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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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PA3 Book Club: October 1, 2020

September 23, 2020 -The September PA3 book club meeting has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 1 from 8:00-9:00 pm via Zoom.

If you would like to participate, please email to request the Zoom link.

Our selection is:

Trump Sky Alpha, by Mark Doten, Lecturer in Creative Writing at the Lewis Center. The author will join us for the discussion of his book.

The PA3 book club 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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September 2020 Propeller








Please Join Us with Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres


7 P, EASTERN TIME (USA) -- TUESDAY, September 8th, 2020

“American Postal Innovations:  What Citizens Need to Know”

2 Speakers:  Christopher W Shaw & Kyle Moore

Historian & Author of “Preserving the People’s Post Office”


A Postal Carrier & Past President of NALC – NJ Branch 268


Decades of congressional and corporate pressures on the US Postal Service are now driving home the point that “innovation” means novelty or change --- but not necessarily improvement.  Though OUR Post Office was initially established “to bind the nation together,” over the years it has delivered much more!  With facts not widely known, our speakers will furnish a bracing account of Post Office achievements --- and the ongoing hobbling --- of this national treasure.  Their accounts will be unsparing and non-partisan in detail.   They will then look ahead to potential future roles & innovations for the Post Office --- consistent with its historic mandate to function “for the benefit of the public.”  There will be ample time for Q & A, and priority will be given to questions submitted in advance to:  


ZOOM LINK will be sent to the first 300 who register by September 6th:


NEXT PRINCETON PROPELLER:  Tuesday, October 13th (7 P)

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Argentinian Wine Tasting Sept. 3, 7 p.m.

Wine Tasting
Thursday, September 3, 7–8:15 p.m.
Via Zoom
Cost: $67 plus tax for four bottles of Argentinian wine plus a seminar with a certified sommelier and educator
For Zoom instructions, RSVP with affiliation by Thursday, August 27 to Mo Chen ’80
Seats (Screens): 100 due to Zoom license limitations
One of our members has arranged with Public Wines, 23 Witherspoon St., to do a wine tasting for us. Our certified Sommelier and educator for the evening will be Sebastian Koncurat, who has 20 years of experience in the wine and culinary industries.
Here is the link about the four Argentinian wines and how to purchase them:
Please purchase or reserve wines by noon on Thursday, August 27. This will help Public Wine order enough in advance.
Please note that if you buy 12 bottles or more, you can get a 15% discount by using promotional code PA3.
Public offers free delivery to the following zip codes: 08502, 08504, 08525, 08528, 08534, 08536,08540,08542,08553, and 08558. Promotional code: Freeship
If you live outside these zip codes, please order online or call and pick up at the store. If you have questions for Public Wine, please call 609 924 0750 and they will be happy to help you.
Please mention PA3 wine tasting.
If you would like to pair with cheese, Sebastian suggests the following cheeses, which can be found at Olsson's Fine Foods in Princeton.
1. Fromager D' Affinois - France. This is a very good Double cream and soft cheese style based on pasteurized Cow milk. Suggested to pair with the white: Amalaya Torrontes 2018.
2. Bucheron - France. This is a medium soft pasteurized goat cheese. Texture is crumbly and the flavor is slightly salty and earthy. Ideal pairing with Gouguenheim Malbec Rose Sparkling.
3. Ossau- Iraty- Basque Country. This is a firm and mild cheese based on sheep milk from the Pyrenees. Slightly sweet with nutty and herbal flavors. Ideal pairing with A Lisa Malbec 2018.
4. Primma Donna - Netherlands. This is a hard and firm texture cow milk cheese and pasteurized. This cheese shows spicy aromas along with fruit-driven and nutty flavors. Ideal pairing with Aguijon de Abeja Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Posted by mochenpa3 11 months ago.