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AU Newsmakers 3.20-3.27, 2020
AU in the News 3.20-3.27, 2020

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A 'Second Dust Bowl' Could Trigger Worldwide Food Shortages and Price Hikes, Study Suggests
Newsweek featured research co-authored by Jessica Gephart, assistant professor of environmental science, about the potential impact of a second Dust Bowl phenomenon. (3/20)
Artemisia Gentileschi: The Painter Who Took on the Men
Mary Garrard, professor emerita of art history, spoke to the BBC World Service about the life, art and legacy of Italian Baroque artist Artemisia Gentileschi. (3/26)

Faculty Authors
Why Klobuchar Should Be Biden's Vice-Presidential Pick
Paul Bledsoe, adjunct professorial lecturer in the Center for Environmental Policy, wrote an article for The Hill, making the case for a Biden-Klobuchar democratic ticket. Bledsoe wrote, “Given the key roles that Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin played in electing Trump in the first place, the single most compelling rationale for a VP choice will be regional.” (3/22)
COVID-19 Has Shown Us the 2020 Election Can't Be the Only Way to Check Trump's Impulses
Assistant Professor of Public Affairs Chris Edelson wrote an article for Talking Points Memo about President Trump's decisions during the pandemic. Edelson wrote, “The coronavirus crisis is a reminder that the election – still more than seven months away – cannot be the only device for checking Trump's dangerous impulses.” (3/21)
Here's 3 Ways School Leaders Can Address Equity During COVID-19 School Closures
Amaarah DeCuir, professorial lecturer of education, wrote an article for Citizen Education about how school leaders can address equity during school closures. DeCuir wrote, “Failure to enact equity-oriented school leadership during an extended school closure has the potential to put our children and youth at risk in their communities.” (3/24)
Society's Dependence on the internet: 5 Cyber Issues the Coronavirus Lays Bare
Laura DeNardis, professor and interim dean in the School of Communication, and Jennifer Daskal, professor at the Washington College of Law, wrote an article for The Conversation about the society's dependence on the internet. DeNardis and Daskal wrote, “While the online world is often portrayed as a societal ill, this pandemic is a reminder of how much the digital world has to offer.” Daskal also spoke to Wired about surveillance during a public heatlh crisis. Lindsay Wiley, professor at the Washington College of Law, wrote an article for The Washington Post about pending lawsuits over lockdowns and shelter-in-place orders. (3/27, 3/21, 3/23)

Why Books Are Comforting in the Era of Coronavirus
Naomi Baron, professor emerita of world languages and cultures, spoke to The Wall Street Journal about the comfort books provide during a pandemic. Baron said, “Books are part of your personal history.” Braxton Boren, professor of audio technology, spoke to NBC News about how to choose a bookshelf speaker for the social-isolation period. (3/20, 3/26)
Coronavirus Recession Looms, Its Course 'Unrecognizable'
Assistant Professor of Economics Gabriel Mathy spoke to The New York Times about the recession spurred by measures to contain the pandemic. Mathy said, “This will probably be the world's first recession that starts in the service sector.” Andrew Taylor, professor of arts management, spoke to The Washington Post about the financial decisions of arts executives during the pandemic. (3/21, 3/26)
How Gun Control Groups Are Closing the Spending Gap With the NRA
Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs James Thurber spoke to PBS Frontline about the lobbying power of the NRA and gun control groups. Speaking about the NRA, Thurber said, “They've been able to punish people who didn't go along with the NRA.” (3/24)
Trump Suggests U.S. Should Back Off on Social Distancing Measures as Soon as Next Week Because of Economic Toll
Nina Yamanis, associate professor in the School of International Service, spoke to the Globe and Mail about the potential impact of lifting social distancing restrictions to improve the economy. Yamanis said, “We'd see a spike in cases and then, a week or two after that, a spike in deaths. From what we've seen around the globe, that seems to be the trajectory we'd be on.” (3/23)
Coronavirus Could Give Cuba's Flying Doctors New Wings
William LeoGrande, professor of public affairs, spoke to Bloomberg News about the role of Cuban physicians in the international aid response to coronavirus. LeoGrande said, “Cuban medical personnel could help countries with poor health care infrastructure do systematic testing and set up emergency facilities to treat patients.” (3/23)
Election Campaigning Takes Back Seat to Coronavirus
Amy Dacey, executive director of the Sine Institute of Policy & Politics, spoke to Al Jazeera English about the coronavirus's effect on the 2020 election. Dacey said, “Campaigns are just conversations with voters, but this is one of the most challenging conversations I've seen candidates have to have in quite some time.” David Lublin, professor of public affairs, wrote an article for the Baltimore Sun about vote-by-mail elections in Maryland. (3/25, 3/26)
State Joins Feds in Extending Tax Deadline to July 15
Donald Williamson, executive director of the Kogod Tax Center, spoke to Newsday about the extended tax deadline. Williamson said, “I would advise those to please don't look at this as a license to postpone the inevitable drudgery of pulling documents together.” (3/20)
Entering Its Second Year, Initiative Strives to Protect Tidal Basin and Its Cherry Trees 'At a Pivotal Moment'
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Michael Alonzo spoke to the DC Line about the environmental impact of visiting the cherry blossoms by the Tidal Basin. Alonzo said, “An important impact from people walking around may not so much be that they're stepping on the roots per se, but that they are stepping on the soil, which will lead to soil compaction.” (3/24)

''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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