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AU Newsmakers 1.22-1.29, 2020
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AU Experts Discuss the First Week of the Biden Administration
Jordan Tama, associate professor in the School of International Service, spoke to Vox about the continuity of Trump-era foreign policies in the Biden Administration. Amy Dacey, executive director of the Sine Institute of Policy & Politics, spoke to USA Today about disagreements between Biden and Republican leaders. Director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies David Barker spoke to Politifact and the Voice of America. Garret Martin, senior professorial lecturer in the School of International Service, co-wrote an article for The Conversation about the foreign policy priorities and challenges facing the new administration. Chris Edelson, assistant professor of public affairs, spoke to the Voice of America about the role of cooperation in the Biden Administration, and Paul Bledsoe, lecturer in the School of Public Affairs, wrote an article for The Hill about how President Biden can begin to heal divides in America. (1/22, 1/23, 1/24, 1/25, 1/26, 1/27, 1/28)

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Jamir Harris: WJLA Athlete of the Week
AU Men's Basketball player Jamir Harris was recognized by WJLA-TV as its Athlete of the Week. (1/28)

Pandemic, Not Privacy, Tops List of 2021 Consumer Trends. Let's Change That
Washington College of Law Professor Andrew Guthrie Ferguson spoke to The Los Angeles Times about the privacy issues within digital media and e-commerce. Ferguson said, “Every company is a data company now, and your data is valuable.” (1/22)
Donald Trump May Struggle to Pay Back His Empire's Spiraling Debt
Kogod School of Business Professor Jeffrey Harris spoke to Newsweek about Donald Trump's financial troubles. Harris said, “It is true that the industries in which Trump has been most visible (leisure, for the most part) have been hit the hardest from the COVID crisis.” (1/27)
Gen Z Moms Are Building Their Brands Around QAnon
Assistant Professor of Communication Kurt Braddock spoke to Buzzfeed News about the rise of right-wing social media influencers. Braddock said QAnon influencers “hijacked the traditional IG influencer aesthetic to make the QAnon material more palatable to audiences.” (1/22)
Sarah Huckabee Sanders's Run for Governor an Early Test for Trump Allies
Betsy Fischer Martin, executive director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke to The Hill about Sarah Huckabee Sanders's gubernatorial run. Fischer Martin said, “Those are all nods to the fact that certainly women running for executive office need to above all prove that they are tough enough to do the job.” (1/25)
Viral Sea Shanties Appeal to Desire for Togetherness
Professor of Communication Aram Sinnreich spoke to WUSA9 about the sea shanty videos going viral on TikTok. Sinnreich said, “People keep rediscovering this music in every generation and it always means the same thing and that thing is working together during times of difficulty and challenge with a kind of multicultural perspective that allows everyone to participate on equal terms.” (1/23)
Recent CSU Grads Want to 'Immpower' More People's Dreams With Islamic Finance
Ghiyath Nakshbendi, professor in the Kogod School of Business, spoke to KUNC-FM about Islamic finance. Nakshbendi said, “The attraction of Islamic finance or alternative finance is focused on creating business activities that will benefit the community.” (1/27)
Black Duval Residents Vaccinated at Lower Rates Than Whites, Data Shows
Aparna Soni, assistant professor of public affairs, spoke with WJCT about the disparities in access to the COVID-19 vaccine in Florida and across the U.S. Soni said, “The disparities are particularly stark when you take into account not just the population, but also the fact that Blacks and Hispanics are dying of the coronavirus at higher rates than whites.” (1/29)

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