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AU Newsmakers 4.19-4.26, 2019
Top Stories
The Universities Scoring Highest For Gender Equality
Times Higher Education reported that American University was ranked number one when it comes to the number of senior academics who are women. Mary L. Clark, dean of academic affairs and senior vice-provost, told Times Higher Education that American University uses “data-informed, active recruitment methods, which elicit notably diverse candidate pools, where approximately one-half of new full-time faculty hires in recent years have been women.” This article requires a subscription to view. (4/24)
Environment Seen as Needing Help Beyond EPA Programs
The Environmental Protection Agency and Future of Environmental Protection conference, an event hosted by the School of Public Affairs Center for Environmental Policy and AU's Washington College of Law, was featured in a Bloomberg article about the need to view environmental protection beyond EPA programs. The conference was also featured in E&E News and Inside EPA (4/23).

Additional Feature
D.C.'s First Antiracist Book Festival Wants to Launch the Next Generation of Social Justice Writers
DCist wrote about The National Antiracist Book Festival, a new initiative of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center. The festival seeks to provide a new space where people can talk constructively about racism. Ibram X. Kendi, director of the center, told DCist, “We're hoping that local D.C. writers will come and be inspired, learn a new set of skills, make connections to these editors.” Kendi also appeared on WAMU-FM's The Kojo Nnamdi Show to discuss the aims of the fest and talked with Publishers Weekly and Washington City Paper for a story. (4/23, 4/25, 4/26)

Faculty Author
How Audio Researchers Preserved Notre Dame's Treasured Acoustics Before the Fire
Assistant Professor of Audio Technology Braxton Boren wrote a letter to the editor of the Los Angeles Times about the Notre Dame fire. Boren wrote, “In fact, Notre Dame's complex acoustic response was meticulously measured in 2015 by a team led by Brian Katz at the Sorbonne University in Paris.” (4/21)

The Fall, and Rise, of Reading
Naomi Baron, professor emerita of world languages and culture, spoke to The Chronicle of Higher Education about the changes in reading comprehension levels amongst students, and how colleges have tried to adapt. Baron said, “A lot of faculty members, myself included, are saying, ‘If they're not doing the reading, we can get unhappy, we can get angry. Or we can do something about it.'” (4/21)
From 'Liz' to 'The Jason': the Bizarre Trend of Fancy Apartments With Human Names
Associate Professor of Public Affairs Derek Hyra spoke to The Washington Post about the new trend of naming apartments after people. Hyra said that it can be an example of “black branding,” a trend in Washington D.C. that taps into black culture to sell to white newcomers. (4/19)
The Mueller Probe Made Them Famous. They Plan to Keep Cashing In.
Professor of Communication Aram Sinnreich spoke to TIME Magazine about people invested in keeping a spotlight on the two-year investigation led by Robert Mueller. Sinnreich said, “They're cashing in on the collective uncertainty we've been in since November 2016.” (4/19)
Bringing Universities and Employers Together
Jill Klein, dean of the School of Professional and Extended Studies, appeared on Federal News Network to discuss a join initiative between American University and the Greater Washington Partnership to provide students with training that will prepare them for the tech jobs of the future. Klein said, “I do think that what we're finding is that, as we look at developing the critical thinking skills of our students, we need to make sure that they can also apply that to digital environments.” (4/22)
The Mueller Report and the Impeachment Paradox: Removing Trump From Office May Have Gotten Harder
Distinguished Professor of History Allan Lichtman spoke to ThinkProgress about the report. Lichtman said, “I think the Mueller report was a setback for impeachment… The Mueller report was a crashing disappointment.” (4/20)
When Joe Biden Enters the Presidential Race, How Long Can He Remain Front Runner
James Thurber, distinguished professor of public affairs, spoke to The Delaware News Journal about potential challenges former Vice President Joe Biden might face. Thurber said, “When somebody's been in public office as long as he has, there are are lot things that change, and policy and perceptions change. A candidate like Biden has to deal with that.” (4/24)
U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Blockbuster Case on LGBTQ Protections
Robert Tsai, professor at the Washington College of Law, spoke to WHIO-TV about a new groundbreaking case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court that may decide whether federal law protects LGBTQ employees from employer discrimination. Tsai said, “It shouldn't be about [the justice's] personal preferences.” (4/22)
Is Google Getting in Your Head? How Targeted Ads Make it Harder Than Ever Not to Covet
Ronald Hill, a visiting professor in the Kogod School of Business, spoke with Deseret News about the impact of targeted advertising and consumer consumption. Hill said, "We already have a generation that is distracted by so many things. From a Buddhist mindfulness perspective, (online advertising) takes us away from living in a particular moment. It distracts us from the things we should be spending time on that provide greater fulfillment.” (4/24)

''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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