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Home thoughts for fall 62




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How meditation is changing the lives of adolescents everywhere 34



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ON THE COVER: Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center. The addition of the Princeton HealthCare System will make it the sixth hospital in the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Photo courtesy of University of Pennsylvania Health System.





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| FROM THE PUBLISHER Welcome to your Fall Issue of Princeton Magazine, and this is an exciting one! Let’s start with a report on an event last May, The Women’s College Club of Princeton’s annual reception to award college scholarships to Princeton’s brightest women high school graduates. Each year the event is held in the great room in the beautiful home of Ginny Mason. Beverly Kestenis, chair of the scholarship committee, introduced one of the awardees as follows, “Our next winner is Alexa, who will be studying public health at the University of Pittsburgh,” whereupon came a booming voice from the kitchen, “What would you like to know about public health?” This “party crasher” startled everyone, and then Ginny apologized that she had forgotten to turn off her Amazon Alexa, just one of a host of new artificial intelligence appliances for the home. William Uhl’s story, “Smart Homes Can Be Safe Homes,” examines the security behind an array of smart home devices. Read it…and feel safer. If this accelerating hi-tech world is not for you, then come with us back to a different time and a different inventiveness — with the comic art of Rube Goldberg. Ilene Dube tells us about a fascinating and captivating new exhibit at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia in her story, “The Art of Making Things Complex,” and she also adds a local touch with her interview of Rube Goldberg’s great-grandson. Around the time that Rube Goldberg was designing his comical devices, right here in Princeton, a very serious architect, Rolf Bauhan, was beginning to design custom homes along with many important institutional buildings, both here in Princeton and in other parts of the country. He also undertook the renovation and repurposing of many buildings. Besides the treasure of his built work, there is another treasure in all of his drawings, which his son donated to be archived by the Historical Society of Princeton. In her story, Anne Levin has collected some interesting perspectives on Bauhan’s work and the extraordinary detailing and quality that was found in every project. I met Mr. Bauhan when he was a customer in my mother’s Nassau Street florist shop, The Flower Basket. It was the holiday season and I was asked to help him carry some plants to his car. As we walked, we chatted about what an architect does. I was all of 12 years old, and he was a true gentleman to even talk with me. Rolf Bauhan was a Princeton graduate, Class of 1914, who roomed with the famous hockey legend Hobart “Hobey” Baker and went into World War I with him. Baker did not come back, but Bauhan returned to Princeton to receive the very first master of fine arts from the School of Architecture in 1921. Forty years later I received my own MFA from the same school. Princeton is a very special place in the world of architects, and some of the most famous have gone to its school and taught there, including the recently deceased Robert Venturi. Princeton Magazine is pleased to have the art and the profession of architecture as a continuing theme for our readers. Of course, the cover story of this issue is about the merger of University Medical Center of Princeton into Penn Medicine, one of the finest and most modern medical systems in the country. Wendy Greenberg’s story about the Princeton community hospital morphing into a major health care community gives a terrific account of what can best be described as a “merger without a whimper.” The merger’s success is due to the thoroughness of research and the “desire to be among the best” that was led by Barry Rabner, the president and CEO of Penn Medicine Princeton Health. You may remember that Barry graced one of the earliest covers of Princeton Magazine after Lynn Adams Smith and I purchased the magazine and moved it to Princeton. Looking very determined, Barry was standing on a pile of dirt surrounded by big yellow bulldozers as ground was broken on the new University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. Barry led the fundraising effort, which far exceeded expectations to build the new hospital, and he also led the design team, of which I was a member, in creating a truly state-of-the-art medical facility that incorporated every possible aspect to ensure the best patient experience. Barry wanted every patient to feel like they were in a luxury hotel. With the merger into the University of Pennsylvania Health System, the new Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center can now deliver more comprehensive





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medical services with one of the nation’s foremost data sharing systems to ensure fast and patient-friendly information. It is truly impressive! In the meantime, back on the Princeton side of Route 1, at the University, Professor Robert Prud’homme has been developing approaches to deliver extensive quantities of drugs to combat malaria and deadly bacteria that afflict child populations in the developing world. The Gates Foundation is collaborating with Dr. Prud’homme to help him get the cost of these drugs down to less than 50 cents per dose. Donald Gilpin’s story on “Professor Prud’homme and the Pediatric Drug Project” delivers an inspiring perspective on the process this brilliant and yet congenial scientist has been developing over the last 15 years. Along with all of this exciting medical news, as part of our healthy living issue you will find a very interesting set of stories by Taylor Smith. Starting with the youngest “patients” in this series is a story, “Finding Silence in a Not So Silent World,” about the importance of silent meditation for adolescents. The story discusses the work of David Lynch and his foundation, headed by CEO Bob Roth, and their efforts to bring meditation to a population that needs it to deal with today’s rapid-paced environment. Moving up the age chain, Taylor discusses how to “Build Mental and Physical Toughness with Boxing, Kickboxing, and Strength Training.” Just one look at the character on the first page of that article and you will become a convert! Then, Taylor addresses a common problem for the older generations in her “Exploring Ways to Sleep Better Naturally,” and suggests some fascinating ways to get a solid eight hours in every night. Try it, you might like it. Finally, Taylor reports on a new shingles vaccine that offers lifetime protection from this uncomfortable condition, especially for the older set. As you browse through your magazine, catch up on our Area Happenings for the busy fall season, check out the Book Scene highlighting some interesting architecturally-oriented books about the home, and enjoy the elegant Well-Designed Life. Also, give our advertisers a good look and then follow it up with some “buy local” business for them. Lynn Adams Smith and I hope you enjoy this issue and the autumn ahead. And one last thing: BE SURE TO VOTE! Respectfully yours,

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Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center was formerly known as the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. The hospital was a member of the Princeton HealthCare System, which was formally incorporated into the University of Pennsylvania Health System in 2018. The addition of the Princeton HealthCare System will make it the sixth hospital in the University of Pennsylvania Health System.


pproaching its 100th anniversary, the former Princeton Hospital, which has treated so many, was itself put to the test. Six years ago, the beloved Witherspoon Street hospital closed, replaced by a gleaming glass structure on the other side of Route 1. The new building is a mere three miles away, but to some, it felt much further. Then, last January, the hospital, which had been renamed University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, and the entire Princeton HealthCare System, joined the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which is based not just across a highway, but in another state. The hospital was again renamed, and is now Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center, part of a leading academic medical system. After the announcement last January, Barry Rabner, president and CEO, Penn Medicine Princeton Health — which includes the hospital — waited for concerned reactions from the community. He was ready and energized to talk about how joining with Penn Medicine would expand health care choices, while maintaining the local hospital feeling. He’s still waiting. “The physicians and employees couldn’t be more enthusiastic. The board is pleased with the integration,” he says. “Does it feel less personal? It really does not.” PATIENT IMPRESSION

Somerset area resident Sue Panacek experienced the hospital before and after the merger: the first time two years ago, and again this past May. The first stay was for a total right hip replacement due to advanced osteoarthritis. She stayed two nights. This past May she underwent surgery to replace her left hip and stayed one night. The 45-year-old Panacek says both stays were “phenomenal experiences” and the care was exceptional. “I was impressed with the cleanliness, the collaboration, and every staff member was personable.” After two weeks, she walked on her own, and today Panacek is fully recovered and busy with her 8-year-old twins, full-time job, and keeping fit in spin class. She admitted she was not sure what to expect the second time, when the hospital was affiliated with Penn Medicine, but she says she had a “very positive experience.”


It has now been about 10 months since Princeton HealthCare System officially joined the University of Pennsylvania Health System. The eye-catching Penn Medicine logo seen from Route 1 seems to fit with the previously-built building. “It was fate,” says Rabner. The newly-minted Penn Medicine Princeton Health includes the 231-patient room Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center, Princeton House Behavioral Health, Princeton HomeCare, and the Princeton Medicine physician network. The spectrum of care includes acute care hospital services, behavioral health care, rehabilitation, home care, hospice care, ambulatory surgery, and fitness and wellness services. It joins the University of Pennsylvania Health System’s patient care facilities including the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; Penn Presbyterian Medical Center; Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; Pennsylvania Hospital, Good Shepherd Penn Partners; and a network of outpatient and physician practice sites throughout the Philadelphia and South Jersey region. Many Princeton area residents grew up with Princeton Hospital, which evolved from two rooms that opened in 1901 on Witherspoon Street. By 1908, the small facility had expanded to a cottage on Bayard Lane, and by 1919, two generous donors gave five acres of land nearby for a town hospital, which boasted a staff of five doctors. As the area outgrew the facility, Princeton residents raised some $600,000 for a new building at Witherspoon and Franklin streets, which opened in 1928. The hospital and its affiliates grew to become desirable properties — during a two-year process when the hospital administration explored 17 possible partners, University Medical Center was recognized as a best regional hospital and ranked in the top 10 in New Jersey and top 20 in the New York metro region in every year since 2015-2016 by U.S. News & World Report. So why the need to change anything? “What we do, we’re doing really, really well,” says Rabner. “But we’re expecting changes in health care, and we need to be ready.”


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Celebrating the merger last January, are, from left, Ralph W. Muller, CEO UPHS; Barry Rabner, president and CEO, Penn Medicine Princeton Health; Kim J. Pimley, chair, Penn Medicine Princeton Health Board of Trustees; Peter Cantu, mayor, Plansboro Township, and J. Larry Jameson, dean of the Perleman School of Medicine and executive vice president of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System.

in recruiting specialists who seek a research community. “We can now attract physicians who would not be isolated as specialists,” says Rabner. For example, recruiting an OB/GYN oncology surgeon, and a microvascular reconstructive surgeon, was easier with Penn Medicine as a draw. Another benefit is that a larger system creates a smooth transition when going from one provider to another, from the Princeton emergency room through the complete stages of care. “The new partnership between Penn Medicine and Princeton Health has helped solidify Penn Medicine’s commitment to serving patients throughout our region, including New Jersey, where approximately 25 percent of our patients and 30 percent of Penn Medicine employees live,” says IMPACT OF THE MERGER University of Pennsylvania Health System ON RESIDENTS Chief Executive Officer Ralph W. Muller. “Together we’ve been able to help more What does the merger mean for Princeton patients in our region access quality care area residents who see Penn Medicine while remaining close to home whenever Princeton Health-affiliated physicians, or possible. Now that our health systems are come to the emergency room? integrated, patients in the Princeton area What they get, says Rabner, is advanced also have easy access to Penn Medicine’s clinical care. “Our goal here is to provide innovative clinical trials, and to seamlessly 80 percent of what people need as well as receive advanced treatments such as or better than anyone else. The other 20 transplant surgery or proton therapy. These percent — the most complex services — patients may need to come to Philadelphia Founded in 1751 by Benjamin Franklin and Dr. Thomas Bond, Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, can be gotten at Penn Medicine.” Pa., is the earliest established public hospital in the United States. It is also home to America’s first for portions of their care, but we are Second, patients can benefit from current surgical amphitheatre, and its first medical library. The hospital’s main building, dating to 1756, is a committed to helping them return home as medical research. Penn Medicine received National Historic Landmark. quickly as possible to continue their care almost $750 million in research funding for with their local clinicians at Princeton. “ fiscal year 2018, according to the Penn Medicine website. Its Abramson Cancer Center provides advanced treatment options in cancers such as clinical trials, A NATIONAL TREND immunotherapy, and much more. Additionally, the advantage of an academic research university is that it helps Opinions on the national trend in hospital mergers and acquisitions are varied. An

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Like the fading corner grocery and family-owned drugstore, the landscape has changed in health care, too. In 2002, Princeton Hospital’s Comprehensive Strategic Plan recommended replacing the building. When the next strategic planning process began after the move, it was decidedly a different process, said Rabner. “We tried to understand how care was likely to be delivered in the future. In terms of changes in clinical care, technology, pharmaceuticals, and reimbursement, we concluded that we ought to be part of a large, not-for-profit academic health care system for us to continue to be successful in the future. “ The plan to join Penn Medicine was announced in 2016, and, following regulatory approvals, moved head in January, 2018.


The Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine and Smilow Center for Translational Research on the campus of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia

avalanche of articles in health care newsletters, journals, and publications either praise the merger movement or raise potential concerns, which include health care being administered by fewer institutions, and warn of inefficiencies of larger staffs, possibly resulting in higher costs. “The benefits of scale actually reduce the costs of care passed on to the consumer,” says Rabner. “Costs are contained with a large system in purchasing pharmaceuticals, supplies, insurance — just as a few examples — to a significant degree. In our case, the scale of the Penn Medicine system has absolutely contained our costs.” In 2017, the New Jersey Hospital Association shared a study by the American Hospital Association that concluded that hospital mergers across the nation have resulted in significant cost savings, and have the potential to advance quality improvements. The traditional fee-for-service is believed to have contributed to the high cost of health care in the past. But the proliferation of Alternative Payment Mechanisms (APMS) reward providers for providing high quality and cost-efficient care. “The result is that providers will be motivated to deliver quality care,” Rabner says. “RENAISSANCE” HOSPITAL CEO

Rabner, who has been at Princeton for 16 years, is a sort of Renaissance CEO. He was an undergraduate zoology and chemistry major, and then went to the L’University de Paris du Sorbonne to study French and Western civilization before earning a master’s degree in public administration from Rutgers University. He follows in the footsteps of his mother, who was a nurse for more than 60 years. He has also held several administrative positions in the Philadelphia health care arena. A board member of the Center for Healthcare Design, Rabner has incorporated best design practices into the new hospital, including providing natural light for patient rooms, art, fresh air, and microbial fabrics, all of which can contribute to recovery and reduce infection. Rabner also teaches a class at Rider University (where he serves on the board of trustees) on leading the hospital of the future. Princeton’s decision to seek a partner and join Penn Medicine was based on considering the future of health care. For one thing, says Rabner, the future holds a growing use of telemedicine, and fewer beds.


In the future, the 60 percent of care provided today on an outpatient basis is expected to increase. Hip replacements, like the surgeries Sue Panacek underwent, are moving in that direction. Since 1992, there were 107 hospitals in the state — now there are 73 acute care hospitals, according to the New Jersey Hospital Association. Information technology is expanding. In fact, Penn Medicine Princeton Health is part of a new $70 million data sharing system called PennChart. Its software allows every doctor and patient in any location immediate access to all medical information. Over time, the patients suffering from complex issues such as cancer, neurology, and cardiac care will be more likely to see a hospital stay. “Part of the current strategic planning is ‘how can we provide more comprehensive care?’” says Rabner. Also evolving is continuum of care, and incentives for systems to better coordinate with each other. There are new reimbursement systems that bundle doctor office visits, hospital, surgery, subacute care, and acute rehabilitation through to home care. A larger system can better influence the major components of the transition, Rabner says, and provide navigators (like social workers) who guide patients through the continuum. “With how quickly health care is evolving, you have to have the organizational ability to think through plans for the future,” says Rabner. “There are people with extraordinary expertise at Penn. All that talent is here now.” The Penn Medicine Access Center, scheduled to open this fall, will make all arrangements for the patient, who is assigned a navigator to shepherd them through the system, particularly in cancer care. A patient seen in the Emergency Department by a neurologist who consults with Penn, and needs surgical intervention, can be flown to Penn in 20 minutes from a new helipad on the Princeton campus. “Even before this transport, the care teams have already been talking to each other, looking at the same information at the same time,” says Rabner. “Twenty minutes. You can barely get your car out of Princeton in 20 minutes. It doesn’t get better than that.”


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| PROFILES IN HEALTHCARE Q&A with Dr. John Epstein of Princeton Eye Group

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Interview by Taylor Smith

Describe your area of specialty at Princeton Eye Group and your educational background. I specialize in comprehensive ophthalmology, and most often perform LASIK and cataract surgeries. I did my undergraduate studies at Princeton University, majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, in addition to my pre-medical studies. I then received my medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where my love of ophthalmology began. I completed my residency at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. Where are Princeton Eye Group’s offices located and what makes them unique? We have offices in Princeton, Monroe, and Somerset. Our offices are geographically located to be most convenient for our patients, and all of the offices are well equipped for general eye care. All of our subspecialists travel to each office as well. Because of our large size and volume, we are constantly improving and updating our diagnostic and treatment equipment so our patients receive nothing but the best care. Where are corrective surgeries most commonly performed? All cataract surgeries are performed at the Surgery Center of Central NJ, a fantastic facility that is part of the Wills Eye Hospital Surgical


Network and has been in business for more than 20 years. What makes it so special is that only eye surgeries are done there, so everyone is extremely knowledgeable in terms of how to get the patient most comfortably and safely through their respective surgery. The staff is both compassionate and competent, and they always have smiles on their faces. The equipment and facilities are second to none, and the infection and complication rate in the center is one of the lowest in the entire network. LASIK is performed at the Wills Laser Vision at Princeton Center above our Princeton office, which is a dedicated laser suite built from scratch for that purpose and only that purpose. Again state-of-the-art comes to mind, making the patient experience and results among the best in the region. What is the Retinal Diagnostic and Laser Center at Princeton Eye Group? The Retinal Diagnostic and Laser Center at Princeton Eye Group is dedicated to the treatment of retina and vitreous problems, and the preservation of retinal health. Its medical director, Samuel M. Liu, MD, PhD, has constantly provided the latest treatments for conditions such as agerelated macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal vascular occlusion, among other conditions. The center uses the most advanced diagnostic equipment and techniques like HD-OCT, ultrasonography, and angiography to evaluate retinal issues. Then, depending on each patient’s needs, the latest medical and/or surgical treatment options are instituted. The center has several state-of-the-art lasers that are used for treatments of the eye and retina. These are typically utilized for retinal holes and tears, as well as for treating diabetic retinal conditions

and retinal blood vessel disorders. The center also provides treatments for macular degeneration using the latest techniques and medications. “There is nothing more gratifying,” says Dr. Liu, “than seeing a patient ‘s vision and life dramatically improve. The most recent advances in retinal care are incorporated into every aspect of our practice.” In addition to his work at Princeton Eye Group, Dr. Liu is also currently the chairman of ophthalmology at Princeton Medical Center. Why is it so important for patients to find the right eye doctor when seeking any form of treatment? These days cataract and LASIK surgery is not a “one size fits all” situation. There are many new lenses, techniques, and technologies available, and much confusion surrounding them as to how to choose. For example, cataract surgery is primarily designed to restore the health of the eye, but it has also become an opportunity to reduce dependence on glasses. Patients who may never have been a LASIK candidate can now enjoy a similar or better benefit after cataract surgery, and that is very exciting. It can also be overwhelming. A patient can only ask a few friends or read a handful of reviews online. I am their navigator. When they see me, they benefit from the thousands and thousands of patients I have done surgery on over the last 15 years. I know the “lay of the land,” and I can use that experience, along with input from them, to help them choose the technology that will make them the happiest. This takes time, patience, and compassion. A trusting relationship between patient and provider is also critical to this success. I strive to treat my patients like they were my family member going through the same thing, and my only goal is for the patient to be happy.


Q&A with M. Ilhan Uzel, DMD, DSc, Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology at Mercer Center for Implants and Periodontics at Princeton

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Interview by Taylor Smith Where is your practice located, and what attracted you to Princeton? Mercer Center for Implants and Periodontics at Princeton is located at 601 Ewing Street, Suite B-15. My specialty is periodontics. The central location of Princeton makes it a natural hub for business, health care, and entertainment. In addition, the presence of world-renowned Princeton University and international companies enhances Princeton’s aura. Nevertheless, I had long noticed the need for a clinician with my background in Princeton area; a board-certified periodontist, academician, and scientist who can provide the best available care to his patients with a gentle touch.

soft tissues, nerve pathways, and bones. Thus, our diagnostic ability is significantly enhanced. In addition, the radiation exposure is low with our advanced CBCT machine. Another one is a digital dental scanner that generates digital impressions. This also represents cutting-edge technology that allows dentists to create a virtual, computergenerated replica of the hard and soft tissues in the mouth. The digital technology captures a clear and highly accurate impression in minutes, without the need for the traditional impression materials that some patients find inconvenient and messy. Thus, we provide a direct service to our referring dentist and patients. One other technology is a Piezo machine, which allows me to perform procedures for maxillary sinus augmentation, place dental implants, extract teeth at difficult positions, perform bone graft procedures, and perform a procedure to reduce orthodontic treatment time. All of these not only increase our patients’ experience and satisfaction, but also help with the predictability of lifelong results.

As a scientist, published author, former professor, and board-certified periodontist, what makes your perspective unique among other New Jersey-area physicians? I have been involved in all aspects of dentistry: as a scientist on bone, connective tissue, and cancer cells; an author of scientific articles and book chapters; a teacher for 11 years to many successful dentists for periodontal and implant surgical treatment; and as a clinician for 25 years who has performed more than 10,000 procedures. Periodontics and implant dentistry involve technically-demanding procedures. However, completing a procedure may not always guarantee an outcome. Hence, a periodontist and implant dentist must have a deep understanding of biological events that occur after the completion of each procedure. That is how a patient can be functionally and esthetically satisfied and not need additional treatment for a long-term good result. My unique background, in combination with the technology available in my practice, gives me the full scope for the diagnosis and creation of predictable treatment plans with lifelong and comfortable results.

You conduct gingival (gum) grafts, bone grafts, dental implants, and surgical and non-surgical procedures to treat periodontitis/gum disease. What should someone do if they are concerned about the health of their gums? Periodontal/gum disease is a chronic condition that is caused by certain kinds of bacteria/plaque that live in the mouth. Periodontitis is the more advanced form. The prevalence of periodontal disease, according to findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is 50 percent among Americans aged 30 or older. This is approximately 64.7 million Americans. Since it is a chronic condition it occurs over a longer time, and patients who have periodontitis may not always feel discomfort. Smokers have periodontitis frequently, and it is directly associated with diabetes and may be contributory to heart disease. Periodontitis may also be associated with bleeding gums and/or bad breath. People who are concerned about their gums should take action before final symptoms like pain or swelling occur. A good way of doing this is by getting routine dental checkups done with their general dentists. Typically, general dentists refer their patients for periodontal treatment to a periodontist, ideally to a board-certified one. Meanwhile, patients can take the initiative themselves and simply contact us at Mercer Center for Implants and Periodontics at Princeton to get a periodontal/gum evaluation

Mercer Center for Implants and Periodontics at Princeton uses the latest machinery in X-ray technology. Please describe the use, benefits, and applications of this technology when it comes to patient healing and experience. In our practice, we use the latest technologies that perfect our clinical precision. Thus, the patient’s experience is significantly improved with minimized discomfort and maximized good results. One of those is a 3-D dental cone beam computed tomography (CBCT). This advanced imaging machine allows us to virtually evaluate three-dimensional images of our patients’ teeth,

if they have bleeding gums, bad breath, missing teeth, and gum recessions. You state that you are available 24 hours a day to your patients in need. What does caring, gentle, and thorough patient care and treatment mean to you? We take pride in providing the highest-level quality clinical work at our practice. It requires a team effort to make it happen, and involves a careful approach before, during, and after each procedure we perform. Understanding that most treatments we propose to our patients are new to them, we are always available for our patients to answer their questions and concerns. We always communicate with our referring dentists at every step, and, if necessary, we make sure that medical aspects of our treatment are well covered with our patients’ physicians. We aim to reduce stress levels for our patients prior to our clinical work and make every effort to create a comfortable environment in our office. In addition, the combination of my precise and prudent clinical work and the advanced technology and materials I use reduces trauma significantly. Thus, that helps with minimal discomfort during the healing period. However, like any medical science, individual variations among patients may affect healing and/or discomfort levels. For that reason, each patient I treat should and can contact me directly anytime. As necessary, we make sure that our patients receive follow up until the point when they feel comfortable and completely healed. Personally, I put myself in my patients’ shoes and treat everybody the best way possible before, during, and after a procedure or — as one of my beloved patients once said — as I would treat my loved ones.


