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AU in the Media: 6/19/09

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Nursing Better Academic Capabilities

Joseph Sabia, a professor of public administration and policy, released a new study coauthored with Daniel Rees from the University of Colorado Denver that links breastfeeding to better academic performance and a greater likelihood of attending college. The research, published in the Journal of Human Capital, was based on a sampling of 126 children from 59 families, comparing breastfed children to their formula-fed siblings. “The results of our study suggest that the cognitive and health benefits of breastfeeding may lead to important long-run educational benefits for children,” Sabia said. “But this is just a start. Much work remains to be done to establish a definitive causal link.” This story was picked up by more than 195 news outlets, including Reuters, Inside HigherEd,,,, New York Daily News, Health Daily News and local TV stations WTTG-Fox 5, WUSA-CBS 9, and WRC-NBC 4. (6/15/09)

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In national and trade print outlets, AU's School of Communication was cited for being a communications leader and for creating a new partnership. Not to be outdone, an alum won a student Academy Award.

Bringing Their Work to a Wider Audience

The School of Communication’s Investigative Reporting Workshop was featured in a New York Times article about its arrangement to have its work distributed by the Associated Press. Starting in July, content from the Workshop and three other investigative journalism nonprofits will be distributed to the more than 1,000 newspapers with Associated Press membership. The Workshop is the only university-based project selected for the arrangement. This story was picked up by 10 news outlets, including the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, the Gainsville Times, and Jim Romanesko's Poynter Online column.

New Source for New Journalism

The School of Communication was featured in the PBS’s MediaShift blog for its journalism and media research centers including the Center for Social Media, the Investigative Reporting Workshop, and J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism. “We share a social mission. We can imagine a communications environment that supports a vigorous and inclusive public culture,” said School of Communication dean Larry Kirkman. “We are anticipating and helping to shape it through educating the next generation of media professionals, innovative production that demonstrates what's possible and communication research that informs and validates our work.” This story, which featured video interviews with Patricia Aufderheide, Jan Schaffer, Chuck Lewis, Amy Eisman, and Larry Kirkman, was picked up by  Jim Romanesko’s Poynter Online column. (6/18/09)

Motion Picture Honors

Lauren DeAngelis (SOC/MA '08) became the second, consecutive AU graduate to win a student Oscar in documentary film at the 36th annual Student Academy Awards, hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. DeAngelis won a bronze award for her thesis film, "A Place to Land," which tells the story of homeless parrots kept in captivity. Her achievement was mentioned in more than 70 news outlets, including the Hollywood Reporter, Chicago Tribune, and the Boston Globe. (6/14/09)

Faculty & Quotes

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

Overstepping Their Boundaries?

Heather Elms, a professor of international business, was quoted in an online BusinessWeek story focused on the growing concern surrounding the federal government’s hand in aiding several industries through their financial crises. “To some extent, the crises at these companies are evidence that they weren't doing a very good job, so you have all these stakeholders stepping in and saying no, this is how you do it,” she said. “Now the government is saying we want some strings attached to that, and the managers are saying we don't want you to mess around with our discretion. There's an inevitability that things aren't going to work out exactly the way they were intended. People tend to ascribe great powers of thought and reasoning to executives and politicians, but they're exploring here, they're experimenting, and none of them knows exactly what to do.” This story was featured as one of BusinessWeek’s top Web stories, was summarized in BusinessWeek Magazine,and was picked up by (6/12/09)

Obama’s International Influence

Robert Pastor, a professor of international relations, was quoted in a Los Angeles Times story about President Obama’s impact on Muslim relations with the United States following his recent visit to the Middle East. "When you realize how quickly Obama has repositioned the United States, you have to say he has a fighting chance of making peace in the Middle East," Pastor said. "Everybody in the region is waiting for Obama's next move, and it's coming. . . . The United States is going to be right there, listening to all sides, drafting papers, helping to bridge differences." (6/12/09)

Crackdown in Prince William County

Alan Kraut, a professor of history, was quoted in a Washington Examiner story about a new immigration enforcement program in Prince William County, VA, which will allow authorities to better identify illegal immigrants. “It’s obviously a good thing if you get drug dealers and you get violent criminals [with the program],” he said. “It’s just a question of how it’s enforced … and that’s why it has to be watched and scrutinized carefully.” (6/16/09)