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AU Newsmakers 7.29- 8.5.16
Top Stories
AU Student Athlete Caylee Watson's Olympic Story
AU student athlete Caylee Watson was featured on NBC4, as she will be competing for the Virgin Islands at this month's Olympic games in Brazil. Watson credits her mother with encouraging her to begin swimming at age 12. She said of her home country that “it's really special to be able to represent somewhere that you feel a part of and where everyone knows you and cares about you.” (7/31)
Democratic and Republican National Conventions
David Lublin, professor of public affairs, spoke to Marketplace. Lublin said, “the conventions are when both parties give a weeklong infomercial to introduce themselves to the country.” (7/31)
Fighting for Free Speech on America's Campuses
Cecilia Capuzzi Simon, adjunct professor of journalism, wrote an article in The New York Times. Simon wrote, “There are other groups that fight for First Amendment rights on campus, but none as vocal — or pushy — as FIRE, which has gone public with 421 interventions on behalf of aggrieved students and faculty members over almost two decades (many more have been resolved privately).” (8/1)

Additional Features
Exhibit charts Brazil's untrodden historical and religious ground
The National Catholic Reporter highlighted an exhibit on display at American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, "Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints: Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil". The Brazil that museum viewers will get to know “will be a surprise for many,” said Brazilian embassy worker Franklin Silva Netto, who was quoted in the article. (7/30)
American University learns from Wegmans
The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle featured AU's efforts to improve and reinvent the student experience, known as RiSE. Jeff Rutenbeck, dean of the School of Communication, said, “The goal is to enhance the quality of the student experience and the depth of the students' involvement with the university for the rest of their careers.” (7/31)
A Look Back At How Massive Her Album Was By Comparison
For Forbes, the Kogod School of Business online program in Data Analytics was featured for its data analysis of Adele's album. The analytics research at Kogod found that “Adele's third record simply couldn't be beaten, not by a longshot.” (8/1)
The Archivist Of French-Jewish History
The Jewish Week featured an article about Lisa Leff, history professor and recent recipient of the largest prize award in Jewish letters. Leff discussed her new project, a book about the “Panama affair” of 1892-93, as well as the wide appeal and central character of her award-winning non-fiction work, “The Archive Thief.” (7/30)

Faculty Authors
Khizr Khan vs. Donald Trump: Whose Constitution will Americans choose?
Chris Edelson, director of the Politics, Policy, and Law Scholars Program, authored an article for Marketwatch. Edelson wrote, “Constitutional meaning is sometimes made by the courts, sometimes by presidents, and sometimes by legislators -- but it can also be made by the people.” (8/1)
How Voting Rights' Victories Could Change the Presidential Race
Legal Fellow William Yeomans wrote an article for Reuters. Yeomans wrote, “U.S. courts have finally struck back against Republican efforts to restrict voting rights. A series of recent key decisions involving Texas, North Carolina, Wisconsin and North Dakota forcefully block state laws aimed at excluding minority voters.” (8/3)
Data Shows That It's Clinton's Election To Lose
School of International Service Assistant Professor Austin Hart wrote a blog post for The Huffington Post. Hart wrote, “The bottom line is that this is Clinton's election to lose. Could she still falter? Definitely. Just ask Al Gore and John Kerry about that head start on the electoral college map. Is it likely? Not at all.” (8/5)

Evolving Attitudes to the Two State Solution in Israel's Political and Military Circles
Guy Ziv, professor in the School of International Service, spoke to the Tel Aviv Review Radio. Ziv said Netanyahu is caught in the middle because, on the one hand, he believes the future of a single state with Jews and Arabs living together is not viable, but he is also deeply skeptical of a two-state solution. (8/1)
Khan v. Trump
For BBC World Service, History Professor Allan Lichtman spoke about the presidential election and Trump's effect on two issues Republicans have long claimed to possess, patriotism and constitutionalism. Lichtman also spoke to Bloomberg Politics and Voice of America. (7/30)
Strange but true: The positive QWERTY effect
Executive Director of the Center for Teaching, Research and Learning Naomi Baron spoke to The Berkshire Eagle. Baron said, “We don't put emotions into most of our consonants, we put them into our vowels.” (7/29)
Uber, Lyft Transporting States to New Tax Challenges
Bloomberg BNA featured Kogod Tax Policy Center Managing Director Caroline Bruckner's survey of taxpayers who participate in the on-demand platform economy and quoted her Congressional testimony when she said, “surprisingly little has been done to understand the tax compliance challenges this new frontier presents.” (8/1)
Doga Eralp on Turkey Military Council Meeting
Doga Eralp, professor in the School of International Service, spoke to CCTV about the recent coup attempt in Turkey. Eralp said, “the military council meeting signals and important decision by Erdogan that he is moving forward with the top brass of the military until the dust settles. It is also safe to say that there is a wide spread paranoia in the leadership in Turkey, as they don't know who to trust.” (7/29)
Donald Trump, a fallen soldier, and the myth of game-changing moments
Director of the Women and Politics Institute Jennifer Lawless spoke to The Christian Science Monitor. Lawless said, “There were multiple facets that people found offensive: the mother remarks, that the speech wasn't heartfelt, questions as to whether the soldier was a hero. Take your pick. Most people found part of the discussion distasteful.” Lawless also spoke to KNX AM Los Angeles. (8/1)
Trump says he hopes Ivanka would quit if she got harassed
USA Today quoted Communication Professor Jane Hall's op-ed in the New York Times. Hall wrote, “I suspect that there is a connection between the unspoken requirement for many women on Fox News, and elsewhere on television, to be leggy and beautiful and smart — and the bullying, misogynist political culture in which we find ourselves today.” (8/1)
The Suffrage Movement and Female Presidential Candidates
For NPR, Department of History Scholar-in-Residence Johanna Neuman spoke about the early suffrage movement and the presidential bid of Victoria Woodhull in 1872. Neuman said, “this was a time when even women speaking in public was controversial.” (8/1)
Trump's Strategy to Distract From Democratic Convention Carries Risks, Rewards
Robert Lehrman, professor of communication, spoke to Sinclair Broadcast Group. Lehrman said of Donald Trump's conduct at the Republican convention: “You don't want to leave the whole field to the other team.” (7/28)

Bonus Clip
Young Latinos of the Obama White House: Witnesses, Participants in History
Vivian Graubard, AU alumna and founding member of the U.S. Digital Service, was featured on NBC News. Graubard turned an internship at the White House into a full-time job after she graduated from AU. (8/4)

''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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