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| PROFILES IN HEALTHCARE Q&A with Adam H. Hamawy, MD, FACS of Princeton Plastic Surgeons Interview by Taylor Smith

I work at Princeton Plastic Surgeons, which is located at 106 Stanhope Street in Princeton Forrestal Village. I chose Princeton mainly because it is not far from where I grew up in Old Bridge, N.J. This is basically home for me. It also, as everyone who lives here knows, happens to be very strategically located. This part of New Jersey is beautiful and the people are as diverse and intelligent as any large city in the country. It is about 50 miles from both New York City and Philadelphia which is close enough to enjoy but far enough to give me room to build a practice.

long waiting list for cosmetic surgery, which was available at reduced prices when time and space were available. The volume of procedures and the breadth of practice allowed me to perfect the skills that I had gained during my training. The crossover also gave me the perspective of seeing a patient who needs reconstruction as a cosmetic patient who wants to look their best and where attention to fine details matter, even if it’s only in the patient’s perception. I also see the patient with cosmetic concerns at a much deeper level. I don’t just look at the surface and what bothers them, but I try to assess and address all their underlying structures and how that impacts what we all see. I know it is not all about lifting and pulling, but also about building a solid foundation and building on that.

Describe your educational background, time in the military, and how that has informed and impacted your practice as a plastic surgeon. As I mentioned, I grew up in New Jersey, where I went to high school then did my undergrad and medical school at Rutgers University (what used to be called the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey). I then ventured across the Hudson and completed my general surgery internship and residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital–Cornell. When I finished my training in 2003, the U.S. had just entered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the armed forces wanted surgeons who can manage trauma. That is when I entered active duty in the U.S. Army, where I served three years and was deployed in Iraq with the 31st Combat Support Hospital in 2004 as a combat trauma surgeon. That is where I became interested in plastic surgery. I saw devastating injuries to the face and body and realized that just saving these lives was not enough. They need a lot of reconstruction to restore their lives and make them look and feel normal again. At that time, the U.S. Army only had 12 plastic surgeons, so they were more than happy when I volunteered to get trained. After I got back, the military sent me to best plastic surgery training program in the country, UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. There, I learned under masters of both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Besides my time in Iraq, it was probably the most intense and busy time in my life. After a tour in Iraq and two years in Dallas, there wasn’t anything that I could not handle. The rest of my time in the military was spent working with service members and their families. In addition to complex reconstructions there was a


In what ways do you seek to build trust and understanding between yourself and your patients? Give a specific example of how technology has helped to build trust and understanding between patient and physician as it relates to outcome and expectations. We all think that plastic surgery is about making people look better, but that is not really what it is all about. I believe that the goal of plastic surgery is to allow individuals to feel better about themselves. Sometimes the physical changes that we make are so subtle that others don’t notice them, or are hidden under clothes and others don’t see them. But if the patient notices and sees it and is happy, then that is all that matters. Conversely, if I inject a filler, reshape a nose, or enhance a breast and the patient is not happy, then it really doesn’t matter how good it looks, I still have a problem. That is why I think it is very important to get know my patients and understand what they want. How can I make them happy otherwise? One of the best tools for communication that technology has now been able to help with is three-dimensional digital simulations. This allows us to communicate better

and actually visualize what we were previously only able to describe in words. It takes the ambiguity out of terms like “natural,” “too big,” or “smaller.” When someone asks for a smaller straighter nose I can show them what I can realistically achieve with a procedure and he or she can say that is right or not. Or when a woman asks for larger breasts that look “natural” I can show her a simulation of her own image of what she herself would likely look like with a specific implant down to the catalog number. Now she can respond and say to me that it looks too big, too small, or just right. Now the expectations and my abilities are aligned and chances of disappointment are reduced. We couldn’t do that before. Where are your surgical procedures conducted and how would you characterize the difference between a surgical procedure that is purely cosmetic in nature vs. a procedure that is medically needed to improve the quality of a patient’s life? Most of the minor procedures are performed in the office, and I perform most of my larger procedures at the hospital. It really comes down to safety and patient comfort. I also sometimes operate out of one the many ambulatory surgery centers that are in the area. In my mind, there really isn’t a major difference between “cosmetic” and “reconstructive” plastic surgery. They both have to be taken equally as serious. Most patients come because they have real complaint that makes them unhappy. Quaility of life can be dramatically improved and confidence restored even when there is no “medical” indication. Cosmetic surgery is still surgery and complications can happen. So they have to be handled with as much attention to detail and care as any medical procedure. Disasters happen when patients and doctors characterize them differently and try to cut costs and corners because they didn’t take them as seriously. What are some of your most popular MedSpa offerings and where and by whom are they conducted? Botox and fillers are the most popular MedSpa services offered. Noninvasive services like CoolSculpting, a procedure where we freeze away fat without surgery, and facial skin tightening come in a close second. The classic services like chemical and laser peels, hair removal, IPLs, and Hydrafacials never go out of style. Currently, I personally perform all the injections and laser resurfacing treatments. I have an aesthetician and a medical assistant that help with other spa services. Princeton Plastic Surgeons 106 Stanhope Street Princeton Forrestal Village 609.910.1114

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Q&A with Dr. Daniel J. Fletcher of Rothman Orthopaedic Institute

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Interview by Taylor Smith

What is your position at Rothman Orthopaedic Institute? Also, describe your educational background and current certifications. I am president of the Trenton Orthopaedic Group at Rothman Orthopaedic Institute, a hand and wrist surgeon, and a member of the Rothman Institute Board of Councils. I attended Cornell University and received a BS in chemical engineering. I received my medical training from SUNY Health Science Center College of Medicine at Syracuse and went on to complete a residency in both general surgery and orthopaedic surgery at New York Medical College in Valhalla, N.Y. I later completed the Joseph H. Boyes Hand Surgery Fellowship at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles, Calif. Why the Rothman Orthopaedic Institute hand and wrist team? The Rothman Orthopaedic Institute Hand and Wrist section is the largest hand surgery group in the country, and offers the best evidencebased upper extremity musculo-skeletal medicine close to home. Our team is dedicated to academic and clinical excellence while serving our communities including Princeton, Hamilton, Mercer, and Bucks County. What are your tips for healthy hands, wrists, elbows, and shoulders? Upper extremity health starts with maintaining full range of motion, strength, and daily exercise. Prevention of repetitive strain can be accomplished with proper posture and routine breaks during prolonged exercise or activities. Name some of the common conditions and treatments that you see and administer. The most common upper extremity conditions that I treat include hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder fractures; tendon lacerations and ruptures; trigger finger; De Quervain syndrome; carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel syndrome; arthritis; upper extremity sprains and strains; and Dupuytren’s contracture.

At which hospitals in New Jersey and Pennsylvania do you perform surgical procedures? Also, at which Rothman locations do you typically see patients? We see patients in the Princeton office as well as our Pennington, Mercerville and Yardley, Pa. offices. I perform surgery at Capital Health Medical Center–Hopewell, New Jersey Surgery Center, Saint Mary Medical Center, and Robert Wood Johnson/Barnabas University Hospital at Hamilton. Rothman Institute Locations: Princeton, Coming in 2018 4301 US Highway 1, Suite 300, Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852 800.321.9999 Pennington 116 Washington Crossing Pennington Road, Pennington, NJ 08534 609.528.3700 Mercerville 1225 Whitehorse Mercerville Road, Building D, Suite 220, Mercerville, NJ 08619 609.528.3700 Yardley, Pa. 103 Floral Vale Blvd, Yardley, PA 19067 609.528.3700 Newtown, Pa. 2700 South Eagle Road , Newtown PA, 18940 800.321.9999


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| PROFILES IN HEALTHCARE Q&A with Dr. Gary A. Tuma of Plastic Surgery Associates of New Jersey Interview by Laurie Pellichero

You previously had an office in Philadelphia. What attracted you to the Princeton area? I was previously part of Jefferson Plastic Surgery in Philadelphia, but having been born and raised here in Central New Jersey, I felt very comfortable returning to my roots and bringing back the knowledge and expertise I was able to acquire during my time elsewhere. I used that to start an academic-level plastic surgery program that provides a full array of cosmetic and reconstructive options, as well as help build a comprehensive breast center and aesthetic center here at Capital Health. I have also been an invited lecturer at teaching institutions, and delivered presentations at local, regional, and international forums. What types of procedures do you perform, both medical and cosmetic? The practice offers a full complement of reconstructive and cosmetic procedures including face, body, and breast, including but not limited to eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), oculoplastic surgery, body contouring and liposuction, abdominoplasty (tummy tucks), and breast cosmetic augmentation, reductions, and lifts. For my reconstructive side, I work with local surgeons to provide reconstructive surgery after a mastectomy (such as TRAM flaps, latissimus flaps, microsurgery and implants), abdominal wall reconstruction for ventral hernia repairs, and skin repair after a procedure has been done to remove basal and squamous cell skin cancer.

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Where is your practice located, and what is your educational background? My practice is located on the fifth floor of the medical office building at Capital Health Medical Center–Hopewell in Pennington. I received my undergraduate education at Boston College, medical school degree at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, and general surgical training at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. I was also a Harrison Research Fellow in plastic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, and completed a plastic surgery fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta, where breast reconstruction approaches using the tram flap and latissimus flap as well as reconstruction using muscle flaps were developed. I am a double board-certified plastic surgeon. We offer a wide range of skin care solutions in conjunction with our certified medical aesthetician Shannon Simmons. During your first appointment, she will take a thorough skin care health history, and perform a detailed examination of your skin to determine what procedures, peels, and products will help restore, rejuvenate, and redefine your skin. Our skin care products are medically driven and doctor monitored, allowing you to have unique and convenient access to the plastic surgery side of our practice, creating complete continuity in your skin care. This relationship allows us to easily develop a comprehensive treatment plan if you decide to pursue more advanced options, such as facial rejuvenation with injectables such as Botox and fillers or surgical solutions. Our approach to both reconstructive and aesthetic procedures are to improve form, function, and appearance. How do you use the latest technology to achieve the best outcomes for your patients? Our practice is one of the only practices in the region that offers 3-D photo evaluation and manipulation to show patients what is surgically achievable on their own bodies. This device is called Vectra 3-D and Canfield Mirror Studio imaging. First, we take a picture using the imaging system of the area of your body you are considering having enhanced. This allows the system to create a 3-D avatar of your body that is then transmitted to a large television in our

consultation suite. There, you and I will work together to apply different procedures to the 3-D image using the Sculptor software. For example, if you are interested in a breast procedure, we can show you how different implants in various sizes and shapes will look on your exact body. This will help you make a well-informed decision and provide you with a realistic preview of what you will look like after your surgery. Describe your relationship with your patients. The relationship I have with my patients is the most important part of my practice. You will notice on my website and in my marketing materials, I do not use before/after images like some in my industry will, and this is a personal choice that I make to treat every one of my patients as though they were my own family member. I take a very conservative approach in their care and treatment, and I work very hard for my patients to feel comfortable when they come to the office and when it’s time for them to make their decisions whether or not to move forward with treatments. Plastic Surgery Associates of New Jersey Office of Gary A. Tuma, MD, FACS Two Capital Way, Suite 505 Pennington, NJ 08534 609.537-7000 |

