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Get To Know A Truman: Dr. Sanjay Basu (IL ’01)

Sanjay Basu MD, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. He received his undergraduate degree from MIT before completing a Rhodes scholarship at Oxford. He received his MD and PhD in epidemiology at Yale and is board certified in internal medicine. Dr. Basu’s research interests focus on global development […]

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10 Questions: Melissa McCafferty (MI ’10)

Question 1.       What got you interested in the Coast Guard? I grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, which is of course surrounded by Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, and Lake Huron. The Coast Guard has an enormous presence in the community, most notably in the Soo locks during ice-breaking season. When I […]

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Meet Jacob Tobia: Your Friendly All-American Boy Next Door In Heels (By Tyler Hatch)

 Also read about Jacob in the following Scholar profile. Jacob Tobia recently took the internet by storm with a powerful op-ed in which gender identity and expression, feminism, masculinity, and professionalism all come together in the perfect storm to express Jacob’s quest to navigate the office space as a gender queer individual. I was able to sit down […]

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Dena Simmons, 2004

Dena Simmons (CT ’04) If I were to ask you to list the top five individuals in your life who have influenced you the most, I’m certain that a large percentage of you would name at least one teacher.  And I bet you’d have a ready example of why that is so.  I think it’s […]

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Know Your Scholars: Wendi Adelson 2000 Florida

  “Human Trafficking” is a term most of us are familiar with.  Yet, the realities of its meaning are held at a safe distance – like a tenable mystery we’re not all that eager to explore with our magnifying glass.  Even those who consider themselves well read and up to speed on current events would […]

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Know Your Scholars: Forrest Dunbar – Alaska 2005

   Forrest Dunbar – Alaska 2005 Most of us imagine Alaska in striking reflections of majestic mountains cast in the glass-like plane of crystal clear water, with a panoramic view of raw nature in her most gloriously pristine form, unfettered and seemingly holding a perpetual state of refreshing newness that invigorates our pioneering spirits.  As […]

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The Truman Scholar Community & Scholar Chris Coons’ Historic 2010 U.S. Senate Win

In November 2010, Truman Scholars witnessed an historic first for our community when Chris Coons (DE ‘83) won election to the US Senate. A collaborative and intergenerational effort, the campaign embodied many of the values for which the Truman family is known: loyalty, camaraderie, and a commitment to public service. For this article, Bill Rivers […]

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Profile: Heather Mizeur (IL ’94), Maryland Delegate

Growing up in rural Illinois, Maryland Delegate Heather Mizeur (IL ’94) never thought that her first Washington, DC, job would lead to a life there, let alone a successful political career in one of DC’s suburbs. Although believing she would return to the Midwest, this self-described “old soul” knew from an early age that she […]

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Profile: Lisette Nieves (NY ’90), Founder of Year Up NY

For this interview, Lisette Nieves (NY ’90), who at the time of the interview served as Founding Executive Director for Year Up NY, was interviewed by Amber Herman (TN ’06), Federal Partner Relations Management for Year Up National Capital Region. Lisette Nieves (NY ’90) has been appointed the Belle Zeller Distinguished Visiting Professor in Public Policy at the […]

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Profile: William Mercer (MT ’84), Former Acting Associate Attorney General

By Adam Harbison (AL ’07) William W. Mercer (MT ’84) served in the US Department of Justice for twenty years in Montana and Washington, D.C. In Montana, he served as United States Attorney from 2001 through 2009 and as Assistant US Attorney from 1994 to 2001. He was responsible for natural resources litigation, prosecution of […]

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