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AU Newsmakers 8.6-8.13, 2021
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LGBTQ Teens Face Added Stress and Discrimination, Study Finds
Ethan Mereish, associate professor of health studies, spoke to WTOP-FM about his research on the effects of discrimination on LGBTQ youth. Mereish said, “Those stressors are, over time, internalized, and have toxic effects on one's mental health, on one's self-esteem and on one's body image.” (8/9)

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The 'Other CRT' – Culturally Responsive Teaching – Can Truly Make a Difference
School of Education Dean Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy wrote an article for The Hill about the importance of culturally responsive teaching. Holcomb-McCoy wrote, “Culturally responsive teaching practices have enhanced the social, emotional and academic development of all students.” (8/7)

The Case for a College Exit Exam
Seth Gershenson, associate professor of public affairs, spoke to The Wall Street Journal about assessing the skills of college graduates. (8/11)
Tiny Mauritius Learns the Limits of Biden's Invocation of the International 'Rules-Based Order'
Professor of Anthropology David Vine spoke to The Washington Post about the U.K.-Mauritius argument over the sovereignty of the Chagos Archipelago. Vine said, “The answer is power, and ongoing forms of colonialism in the 21st century.” (8/8)
How the Pandemic Now Ends
Washington College of Law Professor Lindsay Wiley spoke to The Atlantic about mask mandates and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (8/12)
Like Father, Like Son: When Fascism Becomes Family
Brian Hughes, associate director of the Polarization and Extremism Research Innovation Lab, spoke to Mel Magazine about the mainstreaming of extremist ideas. Hughes said, “It's moved out of the subcultural space and into spaces where different generations mix.” (8/10)
The IPCC Report Is a Call to Action on Carbon Removal
Simon Nicholson, co-director of the Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy, spoke to Quartz about the results of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. Nicholson said, “Doing the work today to sort out how to responsibly and sustainably remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere is now essential.” Paul Bledsoe, adjunct professorial lecturer in the Center for Environmental Policy, spoke to E&E news about the IPCC report. (8/9)
Progressives Connect with a Solid 'Left' After Getting Knocked Down
Allan Lichtman, distinguished professor of history, spoke to Fox News about ideological differences within the Democratic Party. Lichtman said, “Democrats have had a messaging problem for a very long time.” (8/7)
Parents Face Difficult Decision About In-Person Learning as COVID-19 Cases Rise
Jennifer Steele, associate professor in the School of Education, spoke to NBC4 about parental concerns about the return to in-person schooling. Steele said, “I would just encourage parents to ask teachers, do they feel that these mitigation procedures are being followed as described.” (8/6)

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