Diane Schanzenbach *02, director of the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University
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Diane Schanzenbach *02, director of the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University, cheered the news that hunger has declined to the lowest point since the pandemic began, but cautioned that “there are still far too many Americans experiencing hunger and food insecurity.” — Yahoo! Finance
Brookings Institute senior fellow Michael O’Hanlon ’82 *91 said labeling China’s treatment of its Uyghur population “genocide” is historically and legally inappropriate, and part of a broader and dangerous groupthink that demonizes China. — The Washington Post
Economist and Nobel laureate James Heckman *71 said he doubted a new study underway would show that payments — like President Biden’s — to low-income families would affect a child’s cognitive development. — The Hill
Queen Noor ’74, formerly Lisa Halaby, is caught up in a royal family feud: Her son called out corruption in Jordan, which is ruled by his half brother King Abdullah II. — Herald-Mail Media
Siddharth Chatterjee *11, U.N. coordinator in China, said he feels a kinship with the “three friends of winter” — symbols of fortitude, modesty, and endurance — that appear in Chinese art and poetry and have helped us get through the pandemic to spring. — South China Morning Post
Noah Steinberg ’90, chairman and CEO of Hungarian real estate group Wing, discussed the real estate markets in Hungary and Poland and his company’s plans for expansion. — Eurobuild
Nicky Sheats ’78, director of the Center for the Urban Environment at the John S. Watson Institute for Urban Policy and Research at Kean University, has been appointed to the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council. — Insider NJ
President Biden is nominating Candace Jackson-Akiwumi ’00 for the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. If confirmed, she’d be the second Black woman to serve the Seventh Circuit. — The Chicago Sun-Times

“People are not very forgiving when something that they love as much as they do for being apolitical turns political. You saw these people burning jerseys, and they hold grudges.”

— Tom Bevan ’91, co-founder and president of RealClearPolitics, saying Major League Baseball made a mistake by moving its All-Star Game to protest changes to Georgia voting laws. — Fox News Radio

Biden will nominate Ali Nouri *06 as the Energy Department’s assistant secretary for congressional and intergovernmental affairs. Currently he is principal deputy assistant secretary. — Politico
Lileana Blain-Cruz ’06 directed the “sleek, stylish and technically sound” one-man show “Only Child,” filmed for streaming while Broadway has been shut down. — The New York Times
Basketball player Devin Cannady ’20, who was named the 2021 NBA G League Finals MVP, has signed on with the Orlando Magic. — NBA.com
Martin Barakso ’16 recently rowed in one of crew’s “most storied events”: the Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge in the U.K. — The Cowichan Valley Citizen

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