Please join us for what will no doubt be a fascinating look into the use of the gene editing technology CRISPR to detect - and potentially destroy- viruses. This will be a nice complement to Shirley Tilghman's talk on the ethical considerations and regulation of CRISPR in 2018.
Cameron Myhrvold is an Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology at Princeton University. His work specializes in the development of CRISPR-based technologies for studying RNA, with an emphasis on detecting and destroying RNA viruses. He received a PhD in Systems Biology from Harvard in 2016. His PhD studies in synthetic biology and nucleic acid nanotechnology, supported by a Fannie and John Hertz Foundation fellowship, involved the development of three technologies that demonstrated a variety of applications for self-assembled nanostructures. During his postdoc, he turned his attention towards the RNA-targeting CRISPR effector protein Cas13, where he has led or co-led the development of four Cas13-based technologies, including CARMEN, CARVER, and SHINE.
Please join us for a discussion with Professor Keith Whittington on this important and timely topic. His remarks will be followed by the opportunity for Q&A.
Keith E. Whittington is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics at Princeton University and is currently the chair of Academic Freedom Alliance. He works on American constitutional history, politics and law, and on American political thought. He is the author of Repugnant Laws: Judicial Review of Acts of Congress from the Founding to the Present and Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech, among other works. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, and the University of Texas School of Law, and he is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and serves on the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Texas at Austin and completed his Ph.D. in political science at Yale University.
His book Speak Freely was the Princeton Pre-read selection for 2018.
Professor Whittington on Challenges to Academic Freedom and Campus Free Speech (
Wednesday, December 8, 2021 - 7:30 PM to
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“Combining Cell Fate Reprogramming & Immunotherapy: A Revolutionary Approach for Cancer Treatment”
Speaker: Filipe Pereira, PhD
Founder & Head of Innovation, Asgard Therapeutics
Associate Professor, Lund University
Cancer is the second-leading cause of human death, with more than 10 million lives lost annually and a cost
burden topping 1 trillion USD worldwide. For the 80 percent of tumors that are solid and hard-to-treat, current
standards of care (surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy) are often inadequate. Even the newer approaches of
modern immunotherapy (immune checkpoint inhibitors, CAR T-cell therapies, cancer vaccines) often fall short
in more than half of patients, due to lack of antigen presentation, tumor heterogeneity, and immune evasion.
ENTER: a new gene therapy for cancer based on cellular reprogramming, co-developed by our speaker. This
technology reprograms cancer cells into dendritic cells that present their own tumor antigens for destruction.
Following background on ways to reprogram cells, our speaker will: detail his current work; provide previously
unpublished data; touch on challenges that remain before first-in-human trials can take place; and mull
prospects for cell fate reprogramming to transform the current cancer immunotherapy landscape.
A4P and the Association of Graduate Princeton Alumni (AGPA) are delighted to host Princeton University’s Tang Center for East Asian Art Associate Director Dora C. Y. Ching *11 for a fascinating presentation of the Dunhuang Buddhist Caves on Saturday October 16 at 9:00 - 10:30 AM EDT. Please note this event will not be recorded.
Builders, artisans, painters, and sculptors created nearly five hundred decorated cave temples at the Mogao Caves in Dunhuang, China from 400-1400 CE. This lecture takes an in-depth look at the art and architecture of a few of these caves, focusing in particular on the transmission and cross-influences of Buddhist imagery along the Silk Road.
For those who missed the June 24th presentation, here is a second chance. This is not the same presentation, however. Per Dora:
I will have a brief intro—so if people haven’t heard a talk before, they will get some background on the Dunhuang Caves—and then I will focus primarily on the art architecture of one cave in the context of the Silk Road. Aside from introductory material, this is a different talk. The other talk was more of an overview; this will be an in-depth look at Mogao Cave 285.
Dora Ching has been associate director of the P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art(link is external) at Princeton University since 2002. She is a leading specialist in Chinese portraiture and the characteristics that distinguish this genre from its European and American counterparts. Before and during her time at the Tang Center she has been deeply engaged in book editing and publication, with more than a dozen books to her credit as coeditor or managing editor. She is the author of numerous published book chapters and articles and has co-curated three major museum exhibitions.
During her graduate years at Princeton, Ching served as research assistant at the National Palace Museum in Taipei and as an editor of the National Palace Museum Bulletin. She also worked at the Princeton University Art Museum on the exhibition The Embodied Image: Chinese Calligraphy from the John B. Elliott Collection. She held the Jane and Morgan Whitney Art History Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, working on 19th- and 20th-century Chinese painting. The wide range of her research and study experience is reflected in the books she has worked on, from early Shang archaeology through family issues in Chinese art, calligraphy, and contemporary Chinese arts.
Agnew, Neville, Marcia Reed, and Tevvy Ball, eds. Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road. Los Angeles, CA: Getty Conservation Institute, 2016.
Ching, Dora C.Y.,ed. Visualizing Dunhuang: Seeing, Studying, and Conserving the Caves. Princeton: P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art, Princeton University, in association with Princeton University Press, 2021.*
Hansen, Valerie. The Silk Road: A New History. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.
Hopkirk, Peter. Foreign Devils on the Silk Road: The Search for the Lost Cities and Treasures of Chinese Central Asia. London: Murray, 1980.
Rong Xinjiang. Eighteen Lectures on Dunhuang. Translated by Imre Galambos. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2013.
Whitfield, Susan. Silk, Slaves, and Stupas: Material Culture of the Silk Road. Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2018.
Whitfield, Roderick, Susan Whitfield, and Neville Agnew. Cave Temples of Mogao at Dunhuang:
Art and History on the Silk Road. 2nd ed. Los Angeles: Getty Conservation Institute, 2015.
* Available from Princeton University Press
https://press.princeton.edu/books/paperback/9780691208169/visualizing-dunhuang 20% discount through 31 August 2021. Enter code FRDUN at checkout.
Dora C.Y. Ching 2021-06-30
Dunhuang Caves Revisited (
Saturday, October 16, 2021 - 9:00 AM to
Over the past decade, the population of urban areas in the US grew by 9 percent, with 86 percent now living in metropolitan regions --- two trends likely to continue. Concomitant burdens of congestion, combined with carbon emissions in transportation, have created a dire problem in urgent need of solution. Enter: eVTOL --- electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft with zero emissions and greatly reduced noise levels that use electric power to take off, land, and hover vertically. This past August, Santa Cruz, CA-based Joby Aviation became the first US-based eVTOL company to become publicly traded. Its goal is to make aerial ride-sharing and emissions-free flight, new parts of our everyday lives. Following a general overview of eVTOL technology and how it differs from other aircraft, our speakers will detail: specifics of Joby’s approach and operations; how to use eVTOL to get where you want to go; and how it’s likely to transform our cities and improve our lives.
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