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AU Newsmakers 4.6-4.13, 2018
Top Story
President Burwell Inaugurated as American University's 15th President
Sylvia Matthews Burwell was inaugurated this week as American University's 15th President, and its first female president. WRC-NBC4, WJLA-ABC7 and WTTG-Fox5 covered the historic event. During her speech, President Burwell talked about the future of the University, saying, “Times of great challenge call forth great leadership. American University, we are poised to lead.” (4/12)

Additional Features
A Member of the Obama Cabinet Goes Back to School
FOX News Sunday named President Sylvia Burwell “Power Player of the Week,” and she sat down with host and anchor Chris Wallace to discuss her time as AU's new president. Burwell said, “Meeting these students who have so much energy, excitement and passion… that is an incredible gift every day.” (4/8)
Andre Ingram Got a Cup of Coffee and Turned It Into a Shooting Show
American University alum Andre Ingram made his NBA debut with the Los Angeles Lakers after playing 10 years in the minor league. Ingram said, “I'm most looking forward to just getting up and down a couple times. After that, it's basketball. Everything else is what you've been doing your whole life.” Associated Press covered his debut game and the story ran in over 720 outlets, including The New York Times. (4/10)
Men and Women Have Very Different Relationships With Their Credit Cards
MarketWatch covered Economics Professor Mary Eschelbach Hansen's research about men and women's attitudes about credit. Men and women use their credit cards for different reasons, Hansen and her colleagues found, and women are less likely to say it's OK to use a credit card for luxury purchases. (4/06)

Faculty Authors
Why Killer Mike is Right: African Americans Should Own Guns
Christopher Petrella, The Antiracist Research and Policy Center's director of Advocacy & Strategic Partnerships, co-authored a piece for The Washington Post's Made By History blog about black Americans and the fight for equality in gun ownership. Petrella wrote, “Gun laws have aimed to arm whites and disarm people of color and indigenous people, part of the quest to maintain white supremacy. People of color and indigenous people have long fought against this double standard, recognizing that gun ownership can be integral to securing equality.” (4/11)
Trump National Security Staff Merry-Go-Round Reflects Decades of Policy Competition and Conflict
Gordon Adams, professor emeritus at the School of International Service, wrote an article for The Conversation about the relationship between the departments of State and Defense and the turnover in the National Security Council. Adams wrote, “The interactions among major national security agencies may now be more explosive and chaotic than in the past, but they mirror trends already underway for some decades in the management of the U.S. national security policy.” Adams' article was featured in eight media outlets, including Salon Magazine. Adams also appeared on NPR's 1A to discuss President Trump's options in Syria. (4/10, 4/11)
Bolivia Is Not Venezuela- Even If Its President Does Want to Stay in Power Forever
Robert Albro, research associate professor, and Michael McCarthy, research fellow, at the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, co-authored an article for The Conversation comparing Bolivia and Venezuela. Albro and McCarthy wrote, “There are, however, pronounced political and social differences between Bolivia and Venezuela that should prevent Morales from following in Chavez's footsteps [as an authoritarian leader].” Professor of Public Affairs William LeoGrande discussed leadership transitions in Latin America in an interview with Agence-France Press. (4/11, 4/8)

The Music Modernization Act Introduced in the House Could Change How Artists Are Paid for Streaming Services
John Simson, director of the Business and Entertainment Program in the Kogod School of Business, spoke to ABC News about a proposed bill that addresses musicians' royalties in the age of music streaming. “You have a 1909 statue trying to govern 2018 technology, and it doesn't work,” Simson said. (4/10)
The Rollback of Auto Emission Standards: Will You Pay Less?
Frank DuBois, chair of the International Business department in the Kogod School of Business, spoke to CBS News about the rollback of auto emission standards. DuBois noted that “proposed exemptions for Canada and Mexico..could mitigate the impact on automotive costs.”(4/9)
AU Professors Weigh in on Data Breach Scandal
CNN Newsource interviewed Kogod Tax Policy Center Managing Director Caroline Bruckner about Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's Senate testimony. Bruckner said, “He definitely wants to convey …. that he is both accountable and engaged in trying to come up with solutions.” The interview aired on several national television networks and their local affiliates. Barbara Romzek, professor of public affairs, and Aram Sinnreich, associate professor of communication, co-authored an article for The Conversation about data mining and social media. Sinnreich also spoke to The Boston Herald about the issue. (4/11, 4/6)
Vermont's Capital Could Allow Noncitizens to Vote in Local Elections- an Idea as Old as America Itself
A article mentioned Washington College of Law Professor Jamie Raskin's research about the idea of noncitizens voting in elections. Raskin's research found that “After the American Revolution, non-U.S. citizens were allowed to vote in a number of states, and by the 19th century, noncitizens in at least 22 U.S. states or territories were voting in local, state and federal elections.” (4/10)
Stephon Clark's Fiancée Speaks Out on Police Shooting
Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center Ibram X. Kendi appeared on The Intercept's podcast to discuss police shooting in black communities. Kendi said, “Police regulations allow them to shoot to kill, whenever they fear for their lives. So they are allowed to continue to get away with it because of those structural policies.” (4/6)
Muppets Bring 'Sesame Street' to Refugee Camps
Naomi Moland, professorial lecturer in the School of International Service, spoke to Voice of America about efforts to use children's programming, such as Sesame Street, to combat terrorist organizations. Moland said, “… how do you present something that seems somewhat realistic to the children in that it connects their experiences of trauma and displacement while also giving them hope that something could be different?” (4/10)
Is Speaker Ryan's Departure An Omen for Republican Defeats in November?
David Lublin, professor of public affairs, spoke to WJLA-ABC7 about House Speaker Paul Ryan's announcement to not seek re-election. In addition, David Barker, professor of public affairs, and James Thurber, distinguished professor of public affairs, provided their insights about the announcement to Yahoo!News and APRadio. (4/11)

''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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