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AU Newsmakers 7.22- 7.29.16
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What a University Can Learn From Wegman's
The Chronicle of Higher Education* featured AU efforts to improve and reinvent the student experience, known as RiSE. It describes how AU's work to benchmark great experiences in other sectors, including the patient experience in health care (Cleveland Clinic) and customer experience in high-end grocery stores (Wegman's), has been critical to the university's plans. From the story: “A good institution that manages to make the experience of navigating college more user-friendly also will develop a market advantage on the front end, says Mr. [Scott] Bass, the provost. That ‘will be an institution that I believe parents will line up to have their kids come to.'” (7/25). *Readers connected to the AU network should be able to access this subscription-only article
Meet the First Openly Transgender Speaker at a Convention
American University alumna Sarah McBride made history as the first openly transgender speaker at a major party convention. More than 250 news outlets featured McBride's personal story and speech at the Democratic National Convention, including TIME Magazine, Rolling Stone, Mic, Houston Chronicle, L.A. Times, TEEN Vogue, The Washington Post, NBC News, San Francisco Chronicle, and Associated Press. (7/26, 7/27-729)

Additional Features
Clinton vs. Sanders: Leaked emails raise questions about DNC's impartiality
For The Christian Science Monitor, Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women and Politics Institute, spoke about the leaked Democratic National Committee emails. Lawless said, “[The DNC] wanted to start the convention in a completely positive, unified, upbeat way and they certainly didn't want to be scandal ridden.” Lawless also spoke about the convention with the Boston Globe, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Huffington Post, and Roll Call. (7/23)
Analysis of Democratic National Convention
Betsy Fischer Martin, executive-in-residence in the School of Public Affairs, spoke to CBC TV (Canada) on the eve of the convention. Fisher Martin noted that Hillary Clinton must outreach to Bernie Sanders' supporters, and she needs to present herself as a leader on terrorism. (7/24)
DNC chair Wasserman Schultz set to resign after Democratic convention
Richard Benedetto, communication professor, spoke to The Christian Science Monitor about the controversy over leaked emails and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Benedetto said, “It's not that big a deal to the average voter." Benedetto also spoke to Cox Media Group about Senator Bernie Sanders. This interview aired on numerous Cox affiliates nationwide. (7/24, 7/27)
'She found her voice': Michelle Obama's DNC speech hailed as her boldest yet
Anita McBride, executive-in-residence at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, spoke to The Guardian about the First Lady's speech. McBride said, “Of all the speeches I've seen her do, this was by far the most political.” McBride's convention analysis was also featured in The Wall Street Journal, Sidewire, The Christian Science Monitor, ABC News, Euronews, and Fox News.
Hillary Clinton and Democratic Party Unity
History Professor Allan Lichtman spoke to CNN's Carol Costello about Hillary Clinton and Democratic Party unity. Lichtman also spoke to Voice of America, WNYW-FOX 5 (New York), Business News Network, WTTG Fox and CBC Canada.
Michelle Obama's speech and Bernie Sander's endorsement of Hillary Clinton
For News Talk ZB, Karen O'Connor, political science professor, spoke about the First Lady's speech. O'Connor offered, “it was the best speech I've ever heard Michelle Obama give.” (7/26)

