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AU Newsmakers 6.7-6.14, 2019
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AU Experts Discuss Political Issues Surrounding Climate Change
Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs James Thurber spoke to The New York Times about Rostin Behman's decision to highlight the risk climate change poses to financial markets, an action that puts him in conflict with President Trump's administration. Thurber said, “Rarely do you see a commissioner go rogue and public” when they disagree with presidential policies. Adjunct Professorial Lecturer in the Center for Environmental Policy Paul Bledsoe wrote an opinion article for The Hill about Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's climate plan and Bob Lehrman and Eric Schnure, adjunct professors of communication, wrote an opinion article for The Hill about plagiarism allegations that followed Biden's climate plan announcement. (6/11, 6/9, 6/8)

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The Contradiction at the Heart of the Immigration Restriction
Ernesto Castaneda, assistant professor of sociology, wrote an article for The Washington Post about immigration. Castaneda wrote, “In fact, immigration policy has long been marked by a central contradiction: the desire for economic and territorial growth requires an increase in the nation's population and diversity, but white Americans fear that new groups will curtail their cultural, political and economic dominance, and so work to reduce the political voice and citizenship rights of people of color.” (6/10)

'Absolutely Unprecedented': Trump Upends Long-Held Views With Openness to Foreign Assistance
Jennifer Daskal, professor in the Washington College of Law, spoke to The Washington Post about President Trump's comment that he would be open to information from foreign governments about political opponents. Daskal said, “It's critical when any candidate receives offers of assistance from foreign powers, that they should report. If they don't, our law enforcement and intelligence community is deprived of key leads that would help them address potential election interference.” (6/13)
Brands Like HP and Apple Try Film to Reach Young Consumers Who Skip Commercials
Director of the Center for Media and Social Impact Caty Borum Chattoo spoke to the Los Angeles Times about the new relationship between documentaries and commercials. Borum Chattoo said, “Documentary filmmakers are interested in diversifying their potential forms of revenue and funding.” The article appeared in 37 outlets. (6/11)
O.J. Simpson Case Helped Bring Spousal Abuse Out of the Shadows
Associate Professor of Literature Rachel Louise Snyder's new book, “No Visible Bruises: What We Don't Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us” was quoted in an Associated Press article about how the O.J. Simpson case changed how we viewed domestic violence. Snyder wrote, “[Nicole Brown Simpson's] murder hurled into the forefront a conversation that advocates had been having for years – that it could happen anywhere, to anyone.” The article appeared in 161 outlets, including ABC News Online, U.S. News & World Report, and The Washington Post. (6/12)
Age Matters More Than Sexual Orientation to U.S. Presidential Voters: Reuters/Ipsos Poll
Andrew Flores, assistant professor of public affairs, spoke to Reuters about a new poll that found that Americans care more about the age of a presidential candidate, rather than their sexual orientation. Flores said, that in the past, “…there has been a vast change in what the country views as acceptable.” The article appeared in 73 outlets, including The New York Times. (6/10)
Sex, Drugs, and Self-Harm: Where 20 Years of Child Online Protection Law Went Wrong
Kathryn Montgomery, professor emeritus of communication, spoke to The Washington Post about the failure of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act to protect children online. Montgomery said, “… it's very alarming to see that this industry, particularly those who are targeting children and making a lot of money on children, is not taking into consideration the welfare of children.” (6/13)
How to Woo Capitol Hill? Johns Hopkins Is Putting On a Research Extravaganza
Elizabeth Suhay, associate professor of public affairs, spoke to The Chronicle of Higher Education about the challenges academics have in communicating their research to politicians. Suhay discussed how scientists don't do it because they are not rewarded for the work in a way that justifies the effort. (6/11)
What to Know About the SAT Environmental Context Dashboard
Jennifer Steele, associate professor of education, spoke to U.S. News & World Report about the information provided in the new SAT Environmental Context Dashboard. Steele said, “When you think about that breadth of information, it's actually astonishing to think that admissions committees might not have had access to that information already.” (6/13)
A Glimpse Into a Centuries-Old Traditions Celebrated in Baltimore's Latino Communities
Assistant Professor of World Languages and Cultures Juliana Martinez spoke to The Baltimore Sun about the cultural and contemporary background of quinceañeras. Martinez said, “It's a tradition highlights the young woman, which is important because we don't have enough spaces that center young women. This makes it about her.” (6/10)

''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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