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AU Newsmakers 5.8-5.15, 2020
AU in the News 5.8-5.15, 2020

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American University Grads Watch Ceremony From Home
Congratulations to the Class of 2020! American University's 139th Commencement Celebration was streamed online, with WRC-NBC4, The Washington Post, CNN and WAMU-FM featuring the event in news coverage. (5/9)

Faculty Authors
The Real Problem With the Cruise Industry
Christine Chin, dean of the School of International Service, wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post about problems with the cruise industry. Chin wrote, “Cruise ships operate in a unique, loosely regulated environment that endorses all sorts of questionable practices.” (5/13)
STEM Education Is the Key to Raising a Generation of Climate Change Leaders
Carolyn Parker, senior professorial lecturer in the School of Education, wrote an article for The Hill about the importance of STEM education in climate change efforts. Parker wrote, “I believe that one of the best ways we can equip our society to address climate change is to raise our overall level of scientific literacy, and we do that by promoting and improving STEM education.” (5/13)

The Citizen's Arrest Law Cited in Arbery's Killing Dates Back to the Civil War
Washington College of Law Professor Ira P. Robbins spoke to The New York Times about the nuances of citizen's arrest laws. Robbins said, “Namely, a member of the public doesn't know – and likely cannot understand – the nuances of citizen's arrest, particularly when it comes to the use of deadly force.” Robbins also spoke to The Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor and HuffPost. Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Antiracist Research & Police Center, wrote an article for The Atlantic about the killing. (5/13, 5/8, 5/12)
How COVID-19 Is Changing the Language in Emails
Naomi Baron, professor emerita of linguistics, spoke to The Wall Street Journal about email communication changes. “We are sharing things we would have never shared before,” she said. (5/14)
Locked Down Together, Three Neighborhood Families Share Teaching, Legos and Everything Else
Associate Professor of Sociology Michael Bader spoke to The Washington Post about how communities have supported each other during the pandemic. Bader said, “We might come out of this crisis much more connected.” (5/11)
D.C.'s Literary Women Are the Force Behind 'Furious Gravity'
Associate Professor of Literature Melissa Scholes Young appeared on WAMU-FM's The Kojo Nnamdi Show to discuss “Furious Gravity,” an edition of a literary journal she edited that features stories by D.C. women authors. (5/14)
No Pressing the Flesh, but Candidates Learn to Campaign Under COVID-19
Executive Director of the Sine Institute of Policy and Politics Amy Dacey spoke to Cronkite News about how candidates have adapted their campaigns during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dacey said, “Any kind of earned media is very hard to break into because of lot of these media outlets are 24/7 coronavirus.” Chris Edelson, assistant professor of public affairs, wrote an article for MarketWatch about Joe Biden's campaign. David Barker, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, and Allan Lichtman, distinguished professor of history, discussed the campaign with Maclean's magazine and Mediaite, respectively. (5/13, 5/12, 5/11)
How the Coronavirus Outbreak May Help Keep Amazon's Federal Tax Bill Low (Again)
Caroline Bruckner, managing director of the Kogod Tax Policy Center, spoke to Yahoo Finance about Amazon's tax bill. Bruckner said, “I don't see how they don't get close to zero. They're capitalizing on a business strategy that they already had.” (5/14)
Which Historical Figure Was the Mark Zuckerberg of Their Time
Associate Professor of Communication Aram Sinnreich spoke to Gizmodo about historical figures that match Mark Zuckerberg's achievements. Sinnreich said, “Zuckerberg may have coded Facebook himself back in 2004, but from a business standpoint, he does the same thing as Westinghouse.” (5/11)
Panelists Say Youth Sports Need Recovery, Reinvention
Keith Scully and Matt Winkler, adjunct instructor in the School of Professional and Extended Studies, participated in a webinar about the future of youth sports that was covered by Sports Travel Magazine. The two discussed the steps the youth sports industry will need to take to survive and thrive after the pandemic. (5/14)

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