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First Friday Lunch - Andra Geana - Psychology Dept

First Friday Lunch - Andra Geana, third year graduate student in Psychology will discuss her work

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 buffet 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!

This month, we will be joined by Andra Geana, a third year graduate student in the Psychology Department.  The topic of her talk is, "Risk and Ambiguity in Human Decision Making." She will discuss how we weigh these two factors when we decide how to explore our environment and how the brain handles those decision processes.  

Specially priced at $25/person (or $30 if you choose not to pay PA3's annual dues), lunch includes the Nassau Club’s full buffet as well as a complementary beverage (wine, beer, soft drink). Pre-registration is required.

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

Date: Friday, June 7th, 2013
Time: 12 noon - 2 pm
Location: Nassau Club, 6 Mercer St, Princeton, NJ
Nassau Club membership is not necessary to attend this event.

For more information, contact Lydia Zaininger '83.

Lunch Reservation
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First Friday Lunch ( Friday, June 7, 2013 - 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM )

Jon Gudmundsson, fifth year Graduate Student in the Physics Department, will talk about the recent cosmological results from the Planck Mission.

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

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First Friday Lunch - Jason McSheene of Molecular Biology

PA3 welcomed Jason McSheene, a PhD candidate in the Molecular Biology department at our First Friday lunch at the Nassau Club on April 5th, 2013.  The group was riveted by Jason's description of, among other things, the development of the zebrafish embryo.  To get a sense of how this development looks, Jason recommended watching http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQNxHGpK7Wc.  He also described for the group the importance of the Nodal gene and how it is expressed in left-right patterning.  The following schematic provides more detail.

Left-Right Patterning

http://dev.biologists.org/content/139/18/3257/F1.poster.jpg

Jason also mentioned Professor Bonnie Bassler's fascinating work and suggested watching her TED Talk on bacterial communication at  http://www.ted.com/talks/bonnie_bassler_on_how_bacteria_communicate.html .

What a wonderful and interesting luncheon!

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First Friday Lunch - Jon Guddmunsson, PhD Candidate in Physics will discuss Planck Mission findings

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 buffet 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!

This month, we will be joined by Jon Gudmundsson, a fifth year graduate student in the Department of Physics.  Jon will talk with us about the recent cosmological results from the Planck Mission, an experiment designed to study the cosmic microwave background radiation of the universe, namely the relic radiation from the big bang.  The data reveal the structure of the universe over a vast range of angular scales and frequencies and have opened new avenues of research for astrophysicists.  Jon will discuss what we have learned from the Planck data and will describe ongoing efforts in the field.  Read this NY Times article for more information on the Planck Mission.


Specially priced at $25/person (or $30 if you choose not to pay PA3's annual dues), lunch includes the Nassau Club’s full buffet as well as a complementary beverage (wine, beer, soft drink). Pre-registration is required.

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

Date: Friday, May 3rd, 2013
Time: 12 noon - 2 pm
Location: Nassau Club, 6 Mercer St, Princeton, NJ
Nassau Club membership is not necessary to attend this event.

For more information, contact Lydia Zaininger '83.

Lunch Reservation
Nassauclubphoto Planck Jongudmundsson
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First Friday Lunch ( Friday, May 3, 2013 - 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM )

Jon Gudmundsson, Fifth year graduate student in the Department of Physics, will discuss recent findings of the Planck Mission.

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

Posted by lydia about 7 years ago.

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PA3 Wins ACE Award for Excellence in Communication

The Princeton Area Alumni Association won the Alumni Council's ACE Award for Excellence in Communication!

Pictured below are Henry Von Kohorn '66, President of the Alumni Association, Sara Hastings '09, PA3's secretary, and Daniel Hayes-Patterson '09, PA3's technology chair.


The full write up of the award is as follows:


To the Princeton Area Alumni Association


It was 2008. The Princeton Area Alumni Association (PA3) had lain dormant for ten years. General consensus was that with the University and its manifold attractions in the backyard, Princeton-area alumni didn’t need an active organization to bring them together. And trying to persuade them otherwise involved a mass communication plan that was unsustainable. The PA3 was doomed.

