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First Friday Lunch - April 2018

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 scholar 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

John "Newby" Parton

John "Newby" Parton, of McMinnville, Tennessee, a member of the Class of 2018 and recipient of the Pyne Prize will join us on Friday April 6th.  Newby is a concentrator in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is pursuing certificates in values and public life and urban studies. A 2016 recipient of the Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence, Parton has focused his academic work on the court system, criminal justice reform and journalism.  Newby's senior thesis focuses on recusal failure among district court judges. It grew out of a project in an investigative journalism class taught by Ferris Professor of Journalism, Joe Stephens. Parton investigated federal judges’ compliance with a law that demands their recusal from cases in which they have a financial interest in a party. Expanding this project for his thesis, he is searching through about 3,000 financial disclosure forms for more than 1,000 judges and applying rigorous statistical tests to identify what factors, if any, can predict that a judge might not recuse [credit to Mr. Jamie Saxon for this bio].

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

Specially priced at $25/person (or $30 if you choose not to pay PA3's annual dues), lunch includes three courses, a complementary soft drink and coffee/tea. [**Wine/beer offered a la carte - select Enhanced Lunch Ticket**] 
Pre-registration is preferred.

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

Date: Friday, April 6, 2018
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.

First Friday Lunch Ticket
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First Friday Lunch ( Friday, April 6, 2018 - 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM )

John "Newby" Parton '18, winner of the prestigious Pyne Prize, will discuss his work.

Location: Nassau Club, 6 Mercer St, Princeton
Cost: $25/person dues-paying mbrs; $30 others
Organized by: PA3

Posted by lydia 6 months ago.


PA3 Book Club: March meeting

2/24/18 - The book club will meet on Thursday, March 29, from 7-8:30 pm in East Pyne 111. Our March selection is:

Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to you in Your Life by Professor Yiyun Li 

Professor Li, who is on the creative writing faculty of Princeton's Lewis Center for the Arts, will join the discussion.

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.

Sneak preview: Our selection for Thursday, April 26, is Truth or Truthiness: Distinguishing Fact from Fiction by Learning to Think Like a Data Scientist, by Howard Wainer *68. The author will join the discussion.

A list of all books the club has discussed can be found here.

To be added to the book club email list, please contact

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Book Club meeting ( Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM )
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Posted by Arlen 7 months ago.


March 13th Propeller




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Please Join Us for Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres


6 P, TUESDAY, March 13th, 2018


Speaker:  Neil Chatterjee, ’15

CEO & Founder, Andrena


“Democratizing the Internet: 

Marshaling Blockchain for Wi-Fi Without ISPs”


Imagine a world where you don’t need traditional ISPs to get Internet access.  It’s already here, in Princeton:  home Internet at a fraction of the cost.  With the FCC’s recent Title II/Net Neutrality repeal, Neil founded Andrena to deliver community powered Internet.  Via purchase of data links to the greater Internet in bulk and employment of a community of blockchain-based wireless devices that automatically assemble, Andrena covers what’s known as “the Last Mile.”  Following a successful pilot with Princeton University and area businesses in 2017, Andrena is deploying its devices throughout town.  In addition to the technical aspects, Neil will explain how consumers transition from a traditional ISP to a blockchain-based wireless service.


Registration Required via


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

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Posted by Teegger 7 months ago.


Federal Reserve Gold Vault Tour

PA3 is once again sponsoring a tour of the Federal Reserve Gold Vault!

This popular event is a fun educational opportunity; people come from all over the world to visit it!

Tour time: Friday, March 9, 9 a.m.

Meet at 8:45 a.m. at 44 Maiden Lane in NYC. While the tour is free, you must get their on your own. Take NJ Transit to Newark, then the PATH train to WTC.

The group size is limited to 25 people, so please sign up early!

More details on this sign-up sheet linked here

Questions? Email Ann Huang at

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Posted by CatNewt 8 months ago.


A Lecture by Howard Wainer, PhD *68, P07



 C.J. Minard, W.E.B. Du Bois and the Great Migration


Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 6-8pm

East Pyne Room 010, Princeton University campus

Wine & Cheese Reception at 6:00pm - Lecture at 6:30pm

Admission is free

Questions & pregistration: Lydia at 

WEB Du Bois circle chart


Visual displays of empirical information are too often thought to be just compact summaries that, at their best, can clarify a muddled situation. This is partially true, as far as it goes, but it omits the magic.  We have long known that data visualization is an alchemist that can make good scientists great and transform great scientists into giants.   In this talk we will see that sometimes, albeit too rarely, the combination of critical questions addressed by important data and illuminated by evocative displays can achieve a transcendent, and often wholly unexpected, result. At their best, visualizations can communicate emotions and feelings in addition to cold, hard facts.   


Howard Wainer *68 P07, was on the faculty of The University of Chicago until 1977, was in Washington during the Carter administration; was Principal Research Scientist at the Educational Testing Service from 1980 until 2001; was Distinguished Research Scientist at the National Board of Medical Examiners and Professor of Statistics at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania from 2001 until 2016. He is now in his post-employment career as statistician and author.

Dr. Wainer has been the recipient of many honors, among them: 

  • The E. F. Lindquist Award for Outstanding Research in Testing & Measurement, 
  • The Psychometric Society Lifetime Achievement Award, 
  • The Samuel J. Messick Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions from the American Psychological Association,  and The Career Achievement Award from The National Council on Measurement and Evaluation.

He has published over 450 articles and chapters and 23 books. His most recent book is Truth or Truthiness: Distinguishing Fact from Fiction by Learning to Think like a Data Scientist, which was published by Cambridge University Press and was named “top 6 books of 2016” by the Financial Times of London. 

He is currently writing a history of statistical graphics in collaboration with Michael Friendly *71. It is tentatively entitled On The Origin of Graphic Species, and will be published by Harvard University Press.


Flow maps of  the Great Migration: Figurative maps showing the flows of non-white migrants in America, 1880–1940, using a design inspired by C.J. Minard

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Graphs as Poetry: WEB Du Bois ( Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM )

Dr. Howard Wainer *68 P07 presents 'Graphs as Poetry: C.J. Minard, W.E.B. Du Bois and the Great Migration'

Location: East Pyne 010, Princeton campus
Cost: Free - Preregistration requested
Organized by: PA3

Posted by lydia 8 months ago.