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AU Newsmakers 5.11-5.18, 2018
Top Story
Bulk of Corcoran's Remaining Collection Headed to AU Museum at the Katzen
The Washington Post covered the announcement that American University Museum at the Katzen Art Center will receive nearly 9,000 pieces from the Corcoran Art board of trustees. Jack Rasmussen, director and curator of AU Museum said, “The Corcoran legacy is our legacy too. It's Washington's legacy.” WAMU-FM, Washington City Paper and The Art Newspaper covered the announcement as well. (5/14)

Additional Features
AU Teaches DC High School Students How to Develop, Design Unique Products
WJLA-ABC7 covered STEAMCorps, an initiative of the College of Arts and Sciences, Kogod School of Business and AU's Center for Innovation, to introduce local high-school students to entrepreneurship and STEM. Kathryn Walters-Conte, director of the biotechnology master's program and coordinator of the STEAMCorps initiative, said, “The goal is to get students excited about entrepreneurship, excited about technology and innovation, so that they'll stay motivated to stay in STEM in the long term.” (5/11)
Integrating Sustainability to Create Economical, Active Learning Environments
Sustainability Programs Director Megan Litke and Kiho Kim, professor of environmental science, spoke to Education Dive about AU's Carbon Neutrality achievement. Litke discussed how AU built a portfolio of offsets that aligned with its source of emissions and looked for ways to make change beyond projects that could “check-off a box” on carbon-neutrality initiatives. Speaking on how the approach fit student interests, Kim added, “[Students] come to AU and they see AU as a leader in that space, and its part of the reason why students choose to come here.” (5/17)

Faculty Authors
Trump's Fuel Efficiency Rollbacks Will Hurt Drivers
Paul Bledsoe, adjunct professorial lecturer in the Center for Environmental Policy, wrote an opinion article for The New York Times about the impact new efficiency rollbacks proposed by the Trump administration might have on drivers. Bledsoe wrote, “A draft proposal by the Trump administration that emerged in recent weeks would result in additional fuel costs of ‘$193 billion to $236 billion cumulatively between now and 2035'.” (5/11)
US and Europe Face an 'Increasingly Loveless Marriage' After Trump's Iran Deal Withdrawal
Garret Martin, professorial lecturer in the School of International Service, wrote an article for The Conversation about how President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal will impact transatlantic relations. Martin wrote, “These old allies will cooperate on a transactional basis on areas of common interest… but the shared world vision that has defined this partnership since World War II could very well be lost.” The article ran in several media outlets, including The International Business Times and the Raw Story. (5/16)
What Spotify's Alarming R. Kelly Censorship Means for the Future of the Internet
Associate Professor of Communication Aram Sinnreich wrote an opinion article for The Daily Beast about Spotify's decision to remove R. Kelly from popular playlists. Sinnreich wrote, “Even 25 years after the invention of the web browser, we have no idea what the appropriate role of the internet is in our lives, and what kinds of constraints we should put on their ability to sift, sort and reorganize the information that flows between us, the companies that serve us and the institutions we belong to.” (5/11)

Why Doesn't Your Husband Want to Have Sex With You?
Barry McCarthy, professor of psychology, spoke to The Wall Street Journal about men's interest in sex. McCarthy said men may see women “as a good person, mother, supporter, but not as an exciting lover.” (5/12)
Embassy Move Fulfills Trump's Promise, but Consequences for Peace Process Uncertain
Assistant Professor in the School of International Service Guy Ziv spoke to Circa about the American Embassy in Israel moving from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Ziv said, “I think the timing was poor and unbalanced. This was an ill-conceived idea, given the consequences.” The story ran in more than 40 syndicated outlets, including WJLA-ABC7 and Fox Illinois. Ziv also spoke to Vox, and appeared on i24 News and “Background Briefings with Ian Masters” to discuss the Trump administration's policy in Israel. Center for Israel Studies Scholar-in-Residence Dan Arbell spoke to Hearst TV and Wisconsin Public Radio. (5/14, 5/15)
What Putin Wanted From Trump Tower Meeting
Keith Darden, associate professor in the School of International Service, spoke to CNN about the 2016 Trump Tower meeting. Darden said, “It's very likely that without Putin chafing at the sanctions, he wouldn't have tried to get involved in the Presidential elections in 2016.” (5/16)
When Kelly Says These Immigrants Can't Fit In, Historians Hear 'Echo From the Past'
History Professor Alan Kraut spoke to CNN about John Kelly's statement that current immigrants can't fit into American society. Kraut said, “This is almost a verbatim quotation of what critics of immigration said in the early 20th century.” (5/11)
Fed Finds Success at Home Spreads Pain Abroad as Markets Tighten
Valentina Bruno, associate professor in the Kogod School of Business, spoke to Bloomberg BNN about the international consequences of dollar strength. Bruno said, “When the dollar strengthens, cross-border bank credit goes down.” The story ran in 20 outlets. (5/14)
The Chemistry of Cooking
Matt Hartings, associate professor of chemistry, appeared on the BBC World News to discuss the chemistry of cooking and the Royal Wedding. Hartings said, “Any chemistry is different at scale… the reactions that they use and the process that they use are completely different. And I think that the same thing is true when we're cooking at scale also.” (5/17)
Senate Hearing Today On Music Rights
John Simson, director for the Business and Entertainment Program in Kogod School of Business, appeared on KCBS-Radio to discuss the impacts of the Music Modernization Act. “Courts have said you don't have to pay for pre-‘72 recordings. This bill will fix that.” Simson said. (5/15)

''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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