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AU Newsmakers 3.3 - 3.10, 2017
Top Story
A History of Women Standing Up Against Exclusion
Camille Nelson, dean of the Washington College of Law, spoke to Washington Lawyer about how WCL's history set the foundation for creating diversity and opportunities for women within the legal field. Nelson said, “WCL has an abundance of human capital, especially when tied to the richness of the work our alumni do all over the world, that makes it an unparalleled choice.” (March 2017)

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Cafaro Returns to Washington in New Educator Role
Capri Cafaro, executive-in-residence at the School of Public Affairs, spoke to Roll Call about transitioning from her role as a U.S. senator to her new role at AU. Cafaro said, “I know how it feels to be excited to see a member of Congress that you've seen on television, or the excitement that you get when you have an opportunity to work on a research project.” (3/6)

Faculty Authors
Perdue Needs to Answer Some Questions Before He Becomes Ag Secretary
Adam Diamond, professor in the School of International Service, authored an article for McClatchy about Sonny Perdue, President Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of Agriculture. Diamond wrote, “As governor, he refused to support a resolution put forth by African-American state legislators apologizing for Georgia's support for slavery. He also has close ties to agribusiness.” (3/7)
Here's Who Gets Punished in Trump's Child Care Plan
Taryn Morrissey, professor of public affairs, co-authored an article for CNBC about President Donald Trump's childcare plan. Morrissey and her co-author wrote, “The President's tax deduction proposal for child care expenses would be exceedingly generous to higher-income families, according to the Tax Policy Center, while leaving out many low and middle-income parents with less tax liability.” (3/6)
Why the Left Should Work With Betsy DeVos
Associate Professor of Education Jennifer Steele authored an article for Education Week about how those on the left of the political spectrum should try to work with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Steele wrote, “What DeVos and her fellow Republicans must avoid is swinging the pendulum so far toward deregulation that the luck of geography, wealth, and parentage become even stronger educational determinants than they already are.”
Parents: What to Teach Kids Beyond 'Resist' and 'Persist' in the Midst of So Much Hate
International Training and Education Program Director Cynthia Miller-Idriss authored an article for The Washington Post about helping children and young adults cope with hate. Miller-Idriss noted, “Children and youth are more exposed to the hate than anyone else in the country. Schools and colleges were the sites of more than a third of the nearly 900 hate incidents documented by the Southern Poverty Law Center in the first 10 days after the election.” (3/7)

Media Struggles for Balance in Covering Hostile Trump
School of Communication Professor Richard Benedetto spoke to AFP about media organizations having a difficult time covering President Donald Trump. Benedetto said, “The goal is to be tough, but to be fair. The fairness part is an important part of the equation." (3/4)
Trump Accuses Obama of 'Nixon/Watergate' Wiretap -- but Offers no Evidence
Law Professor Jennifer Daskal spoke to the Washington Post about the accusation against former president Barack Obama. Daskal said, “It is extremely dangerous for the president to be suggesting that he was being surveilled for political purposes, when there is absolutely no evidence of that fact.” (3/4)
The Heat: Reporters Roundtable on Two Sessions and Jeff Sessions
History Professor Anton Fedyashin appeared on CGTN to discuss how Jeff Sessions is in hot water for not disclosing to Congress that he met with Russian leaders. Fedyashin said, “The Russians have taken a wait and see approach. They're willing for the internal politics in Washington to play out to wait and see what will happen.” (3/3)
Survey Findings Challenge Millennial Workplace Stereotypes
Kogod School of Business Executive-in-Residence Dawn Leijon spoke to Federal News Radio about how millennials in the workplace are unhappy with being perceived as lazy. Leijon said, “Millennials are the most educated generation we've ever seen; over a quarter of them have bachelor's degrees.” (3/6)
Trump's Travel Ban Could Have Far-Reaching Consequences for Presidential Power
Politics, Policy, and Law Scholars Program Director Chris Edelson spoke to USA Today about how President Trump's revised travel ban may cause serious problems between him and the federal courts. Edelson said, “They have a choice. They can defer, as courts have done before. Or they can say that even when Congress and the president act together, there are limits to that power.” (3/7)
Don't Expect a Space Race Between SpaceX and NASA. They Need Each Other
Howard McCurdy, professor of public affairs, spoke to The Los Angeles Times about how SpaceX and NASA are working to develop space missions to Mars. McCurdy said, “The whole idea is that NASA is at the point of a spear. It's like exploration of any terrestrial realm. This is the way the model is supposed to work.” (3/5)
ISIS is Now Trump's War, but Does He Have a Plan for 'the Day After?'
For Yahoo News, Lt. Gen. David Barno, distinguished practitioner-in-residence at the School of International Service, spoke about President Trump's plan to fight ISIS. Barno said, “Clearly, President Trump finds the current pace of anti-ISIS operations unacceptable, but of all the military options the Pentagon has given him, deploying significant U.S. ground combat units carries the highest risks.” (3/3)

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"Online, consumer" news refers to online news outlets and blogs such as Huffington post, NY Times
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Both charts are based on the week's Newsmakers highlights only, not total AU mentions for the week

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