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ealing traumatic stress and raising performance among atrisk populations doesn’t just apply to adults, it also applies to the daily lives and circumstances of many of today’s modern middle and high school students. The science and research behind the impact of meditation on highly stressed or suffering adult populations is well-documented through brain research, and has been incorporated into standard health treatment at hospitals like The Graf Center for Integrative Medicine at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in Englewood, N.J. Designed to be both relaxing and environmentally conscious, the Graf Center for Integrative Medicine provides its patients with a team of licensed and/or certified practitioners offering evidence-based meditation, breath work, and yoga services to “promote prevention, reduce pain, lower blood pressure, and relieve stress and anxiety.” More unusual are places like POE Yoga in Short Hills, N.J., which is offering programs such as its recent Yoga for Young Athletes workshop geared toward teens and adolescents. Standing for “Peace on Earth,” POE maintains studio locations in Fair Haven, Short Hills, and Far Hills, N.J., along with Brooklyn, N.Y. The workshop was the brainchild of Alison Grzyb, a yoga instructor at the POE Yoga Short Hills location. Grzyb says that the intention behind the program is to bring mind-body-breath connection and awareness to student athletes. Grzyb is a former school teacher and counselor with a background in child psychology. She is also certified in kid and teen yoga, and received joga (yoga for athletes certification) training in Toronto. A mother of two young boys who play competitive ice hockey, Grzyb began noticing that her boys were complaining of tight hamstrings, back muscles, and the mental strain of intense athletic competition. Grzyb surmised that it couldn’t just be her children feeling the physical and mental strains of competitive sports — it must be other young athletes as well. So the

idea for the workshop was born. Muscular balance, breathwork, stretching, strengthening of the core, improved concentration, and emotional coping techniques were the focus of the four-week session. “Children have innate mind-body awareness, but they need a teacher or guide telling them when to exhale, where to place their foot, and which arm to raise and at what time,” observes Grzyb. “That’s my role — I’m their guide.” “I also want to remind these young kids that it’s not always about social media, being judged by your peers, or the constant presence of competitive sports — your breath is a reminder of that.” “In the case of my sons, learning to exhale when they shoot the puck, when they exert their power, that’s effective breathwork and mindfulness technique in action.” Grzyb also wants teen athletes to realize that their breath is free and is always available to them. “When you’re able to control your breath, you’re able to control everything that is going on in your mind and physical body.” These forms of meditation promote improved concentration, which can translate to better study habits, academic performance, and improved coping mechanisms. POE Yoga is located at 531 Millburn Avenue in Short Hills. For more information, visit

“Every experience changes the brain.” — Bob Roth, CEO, David Lynch Foundation


Rebecca Baelen, a PhD student in education policy at University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, is currently working on a dissertation that takes a multi-pronged approach to mindfulness policy and its applications in today’s schools, specifically as it applies to adolescents. Baelen’s entrance into meditation began during her participation in Princeton in Asia while she was a student at Princeton University. While in India, Baelen studied various forms of yoga with a special focus on FALL 2018 PRINCETON MAGAZINE

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David Lynch

As CEO of the David Lynch Foundation, Bob Roth is one of the most sought-after meditation leaders in America. He has taught Transcendental Meditation (TM) for 45 years to people including renowned director and creative and visual artist David Lynch. He is also the author of the 2018 New

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York Times bestseller Strength in Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation. Through the Foundation, Roth has helped to bring TM to more than a million students in underserved schools in 35 countries; to military veterans and their families; those living with mental illness, post-traumatic stress disorder, and/or anxiety disorders; prisoners; survivors of domestic violence; and more. Roth is currently the host of the SiriusXM radio show, “Success Without Stress,” and has spoken about TM to leaders in almost all fields of industry. At a recent Prevention R3 Summit, Roth asked the audience, “Is there an inner? If so, how do we get there.” This suggestion of tapping into an “inner” is at the core of the reason why the David Lynch Foundation believes that TM can help children, teens, and adolescents. A New Yorker himself, Roth describes the waking mind as the “gotta, gotta, gotta” mind, as in “I’ve got to pay my Verizon bill, workout, eat healthy, answer emails, wake up, calm down, go to sleep, etc.” This state of being is not unique to adults. What the David Lynch Foundation has found through its work in urban school districts is that this same constant state of overthinking, overworked, highly-charged cortisol levels is effecting our youth in numerous ways. “I talk to these children and they are experiencing the same symptoms as many veterans,” says Roth. “They can’t sleep, they struggle socially, they can’t eat, and aren’t sleeping. This race to the top is killing our children. What we are trying to do through TM is to make time for rest and silence as a priority.” BRAIN RESEARCH HAS BEEN A GAME-CHANGER

According to Roth, there are three types of meditation. The first, focused attention, is a concentration form of mediation that uses focused thought (or focusing on a word, phrase, place, etc.) to calm the body. The benefits are


pranayama breathing, which is “breathing exercises with the intent and purpose of manipulating and changing breath to alter and cultivate certain states of mind.” While completing the Teacher Prep program offered through Princeton University, Baelen became a certified yoga teacher and quickly added the breathing techniques, yoga, and meditation work into her teaching practices with high school athletes at The Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville. What started out as a seemingly curious extracurricular activity offered by a student teacher quickly gained status and popularity among both the students and teachers at the school. Then, while teaching in inner-city schools in Baltimore, Baelen realized that mindfulness education practices for both students and teachers had the potential to develop improved “resiliency, perseverance, grit, compassion, and empathy.” “When school administrators, faculty, and staff began doing the mindfulness practices themselves, the overall success rate and effectiveness of the program increased among the students,” Baelen says. “This was the difference — I found that students received the highest benefit and change from meditation and mindfulness practices when the teachers themselves were practicing the work.” Now at University of Pennsylvania, Baelen’s dissertation is focused on teacher well-being. “In order [for mindfulness] to be implemented well, the teachers are especially important,” she emphasizes.


improved and sustained concentration abilities, which produces gamma brain waves. The second form of meditation is open monitoring or mindfulness. This practice involves dispassionately disengaging from your thoughts and surroundings. An example would be the act of observing your changing thoughts and moods as waves that simply rise and fall with the tides. This form of meditation (which is also cognitive in nature) produces theta brain waves. As a tool, mindfulness can be a highly effective coping mechanism, and is taught in many yoga and recovery centers. The third form of meditation, which Roth teaches and on which the David Lynch Foundation is based, is self-transcending or Transcendental Meditation (TM). In TM, the individual is not attempting to tame or stop their thoughts, rather, they are seeking to settle their mind into a state of innate inner calm that exists below the ocean tides within all of us. Roth and TM practitioners believe that at “the bottom of our inner ocean,” lies complete stillness and bliss. TM produces alpha 1 brain waves, which indicate a calm and alert state of mind. Research has proven that the rest experienced after a 20-minute TM session has the ability to reduce cortisol levels in the body by 30-40 percent, and is deeper than the deepest sleep. Cortisol is a harmful hormone secreted by the adrenals that fuels stress, anxiety, racing thoughts, agitation, weight gain, and memory loss. When asked about the application of TM for teens and adults, Roth says, “I’m a big advocate of equipping children and adults with the tools to find the kind of inner calm that doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world.”

He adds, “TM is not a philosophy or a belief system. A 10-year-old child with ADD can master it.” QUIET TIME PROGRAM

The David Lynch Foundation’s Quiet Time program seeks to improve academic performance while reducing stress and violence among school children and young teens. According to the Foundation, “Quiet Time provides students with two 15-minute periods of TM each day to help balance their lives and improve their readiness to learn. This school-wide program complements existing educational strategies by improving the physiological underpinnings of learning and behavior.” James S. Dierke, executive vice president of the American Federation of School Administrators, says, “The Quiet Time program is the most powerful, effective program I’ve come across in my 40 years as a public school educator. It is nourishing these children and providing them an immensely valuable tool for life. It is saving lives.” According to davidlynchfoundation. org, the Quiet Time program has resulted in a 10 percent improvement in test scores and a narrowing of the achievement gap; reduced ADHD symptoms and symptoms of other learning disorders; an 86 percent reduction of suspensions over two years; a 65 percent decrease in violent conflict over two years; a 40 percent reduction in psychological distress, including anger management, anxiety, and depression; improved creativity and creative thinking; and improved teacher retention and reduced teacher burnout. FALL 2018 PRINCETON MAGAZINE

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In the Quiet Time program, TM is taught in schools over a period of four days for one hour each day. TM teachers are brought into the schools and for the first day, spend one hour with each child individually. Over the next three days, TM is taught to the collective classroom. During the schoolwide Quiet Time sessions, the day starts with 15 minutes of silence and ends with 15 minutes of silence. The faculty and staff don’t hesitate to get in on the action as well. Roth says, “it isn’t unusual to find the faculty lounge turning into a meditation space after school is over.” In fact, TM has been found to significantly reduce teacher burnout and stress, which is a big issue in most schools, both urban and suburban. DAVID LYNCH

David Lynch started his Foundation in 2005 after having practiced TM twice a day, every day, since 1973 and experiencing “unlimited access to reserves of energy, creativity, and happiness deep within.” TM has, in short, fueled, informed, and shaped Lynch’s artistic and creative work and practices. “TM is, in a word, life-changing for the good,” says Lynch. The Foundation is actively working to teach TM to everyone from young children to disabled veterans, and women and girls who are victims of all forms of violence. Lynch says, “If you don’t already mediate, take my advice: start. It will be the best decision you ever make.” TM APPLICATIONS FOR ADDICTION AND AT-RISK KIDS

private school in an affluent area. In other words, when a child’s brain is threatened, it looks and feels the same to both children. Addiction is a wide-spread problem among many middle and high school students, and it doesn’t always involve drugs or alcohol. Addictive behaviors are essentially self-medication made manifest, and can take the form of eating disorders, cutting, or extreme sexual promiscuity. “Abstinence is not a sustainable solution,” says Roth. That’s where the David Lynch Foundation believes TM comes in, because it “overrides the addiction by doing what pharmaceuticals can’t. It’s an important tool in the toolbox for today’s youth.” “Are we going to sedate every child?” asks Roth, referring to those who are quick to solve their child’s problem with additional drugs. “Meditation is no longer a luxury — it is at the core of what young people need.” GET INVOLVED

Thanks to the David Lynch Foundation’s work and research, children, teens, and adolescents are finding the peace and stillness they need to survive, thrive, and recover. The Foundation’s goal is to bring TM to millions more students across the globe, and “allow meditation to replace mayhem with the help of TM.” For more about the David Lynch Foundation or to donate, visit To learn about other ways to make a difference in the lives of today’s youth, contact Ina Clark at 212.644.9880 or email

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or many people, sleep is elusive. You run around all day completing your to-do lists and when it’s time to shutdown, you can’t. This is an all too common complaint at places like Santé Integrative Pharmacy in downtown Princeton. Have you ever heard the term wired and tired? That’s is the state that Michael Pellegrino, a clinical nutritionist and wellness practitioner at Sante, finds most customers in when they walk into the store looking for suggestions. “The goal is to nourish and calm the nervous system,” explains Pellegrino. “This includes both a daytime and evening regimen and often an adjustment to their current lifestyle.” “Nutritionally, we immediately look at adjusting or reducing the time or amount of caffeine, sugar, and refined carbohydrates that a person is consuming,” he says. Technology is a common culprit, as well. “I advise patients to place cellphones outside of the bedroom. No screens near the bed. Even turning the Wi-Fi off before going to bed can help. You would be surprised at how sensitive some people are to Wi-Fi,” Pellegrino says. When treating sleep issues, some people think of taking a melatonin supplement. But Pellegrino says that most people take too much melatonin, which can cause further problems in the body. For example, essentially “overdosing” on melatonin can cause the body to stop producing melatonin on its own all together. “The original recommended dosage was 0.3 mg, but the pharmaceutical industry turned that into 3 mg,” says Pellegrino. “Now, you see common single dosages of 5 or 10 mg at any pharmacy or grocery store.” Instead, Pellegrino likes to take a herbal approach that involves consuming herbs that are classified as adaptogens. Adaptogens are strictly plants that can be

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taken in a herbal beverage, liquid extract, or encapsulated form. These particular groups of plants are proven to enhance the resiliency of the body and to support the process known as allostasis, which is the ability to maintain stability through change. “Adaptogens are appropriate for most ages,” says Pellegrino. “Gaia Herbs, HerbFarm, and various practitioner lines are what I most turn to most when prescribing adaptogens.” Curious about CBD or hemp oil extracts? Pellegrino says that when taking these forms of nervous system relaxants, it’s important to consider quality and purity above all else. Sante maintains the highest standards when it comes to the lines of CBD oil that they carry, so that customers can be assured that they are only getting the cleanest and most effective product. “I may also suggest GABA as a supplement, which is helpful for those whose nervous systems are running hot,” says Pellegrino. 5-HTP is another supplement frequently suggested by Sante wellness practitioners as it is a precursor to serotonin, which can become depleted over time due to a person’s lifestyle, age, hormone levels, or even prescription medications. “Sleep issues are chronic for most people, which means that change doesn’t happen overnight, especially when you choose to take a nutritional approach to the problem,” affirms Pellegrino. That being said, a non-prescription approach to improving sleep habits may be the kindest and gentlest approach to your brain and body. Learn more about Santé Integrative Pharmacy at or call 609.921.8820.


