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July6, 2011

Vol. 111, No. 15

Alumni Scene
A girl in Ghana holds an e-reader provided by

Out of Amazon, into Africa

David Risher ’87 brings e-readers to developing nations

Published in the July6, 2011, issue

What if you gave preloaded e-readers to students in developing nations? What would be the impact on the children — and on publishers? Those are among the questions being explored by, a nonprofit organization co-founded by David Risher...Read more
 “We’re living in a highly engineered era ... where potential failure looms,” says Joel Achenbach ’82.

Stopping the BP oil spill

Joel Achenbach ’82 re-creates the disaster and looks at lessons learned

Published in the July6, 2011, issue

When writing a book about the BP oil spill — a highly technical subject he researched at hyperspeed — Washington Post writer Joel Achenbach ’82 relied on a simple rule: Never pretend to know more than you did. The first obstacle facing Achenbach as he...Read more


Published in the July6, 2011, issue

“Worms From Hell!” — a B-movie title? Wrong — it’s the (loose) translation of the name of a half-millimeter worm species discovered by Princeton geoscientist TULLIS ONSTOTT *81 more than a mile underground in South Africa. The species, Halicephalobus...Read more
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The Medusa Amulet

By Robert Masello ’74

(Bantam Books) In this supernatural thriller, librarian and Renaissance scholar David Franco sets out to recover a legendary and long-lost Renaissance artifact: a silver mirror made by Italian sculptor Benvenuto Cellini that...

New Traditional Architecture: Ferguson & Shamamian Architects: City and Country Residences

By Mark Ferguson *82 and Oscar Shamamian, with a foreword by Richard Guy Wilson

(Rizzoli New York) This monograph dedicated to the work of the authors’ New York-based architectural firm features many of the houses they have designed. Accompanying the descriptions of the buildings are large color...

Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids: Why Being a Great Parent Is Less Work and More Fun Than You Think

By Bryan Caplan *97

(Basic Books) The author tells parents to relax and have more kids — they’ll make you happier. Parenting does not have to be as burdensome and expensive a chore as it has become, he says. By analyzing adoption and twin...
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