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AU Newsmakers 7.27-8.3, 2018
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American University Week on The Academic Minute
This week, five American University professors were featured in WAMC's The Academic Minute. The Academic Minute features professors from higher education institutions around the world, focusing on academic research and its professional applications. The segments aired on WAMC-FM and are also available on Inside Higher Ed. (7/30, 7/31, 8/1, 8/2, 8/3)

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Taylor Berlin, American University ANC Commisioner
Taylor Berlin, American University's representative to the ANC, appeared on WTTG-Fox5 to discuss her decision to join local politics. Berlin said, “When I came to AU, I was surrounded by other like-minded, politically-minded students. … I wanted to make sure AU students were taking advantage of every political avenue that was available to us.” (8/2)
Application Increases Follow Title IX Investigations
Inside Higher Ed featured new research by professors of public affairs Dave Marcotte and Jane Palmer. Their research focuses on the impact Title IX investigations have on college applications and enrollment. The researchers wrote, “Our findings should reassure college administrators that efforts to improve processes for reviewing accusations of sexual assault and providing remedy to victims [do] not come at the expense of broader university goals.” (7/30)

Cuba's President Changes Style, Not Substance in First 100 Days
William LeoGrande, professor of public affairs, spoke to Reuters about Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel's first 100 days in office. According to LeoGrande, “Diaz-Canel has tapped new officials to deal with domestic economic issues under his leadership.” The story ran in 51 outlets, including The New York Times. (7/27)
Trump's 'Emoluments' Battle: How a Scholar's Search of 200 Years of Dictionaries Helped Win a Historic Ruling
Gautham Rao, assistant professor of history, was part of a research team looking into the definition of “emoluments,” specifically regarding President Trump's business interests. The efforts of Rao and the rest of his team resulted in U.S. District Judge Peter Messitte's ruling that a suit brought by the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland against the Trump administration, could proceed. (7/27)
How Chyrons Took on a Life of Their Own
Jane Hall, professor of communication, spoke to The Washington Post about the evolving role of chryons as a fact-checking tool. Hall said, “[Trump's] live on the air promulgating things that are provably not true. [The networks] decided here's the way to deal with it.” (7/31)
Unarmed but on the Attack: Body-Camera Video Shows How Man's 3-Minute Encounter with Police Turned Fatal
David Felsen, professor in the Washington College of Law, spoke to the Washington Post about body-cameras and police-civilian interactions. Felsen said, “An officer is allowed to have suspicions. But it's got to be more than a hunch.” (8/1)
Top Trump Donor Agreed to Pay Michael Cohen $10 Million for Nuclear Project Push
James Thurber, professor of public affairs, spoke to The Wall Street Journal about investigations regarding Michael Cohen's business dealings. Thurber said, “success fees ‘are outside the ethical norms' among Washington lobbyists and are frowned upon.” (8/2)
Understanding the Trump-Putin Bromance
Keith Darden, associate professor in the School of International Service, was quoted in a Forbes article about the relationship between President Trump and Vladimir Putin. Darden “has studied the Russian use of kompromat- compromising material- and thinks it is likely that the President believes the Russian have something on him.” (7/29)
In Kentucky, a 'Culture of Indifference' to Sexual Harassment in Prisons
Brenda Smith, professor in the Washington College of Law, spoke to NPR about indifference to sexual assault within the prison system. Smith said, “Prison is this very gendered environment… What happens here stays here. If there's some discipline to be done, we do it internally.” The story ran in 70 NPR affiliate stations. (7/27)
3-D Plastic Guns: How the Political Script Has Flipped on the First Amendment
Aram Sinnreich, associate professor of communication, spoke to Christian Science Monitor about the controversy surrounding 3-D printing and guns. Sinnreich said, “The real story is that this is not a cut and dried issue.” (8/1)
Getting the Business Over Data Privacy
Derrick Cogburn, associate professor in the School of International Service and the Kogod School of Business, spoke to US News & World Report about how companies have been affected by European privacy standards. Cogburn said, “The fees are extraordinarily high and this legislation has a lot of teeth so companies won't be able to flaunt this regulation easily.” (8/1)

''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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