Top Story Faculty Author Expertise Bonus Clip
AU Newsmakers 9.28-10.5, 2018
Top Story
As Climate Risks Rise, Scientists Call for Rules on Solar Engineering
Reuters featured a report by the School of International Service's Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment on Solar Radiation Management technologies and recommendations to guide research and policy. David Morrow, adjunct professor in the School of International Service and research director of the forum, said, “There is no risk-free path at this point,” in dealing with climate change. Simon Nicholson, co-executive director of the forum, discussed forum members' concerns about research along with the need to discuss the technologies publicly. The Reuters article ran in 27 outlets, including Voice of America. Carbon Brief also covered the report. (10/1)

Faculty Author
Looking Back on 'Black on Campus'
Sherri Williams, assistant professor of communication, wrote an opinion piece for The Nation, reflecting on the first year of ‘Black on Campus,' a program designed to foster journalism skills in college students and highlight the experiences of black college students. Williams wrote, “We also need to tell the stories of today's black college students. Their stories matter.” (9/28)

One Student's Junk Is Another Student's Treasure
The Washington Post featured American University's Zero Waste Club in an article about university efforts to reduce waste. The club's “Project Move-In” reduces waste through sales of donated or left behind furniture or dorm goods to students. Grace Pugh, club co-president, said Project Move-In “has become a part of the move-in culture.” (9/30)
American Girl: A Story of Immigration, Fear and Fortitude
Washington College of Law Professor Jayesh Rathod spoke to The Washington Post about the Trump administration's decision not to extend temporary protected status for Salvadorans. Rathod said, “While nothing in the [TPS] statute suggests a pathway to permanent status, a lot of links and dependencies were created.” (10/2)
NBC Faces Scrutiny for Interview with Kavanaugh Accuser
Jane Hall, associate professor of communication, spoke to The Associated Press about scrutiny surrounding NBC's interview with Kavanaugh accuser Julie Swetnick. Hall said, “It's an unusually tough call. You can't argue that it's not compelling and in the public interest.” The interview ran in over 200 syndicated outlets, including The New York Times and The Washington Post. (10/2)
The Latest: Expert: Nobel Winner Arnold's Work 'Incredible'
Matt Hartings, associate professor of chemistry, spoke to The Associated Press about the work of Nobel Prize winner Frances Arnold. Hartings said Arnold's work “has really enabled lots of different chemists to think about how we can make proteins and design proteins to do some fascinating chemistry.” The interview ran in 296 outlets, including The Washington Post, and Fox Business Network Online. (10/3)
Paul Bledsoe on Climate Change Action
Paul Bledsoe, adjunct professorial lecturer in the Center for Environmental Policy, spoke to the BBC World News Service about the meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Bledsoe said, “We have the technology to reduce emissions markedly; what we're lacking is political will.” (10/2)
Marc Medwin Discusses Gustav Holst's The Planets
Marc Medwin, assistant professor in the Department of Performing Arts, spoke to BBC Radio 5 about composer Gustav Holst's career. Medwin said, “Holst was pushing the limits of the orchestra of his time in a way that was still accessible.” (9/30)
Melania Trump Carves Solo Path in Africa Visit
Anita McBride, executive-in-residence at the School of Public Affairs, spoke to AFP about First Lady Melania Trump's solo trip to Africa and her role in the White House. McBride said, “We haven't seen a sign that she is willing to embrace being a political asset. The ability and the opportunity is there. Whether she chooses to use it will be another question.” The story ran in 13 outlets, including Yahoo! News. (10/1)
Spotlight: Economists Warn Long-Term Unintended Costs of Tariffs to U.S.
Kogod School of Business Executive-In-Residence Bob Sicina spoke to Xinhua about the impact of the current trade war. Sicina said, "Without consistency, firms will move their supply chains away from the U.S., not towards it.” (10/3)
3 Issues College Leaders Should Be Ready to Address Now
Vice President of Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence Fanta Aw spoke to Education Dive about issues that higher education leaders need to be prepared for. Aw said issues like free speech, voting rights and mental health “become flashpoints in the news cycle, when they need to be put into context.” (10/2)

Bonus Clip
AAFCA: 15 Years of Progress
In honor of the 15th anniversary of the African American Film Critics Association, Russell Williams, distinguished artist-in-residence in the School of Communication, spoke to Variety Magazine. Williams said, “I think what the AAFCA does is also break down the well-centered opinion that minority audiences represent a monolithic part of the audience.” (9/4)

''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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