Newsfeed Top Story Faculty Authors Expertise Bonus Clip
AU Newsmakers 4.3-4.10, 2020
AU in the News 4.3-4.10, 2020

Top Story
Many Graduating ESL Teachers Were Once ESL Learners
Voice of America featured the partnership between American University's master's program for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, or TESOL, and Carlos Rosario Public International Charter School, a school for adult learners. AU students taught at the school and developed instructional materials for Carlos Rosario's English-language programs. (4/7)

Faculty Authors
What the Racial Data Show
Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center, wrote an article for The Atlantic about the disproportionate effect the coronavirus pandemic has had on communities of color. Kendi wrote, “Time and again, black Americans are overrepresented among the infected and dead.” Kendi also appeared on CBS This Morning, WAMU-FM's The Kojo Nnamdi Show, and Marketplace. (4/6, 4/7)
Clear, Consistent Health Messaging Critical to Stemming Epidemics and Limiting Coronavirus Deaths
Nina Yamanis, professor in the School of International Service, wrote an article for The Conversation about how health messaging can limit coronavirus-related deaths. Yamanis wrote, “Studies show that when officals are transparent and accountable to the public – explaining who is vulnerable in an outbreak, what is known and unknown about the disease and the steps necessary to control its spread – it enhances public trust.” (4/9)

Chinese Mogul Faces Probe for Essay Critical of President Xi's Coronavirus Handling
Joseph Torigian, assistant professor in the School of International Service, spoke to The Wall Street Journal about the Chinese mogul under investigation for criticizing China's response to the coronavirus. Torigian said, “A direct personal criticism of the top leader in the midst of a crisis violates one of the Communist Party's strongest taboos.” Torigian also spoke to The Telegraph. (4/7)
Decade of Job Growth Comes to an End, Undone by a Pandemic
Assistant Professor of Economics Gabriel Mathy spoke to The New York Times about the job losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Mathy said, “The speed of job losses is unlike anything we've ever seen.” Mathy also spoke to the Des Moines Register about how coronavirus is impacting the service sector. (4/3, 4/7)
The Coronavirus Will Change America in Big Ways. History Says So.
Distinguished Professor of History Allan Lichtman spoke to The Los Angeles Times about how the pandemic will change American governance. Lichtman said, “Crises breed change.” (4/6)
2020 Elections Amid Coronavirus
American University experts discussed the 2020 Elections in the context of the enduring coronavirus pandemic. Amy Dacey, executive director of the Sine Institute of Policy & Politics, spoke to Gizmodo about whether President Trump could cancel or delay the November elections. David Barker, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, spoke to Essence Magazine about campaigns with support from communities of color. Allan Lichtman, distinguished professor of history, spoke to ABC News about President Trump's relationship with battleground state governors. Capri Cafaro, executive-in-residence in the School of Public Affairs, spoke to the Sinclair Broadcasting Group about how Trump and Biden will have to deal with coronavirus in the 2020 elections. (4/6, 4/8, 4/7, 4/9)
March Madness and Spring Training Are Canceled. Enter Esports
Kelli Dunlap, adjunct instructor in the School of Communication, appeared on WAMU-FM's The Kojo Nnamdi Show to discuss esports and the impact of the pandemic on live sports. Dunlap said, “The engaging aspect of esports is the same thing you would find with any traditional or physical sport we might think of.” (4/8)
Wealthy Win, Low-Wage Earners Lose in April 15 Tax Extension
Donald Williamson, executive director of the Kogod Tax Center, spoke to Bloomberg News about the tax deadline extension. Williamson said, “Of course, people that usually come in the first week of April will come in the first week of July.” Caroline Bruckner, managing director of the Kogod Tax Policy Center, spoke to Politifact about how to claim dependent children on tax returns. (4/9, 4/8)
Online Teaching During Pandemic Raises Copyright Concerns
Washington College of Law Professor Michael Carroll was quoted in a Bloomberg Law article about copyright concerns and online learning. Carroll said, “Copyright is a more reasonable law than some people present it.” (4/3)
In World's Worst Economy, Unrest Was Exploding Before Virus
Arturo Porzecanski, distinguished economist-in-residence in the School of International Service, spoke to Bloomberg BNN about the impact coronavirus is having on Latin American economies. Porzecanski said, “Economic informality, combined with a much-reduced social safety net, means this is very hard.” Rick Rowden, adjunct professorial lecturer in the School of International Service, wrote an article for The Conversation about the impact of the coronavirus on developing economies. Anthony Fontes, assistant professor in the School of International Service, spoke to Bloomberg News about how coronavirus preventions methods have caused a drop in crime in Latin America. (4/7, 4/9)
Doctors Are Scrambling to Learn 'Webside Manner'
Melissa Hawkins, director of the Public Health Scholars Program, spoke to Medium's OneZero about how doctors are adjusting to telemedicine brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Hawkins said, “The onus is on the provider to create an atmosphere where they are able to demonstrate that they understand and hear the patients' experiences and fears.” (4/6)

Bonus Clip
Democrats Have Found a Coronavirus Bright Spot. Her Name is Earnestine.
AU alumna Earnestine Dawson was featured in The New York Times for her efforts to bring some cheer to the conference calls held by Democratic leaders navigating the coronavirus pandemic. Dawson earned a certificate in digital communication and media from AU in 2015. (4/8)

''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

Prepared by University Communications

American University's faculty, staff, students and programs appear in regional, national and international print, online and broadcast media regularly. Each week, AU Newsmakers provides highlights of AU in the news. For prior weeks, go to:

Disclaimer: Material supplied may be used for internal review, analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display is forbidden and prohibited by copyright law.