David Agus ’87 speaks at the 2015 DLDsummer15 Conference in Munich, Germany.
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New Jersey Public Defender Joseph Krakora ’76 says municipalities are seeking to save money by closing their jails just as violence in the jails points “to a systemic failure and a blatant disregard of basic dignity.” — The Star-Ledger
Michelle A. Williams ’84, dean of the faculty at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said the argument that women no longer face hardships when forced to carry a pregnancy is “flat-out wrong,” as demonstrated by maternal mortality rates and other research. — The Hill
Nobel-winning economist James Heckman *71 said that despite the generous welfare policies touted by American progressives, Denmark still has “substantial inequality in child outcomes.” “Parenting still matters most,” he wrote. — Newsweek
President Joe Biden is nominating Meg Whitman ’77 — a former CEO and a Republican who endorsed him — to be the U.S. ambassador to Kenya. — The Hill
Backed by facts, investigative journalist Barton Gellman ’82 tried and failed to convince a right-leaning firefighter that the 2020 election wasn’t stolen from Donald Trump. — The Atlantic
At a webinar organized by NYU and the National Stock Exchange, economist and Nobel laureate Michael Spence ’66 said mobile internet is “enabling inclusive growth and opening up employment opportunities.” — The Economic Times

“Somewhere along the line, this big, lovely word had shriveled to describing the humanitarian impulses of less than 1% of the world’s population. When did the rich become the only people with a ‘desire to promote the welfare of others’?”

— MacKenzie Scott ’92 writing about philanthropy. — Medium

Brookings Institution senior fellow Andre Perry ’00 said that in predominantly Black neighborhoods, appraisers tend to compare the price of homes against one another, effectively recycling discrimination “over and over again.” — NPR
CBS medical contributor David Agus ’87 told Late Show host Stephen Colbert that the omicron variant is getting around the vaccines a bit, “and that’s what got us worried.” But a booster shot increases protection substantially, he said. — The Late Show
Family physician Jennifer Caudle ’99 said that with a severe cold and flu season under way, she recommends people take preventative measures over the holidays. — Longview News-Journal
With his defamation lawsuit, John Stossel ’69 appears to have prompted Facebook to admit that its “fact checks” are actually just opinions. — The New American
Purdue University President Mitch Daniels ’71 said that in a new book about how universities can counter the erosion of American self-governance, Johns Hopkins President Ronald Daniels “has given us a lot to contemplate.” — The Washington Post

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