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AU in the Media: 8/07/09

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Kogod Cracks the Forbes Ranking

American University’s Kogod School of Business ranks 59 out of 75 schools in Forbes’s 2009 installment of its biennial “The Best Business Schools,” a ranking of the best graduate business programs in the United States. This marks the first time Kogod has made the ranking. Forbes has compiled and published the ranking every two years since 2001.“At Kogod, we believe in the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to business education,” said Richard M. Durand, dean of the Kogod School of Business about the ranking. “This ranking confirms that Kogod’s flexible programs and co-curricular activities have helped our graduates succeed in today’s complicated business environment.” “The Best Business Schools” will be in the August 24 issue of Forbes magazine. It was posted on August 5. Editors chose a photo of Kogod to promote the Best Business Schools ranking package on the homepage of the Forbes Web site.

Other Features

In three national news outlets, a favorable review of a book with numerous AU contributors, students learn the importance of ocean conservation and diversity, and a former Eagle discusses life after graduation as he begins a new chapter with the Harlem Globetrotters.

An Academic Approach to Politics

Roll Call favorably reviewed a book that is the collaboration of several politically-savvy AU faculty members. The latest edition of Campaigns and Elections American Style: Transforming American Politics, a book series focused on political campaign management, was edited by James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, and Candice Nelson, director of the Campaign Management Institute."There's a lot of academic books and others coming out about the 2008 campaign, but this one will have some shelf life because it gives at least two audiences some knowledge." Thurber said. The book boasts chapters written by several other members of the AU community: Dotty Lynch, executive in residence with the School of Communication; Leonard Steinhorn, a professor of public communication; Carol Whitney, co-program director of the Campaign Management Institute; David Winston, professor of communication; and AU alums David Dulio and Glen Bolger. (8/4/09)

Under the Sea

The School of Communication’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking was featured in a New America article about Ocean for Life, an ocean conservation field studies program in which high school students from around the world visit ocean sanctuaries in Florida and California. Guided by SOC film students, the program participants create multimedia projects about what they see and learn on location. The program breaks down cultural barriers as it builds ocean awareness. "Today you hear, 'Arabs and Muslims with westerners? No we don't get along,'" said SOC graduate student Lauren Demko."But there's an unheard side, and programs like this provide an opportunity for understanding." (8/5/09)

The Chase Continues

Derrick Mercer, starting point guard for the back-to-back Men's Basketball Patriot League Champions and recent audio technology graduate, was featured in a Washington Times article about being drafted by the Harlem Globetrotters and his post-graduation athletic career dreams. "I want to go overseas and make a name for myself, hopefully have a good year and maybe attract some NBA scouts," he said. "That's definitely the dream. It's been my dream since I was little, and I'm not gonna let up on it." Mercer will tryout for the Globetrotters August 11. (8/6/09)

Opinions & Editorials

In a large regional outlet, an AU professor discussed the option of apprenticeship to assist in a job-scarce economy.

The Apprentice

In his opinion piece for The State, South Carolina's largest newspaper, Robert Lerman, a professor of economics, said the country’s apprenticeship system is an effective solution to furthering education and imparting the training needed for better jobs. "Apprenticeship’s appeal is especially great in today’s cash-poor environment. Government costs—for marketing and oversight—are low, since employers pay most training costs," he wrote. "The skills learned are what the market demands, bolstering the worker’s career prospects. Unlike full-time students, apprentices get wages that increase with skills. And many apprentices earn credit toward a college degree, which still matters in many jobs that workers-in-training hope to land." (8/3/09)

Faculty & Quotes

And in other news, AU's community contributed to the discussion of political, national, and international issues:

History on the U.S. Supreme Court Bench

Two of AU’s faculty experts were featured on the Canadian Broadcasting Company, Canada's premiere broadcast television news network, and WTTG-Fox 5 about the historic confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina to be appointed to the United States Supreme Court. "If nothing else, the mere symbolism and the diversity that this appointment represents is important for the state of American politics," Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women and Politics Institute, told CBC anchor Harry Forestell during a four minute one-on-one in-studio interview. "But more than that, we saw nine Republicans cross party lines, and we hear about partisan wrangling all the time. This would’ve been an easy opportunity for several of those Republicans to vote with the party. Yet they opted to vote with the Democrats because they knew that on paper, Sonia Sotomayor was qualified." Stephen Wermiel, a law professor, told WTTG-Fox 5 during a packaged segment about how the confirmation hearing process should be re-examined in order to avoid unanswered questions. (8/6/09)

A Start to Better Relations?

Youngshik Bong, an assistant professor and chair of Korean studies, appeared in a WUSA-CBS 9 television news segment to discuss the release of two United States journalists from a North Korean prison negotiated by president Bill Clinton and Kim Jong Il and its affect on other countries. "You may generate false hope for the countries that are in a similar situation that the United States would make the country an exception to the general rule," he said. "There’s a sense of anxiety and regret in Seoul and Tokyo, that Kim Jong-Il will, from this time on, insist upon direct negotiation with Washington, D.C., while trying to further alienate Seoul and Tokyo from the negotiation table." (8/4/09)

Decreasing Diversity in the Newsroom

Angie Chuang, assistant professor of print journalism, was quoted in a TelevisionWeek article about the declining number of minority journalists as a result of job shortages brought on by the recession and the impact of Web 2.0 on mainstream news media. "Journalists of color are leaving the industry in disproportionate numbers, whether because of layoffs, buyouts or resignations," she said. "It may be a first-hired, last-fired layoff policy—or that younger journalists may feel more free to start second careers. But since many buyouts target older journalists, there may be a counterbalancing effect." (8/3/09)

Maintaining its Identity

Amitav Acharya, professor of international affairs, was quoted in a BusinessWorld article about the possibilities of Asian regional institutions becoming more rule-based in light of the economic crisis. "My argument is that regional institutions act as promoters of socialization," he said. "They don’t really make things happen on their own. They have not come to the stage of promoting problem solving or dispute settlement." (8/5/09)