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AU in the Media: 5/22/09

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Best Government Jobs

A recent study by the Partnership for Public Service and American University’s Institute for the Study of Public Policy Implementation was featured in an Associated Press story about its report on the best federal government agencies for employment. "The whole idea of employee engagement is to make the workplace more productive," said Robert Tobias, director of the Institute for the Study of Public Policy Implementation. “These rankings provide an incentive for agencies to focus on their employees, they give a roadmap for improvement, and they help Congress fulfill their oversight responsibilities." The study was featured in more than 20 news outlets, including the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal blog, and the Houston Chronicle. (5/20/09)

Other Features

In national and international news outlets, the AU community discussed the Clinton administration and the U.S. military base on the island of Diego Garcia

The War Room Remembered

The School of Communication, in conjunction with the Newseum, screened The War Room, a documentary about the 1992 presidential campaign of Bill Clinton. The screening and a panel discussion, part of the Reel Journalism with Nick Clooney Film Series, was moderated by Clooney and featured guests George Stephanopoulos, Dee Dee Myers, and Paul Begala. A Politico story focused on the panelists' retrospective views on the Clinton administration, including the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal. (5/19/09)

Island Controversy

David Vine, a professor of anthropology, was a guest on CBC Radio’s Dispatches to discuss his new book, Island of Shame, which takes a look at the plight of former residents of Diego Garcia, part of the Chagos Islands that was emptied to make way for a United States military base. “When I first heard about the story, I felt ashamed that my government had done this and that I didn’t know anything about it,” he said. “Part of what the book explains is how the United States has, since World War I, become a new kind of empire, one that relies less on colonies and more on its worldwide collection of military bases. It’s long past time that people in the United States and around the world look at how these bases are not ensuring global security but generally destabilizing.” (5/17/09)


Faculty & Quotes

And in other news, AU's community contributed to the national discussion on politics, global, and other issues:

At the Political Center

James Thurber, a political scientist, was quoted in an Associated Press story about President Obama’s middle-ground stance on national security and domestic policy, and the skepticism from critics on both sides. “Most presidents do that once they start governing,” Thurber said about the irritation among lawmakers caused by Obama’s position. “Otherwise, you don't get much done.” This story was picked up by more than 25 news outlets. (5/19/09)

An Uncertain Stock Market

Gerald Martin, a finance professor, was quoted in a Bloomberg News story about Warren Buffet’s scaling back on stock purchases after a decline in cash holdings.“He’s hedging in the right way,” he said. “He’s buying these things in a period of uncertainty and locking in the return until the stocks recover.” (5/19/09)

Why the Poor Pay More

Bradley R. Schiller, a professor emeritus of economics, was quoted in a Washington Post story about the state of the nation’s poor and businesses in poor areas. "First, they are probably paying more on goods because they don't get the low wholesale price that bigger stores get," he said. "The real estate is higher. The fact that volume is low means fewer sales per worker. They make fewer dollars of revenue per square foot of space. They don't end up making more money. Every corner grocery store wishes they had profits their customers think they have." (5/18/09)

Gearing Up for Financial Independence

In an opinion piece for the Baltimore Sun, Andrew Yarrow, a professor of government, discussed the importance of preparation for both past and future generations when handling the federal debt. “Intergenerational equity debates usually leave out the concept of intergenerational interdependence,” he said. “Instead of just talking cuts - which some think need to be made - we also should talk about investing in children and young people.” (5/20/09)

The History of Historians

James M. Banner Jr., historian-in-residence, was quoted in an Inside HigherEd story about the history behind historians, and how they obtained the title. “Members of our generation of historians were people unshackled from the economic necessities of the previous, World War II generation,” he said. “They were of more diverse origins. Their world seemed to be filled with uncertainty and implacable demands for justice and equality.” (5/18/09)