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AU Newsmakers 12.13-12.20, 2019
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American University to Offer Full Scholarships to 10 D.C. Students
The Washington Post featured AU's newest scholarship program. The District Scholars Program offers 10 full scholarships to students from D.C. public and public charter high schools. Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, WRC-NBC 4 and WTOP-FM also covered the program. (12/18, 12/19)

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Facebook's Ban on Foreign Political Ads Means the Site Is Segregating Speech
Washington College of Law Professor Jennifer Daskal wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post about Facebook's ban on foreign political ads. Daskal wrote, “We should be cautious about quick fixes that paint all foreigners as equally pernicious or require companies to categorically remove all foreign content.” (12/16)
Our Future Depends on the Arctic
Paul Bledsoe, adjunct professorial lecturer of public affairs, co-wrote an article for The New York Times about the role of the Arctic in climate change. Bledsoe and his co-author wrote, “The race to maintain the Arctic's stabilizing role in the global climate means, in addition, that we need to put geoengineering into the policy mix, despite its hazards, moral or otherwise.” (12/14)
Why President Trump's Executive Order to Fight Anti-Semitism Is Dangerous for Jews
Michael Brenner, Seymour and Lillian Abensohn Chair in Israel Studies, wrote an article for The Washington Post about President Trump's executive order to combat anti-Semitism. Brenner wrote, “It is important to take measures to protect Jewish students from anti-Semitism on campus, but not at the price of classifying Jews as a nationality.” Brenner also spoke to NPR about the executive order. (12/15, 12/16)

International Education in an Era of Climate Change
Director of Sustainability Programs Megan Litke spoke to Inside Higher Ed about how AU uses carbon offsets to counteract carbon emissions from study abroad programs. Litke said, “Study abroad is an incredibly unique source of emissions for universities, an indisputably valuable program that students have… It's not a program we're trying to cut back on.” (12/19)
December Democratic Debates
Professor of Public Affairs David Barker spoke to TIME Magazine about what to expect from the December Democratic debates. Barker said, “More attacks will likely be directed at Pete than previously. I [also] expect Klobuchar to be on the offensive, since this is really her last shot.” Ernesto Castaneda, professor of sociology, spoke to Vox news about Andy Yang's status as the only candidate of color on the debate stage and Allan Lichtman, distinguished professor of history, spoke to PBS Newshour about polling results that concluded Democratic voters have not yet decided who they want to see as the 2020 nominee. (12/19, 12/16)
Leonard Steinhorn, professor of communication, spoke to WUSA-9 about President Trump's impeachment. Steinhorn said, “The question is what do the American people deserve, and what do they deserve based on the Constitution?” Chris Edelson, assistant professor of public affairs, spoke to The Christian Science Monitor and Al Jazeera English. David Barker, professor of public affairs, spoke to AFP and The New York Times, and Washington College of Law Professor Robert Tsai spoke to CNBC. (12/16, 12/18, 12/13, 12/19)
America's Arrogance in Afghanistan
Professor of History Peter Kuznick spoke to CGTN about America's war in Afghanistan. Kuznick said, “Much like in Vietnam and in other wars, the government was not being honest with the American people, not being honest about motives and not being honest being the way the war was conducted.” (12/14)
Fishy Stat: Elizabeth Warren Goes Overboard With Claim on Re-Imported Fish
Politifact fact-checked a statistic about the global fishing industry cited by presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren. Jessica Gephart, assistant professor of environmental science, said, “The 10% was not a solid number to begin with.” (12/13)
Johnson Secures Brexit Mandate, May Have to Choose Between EU or U.S. Trade Deals
Garret Martin, professorial lecturer at the School of International Service, spoke to Sinclair Broadcasting Group about the British elections and what it means for U.K.-U.S. relations. Martin said, “The one difficulty the U.K. is going to face is this notion of choice.” (12/13)
Federal Toxmap Shutters Raising the Ire of Pollution Researchers
Claudia Persico, assistant professor of public affairs, spoke to Undark about the shuttering of Toxmap, a federal pollution tracker. Persico said, “It was stunning to me that the National Library of Medicine is actually retiring this pretty essential tool for our environmental right-to-know.” The article was also published in Scientific American. (12/16, 12/17)

''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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