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AU in the Media: 7/10/09

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Migranes and Grades

Joseph Sabia, a professor of public administration and policy, released a new research coauthored with Daniel Rees from the University of Colorado Denver that links migraines in high school students to more academic challenges and a decreased likelihood of attending college. The research was discussed in more than 20 news outlets, including the Sacramento Bee and the Denver Daily News. “We know that migraine headaches can profoundly impact quality of life. Our study offers evidence that they are an important obstacle to long-term academic success,” Sabia said. “Our results show that migraine sufferers have trouble attending school and have trouble concentrating on the days they do make it to school.” The research was presented at the 84th Annual Conference of the Western Economic Association International on July 2. (7/2/09)

More Features

In a national print outlet as well as its website, AU's university librarian discussed university gift donations, and a professor discussed the global reach and influence of iTunes U.

A Valuable Donation

Bill Mayer, university librarian, was featured in a Washington Times story about the acquisition of historical artifacts to colleges and universities."So much of this work is based in trust and relationships, and reputation," he said. "Some donors might have an existing connection to the university; either they went there or had some affinity for the institution." Thomas Minar, vice president of development and alumni relations, was also quoted in the news article. (7/8/09)

College Course 2.0

Patrick Thaddeus Jackson, a professor of international politics, was featured in a Washington Times story about the impact of iTunes U, a free online podcast of classroom lectures from colleges and universities nationwide. “If you're an academic, in terms of producing knowledge, what's better than having the knowledge that you produce be listened to?" he asked rhetorically. “People I don't know in Scotland can listen to my stuff, can contact me and tell me, ‘You know, the next time you talk about James I, you might want to know there’s this controversy about his religious affiliation ...’ That kind of accessibility is really quite interesting.” (7/6/09)

Faculty & Quotes

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

Show Us the Money

George Guess, co-director of the Center for Public Finance Research, was quoted in a BusinessWeek story about the $787 billion stimulus plan passed by Congress, and the current state of funding distribution. "There are real constraints—physical, legal, and then just the process of how fast you can commit funds," he said. "It's the way it works in a decentralized democracy, and that's what we're stuck with." This story was also picked up by and Yahoo!Biz. (7/7/09)

Let’s Make a Deal

Patrick Griffin, director of the Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute, commented about the need for lobbyists in politics during a nationally-broadcast segment on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. "It is always an asset to support the people that are supporting your point of view," he said. "I think the real point of contention is whether the money follows the votes or the votes follow the money." (7/9/09)

Terrorists and Tobacco

Sharon Melzer, a professor in the School of Public Affairs, was quoted in an online story for Miami New Times about the cigarette smuggling trade funding terrorism. "That case opened a lot of eyes to the links between cigarettes and terror groups," said Melzer about the 2002 conviction of a pair of Lebanese-American brothers who raised nearly $8 million for Hezbollah by exploiting differences in tobacco taxes between North Carolina (where they lived) and Michigan (where they sold cigarettes). "It's extraordinarily difficult to prove those links. That's why we've really only seen one successful prosecution under that law," Melzer added, referencing a current case in Miami involving ties to the Irish Republican Army. (7/2/09)

A Change in the Political Air

Arturo Porzecanski, a professor of international finance, was quoted in a McClatchy Newspapers story about the political conflict and obstacles affecting Latin America’s populist governments. "Populism is running out of gas in Latin America, and it's beginning to show," he said. This story was picked up by more than 30 news outlets, including the Miami Herald, Charlotte Observer, and the Modesto Bee. (7/3/09)