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AU Newsmakers 6.28-7.12, 2019
Top Story
Lifting Up a Community That's at Risk of Being Forgotten
The Washington Post featured “Plans to Prosper You,” a student-created exhibit at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. Adrienne Pine, associate professor of anthropology, and her graduate students worked with members of African-American communities in Montgomery County to highlight their histories and stories. Pine said, “We didn't want this to be another project where we're telling the story from the outside for people who know their story well and are proud of it, so we worked really hard, in collaboration with them, to make sure we understood.” (7/5)

Additional Features
This Device Would Change Intubation Process During Hospital Procedures
WUSA9 featured research conducted by alumna Irena Volkov, with help from the AU Design and Build Lab and AU Center for Innovation. While a student at American University, Volkov created a disposable and biodegradable device that would innovate the intubation process in surgeries. (7/1)
Both Police and Civilians Support Body-Worn Cameras, Concludes Study of FCPD Pilot Program
WJLA-ABC7 featured research conducted by professors in the School of Public Affairs about community support for body-worn cameras in the police force. The researchers found that in Fairfax County, the cameras were supported by both the community and the officers. (7/9)

Faculty Authors
What to an American is the Fourth of July?
Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center, wrote an article reflecting on the Fourth of July. Kendi wrote, “We should be celebrating our disobedience, turbulence, insolence, and discontent about inequities and injustices in all forms.” Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies Executive-in-Residence Anita McBride spoke to Voice of America about President Trump's Fourth of July celebration. (7/4, 7/2)
Trump and His Advisers Are Probably Wrong About What Foreign Policy Americans Want
Associate Professor in the School of International Service Jordan Tama co-wrote an article in The Washington Post about whether or not American foreign policy reflects what most Americans want. Tama and his co-authors wrote, “It's helpful to note that U.S. foreign policy opinion leaders wrongly predict public attitudes on a variety of issues.” (7/3)
Trump is Wrong About Iran. He Needs Approval from Congress for a Military Strike
Assistant Professor of Public Affairs Chris Edelson wrote an article for USA Today about the Trump administration's approach to U.S.-Iran relations. Edelson wrote, “In fact, Trump is legally required—not just to inform members of Congress, but to gain their approval before he orders military action against Iran, unless an emergency makes it impossible to do so.” The article appeared in 32 USA Today-affiliate outlets. (6/28)
The Long, Bipartisan History of Dealing with Immigrants Harshly
Anthony Fontes, assistant professor in the School of International Service, wrote an article for The Conversation about America's history of dealing with immigrants. Fontes wrote, “I see President Donald Trump's approach as ramping up and expanding the U.S government's longstanding efforts to punish undocumented immigrants.” (7/9)

News Brief
As Protests Rock Hong Kong, Xi Jinping's View of History Shows He Will Dig In
The New York Times cited research by School of International Service Assistant Professor Joseph Torigian in an article about the protests in Hong Kong. (7/3)
Academic Minute: Food Insecurity
Associate Professor of Public Affairs Anna Amirkhanyan appeared on the Academic Minute to discuss her research into food insecurity in the United States. Amirkhanyan said, “My colleagues and I sought to document the experiences of a group that has not been extensively studied: American families that rely on both federal and charitable food assistance.” (7/3)

As G-20 Reaffirms Fight Against Climate Change, Trump Again Stands Apart
Paul Bledsoe, adjunct professorial lecturer in the Center for Environmental Policy, spoke to The Washington Post about the Trump administration's stance on climate change at the G-20 summit. Bledsoe said, “Climate should be a headliner right up with trade, but instead is largely an afterthought.” The interview appeared in 20 outlets. (6/29)
How 3 Experts Say Colleges Can Prepare Students for 21st Century Careers
Jill Klein, interim dean of the School of Professional and Extended Studies, participated in a roundtable discussion hosted by The Chronicle of Higher Education about how universities can integrate career development in the traditional academic experience. Klein said, “One of the things we've got to do as we educate our students is make sure they're ready to go to work, but that they're always studying something that they're passionate about. Because that's what's going to make them really successful in the workplace.” (7/1)
Brazil's Anti-Corruption Superstar Faces a Scandal of His Own
Associate Professor in the School of International Service Matthew Taylor spoke to Huff Post about allegations of corruption in Brazil's anti-corruption campaign. Taylor said, “The messages cross a line. The basic idea of a court system is that you have a triad where the judge sits equidistant from both sides.” (7/1)
Trump 'Likely' Benefited From Conservative Judges Overseeing the Emoluments Case, Experts Say
Robert Tsai, professor in the Washington College of Law, appeared on MSNBC to discuss the emoluments case against President Trump. Tsai said, “These are about the three most conservative judges the plaintiff could have drawn, and I think this is reflected in the oral argument. So I'm not completely surprised they lost.” (7/10)
Can the Longest Economic Expansion in U.S. History Last?
Bradley Hardy, associate professor of public affairs, spoke to PBS Newshour about the recent economic expansion in America. Hardy told Newshour that despite the expansion, many Americans are still struggling, even the middle class. (7/1)
Female Candidates Make History, Waves in Debate
Betsy Fischer Martin, executive director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke to The Boston Globe about the performance of female candidates during the first Democratic debates. Fischer Martin said, “It's historic enough that we had six women over two nights of the debate. But to have, each night, one of the women rise to the top, I think was definitely something exciting.” David Lublin, professor of public affairs, discussed Senator Kamala Harris's performance with Vice News. (6/28)
Allegations of Sexual Misconduct Against Trump Largely Fall on Deaf Ears
Professor of Communication Jane Hall spoke to Morning Consult about how the media have handled allegations of sexual misconduct brought against President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. Hall told Morning Consult that the way the media handled the two stories didn't reflect the severity of the allegations. (7/8)
What We Know So Far About the White House Social Media Summit
Scott Talan, assistant professor of communication, spoke to Sinclair Broadcasting Group about the White House Social Media Summit. Talan said, “It's one thing to regulate [social media companies] as an industry or a business, but in terms of bias and in terms of speech, it's a very difficult thing to say, ‘Hey, you need to do this because of the First Amendment of the Constitution.'” The interview appeared on 21 Sinclair-affiliated stations, including WJLA-ABC7. Felippo Trevisan, assistant professor of communication, also discussed the summit with Al Jazeera English. (7/10, 7/11)

''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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