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Apr. 7, 2010

Vol. 110, No. 11

Alumni Scene
Noel Valero ’82 *86 founded and leads a nonprofit organization that raises money for research on dystonia, a neurological movement disorder.

Finding a new purpose

Noel Valero ’82 *86 is raising awareness for a little-known disease

Published in the Apr. 7, 2010, issue

When Noel Valero ’82 *86 was diagnosed in 2007 with dystonia — a movement disorder whose symptoms and excruciating pain eventually prevented him from working — he thought his chance to make a difference in the world had passed him by. Doctors told him at the...Read more
 The winning entry in PAW’s constrained-writing contest was submitted by Justin Werfel ’99 (below left), who used all the tiles in a Scrabble set (including two blanks) exactly once.

Wordplay winners

In PAW’s contest, a Scrabble entry takes the prize

Published in the Apr. 7, 2010, issue

Justin Werfel ’99 is a man of many talents. He spends his days as a scientist in “bioinspired robotics” at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard. At Princeton, he was a juggler and a member of the University Band. And now he adds...Read more
Dan Feyer ’99, 2010 American Crossword Puzzle Tournament champion.

The king of crosswords

Published in the Apr. 7, 2010, issue

Solving a difficult crossword puzzle is challenging enough. Try doing it on stage, in front of hundreds of spectators — in less than eight minutes. Impossible? Not for Dan Feyer ’99, the 2010 Ameri­can Crossword Puzzle Tourna­ment champion. Feyer, a musician...Read more
Leo Damrosch *68 translated into English for the first time details from Tocqueville’s letters and notebooks.

Observing America

Leo Damrosch *68 chronicles the adventures of Tocqueville

Published in the Apr. 7, 2010, issue

In 1831 a pair of French 20-somethings set off on a road trip through the young United States. Alexis de Tocqueville was the sensitive, introspective, and brilliant son of an aristocratic family that could trace its heritage back to the time of William the...Read more


Published in the Apr. 7, 2010, issue

Author ROBERT CARO ’57 and artist FRANK STELLA ’58 were among the 20 National Medal of the Arts and National Humanities Medal recipients honored by President Barack Obama at the White House Feb. 25. Caro, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, received the...Read more
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Red Families v. Blue Families: Legal Polarization and the Creation of Culture

By Naomi Cahn ’79 and June Carbone ’75

(Oxford) The authors, family-law scholars, examine differences in family structure and sexual values in Republican and Democratic strongholds that influence political allegiances. Among their findings: “red” states have higher...

The Dream of Perpetual Motion

By Dexter Palmer *01

(St. Martin’s Press) In this debut novel, greeting-card writer and narrator Harold Winslow finds himself imprisoned on a zeppelin that is powered by a perpetual-motion machine. Accompanying him are the disembodied voice of...
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