Top Story Additional Feature Faculty Authors Expertise
AU Newsmakers 2.03 - 2.10, 2017

Top Story
Food Additives and Awareness
For Healthy U Radio Show on KMEM-FM, Katie Holton, assistant professor of health studies, discussed her research on food additives and neurological illness. Certain food additives, which are added to many foods in the U.S., can cause illness in some individuals. Holton has worked to help people suffering from illnesses such as fibromyalgia and ADHD. Patients who abstain from certain food additives find their symptoms improve and they can live healthier lives. Holton also discussed how to read ingredient labels on food products to limit food additive exposure. (2/7)

Additional Feature
Enter a Universe of Dappled Color in Howard Mehring Show at AU Museum
The Washington Post reviewed an exhibit on display at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. The exhibition, “Mehring/Wellspring: The Early Color Field Paintings of Howard Mehring,” focuses on Mehring's work from 1958 to 1960. The reviewer writes, “Mehring was a D.C. colorist who died young and whose technique remains somewhat mysterious.” (2/10)

Faculty Authors
Ordinary Americans Carried Out Inhumane Acts for Trump
Chris Edelson, director, Politics, Policy and Law Scholars program, authored an opinion article for The Baltimore Sun about ethical aspects of the immigration ban. Edelson wrote, “If we do nothing, that is a choice. It means that we accept a government that has demonstrated it is capable of inflicting cruelty on the innocent and defenseless.” (2/6)
President Trump and Administration Ignoring the Law
Assistant Professor of Law Jennifer Daskal authored an article for The Hill about the Trump administration ignoring a federal court decision regarding executive immigration order. She noted, “The Washington court order, by contrast, prohibited the administration from “enforc[ing]” key aspects of the order, which was presumably interpreted to have broader effect.” (2/7)
Is Trump Resurrecting the Monroe Doctrine?
History Professor Max Paul Friedman authored an article that ran in the Christian Science Monitor about the Monroe Doctrine. Friedman wrote, “If Trump revives the Monroe Doctrine's unilateralism more broadly in response to a perceived threat from China throughout the region, he may succeed only in making Latin America irate again.” (2/5)

There's a Long History of Presidential Untruths. Here's Why Donald Trump Is 'in a Class by Himself.'
The Los Angeles Times spoke with Charles Lewis, executive editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop, about how former U.S. presidents from both major political parties bent the truth and misled citizens. Lewis commented on President Trump's reluctance to correct or apologize for misstatements, saying, “There's a degree of shamelessness I've never seen before.” Lewis also spoke about the issue on ABC's Nightline. (2/6)
Anarchy in U.S. Protests
Associate Professor of Education and Sociology Cynthia Miller-Idriss spoke to Sinclair Broadcasting about the increase of black bloc protests. Miller-Idriss said, “While it's very important to protect free speech on college campuses, I believe each campus has to decide for itself where the line gets drawn.” (2/9)
Trump Rages Against Judge Who Blocked Immigration Ban
Chris Matthews of MSNBC's Hardball spoke with Assistant Professor of Law Jennifer Daskal about Trump's comments regarding a federal judge's decision to block his executive order. Daskal said, “I don't see how this can be a good thing for him going forward if he's insulting the judiciary. That's not going to put them in a favorable position for him.” (2/7)
Why 'Fake News' Is Now Ensnaring Liberals
Aram Sinnreich, professor of communication, spoke with the Christian Science Monitor about why fake news is gaining momentum. Sinnreich said, “There's the platform crisis of social media as a news distributor, there is the industrial crisis of mainstream journalistic venues closing and downscaling, and there is the larger cultural crises of the epistemological devaluation of verifiable truth.” (2/7)
Records Show How Air Force Nominee Skirted Lobbying Restrictions
Gordon Adams, professor emeritus in the School of International Service, spoke with Politico about how President Trump's nominee for Air Force secretary advised a Lockheed Martin subsidiary on how to avoid anti-lobbying regulations. Adams said, “She has what I call the appearance of a conflict of interest, and appearances matter.” (2/8)
What's at Stake in Melania Trump Lawsuit: The First Lady's Reputation, Earning Potential
Anita McBride, executive-in-residence at the School of Public Affairs, spoke to CNN about how a recent lawsuit could affect the first lady's reputation. McBride said, “She has a right, just like any of us, to protect her reputation. She wants the record to be clear." (2/9)
At Marches, Protesters Confront Burning Question: What Is the Next Step?
History Professor Peter Kuznick spoke to the Christian Science Monitor about the next move for protestors after marches and demonstrations. Kuznick said, “It took years to build to the point where you had millions of people marching against the Vietnam War.” (2/3)
A Primer on Russia's Aspirations in 2017
History Professor Anton Fedyashin spoke to NPR's KPCC affiliate about whether Russia poses any threat to its neighbors or allies. Fedyashin said, “He expects the Russians to be treated as equals in all dealings with them diplomatically.” (2/7)
Girl Power: Why Politics Needs More Female Talent
For The Economist, Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women and Politics Institute, spoke about women's leadership in national government. Lawless said, “Women think they have to be twice as good as men to navigate the sexist political terrain…Men in our studies tend to be more confident and rely on concepts like passion and vision to justify themselves.” (2/9)
'Mexico City Policy' Reinstated by President Trump
For Wisconsin Public Radio, School of International Service Professor Rachel Robinson discussed the so-called “global gag order” and its effects on public health worldwide. Robinson said that the order makes it much harder for non-U.S. organizations to do anything related to counseling or mentioning abortion as a possible outcome for women. “That's the way the policy has been in the past. What is new this time around with Trump's reinstatement of the policy is that the conditionality that the organizations have to agree to has been extended much further.” (2/6)

''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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