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AU Newsmakers 4.7 - 4.14, 2017
Top Story
Study: Black Students from Poor Families Are More Likely to Graduate from High School if They Have at Least One Black Teacher
The Washington Post featured new research by School of Public Affairs Associate Professor Seth Gershenson and Professional Lecturer Constance Lindsay on how black students from low-income areas perform better in the classroom and are more likely to graduate high school if they have at least one black teacher. The story ran in more than 125 other news outlets. (4/9)

Additional Feature
Notre Dame alumna researching brain abnormalities in D.C.
The Lowell Sun featured a profile of Catherine Stoodley, associate professor of psychology. Stoodley studies the role of the brain's cerebellum in developmental disorders. Stoodley discussed the methods she and her students use to conduct research and said the best part of her job is being able to contribute to scientific knowledge in a rapidly changing field. (4/9)

Faculty Authors
Mirages of War: Six Illusions from Our Recent Conflicts
David Barno, distinguished practitioner-in-residence for the School of International Service, wrote an article for War on the Rocks about how the last 15 years of war have altered the ways in which the U.S. military handles war. Barno wrote, “Fifteen years of fighting…affected the ability of the U.S. military leaders to think clearly about future battlefields.” (4/11)

G.O.P. Lawmakers, Once Skeptical of Obama Plan to Hit Syria, Back Trump
School of International Service Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence Nora Bensahel spoke to the New York Times about how GOP leaders and lawmakers once against former President Obama's plan to strike Syria backed President Trump's missile strike against Syria. Bensahel noted, “There will likely be more calls for an A.U.M.F. for these strikes, since they were directly aimed at the Syrian regime.” Bensahel also spoke with NPR's Here & Now. (4/7)
'Houston, we have a problem': The amazing history of the iconic Apollo 13 misquote
The Washington Post talked with Center for Teaching, Research and Learning Director Naomi S. Baron about the great historical misquote: "Houston, we have a problem." Baron noted that the verb tense of the original quote was less dramatic. (4/13)
O'Reilly Delivers Strong Ratings Despite AD Boycott
Communication Professor Jane Hall appeared on CNN Reliable Sources to talk about the backlash from advertisers against Bill O'Reilly's. She said, “I think that this says we may have reached a cultural moment. Television is very symbolically important.” (4/9)
United and Other Airlines Overbook Flights Because It (Usually) Pays Off
Kogod School of Business Professor of Information Technology Itir Karaesmen Aydin spoke to Wired about why airlines overbook flights. She discussed the major profit losses airlines incur with just a few empty seats on every flight. (4/10)
State of Russia-U.S. Relations
Director of the Carmel Institute of Russian Culture and History Anton Fedyashin appeared on Hearst Television to discuss Russia-U.S. relations. Fedyashin said, “I am cautiously optimistic precisely because it seems that both sides are willing to de-ideologize foreign policy.” (4/13)
Businesses Pressure Trump to Stay in Paris Climate Deal
School of Public Affairs Professorial Lecturer Paul Bledsoe spoke to The Hill about how multiple corporations are insisting that Trump stay involved with the Paris Climate Deal. Bledsoe said, “There is a clear recognition that the Paris agreement is here to stay.” (4/12)
After Transgender Bathroom Battle, North Carolina Looks to Ban Same-Sex Marriage
Distinguished Professor of Political Science Karen O'Connor spoke to the Los Angeles Times about how Republican lawmakers in North Carolina are rallying together to ban same-sex marriage. O'Connor said, “A city, town, state legislature can pass any law they like, but it has to be constitutional.” (4/12)
When Journalists Perpetuate Fake News
Communication Professor W. Joseph Campbell appeared on BYU Radio to discuss how Trump's claims about fake news cause problems for members of the press. Campbell said, “Fake news is not new. It's been a phenomenon of the news media for decades if not centuries.” (4/10)
Study: Millennials in the Workplace – Which Stereotypes Are True?
Dawn Leijon, executive-in-residence in the Kogod School of Business, spoke to Fit Small Business about true and false stereotypes concerning millennials in the workplace. Leijon said, “Millennials have grown up in unstable financial times so they won't commit to an employer that doesn't commit to them.” (4/11)
U.S. Companies Should Register Trademarks in Cuba Early
Law Professor Christine Haight Farley talked with Bloomberg BNA about how American companies should consider registering their trademarks in Cuba because of thawing relations. “American companies shouldn't expect too many surprises because Cuban trademark law is up- to-date,” Haight Farley said. (4/7)

Bonus Clip
If You Say You Went to St. Mary's, You Will Need to Be More Specific
American InterContinental University filed a lawsuit against American University in November of 2016 for trademark-infringement. A representative for AU said, “the school had been using its name and mark for more than 130 years. American InterContinental and its predecessors have been around nearly 50 years.” (4/7)

''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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