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AU Newsmakers 2.21-2.28, 2020
Top Story
Sa'eed Nelson Becomes American University's All-Time Leading Scorer
Sa'eed Nelson has become American University's all-time leading scorer after earning 30-points during the AU-Lafayette game. Nelson broke the record previously held by Russell ‘Boo' Bowers for 39 years. (2/26)

Faculty Authors
Women's Parties Win Change, If Not Votes
Assistant Professor of Public Affairs Kimberly Cowell-Meyers wrote an article for Foreign Affairs Magazine about the impact of women in politics worldwide. Cowell-Meyers wrote, “Women's parties have in fact achieved a great deal, not least in pressuring other political parties to promote female leadership and pay attention to women's issues.” (2/21)
Coronavirus Fears Hit the Markets
Evan Kraft, professorial lecturer of economics, wrote an article for The Hill about the economic impact of the coronavirus. Kraft wrote, “For many U.S. companies, the virus has already affected supply chains that include China.” Gordon Adams, professor emeritus in the School of International Service, spoke to The Independent about the implications of the coronavirus. (2/26, 2/27)

AU Experts Discuss the 2020 Elections and Democratic Primaries
William LeoGrande, professor of public affairs, spoke to NBC News about whether Bernie Sanders's praise for Socialist regimes might hurt Democrats during the 2020 Elections. LeoGrande said, “It's tough for any public figure to really give a nuanced, balanced account of these regimes. When they've been cast by an administration as our enemy, the nuance goes out the window.” LeoGrande also spoke to CNN about Sanders's Cuba comments. Director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center Ibram Kendi wrote an article for The Atlantic, and Allan Lichtman, distinguished professor of history, wrote an article for The Hill and spoke to The Independent. Professor of Public Affairs David Barker spoke to Voice of America and Capri Cafaro, executive-in-residence in the School of Public Affairs, spoke to PBS Newshour. Jason Mollica, professorial lecturer in the School of Communication, spoke to Sinclair Broadcasting Group, and Paul Bledsoe, adjunct professorial lecturer of public affairs, spoke to HuffPost. (1/21, 1/22, 1/23, 1/24, 1/25, 1/26, 1/27)
50 Years Ago, the College Tried to Silence Them. Now Black Protestors Are Returning to Campus to Be Heard.
Research conducted by Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center, was mentioned in a Chronicle of Higher Education article about black students returning to protest at the college campuses they were expelled from. Kendi's research found that in the 1970s, hundreds of black students were expelled, hurt or jailed for peacefully protesting. (2/21)
Weinstein Verdict Signals Cultural Shift on Sexual Assault
Washington College of Law Professor Brenda Smith spoke to The Wall Street Journal about the Weinstein verdict. Smith said, “The major takeaway from this is that people are beginning to understand the complexity of sexual harassment and sexual abuse in the workplace, and there are going to be consequences.” (2/25)
Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian Leader Ousted in Arab Spring, Dies at 91
Diane Singerman, associate professor of public affairs, spoke to The New York Times about former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's legacy. Singerman said, “Like many rulers who isolate themselves and concentrate power around them, he misread the Egyptian people and their commitment to collective life.” Singerman also spoke to BBC Radio 5. (2/25, 2/26)
Virginia Democrats Poised to Pass Public Bargaining Measures
John Delaney, dean of the Kogod School of Business, spoke to the Associated Press about public bargaining measures in Virginia. Delaney said, “The research shows that workers who are covered by collective bargaining do tend to earn higher salaries and they tend to get greater benefits than similar workers not covered.” The article was re-published in 100 outlets, including The New York Times. (2/25)
Law Students Say They Don't Get Mental Health Treatment for Fear It Will Keep Them From Being Lawyers. Some States Are Trying to Change That
David Jaffe, associate dean of student affairs in the Washington College of Law, spoke to CNN about why law students might not seek mental health treatment. Jaffe said, “If students even have that belief or perception that raising the specter at all is going to be problematic, they are just going to dive down. They're not going to even entertain or explore it.” The article appeared in 27 outlets. (2/23)
Taliban, Afghan Govt. Expected to Sign Agreement Saturday
Anita McBride, executive-in-residence in the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, appeared on MSNBC to discuss the peace agreement being negotiated between the Taliban and the Afghan government. McBride said, “It is a function of how Americans are weary, and I think the leadership in our government is reflecting that.” (2/26)
Why Aren't More School Counselors Trained in Helping Students Apply to College?
Laura Owen, director of the Center for Postsecondary Readiness & Success, spoke to The Hechinger Report about why more school counselors aren't trained to help students apply to college. The article was also published in The Washington Post. (2/21)
Elections Have Consequences, But so Do Election Years
Gordon Adams, professor emeritus in the School of International Service, spoke to Roll Call about the Pentagon's 2021 budget request. Adams said, “Budgetary discipline is actually a good thing for the Pentagon, not budgetary generosity.” (2/25)
Lynching to Be Declared a Federal Hate Crime with House's Passage
Richard Semiatin, assistant professor in the School of Professional and Extended Studies, spoke to the Washington Times about historic anti-lynching legislation set to be passed in the House of Representatives. Semiatin said, “There are people who are just resistant to it because maybe they see it as a black eye to places where these actions took place and don't want to be reminded of it.” (2/25)
Is Trump's Trip To India a Message for Pakistan?
Stephen Tankel, associate professor in the School of International Service, spoke to the Hindustan Times about President Trump's state visit to India, and the message it may convey to Pakistan. Tankel said, the trip “does not help the cause of de-hyphenation” between India and Pakistan. (2/25)

Bonus Clip
How to Win Monopoly in the Shortest Possible Time
Provost Dan Myers spoke to BBC Future about how he drew on his sociology expertise to play a game of Monopoly that lasted only 21 seconds. Myers said, “The entire internet is smarter than you though. So we worked harder and came up with a seven-roll one… That version has withstood the test of time.” (2/24)

''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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