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“Rolf Bauhan was one Princeton’s great architects in the second s part of an occasional series on Princeton’s architectural history, we look at one of its most prolific archiquarter of the 20th century,” says preservation architect Michael Mills, who is familiar with Bauhan from working on one of his tects, Rolf W. Bauhan. But to call Bauhan “prolific” is an understatement. buildings. “His domestic architecture was well designed and crafted, and on a par with that of other better known The man considered to be Princeton’s architects working in Princeton at the same time, such first preservation architect designed more than 70 local buildings and renovated or restored another 150. as Ralph Adams Cram and Charles Klauder. He has been under-appreciated and only recently has there Bauhan, who lived from 1892 to 1966, was known for fine craftsmanship and integrating historical styles with been a greater awareness of his work. Having worked on code improvements to his Manor House at Princeton the needs of modern living. Academy, I can attest to his attention to historic “Rolf Bauhan was one of the most prolific architects precedent and his finely-designed architectural details.” whose work is still remarkably visible in the Princeton The houses Bauhan designed or renovated, most in landscape,” says Stephanie Schwartz, curator of collections for the Historical Society of Princeton, Colonial Revival style, are a major part of his legacy. “Rolf Bauhan was part of that mid-20th century which mounted a major exhibit of the architect’s work movement that saw the American country house as a two decades ago. “Bauhan defined the aesthetic of refined and gracious setting firmly grounded in history,” several Princeton neighborhoods, and Princeton’s strong says Princeton-based architect Michael Farewell. “More emphasis on revivalist architecture owes much to his important than inventing new spaces for living modern legacy.” life was the acceptance of a carefully considered, living There are Bauhan buildings all over Princeton. With its decorative half-timbering and patterned gables, tradition. These well-crafted houses have survived the Portrait of Rolf Bauhan. style wars with elegance and grace.” Terrace Club, one of Princeton University’s eating Colleen Hall, a real estate agent at Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s clubs, embraces Tudor style. Other buildings credited to Bauhan reflect a International Realty, lives in a house from 1820, with a guest house that Norman influence. (OPPOSITE) Bauhan’s drawings of The Hun School of Princeton, c. 1928. Bauhan Collection.


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Residence of Mr. & Mrs. Thomas S. Dignan, Cedar Grove Road, Princeton. Now Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart.

Bauhan designed in 1928. Hall and her family have lived on the property his own office in Princeton in 1924. Among his extensive output were at Mercer Street and Springdale Road for 40 years. buildings for Princeton University, The Hun School of Princeton, Trinity “I grew up in Princeton, and I probably walked by the house every day,” Episcopal Church, and an experimental housing project for Princeton she says. “When we bought it, I didn’t even know who Bauhan was. But University faculty members overlooking Lake Carnegie. his son donated all of the architectural drawings to the Historical Society, Bauhan was a consultant on the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg. and I got all of the plans for our house. It was really neat to see what he He restored Morven, Tusculum, and worked on the historic Bainbridge had done to the main house — adding House. He was the architect of some bathrooms and great details, like Mountain Lakes House, located in the diamond-paned French doors. He just middle of the 75-acre Billie Johnson did an amazing job.” Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve, The guest house was built during originally owned by Edgar Palmer and the residency of a family named Colt. now the headquarters of Friends of As Hall tells it, “They had gone to a Princeton Open Space. wedding in Canada with their young Izzy Kasdin, executive director of daughters, both of whom got polio. the Historical Society of Princeton, One of them died. When he built the recalls a recent visit from one of guest house, Bauhan put in a fountain, Bauhan’s descendants, who is a builder with two cherubs representing the in Virginia. “He was visiting Princeton girls. The bigger room downstairs had and he came by to look at our collection beams so they could put in a trapeze of Bauhan’s documents. He was really and other equipment for the surviving interested in his drawings of moldings daughter to exercise.” and things like that, because he wanted Born in New York City on the first to incorporate that into the houses he day of 1892, Bauhan was a member of was building,” she said. “I love that Princeton University’s class of 1914. there is that connection.” His roommate was football and hockey Bauhan designed buildings as far star Hobart “Hobey” Baker, and the away as Maine, Colorado, and Puerto Bauhan’s Edgerstoune Building, The Landis Fine Arts Center, at The Hun School of Princeton. two motorcycled through Europe Photo courtesy of The Hun School. Rico. But it is in Princeton where where they joined the aviation section his influence is strongest. “Bauhan’s of the U.S. Army’s Signal Corps in buildings in Princeton are timeless,” World War I. Tragically, Baker was killed. says Kasdin. “And we’re lucky that so many private homeowners and After the war, Bauhan was the first person to earn a master of fine arts institutions have painstakingly preserved them as reminders of an degree from Princeton’s School of Architecture in 1921. He joined noted influential architect and craftsman in our community.” New York architecture firm Delano & Aldrich two years later, and opened

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someone who grew up in Bloomington, “the Gateway to Scenic Southern Indiana,” I know something about fall colors. Even for a kid with limited aesthetic awareness, there was no ignoring the splendor of the leaves. I walked to school splashing through puddles of gold and red, and since bonfires were allowed in those days, the air always had a hazy, mysterious quality. Whenever I think back to that time of year, I’m in seventh grade and we’ve moved from graduate student barracks on the outskirts of town to a large two-story house five blocks from the University campus. Suddenly my parents had a veritable mansion to furnish with enough space for a grand piano, sofas, easy chairs, coffee tables — this after four years in the equivalent of a four-room cabin with a pot-bellied stove in the living room. Although I had no interest in how people furnished their homes — how many adolescents do? — it was hard to ignore the fact that my parents were busy doing just that. At the same time, I was being exposed to other people’s living rooms during my brief career as a babysitter, which I also associate with the fall, having spent some uneasy Halloweens alone in strange houses. People would say “We’ll be home by midnight,” but they never were. When you’re stuck in someone’s living room for hours while your charges are sleeping, you start making comparisons. My clients were all faculty people, so while the couple in the sociology department kept things clinically neat and the only books I could make sense of were the ones I read to the kids (who were not that much younger than I was), the English professor’s house across the street was always in bookish disarray, with the latest works by writers like Hemingway and Steinbeck attractively in evidence. Then, as now, books are the element of decor I’m most responsive to. That said, the house that made the most powerful impression on me belonged to an artist, with the living room opening into his studio. There was no way not to be interested in clutter that seemed to have a purpose, since most objects in view had either been sculpted or crafted or painted by him, the hardest to ignore being an enormous pastel nude of his six-foot-tall wife, who would hand me my money when I left as if there were nothing especially remarkable about the presence of her unclothed self looming in the background.

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Needless to say, I was reminded of my visits to the artist’s house when looking through Georgia O’Keeffe and Her Houses (Abrams $50), co-authored by Barbara Buhler Lynes and Agapita Judy Lopez. In one photo, she’s even standing under an Alexander Calder mobile like the ones made by the artist I babysat for. The front cover features a fittingly autumnal-toned oil painting of the famous Ghost Ranch (The House I Live In, 1937). There are photographs of O’Keeffe (1887-1986) at home throughout the book, along with quotes like this one: “I feel at home here — I feel quiet — my skin feels close to the earth when I walk out into the red hills as I did last night — my cat following along like a dog.” FROM BROOKLYN TO HOLLYWOOD

Home: The Best of The New York Times Home Section: The Way We Live Now, edited by Noel Millea (Rizzoli $50), begins with the Park Slope home of Vince Clarke of Depeche Mode and ends in the Hollywood Hills with the “crazy shining castle” belonging

to Moby, the “King of Techno.” Easily my favorite of the 26 homes in Home and not just because the Rolling Stones once hung out there and Aldous Huxley lived across the street, Moby’s Norman chateau fantasy has a turreted gatehouse and what he calls the “penultimate” Hollywood view. The castle needed major work, the roof leaked, the floors had been painted black (hey, the Stones lived there!), and the wall above the Gothic fireplace was covered in shells. Moby says he “basically went through the house and found all the original details from the ‘20s,” which meant getting rid of “everything from 1945 on.” NEW YORK LIVING

A “literary and visual feast” is promised in New York Behind Closed Doors (Gibbs Smith $35) by Polly Devlin, with photographs by Annie Schlecter. A look inside the homes of 24 New Yorkers, artists, designers, and writers, and “social influencers” who live in small spaces with art, books, collections, treasures, and “fabulous, sometimes funky furniture,” it features Devlin’s in-depth interviews with the homeowners and critiques of their spaces that are “at once delightful, bold, and irreverent—and always lively and opinionated.” AT HOME WITH ANNIE HALL

Diane Keaton’s The House That Pinterest Built (Rizzoli $40), with photographs by Lisa Romerein, opens as the star of Annie Hall recalls being read to at age 5 by her mother. The book was The Three Little Pigs. Keaton never forgot what the Big Bad Wolf did to the homes of the first two little pigs because, as her father put it, “they didn’t use their noggins.” When all the BBW’s huffing and puffing failed to bring down the third pig’s house, Keaton says, “I knew I was going to live in a brick house when I grew up.” In fact, she lived in all sorts of houses, beginning in New York, where

she moved when she was 20: “I imagined eating breakfast while I watched the sun rise from the top floor of the Chrysler Building.” She graduated from studio apartments with “toilets down the hall and bathtubs in the kitchen” to a two bedroom on East 68th; following the success of Annie Hall, she bought a tower apartment in the San Remo on Central Park West. After that it was a beach house in Laguna, a rambling desert home in Arizona, and a Frank Lloyd Wright in the Hollywood Hills she found irresistible because of the “green copper stamped deco motif lining the circumference.” When that proved to be more a party house than a family house, she bought “an old Wallace Neffdesigned fixer upper” in Beverly Hills. “Thus began years of Spanish Colonial Revival restorations.” She was on her way to being “a full-fledged flipper” and eventually the builder of the dream house inspired by Pinterest. TEA WITH REESE

Given Reese Witherspoon’s relation to Princeton’s most esteemed president and Declaration of Independence signer (“a first cousin nine times removed”), it would be remiss not to mention her lavish new book, Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love & Baking Biscuits (Rizzoli $35). According to the star and producer of the HBO hit Big Little Lies, the title comes from a saying of her grandmother Dorothea’s, that Southern women were like whiskey in a teacup. “We may be delicate and ornamental on the outside,” she said, “but inside we’re strong and fiery.” According to Cosmopolitan, “OK, so you can’t party with Reese Witherspoon, but you can party like Reese Witherspoon — thanks to this part memoir, part guide to Southern living from Elle Woods [of Legally Blonde] herself. The gorgeously shot book features tips on entertaining, as well as recipes, beauty hacks, and totally random but necessary lessons like how to catch a frog with your bare hands.”


