Top Stories Additional Feature Faculty Authors Expertise
AU Newsmakers 3.8-3.15, 2019
Top Stories
Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle
WJLA-ABC-7 featured Yilret Yiljep on its ‘Rising Star' segment. Yiljep recently returned to playing basketball after being told by doctors that he had a medical condition that would prevent him from playing. (3/8)
Molecular Test Shows Promise for Point-of-Care Use
GenomeWeb featured a story about research by Biology Prof. John Bracht and Megan M. Nelson, a graduate of AU's biotechnology master's degree program, about a genetic test that can determine whether bacteria carries a gene that causes resistance to two common antibiotics. The story noted “the AU team plans to develop additional assays and spin the technology out into a company to commercialize it. The group is in the process of filing a patent and is also undertaking research using clinical samples.” NOTE: This story only can be viewed for free for anyone who creates an account using a .edu or .org email. (3/14)
Comedy Central Partners with Define American for 'Yes And… Laughter Lab' Social Change Initiative
Deadline covered an announcement about a partnership between the School of Communication's Center for Media & Social Impact, Comedy Central and Define American to launch the “Yes, And… Laughter Lab.” The project builds on CMSI's groundbreaking research on the role of comedy in creating social change. (3/14)

Additional Feature
American University Hopes Piano Sale Will Help Fund Its Music Program
WTTG-FOX5 featured a segment on a piano sale coordinated by the Department of Performing Arts. Andrew Taylor, department chair, said, “Having an extraordinary instrument is such an important part of a student's learning experience and for us to have access to the best quality pianos and then still keeping resources to support students, rather than buying the piano, is invaluable.” (3/11)

Faculty Authors
Could There Be a Second Brexit Referendum?
Katy Collin, adjunct professorial lecturer in the School of International Service, wrote an article for The Washington Post about the possibility of a second Brexit referendum. Collin wrote, “Another close vote to leave would not necessarily make it easier to figure out how to exit the E.U.” (3/12)
Hickenlooper's Real Green Deal
Paul Bledsoe, adjunct professorial lecturer at the Center for Environmental Policy, wrote an article for RealClear Politics about former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper's presidential candidacy and his track record on climate change. Bledsoe wrote, “[Hickenlooper's] politically adroit track record of emphasizing economic and environmental goals together suggests he just might [make a difference].” (3/8)
U.S. Military Steps Up Cyberwarfare Effort
Benjamin Jensen, scholar-in-residence at the School of International Service, co-wrote an article for The Conversation about the U.S. military's cyberwarfare efforts. Jensen and his co-author wrote, “The U.S. military has the capability, the willingness and, perhaps for the first time, the official permission to preemptively engage in active cyberwarfare against foreign targets. ” (3/12)
How Women Wage War- a Short History of IS Brides, Nazi Guards and FARC Insurgents
Jessica Trisko Darden, assistant professor at the School of International Service, wrote an article for The Conversation about the role of women in military conflicts. Trisko Darden wrote, “Women's roles in armed groups vary.” (3/8)

Arts Management Programs Train Future Arts Administrators
Ximena Varela, director of the arts management program, spoke to The Washington Post about the benefits of an arts management degree. Varela said, “To have access to medium- to high-level arts management positions sooner, you do need an arts management degree.” (3/14)
Federal Judges Increasingly Block Presidential Orders
Washington College of Law Professor Amanda Frost spoke to Voice of America about the use of nationwide injunctions by federal judges. Frost said, “We've seen both President Obama and President Trump issue executive orders making sweeping changes to our immigration system, for example, to various labor laws.” (3/8)
Senate GOP Shows More Zeal to Challenge Trump on Foreign Policy
Bloomberg News spoke to Jordan Tama, associate professor in the School of International Service, about the GOP's willingness to challenge President Trump's foreign policy decisions. Tama said that the dissident votes "can have a powerful effect by sending a signal to the White House and foreign powers that Congress disagrees with the president." (3/13)
Divisions in Parliament
Laura Beers, associate professor of history, spoke to BBC Radio 4 about historical division in England's parliament. Beers said, “The split occurs in 1931 because the minority government led by the Labor Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald is confronted with a major budget shortfall and the need to secure a loan from the United States.” (3/13)
Rasmussen Talks About AU's Corcoran Collection
The Georgetowner featured a story about American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center and its acquisition of artwork from the Corcoran Collection and what the museum focuses on for exhibits. “We certainly show more Washington artists than anybody at any time,” said Jack Rasmussen, the museum director. (3/14)
The Hunt: ISIS Trying to Reposition Its Messaging
Tricia Bacon, assistant professor of public affairs, spoke to WTOP's The Hunt to discuss changes in ISIS's messaging following the loss of Syrian and Iraqi terrirtory. Bacon said, “Now it really has to adjust to explaining its losses, and explaining how people should continue to follow it inspite of its losses.” (3/13)
Ramifications of Second Boeing 737 Max 8 Crash
Bob Sicina, executive-in-residence in the Kogod School of Business, appeared on Sputnik News to discuss the business and political ramifications of the latest aircraft failure of the Boeing 737 Max 8. (3/11)

''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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