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AU Newsmakers 5.10-5.17, 2019
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American University Celebrates Its 137th Commencement
American University celebrated its 137th Commencement. Former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives Stacey Abrams and award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie were among several speakers who addressed the graduates, providing them advice and words of wisdom. Abrams's speech was covered by WUSA9, MSNBC, WSB-ATL (ABC) TV and Radio, and was featured in a story about U.S. commencements from The Wall Street Journal. Adichie's speech was featured in several Nigerian news outlets. (5/12, 5/13)

Trump's Immigration Crackdown Has Blunted Police Efforts To Be Tough on Crime
Leslye Orloff, director of the National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project at AU's Washington College of Law, spoke to The New York Times about the risks facing immigrants who seek a visa through the U-Visa program. Orloff said, “The most dangerous time is from filing to wait-list approved.” (5/14)
New Statue of Liberty Museum Illuminates a Forgotten History
Alan Kraut, history professor, talked with The New York Times about a new museum about the Statue of Liberty and specifically how part of the story told in the new museum addresses how, when the statue opened in the 1880s, black Americans and women saw their personal liberties compromised on a daily basis. The reviewer writes, “While the museum is intended to celebrate the concept of liberty, Professor Kraut said, it also pokes holes in it.” Kraut chaired the museum's history advisory committee. (5/15)
Trump Wants You to Buy American. Here's Why That's Almost Impossible
Kara Reynolds, associate dean of graduate studies for the College of Arts and Sciences, spoke to TIME about the trade war with China. Reynolds said, “In the last 20 years, businesses have become much more strategic. More and more often, they are looking at where they can find highest quality and lowest-cost parts so that they can be competitive.” The article also linked to the latest Kogod Auto-Index report, compiled by Kogod School of Business Associate Professor Frank DuBois. Assistant Professor of Economics Ralph Sonenshine spoke to WUSA9 about the tariffs. Jordan Tama, associate professor in the School of International Service, spoke to Christian Science Monitor about the politics of the tariffs. (5/14, 5/13, 5/16)
Mike Pence: Why His Role As Trump's Evangelical Ambassador is Facing New Pushback
Professor of Public Affairs David Barker spoke to USA Today about the role Mike Pence has played in attracting evangelical support for the Trump campaign and administration. Barker said, “You did see a big shift in public opinion toward Trump among evangelicals after the Pence pick.” The story appeared in 67 USA Today-affiliated outlets. (5/10)
Facing Split in Ranks, Democrats May Stumble on Defense Spending
Gordon Adams, professor emeritus in the School of International Service, spoke to Bloomberg Government about some of the challenges Democrats face in passing defense spending measures. Adams said, “[Democrats] have a strong caucus on the progressive side that would rather not see this bill.” (5/10)
How Canada Stacks Up on Women's Representation on Corporate Boards
AU Center for Innovation Director Siri Terjesen spoke to CBC News about how Canada performs when it comes to female representation on corporate boards. Terjesen said, “A quota should really only be a last resort.” (5/14)
How High Schoolers Are Thinking About Gun Violence
Onaje Woodbine, assistant professor of philosophy and religion, spoke to NPR about how high school students talk about gun violence. Woodbine said, “You know, when a national shooting happens, they're sort of dealing with this on a daily basis.” (5/11)
The Costliest Drug on the Planet Will Treat Infants With Rare Disease. The Market Fight on Cost and Safety Is Just Getting Started.
Priya Doshi, professorial lecturer in the School of Communication, spoke with The Washington Post about efforts to sway opinions on an expensive drug that has not been approved by the government regulators. Doshi said, “This isn't something on people's radars. To me this is an attempt to put something on the agenda that isn't there already.'' (5/15)
Here's How Graduate Students Can Truly Take Advantage of Their Summer Break
Executive Director of the Career Center Gihan Fernando spoke to The Washington Post about how the career center helps graduate students with professional and academic goals during the summer break. Fernando said, “Once we understand what students' individual circumstances and constraints are, we try to work with them to come up with opportunities for summer enrichment experiences.” (5/14)
Patient Engagement: Technology Is Just One Piece of the Solution
Sam Hanna, associate dean of graduate and professional studies in the School of Professional and Extended Studies, spoke to Healthcare IT News about the role of technology in patient engagement. Hanna said, “It's not just what we need to tell [patients], it's what are they telling us. That's really important.” (5/13)

''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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