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AU Newsmakers in the News 1.18-1.25, 2019
Top Stories
Dream Jobs: Game Designer
Newsy featured American University Game Lab in its ‘Dream Jobs' series. Robert Hone, research assistant professor in the School of Communication, highlighted Game Lab projects and explained the impact games can have on industries such as healthcare and journalism. Hone said, “You can't be scared by a blank page. There's nothing there until you create it…if you're a creative and you're curious, this is a great field.” (1/21)
On Reimagining Modern Education: An Interview with President Sylvia M. Burwell
President Sylvia Burwell appeared on Harvard Radio Broadcasting's “Henna Hundal Show” to discuss her work and reimagining modern education. Burwell said, “I do believe that [service] is a part of what we do here when we are educating. And at an institution like American University, the emphasis is both on scholarship, and academic values of knowledge and knowledge creation are extremely important, but how one takes that knowledge and uses it is also very important.” (1/22)

Additional Features
Prof. Katie DeCicco-Skinner Appears on Sirius XM Radio
Associate Professor of Biology Katie DeCicco-Skinner talked with Sirius XM's Doctor Radio to discuss her latest cancer research and the genetic factors that lead to squamous cell carcinoma. DeCicco-Skinner's research indicates a potential target for therapies that could help patients with advanced cases of the disease, for whom treatments like radiation and chemotherapy are not options. *Please note that clip is unavailable. (1/22)
Republican Bill Lee Sworn In as Tennessee's 50th Governor
Associated Press featured The Sine Institute for Policy & Politics in a story about Tennessee's new Gov. Bill Lee. The story mentions Sine Institute's new fellow, outgoing Gov. Bill Haslam. The Sine fellows were also featured in Nashville Business Journal. The AP story ran in about 25 regional outlets nationwide. (1/19, 1/22)

Faculty Authors
Women Are Joining the Far Right- We Need to Understand Why
Cynthia Miller-Idriss, professor of sociology and education, co-wrote an article for The Guardian UK about the rising number of women joining far-right movements. Miller-Idriss and her co-author wrote, “As far-right ideas and aesthetics have become more mainstream, the stigma of participating in far-right movements has declined, encouraging women to join where they might have previously hesitated.” (1/24)
We Have a Long History of Disrespecting Native Americans and Denying Their Humanity
Washington College of Law Professor Ezra Rosser wrote an opinion article for The Hill about the viral video of an interaction between a high school student and a Native American elder. Rosser wrote, “If the original version of the events proves to be true, it will be a chilling continuation of the long history of disrespecting Indians and denying them their basic human rights.” (1/20)

News Brief
How to Build an Engineer: Start Young
Carolyn Parker, director of the Master of Arts in Teaching program, spoke to The Hechinger Report about an engineering training program that American University and Johns Hopkins University offer to high-poverty high schools in Baltimore. Parker said, “What we tried to do was pick topics that were very relevant to the student to make it appealing to kids of that age group in Baltimore.” (1/24)

Once Again, MLK's Legacy Is Invoked to Support Issues He Wouldn't Stand For
NBCBLK spoke to Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center, about Vice President Mike Pence's use of a quote by Martin Luther King Jr. to bolster support for a wall on the southern border. Kendi said, “To kill the body is a tragic thing. But then to double down and completely erase who that person was and what they truly stood for is just beyond cruel. It is extremely dangerous.” (1/23)
You Don't Have to Go No-Carb: Instead, Think Slow Carb
Associate Professor of Chemistry Matt Hartings appeared on NPR's The Salt to discuss diets and how calories are actually burnt. Hartings said, “How the calories themselves burn in our bodies is different from one food to the next.” (1/21)
Model Claiming She Had Russian Meddling Info Goes Silent
Keith Darden, associate professor in the School of International Service, spoke to CNN about updates in the case of Anastasia Vashukevich, a Russian model who claims she has insider information about Russia's meddling in U.S. elections. Darden said, “If there are conversations she recorded between Deripaska and Americans or about other aspects of the U.S. elections, those could be extremely damaging.” (1/23)
Can the Anti-Trump 'Women's March' Recover from Charges of Anti-Semitism?
Lara Schwartz, director of the Project on Civil Discourse, spoke to ThinkProgress about whether allegations of anti-Semitism within the Women's March movement could derail it. Schwartz said, “I think there is a lot of commonality of purpose writ large between the two groups of people.” (1/18)
D.C. United Fans Worry About the Team's New Broadcasting Deal With FloSports
Washington City Paper spoke to Margot Susca, professorial lecturer of communication, about D.C. United's new broadcast deal that would require viewers to pay to view games online. Susca said, “Eventually, all of these costs which seem really insignificant now are going to add up.” (1/21)
Despite Cloud of Controversy, Washington Women's March Draws Hundreds
Assistant Professor of Communication Sherri Williams spoke to Newsy about the clash of identities within the Women's March. Williams said, “There are a myriad of people, a multitude of people, who are engaged in trying to dismantle the ways in which oppression works.” (1/19)

''Online, consumer'' news refers to online news outlets and blogs such as HuffingtonPost, NY Times
"Online, consumer" news refers to online news outlets and blogs such as HuffingtonPost, 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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