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Smart Homes Can Be Safe Homes Examining the security behind smart home appliances

In the 1930s, innovators fantasized about the “Homes of Tomorrow”: futuristic houses integrating imaginative, far-flung technology. Nearly a century later, more and more homes are integrating technology that aims to simplify and streamline. Lights shift their intensity and hue with the time of day, doors lock when they see unrecognized faces, and cameras watch for intruders. However, as computers have evolved from calculators to ubiquitous networked communications devices, security and privacy concerns have grown more serious and frequent — and smart home devices are no exception. Whether it’s as small as Amazon’s Alexa or as extensive as a home alarm system, smart home devices are almost everywhere; according to studies from, 23 billion internetconnected devices are already online. That number is only going to rise — research says the worldwide market size for smart homes will reach $53.5 billion in 2023. As more and more types of appliances are getting internet-enabled equivalents, appliance companies are scrambling to keep up with tech giants. However, despite all of the money going into the industry, it’s not clear if the devices are getting safer. Richard Stallman, a pioneer in programming and an activist for free software, has warned followers about the Internet of Things (IoT) — the networking of physical devices, appliances, vehicles, and other objects. More than five years ago, in the article “Free Software Is Even More Important Now,” he wrote: “the use of nonfree software in the ‘internet of things’ would turn it into the ‘internet of telemarketers’ as well as the ‘internet of snoopers.’” Then, the question was

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how much the National Security Agency is listening to American citizens. Now, articles regularly crop up about exactly how much Amazon’s Alexa knows about us, and to whom that information is being sold. To answer questions like those, a group of researchers from Princeton University and the University of California, Berkeley work at the Internet of Things (IoT) Smart House, their home base for studying smart devices for security and privacy flaws. They use the house as a testing environment, and it is filled with all manner of smart products ranging from Amazon Echos to internetactive children’s toys. A short walk from Princeton University, it blends in easily with the surrounding neighborhood. Inside, LCD screens glow, their networked devices awaiting input. Some seem excessive — a Samsung smart refrigerator features an integrated smart monitor that functions just like a normal tablet — while others, like the oven that allows remote activation and deactivation, offer obvious benefits. Some are surprisingly innocuous, such as a rubber duck bath toy that monitors the water temperature, plays music, and even doubles as a nightlight. However, while these systems seem sophisticated, they may not be as secure as you would expect. “What we’ve mostly been surprised about is the lack of basic, well-understood security measures in a lot of these devices,” said Noah Apthorpe, a Ph.D. student at Princeton and a graduate student fellow. Apthorpe has been part of the smart devices research team for the past three years. They expected picking apart smart devices’ security to be like cracking a safe; instead, he said, they found wide-open doors.


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“We never really expected to run into a case like [an examination of medical devices], where the fact that someone was using a blood pressure monitor was just being sent in plain text out to the cloud,” said Apthorpe. “Things like that came up frequently enough that it really surprised us. So many devices are lacking the basics [of security] that we expected were already taken care of.” Encryption is the go-to safety method in communications security — it has become standard enough that, in July 2018, Google Chrome began marking any site not using encryption as unsecure. The fact that smart devices, especially ones communicating data like medical information, would lack these basic protections shocked the researchers. “It’s a pretty egregious problem,” said Apthorpe. “You’d expect that to be the baseline for protection, and it turns out that in many cases, that’s not even provided.” The worst vulnerabilities often involve children. News articles about hacked nanny cams and baby monitors crop up constantly on news sites like ABC, Fox, and NPR. The researchers also found children’s toys that would send reports back to the manufacturer when they ran into software problems — a normal practice in and of itself. However, these reports included personally identifying information, including the child’s age, gender, and geographic location. There are still plenty of reliable brands and devices consumers can turn to for home automation. “The more well-

known technology companies, maybe as you’d expect, tend to do a better job with all these issues, especially on the security side,” said Apthorpe. “Where the problem comes in is that consumers also assume that the well-known non-tech companies will also do the same thing.” More and more companies have ventured into the smart appliance realm, ranging from tech giants to kitchenware manufacturers. Knowing which to choose can be difficult, but Apthorpe stressed the importance of consumer awareness. “Do some research on the devices before you buy, and see if there have been any published breaches or security issues, looking at both the company and the device,” he said. For the majority of devices, the privacy concerns differ from user to user. “There are some devices which provide really useful features, and unless you have specific privacy reasons why you don’t want to use those devices, those features likely outweigh the more nebulous concerns we’ve been raising,” said Apthorpe. With security concerns in mind, smart home devices can help monitor your home, keep organization simple, and reclaim time from your busy day — and you can minimize the risks. Smart homes can be safe homes, but not without smart consumers.


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Robert Prud’homme, Princeton University professor of chemical and biological engineering, has written more than 200 publications and filed more than 25 patents in a 40-year career that has been distinguished by deep scientific knowledge combined with an affinity for practical problem-solving and a dedication to collaboration. Those qualities have recently enabled him and his team of six graduate students and postdoctoral students to tackle the challenges of producing thousands of tons of drugs to combat malaria and deadly bacteria afflicting hundreds of thousands of children in the developing world. To meet the needs of these children and the requirements of the Gates Foundation, one of his collaborators on this project, these drugs have to be inexpensive, between 25 and 50 cents a dose; easy to produce in huge volume; stable for long periods in hot and humid conditions; and both powerful and soluble enough to be administered by mouth in a single dose. “I’m an engineer,” Prud’homme said, emphasizing his practical approach as a problemsolver. “Engineering is taking science and applying it to solve problems. That’s the way I look at what we’re trying to do. We’re taking the best science, whether it’s polymer science or biology science, and trying to solve these medical problems in global health or delivery of medicines. That’s engineering. That’s what we do.” 15-YEAR PROCESS

Prud’homme, a professor at Princeton since 1979 and the inaugural director of Princeton’s program in engineering biology, started working in this area of technology, encasing medicine in extremely small

particles called nanoparticles, about 15 years ago. He had been to Germany a few years before that where he was introduced to a process used by the BASF Corporation, the largest chemical producer in the world, to color the flesh of farm salmon. “It was a commercial process,” Prud’homme described. “There wasn’t any scientific interest in polymers, but they asked if we wanted to be involved.” Over the next few years, Prud’homme and his team at Princeton developed a technology called flash nanoprecipitation, a complex technique to encapsulate drugs in a polymer-based delivery vehicle. “I’m a polymer person, so my whole career was polymers, how polymers assemble,” Prud’homme said. “I worked in oil recovery, in consumer products like shampoos and things, so that was all my early career. We just accidentally stumbled onto polymers as a solution to the problem of poorly soluble drugs, and that research has bloomed into what most of our lab is working on now, in collaboration with the Gates Foundation.” Prud’homme’s $2.1M grant in 2016 was one of just three awarded by the Gates Foundation that year for new technologies in the development of global health drugs. PROBLEM SOLVING

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Researchers in the lab of Robert Prud’homme. From left, the team includes Ellen Dobrijevic ’17; Kurt Ristroph, Ph.D. student; postdoctoral researcher Joanna Zhang; Prud’homme; Jack Lu ’17, and postdoctoral researchers Simon McManus and Jie Feng.


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Joanna Zhang, Ellen Dobrijevic ’17, and Robert Prud’homme work to increase medicines’ effectiveness in the developing world.

of engineering and practical problem-solving, Prud’homme added, “If my career had always been in drug delivery and cell biology, I don’t think we would have come up with this technique. It took my career in polymers and fluid mechanics and flow to know how to run this process and invent this, and because I come from a polymer background, all of our work is collaborative.” He added, “Using what we have learned over the past 15 years has enabled us in the last three years to do things that no one else can do in this field.” Over a 12-year period before 2015, the team developed its flash nanoprecipitation technique in working on what Prud’homme calls “high value drugs,” drugs to combat cancer and tuberculosis, “drugs where you can afford expensive components.” Then, in 2015, “the Gates Foundation approached us and said they knew about our technology and wanted us to apply that to low-cost technology to make things cheaply, and also instead of injectable drugs, they asked, ‘Can you use it for oral drugs, for an oral delivery system?’” Prud’homme continued, “I said, ‘I think I can,’ so Gates funded us and we worked on low-cost coating mateials and it’s worked extremely well.” The Gates program leaders required a manufacturing facility with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) certification and low costs and asked Prud’homme to contact the head of formulations at WuXi App Tech in China, “which has a program to translate your lab stuff into large scale manufacturing.” The head of formulations development at WuXi, it turns out, was Santipharp “Sunny” Panmai, who was Prud’homme’s graduate student 20 years ago,

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earning his PhD from Princeton in 1998. “You could not have planned that,” said Prud’homme. “So Sunny and I and our teams have phone calls back and forth, and we’re sending some equipment over to his lab, and we’re collaborating with him to translate our lab results into full-scale manufacturing, translating these drugs into clinical form. It’s still a tough job. We can make the particles, but the tough part is that in global health you have to be able to do this at really low cost, and there are the challenges of making this in very large scales.” He continued, “Also, the Gates Foundation, with its focus on pediatric health, wants us to make not tablets that an adult would take, but powders that a mother would have like a sugar packet with the drug in it, whether its anti-bacterial or malarial, so she could rip off the top and put it in a small amount of water and give it to an infant. And it also has to remain stable for a long time under harsh conditions.” Clofazimine, an antibacterial, was the first drug Gates asked Prud’homme and team to work on. It had been effective in killing bacteria and had been used successfully for leprosy by Novartis for about 50 years. Prud’homme had to meet the challenge of adapting this drug for bacterial infections, speeding up dissolution and getting it into the intestinal tract rapidly. “Our technology achieved that, and it worked very well,” Prud’homme said. In the vicissitudes of public health funding, however, with drinking water improving in Africa and fewer gastrointestinal infections occurring, Gates deprioritized clofazimine, and decided to

direct their future grant money elsewhere. “We had done all the animal tests and gotten this validated, and they just said, ‘It’s not where we want to put our money.’ I understand. They are very quantitatively oriented. It’s not for profit. It’s for public health.” So now, in partnership with Medicines for Malaria Ventures (MMV) and Gates, Prud’homme’s focus is on two anti-malarial drugs, developing new formulations and taking old drugs and trying to make them more effective. “They’ve given us two of these compounds,’ said Prud’homme, “and we’ve been able to successfully formulate both of them. Most significantly Prud’homme’s process has been able to create formulations that simplify the delivery and the dosing to minimize differences between a child with a full stomach and a child with an empty stomach. “When you’re talking about pediatrics and a sick child, you can’t tell if they’ve thrown up recently or if their stomach is full, so how you do the dosing is problematic,” he said. “But one of the most important things to come out of our research is a formulation which is less sensitive to whether the child has food in its stomach or not.” TEAMWORK

Prud’homme’s research team at Princeton consists of three graduate students working on their PhDs and three postdocs, who will work at Princeton for a period of one to three years. “It’s been a great experience with this team of postdocs and grad students because often in the academic world

people are very competitive. The student or postdoc wants to be the shining star so he or she can get the best faculty position or something, but this group were willing to work together to try to reach our goals, and so they really worked as a team to try to make a difference in world health rather than to be superstars, so the teamwork is excellent — a great group.” Emphasizing the importance of Princeton University to his career and his unusual accomplishments, Prud’homme pointed out, “Princeton as a university allows you to do what you think is important, and for me that has been engineering, and I’ve had a terrific career.” He went on to mention his numerous collaborations both within and outside the university. “I’ve made connections to industry and industrial organizations during my career that Princeton has really allowed. Also being here with other terrific faculty members and students has been so valuable. Probably a third of the undergraduates who do a thesis with me end up publishing their work. They’re just amazing students, and it’s a fun place to spend your career.” Prud’homme’s team’s current work involves finding an effective, low-cost coating for nanoparticles of medication. They are testing three different coatings, seeking to make the drugs more water resistant, and seeking to design systems to make the particles more stable. Prud’homme described the ovens upstairs at the E Quad where the

researchers can simulate conditions in Africa, with temperatures of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit and 75 percent relative humidity. The dissolution rate of the drug has to be fast, but it also has to remain constant over time. It has to be in powder form, because it’s too expensive to send liquids, and it’s also too expensive to individually package the medication, so it has to be delivered in a big bottle. “For global health drugs, the criteria are really severe,” Prud’homme observed. In addition to working with the Gates Foundation, his team also has collaborations with Merck, Johnson and Johnson, Genentech, the University of Colorado, and Temple University. “Our technology is a platform,” said Prud’homme. “All of these collaborations are with people who will take our nanoparticle forms and will try to solve a medical problem with them.” He continued, “A lot of pharm companies are talking with us, because we can deliver these drugs that are hard to deliver. And using the same technology, we’ve been able to encapsulate peptides and proteins into nanoparticle form. The biggest growth area in the pharmaceutical world now is peptides and proteins. Using what we have learned over the past 15 years has enabled us to do things that no one else can do in this field.” About eight years ago, Prud’homme co-founded Optimeos Life Sciences, Inc., a company whose work is based on development of his nanoparticleenabled technologies. “That’s a capstone to my

career,” he said, “something that makes a difference, beyond a research project. That’s an entity that will continue even after I retire.” Prud’homme has served on the executive committees of the American institute of Chemical Engineers Materials Science Division and the U.S. Society of Rheology. He was chair of the Technical Advisory Board for Material Science Research for Dow Chemical Company, a member of BASF’s nanotechnology advisory committee, and a member of Lubrizol’s advisory technology board. Prud’homme lives in Lawrenceville with his wife Dottie. He has three adult children from a previous marriage, now living across the globe in Kenya, Texas, and California; and three stepchildren living within five miles. When he’s not teaching, researching, developing new drug formulations, or working with his students and colleagues on future publications and patents, Prud’homme might be found fly fishing or gardening. He spent ten days at a remote lodge in Alaska fishing for salmon this past summer. “When my kids were younger, I put away my fishing rod, but since they grew up and moved out I’ve gone back to fly fishing,” he said. His collaborations extend into the garden where he plays a supporting role to his wife. “My wife is a Master Gardener of Mercer County, so I’m her set of untrained hands,” he noted. “In all of her gardening, I’m the muscle, on a small scale. She’s the brains. I help her.”



