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AU Newsmakers 8.5- 8.12.16
Top Story
How to Give a Better Speech: Talk to a Dog
The New York Times Education Life section featured the Kogod Center for Business Communications Audience Dog program and former center director Bonnie Auslander. The program helps business students who are anxious about public speaking by practicing in front of a living non-judgmental audience. Auslander also told WNYW the center booked about a dozen sessions last semester and employed six “locally sourced” dogs, recruited for their calm personalities. (8/5, 8/9)

Through "The Looking Glass": Latin American Immigrant Artists in D.C.
Jack Rasmussen, director and curator, American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, spoke to WAMU-FM's The Kojo Nmandi Show about the exhibit, “The Looking Glass.” Rasmussen said, “We are in a city of great museums so we needed to differentiate ourselves. We decided that we would focus on local art, international art and political art. The nice thing about this exhibit is that it is all three of those at once.” (8/9)

Faculty Authors
When 'She' is The Commander in Chief
Jessica Trisko Darden, professor in the School of International Service, wrote an op-ed for The Baltimore Sun on the potential for a female Commander in Chief. Darden wrote that the “concept of the military does not reflect the reality of modern warfare and leaves little room for women.” (8/7)
A Public-Private System to Improve Our Nation's Water Supply
Keith Pemrick, professor of public affairs, penned a blog post for The Hill on the nation's water supply. Pemrick wrote, “It is not news that America's infrastructure is well beyond crumbling and on its way to rotting. Streets. Bridges. Public facilities. The electric grid. Water pipelines.” (8/8)
The Rise and Fall of Netscape
Communication Professor William Campbell wrote an op-ed in The Baltimore Sun on the rise and fall of internet giant, Netscape. Campbell wrote, “Netscape's blockbuster debut demonstrated that fortunes were to be made online.” (8/8)

Presidential Campaign and Republican Majority in Congress
Public Communication Professor Leonard Steinhorn spoke to KOAT TV (Albuquerque) about how Republicans are distancing themselves from Trump. Steinhorn said some Republican incumbents will focus on campaigning against Clinton instead of for Trump. (8/6)
Obama Promises More Pardons, But Can He Do It?
Professor in the School of Professional and Extended Studies Jeffrey Crouch spoke to USA Today about the recent pardons by President Obama. Crouch said, “I'd say clemency has been 'reinvigorated' to an extent, but it sure took a while, and it still has a long way to go.” (8/7)
How Michael Brown's Death, Two Years Ago, Pushed #BlackLivesMatter into a Movement
Communication Professor Deen Freelon spoke to USA Today about the emergence of the #Blacklivesmatter movement. Freelon co-authored a study, Beyond the Hashtags, that examined 40 million tweets related to Ferguson and Black Lives Matter. (8/10)
Suicide Squad Killed it On Opening Weekend ... Now What?
Cristel Russell, marketing professor, spoke to Marketplace about re-watching movies. Russell said, “You remember liking the movie, you don't remember exactly all the details so the joy of re-watching is re-discovering what it is about this movie that you actually enjoyed.” (8/8)
Two Polls, Two Different Outlooks for State House District 68 Race
David Lublin, professor of public affairs, spoke to The Tampa Bay Times about a State House race. Lublin said, “While each candidate heralded the results, the discrepancy between both polls shows the challenges of local polling and the difficulty voters can have deciding on candidates in smaller, lesser known races.” (8/9)
Pakistani Lawyers Demand Justice
For CNN, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies Akbar Ahmed spoke about an attack in Pakistan. Ahmed said, “It is an attack on modernity.” (8/9)
Historians: Clinton, Obama Tied Together No Matter What
History Professor Allan Lichtman spoke to USA Today about how President Obama and Hillary Clinton are closely associated in voters' minds. Lichtman said, “You can't run away from the president of your own party. You can try. It's never worked anytime in modern American political history.” Lichtman also spoke to KNX AM. (8/9)
Why Would Hillary Clinton Want an Endorsement From Henry Kissinger?
For The Atlantic, Scholar-in-Residence Nora Bensahel spoke about Hillary Clinton. Bensahel said, “Trump represents a strong break with foreign policy tradition, and I think Secretary Clinton is trying to capitalize on that.” The article also appeared in Government Executive. (8/9)
America's Foreign Bases
David Vine, professor of anthropology, spoke to The Economist about the United States' global military bases. Vine said, “Most people would think the U.S. military is good so U.S. bases, wherever they are, must be a good thing.” (8/13)
Why The International Olympic Committee is Trying to Ban Gifs from This Year's Games
Communication Professor Aram Sinnreich spoke to Marketplace Tech on the ban on GIFs at the Olympic games. Sinnreich said GIFs are technically video and makes a huge difference for the bottom line of those companies that have purchased the right to transmit video of the games. (8/11)
Hillary Clinton and the Evolution of American Politics
Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women and Politics Institute, spoke to The New York Times about Hillary Clinton. Lawless said, “Gender stereotypes have gone away almost entirely.” Lawless also spoke to Politico about Hillary Clinton's email. (8/11)
Unfriended? Divisive Presidential Campaign Roils Facebook
Scott Talan, professor of communication, spoke to the Associated Press about politically charged Facebook debates. Talan said the popularity and ease of use on Facebook combined with two candidates with remarkably high negative ratings among voters fuel "very visceral" debates. He also suggested how to exercise free speech and have healthy debates on Facebook. (8/12)

Bonus Clip
Are You a Lyft Driver or an Airbnb Host? You May Owe Taxes and Not Even Know It
For Inc., Caroline Bruckner, managing director of the Kogod Tax Policy Center, spoke about taxes and the sharing economy. Bruckner said, “Congress never anticipated this kind of internet economy and, as a result, they've found themselves playing catch-up with business innovation.” (7/20)

''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 only, not total AU mentions for the week
Both charts are based on the week's Newsmakers highlights only, not total AU mentions for the week

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