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AU Newsmakers 3.24 - 3.31, 2017
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Jane Goodall Says Trump's Efforts to Derail Climate Action Are 'Immensely Depressing'
World-renowned ethologist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall spoke to students at the School of International Service. Her talk focused on a number of issues, including the impact of President Donald Trump's policies on the environment. Goodall said, “Thinking that the USA isn't going to play its part, such an industrial country, is really very, very sad. And it means we're going to have to work harder.” The Huffington Post, The Guardian, and WUSA 9 covered the event. (3/29)

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Want to End TB? Diagnose and Treat All Forms of the Disease
For The Conversation, School of International Service Professor Lauren Carruth authored an article about international efforts to eradicate all forms of tuberculosis. Carruth said, “Broadening our global health attention to include investments in developing better diagnostics and offering better clinical recognition and treatment for zoonotic TB not only would help those who suffer, but is necessary to end the scourge of tuberculosis once and for all.” (3/24)
How Lenin and Wilson Changed the World
Director of the Carmel Institute of Russian Culture and History Anton Fedyashin authored an article for The National Interest about how former Russian leader Vladimir Lenin and former President Woodrow Wilson collaborated on the revitalization of modern day foreign policy. Fedyashin said, “Although they had little in common, Wilson and Lenin shared one similarity—they saw themselves as revolutionaries in the realm of diplomacy and geopolitics.” (3/25)

Trump Promised to Bring Back Coal Jobs. That Promise 'Will Not Be Kept,' Experts Say
Paul Bledsoe, professor of public affairs, spoke to The Washington Post about President Donald Trump's efforts to bring back coal jobs. Bledsoe said, “Trump's false promise that he can bring back coal is really exposed as so much coal dust and mirrors by this executive order, since utilities will continue to use natural gas instead of coal.” (3/29)
Russia's "Fake News" Attacks on Democracy
School of International Service Professor Keith Darden spoke to CNN News about how Russia's fake news attacks affected Hillary Clinton during the presidential election. Darden said, “They didn't just want to discredit the elections. They wanted to discredit Hillary Clinton. Sowing division in the E.U., these are all things that are good for Russia.” (3/30)
High School Rape Case Becomes Flashpoint in Immigration Debate
Sociology Professor Ernesto Castaneda-Tinoco spoke to Education Week about undocumented immigrants. Castaneda said, “People assume they are here taking advantage of opportunities that they are here and that means that the other kids are going to get less of something.” (3/24)
AP Analysis: Trump Yet to Meet Promise of 'So Much Winning'
Distinguished Professor of Government James Thurber spoke to the Associated Press about how President Donald Trump has fallen short of keeping many of his promises. Thurber discussed Trump's apparent "misunderstanding or ignorance of how the separation of powers works." (3/25)
Immigrant's Bid to Avoid Deportation Comes to Supreme Court
Law Professor Jenny Roberts spoke to the Associated Press about a Supreme Court case involving a South Korean immigrant facing deportation after pleading guilty to a drug crime. Roberts said, “The case calls attention to the harsh consequences immigrants can face, despite their longstanding ties to the country.” (3/28)
Man Pleads Guilty in Washington Pizzeria Shooting Over Fake News
Public and Strategic Communication Professor Scott Talan spoke to Reuters about the role of fake news in the Washington pizzeria shooting. Talan said, “For more and more people, the source (of news) doesn't matter." (3/24)
This Coding School Will Pay YOU to Attend
Economics Professor Robert Lerman spoke to Time about how companies in multiple industries are offering more apprenticeships. Lerman said, “The number of other companies offering apprenticeships -- where new workers learn while they earn a reduced salary -- has also risen sharply.” (3/28)
FCC Vote Could Let Companies That Own Lots of TV Stations Buy Even More
School of Communication Professor Aram Sinnreich spoke to NPR's Marketplace about the Federal Communications Commission's upcoming vote on whether to allow TV conglomerates to merge and buy more channels. Sinnreich said, “More consolidation means less diversity (of channels).” (3/30)
'Brexit and Trump Will Weaken U.K., U.S. Varsities'
John Delaney, dean of the Kogod School of Business, spoke with The Hindu Business Line about how Trump's presidency will affect higher education in the United States and Britain. Delaney said, “In combination with massive proposed Trump administration budget cuts to higher education and related areas, the situation is grim for American colleges.” (3/28)
Study: WV One of Four States Most Dependent on Federal Funding
Karen Baehler, scholar-in-residence at the School of Public Affairs, spoke to Charleston Gazette-Mail about how West Virginia is one of four states that depends the most on government funding. Baehler said, “Should basic economic background conditions determine the quality of schools or roads or environmental protection or economic development efforts experienced by residents of different states?” (3/26)

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

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