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AU Newsmakers 4.9-4.16, 2021
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At Least Three In-Person Commencements Planned in the DMV, With Safety Protocols
This week, American University announced plans for an in-person commencement procession for 2021 and 2020 graduates. WJLA and WTOP featured this announcement. (4/14)
Georgetown University and American University to Require Matriculating Students Be COVID-19 Vaccinated
American University announced that students living on campus or attending in-person classes during the Fall 2021 semester will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The announcement was featured in Diverse: Issues in Higher Ed, WTOP, WTTG-TV, WUSA-9, WJLA-TV, the Washington Business Journal, and Washingtonian Magazine (4/14, 4/15)

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It's Time to Give Our Kids the Education They Deserve
Associate Professor of Public Affairs Taryn Morrissey wrote an op-ed for The Hill about creating better education models for post-pandemic learning. Morrissey wrote, “As we look ahead, this pandemic's devastating and disproportionate impact on our children offers a unique opportunity to create a new education paradigm, broaden educational opportunity and narrow the disparities that were pervasive before COVID-19 and widened by the pandemic.” (4/14)
Ulster Loyalists Are Burning Buses and Cars in Belfast, Thanks to Brexit
Kimberly Cowell-Meyer, assistant professor of public affairs, and Carolyn Gallaher, senior associate dean in the School of International Service, co-wrote an article for The Washington Post about Brexit's impact on Irish peace. They wrote, “That fragility – and the associated violence – is mostly a product of Brexit.” (4/15)

A Retiring Castro to Bring Younger Face to Cuba's Communists
William LeoGrande, professor of public affairs, spoke to the Associated Press about what Raúl Castro's impending retirement from political life could mean for Cuba. LeoGrande said, “They keep saying they will require the state enterprises to become profitable but that's precisely where there's resistance because the private sector isn't growing fast enough.” LeoGrande also discussed Cuba's changing political landscape with the Miami Herald. (4/15, 4/13)
Zoom Court Is Changing How Justice Is Served
Washington College of Law professor Andrew Guthrie Ferguson spoke with The Atlantic about how the pandemic has changed the justice process. Ferguson said, “Why not use technology to bring the judge into the defendant's world?” (4/13)
Cardiologist Says George Floyd's Death Was "Absolutely Preventable"
Jenny Roberts, co-director of the Criminal Justice Clinic at the Washington College of Law, spoke with CBS News about the first day of the defense arguments in the Derek Chauvin trial. Michelle Engert, senior scholar-in-residence at the School of Public Affairs, also spoke with Vox about the Derek Chauvin trial. (4/12, 4/15)
The Georgia Voting Law and the End of the New South
David Lublin, professor of public affairs, spoke to The New Yorker about Georgia's new voting law and the evolution of Southern politics. Lublin said, “The people who built the evangelical movement were middle-class suburbanites.” (4/15)
Yahoo Answers Is Shutting Down. Why Are Companies Ditching Discussion Features?
Trevor Owens, public historian in residence, spoke to Marketwatch about the shutdown of Yahoo Answers. Owens said, “The message board and question-and-answer ecosystem has just really been breaking up and shifting for a while now.” (4/12)
Combatting Communication Issues After CDC Pauses Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Administration
Jason Mollica, professorial lecturer in the School of Communication, spoke to WUSA-9 about the need for good communication in evolving public health crises. Mollica said, “How Johnson & Johnson, and how the states, and how the federal government handles this messaging moving forward, will probably do a good job in saying whether this turns into a bigger crisis.” Aparna Soni, assistant professor of public affairs, spoke to The Hill about the Covid-19 vaccination process and the ways in which states are keeping record of those who have been vaccinated. (4/13, 4/15)
'An Ugly Peace': Biden's Sept. Withdrawal Plan Leaves Afghanistan's Future in Doubt
Daniel Esser, associate professor in the School of International Service, spoke to the Sinclair Broadcasting Group about President Biden's plan to pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan by September 11. Esser said, “I do think a sustainable peace with the Taliban is possible, but it's going to be an ugly peace.” (4/13)
As Border Apprehensions Hit 20-Year High, Biden Faces Growing Political Pressure
Ernesto Castaneda, founding director of the Immigration Lab, spoke to the Sinclair Broadcasting Group about the Biden Administration's response to the migration crisis at the southern border. Castaneda said, “It can increase the number of non-Border Patrol personnel to speed the relocation of minors and the vetting of sponsors, hire more immigration judges to process immigration and asylum applications.” (4/9)
How Biden's Tax Plan May Lead to a Boost in Roth IRAs
Caroline Bruckner, managing director of the Kogod Tax Policy Center, spoke with Yahoo Finance about President Biden's tax plan and its impact on Roth IRAs. (4/9)
Internet in Everything
Laura DeNardis, interim dean of the School of Communication, appeared on the Full Measure with Sherly Atkinson about her book, “The Internet of Things”. DeNardis said, “I think, in general, technology brings us closer to democracy because it empowers people and that the benefits of the cyber physical world far outweigh the problems with it.” (4/11)

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