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AU Newsmakers 8.19- 8.26, 2016
Top Story
Four Citizens Recognized by Frederick County Officials
Heidi Sequeira, AU Student Health Center clinician, was featured on WHAG News for helping to save a 5-year-old girl who almost drowned at Maryland's Cunningham Falls State Park. Sequeira, who received a National Park Valor Award, said, “As a nurse, I am aware of emergencies that may come up when I am on an airplane or in an airport, I know where an AED is and I never want to have to use it; but instinctively, I just jumped into action and there was this little girl who was not breathing, without a pulse that needed our help that I knew I could help. I was glad I was there, wish it did not happen, but glad I could be there.” (8/25)

Additional Features
How South Korea Uses Kimchi To Connect To The World - And Beyond
For NPR, Johanna Mendelson Forman, professor in the School of International Service, spoke about South Korea's gastro-diplomacy. Mendelson said, “Korean government is very conscious of food culture and the proliferation of Korean restaurants is a reflection of that.” Mendelson went on to say that Kimchi is a part of Korea's brand. (8/22)

Faculty Authors
Distance Devotion
Edward Helfers, literature instructor, wrote an article for The Rumpus on distance swimming. Helfers wrote, “Unlike athletes who play team sports, swimmers labor in solitary, submerged in a strangely silent medium. Absent conversation or choreography, one becomes uniquely attuned to the forces conspiring against the body—gravity, lactic acid, time.” (8/21)
Adding Value To Student Internships
For The Huffington Post, School of Professional and Extended Studies Professors Gilbert Klein, Jeffrey Sosland, and Diane Lowenthal wrote about how to add value to student internships. Klein, Sosland and Lowenthal wrote, “With employers looking for professional internships on a job applicant's resume, universities have an obligation to provide a well-rounded course experience combining experiential and academic learning.” (8/24)

Saudis and Extremism
Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies, spoke to The New York Times about Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia. Ahmed called Wahhabism “a tribal, desert Islam. It was shaped by the austere environment — xenophobic, fiercely opposed to shrines and tombs, disapproving of art and music, and hugely different from the cosmopolitan Islam of diverse trading cities like Baghdad and Cairo.” (8/25)
The Law Requires Gym Class for All Students, but This Charter School Is Refusing
The Washington Post featured research by Health Studies Chair Stacey Snelling and Sarah Irvine Belson, executive director, Institute for Innovation in Education. Snelling and Irvine Belson found that the amount of time students spend on physical activity in D.C. schools is linked to improvement in standardized math scores. (8/25)
The 5 Worst Things Donald Trump Could Actually Be Hiding in His Tax Returns
Kogod Tax Policy Center Director Don Williamson spoke to The Street about Donald Trump's unreleased tax returns. Williamson said, “He might be worth gazillions of dollars, and he might have gazillions of dollars in income. But usually in the real estate ventures...those losses might be deductible then against his other income.” (8/23)
Women Politicians and Honesty: Why Dual Standard Is Disappearing
Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women and Politics Institute, spoke to The Christian Science Monitor about Hillary Clinton as a female presidential candidate. Lawless said, “I've often said that if people are fundamentally opposed to her, I'm not convinced that it's sexism; it could be Clinton-ism.” (8/22)
Rising Force in Latino Turnout: Hispanics Who Can't Vote
Director of the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies Eric Hershberg spoke to The Christian Science Monitor about a rising trend in Latino voter turnout. Hershberg said, “I think there's no doubt that the sense of determination amongst advocates for immigrant rights has never been stronger than it is now.” (8/22)
When Death Meets Facebook: Social Networkers Upstage the Deceased
Aram Sinnreich, communication professor, spoke to Marketwatch about changes with social networkers discussing death. Sinnreich said, “There's been a collision of this typically taboo subject with a communications platform where the number of taboo subjects has vanished.” (8/22)
Melania Trump Threatens to Sue News Outlets
For CNN, Executive-in-Residence Anita McBride spoke about Melania Trump's threat to sue news outlets. McBride said that important campaign surrogates like a spouse of a presidential candidate need proper support for their roles, and she hopes the Trump campaign has learned from the convention controversy. (8/24)
By Linking Trump With Hate Groups, Clinton Spotlights the 'Alt-Right'
History Professor Allan Lichtman spoke to CBC News about Hillary Clinton's speech on the ‘Alt-Right.' Lichtman said, “Americans have a right to know about the alt-right … because it's frightening to think that anti-Semites, racists, neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan believe the Trump campaign is a signal that their time has come.” (8/26)

Bonus Clip
AU Coach Centrowitz's Son Wins First U.S. Gold Medal in 1,500 Meters in 108 Years
The Washington Post featured Matt Centrowitz, son of AU Head Track/Cross Country Coach Matthew Centrowitz, himself an Olympian, for his historic victory in the 1,500 meters. WTOP, NBC and WTTG-FOX 5 also carried the story.

''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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