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AU Newsmakers 5.1-5.8, 2020
AU in the News 5.1-5.8, 2020

Top Story
President Burwell on COVID-19
President Sylvia Mathews Burwell appeared on C-SPAN to disucss the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and AU's response to it. Burwell said, “Three principles have been guiding us in all the decisions we have been making throughout this entire process. The first is the health and safety of our community. The second is how do we best achieve our mission, and as a university our mission is scholarship and learning. And the third is, how do we at American University engage and serve our broader community.” (5/6)

Faculty Authors
Who Will Defend Our Freedom From Harm?
Ibram Kendi, director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center, wrote an article for The Atlantic about how stay-at-home orders have caused national conversations about freedoms. Kendi wrote, “From the beginning of the American project, the powerful individual has been battling for his constitutional freedom to harm, and the vulnerable community has been battling for its constitutional freedom from harm.” Kendi also spoke to CBS This Morning and WNYC-FM's The Takeaway about fears the black community has regarding wearing face masks in public. (5/4, 5/7)
Don't Neglect Preparing Our Workers for a Post-Pandemic Economy
Earl Anthony Wayne, distinguished diplomat-in-residence in the School of International Service, wrote an article for The Hill about preparing workers for the post-pandemic economy. Wayne wrote, “Prioritizing and funding programs to upgrade the skills of our workers for an inclusive post-pandemic economy is one of these priority tasks.” (5/1)
Call Yourself a Friend? Then Stop Israel's West Bank Annexation Disaster
School of International Service Assistant Professor Guy Ziv wrote an opinion article for Haaretz about Israel's West Bank annexation. Ziv wrote, “It is imperative that Israel's friends in the United States understand that support for the two-state solution as a far superior alternative to annexation is a near-consensus among Israel's high-ranking military and intelligence officials.” (5/6)

News Brief
The Year of the Easy B: How Lowering Grading Standards May Punish Students
Associate Professor of Public Affairs Seth Gershenson's research about grade inflation was cited in a Washington Post article about the challenges American education will face due to the coronavirus. (5/1)

Economy Gets a Haircut as Americans Don't
Assistant Professor of Economics Gabriel Mathy's research into the service industry recession was cited in a Wall Street Journal article about the economic impact of the coronavirus. (5/5)
Coronavirus Blew Up Summer Internships, Forcing Students and Employers to Get Creative
Gihan Fernando, executive director of the Career Center, spoke to The Washington Post about the concerns students have about the job and internship market. Fernando said, “There's a lot of studies and data that show if you've done an internship, your chances of getting employed go up significantly. But I do think employers are going to be understanding.” (5/3)
It's What I Can't See in the Ahmaud Arbery Shooting Video That Also Terrifies Me
Washington College of Law Professor Ira Robbins' research about citizen's arrests was cited in a CNN article about the death of Ahmaud Arbery. Robbins also spoke to VICE News about citizen's arrests. (5/8, 5/7)
U.S. Firms Return Virus Loans as Treasury Threatens Penalties
Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs James Thurber spoke to the Associated Press about criticisms against the small business loan program, especially the application vetting progress. Thurber said, “You've got to do it both efficiently and responsibly, and it's hard.” The article appeared in 141 outlets. (5/6)
The 1918 Pandemic
Alan Kraut, distinguished professor of history, appeared on The Kojo Nnamdi Show to discuss what we can learn from past pandemics. Kraut said, “Will this be another forgotten pandemic? I think not. I think it's going to make some major changes in lifestyle, some of which were underway already.” Kraut also spoke to the Arizona Republic about past examples of how ethnic customs have been in conflict with public health policies aimed at controlling epidemics. (5/6, 5/2)
Barr Signals DOJ Support for Lockdown Protestors
Lindsay Wiley, professor in the Washington College of Law, spoke to The Hill about Attorney General William Barr's perceived support for lockdown protestors. Wiley said, “I think it's accurate to assme that DOJ will not intervene in a neutral way, but will instead intervene on behalf of plaintiffs asserting rights the administration favors.” (5/1)
The Pandemic Is Set to Shutter 30% of Childcare Centers – And It Could Prove Catastrophic for the Careers of American Women
Professor of Economics Maria Floro spoke to Business Insider about the impact the coronavirus will have on women's careers. Floro said, “Women are going to drop out of the labor sector, which could result in labor shortages in certain sectors of the economy.” (5/4)
How Is COVID-19 Affecting Our Food Supply?
Garrett Graddy-Lovelace, associate professor in the School of International Service, appeared on the Nutrion Diva's podcast to discuss the impact coronavirus is having on food supply chains. Graddy-Lovelace said, “The pandemic has laid bare the myriad vulnerabilities and the inequities of the U.S. food and agricultural system and made them more acute.” (5/5)

''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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