Republican Rep. Mike Gallagher ’05 of Wisconsin speaks during a hearing at the Capitol in July 2023.
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Two of the four Republicans who tanked an attempt to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas by voting against their party were Princeton alumni: Colorado Rep. Ken Buck ’81 and Wisconsin Rep. Mike Gallagher ’05. — The Washington Post
Days after that vote, Gallagher announced he won’t run for re-election this year, saying in a statement: “Electoral politics was never supposed to be a career and, trust me, Congress is no place to grow old.” — NBC News
Amid the discussion about President Joe Biden and other politicians forgetting things, MIT neuroscientist Earl Miller *90 explained that brains are wired for selective memory at all ages. “An older brain is a wiser brain. It has experience to draw on,” he said. — The Washington Post
As Southern California is deluged, Arizona State hydrologist Jay Famiglietti *92 said authorities need to have some tough conversations about moving people off floodplains. — Yahoo! Finance
Historian William Deverell *89 was among this year’s recipients of USC Dornsife’s Communicator of the Year award, given to “public scholars” who excel at sharing their expertise to benefit society. — USC Dornsife
Journalist Akil Alleyne ’08 shared the story of his mentor, Gemma Raeburn-Baynes, calling her “a true pillar of Montreal’s Black community.” — iHeartRadio

“We often watch reality TV to feel superior to the people on the shows. We can see what’s happening and we know what’s to come, but the people on the show don’t. It can give us this sense of smug superiority, like ‘why didn’t you see what they did there?’ When in actuality it’s really not that obvious.”

— Danielle Lindemann ’02, a sociologist and the author of True Story: What Reality TV Says About Us, discussing the reality television show The Traitors. — BBC

Vanessa de la Torre ’04 was named chief content officer of Connecticut Public, were she started in 2018 as the race, identity and culture reporter and then led and developed the New England News Collaborative. — Connecticut Public
Vikram Goyal *94, who runs a design workshop in India, discussed his new collection that pays tribute to the Silk Route in hammered brass. — Patriot

CNN anchor Laura Coates ’01 says she’ll give a complete picture of Donald Trump’s federal election subversion trial in an episode of The Whole Story with Anderson Cooper, on Sunday, Feb. 18. — CNN
CNN is bringing on Johns Hopkins University associate history professor Leah Wright Rigueur *09 as an on-air contributor. — CNN
Four Princeton alumni were elected into the 2024 class of the National Academy of Engineering: Marc A. Baldo *01, Rob Knight *01, Paul Christopher Damian Milly ’78, and Yu-Pen Su *80. — National Academy of EngineeringPrinceton Engineering

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