Former Secretary of State George Shultz testifies during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in Dirksen on U.S. national security strategy, Jan. 29, 2015.
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Dr. Celine Gounder ’97, clinical assistant professor at New York University, and Dr. Eric Goosby ’74, director of the University of California, San Francisco, Center for Implementation Sciences, are expected to be on Joe Biden’s coronavirus task force, part of the president-elect’s promise to “listen to the scientists.” — Politico

Democrat Rebeca Clay-Flores ’97, a special projects manager with San Antonio Metro Health, was elected to the Bexar County Commissioners Court. Her priorities include supporting small and minority-owned businesses and mental health. — Texas Public Radio

Three Black celebrities who endorsed President Trump are part of “a well-worn political strategy designed to shield candidates from accusations of racism” and divert attention from policy, wrote Brandeis University history professor Leah Wright Rigueur *09. — The Washington Post

Bemidji State University professor Anton Treuer ’91, an Indigenous languages advocate, said Rosetta Stone language learning software is being developed for Ojibwe. — The Circle

Katrina vanden Heuvel ’81, editor of The Nation, discussed the legacy of her husband, Princeton professor emeritus of Russian history Stephen F. Cohen, who died in September. — The Gray Zone

“We all instinctively, or from personal experience, know that good neighborly relations thrive when neighbors trust one another, and that life can become miserable if trust is replaced with suspicion and doubt.”

— Former secretary of state George Shultz ’42 described a need to rebuild trust at home and with other countries, work that could take more than one presidential term. — The Foreign Service Journal

Prior to Election Day, columnist John Stossel ’69 said “no matter who wins on Tuesday, life will probably get better.” Entrepreneurs are inventing cool things, private companies are providing cleaner water, and modern farming is taking less land from forests, he wrote. — The New Hampshire Union Leader

Eddie Glaude Jr. *97 said on MSNBC that COVID-19 has sown divisions in the country and “liberty has become a synonym for selfishness.” — Real Clear Politics

A new documentary, A Thousand Cuts, details the government prosecution of journalist Maria Ressa ’86 in the Philippines, which “has become one of the most dangerous places in the world to cover the news.” — Seven Days

David Duchovny ’82 hasn’t appeared in a movie for four years, but took a role in the horror reboot The Craft: Legacy because it struck him as “a really smart script.” — Yahoo!

Actress Mindy Kaling will star in and produce an HBO Max movie of Jennifer Weiner ’91’s bestselling book, Good in Bed. — The Economic Times

From Nov. 3:

Kathy Roth-Douquet *91, co-founder of Blue Star Families, is among the high-profile military family members who signed an open letter endorsing Joe Biden. — The Hill

Yoram Hazony ’86, president of the Herzl Institute think tank in Jerusalem, has become one of Trumpism’s foremost theorists. — Vox

Short-video app Quibi shut down after six months. CEO Meg Whitman ’77 and co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg said it wasn’t succeeding either because “the idea itself wasn’t strong enough to justify a standalone streaming service or because of our timing.” — CNN

Commodities trader Paul F. Glenn ’52, who created the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and poured more than $100 million into research on aging, has died at age 89. — The Wall Street Journal

NPR critic David Bianculli said that with his new HBO miniseries, The Undoing, writer David E. Kelley ’79 has found “very, very rewarding things to do on television lately.” — Fresh Air

Frank Vuono ’78, who has spent decades negotiating in the sports industry, said leagues are among those paying close attention to Google’s antitrust case, particularly how it influences Google bidding for media distribution contracts. — Yahoo! Sports

Boston City Council member Andrea Campbell ’04 announced she’s running for mayor on a platform of eliminating environmental, legal, and health disparities. — The Mass Media

“We need a radical transformation in how we treat chronic illness… So unfortunately, you long-haul COVID-19 patients haven’t just contracted a prolonged illness — you’ve inherited a battle.”

— Jennifer Brea ’05, who directed a documentary about her chronic fatigue in 2017, offered advice with Julie Rehmeyer and Brian Vastag for dealing with long-term coronavirus effects. — The Washington Post

Sources say the Red Sox have interviewed Cubs third base coach Will Venable ’05 for a managerial vacancy. — The Boston Globe

Michelle Obama ’85 released a “voting soundtrack” of hip-hop music that makes her want to get up and vote, through rapper LL Cool J’s content and commerce site, Rock the Bells. — The Hill