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AU Newsmakers 8.17-8.24, 2018
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It's Move-In Day at American University
Vice President of Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence Fanta Aw spoke to WUSA-9 about move-in weekend at American University. Aw said, “This is an opportunity to also build community as we welcome our new Eagles to American University.” (8/18)

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Repeating Past Mistakes is No Longer an Option
Johanna Mendelson Forman, adjunct professor in the School of International Service, wrote an opinion article for Newsday about humanitarian relief strategies. Mendeslon Forman wrote, “… if we continue to neglect long term investments in development and good governance, we risk repeating the mistakes of the past and trap ourselves in a cycle saving the same lives year in and year out.” (8/19)
Trump's Coal Plan – Neither Clean nor Affordable
Daniel Fiorino, director of the Center for Environmental Policy at the School of Public Affairs, wrote an article for The Conversation about the Trump administration's Affordable Clean Energy proposal. Fiorino wrote he sees the plan as “a regulatory attempt to keep the coal industry alive, despite its poor prospects.” (8/23)
Women's Equality Day Celebrates the 19th Amendment. For Nonwhite Women, the Fight to Vote Continued for Decades.
Sherri Williams, assistant professor in the School of Communication, wrote an article for The Lily, a vertical of The Washington Post, about Women's Equality Day and the right to vote for women of color. Williams wrote, “For decades after the passage of the 19th Amendment, women of color struggled to exercise their right to vote because of legalized prejudicial practices that blocked them from casting ballots.” (8/22)

Missouri Democrats Hope Minimum Wage Measure Helps McCaskill
School of Communication Executive-in-Residence Molly O'Rourke spoke to the Associated Press about a Missouri ballot proposal to raise the minimum wage. O'Rourke said the bill “likely will help focus and engage voters in a midterm election year when turnout tends to be lower than during presidential races.” (8/21)
Which Presidents Have Been Tied to a Crime? A History
Distinguished Professor of History Allan Lichtman spoke to The Wall Street Journal about past presidents associated with crimes. Lichtman said, “18th president [Ulysses S. Grant] was caught speeding a few times.” (8/22)
Students Are Dropping Out of College Before Even Starting. Here's How Educators are Trying to Stop the Trend.
AU's School of Education is partnering with the D.C. College Access Program to help students navigate the challenges of starting college. Cheyenne Gartin, a SOE graduate student, said the help gives “appropriate information so they're not at a loss.” Laura Owen, director of AU's Center for Postsecondary Readiness and Success, also spoke about the project. (8/23)
Sixty Years of D.C. History and Culture, Slathered in Chili
The Washington Post featured Metropolitan Policy Center Director Derek Hyra's book “Race, Class and Politics in the Cappuccino City” in an article about the influence of Ben's Chili Bowl on D.C. history. (8/22)
Countries and Influence: Enter Through the Lobby
James Thurber, distinguished professor of public affairs, spoke to U.S. News and World Report about lobbying efforts of foreign governments. Thurber said, “ [The Foreign Agents Registration Act] is only the tip of the iceberg.” (8/17)
What is Actually Made in America?
Frank DuBois, professor in the Kogod School of Business, was featured in a Quartz video for his “Kogod Made in America Auto Index” . DuBois said, “You can't always tell a book by its cover.” (8/23)
7 On Your Side Investigates Teacher Shortages in the D.C. Area
Dean of the School of Education Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy and Nathan Favero, assistant professor of public affairs, spoke to WJLA-TV about teacher shortages in the D.C. area. Favero said, “A lot of times, [schools] are hiring more teachers who aren't actually qualified, or permanent substitute teachers which means that students don't have the stability they would have with a normal teacher.” Holcomb-McCoy added that, “We've seen a sharp decline in the number of teacher candidates or students interested in the teaching career.” (8/23)
The Significance of 'Crazy Rich Asians'
Amelia Tseng, assistant professor of World Languages and Cultures, appeared on WUSA-9's Off Script to discuss the movie's significance. Tseng said, “The audience is more diverse, and they're interested in seeing themselves represented on the big screen, but they're also interested in learning the stories of other people.” (8/17)

''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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