Thursday, February 23, 2012

Bob Bradley, Coach of Egyptian National Soccer Team, Featured in Princetonian Articles

Classmate Bob Bradley finds himself in the center of world-historic happenings these days because of his passion for soccer. Formerly the head of the U.S. soccer team, Bradley was named the head of Egypt's men's soccer team in September 2011. In February of this year, a riot at an Egyptian soccer match left scores dead. Bob's decision to take part in a memorial march led to wide press attention, including a dramatic feature article and a Q&A interview in the Daily Princetonian. In the interview, asked about the factors that led him to the march, Bob said,

The morning after the tragedy, when I spoke to Zak Abdel, Zak is a friend of mine, he was with the U.S. team the last five or six years as goalkeeper coach. The morning after me, Zak and the assistant coach El Sahed spoke about what happened. I asked them for different opinions. When Zak and I talked more about it, we went back where I live, and my wife was there. At that point, he had gotten word from somebody that there was going to be a rally in Sphinx Square. We all agreed at that time that it was important to show respect to those who lost their lives and show respect to their families, and that it was important to be with the people at that moment. I’ve said it many times: The people in Egypt are very warm, they’re very proud. They’re proud of their culture, they’re proud of their history, and of course they’re very, very proud of their football. I say football only because here that’s what they call it. They’re very proud of their football, and they’re passionate, and in a country where there’s so much passion for football, it’s incredibly sad that a group of young people would lose their lives at a football match. We all felt it was important to be in Sphinx Square with the people and make sure that in a simple way we were showing our respect.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Classmate Dariush Arasteh has passed away

Classmate Dariush Arasteh, an efficient windows expert in the Environmental Energy Technologies Department at the , passed away on February 3 after an eight-year battle with cancer. He was 51 years old. A 30-year veteran of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, Arasteh was involved in all aspects of research on energy-efficient windows, with a focus on the development and experimental analysis of highly insulating “superwindows,” creating a suite of computer tools to analyze window-heat transfer, leading industry to develop a rating system for the thermal performance of windows. The windows research led to other innovations such as the development, patenting and licensing of gas-filled panel insulation.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday March 3rd at 2 pm at St. John’s Presbyterian Church located at 2727 College Avenue in Berkeley, California. To see a memorial page and post memories of Dariush, click here.

Dariush leaves his wife Nancy Hendrickson and son Jasper Arasteh, his sister Roya Arasteh as well as his extended family in the United States including his uncle and aunt Dr. Ahmad and Mrs. Mahin Arasteh, and his cousins Nahid, Mashid, and Megan Arasteh all of Safety Harbor Florida, cousin Bibi Arasteh and her husband Osama Othman of McLean, Virginia; as well as a worldwide network of friends and colleagues. For information about the memorial service or memorial gifts, email

Monday, February 6, 2012

Robert Klitzman Publishes New Book on Genetic Testing

Robert Klitzman, MD, will speak at the New York Academy of Medicine on February 28 as part of the release of his new book, "Am I My Genes? Confronting Fate and Family Secrets in the Age of Genetic Testing." The presentation will be at 1216 Fifth Avenue and starts at 6 p.m. The NYAM website says of the topic:

Genetics is rapidly enhancing our understanding and treatment of disease, but presents ever new dilemmas for physicians and patients. Countless people wrestle with fear and apprehension about whether to get tested, and if so, what they should do with the information. In his new book, psychiatrist Robert Klitzman explores how individuals confront these complex issues in their daily lives. He has interviewed a wide range of people who are at risk for various genetic diseases, and grapple with whether to get tested; to whom to disclose their genetic risks (spouses, parents, employers, physicians); what treatments to pursue; whether to have children, knowing that genetic diseases may be inherited; and to what degree and how our genes may shape our destiny. These difficult ethical and sometimes metaphysical questions are also embedded in intricate social contexts--the family, the clinic, and the world at large. Klitzman's gripping presentation of the human face of these new tests is important and compelling. These patients--and often their doctors--are pioneers in whose paths most of us will eventually follow.
Bob will also be speaking on the topic on Sunday, March 4 at the Guggenheim Museum.