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AU Newsmakers 7.30-8.6, 2021
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Student Performance in Remote Learning, Explored (Imperfectly)
Inside Higher Ed featured research co-conducted by Erdal Tekin, professor of public affairs, that looked at student performance in online learning. (8/6)

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Does a Trump Endorsement Make a Difference? Yes, But Not the Way a Candidate Hopes It Will
Andrew Ballard, assistant professor of public affairs, and Michael Helestine, Ph.D. candidate in the School of Public Affairs, co-wrote an article for The Conversation about the negative impact a Trump endorsement can have on a candidate's success. They wrote, “Ultimately, Trump's endorsement was more detrimental than helpful.” (8/3)

Is It Legal to Mandate Covid Vaccines? In Many Circumstances, Yes
Washinton College of Law Professor Lindsay Wiley spoke to CNN about the legality of vaccine mandates. Wiley said, “I think there is room for employers and government agencies to go further than they are with these soft mandates.” Wiley discussed the evolving COVID-19 situation with The Hill, Bloomberg BNN and Bloomberg Law. (8/2, 8/4, 7/30)
Latin America's Resurgent Left and Caribbean Spurn U.S. Policy on Cuba
Professor of Government William LeoGrande spoke to Reuters about the Caribbean's perception of America's Cuba policy. LeoGrande said that the OAS has “adopted a strident partisan stance totally aligned with U.S. policy.” (8/2)
Is Soft-Serve Healthier Than Ice Cream? Chemistry Debunks a Common Myth
Matt Hartings, associate professor of chemistry, spoke to Inverse about the chemistry of ice cream, and its different variations. (7/31)
White House Voices Frustrations Over Pandemic Media Coverage
Professor of Communication Jane Hall spoke to The Hill about media coverage of the new Delta variant. Hall said, “So to put in context and say the people are are getting ill are the people who are unvaccinated, I think, is what the White House is trying to get out there as the message.” (8/4)
Health Video Games Could Change How We Treat Patients – But Doctors Still Need to be Convinced
Kelli Dunlap, adjunct instructor of communication, spoke to Business Insider about the benefits video games have for medical treatment. Dunlap said, “Games offer us multiple, infinite opportunities to try something and try it again and then get feedback and try it again and get feedback.” (8/4)
A Promising Past?
Jim Goldgeier, professor in the School of International Service, appeared on the War on the Rocks ‘Horns of a Dilemma' podcast to discuss NATO-Russia relations between 1991 and 1993. (7/30)

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