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October 2020 Propeller








Please Join Us with Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres


7 pm, EASTERN TIME (USA) -- TUESDAY, October 13th, 2020

“Technical Innovations in Hydrofoiling:

Breakthroughs in Crafting ‘The Boat That Flies’”

2 Speakers:  Bora Gulari & Ricardo Bencatel

   Olympian & CEO; AND Technical Director --- Both of FloHy, Ltd.


While the math & science of hydrofoils have been well-understood for more than a century --- the early 2000s, brought game-changing breakthroughs in materials design and dynamical control systems that caught up with the math & science --- removing limits and altering America’s Cup racing forever!  Our two sailor-engineer speakers’ deep involvement with the sport and the team, position them well to discuss these transformations, along with:  the advent of foiling in sailing; similarities and distinctions between flight and foiling; surface-piercing vs. fully-submerged foils; various sailing classes, e.g., Moths & Nacra 17; and foiling stabilization & the evolution of computational control mechanisms.  There will be ample time for Q & A, with priority given to viewer questions submitted in advance to:


ZOOM LINK will be sent to the first 300 who register by October 11th:



NEXT PRINCETON PROPELLER:  Tuesday, February 9th 2021 (7 pm)

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PA3 Book Club: October 22, 2020

September 26, 2020 - The PA3 book club will meet on Thursday, October 22, from 7:00-8:00 pm via Zoom. (Note this is a week earlier than our usual last Thursday, to avoid a conflict with the PA3 Annual Meeting.)

The Zoom link will be shared with the book club mailing list. To be added to the list, or to request the link for this meeting only, please email

Our selection is:

Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Professor Daniel Kahneman

The PA3 book club (usually) meets on the last Thursday evening of each month (except July, August & December) at 7:00 p.m., in East Pyne or Frist under normal circumstances and via Zoom until it's safe to meet in person again. 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.

A list of book club selections can be found at

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2020 Annual Dinner and Meeting

We welcome as our honored guests Xiyue Wang GS and his wife Hua Qu.  Tom Swift '76, PA3's President, will lead a fireside chat with Xiyue and Hua to discuss Xiyue's three-year imprisonment in Iran and the current regime there.  Questions will be taken but only if submitted in advance via email.

We will also be electing directors.  The event kicks off at 6:30 for casual get togethers; business begins at 7:00 and the Fireside Chat will begin around 7:20.  Breakout rooms will be provided at the end of the meeting.

Festive Orange + Black Attire is encouraged

In view of the unusual circumstances this year, we have arranged with Princeton-based Olsson’s on Palmer Square for a Grazing Box with an orange and black theme for PA3 members who may want hors d'ouevres for the meeting. A special Princeton-themed cookie is also available separately.  Please make individual arrangements directly with Olssons no later than October 26 at this link.

Registrations can be made here . After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Contact Mo Chen here with any questions.

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Princeton Diversity Discussion

You are invited to join us at the Princeton Area Alumni Association's Princeton Diversity Discussion.

Wednesday, 10/14/20, at 7 pm Eastern at

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 Association of Delaware, Princeton Association of New York City (PANYC), Princeton Club of Washington (PCW), Princeton Area Alumni Association (PA3), Princeton Club of San Diego (PCSD), Princeton Association of New England (PANE), and Princeton Club of Chicago (PCC).

These discussions are open to everyone that would like to discuss race-related issues in person. We invite alumni, students, staff, family, friends, and anyone you think is groovy to join us. During the pandemic, we are excited to have you join us digitally!

For more information on Princeton Diversity Discussions, please check out our feature in the Princeton Alumni Weekly (PAW) at

To join our email list for notification of our gatherings, please email Jenny Korn at

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Webinar: Debugging Democracy

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Debugging Democracy: Using Data, Math, and Law for Reform
Professor Sam Wang
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 7 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
Virtual ZOOM Event

Professor Sam Wang will give an overview of how democracy in the USA reached its crisis point, how to use data to diagnose the current situation, and discuss the upcoming November 2020 election. He will provide insight into redistricting to prevent gerrymandering and also share actionable items on how young people can get involved as poll watchers this election and in affecting the review of redistricting maps in 2021 based on the 2020 Federal Census.

Sam Wang
Professor of Neuroscience

Sam Wang has been a member of the Princeton faculty since 2000. He holds a B.S. in physics from the California Institute of Technology (1986) and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the Stanford University School of Medicine (1993). A central feature of his laboratory research is the use and development of statistical tools for dealing with large, complex data sets, especially in regard to individual variation. In 2015, he was appointed by Governor Chris Christie to the New Jersey Governor's Council on Medical Research and Treatment of Autism.

Sam has a long-standing interest in elections. He pioneered statistical methods for analyzing U.S. presidential elections in 2004, when he developed tools for the aggregation of state polls. These tools led to the establishment of the Princeton Election Consortium. In 2012 he recognized new, systematic distortions in representation in the U.S. House. Understanding the causes of these distortions launched his interest in voting rights and led to the creation of the Princeton Gerrymandering Project.

Sam Wang's laboratory research focuses on learning from birth to adulthood, at levels ranging from single synapses to the whole brain. He is particularly curious about novel roles for the cerebellum in cognition, social thought processes, and autism. He studies these brain functions using optical neural imaging and big-data approaches to analyzing behavior. Sam is also the author of two popular books about the brain: Welcome to Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys But Never Forget How to Drive and Other Puzzles of Everyday Life (2008) and Welcome to Your Child’s Brain: How the Mind Grows from Conception to College (2011). Both books are available in over 20 languages.

Registration is required. Zoom details will be sent prior to the session.

This event is co-sponsored by the AlumniCorps NJ area committee,
PA3, A4P and PANYC.

Melissa Hager and Jean Trujillo *95, AlumniCorps NJ area committee co-chairs
Rick Ober '65, PA3 Director
Nancy Lin '77 and Douglas Chin '83, A4P co-chairs
Rob Wolk '91, President PANYC
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