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First Friday Lunch - March 6th, 2015 - Mazell Tetruashvily, Graduate student in Molecular Biology

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.

On Friday, March 6th, we will be joined by Mazell Tetruashvily, a graduate student in the Department of Molecular Biology.  Mazell is interested in how specific immune proteins contribute to synapse elimination at the developing vertebrate neuromuscular junction.  In many vertebrate circuits, synapses are initially generated in excess, and mature, 1:1 motor neuron to muscle fiber connectivity is sculpted through synapse elimination.  Despite the critical importance of synapse elimination in circuit maturation, the molecular mediators of synapse elimination remain elusive.

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


Specially priced at $25/person (or $30 if you choose not to pay PA3's annual dues), lunch includes three courses, a complementary beverage (wine, beer, soft drink) and coffee/tea. Pre-registration is preferred.

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

Date: Friday, March 6th, 2015
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.

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First Friday Lunch ( Friday, March 6, 2015 - 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM )

Mazell Tetruashvily, Graduate Student in Molecular Biology, will discuss the neuromuscular junction

Location: Nassau Club, Princeton
Cost: $25 for dues payers; $30 everyone else

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First Friday Lunch - Joel Rozen, Doctoral Candidate Anthropology Dept

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.

On Friday, February 6th, we will be joined by Joel Rozen, a doctoral candidate in the Anthropology Department, former journalist for the New York Times Company and graduate fellow at Princeton's Institute for International and Regional Studies. His dissertation research is based on a cumulative three years of ethnographic fieldwork in Tunisia, both before and after the country's 2011 uprising, and examines recent reform to Tunisian business education practices. In his talk, Joel will discuss several of his findings, in particular how formal and informal approaches to entrepreneurship education have endeavored to stabilize the Tunisian economy, as well as local perceptions of civic belonging and agency, in a time of political upheaval.

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


Specially priced at $25/person (or $30 if you choose not to pay PA3's annual dues), lunch includes three courses, a complementary beverage (wine, beer, soft drink) and coffee/tea. Pre-registration is preferred.

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

Date: Friday, February 6th, 2015
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.

Lunch Reservation
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First Friday Lunch ( Friday, February 6, 2015 - 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM )

Joel Rozen, doctoral candidate in Anthropology, will discuss his work on Tunisia, before and after the 2011 uprising.

Location: Nassau Club, Princeton
Cost: $25 for dues payers; $30 everyone else

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RECAP First Friday Lunch - October 2014

Doyle Hodges, PhD Candidate at the Woodrow Wilson School discusses civil-military relations

Doyle K. Hodges, a doctorate candidate in the area of security studies at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs made a presentation about the relationship between civil-military relations in democratic political systems and compliance with the laws and norms of War at the Nassau Club in Princeton, New Jersey, on October 3, 2014.

Mr. Hodges is a retired naval officer with twenty-one years of service. He commanded two naval vessels, among other assignments. He also taught at the United States Naval Academy.

His career included several periods of duty that required his attention to political and strategic matters. One of those assignments was as an aide to the Naval Inspector General at a time when prisoner abuse in Iraq became public knowledge. Consequently, the Inspector General and his staff, including Mr. Hodges, investigated the treatment of prisoners at the Guantanamo facility and later throughout the navy.

Mr. Hodges noted that the abusive treatment of prisoners in the Global War on Terrorism originated from the civilian political leadership, not from the military. Recognition of that aspect of the problem leads naturally to the study of civil-military relations and its influence on compliance with international standards in the treatment of prisoners.

When intensive interrogation and other potential abusive handling of prisoners seems to be needed, at least in the eyes of some leaders, then there are three choices:       

          1.       Simply to proceed with such procedures, ignoring international

                   norm, the possibilities of adverse publicity, and a decline in

                   morale of the interrogators;

          2.       To refrain from possibly abusive handling of prisoners;

          3.       To "subcontract" abusive measures to the Central Intelligence Agency                (CIA), civilian security contractors, or indigenous governments.

Such a situation creates tension for military authorities whose professional orientation has been largely toward avoiding involvement in political decisions.

Such, at least, is the theory, as heavily influenced by Samuel P. Huntington's study The Soldier and the State (1957), which argued that military professionalism developed in the United States during the 19th century as military leaders focused on purely military concerns and, in most cases, no longer aspired to political office.

This apolitical military self-image has by no means been wholly accurate. Mr. Hodges cited the conflict between President Harry Truman and General Douglas MacArthur about how far United Nations troops should advance into North Korea during the Korean War. Several years earlier, moreover, President Truman and both civilian and uniformed leaders of the navy contended openly about the relative budgetary support that should be given to the air force and the navy. Truman  emerged as the victor in both these controversies, but they demonstrated that political and military decisions cannot be separated neatly.

