2018 ACADEMY AWARD® NOMINEE - BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
ABACUS: small enough to jail
When: Wednesday, May 2, 4:30PM - 6:30PM
Where: Princeton University, Whitman College Theatre
From Steve James - Director of Hoop Dreams and Life Itself
ABACUS: small enough to jail tells the incredible saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York. Accused of mortgage fraud by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Abacus becomes the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The indictment and subsequent trial forces the Sung family to defend themselves – and their bank’s legacy in the Chinatown community – over the course of a five-year legal battle."
Chanterelle Sung '00 plays herself in this Oscar nominated documentary. She and her sisters Jill and Vera will visit Princeton and after the movie, serve on a Q&A panel moderated by Professor Beth Lew-Williams and Joyce Chen Shueh '96. Of the four Sung sisters, three were trained as lawyers, the fourth a physician — including Jill Sung, the bank’s chief executive, and Vera Sung, a director of the bank — and Chanterelle ‘00 who ironically once worked in the district attorney’s office that prosecuted the case.
Film Showing of "Abacus - small enough to jail" (
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 4:30 PM to
The incredible saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York. Accused of mortgage fraud by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Abacus becomes the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The indictment and subsequent trial forces the Sung family to defend themselves – and their bank’s legacy in the Chinatown community – over the course of a five-year legal battle."
Members of the Sung family will be available after the screening for a Q&A.
Location: Princeton Univ., Whitman College Theatre
Professor, Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania
“Technical Innovations in Data Driven Medicine:
Cross Validating Methods In Disease Detection, Diagnosis & Treatment”
Smart phones and other wearable sensors, increasingly embedded in everyday life, have spurred rapid accumulation of our daily life data. While machine learning algorithms, derived from this data, have yet to make a major impact on medical decision making, they do hold promise and are increasingly used in studies of: cardiovascular disease, falls, measuring rehabilitation outcomes in stroke and amputees, monitoring Parkinson’s disease symptoms and detecting depression. But how reliable are these algorithms and how should they be evaluated? Dr. Kording will discuss these new data sources; emerging methods to gauge their reliability; and the awesome possibilities they empower for human health.
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.
Professor, Operations Research & Financial Engineering
“Autonomous Vehicles: Where Are We Going & How Will We Get There?
De-Fogging Your Shift from a Drive to a Trip”
Now that ubiquitous mobility for everyone is no longer a distant hypothetical, it’s time to consider the impacts of this coming transition on most of our lives. No one is better equipped to guide us through the complexities of this multi-faceted subject than Professor Alain Kornhauser, Faculty Chair of PAVE (Princeton Autonomous Vehicle Engineering). After introducing us to the terms; the technologies & role of deep learning; the major players & early adopters, his talk will explore economic/social costs & gains; the challenge of scaling; the milestones necessary for market acceptance --- and finally, the mechanics of managing it all.
Assistant Professor, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
“Crowd Control: Swarm Engineering for Medicine & Biotechnology”
Daniel is returning to Princeton University as a new professor in the MAE Department, having earned his BSE in Mechanical Engineering – and completed joint Bioengineering doctoral work at UC Berkeley and UCSF, and post-doctoral training in Biology at Stanford. After research spanning bio-inspired robotics, dinosaur mechanics, genetic engineering, surgical implant design and nanotechnology, his focus has now turned to tissue engineering and biomaterials design: applying concepts from swarm theory (bird flocking and sheep herding) to develop new biomedical tools and techniques. After introducing swarm theory and its application to cellular systems, his talk will feature case studies from bioelectricity, biomaterials and machine learning that demonstrate how applying “swarm engineering” may transform how we: interact with living cells, heal ourselves and understand diseases.
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