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Navigating Vaccine Requirements for International Students
Edythe-Anne Cook, associate director for administrative services at the Student Health Center, spoke to Inside Higher Ed about the upcoming academic year and how universities are navigating vaccination status for international students. (7/6)
Q&A: Writer Melissa Scholes Young on New Novel, 'The Hive'
Melissa Scholes-Young, associate professor of literature, spoke to The Daily Yonder for a Q-and-A about her new novel. She also appeared on WAMU-FM's The 1A to discuss the phenomenon of “doomsday prepping” and her experience in a survivalist training camp while researching for her novel, “The Hive.” (6/25, 6/30)

The 'Double Closet': Why Some Bisexual People Struggle with Mental Health
Associate Professor of Health Studies Ethan Mereish spoke to The New York Times about the mental health struggles bisexual people face due to discrimination within and beyond the LGBTQ+ community. (6/30)
Far Right Extremist Finds an Ally in an Arizona Congressman
Kurt Braddock, assistant professor of communication, spoke to The New York Times about the acceptance of far-right groups by Republican leaders. Braddock said, “The politicians get the support of the far-right groups that are emerging and are becoming more visible.” Brian Hughes, associate director at the Polarization and Extremism Research & Innovation Lab, spoke to The Washington Post about the similarities between extremist rhetoric and anti-vaccine messaging. PERIL Director Cynthia Miller-Idriss spoke to PBS Newshour about how teaching people to recognize extremist propaganda can fight America's domestic terrorism crisis. Miller-Idriss also spoke to the New York Times and the Chronicle of Higher Ed. (7/5, 6/25, 6/28, 6/29, 6/30)
New Cuba Policy on Hold While Biden Deals with Bigger Problems
William LeoGrande, professor of public affairs, spoke to The Washington Post about President Biden's Cuba policy. LeoGrande said, “They listened to what Biden said during the campaign and expected, like a lot of people, pretty quick action on some basic things.” LeoGrande also wrote an article for The Hill. (6/27, 6/28)
Why Do We Celebrate Independence Day on July 4? And When Did Fireworks Become a Tradition?
Associate Professor of History Kate Haulman spoke to USA Today about America's Fourth of July traditions. Haulman said that the traditions are “a continuation of earlier kinds of political culture but made American.” Haulman's quote also appeared in the Wall Street Journal. (6/29, 7/3)
Security Robots Expand Across U.S., With Few Tangible Results
Washington College of Law Professor Andrew Ferguson spoke to NBC News about the prevalence of security robots. Ferguson said that the robots are an “expensive version of security theater.” (6/27)
Biden Seeks to Turn Debacle in Afghanistan to Victory at Home
Gordon Adams, professor in the School of International Service, spoke to AFP about President Biden's decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. Adams said, “I do not think there is personal risk to Biden. Afghanistan is not a popular war.” (7/6)
Jill Biden's Travels Show a Range of Missions and Emotions
Anita McBride, executive-in-residence at the School of Public Affairs, spoke to the Associated Press about the work First Lady Jill Biden has undertaken in support of President Biden's agenda. McBride said, “It's a balance for presidents to do both and a huge asset when the first lady can help.” McBride also spoke to Good Morning America about the First Lady's Vogue cover. (7/3, 6/29)
'Education Systems Face Formidable Risks'
Ayman Omar, associate professor at the Kogod School of Business, spoke to WUSA9 about the risk cybercrimes pose for schools and universities. (6/25)
The Pandemic and Employment: An Available Chair for Graduates
Associate Professor of Public Affairs Bradley Hardy spoke to U.S. News & World Report about the pandemic's impact on careers for young graduates. Hardy said that the disruptions of the last year can be challenging for young professionals to navigate. (7/8)
The Economic Toll of Having Your Criminal Record in the News
Associate Professor of Communication John Watson spoke to Marketplace about a change in journalistic practice, where people charged with minor crimes will no longer be identified by name in news reports. (7/6)

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