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Caltech professor Frances Arnold ’79 and colleague Willem Stemmer will share the $500,000 Charles Stark Draper Prize for their pioneering work in DNA sequencing. [USA Today]
TV producer David E. Kelley ’79 knows his new show, Harry’s Law, is a long shot, but he’s optimistic that it can find its niche. [Washington Post]
Calgary lawyer and former Princeton hockey captain Kirk Lamb ’01 was named the new chairman of the Canadian Junior Hockey League, an umbrella group that oversees Canada’s 10 junior-A leagues. [Calgary Herald]
Indiana governor and presidential prospect Mitch Daniels ’71 has received a vote of confidence from an unanticipated group of supporters: Yale undergrads. [Indianapolis Star]
Ellie Kemper ’02, a cast member on TV’s The Office, talks about comedy writing and her role in Sofia Coppola’s recent film Somewhere. [St. Louis Magazine]

Kelley ’79 talks about Princeton roots in campus visit

David E. Kelley ’79, the award-winning writer and producer of television hits like The Practice, Boston Legal, and Ally McBeal, spoke at Princeton Nov. 17 as part of the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Performance Central series.
In an on-stage interview conducted by Broadway producer Jordan Roth ’97, Kelley described an early foray into script writing at Princeton. Facing a deadline for a freshman course on Homeric literature, he decided to put his own spin on a class paper, writing a play that imagined Plato, Socrates, and Homer meeting in heaven and debating their views on literature. “I wrote a dialogue, turned it in, and then really ducked for cover,” he said.
The weekend after turning in the paper, Kelley traveled with the men’s hockey team to play Harvard and stayed behind in Boston, his hometown, missing class on Monday. He knew that skipping a lecture could cost him a letter grade – the professor, Lois Hinckley, had a rule against absences – but he decided to take his chances.

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