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AU Newsmakers 2.19-2.26, 2021
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New Coronavirus Testing Lab Will Produce Faster, Cheaper Results for D.C.-Area Universities
American University announced a consortium with other D.C. area universities to operate a mobile COVID testing lab. The announcement was featured in The Washington Post, Inside Higher Ed, University Business, The Baltimore Sun, WRC-TV, WTOP-FM, WTTG-TV, WOLB-AM, WBAL-AM and WMAR-TV. (2/24, 2/25)
D.C. University Matching Kids of Employees With Students to Virtually Tutor Them
WJLA-TV featured American University's Virtual Tutoring Corps program, which helps AU families cope with online learning. (2/23)

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Electric Cars Are the Future. Here's How to Get American Drivers Interested in Them.
Paul Bledsoe, adjunct professorial lecturer in the School of Public Affairs, wrote an article for USA Today about American attitudes towards electric vehicles. Bledsoe wrote, “But there are still serious barriers to EVs.” Bledsoe also spoke to CGTN America about the environmental challenges facing America. (2/23)
George Schultz's Enduring Wisdom Can Guide Diplomacy Today
Earl Anthony Wayne, distinguished diplomat in residence in the School of International Service, wrote an article for The National Interest about late Secretary of State George Schultz's legacy. Wayne wrote, “Secretary Schultz demonstrated the importance of understanding counterparts' interests and needs, even if divergent to those of the United States.” (2/24)

Coke, Whirlpool Keep Tax Court Losses Off the Books
Don Williamson, professor and executive director of the Kogod Tax Policy Center, spoke to The Wall Street about how companies factor lawsuits into their accounting. (2/24)
How Democrats Are Approaching the Deb Haaland and Neera Tanden Confirmation Battles
Associate Professor of Communication Jane Hall spoke to The New York Times about the double standards and challenges Deb Haaland and Neera Tanden are facing in their confirmation hearings. Hall said, “There is a much lower tolerance of very strong language from women.” (2/23)
A Small Group of Militants' Outsize Role in the Capitol Attack
Cynthia Miller-Idriss, director of the Polarization and Extremism Research & Innovation Lab, spoke to The New York Times about the outsize role a small militant group had in the Capitol riot. Miller-Idriss told the Times that the organizational tactics of militant groups may have influenced the behaviors of others in the mob. (2/21)
Pakistani Woman Says Northern Virginia Housekeeping Job Was Labor Trafficking
Washington College of Law Professor Janie Chuang spoke to The Washington Post about a labor trafficking case taking place in Northern Virginia. Chuang said, “When people use the threat of legal process to keep people in exploitative situations, that's a hallmark of trafficking.” (2/21)
'A Reckoning Is Near': America Has a Vast Overseas Military Empire. Does It Still Need It?
David Vine, professor of anthropology, provided data for a USA Today article about America's network of overseas military bases. (2/25)
Clubhouse's Rising Popularity Raises Misinformation Concerns
Aram Sinnreich, professor of communication, spoke with The Hill about misinformation concerns surrounding the new social media platform Clubhouse. (2/21)
With One Move, Congress Could Lift Millions Of Children Out Of Poverty
Bradley Hardy, associate professor of public affairs, spoke with NPR about two plans in Congress that aim to address child poverty. Hardy said, “My view is that it's the right thing to do, but also, it is sound economic policy.” (2/26)

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