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AU Newsmakers 10.2-10.9, 2020
Top Story
American University Welcomes Dr. Anthony Fauci to Family Week
American University was honored to host Dr. Anthony Fauci for this year's virtual Family Week. Speaking with President Sylvia Burwell, Fauci shared his insights on COVID-19 with students and the broader AU community. The event was mentioned in The Hill, Politico, CNN, Reuters, United Press International, Axios, ABC News, and U.S. News and World Report. (10/7)

Additional Feature
Sexual, Gender Minorities Much Likelier to Be Crime Victims
The Associated Press featured research by Andrew Flores, assistant professor of public affairs. Flores's research found that people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer or gender non-conforming are nearly four times as likely to be victims of violent crime than those outside such communities. (10/2)

Faculty Author
As Bangladesh Hosts Over a Million Rohingya Refugees, a Scholar Explains What Motivated the Country to Open Up Its Borders
Tazreena Sajjad, senior professorial lecturer in the School of International Service, wrote an article for The Conversation about Bangladesh accepting Rohingya refugees. Sajjad wrote, “In an era when many rich nations have tried to stop the entry of refugees, Bangladesh's decision to accept refugees in the early days of the crisis could seem puzzling.” (10/6)

News Brief
Homeland Security to Grant Millions to Groups to Combat White Supremacists and Other Extremists
The School of Communication is one of several recipients to receive a grant from the Department of Homeland Security to combat extremism in America. Kurt Braddock, assistant professor of communication, spoke to The Wall Street Journal about how the school will use its grant to develop a strategy to undermine disinformation shared by white supremacist groups. Braddock also spoke to NBC10 about an extremist group's plan to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. (10/3, 10/8)

Republicans Are Spending $60 Million on a Digital Get-Out-the-Vote Campaign
Professor of Communication Filippo Trevisan spoke to The New York Times about the G.O.P. efforts to reach voters digitally. Trevisan said, “It's a new priority from the G.O.P because typically this is not the type of money they would invest in that type of campaign.” (10/7)
China's Mealtime Appeal Amid Food Supply Worries: Don't Take More Than You Can Eat
Joseph Torigian, assistant professor in the School of International Service, spoke to The Washington Post about China's new campaign to address food shortages in the nation. Torigian said the campaign reflects Xi Jinping's hatred of materialism and wastefulness. (10/5)
Why Don't Young People Vote, and What Can Be Done About It?
Professor of Public Affairs Jan Leighley spoke to The New York Times about getting young people to vote. Leighley said, “Actually the act of casting a ballot in an election is incredibly complex.” Leonard Steinhorn, professor of communication, spoke to U.S. News & World Report about voting trends among older Americans. (10/8. 10/5)
Biden Campaign Mulls Possible 'Climate Czar' Position
Paul Bledsoe, adjunct professorial lecturer in the School of Public Affairs, spoke to Politico about how a Biden administration would approach climate issues. Bledsoe said, “It's about making climate change a motivating focus and the raison d'etre of a Biden administration.” (10/7)
Trump's Missed Opportunities To Personally Stop The Spread Of The Coronavirus
Washington College of Law Professor Lindsay Wiley spoke to NPR about how the Trump administration handled the president's COVID-19 diagnosis. Wiley said, “It just sends such a strong signal to the general public that these recommendations aren't important to pay attention to and aren't necessary to follow.” (10/6)
What We Can Learn From the Most Successful Covid-19 Bubbles
Melissa Hawkins, director of the Public Health Scholars program, spoke to Elemental, Medium's health and science vertical, about the efficacy of COVID-19 bubbles. Hawkins said, “I think it's important to double down on our quaranteam given there are going to be less opportunities to be outside because of the cold weather.” (10/5)

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