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AU Newsmakers 9.29 - 10.6, 2017
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Here's How Hotel Security Might Change After the Deadliest Shooting in U.S. History
Audrey Cronin, professor in the School of International Service, spoke to CNBC about a mass shooting in Las Vegas and measures hotels can implement to improve security. Cronin said, “Unfortunately, our law enforcement practices often must adapt in the wake of major tragedies.” The story ran in news outlets including Yahoo News and MSN News, and Cronin also spoke to NPR affiliate KQED. Gautham Rao, assistant professor of history, authored an op-ed for Washington Post about the U.S. Congress and gun control. School of Education Scholar-in-Residence Amelia Tseng spoke to Complex about the term ‘lone wolf.' School of Public Affairs Assistant Professor Tricia Bacon and School of International Service and School of Public Affairs Associate Professor Joseph Young spoke about the Las Vegas shooting with WTOP-FM and Vox. (10/2, 10/4)

Additional Features
Website Helps Students Hoping to Attend College
Laura Owen, director of the School of Education's Center for Postsecondary Readiness and Success, spoke to Voice of America about an effort by AU and several partnering educational organizations to join forces and create a new, streamlined website to help prospective students and their parents navigate the college admissions process. Owen said, “There is a lot of information provided -- in a single place.” (9/30)
American University Is Latest to Shift Toward OER to Make College More Affordable
EdScoop covered a move by American University to join Open Textbook Network, a consortium of universities and colleges using free, open educational resources. History Professor Max Paul Friedman spoke to EdScoop about why he chooses to use OER. Students should not have to bear the financial burden of textbooks, said Friedman, who added: “Because it's open and it can be amended, it's much more flexible and can wind up working better." (10/5)

The JFK File
History Professor Allan Lichtman spoke to MSNBC about soon-to-be unclassified documents about the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Lichtman said, “Nothing in these documents is going to kill off the industry of the JFK conspiracy theorists, although it may cast some new light.” (10/2)
For GOP Women in Politics, A Needle That's Not Moving
Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women and Politics Institute, spoke to the Associated Press about the gender gap in political ambitions, particularly among Republican Women. Lawless said, “Republican women look very much the same now as they did pre-Trump. They're generally not interested in running for office, the overwhelming majority has not been recruited to run, they don't think they're qualified to run, and their levels of political activity and enthusiasm are the same as they have always been.” (9/30)
Is Dark Chocolate Healthy?
Matt Hartings, associate professor of chemistry, spoke to CNN Digital about whether dark chocolate really is healthy. “Higher percentage chocolates have the added benefit over the lower percentages and milk and white chocolates because they contain less sugar and less fat,” said Hartings. (10/6)
Inside Our Fascination With the Filthy Rich
Kogod School of Business Professor Cristel Russell spoke to Refinery29 about the fascination with outlandish television shows. Russell said, “It's not these characters' lifestyles that ring of similarity but their personalities that prompt connectedness.” (10/2)
NFL Anthem Controversy Proves at Least One Thing: Nuance Is Hard to Find
Chris Simpson, professor in the School of Communication, spoke to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about NFL protests, and the responsibility of the media to cover them truthfully. Simpson said, “There are very few news sources that care a fig about that. That is changing society more deeply than most people recognize.” (9/29)
What is Gerrymandering? A Guide to Understanding the Case Before the Supreme Court
Herman Schwartz, professor in the Washington College of Law, spoke to Quartz about the gerrymandering case in front of the Supreme Court. The GOP severely redrew district lines in close swing states that resulted “in a ‘bizarre menagerie of electoral districts shaped like snakes, dragons, and other exotic creatures that make a travesty of democracy,” explained Schwartz. (10/3)
Trump May Want Refugees Who Can 'Assimilate.' What Does That Mean?
History Professor Alan Kraut spoke to U.S. News & World Report about the Trump administration's move to consider assimilation when deciding which refugees to admit. “Refugee admission is often a political act,” said Kraut. (10/4)
House Clears First Hurdle in GOP's Race for Tax Reform
Caroline Bruckner, managing director of the Kogod Tax Policy Center, spoke with WJLA about the connection between the House of Representatives' recent budget resolution and forthcoming tax reform legislation. “It sets the stage for the legislative agenda for the next year and the remainder of this Congress…Establishing those spending targets are going to determine what the appropriations committees' priorities are,” Bruckner said. (10/5)

''Online,consumer'' news refers to online news outlets and blogs such as HuffPost, New York Times
"Online,consumer" news refers to online news outlets and blogs such as HuffPost, New York Times
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Both charts are based on the week's Newsmakers highlights only, not total AU mentions for the week

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