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AU Newsmakers 5.7-5.14, 2021
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After a Year Spent Online, Graduates Return for In-Person Ceremonies
American University celebrated its 141st Commencement last weekend with virtual ceremonies and an in-person celebration. The commencement was featured in The Washington Post. (5/8)
Trinity, AU and Martha's Table Partner to Offer Pathways Into Early Childhood Education Workforce
American University's School of Education partnered with Trinity Washington University and Martha's Table to launch Elevate Early Education, which provides pathways to support students in pursuit of a career in early childhood education. The announcement was covered by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. (5/10)
American University's Gardening Club Gains Popularity
NBC4 featured American University's Community Gardens. (5/7)

Faculty Authors
Why Business School Efforts to Recruit More Diverse Faculties Are Failing
Sonya Grier, professor in the Kogod School of Business, wrote an article for The Conversation about the lack of diversity in business school faculties. Grier wrote, “I believe colleges and universities must acknowledge the various ways race influences faculty hiring in order to find ways to make hiring more inclusive.” (5/10)
My Mother Associated Mother's Day with Hitler. In May We Celebrate V-E Day and Her Survival.
Michael Brenner, director of the Center for Israel Studies, reflected on his mother's experience during World War II and her relationship to Mother's Day for an opinion article in USA TODAY. Brenner wrote, “Decades later, for her the date still remained deeply connected with the Nazi celebration of the ‘Aryan' woman and with her own degradation as a Jew.” (5/8)The article appeared in several aggregates, including Yahoo! News. (5/8)
How Parents Can Learn to Recognize Online Radicalization and Prevent Tragedy - in 7 Minutes
Cynthia Miller-Idriss, director of the Polarization and Extremism Research & Innovation Lab, co-wrote an article for USA TODAY about how parents can fight online radicalization. Miller-Idriss and her co-author wrote, “It doesn't take much to enable front-line adults – parents, caregivers, teachers, teachers, coaches, mental health counselors and others who work with youth – to better recognize and respond to extremism.” Kurt Braddock, assistant professor of communication, spoke to The Daily Beast about how white nationalists are co-opting the language of social justice activists. (5/8, 5/11)

Futuristic Computer Game Hopes to Be Tonic for Climate Change Anxiety
Reuters featured “Survive the Century,” an online game, which aims to get players to think about the future of climate change and their role in it. Simon Nicholson, co-director of the Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy and one of the creators of the game, said, “How the future will play out is going to be shaped by choices taken by people today, and tomorrow, and the day after.” (5/10)
Before You Buy Dogecoin, Consider These 3 Things
H. Kent Baker, professor in the Kogod School of Business, spoke to CNBC about what investors should know about dogecoin. Baker said, “By the time most individual investors get into a rising investment, it's often too late.” (5/8)
Understanding Why so Many Migrants Are at the U.S.-Mexico Border
Founding Director of the Immigration Lab Ernesto Castaneda spoke to E.W. Scripps about the number of migrants at the border. Castaneda said, “A big problem is a lack of personnel, and large numbers of people that have been funneled and are arriving all at the same time.” (5/11)
The New Way to Protest in D.C.: Go to a Politico's Home. Bring a Crowd. Party.
Professor of International Studies Cathy Lisa Schneider spoke to Washingtonian about the consequences of large protests outside of politician's homes. Schneider said, “Protesting in front of Lindsey Graham's house… [gives] him something to campaign on.” (5/10)
As States Add Voting Restrictions, Democrats Say Reform Bill by Maryland's John Sarbanes Is 'Vital to Protect Our Democracy'.
David Lublin, professor of public affairs, spoke to The Baltimore Sun about a new voting rights and campaign reform bill being considered by Congress. Lublin said, “It certainly is a very major piece of legislation.” (5/8)
Jobs Report Disappoints as U.S. Hiring Slow
Gabriel Mathy, professor of economics, spoke to CNN about the April jobs report and what it implies about the economy. The interview appeared on CNN affiliates, including WFSB-TV. (5/7)
Joe Biden's Bipartisan Deam May Already Be Dead
Jordan Tama, associate professor in the School of International Service, spoke to Newsweek about Republican opposition to President Biden's policies. Tama said, “The only way to gain support for the proposals from Republicans would be to shrink them dramatically, which would make the initiatives much less consequential.” (5/12)
Trump's Signature Israel Policy Had a Key Flaw. We're Seeing It Now.
Guy Ziv, assistant professor in the School of International Service, spoke with Vox about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and escalation of violence in the region. Ziv said, “The situation is getting out of control.” (5/13)

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