator of Asian Art,, has offered to give PA3 members a special tour of the exhibition she created entitled "Eternal Feast: Banqueting in Chinese Art from the 10th to the 14th Century."

Location: Princeton University Art Museum
Organized by: Thomas Swift

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PA3 Book Club: January 30, 2020

November 25, 2019 - The PA3 book club will be taking a holiday break, meeting next on Thursday, January 30, 2020, from 7-8:30 pm in East Pyne 111. Our selection is:

Death in the Off-Season, by Francine Barron Mathews '85 P17

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 open to all PA3 members and their spouses/partners, and no RSVP is needed.

A list of book club selections can be found at https://princetonaaa.org/bookclub.


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First Friday Lunch - December 6, 2019

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


Rachit Dubey  a second year PhD student in the Department of Computer Science with a focus on computational biology, will address his efforts to gain a better understanding of human curiosity.  Acccording to Rachit:  "Curiosity is considered to be the essence of science and an integral component of cognition, yet our understanding of curiosity remains limited. In this talk, I will present a computational account of curiosity that explains how human curiosity operates across a wide range of contexts. I also talk about a study that provides evidence that curiosity and value interact and that people's curiosity about scientific topics can be stimulated by evidence that a topic has potential future value."

An overview of his work may be found here:  http://cocosci.princeton.edu/rachit/

 His thesis advisor is  Professor Tom Griffiths (Psychology).  Professor Griffiths and his Computational Cognitive Science Lab was recently a feature in PAW and may be found at:https://paw.princeton.edu/article/minds-and-machines.

Please join us!  As always, there is sure to be a lively discussion.


Specially 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.

REGISTRATION RULES:

Pre-registration is required, by 9am on the day of the luncheon.

Date: Friday, December 6, 2019
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: tswift@alumni.princeton.edu

>> Looking forward to seeing you...in your orange and black! <<


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First Friday Lunch: On the nature of curiosity ( Friday, December 6, 2019 - 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM )

Graduate Student Rachit Dubey, a member of Professor Griffiths' Computational Cognitive Science Lab (recently featured in PAW), will speak to us "on gaining a better understanding of curiosity."

Location: Nassau Club
Cost: $28 per person for members, $33 others
Organized by: Thomas Swift

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December '19 Propeller

PA3 INVITES YOU TO “SECOND TUESDAYS”

A PRINCETON PROPELLER EVENT

AT QUADRANGLE CLUB

 

 

FOR ENTREPRENEURS,

NAVIGATORS & THE CURIOUS

 

Please Join Us for Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres

 

33 PROSPECT AVENUE – PRINCETON, NJ

6 P, TUESDAY, December 10th, 2019

Speaker:  Greg Matzat

Engineer and Offshore Wind Consultant

 “Harnessing Ocean Winds to Generate Clean Energy for NJ & the US”

 

Since 2016, northeast states in the US have committed to build 20,000 MW of offshore wind on the continental shelf --- enough to power every home and business in New Jersey.  Governor Murphy has set a goal of 3,500 MW of offshore wind by 2030; and this past June, the NJ Board of Public Utilities announced the winner of its first offshore wind solicitation:  Orsted’s Ocean Wind --- an 1,100 MW project to be built off Atlantic City. Offshore wind turbines dwarf those seen on land. The newest rise more than 850 feet above the water and have blades longer than football fields.  Their foundations may be “bottom-fixed” (to the seafloor) OR float. Greg Matzat, past manager of DOE’s Offshore Wind R & D program, will bring more than 30 years’ experience in marine and clean energy technologies to our discussion, ranging from construction to markets to policy.  In particular, he will plunge us into some surprising pros and cons of offshore wind, relating to:  the market for this clean energy source; the design of the turbines, foundations and balance of plant; how the huge turbines are actually installed; and responsible approaches that simultaneously serve the interests of electric customers; stewardship of the environment; and  the creation of good-paying jobs.

Registration Required via propellers.princetonaaa.org

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


 


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Location: Quadrangle Club, 33 Prospect Avenue
Cost: free; donations gratefully accepted
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