Craig Mazin ’92, the creator/executive producer/writer/director of “The Last of Us,” poses at the premiere of the HBO series, Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, at the Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles.
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University of Michigan historian Heather Ann Thompson *95 warned that Temple University’s recent crackdown on striking graduate students underscores a broader erosion of hard-won labor rights. — CNN
Scientist and inventor Nathan Myhrvold *83 is advocating for “geoengineering” solutions to climate change, like reflecting sunlight back into space or directly capturing carbon dioxide from the air. — The Wall Street Journal
Representing Tennessee Pride Chamber, attorney Abby Rubenfeld ’75 spoke out against a bill in Tennessee that would ban drag shows, saying it would end up costing the state “a lot of money” in attorney fees when it’s inevitably challenged. — Erie News Now
Kathryn Foster *93, president of The College of New Jersey, signed an articulation agreement with the president of Mercer County Community College that will allow some MCCC graduates to automatically be granted admission to TCNJ. —
University of Wisconsin consumer science professor Christine Whelan ’99 said one reason for the decline in marriage rates is that couples today are spurred by cultural shifts to think they need to spend a lot on upscale weddings. — WXOW
Emma Bloomberg ’01, CEO of education policy think tank Murmuration, discussed a poll of Gen Z’s thoughts on civic engagement, depression, school safety, and more. — Ed Week
Villanova professor Vincent Lloyd ’03 said a key detail in the controversy over an Advanced Placement course on African American Studies is the nature of the discipline itself: “It is a framework for intellectual work oriented by struggle.” — Rampant Magazine
Bridgewater Associates’ co-CIO Karen Karniol-Tambour ’06 said everyone in investing today is accustomed to banks quickly stepping in to end recessions, but in the future that won’t be the case. — Bloomberg
Legislation drafted by Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen and Maryland Rep. John Sarbanes ’84 to establish a “Chesapeake National Recreation Area” would deliver federal money to protect the environment across the watershed. — CBS News
Former Republican Sen. Bill Frist ’74, a cardiothoracic surgeon, described a new report he worked on, full of strategies to rein in health-care spending. — Forbes
As parents say they want more information about their children in school, George Washington University law professor Paul Schiff Berman ’88 described how and why schools are restricted by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). — Fox News

“As the nation tunes in to our national pastime today, remember that all Americans are swallowing a spoonful of racism in order to watch football. Even though the racism is directed at Native Americans today as legions of Chiefs fans play Indian and do tomahawk chops, the racism dehumanizes all of us regardless of our racial and cultural backgrounds.”

— Anton Treuer ’91, a professor of Ojibwe language at Bemidji State University in Minnesota, on this year’s Super Bowl. — PR Week

James Heckman *71, a Nobel Prize-winning economist at the University of Chicago who studies early childhood education, discussed a proposal for universal preschool in Illinois. — WBEZ
Voice coach Samara Bay ’02 knocked down myths about voices and public speaking, including the belief that lower pitches sound more authoritative and that showing emotion kills credibility. — Fast Company
Showrunner Craig Mazin ’92 said that, unlike the majority of producers who have adapted video games for film, he and co-director Neil Druckmann are big fans of the game “The Last of Us,” and he hopes the same holds true for future video game adaptations. — CBR
Ralph Nader ’55 is starting his own nonprofit newspaper called The Winsted Citizen in his northwest Connecticut hometown, which he called a news desert. — The Norfolk Daily News

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