Satana Deberry, district attorney for Durham County, North Carolina, speaks at Thrive: Celebrating and Empowering Princeton’s Black Alumni in October 2019.
Princeton University, Office of Communications, Danielle Alio

Satana Deberry ’91 is among three black female “progressive prosecutors” who have been approached by congressional Democrats or members of Biden’s transition team about a possible U.S. Attorney position. — Reuters
Cass Cliatt ’96, Brown’s vice president for communications, is the first Black person to lead communications at a senior executive level at an Ivy-League institution, or at Stanford, Duke, MIT, and University of Chicago. — Diverse
University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel ’79 said he expects in-person instruction and residential experiences for students this fall, although masks and limits on gatherings may continue. — The Detroit News
Asian American and Pacific Islander activist Helen Zia ’73 discussed recent violence toward Asian Americans and said the country has a history of using them as scapegoats. — PBS NewsHour
Princeton’s American Whig-Cliosophic Society voted to rescind the James Madison Award for Distinguished Public Service it awarded in 2016 to Sen. Ted Cruz ’92, citing Cruz’s refusal to certify some states’ votes in the presidential election. —
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis ’96, whose approval rating has held steady during the pandemic, spoke to The Colorado Sun at length for a deep-dive story into the state’s coronavirus response. — The Colorado Sun
Ralph Nader ’55 is starting a Reporter’s Alert website to point hard-to-reach journalists toward important public service stories, like the striking absence of refunds and lowered premiums from auto and health insurance during the pandemic. — Eurasia Review

“As we return to pre-pandemic activities, there is a big question about what wardrobes will look like: Is the elastic waist here to stay or will yoga pants be left behind in quarantine?”

— Christine Hunsicker ’99, founder and CEO of logistics company CaaStle, explaining that after a flurry of subscription cancellations last year, rental-clothing companies have seen customers return. — Refinery29

 Despite their differences, the Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are “virtually identical” when it comes to preventing an ICU visit or death, said Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo ’87, an epidemiologist at the University of California, San Francisco. — NPR
Burger chain Shake Shack is the latest business to announce it will use plastic-free Air Carbon cutlery and straws made by Mark Herrema ’04’s Newlight Technologies. — Forbes
The East Coast Greenway Alliance, a planned 3,000-mile route connecting 15 states, needs to keep building on the boom in visits it saw in 2020, said executive director Dennis Markatos-Soriano *08. — Bicycling

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