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AU Newsmakers 2.16-2.23, 2018
Top Story
Cutting MSG Eases Pain, Study Finds
The Daily Mail featured new research by Kathleen Holton, assistant professor of health studies, on the link between chronic pain and the food additive monosodium glutamate. Results demonstrated that when study participants cut monosodium glutamate from their diets, their symptoms improved. Holton said, “This preliminary research in Kenya is consistent with what I am observing in my chronic pain research here in the United States.” (2/19)

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Ibram X. Kendi Opens American University's Antiracist Research & Policy Center
The Washington City Paper interviewed Ibram X. Kendi, founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center, to learn more about the center and its initiatives, his research, and what the media can do to promote antiracist beliefs. Kendi said that the media should be, “thinking through ways to present the imperfections of people in D.C., that there is nothing wrong with those imperfections, because that's what makes them human.” (2/19)

Faculty Authors
Solar Case Shows Climate Protection Requires Globalized Economy
Paul Bledsoe, professorial lecturer at the Center for Environmental Policy, wrote an opinion article for The Hill about the need for global economic cooperation to address climate change. Bledsoe wrote, “There is a recognition that a certain level of cooperation even among direct economic competitor nations may be required to successfully address climate change.” (2/19)
American Women Will Decide Who Wins and Loses in 2018 Elections
Distinguished Professor of History Allan Lichtman wrote an opinion article for The Hill discussing the voting power of women in upcoming elections. Lichtman wrote, “The [November] midterm elections offer a historic opportunity for women… by voting out of office Republican apologists for who is arguably the most immoral and anti-woman president in U.S. history.” (2/20)

Education Programs Confront a Question: 'Am I Obligated to Take a Bullet for My Students?'
Carolyn Parker, director of the master's program in teaching in the School of Education, spoke to The Chronicle of Higher Education about incorporating crisis-preparedness courses into education programs. Of this type of training in school districts, Parker said, it's “very much on the procedures of what one needs to do when there's an active shooter in the building. It doesn't get to the emotional part of it, both what teachers can do in the classroom for students and for teachers themselves.” (2/21)
1A Movie Club Sees "Black Panther"
School of Communication Assistant Professor Sherri Williams joined 1A Host Joshua Johnson and others to review and discuss “Black Panther.” Williams said, “I really appreciated the film because of the way it reflected colonialism, imperialism and white supremacy and the effects of them without being overly preachy, but still being profound.” (2/21)
The Democrats Keep Capitulating on Defense Spending
Gordon Adams, professor emeritus in the School of International Service, spoke to The Atlantic for a story about the new defense budget, which has grown in the past few years. Adams said, “Threats are always better for budgets than peace.” (2/18)
U.S., Microsoft Fight Over Access to Digital Data Stored Overseas Reaches Supreme Court
Jennifer Daskal, associate professor at American University Washington College of Law, spoke to USA Today about the digital privacy dispute between the federal government and Microsoft. Daskal addressed the concern about location of data and said it "makes little sense for a whole host of reasons.” (2/22)
Jobs and Inclusivity: Why the Jewish Population in D.C. Is Now the Third-Largest in the Country
Director of AU's Jewish Studies Program Pamela Nadell spoke to WAMU-FM about a new report on the growing Jewish population in Washington D.C. Nadell said, “Jews in Washington, according to this report, are younger on average than Jews in other communities- and that portends excitement for the future.” (2/16)
American University to Research Reception of Police Body Cameras
Brad Bartholomew, professorial lecturer of public affairs, spoke to WTOP Radio about a new pilot program in the D.C. area that will equip police officers with body cameras. Bartholomew said, “We are very interested to see if use of force goes up or down after the introduction of the cameras.” (2/17)
Art and History
CBS News interviewed Scott Talan, assistant professor of communication, for a piece about the power of art and imagery in making history. Talan said, “One picture, when it's done well… can really have a lasting effect, far more than any speech, any tweet, any word or any op-ed.” (2/22)
Pakistan Hopes Not to Be Placed on Terrorist Financing Watch List
Stephen Tankel, assistant professor at the School of International Service, spoke to Voice of America about a push by the U.S. and its European allies to place Pakistan on a global terrorist-financing watch list. Tankel said, “This sanction would eliminate the opportunities that could be used to solve other problems.” (2/19)
Russians Indicted in Mueller's Probe
Capri Cafaro, executive-in-residence at the School of Public Affairs, spoke to WFMJ-TV about the indictment of several Russian nationals in the probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller. Cafaro said, “The intelligence community has already come out and said, even before the indictment, that there seems to be evidence that Russians are once again trying to interfere in the midterm elections, this year in 2018.” (2/18)

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"Online, consumer" news refers to online news outlets and blogs such as Huffington Post, NY 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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