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AU in the News 3.13-3.20, 2020
AU in the News 3.13-3.20, 2020

Top Stories
AU Students Volunteer with Local Food Pantries
ABC7-WJLA reported that AU student-athletes volunteered with the Capital Area Food Bank to help low-income families receive food in the midst of the pandemic. (3/13)
Crisis Heroes: This AU Student Helps Find Housing for Displaced College Students
Washingtonian featured the efforts of American University students and alumni who are working to support students as the university transitions to an online format. Sophomore student Abigail Morris and AU alumni Gywnn Pollard and Hancie Stokes set up a back-up housing effort to support students. (3/16)

Faculty Authors
Stop Blaming Young Voters for Not Turning Out for Sanders
Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center, wrote an article for The Atlantic about voting disparities between older and younger voters. Kendi wrote, “Ageist ideas cover up the ageist policies that make it tougher for young people to vote, just as racist ideas cover up the racist policies that make it tougher for people of color to vote.” (3/17)
Did the Cyberspace Solarium Commission Live Up to Its Name?
Joshua Rovner, associate professor in the School of International Service, wrote an article for War on the Rocks about the Cyberspace Solarium Commission. Rovner wrote, “In addition to deterrence and persistent engagement, the commission also emphasizes the importance of norms and recommends expanded international engagement.” (3/19)

America Begins to Shut Down as Coronavirus Cases and Death Toll Climb
President Sylvia Burwell appeared on MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports to discuss the growing coronavirus pandemic. Burwell said, “One of the things we know from our Ebola experience and our Zika experience, and we are clearly seeing, is that you need an all of government approach to any of these things, because it's the economy, supply chains, all kinds of things.” (3/13)
Self-Isolation Orders Pit Civil Liberties Against Public Good in Coronavirus Pandemic
Washington College of Law Professor Lindsay Wiley spoke to NPR about how self-isolation requests present a conflict between public good and civil liberties. Wiley said, “Prior to this crisis, we had rarely seen these kind of group orders imposed.” Wiley also spoke to The New Yorker about how coronavirus has impacted governments. The interview appeared in 97 NPR-affiliated stations. (3/17, 3/15)
Candidates Face a Twin Challenge: The Crisis and The Campaign
Corinne Hoare, professorial lecturer of communication, spoke to NPR about the challenges candidates and elected officials face when discussing crises. Hoare said, “I think [Trump] in his own way was trying to calm people down. The problem is, when people are very outraged, just telling them that it's going to blow over and it's going to be OK, can actually make them even more outraged.” The interview appeared in 59 NPR-affiliated stations. (3/14)
Coronavirus Fears Could Depress Voter Turnout in Coming Primaries
Professor of Public Affairs David Barker spoke to HuffPost about how coronavirus fears could impact voting patterns in coming primaries. Barker told HuffPost that the combination of coronavirus fears and former Vice President Joe Biden's delegate lead over Senator Bernie Sanders could result in low voter turnout. Executive Director of the Sine Institute of Policy & Politics Amy Dacey spoke to Cronkite News. (3/13)
Coronavirus Response: Trump Is Delaying Tax Payments, But You Still Have to File by April 15
Caroline Bruckner, managing director of the Kogod Tax Policy Center, spoke to Yahoo Finance about the government's decision to extend the tax filing deadline. Bruckner said, “The delay is helpful not only for people who owe, but also for low-income folks who rely on volunteer income tax assistance programs to do their taxes, many of which have been temporarily shut down.” Bruckner also spoke with Bloomberg. (3/18)
Distance Learning: Keeping Education Alive During a Pandemic
Terra Gargano, program director for online programs in the School of International Service, appeared on WAMU-FM's The Kojo Nnamdi Show to discuss how universities are transitioning to online learning. Gargano said, “Like many other institutions around the country, AU is very well-poised to help support the faculty who need to make that transition now.” (3/19)
Jobs Can Just Evaporate at Unprecedented Pace in Fragile America
Gabriel Mathy, assistant professor of economics, spoke to Bloomberg about the economy crashing during the pandemic. Mathy said, “What comes next isn't going to be anything like past recessions.” Arturo Porzecanski, distinguished economist-in-residence in the School of International Service, spoke to Sinclair Broadcasting Group about the economic impact of the coronavirus. The interview appeared in 30 Sinclair-affiliated stations, including ABC7-WJLA. Porzecanski also spoke to Associated Press about the economic impact of the coronavirus on Latin America. Gray Kimbrough, adjunct professorial lecturer of public affairs, spoke to Atlanta Journal-Constitution about the impact coronavirus will have on low-wage workers. (3/16, 3/18)

Bonus Clip
Coronavirus Has Caused a Drop in Emissions. Don't Celebrate Yet
Maggie Clifford, a Ph.D. student in climate literacy and communications, spoke to VICE about the ways in which communities are coming together to support each other during the pandemic. Clifford said, “There is a hopeful quality to how a lot of people are responding to the pandemic.'” (3/19)

''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, not the total AU Mentions for the week
Both charts are based on the week's Newsmakers highlights, not the total AU Mentions for the week

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