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Rube Goldberg, Rube Goldberg Inventions United States Postal Service Stamp (included on sheet of “Comic Classics” stamps), date unknown. Sheet of USPS stamps. All Artwork Copyright © Rube Goldberg Inc. All Rights Reserved. RUBE GOLDBERG ® is a registered trademark of Rube Goldberg Inc. All materials used with permission.

Rube Goldberg, Wearable Inventions (Raising a Mustache), both below, date unknown. Ink on paper.


fact, John George’s grandfather, with whom he shared the Automat experience, was Rube Goldberg. “The Art of Rube Goldberg,” the artist’s first retrospective in 40 years, is on view at the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) in Philadelphia through January 21. The exhibit showcases his earliest published drawings and iconic inventions, political cartoons, and some material not previously exhibited, from original works of art and preparatory drawings to video. Highlights include one of Goldberg’s earliest existing drawings, The Old Violinist, from 1895 (he won a prize for it when he was only 12); an original concept drawing of Boob McNutt and Bertha from the 1920s; and original artwork for such daily and weekly comic strip series as Foolish Questions, Mike and Ike (They Look Alike), and Boob McNutt, all from the 1910s and 1920s. The influence of vaudeville and early film on Goldberg’s imagination is examined, along with his satirical takes on fashion, sports, politics, and gender roles. Also included is footage from the Goldberg-scripted film, Soup to Nuts (1930), starring the Three Stooges; the classic self-operating napkin sequence from Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times (1936); and an interview with Edward R. Murrow. “The internet and YouTube has given a whole new life to Rube Goldberg,” says his granddaughter Jennifer George, a jewelry and clothing designer who wrote a book about her grandfather, The Art of Rube Goldberg (Abrams ComicArts, 2013). “Any Rube Goldberg machine worth its salt goes viral on the web today.” “iPhones are sort of black boxes by comparison with the machines that Rube Goldberg’s generation knew,” said The New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik, who wrote the introduction to The Art of Rube Goldberg. “So I also think that we

look at Goldberg’s drawings with a certain amount of nostalgia for a lost era, when our machinery was at least lucid.” John George is the son of renowned artist Thomas George (1918-2014), who spent much of his life in Princeton. Growing up, John George spent a great deal of time with his grandparents — at their Long Island Beach House, at their Upper West Side apartment and in his grandfather’s 57th Street studio — and describes his grandparents as a second set of parents. Goldberg would drive his grandson to activities, such as riding lessons. On the way home George would say “let’s get lost” to his grandfather, and Goldberg would oblige, taking a lesser known route. “He had a unique view of the world, with all its oddities and ironies, and provided a view of the world in which people made simple things complex,” says George. Later, George would walk down the street with his grandfather and be reminded of the celebrity he was, counting among his friends the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Groucho Marx, George Gershwin, and Harry Houdini. The greatest bit of wisdom passed from grandfather to grandson, George recounts, was “to laugh. Just to laugh. It’s a big part of being a healthy person.” By the time he was 48, Rube Goldberg had become an adjective in Merriam-Webster’s dictionary: “accomplishing by over complex and humorous means what seemingly could be done simply; having a fantastically complicated improvised appearance.” “It’s an illogical sequence of things put in a logical sequence,” Goldberg told Murrow in the interview screened in the exhibit. While Goldberg never built the machines featured in his iconic invention drawings, visitors to the exhibition will experience an interactive area of the exhibition, where they can play with existing simple machines and even build their own Rube Goldberg. FALL 2018 PRINCETON MAGAZINE

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Rube Goldberg, Rube and Father Lighting Cigars, date unknown. Photograph.

Rube Goldberg, I Never Thought of That (Portrait of Irma on Wedding Day), 1916. Ink on paper with photograph.

Rube Goldberg, Foolish Questions Postcards, c. 1910. Color postcards.

Rube Goldberg, Concept Sketch of Boob McNutt, c. 1920s. Ink and pencil on paper.

Goldberg (1883–1970) was the most famous cartoonist of his time, syndicated in daily newspapers throughout the world. In his 72-year career (longevity runs in the Goldberg/George family), the cartoonist, humorist, sculptor, author, engineer, and inventor wrote and illustrated nearly 50,000 cartoons. But it is the Rube Goldberg devices for which he is most celebrated. Goldberg is considered a grandfather of STEM education, having blended science, technology, engineering, and math before the acronym existed. Rube also pioneered STEAM, with art playing a key role. Born in San Francisco — his father was police and fire commissioner — the quiet, creative child began taking art lessons from a sign painter and in later years was proud that this was his only art training. Though he longed to pursue illustration as a career, his father insisted he study mining and engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Engineers were the rock stars of the industrial revolution and Rube’s father wanted him to be a part of it, but Rube kept drawing. His work appeared in Berkeley’s humor newspaper and in his college yearbook. Upon graduation Goldberg got a job with the San Francisco sewer system, but he left after six months, taking a huge pay cut to become a cartoonist for the sports section of the San Francisco Chronicle. A year later he became staff cartoonist for the San Francisco Bulletin. His The Look-Alike-Boys — a precursor to Mike and Ike (They Look Alike) — appeared in the color supplement to the Sunday paper. The times they were a changin’ — the telephone heralded a new form of communication, and motion pictures were the new entertainment, to which people drove in automobiles. Airplanes inspired people to look up. “The Machine Age had arrived, clicking, churning, cranking, winching, and whizzing into our lives,” according to exhibition materials. “And there was no better, more discerning and satirical eye to comment on these trends than Goldberg.” Believing New York to be “the front row,” Goldberg took a train east and moved to New York. With his wife, Irma, and two sons, Goldberg lived at 98 Central Park West. By 1922, a newspaper syndicate paid him $200,000, the equivalent of $2.3 million today, for his comic strips. His first invention cartoon, The Simple Mosquito Exterminator — No Home Should be Without It, was published in the New York Evening Mail in 1912 (we

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could use one of those today!). The way Goldberg saw it, technology, intended to simplify life, only made things more complex. In 1914, his Automatic Weight Reducing Machine used a donut, bomb, balloon, and a hot stove to trap an obese person in a room without food, who had to lose weight to get free. His contraptions, though parodies of the increasingly automated world, were written and drawn in the dry diagrammatic style of U.S. Patent applications. They contained pulleys, levers, birds, and rockets to fix simple problems like fishing an olive out of a tall jar, or remembering to mail a letter. Goldberg created the character/inventor Professor Butts as his alter ego. He continued drawing the inventions for 30 years, and while he also engaged in other forms of artistic expression, from songwriting to playwriting, acting to sculpting. He never thought that his invention cartoons would come to define his life’s work. In the late 1960s and early 70s, educational shows like Sesame Street, Vision On, and The Electric Company routinely showed bits that involved Rube Goldberg devices, including the Rube Goldberg Alphabet Contraption, and the What Happens Next Machine. Wallace and Gromit; Pee-wee’s Big Adventure; Edward Scissorhands; Back to the Future; Honey, I Shrunk the Kids; and Home Alone, among others, owe a debt of gratitude to Goldberg. “Most of us only hit the jackpot once,” cartoonist Al Jaffee told a 92nd Street Y audience, broadcast on Livestream. “But Rube kept creating new features every week that became wildly popular — he was extremely inventive.” “If my grandfather were alive today, he’d still be a cartoonist,” says John George. “He would still find the ways in which people make simple things complicated. Back in the day, when we wanted to turn on the TV, we’d push a button. Now we have five remotes. He’d turn that into a cartoon. There’s nothing new under the sun. He saw it and took it to heart and shared it with the world.” NMAJH is hosting a Rube Goldberg Machine Contest for high schoolaged students. The contest requires students to build overly complicated and comically contrived inventions that complete a simple task. Student groups of five or more can register for NMAJH’s contest at Registration closes in November.

Rube Goldberg, Inventions (Bell-Buoy, Soup Spoon, Golf), c. 1938-1941. Color ink and watercolor on paper.

Rube Goldberg, Amusement Park, c.1920. Ink on paper.


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ardio is out and HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is in. Many workout enthusiasts are noticing that their spin classes and running routines aren’t cutting it anymore when it comes to building overall health. Boxing and kickboxing are growing in popularity throughout New Jersey and New York because people are seeing results. The fighter’s physique, long desired for its lean look combined with powerful muscular strength, is what people are after and requesting in many gyms. Here is the rundown of some of the gyms throughout the area that are not only offering opportunities to build muscular strength but are specializing in it, with well-trained fighters as instructors challenging both the body and the mind. NEW JERSEY:

CKO Kickboxing 900 Madison Street, Suite 2, Hoboken 201.205.2891

experience. Flexible membership programs are tailored to your individual needs, goals, and work schedule with classes being offered all day, throughout the day, starting at 5:30 a.m. CKO Kickboxing boasts several other locations in New Jersey and New York, including 621 Route 130 in Hamilton Township; 609.838.2872. THE GYM 2 Chestnut Ridge Road, Montvale 201.802.9399 20 Nordhoff Place, Englewood 201.567.9399 THE GYM maintains locations in Montvale and Englewood. With an emphasis on top-tier instructors and the latest equipment, the overall atmosphere is reminiscent of a five-star hotel. Boxing-oriented group fitness classes include the popular Kick-Box and Boxing Bootcamp.

LIFETIME This Hudson County gym boasts 20,000 square feet between 7 Forrestal Road South, Plainsboro two floors. Your first trial class is free (Hoboken residents 609.608.7100 receive an upgrade to one free week with purchase of starter PHOTO COURTESY OF CKO KICKBOXING gloves). Unlike some kickboxing gyms, at CKO you’ll be able to burn tons of calories and excess energy by hitting heavy bags, rather than air. With exceptional spaces designed to inspire and energize, the LIFETIME brand Classes run between 45 minutes and 1 hour and will allow you to go at your own pace. Any level, male or female, is welcome at this all-inclusive gym, regardless of of fitness clubs offers a huge selection of weekly group fitness classes including


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Venom Fitness Boxing and Fitness Center 681 Lawlins Road, Unit 210, Wycoff 201.904.2122

POE Yoga 531 Millburn Avenue, Short Hills 973.379.1113 (Additional locations in Fair Haven and Far Hills)

Exceed your expectations and push your limits at this no-frills gym experience at Venom Fitness Boxing and Fitness Center in Wycoff. Both boxing/kickboxing and boxing/MMA competition-style classes are offered, along with equally physically challenging options like Cobra Sculpt and Viper Bootcamp. Venom promises that in their boxing classes you’ll learn real boxing technique taught by real boxers, build core strength, learn self-defense, and burn between 800-1,000 calories per hour.

This attractive hot yoga studio also offers weekly boxing classes known as Poe Punch. Targeting the whole body, these classes will improve strength, aerobic capacity, speed, flexibility, coordination, and balance. Paired with heavy bag work, kickboxing, high energy music, and body weight exercises, Poe Punch will have you nailing complex boxing combinations in no time. Gloves are required, and all levels are welcome. Princeton Fitness & Wellness Center 1225 State Road (Route 206), Princeton 609.683.7888 7 Plainsboro Road, Plainsboro 609.799.7777 An affiliate of Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center with a second location in Plainsboro, Princeton Fitness & Wellness Center specializes in full-body care and training for all ages and fitness levels. BodyPump, BodyCombat, Kettlebell AMPD Demo, Piloxing, Tabata and HardCORE are just some of the high-intensity, strength-focused classes that are included in every gym membership.

