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Names in the news: A fencing star, a crossword champ, and more

i-cb871462d587ce5377455ff9e2535dd3-wb_alumni.jpgWith a top-32 finish at the World Cup in Paris, epee fencer Soren Thompson ’05 qualified to represent the United States at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Thompson also competed at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. [Miami Herald]
Liza Mundy ’82’s story on “Women, Money, and Power” was featured on the cover of Time magazine. [Time]
Another recent Time article looked at Princeton engineering professor Jeremy Kasdin ’85’s role in the search for Earth-like planets. [Time]
Proteins developed by Caltech professor Frances Arnold ’79 have aided development of biofuels; her current work aims to improve brain imaging. [Bloomberg Businessweek]
Dan Feyer ’99 defended his title at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, defeating 600 top solvers and a computer. [New York Times]
Asset-management analyst Ross Glotzbach ’03 is working to gain approval for a charter school in Memphis, Tenn. [Memphis Commercial Appeal]
The recession has not dampened Broadway box offices, Jujamcyn Theaters president Jordan Roth ’02 told “Morning Joe” hosts Mika Brzezinski and Willie Geist. [MSNBC]

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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