Faculty Authors
After Brexit, Britain is free – but it will never be a global power again
David Banks, professor in the School of International Service, co-authored an article in The Independent (UK) about the implications of the Brexit vote in Britain. Banks wrote, “Brexiteers claimed that by leaving the EU they would finally cut the ropes that tied the UK down and prevented it from achieving its potential. But they failed to realise that the UK had already far exceeded the political potential that its GDP and military capabilities suggested it deserved.” (7/24)
The World Roger Ailes Created
For The New York Times, Jane Hall, communication professor, wrote an op-ed on the resignation of Fox News executive Roger Ailes. Hall wrote, “Fox News did not invent political polarization in Congress and the country. But it has abetted and amplified it, creating an ideologically bifurcated cable-news landscape.” Hall was also featured on CNN Reliable Sources and PBS News Hour, and quoted by Columbia Journalism Review and (7/22, 7/26, 7/27)
What 'Daddy' Trump wants is for all of us to be his children
Chris Edelson, director, Politics, Policy, and Law Scholars Program, authored an op-ed about Donald Trump for Marketwatch that focused on the Republican National Convention. Edelson wrote, “By showing us his children, Trump is marketing himself as a father — to the entire nation. Who better to help spread this message than Trump's biological children?” (7/23)
Can Trump Be Stopped Only By Sanders?
For The Huffington Post, Professor of Economics Jon Wisman wrote about the presidential campaign. Wisman wrote, “The fact is, that because the central issue driving this election is Americans' deep disgruntlement with the sold-out political establishment, it seems highly unlikely that Clinton can make it to the White House.” (7/25)
Donald Trump's Russia hack plea a new low - and maybe a crime
History Professor Allan Lichtman wrote an op-ed for NYDaily News about Donald Trump's call for Russia to hack Hillary Clinton's emails. Lichtman said, “Trump has not only abetted Russian meddling in American politics but has also encouraged Russia to engage in what is arguably criminal activity, the hacking into a private email server.” Lichtman also wrote an op-ed about Hillary Clinton for The Hill. (7/27)

Millennials Are Not Averse to Debt When Building Their Business
For The Street, Bill Bellows, co-director of the American Entrepreneurship Incubator, spoke about Millennial views on business debt. Bellows said, “Unlike previous generations, many of the Millennials we work with do not enter into their startups as a means of escape from corporate life, but as part of a plan to pursue something exciting, more collaborative and potentially rewarding.” (7/22)
How the Trump U. Lawsuits Make Presidential History
Leonard Steinhorn, professor of public communication, spoke to WNBC-4 (New York) about the Trump University lawsuit. Steinhorn said, on the possible impact of the case, “It would probably take a little bit of the gleam off of his election if he were seen as fleecing the same people who he says on the campaign trail he's championing.” (7/25)
A quest to preserve languages
Naomi Baron, director of the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research, spoke to CCTV about the importance of preserving languages. Baron said that there are lots of ways in which a language becomes endangered, including violence. Baron also spoke to NewsOK about word preferences. (7/22)
Yahoo-Verizon deal means Verizon will know more about you
Aram Sinnreich, professor of communication, spoke to Marketwatch about the Verizon acquisition of Yahoo. Sinnreich said, “It's a sign of the continuing consolidation and ownership over the internet and creation of separate fiefdoms.” (7/25)
Law Enforcement Cross-Border Data System Needs Fix: DOJ
Law Professor Jennifer Daskal spoke to Bloomberg BNA about the U.S. Department of Justice proposal that would impact foreign countries that seek data for law enforcement purposes. Daskal said, “The proposal lifts the blocking statute that prohibits U.S.-based providers from turning over the content of communications (i.e. e-mails) to foreign governments, even when they are investigating their own citizens.” (7/20)
New Research on Preventing HIV
Allison Groves, sociology faculty fellow, spoke to NPR about her research on women in South Africa and HIV. The research involved testing 1,500 pregnant women for HIV, of which 38 percent tested positive. Groves is investigating if this high incidence is due to abuse. Groves' research was highlighted in a segment on cutting-edge methods for preventing HIV transmission in vulnerable women. (7/25)
We Spoke to the Undocumented Immigrant Who Headlined Opening Night at the DNC
David Lublin, professor of government, spoke to Vice News about the issue of immigration and the Democratic convention. Lublin said, “The Democrats are embracing being a pro-immigrant party. That seems not a bad way to help solidify the huge Latino vote." (7/25)
Thinking Ahead: Who Could be the Next Woman to Lead a Ticket?
Cara Okopny, professorial lecturer in the Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program, spoke to Roll Call about Hillary Clinton. Okopny called her “a uniquely qualified candidate, who has earned people's votes not because she is a female candidate, but because of her qualifications and leadership in the world.” (7/28)

''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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