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Strike, a martial arts-inspired class utilizing kickboxing skills, weighted gloves, punches, strikes, blocks, and heavy bars. While not boxing-oriented in nature, Spartan Strong is a fast-paced circuit workout that will elevate your heart rate while using bodyweight moves and all the major muscle groups.

Rumble Boxing 146 West 23rd Street, Chelsea (Additional locations in NoHo and the Upper East Side)


Gotham Gym 600 Washington Street, West Village 646.490.8500 At Gotham Gym, train like a fighter with real fighters. Attendees are asked to bring boxing gloves and hand wraps, but you can also rent or purchase your own at the gym. Gotham Gym creator and owner Rob Piela has worked with everyone from celebrities to construction workers. Fellow fighter Randy Humola started personal training after a stint in the Marine Corps. Lastly, Mike Castillo began boxing at the age of 15 and has competed in the NY Golden Gloves seven times, taking home two silver and two bronze medals. After a stint in the Marine Corps, he joined the Gotham Gym family and has provided members with an intense and focused workout experience. Overthrow Boxing Club 9 Bleecker Street, NoHo 646.705.0332 As raw, real, and authentic as New York City boxing gets. Underground Boxing, Ring Work, and private training are all offered at both the NoHo and Brooklyn locations. Underground Boxing is taught by pro fighters and top level amateurs. This 45-minute Boxing Burnout class incorporates shadowboxing, heavy bag work, and basic boxing technique to high energy music. Overthrow’s Boxing Burnout takes places in the infamous underground level of No. 9 Bleecker. During the 45-minute Ring Work classes, participants learn footwork, boxing technique, and what it feels like to move and box like a fighter. All of this action takes place on the main level of Overthrow. Gloves are included and hand wraps are available for purchase. Classes number between 10-24 fighters and are no contact.

Rumble is certainly on-trend. This boutique fitness experience combines the best principles of boxing and strength training to help you to develop that lean, confident fighter’s physique. Rumble is HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), strength training, metabolic conditioning, and uppercut throwing cardio in every class. Heavily-weighted aqua training bags and a nightclub quality sound system keep the energy levels high. Private training is also available. Throwdown NYC 3 East 17th Street, Flatiron District 347.306.3357 Throwdown NYC is a full-service boutique fitness studio in the heart of the Flatiron District. They utilize over 20 years of experience in martial arts, fitness, rehabilitation, strength training, and mobility for maximum results. Throwdown aims to bring mixed martial arts (MMA) to a broader population. Kickboxing, HIIT Strength, and Boxing Level I and II classes are offered weekly. Willspace 254 West 10th Street, West Village 212.929.1800 “Every body needs Will.” That’s the motto behind Willspace in New York City. Here, mobility and strength are intertwined. RE:TRAIN is a deliberate and systematic method of training by world-class athletes that breaks down the fundamentals of performance. Students are promised improved mobility, core strength, body control, weight lifting, and endurance.



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5. Brick Farm Market: Our fresh, never frozen, heritage breed turkeys are hatched and pastured on our farm in Hopewell where they forage for grasses, seeds, and insects; a diet supplemented with locally-grown, GMO-free grains. Taste the difference! 609.466.6500; order at 6. Max’s Market & Eatery: Max’s philosophy is simple — offer fresh ingredients prepared in an authentic manner in a pleasant setting. Max’s features hormone-free, grass-fed beef products as well as a variety of fresh homemade pastas, sauces, and prepared meals. Max’s also specializes in catering for pharma and corporate luncheons, and private parties. 299 South Main Street, Flemington. 908.824.7776; 7. Blue Moon Acres: Come enjoy Blue Moon Acres’ certified organic, freshly-husked rice grown in Pennington. Our market carries local New Jersey products your family is sure to enjoy. 11 Willow Creek Drive, Pennington. 609.737.8333; 8. Le Bon Magot: A multi-award-winning, woman-owned specialty food business offering distinctive flavors of chutneys, pickles, and preserves created from unique spice blends, unusual ingredients, and innovative treatments of traditional recipes. Le Bon Magot® condiments include (but are not limited to) White Pumpkin Murabba with Cardamom & Vanilla, Spiced Raisin Marmalata with Ras al-Hanout & Smoked Cinnamon, and LemonSultana Marmalata with Caraway & Saffron, and are made in small batches using only the freshest produce and highest quality of spices, containing no additives, preservatives, or gluten. 609.477.2847;



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Mark your calendar for these upcoming events… By Laurie Pellichero Annual Hometown Halloween Parade Downtown Princeton; 5:45PM Dress up in your best costume and join the Arts Council of Princeton for the Annual Hometown Halloween Parade. The parade will leave the Palmer Square Green promptly at 5:45PM, head through downtown Princeton, and end at the Princeton YMCA. The festivities continue at the YMCA with live music, a bounce house, trunk or treat, food and drink, crafts, and family-friendly activities.

NOVEMBER 2 Mary Chapin Carpenter McCarter Theatre Center 91 University Place, Princeton; 8PM Singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter celebrates her upcoming album, Sometimes Just the Sky, which revisits her most well-loved songs, many of which have become part of the American songbook. Includes an opening performance by Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards. McCarter also hosts Triangle Show: Night of the Laughing Dead on November 9-11; Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussian, and Edgar Meyer on November 12; Jessica Lange Dance on November 16; The New Chinese Acrobats on November 17; and Cecile McLorin Salvant on November 18.

NOVEMBER 2 (ONGOING) Disney’s Beauty and The Beast Kelsey Theatre 200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor; Various times The Yardley Players bring one of Disney’s best

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family films to life in this adaption of the classic romantic fairytale. It tells the story of a cold-hearted prince who has been magically transformed into an unsightly creature who must earn the love of a young woman in order to revert back to human form (through November 11).

NOVEMBER 3 Cider Making Howell Living History Farm 70 Woodens Lane, Lambertville: 10AM-4PM Since the 1730s, just about every type of farming has occurred at the Howell Farm site. Today, as part of the Mercer Park Commission, it provides a living example of farming as it was practiced in New Jersey in the period 1890-1910. It is also a fun, family-friendly, and educational place where one can find the remnants of over 250 years of farming practice and life. Other events include Bacon, Sausage, and Scrapple Making on November 10; Logging and Firewood Cutting on November 17; and Thanksgiving hayrides and a wreath and sleigh bell sale on November 24.

NOVEMBER 4 Princeton Pro Musica: To Music, To Joy Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University; 4PM Celebrating its 40th anniversary, Princeton Pro Musica opens its 2018-19 season with a concert featuring Vaughan Williams’ “Serenade to Music,” Johannes Brahms’ “Nanie” and “Alto Rhapsody,” Claude Debussy’s “Sirenes,” and Ludwig von Beethoven’s celebratory “Ode to Joy” from his Symphony No. 9. Soloists Lily Arbisser, soprano; Sarah Nelson Craft, mezzo-soprano; Christopher Hochstuhl, tenor; and Dashon Burton, bass-baritone join

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Princeton Pro Musica’s 100-plus member chorus and orchestra and Maestro Ryan James Brandau for this special event.

NOVEMBER 8 Princeton Farmers Market Hinds Plaza, Downtown Princeton; 10AM-3PM Seasonal and organic produce from local farmers, flowers, crafts, and a variety of edibles including freerange beef, poultry, pork, eggs, cheese, pickles, honey, and baked goods are featured. Live music from 12:30-2:30PM (also on November 15).

NOVEMBER 9 Tina & Friends Open Mic Night Unionville Vineyards 9 Rocktown Road, Ringoes; 6:30-10PM Join Tina and her band of merrymakers for their monthly open mic in the tasting room at Unionville Vineyards. The vineyard serves wine by the glass or bottle and encourages guests to bring small bites to enjoy while the music plays. No cover charge; performers should arrive at the beginning of the evening to guarantee stage time.



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NOVEMBER 15 A Celebration of Poetry Princeton Public Library 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton; 7-9pm Princeton Public Library presents an evening of poetry readings and refreshments in the library’s community room as it wraps up its series of fall poetry programs with DaraLyn Shrager, the library’s first poet-in-residence. Shrager will read from her works and sign copies of her poetry collection, Whiskey, X-Ray, Yankee. Three additional poets — Timothy Liu, Peter Covino and Martha Rhodes — will be featured readers at this event and sign copies of their books.

NOVEMBER 16 (ONGOING) A Christmas Story, The Musical Kelsey Theatre 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor; Various times M&M Stage Productions’ musical adaptation of the 1983 film comedy follows the childhood dreams and schemes of little Ralphie, whose heart is set on getting one thing and one thing only for Christmas – the official Red Ryder, carbine action, 200-shot, range model air rifle. With its timeless scenes, quirky innocence, and nostalgic warmth, this musical is sure to leave the whole family bright-eyed and buoyant (through December 2).

NOVEMBER 18 Annual Friendsgiving Hopewell Valley Vineyards 46 Yard Road, Pennington; 2-5pm The holidays are an exciting yet a hectic time of year. Have friends to catch up with? Maybe family you won’t get to see on Thanksgiving? Or just want enjoy delicious

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vintner-cooked meal? Then go to the annual Friendsgiving, enjoy a seasonally delicious meal, and leave all the cooking and cleaning to them.

NOVEMBER 19 Ghost in the Shell Princeton Garden Theatre 160 Nassau Street, Princeton; 7:30pm Based on the internationally-renowned cyberpunk manga, Ghost in the Shell is a staple of anime film. In the year 2029, a police officer and her partner are on the hunt for a cybercriminal who hacks into the minds of cyborgs and humans alike. This animated film is a complex exploration of the human condition and has been very influential among anime creators. Selected and presented in-person by Princeton University Professor of English Anne Cheng.

NOVEMBER 21 (ONGOING) Annual Festival of Trees Morven Museum & Garden 55 Stockton Street, Princeton: Wednesday through Sunday, 10am-4pm Morven’s annual Festival of Trees is a Princeton holiday tradition. Visitors will enjoy the museum’s elegant galleries, hallways, and porches artfully decorated for the holidays by local businesses, garden clubs, and nonprofits (through January 6).

NOVEMBER 23 Princeton Tree Lighting Ceremony The Green at Palmer Square, Princeton; 5-6pm Palmer Square’s 65-foot Norwegian spruce tree, decorated with more than 32,000 lights, will be lit at this

annual ceremony. There will also be musical performances and a special appearance by Santa Claus.

NOVEMBER 23-25 Holiday Wine Trail Weekend Terhune Orchards Vineyard & Winery 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton; 10am-5pm Kick off the holidays with special treats and holiday pairings at Terhune Orchards. Sample the wines and ingredients in their holiday gift boxes and baskets. Place your holiday orders for friends, family, and corporate gifts.

NOVEMBER 23-25 The Nutcracker McCarter Theatre Center 91 University Place, Princeton; Various times American Repertory Ballet brings the beloved classic Nutcracker to the stage with Tchaikovsky’s score, thrilling choreography, and a cast of more than 100. A holiday tradition for more than 50 years (1964), American Repertory Ballet’s Nutcracker is one of the longest, continuously running Nutcracker productions in the U.S.

NOVEMBER 24 The Goonies and Mamma Mia! Hopewell Theater 5 South Greenwood Avenue, Hopewell Enjoy a family Saturday matinee of The Goonies at 4:30pm. That evening, Hopewell Theater’s From Stage to Screen series presents a Mamma Mia! Sing-Along at 7pm. Event dates and times subject to change. See websites for full details.


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Established in 1967, Bon Appétit has proudly been serving the Princeton area as a gourmet European retail store with a French bistro style café. At Bon Appétit we offer a variety AD of over 250 cheeses from around the world, a wide range of imported meats, over 5000 hand picked gourmet specialty items, gourmet gift baskets, four star catering services, luscious European style deserts and fresh crusty European AD style baguettes baked every 30 minutes.