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AU Newsmakers 5.15-5.22, 2020
AU in the News 5.15-5.22, 2020

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When Will We Care About Domestic Violence?
The New York Review of Books featured a review of Associate Professor of Literature Rachel Louise Snyder's book, “No Visible Bruises.” (5/22)

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Polls Now Show Biden Defeating Trump in the 2020 Election, but What if Trump Refused to Lose?
Chris Edelson, assistant professor of public affairs, wrote an article for MarketWatch about potential outcomes of the 2020 election. Edelson wrote, “Just as it is a mistake to see Trump as an all-powerful figure who can undermine elections at his whim, it is also a mistake to ignore the threat Trump poses.” (5/21)
Morning or Mourning in America? Political Advertising and the Politics of Emotion
Associate Professor of Communication Wendy Melillo wrote an article for The History News Network about emotion in political ads. Melillo wrote, “Ads that effectively tap into the collective cultural zeitgeist can become harbingers of a candidate's fate in a way that political polling will never be able to do.” (5/17)

In China-U.S. Showdown, Beijing's Steely Propagandist Sharpens Her Attack
Joseph Torigian, assistant professor in the School of International Service, spoke to The Washington Post about the Chinese government's use of propaganda. Torigian told The Post it has seen a major push under Xi Jinping's leadership. (5/21)
With No Leader, Commission Overseeing Virus Relief Struggles
Washington College of Law Professor Kimberly Wehle spoke to the Associated Press about leadership of the coronavirus relief oversight commission. Wehle said, “There used be a Congress that worked across the aisle to get things done.” The article appeared in 221 outlets, including ABC News Online, The New York Times and U.S. News & World Report. (5/17)
Oil Price Crash Revives Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaigns
Foreign Policy Magazine featured AU's divestment efforts in an article about recent oil price crashes. Doug Kudravetz, AU's chief financial officer, said, “We have been on this path for a while now. We want to use our voice to support climate initiatives when we can do so in a way that also preserves our board's fiduciary responsibility.” Kogod School of Business Professor Jeffrey Harris was also quoted in the article. (5/15)
Pandemic's Impact on Youth Sports
Matt Winkler, instructor in the School of Professional & Extended Studies, spoke to Headline News about how coronavirus has impacted the youth sports industry. Winkler said, “The youth sports industry… is massive.” (5/15)
America's Patchwork Pandemic Is Fraying Even Further
Washington College of Law Professor Lindsay Wiley spoke to The Atlantic about state and federal governments' responses to the coronavirus pandemic. Wiley said, “The abdication of federal responsibility has left states with little choice but to ease the most disruptive physical distancing measures without the testing data that would make us more confident that cases won't rapidly surge.” Wiley also spoke to The Hill. (5/20, 5/19)
Trump vs Biden: First It Was Wild – then Came COVID-19
Distinguished Professor of History Allan Lichtman spoke to the Agence France-Presse about Joe Biden's response to the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus. Lichtman said, “There is an old saying: Never interrupt an opponent when he is making a mistake.” (5/16)
Gig Workers Historically Face 'Great Challenges' in Complying with Tax Obligations
Caroline Bruckner, managing director of the Kogod Tax Policy Center, spoke to Yahoo Finance about tax implications for gig workers during the pandemic. Bruckner said, “A gig economy worker is likely going to have to find other means to supplement their income.” (5/20)
Do We Need Carbon-Eating Machines to Fight Climate Change? Some Scientists Say Yes.
Simon Nicholson, co-director of the Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy, spoke to Greater Greater Washington about the need for carbon-removal technology. Nicholson said, “It looks like emissions abatement alone won't be enough to avoid crashing through critical climate thresholds.” (5/15)
Undocumented Immigrants Hoping to Return to Work Remain Unprotected
Nina Yamanis, associate professor in the School of International Service, spoke to the Frederick News-Post about the lack of protections for undocumented workers. Yamanis said, “If they go back to work without proper protective measures, meaning six feet distance between them and the next worker and wearing a mask and gloves, it means that they will be vulnerable to getting sick with the coronavirus, bringing it home to their families, and exposing others in their community.” (5/19)

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