Top Story Additional Feature Faculty Authors Expertise Bonus Clip
AU Newsmakers 8.31-9.7, 2018
Top Story
D.C. Public Schools and American University Try New Way of Recruiting New Teachers
WJLA-ABC7 featured a new partnership between D.C. Public Schools and American University. The partnership allows students to take college classes and encourages them to return to DCPS as teachers in the future. Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy, dean of the School of Education, said, “It's important to have what we call a sort of ‘grow your own program' when we talk about place matters, and students being able to go back to their communities and teach that there would be a built-in investment in one's community.” Holcomb-McCoy also wrote about the partnership in an opinion article for The Washington Post. (8/31)

Additional Feature
This American University Professor Won a Grant to Bring Bach's Acoustics to Life
Braxton Boren, assistant professor of audio technology, spoke to Washingtonian Magazine about winning a grant that will allow him to research Bach's music. Boren said, “A lot of our students want to go make some awesome beats and make some trap music, or whatever's the latest craze today, and they don't want to hear about music that was made hundreds of years ago. But I think from any legitimate point of view, Bach is one of the most significant and influential musicians in the Western tradition, and he influenced basically everyone who came after him.” (9/5)

Faculty Authors
Cohen Plea Should Focus Attention on the Failure of the U.S. Constitutional System
Chris Edelson, assistant professor of government, wrote an opinion article for The Conversation about limits on presidential power and the U.S. constitutional system. Edelson wrote, “There is no guarantee that the rule of law and limits on presidential power will endure against a president with clear authoritarian ambitions.” The article ran in 10 outlets, including the Los Angeles Times and the Detroit Legal News. (8/30, 8/31)
Plagiarists or Innovators? The Led Zeppelin Paradox Endures
Associate Professor of Communication Aram Sinnreich wrote an article for The Conversation about Led Zeppelin and innovation and plagiarism. Sinnreich wrote, “Should the band be condemned for taking other people's songs and fusing them into its own style? Or should this actually be a point of celebration?” (9/6)
Cyber Civil-Military Relations: Balancing Interests on the Digital Frontier
Benjamin Jensen, scholar-in-residence in the School of International Service, co-wrote an opinion article for War on the Rocks about balancing cyber-security concerns with civil liberties. Jensen and his co-author wrote, “As more military resources and personnel align with cyber missions, there are growing calls for a forward-leaning posture focused less on intelligence and more on seizing the digital high ground.” (9/4)

Politico Playbook: Two Big Job Moves
Politico's Playbook featured the appointment of Betsy Fischer Martin as new executive director of the Women & Politics Institute at AU's School of Public Affairs. Politico wrote, “Betsy Fischer Martin is taking over the Women & Politics Institute at American University... Fischer Martin -- who has two degrees from American -- is a 23-year veteran of NBC and the former EP of “Meet the Press.”” (9/6)
CNN Said a Source Declined to Comment. Except He Actually Did. Is That a Problem?
Professor of Communication W. Joseph Campbell spoke to The Washington Post about CNN's conflicting messages on a source. Campbell said, “I can see the motive for a reporter to [say a source didn't comment]. They want to protect a source and throw everyone off the scent. But I still think it's unethical, improper and misleading to readers.” (8/31)
Trump: Nike 'Getting Absolutely Killed' With Boycotts Over Colin Kaepernick's 'Just Do It' Campaign
Sonya Grier, professor in the Kogod School of Business, spoke to The Washington Post about Nike's ‘Just Do It' campaign with Colin Kaepernick. Nike's ad “wades into different water,” Grier said. The story ran in 35 outlets. (9/5)
Why Amazon is Responding to Bernie Sanders' Criticism While Ignoring Trump
Pallavi Kumar, professor of communication, spoke to CNBC about Amazon's decision to respond to some critiques, and not others. Kumar said, “[Amazon] can respond to [Bernie Sanders] without worrying about share price. But if they engage with Trump even one time, they will escalate into a Twitter war with no end in sight.” (9/2)
U.S. Releases Aid to Egypt Amid Human Rights Concerns
Washington College of Law Professor Robert Goldman spoke to the Voice of America about the decision to give aid to Egypt despite its human rights record. Goldman said, “Egypt was always looked on as a country providing stability and also to try to keep peace between Israel and Egypt.” The story ran in 29 outlets. (9/5)
How Much of a Threat is the Far Right in Germany?
Cynthia Miller-Idriss, associate professor of education and sociology, appeared on Al-Jazeera English to discuss the far-right in Germany and anti-migrant protests in the state of Saxony. Miller-Idriss said, “There's a very rapid mobilization that can happen… in the future, the intelligence services and the police have to reckon with that rapid mobilization and be better prepared.” (9/1)

Bonus Clip
Maryland Gubernatorial Candidates Locked in Standoff Over When to Debate
Professor of Public Affairs David Lublin spoke to The Washington Post ahead of the midterm elections about Maryland gubernatorial candidate's inability to choose a debate date. Lublin said, “It's always been the case that front-runners want to limit the opportunities to change the dynamic of the race.” (8/30)

''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

Prepared by University Communications

American University's faculty, staff, students and programs appear in regional, national and international print, online and broadcast media regularly. Each week, AU Newsmakers provides highlights of AU in the news. For prior weeks, go to:

Disclaimer: Material supplied may be used for internal review, analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display is forbidden and prohibited by copyright law.