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AU Newsmakers 6.4-6.10, 2021
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COVID-19 and U.S. Food Supply Chain
The Sine Institute for Policy & Politics hosted the first of its Summer Series seminars, which focused on COVID-19's impact on the U.S. food supply chain. The seminar was featured on C-SPAN. (6/7)
Notable Gifts Roundup
The Chronicle of Philanthropy featured AU Board of Trustees member and U.S. Rep. David Trone, D-Md., and June Trone's $5 million gift to AU in a roundup of notable gifts to colleges and universities. The article requires a free account to view. (6/7)

Harris, Ocasio-Cortez, and the Democratic Divide on Immigration
William LeoGrande, professor of public affairs, spoke to The Hill about the immigration crisis. LeoGrande said, “The long-term crisis in the region, which is driving people to leave, is multifaceted.” William Lawrence, adjunct professorial lecturer in the School of International Service and Eric Hershberg, director of the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, discussed Vice President Harris' Central America trip with Al Jazeera and Sinclair Broadcasting Group, respectively. Sociology Professor Ernesto Castañeda also discussed the trip with Middle East Broadcasting Network. Jason Mollica, professorial lecturer in the School of Communication, spoke to the Sinclair Broadcasting Group about reactions to Harris' trip. (6/9, 6/8, 6/6)
From Doomsday Preppers to Doomsday Plotters
Cynthia Miller-Idriss, director of the Polarization and Extremism Research Innovation Lab, spoke to The New York Times about the January 6th Capitol attack. Miller-Idriss said, “It was a coalition that emerged semi-spontaneously that showed that despite these differences, these groups can unify around a thematic issue or event.” (6/7)
China Brazenly Boasts of 'Aborted' Revolution to Mark 32 Years Since Tiananmen Square Massacre
Joseph Torigian, assistant professor in the School of International Service, spoke to U.S. News & World Report about China's recent acknowledgement of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Torigian said, “The article fits in with other recent themes in Chinese propaganda in the run-up to the 100th anniversary, which casts the CCP's history in a positive light meant to justify its legitimacy.” (6/4)
Predictive Policing Strategies for Children Face Pushback
Washington College of Law Professor Andrew Ferguson spoke to NBC News about predictive policing strategies targeted at youths. Ferguson said, “It is really, as someone who has studied this, it is jaw-droppingly bad in all aspects.” (6/6)
With Cyberattacks on the Rise, What's Metro Doing to Protect Service, Rider Information?
Kogod School of Business Professor Ayman Omar spoke to WJLA about the recent rise of cyberattacks. Omar said, “Two-thirds of the breaches happen through a third party.” Gary Corn, professor in the Washington College of Law, discussed the Colonial pipeline attack with USA Today. (6/4, 6/8)
Biden Heads to Europe to Meet with Allies, Putin in First International Trip
Garrett Martin, co-director of the Transatlantic Policy Center, was quoted in a Sinclair Broadcast Group story about President Biden's first international trip ahead of the NATO, G-7 and EU summits and his meeting with Russia's President Vladimir Putin. Martin said, “From the European perspective, what guarantee do they have that Trump isn't going to come back in four or eight years?” Martin also spoke with CNN. (6/8)
Haiti Police Have Become Targets of Gang Violence as OAS Mission Heads to Country
Fulton Armstrong, senior faculty fellow in the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, spoke to the Miami Herald about gang violence against Haitian police. Armstrong said, “Attacks on police stations are emblematic of the depth of the mess – a direct challenge to all authority.” (6/8)
How the National Test-Optional Experiment Played Out at U.S. Colleges
Andrea Felder, assistant vice provost for undergraduate admissions, spoke to Higher Education Dive about the trend of making standardized test scores optional for college applications, and American's test-optional policy. Felder said, “There's a belief that you just need a test score to be competitive. But we want to break that thinking.” (6/9)

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