Seven UNIVERSITY TRUSTEES began new terms July 1: José Alvarez ’85, a clinical professor of business administration at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business; Beth Cobert ’80, COO of the Markle Foundation and a former Obama administration official; Yolandra Gomez Toya ’88, a pediatrician and public-health advocate; Naomi Hess ’22, the young-alumni trustee and a health research associate at Mathematica; Yan Huo *94, managing partner and chief investment officer of Capula Investment Management; Carol Quillen *91, the president of Davidson College; and Jackie Yi-Ru Ying *91, director of NanoBio Lab in Singapore.

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The United States Census Bureau appointed FILIZ GARIP, a professor of sociology and public affairs who studies migration, economic sociology, and inequality, to a three-year term on the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations. The committee provides guidance on issues such as rural populations, populations displaced by natural disasters, and American Indian and Alaska Native tribal considerations. 

Princeton joined more than a dozen colleges and universities in an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to uphold Grutter v. Bollinger, a 2003 ruling that allows applicants’ race and ethnicity to be considered as part of a holistic admissions process. Two separate cases that may test the precedent — against Harvard and the University of North Carolina — are expected to be heard by the Supreme Court in October.

The University has partnered with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace to create the Institute for Research on the Information Environment, which will “study the information ecosystem” and “propose evidence-based solutions to address the crisis of disinformation,” Dean for Research Pablo Debenedetti said in an announcement. According to the Carnegie Endowment, the institute is scheduled to launch in fall 2023.