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AU Newsmakers 4.2-4.9, 2021
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AU Museum Marks 60 Years of Peace Corps With Intimate Stories and Memories
A new virtual exhibit at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Peace Corps program was featured in The Washington Diplomat. (4/2)

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1 in 3 College Students Face Food Insecurity – Expanding SNAP Benefits on Campus Will Help Stave Off Hunger
Anastasia Snelling, chair of the Department of Health Studies, co-wrote an article for The Conversation advocating expanding SNAP benefits to college students. Snelling and her co-author wrote, “We believe the U.S. must address food insecurity among college students to ensure educational achievement for all.” (4/5)
60 Years After Bay of Pigs, New York Times Role – and Myth – Made Clear
Professor of Communication W. Joseph Campbell wrote an article for The Conversation about the persistent myth that The New York Times suppressed coverage on the Bay of Pigs invasion. Campbell wrote, “The Times reports about preparations for the assault were detailed and often prominently displayed on the front page.” (4/2)
Collaboration Between OPM and OMB: Is It Even Possible?
Bob Tobias, distinguished practitioner-in-residence in the School of Public Affairs, wrote an article for Government Executive about cooperation between the Office of Personnel Management and the Office of Management and Budget. Tobias wrote, “'Working in concert' may be possible because OPM and OMB have the same outcome goal: improved agency performance.” (4/5)

Tesla Is on a Collision Course with Germany's Biggest Union and Neither Side Is Likely to Back Down
Stephen Silvia, professor in the School of International Service, spoke to Business Insider about Tesla's conflict with Germany's biggest worker union. Silvia said, “It's very difficult to force a completely unwilling company. They'll just have to make [Tesla's] life as uncomfortable as possible.” (4/3)
How to Travel Safely This Summer
Melissa Hawkins, director of the Public Health Scholars program, appeared on the “Here's Something Good” podcast to discuss traveling safely this summer. Hawkins said, “Look for locations that proactively share their COVID precautions on their website and with their guests.” (4/6)
Texas Had an Outsized Presence at the Capitol Insurrection. Why?
Brian Hughes, associate director of the Polarization and Extremism Research & Innovation Lab (PERIL), spoke to Houston Public Media about the number of Texans present at the Capitol riot. Hughes said, “What we see is the intersection of that ideology and culture, looking at an idealized version of the American founding and the American frontier, the role of the rugged individual, and the role of gun culture.” PERIL Director Cynthia Miller-Idriss spoke to CNN about the plea deals being struck by Capitol riot suspects. (4/6, 4/7)
Roger Fairfax Named Dean of American Law
The Washington College of Law announced this week that Prof. Roger Fairfax will be the school's new dean. The Faculty Lounge featured the announcement. (4/7)
COVID-19 Vaccines Passports Are Coming. What Will That Mean?
Wired Magazine quoted an op-ed co-written by Divya Ramjee, senior fellow at the Center for Security, Innovation and New Technology, about the privacy implications of COVID-19 passports. Jason Mollica, professorial lecturer of communication, spoke to KGW-TV about vaccine passports. (4/2, 4/8)
U.S. Capitol Security Concerns Mount After Second Deadly Attack
Carolyn Gallaher, senior associate dean at the School of International Service, spoke to the Voice of America about security concerns at the U.S. Capitol. She said, “If you have all this fencing, all these barricades around the Capitol, then it suggests that the government is not open.” (4/9)

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