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Vol. LXII, No. 40
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
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Princeton Day School junior Dan Shipper is attending the Democratic national convention in Denver. A member of Junior Statesmen of America, he is one of about 250 students chosen to attend from across the country. Dan, who left on Sunday, reported that he was “really excited about this ground-breaking convention,” which is expected to be the largest convention ever, with some 70,000 people in attendance.

Emily Medvin, daughter of Princeton residents Harriet Kass and Alan Medvin, was named to the Dean’s List at Northwestern University in Chicago for the spring quarter of the 2007-08 academic year.

Ali Thompson, daughter of James and Kathleen Thompson of Princeton, was named to the 2007-08 dean’s list at Lawrence University, in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Princeton resident and InfectDetect CEO Christine Grant became Chair-elect of the American Bar Association’s 14,000 member Science and Technology Section at its recent meeting in New York. The Science and Technology Section works on emerging issues at the intersection of law and science ranging from robotics  artificial intelligence, to pandemic planning to international cyber law and virtual reality. InfectDetect distributes diagnostic tests and safe food preparation gear, and provides services to prevent emerging infectious disease. Ms. Grant is a former New Jersey State Commissioner of Health and Senior Services and has worked for five New Jersey Governors.

Princeton-based Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D) Senior Planner George Kerscher is among the first recipients of the Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award from the National Federation of the Blind. This award recognizes individuals and organizations working in the blindness community who have “made outstanding contributions toward achieving the full and equitable integration of individuals who are blind into society.” Gary Wunder, secretary of the National Federation of the Blind and chairman of the Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award Committee, presented the award to Dr. Kerscher and commended him by saying, “Dr. George Kerscher has been a tireless and effective advocate for full and equal access… his work has helped to give us access to the printed word to a degree that has never before been possible in all of human history. These efforts have substantially increased the ability of blind Americans to become productive members of society and to compete with our sighted peers, and that is why Dr. Kerscher’s work is deserving of the Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award.” The award is named for the first man with congenital blindness to receive a medical license.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Mercer recently elected four new board members: Harris Adams, C. Elizabeth Leach, Karen L. Marquis, and John Monahan. “Each of these four individuals brings a profound interest in the investment in a stronger mental health community,” said NAMI Mercer Board of Directors President William P. Hayes. “They understand the impact of mental health providers on the lives of families coping with mental illness.” Ms. Leach is the Director of Network Development, Princeton House Behavioral Health. NAMI Mercer is a nonprofit organization of families and individuals working to improve the lives of those affected by mental illness through education, advocacy, and mutual support.

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