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AU Newsmakers 5.26 - 6.2, 2017
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Down to Earth With: Biogeochemist Stephen MacAvoy
Department of Environmental Science Chair Stephen MacAvoy spoke with Earth Magazine about his research in urban waterways and his work as a professor. MacAvoy said, “You can really change how a student views the world. Those students will carry a memory of being inspired with them for the rest of their lives, and that is a big deal. If you enhance someone's life experience, you've changed the world.” (5/26)

Faculty Authors
Fear for the Philippines' Democracy
School of International Service Assistant Professor Jessica Trisko Darden authored a piece for U.S. News & World Report about the declaration of martial law in the Philippines. Trisko Darden wrote, “While the threat of Islamist militancy and terrorism in the Philippines is real, we should be wary of purely military solutions to this problem. Peace achieved at the cost of democracy is simply not worth it.” (5/26)

Fox Under Fire: Hannity, Harassment Suits, and Falling Ratings
Jane Hall, professor of communication, spoke to CNN about the Sean Hannity controversy. Hall said, “Because he is the last man standing in their original primetime lineup, it would seem they do not want to lose him.” (5/28)
Representative -- and Defendant -- Greg Gianforte: How Will It Work?
Government Professor David Lublin and Communications Professor W. Joseph Campbell spoke to Yahoo News about Republican lawmaker Greg Gianforte. Lublin said, “House leadership is not going to do anything to promote his prominence.” Campbell discussed how the episode recalled when former Sen. Joe McCarthy physically assaulted Drew Pearson, a prominent syndicated columnist, in the cloakroom of the fashionable Sulgrave Club in Washington, D.C., in the 1950s. (5/26)
The Restaurant Doodle That Launched a Political Movement
Economics Professor Mary Hansen spoke to Smithsonian Magazine about how Republican views on taxes shifted over the years. Hansen said, “The most obvious difficulty to get over [for proponents of supply-side economics] is the Clinton years, when we had increasing taxes and increasing growth. [Today] very few people are experiencing such high marginal tax rates that they actually work less because of it. We could raise another 30 percent more taxes on income tax.” (5/30)
Late Artist Kenneth Young Is Finally Getting His Due
Director and Curator of the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center Jack Rasmussen spoke to the Washington City Paper to discuss the success of artist Kenneth Young. Rasmussen said, “Young was part of that whole generation that came along right after the Color School and were trying to come to terms with the Color School and take it in new directions.” (6/1)
What Is Terrorism? What Do Terrorists Want?
School of International Service Professor Audrey Cronin spoke to Salon about terrorism. According to Cronin, terrorism as a tactic does not work well. Cronin studied 457 terrorist groups worldwide since 1968. The groups lasted an average of eight years before they lost support or were dismantled. (5/27)
Is Anti-Trump Narrative Helping or Hurting Democrats?
School of Public Affairs Executive-in-Residence Capri Cafaro appeared on Fox Business Network to discuss the perceived anti-Trump media narrative. Cafaro said, “Regardless of how we feel towards Donald Trump, we need to present ourselves as a viable alternative.” (5/30)
Racist Trademark, Secular Activities at Churches, Cases Among Anticipated Supreme Court Decisions
Law Professor Steve Wermiel spoke to the Washington Times about how the U.S. Supreme Court has fallen behind on many of its cases. Wermiel said the Trinity Lutheran case will provide an opportunity to see if Justice Neil Gorsuch's vote will make a difference. (5/29)

''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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