Not so, believed a hardy band who were undaunted. Yes, a solid communications plan was essential to inform and engage area alumni. And now it was doable, with new technologies at hand. A simple blog-style website was created; a monthly broadcast e-newsletter was initiated; Facebook, and later Twitter, were added to the arsenal.

Communication was re-established, was effective, and yet somehow lacked energy. Enter the dynamic duo of Dan Hayes-Patterson ’09 and fiancee Sara Hastings ’09. In 2011, Dan was elected PA3’s Technology Chair and Sara its Secretary. The communications “dream team” was born.

Computer programmer Dan created a dynamic website so easy to use that even “non-techies” could post content with ease and with automatic prompts to post on Facebook and Twitter. Each page has a “Share” button. A multi-pronged communications approach came alive.

Sara oversees the content of communications, and the new website’s homepage reveals the wealth of material now generated. Information about community service, social activities, and careers. News and networking. Photos and fun. E-newsletters link to the site and the site in turn archives the e-newsletters. With PayPal, registering for events or ordering a PA3 t-shirt is just a click away. No surprise that website visits increased over 100% in a same-period comparison between 2011 and 2012, and dues paying membership has grown.

Through its revitalized communications, anchored by a dynamic website, and with its many opportunities for fellowship, the PA3 serves as a welcome companion not competitor to the best old place of all. The University benefits right along with the PA3’s membership of undergraduate and graduate alumni, parents of current and former students, and surviving partners of alumni. We are delighted to award the Princeton Area Alumni Association with the Alumni Council’s ACE Award for excellence in communications.

Alumni Council Alumni Relations & Communications Committee
Presented on 23 April 2013

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Private Tour: A Republic in the Wilderness


PA3 members are invited to a private curatorial tour of the upcoming exhibit at Firestone Library, on Tuesday 16 April 2013, from 5:45 to 7:00 PM at the Milberg Gallery in Firestone Library. 

Tour, hosted by Assistant Curator of Manuscripts Anna Chen, begins at 6; wine will be served.  Cost:  Free to PA3 members. 
RSVP to PrincetonAreaAlumni@gmail.com to reserve a spot.

February 22, 2013 through August 4, 2013

 A Republic in the Wilderness:
 Treasures of American History from Jamestown to Appomattox

Celebrates the people and events that created an enduring political union and shaped the American experience, beginning with early English settlement and contact with the native peoples, and then tracing the growth of the American nation to the end of the Civil War, against the background of evolving natural and built environments. The exhibition features some of Princeton's finest holdings of American historical manuscripts, autograph letters, rare books, maps, broadsides, prints, photographs, and other original materials preserved in the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections and the Scheide Library.


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Private Curatorial Tour: "A Republic in the Wilderness" @ Firestone Library ( Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 5:45 PM to 7:00 PM )

PA3 members are invited to a private curatorial tour of the upcoming exhibit at Firestone Library, on Tuesday 16 April 2013, from 5:45 to 7:00 PM at the Milberg Gallery in Firestone Library.

Tour, hosted by Assistant Curator of Manuscripts Anna Chen, begins at 6; wine will be served. Cost: Free to PA3 members.
RSVP to PrincetonAreaAlumni@gmail.com to reserve a spot.

February 22, 2013 through August 4, 2013

A Republic in the Wilderness:
Treasures of American History from Jamestown to Appomattox

Celebrates the people and events that created an enduring political union and shaped the American experience, beginning with early English settlement and contact with the native peoples, and then tracing the growth of the American nation to the end of the Civil War, against the background of evolving natural and built environments. The exhibition features some of Princeton's finest holdings of American historical manuscripts, autograph letters, rare books, maps, broadsides, prints, photographs, and other original materials preserved in the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections and the Scheide Library.

Location: First Floor, Harvey S. Firestone Library, Princeton University, One Washington Road, Princeton, NJ.
Cost: Free to members
Organized by: PA3 and Friends of the Princeton University Library

Posted by vsevolod over 7 years ago.

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