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AU in the Media: 8/14/09

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Facebook First, Breakfast Later

Naomi Baron, a professor of linguistics, was quoted in a New York Times article about the impact of social media in everyday households as more users log onto the Internet at the start their day, which appeared on page A-1 of the paper’s New York edition and was picked up by more than 20 news outlets, including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, as well as Lifehacker, a prominent tech issues blog. Baron also participated in radio segments about the topic for 7 stations, including Wisconsin Public Radio, KSRO-AM in Sonoma County, California, and WJR-AM's Mitch Albom Show in Detroit. “It used to be you woke up, went to the bathroom, maybe brushed your teeth and picked up the newspaper,” she told the New York Times. “But what we do first now has changed dramatically. I’ll be the first to admit: the first thing I do is check my e-mail.” (8/9/09)

Other Features

Two exhibits at the American University Museum were featured among the Top 5 Things to Do in a Washington area Weekend Art Guide.

Artistic and Intellectual

The American University Museum was featured twice in this week’s Top 5 Things to Do in the Washington Examiner’s Arts Weekend Guide. The works of “Sipriz: The Haitian Sailing Project,” a display of a wooden sailboat of the same name that sailed to the United States from Haiti in March, and tells the story of a tedious and dangerous passage of refugees, was listed on the Top 5 Brain Food, and "Love, Let Me Count the Ways: Washington Print Club 20th Biennial," a collection of prints from American, European and Asian artists from the 16th century to present, was among the Top 5 Best Galleries. (8/13/09)

Faculty & Quotes

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

New School Journalism

Jan Schaffer, director of  J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism in the School of Communication, was quoted in a New York Times Magazine feature article about new-age journalism as more news outlets switch from print to electronic. Schaffer discussed the new newsroom terminology, referring to the “media ecosystem,” and different categorizations of journalists, such as “big-J journalists,” reporters at traditional news outlets, and “little-j journalists,” who are citizens that create their own news medium. ''News is a process, not a product,'' she said. (8/6/09)

Rise, Fall, Rise Again

Gerald Martin, a professor of finance, was quoted in a Bloomberg News article about billionaire Warren Buffet’s purchase of corporate debt and securities issued by foreign governments, in light of the largest decline of his stock spending in more than five years. “Some of the normal places he’s gotten the cash to invest are just getting killed in the recession,” he said. “So he’s locking in these guaranteed returns, moving from the volatility of stocks to a steady stream of income that, in some cases, is almost at the return you normally get from the stock market.” (8/10/09)

Better North American Relations

In an opinion piece for the Miami Herald, Robert Pastor, a professor of international relations, discussed the importance of President Obama’s North American summit in Mexico with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Felipe Calderón. “No two countries in the world are more important to the U.S. economy, security, and society than our two neighbors,” he wrote. “President Obama can make this summit more than just a photo-op by articulating a vision and making decisions that will bring our three countries together. The time is ripe for the most famous community organizer to organize a North American community.” (8/8/09)

Referendum on Health Care?

Allan Lichtman, a professor of history, was quoted in a article about Sen. Arlen Specter’s idea of a national referendum on health care reform "I don't know of any national referendum the United States has ever had," he said, adding that states could hold their own referendums, though it would be “very difficult at best," and "quite expensive in the middle of a recession." (8/11/09)