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AU in the Media: 9/04/09

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Campus H1N1 Prevention Plan

In case a significant number of students and faculty are infected by the H1N1 virus, American University has taken a unique approach to planning for the continuation of classes by preparing teachers to implement distance learning techniques. Bill DeLone, director of the Center for Teaching, Research and Learning discussed with WRC-NBC 4 how AU is training faculty to be able to teach in this environment. “If a university has to close or any classes are struggling because some of the students are not able to attend, we can keep classes going, we can keep the learning going,” he said. Professor Delone was also interviewed by WMAL Radio on this same topic. (9/2/09)

Other Features

Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle

American University alum and Fox News Channel anchor Alisyn Camerota showed her school spirit during a College Colors Day segment of Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends. Camerota donned a red American University T-shirt and drank from an AU mug. During one particular segment where Camerota and her co-anchors talked about their alma maters, Camerota proudly chimed in, “we’re about education, not attending football games.”

An Ethical Dilemma

CNN's American Morning contacted John Watson, associate professor of journalism, for a television news segment about the validity of research papers that students buy online. Watson provided an assessment of a 3-page journalism ethics paper, which he graded an “F” for lack of coherency and organization for a college assignment, saying, “There is no reference to any specific journalism code of ethics – that should be integral to this essay.” (9/4/09)

A Shift in Immigration

In the wake of Senator Kennedy’s death, Alan Kraut, professor of history, appeared in a television news segment for PBS’ Newshour with Jim Lehrer , which focused on one of Kennedy’s policy platforms—  immigration changes. The program, watched by 2.7 million people nightly and 8 million weekly, is broadcast on more than 300 PBS stations nationwide. “When Lyndon Johnson signed the [immigration] bill at the base of the Statue of Liberty on October 3, 1965, he said that this bill was correcting a cruel and enduring wrong,” he said. “The origins of who’s coming into the United States as an immigrant has changed dramatically. Today it’s largely Southeast Asians, Latinos from Mexico, from Central America. It’s a much different immigration.” (8/28/09)

AU Experts on Healthcare

Health Care Backlash

Allan Lichtman, professor of history, was quoted in a Jewish Week article about the backlash surrounding President Obama’s health care reform plan and its effect on the Jewish community. “Some of what we’re seeing is being encouraged and orchestrated by the very same big interests that the protesters claim to be decrying, including the health insurance industry,” he said. “The Jewish community should be very concerned. Whenever hysteria and scapegoating seem to reign, Jews need to be on their guard, even when they are not specifically targets.” (8/31/09) (9/1/09)

Last-Ditch Effort

Dotty Lynch, professor of communication, was quoted in a WUSA-CBS 9 television news segment about President Obama’s upcoming address to a joint Congress session about his health care plan. "I think the Joint Session, will get a lot of publicity, give the president an opportunity to explain to the public why this is a good thing,” she said.  “Even his own base, Democratic constituents, aren't so sure right now, so this should work for him. If this doesn't work, if this doesn't galvanize the public and get the Democrats in Congress as well as some Republicans on board, it (health care reform legislation) is not going to work." (9/2/09)

Another Chance at Reform

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, was quoted in a Denver Post article about the Democrats’ plans to overhaul the health care reform plan when Congress returns for another session this fall, and the likelihood of its success. "They will go with an incremental approach," he said. "It's looking pretty bad for moving a bill forward." (9/2/09)

Faculty & Quotes

A Campus Safety Upgrade

American University’s Police Chief Michael McNair was quoted in the Washington Times about the university’s use of Rave Guardian, a technological system that allows students to alert campus police of emergencies from their cell phones. After speaking with officials from other area colleges, McNair said the university adopted the system, which provides more information for officers in the event of an emergency than a stationary emergency phone,. "It seemed to be a good fit for our campus,” he said. “Many go into D.C. for internships. It's nice to have a lifeline people can call.” (9/2/09)

Better Regulation for Banks

Robin Lumsdaine, professor of finance, was quoted in an American Banker story about a proposal from banking regulators, seeking to require that capital be held behind assets brought on to balance sheets in place on January 1, as part of a three-year phase-in period of the Federal Accounting Standards Board’s rule to put off-balance-sheet assets back onto the banks' books. "I can understand why they might want three years," she said. "Some firms could have difficulty making the necessary modifications, collecting the data and performing the computations in a timely fashion."(9/1/09)

Student Speech Opposition

Two decades after George H.W. Bush spoke directly to students in school, the nation is more polarized prompting the Obama Administration to take a different approach to a planned speech about education according to an article in the Dallas Morning News. In the article, Curtis Gans, director of the Center for the Study of the American Electorate, said "What we've got right now on the right is, they didn't get back into office and they're into a take-no-prisoners strategy."