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AU Newsmakers 10.13 - 10.20, 2017
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Commitment Affirmed: Colleges Pledge to Continue Work on Assault Prevention
In the wake of changes to guidance on Title IX, the federal anti-discrimination law, The Washington Post spoke to staff and students about AU's efforts to prevent sexual assault. Mickey Irizarry, director of the student wellness center, discussed how AU students pushed for change, saying, “They were asking for more resources, asking for more support, asking for policies and for more transparency.” (10/15)

Faculty Authors
Is Professorial Branding for You? Yes, It Is
Scott Talan, assistant professor in the School of Communication, authored an opinion piece for The Chronicle of Higher Education about branding for professors. Talan wrote, “Even if you object to the notion of being a brand, you still are one. Your colleagues, fellow staff members, and students have views of you that they share with others both online and in real life.” (10/15)
Truth and Lies in the Trump Era
Charles Lewis, executive editor at the Investigative Reporting Workshop in the School of Communication, authored an opinion piece for the Nation about the relationship between journalism, the truth and the Trump administration. Lewis wrote, “Trump lies overtly; his lying is obvious to virtually everyone. Secret lies are something else. And Americans have been secretly lied to over and over again.” (10/13)
Federal Disaster Aid for Puerto Rico Isn't Foreign Aid- But Trump Acts That Way
Jessica Trisko Darden, assistant professor in the School of International Service, authored an opinion article for The Washington Post about President Trump's approach to disaster relief in Puerto Rico. Trisko Darden wrote, “Despite the fact that Puerto Rico is not a foreign country (although many Americans think it is), the president seems insistent on treating it like one.” (10/13)

The Women's March Invited Bernie Sanders. Then the Trouble Started
Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women and Politics Institute, spoke to Time Magazine about Bernie Sanders's participation in the upcoming Women's Convention in Detroit. Lawless said, “If the goal among the organizers is to try and generate the broadest possible support for their agenda, then it could potentially be the right call." (10/13)
Did Trump's Tweet Make It Safer for NFL Players to Kneel for the Anthem?
Washington College of Law Professor Jeremi Duru spoke to The Washington Post about Trump's tweets in response to NFL protests. “The fact this is happening strengthens the argument that a private entity's action following something Trump suggests should be deemed state action and consequently could trigger constitutional protections,” Duru said. (10/15)
Scientists' Dream Comes True With Detection of Gravitational Waves From Merging Neutron Stars
Gregory Harry, associate professor of physics, spoke to Xinhua about the detection of gravitational waves and the light from two stars colliding. Harry said, “Even though our detections have been very clear and strong compared to what we expected, there is still plenty of room for stronger, clearer detections.” (10/17)
Will #MeToo Become a Movement?
Sherri Williams, assistant professor in the School of Communication, spoke to The Daily Beast about the #MeToo social media campaign. Williams said, “People aren't only talking about the sexual harassment or sexual assault they experience, but also the conditions that allow that kind of oppression to happen.” (10/16)
Trump's Triumphs and Troubles, 9 Months On
Allan Lichtman, professor of history, appeared on CNN to speak about Trump's presidency. Speaking about Trump's propensity for telling lies, Lichtman said, “Trump has destroyed the concept of truth, even destroyed the concept of reality.” (10/17)
#OffScriptOn9: Toyota Releases Different Ads for Different Ethnicities
Sonya Grier, professor of marketing in the Kogod School of Business, appeared on “Off Script with Bruce Johnson” to talk about the latest Toyota Camry commercials that target consumers of different ethnicities. Grier said, “In marketing you have to segment the audience, because you cannot talk to everyone…You have to speak to them in a way that makes them want to buy your car.” (10/19)
Roots and Implications of Catalonia's Referendum
Garret Martin, professorial lecturer in the School of International Service, spoke with Voice of America about the roots and implications of the Catalan independence referendum. Martin said, “There is also the international dimension. You have in 2014, the example of Scotland. That provided, emboldened independence forces in Catalonia.” For The Conversation, Martin also authored an article about the role the European Union might play in resolving the political crisis in Spain caused by the referendum. (10/13, 10/19)
How to Manage Clients' Emotional Reactions to Market Stress
H. Kent Baker, professor in the Kogod School of Business, spoke to Morningstar about best practices for financial advisors dealing with stressed clients. Baker said, “One of the best things that advisors can do is to have that discussion with particular clients before these types of events occur.” (10/13)

''Online,consumer'' news refers to online news outlets and blogs such as HuffPost, NY Times
"Online,consumer" news refers to online news outlets and blogs such as HuffPost, 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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