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AU Newsmakers 4.17-4.24, 2020
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American U Divests from Fossil Fuels
As part of its continued commitment to sustainability, American University has divested from public fossil fuels investments in its endowment. Inside Higher Ed covered the announcement. (4/22)

Faculty Authors
As Earth Day Turns 50, Oil's Collapse Offers Clean Energy Opportunity
Paul Bledsoe, adjunct professorial lecturer at the Center for Environmental Policy, wrote an article for Forbes about clean energy opportunities. Bledsoe wrote, “Smart investments in clean energy as part of economic stimulus packages by major nations can begin to build a lower-polluting energy infrastructure that if expanded over time can prevent the worst climate disasters.” (4/21)
How Coronavirus May Reshape the World Order
School of International Service Professor Amitav Acharya wrote an article for the National Interest about how coronavirus could reshape the global order. Acharya wrote, “First, the crisis is going to undercut support for globalization, which was already weakened by rising populism and the policies of the Trump presidency.” (4/18)

Oklahoma City Marks 25 Years Since America's Deadliest Homegrown Attack
The New York Times cited research by Cynthia Miller-Idriss, professor of sociology and education, in an article on the 25th anniversary of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. Miller-Idriss also appeared on NBC Nightly News to discuss extremist elements in connection with the protests against state shutdowns due to coronavirus. (4/19)
10 Playwrights Script a Web Series. Is it Theater?
Caleen Sinnette Jennings, a playwright and theater professor, is participating in “Homebound,” a free weekly web series of 10-minute shorts from Round House Theater that kicks off Monday on YouTube. The New York Times spoke with Jennings, who said of the endeavor: “So will I miss live rehearsals?” she asked. “Of course. That's my heart, and the screen will never replace that. But if I let my curiosity outweigh the terror, and if I let my sense of adventure outweigh my being fixed on what theater has to be, it could be really awesome.” (4/23)
AP-NORC Poll: Few Americans Trust Trump's Info on Pandemic
David Barker, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, spoke with The Associated Press about a poll on Americans' trust in President Trump's response to COVID-19. Speaking about President Trump's daily briefings, Barker said, “I think, probably, the best thing Trump can do is to stop going on TV every day.” (4/24)
Ibram X. Kendi on Data Research About Black Americans and COVID-19
Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center, appeared on CBS This Morning to discuss the racial disparity of COVID-19 cases and the COVID Racial Data Tracker. Kendi said, “We're seeking to collect, ingest, produce, make available, racial data that's being released by states.” (4/21)
The Social-Distance Vigilantes in a Massachussetts Senior Home
Washington College of Law Professor Lindsay Wiley spoke to The Atlantic about the use of shaming-tactics to address coronavirus concerns. Wiley said, “People will comply out of a sense of fear of getting caught or fear of social approbation or judgment, but you may be sacrificing long-term cooperation by doing that.” Wiley also spoke to The Hill and Sinclair Broadcasting Group. (4/21, 4/20)
Social Media Helps Fight the COVID-19 Misinformation
Nina Yamanis, associate professor in the School of International Service, spoke to CGTN about how social media can help combat misinformation about coronavirus. Yamanis said, “Social media platforms, like Facebook, are trying to put out reliable information and link people to trusted sources.” Yamanis also spoke with Fort Worth Star-Telegram about the impact of COVID-19 on undocumented immigrants. (4/19, 4/22)
Australia Wants Facebook and Google to Pay News Outlets for Their Content. Could Government Around the World Follow?
Amy Eisman, director of the Journalism Division in the School of Communication, spoke to Buzzfeed News about the Australian government's plan to get tech giants to pay news outlets for their coverage. Eisman said, “Wherever we go with this, we have to figure out a way for journalists to get paid for news right now.” (4/23)
Fan Experience Key to Revival, Panelists Say
Keith Scully and Matt Winkler, adjunct instructors in the School of Professional and Extended Studies, participated in a webinar about the future of sports businesses that was covered by Sports Travel Magazine. Scully said, “The reboot will require the type of introspective and progressive thinking that sports businesses have rarely exhibited.” Winkler added: “How will innovation in payment technology and venue logistics change the way fans experience sporting events?” (4/17)

''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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