An important factor in considering the treatment of prisoners is the nature of the adversary. In Vietnam, prisoners taken from the ranks of the North Vietnamese Army were viewed simply as prisoners of war, but guerrillas, who struck United States and allied troops without wearing uniforms, were considered to be in a different category. Similar considerations emerged in Afghanistan and Iraq.

In counterinsurgency conflicts, abuses and violations of international law may be perpetuated by both sides, as, for example, during British efforts to suppress nationalists fighting in the Irish Republican Army and similar guerrilla organizations. The conflict between Israel and Hamas is another example of a situation where behavior on the battlefield has become less sensitive to legal restraints.

Civil-military relations in democracies need an ethical foundation.

In the modern world, liberal democracies often turn to the military services, but those services, in turn, need principles to follow in murky conflicts.

In closing, Mr. Hodges noted that in his studies he is benefiting materially from the diversity of the faculty and student body of the Woodrow Wilson School.

 

         

 

 


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RECAP First Friday Lunch - May 2014

Ian Hogue, postdoc in Molecular Biology discusses Virus Transport and Spread

Ian B. Hogue, a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University, presented "Virus Transport and Spread" to the Princeton Area Alumni Association (PA3) on May 2, 2014, at the Nassau Club in Princeton, New Jersey.

Dr. Hogue received a B.A. (2003) from the University of California, Berkeley. His Ph.D. (2010) in microbiology and immunology is from the University of Michigan. He has a number of publications to his credit already.

His presentation focused on the way in which herpes viruses move within cells and how they spread between infected cells.

Viruses have been an interest of Dr. Hogue since his undergraduate days. The virus is a substance that can be the carrier of infectious diseases. Despite their importance, many viruses have not been studied extensively. Many of them are little known or not known at all. Human beings may breathe them in easily. Viruses can be underlying factors in worsening disease, moreover.

Viruses are not all dangerous. Some of them are beneficial or helpful. One found in sheep is required for reproduction, for example. Viruses are not like bacteria. Indeed, viruses disappear when they enter cells. They disassemble, in a sense, although they persist.

Dr. Hogue referred to computer "viruses," which can be thought of as similar to biological entities. Computer viruses only refer to information, of course. A biological virus is a physical entity.

Knowledge of infectious agents began in the 17th century when devices, that is, microscopes, developed that could detect micro-organisms. It was theorized that such organisms could spread disease. This was the "germ theory" of disease. Filters could prevent the passage of bacteria, but then new classes of infectious agents were discovered that could penetrate filters, namely viruses.

Although viruses do not directly create tumors, they can transmit them simply by picking up broken cancer-causing copies of our genes. Most cancers are not generated by viruses, but viruses can contribute to the chances of getting cancer. The ultimate goal of viruses is to spread between cells – other effects, such as cancer, are a by-product.

Today, genomes are being used to identify viruses.

The alpha sub-family of herpes viruses can cause chicken pox and shingles, and another version causes cold sores.

The alpha herpes viruses in particular move into the nervous system quickly and fuse with cells in order to enter them and import their viral genes. Factors like stress, fever, and infection can cause changes in cell biology.

Just as is the case with viruses, not much is really known about cells. Thus, viruses are "great tools" for cell research.

Dr. Hogue finished his talk by showing the audience a movie of flourescent virus particles exiting from an infected cell.  A publication describing his work is currently in press and will appear in the scientific journal, PLOS Pathogens.




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First Friday Lunch - Jane Manners, 4th year grad student in History

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.

On January 9th, we will be joined by Jane Manners, a fourth year graduate student in History and graduate prize winner in the Princeton University Center for Human Values.  Her dissertation examines the early history of the federal bailout, focusing on the financially calamitous Great New York Fire of 1835 and its aftermath.  She is particularly interested in the ways in which New York's increasingly central role in the national economy complicated constitutional understandings of Congress' power to come to the aid of the financially imperiled private actors.  Jane has an A.B. and a J.D. both from Harvard and served as a law clerk for Judge Mark Wolf in the District of Massachusetts.  She has worked as a teacher, a journalist and a philanthropic grant maker.

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


Specially priced at $25/person (or $30 if you choose not to pay PA3's annual dues), lunch includes three courses, a complementary beverage (wine, beer, soft drink) and coffee/tea. Pre-registration is preferred.

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

Date: Friday, January 9th, 2015
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.

Lunch Reservation
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First Friday Lunch ( Friday, January 9, 2015 - 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM )

Jane Manners, fourth year graduate student in the Department of History, will discuss early history of the federal bailout.

Location: Nassau Club, 6 Mercer St, Princceton
Cost: $25 dues paying mbr / $30 others
Organized by: PA3

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