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AU Newsmakers 11.22-12.6, 2019
Top Story
Devil Worm Genes Hold Clues for How Some Animals Survive Extreme Heat
Science News covered Biology Assistant Professor John Bracht's mapping of the genome of the ‘devil worm,' a unique animal discovered several years ago one mile below ground. The animal's genome provides clues to how an organism adapts to harsh environmental conditions. Popular Mechanics, Mother Nature Network, Interesting Engineering and United Press International also covered the research. (12/4)

Additional Feature
In the Galleries: At American University Museum, a World of Atmosphere
The Washington Post featured a story about several of the nature-inspired art exhibits on display at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. (11/28)

Faculty Authors
'The Crown' Explains Why Trump Is a Weak Head of State
Miles Kahler, distinguished professor in the School of International Service, wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post about how Netflix's “The Crown” explains why President Trump is a weak head of state. Kahler wrote, “It is harder for a U.S. president to handle the symbolic aspects of the job, precisely because of the clash with partisan responsibilities.” (11/25)
Evo Morales's Chaotic Departure Won't Define His Legacy
Research Associate Professor in the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies Robert Albro wrote an article for Foreign Policy about Bolivian president Evo Morales's legacy. Albro wrote, “His legacy will be the transformation of Bolivian society through the enfranchisement of the country's indigenous population.” (11/22)
How to Talk About the Truth and Trump at Thanksgiving
Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center, wrote an article for The Atlantic about politics during Thanksgiving. Kendi wrote, “We should not be skipping family gathering to dine with like-minded people, or in like-minded solitude. Nor should we be planning to avoid talk about politics.” Christopher Petrella, director of engagement at the center, wrote an article for The Washington Post about the history of Thanksgiving. (11/27)
What Xi Jinping Learned--and Didn't Learn--From His Father About Xinjiang
Joseph Torigian, assistant professor in the School of International Service, wrote an article for The Diplomat about the influence of Xi Jinping's father on policies in Xinjiang. Torigian wrote, “…the man most associated with a softer approach is the father of the man who is taking Xinjiang in a much different direction.” (11/26)
Sesame Street is One of Our Best Exports – So Why Does the Trump Administration Want to Cut Its Funding?
Naomi Moland, professorial lecturer in the School of International Service, wrote an article for the Philadelphia Inquirer about the global impact of Sesame Street. Moland wrote, “Sesame Street is one of our best exports. It promotes valuable ideals of diversity and tolerance and provides children with critical access to early childhood education.” (11/25)

Sterling K Brown: "I've Never Seen This Black Family on Screen"
Russell Williams, distinguished artist-in-residence in the School of Communication, spoke to BBC News about how the black experience has been reflected in film. Williams said, “You may have had black actors on screen, but the writers and directors were not. So they were very cardboard, mainly stereotypical.” (11/26)
Calls Grow for Stephen Miller to Leave White House After Leaked Emails
Cynthia Miller-Idriss, professor of education and sociology, spoke to NPR about Stephen Miller's leaked emails, which contained hate speech. Miller-Idriss said, “I think there is a danger here that people start to get a little bit cynical… But you know, something that would have been shocking two or three or four or five years ago becomes much less shocking in 2019.” (11/25)
How Do You Do, Fellow Kids?
Jeremiah Patterson, professorial lecturer in the School of Communication, spoke to The Atlantic about The Washington Post's adoption of popular app ‘Tik Tok.' Patterson said, “It's not as immediate as publishing a traditional article, but I think that you start to draw people in that way.” (12/4)
What a Fake ICE University Says About Immigration Enforcement
Director of International Student and Scholar Services Senem Bakar spoke to WAMU-FM's 1A about institutional support for international students. Bakar said, “International students are navigating a system that is highly decentralized, and most of them are not used to that. It is up to us, as institutions, to help them adapt to our educational system.” (12/3)
The Impeachment Probe Gets Constitutional
Washington College of Law Professor Robert Tsai spoke to WHYY-FM about the constitutional questions raised during the impeachment hearings. Tsai said, “The major debate, occurring behind the scenes between members of the House judiciary, have been how many articles [of impeachment] to draft.” (12/5)
Russian Disinformation Campaigns on Twitter May Not Actually Work
Assistant Professor of Communication Saif Shahin spoke to New Scientist about disinformation. Shahin said, “People who make the claim that this affected their behavior would be making the claim that 0.1 percent of their activities on Twitter are more significant than the other 99.9 percent.” (11/27)
Millennials Driving 'Experience Economy'
Ron Hill, professor in the Kogod School of Business, spoke to ABC7-WJLA about how Millennials are driving the ‘experience economy.' Hill said, “Young people are looking at all these possibilities, and they don't want to hold off, they don't want to sit and say, ‘Well, when I retire someday we'll travel.'” (11/29)
Women's Republican PAC Wades Into All-Female GOP Primary
Executive Director of the Women & Politics Center Betsy Fischer Martin spoke to the Sunflower State Journal about the unusual step a Republican PAC took by officially backing Sara Hart Weir in Kansas's 3rd Congressional District race. Fischer Martin said, “[PACs] are doing it more and more now. Since the midterms, they really came to the realization that the party was not reflective of the population.” (12/5)

''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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