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AU Newsmakers 12.6-12.13, 2019
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American University Receives $300,000 Grant to Increase Minority STEM Faculty
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education wrote about a grant that American University received from the National Science Foundation. The funding will allow the university to examine policies and procedures that affect equitable hiring. Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy, dean of the School of Education, said, “Before we can achieve equity in STEM faculty at American University, we need to first examine the structures in place that are impeding progress. This grant will allow us to start the process and to determine next steps for improving the recruitment, hiring and retention of women and underrepresented minority STEM faculty.” (12/12)
Impeachment Hearings
Daniel Freeman, research fellow in residence in the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, spoke to Al Jazeera America about the impeachment hearings. Freeman said, “Right now, the members of the House Judiciary Committee, the Democratic caucus, will need to decide what they want to include in the articles of impeachment.” Chris Edelson, assistant professor of public affairs, also discussed the impeachment hearings with Al Jazeera English. Washington College of Law Professor Robert Tsai discussed impeachment with MSNBC, and Allan Lichtman, distinguished professor of history, spoke to Sinclair Broadcasting Group and The San Francisco Chronicle. (12/10, 12/9, 12/7, 12/6, 12/11)

Faculty Authors
The Shame of Changing Your Name
School of Education Assistant Professor Emily Peterson wrote an article for Inside Higher Ed about the challenges scholars and professors face when trying to change their names. Peterson wrote, “I have come to realize that the academy can, and should, make certain structural changes to ease the process and concerns of those who desire to change their name at pivotal career points.” (12/12)
The Nobel Winners in Economics Are on the Right Track
C. Austin Davis, assistant professor in the School of International Service, co-wrote an article for Foreign Policy about the work of recent Nobel prize winners Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer. Davis and his co-author wrote, “Economists should not compromise on analytical rigor but build on the Nobel laureates' work by becoming more ambitious and creative.” (12/9)
USMCA: So Near, or Just Too Far?
Ambassador Earl Anthony Wayne, distinguished diplomat-in-residence in the School of International Service, co-wrote an article for The Hill about the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Wayne and his co-authors wrote, “Approving the USMCA could bring a needed economic boost to the millions of jobs supported by commerce with America's two largest trade partners.” (12/6)
More Than Brexit: High Stakes for the United Kingdom's Foreign Policy
Co-directors of the Transatlantic Policy Center at the School of International Service Michelle Egan and Garret Martin wrote an opinion article for The Hill about the election in the U.K. and some of the challenges Boris Johnson will face beyond Brexit. Egan and Martin wrote, “The constant focus on Brexit during the campaign has obscured equally important foreign policy challenges that will require close attention.” (12/13)

U.S. Troops Could Soon Be Able to Sue Over Medical Blunders
Paul Figley, legal rhetoric instructor in the Washington College of Law, spoke to The New York Times about a new bill in Congress that would allow active-duty military members to sue for injuries. Figley said, “The military has different obligations and needs than civilian society. When you start bringing the adversarial process in, you are at risk of undermining the overall success of the military.” (12/11)
U.S. Scraps Flight to Nine Cuban Destinations, Adding to List of Punishing Sanctions
Professor of Government William LeoGrande spoke to CNN about the deteriorating relationship between the U.S. and Cuba. LeoGrande said, “The relationship is very bad, probably as bad as it's been since the Bush administration, if not earlier. I think it's going to get worse before it gets better.” (12/10)
What Will the Newseum Look Like When (or if) It Reopens? Local Leaders Weigh In
Assistant Professor of Communication Amy Eisman spoke to WAMU-FM about the future of the Newseum. Eisman said, “It's a tremendous loss for us, personally and academically. It's actually a part of our program.” (12/12)
How the Mueller Investigation Changed K Street
James Thurber, distinguished professor of government, spoke to Washingtonian about the Mueller investigation's influence on foreign lobbyists in the District. Thurber said, “They adapt, and they adapt immediately.” (12/8)

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