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AU in the Media: 10/16/09

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B-School Boom

The Kogod School of Business was featured in a Washington Business Journal story about increased enrollment in graduate programs at D.C.-area business schools due to the recession. Lawrence Ward, Kogod’s associate dean for academic programs, noted that Kogod’s graduate degree programs go beyond the MBA. “If someone really wants to go into finance, perhaps an MBA isn't the right vehicle, but a master's of science in finance gives them greater expertise,” he said, pointing to the importance of business schools to help students find the right fit—something Kogod takes to heart. “The Kogod School isn't an MBA factory. Students don't come here to be minted and head back to the working world. It's a small intimate place where leaders can emerge.” (10/16/09)

Other Features

Do Youth Still Love Obama?

David Gregory, host of NBC’s Meet the Press and AU alum, was among the guests described in a Politico article as “D.C.’s media elite” for The American Forum, a coproduction of the School of Communication and WAMU 88.5. Moderated by professor Jane Hall, ,the discussion focused on how young people view President Obama one year after helping him take the White House.  “There’s a lot of faith in Obama, but there’s not a lot of faith in the federal government,” Gregory said. “Campaigns work. Campaigns are highly efficient. Federal governments are not. What you have here is faith in a leader and less faith or support in his policies.”  The forum was broadcast on WAMU 88.5, featured in a MediaBistro/FishBowl DC post, and was a hot topic for AU and other students on Facebook and Twitter. (10/13/09)

The Dalai Lama comes to American University

The Dalai Lama wrapped up his five-day visit to the United States at American University. More than 4,000 people filled Bender Arena to witness His Holiness’s Buddhist teaching. WRC-NBC 4, the Washington Times, and the popular news media and politics blog MediaBistro/Fishbowl DC covered the event. “To build religious harmony, we must know different traditions and their concepts, and through that, we can develop respect, which is the foundation for harmony,” the spiritual leader told the audience. “All people in this room should know (about other religions), so we can develop respect for all traditions.”(10/10/09)

A World of Experience through Nutrition

Jennifer Yezek told the Washington Post Express how American University helped her get the career she always wanted. Yezek, who earned certificate in health promotion management at AU’s School of Education, Teaching and Health, discussed how her studies allowed her to go from a pharmaceuticals job in a New Jersey lab to starting her career in health and nutrition in the exotic Marshall Islands. “I wanted to be outside and interacting with people to make a difference,” Yezek said of her decision to change career paths.  And make a difference she will, especially when she returns to the states, says Anastasia Snelling, associate dean of the health promotion program. “Six out of the 10 of the leading causes of death in America have their basis in nutrition,” Snelling said.  (10/12/09)

OpEds and Editorials

Orbital Threat

Kenneth Anderson, professor of law, discussed the threat of space weapons in an opinion piece he co-wrote for  The article came on the heels of NASA purposefully crashing aircraft into the moon. “The concern is understandable; no military in the world is as dependent upon satellite communication as the U.S,” he wrote. “A diplomatic agreement among the leading nations is not an easy thing; one wishes the Obama administration well. But dealing with the rogue states who might gain the technology but will not be moved by treaties is probably more important--and certainly more difficult.”(10/13/09)

Service Charge for Twitter?

Twitter would see an increase in improved service if it enforced a usage fee, Phil Shapiro, professor of education, wrote in an opinion piece for “When new Web companies start up, the most attractive business model is to offer the service for free so the public can gain a quick understanding of the company's value proposition,” he wrote. “Sometimes free becomes too expensive. Twitter should move to a modest-annual-fee basis. Doing so would immeasurably improve the service.” (10/14/09)

Faculty and Quotes

Does Obama Deserve the Nobel Peace Prize?

Allan Lichtman, professor of history, explored the impact of President Obama’s winning the Nobel Peace Prize during a MSNBC segment. “I think they are trying, obviously, to nudge and encourage the president to continue pursuing that kind of approach to the world and hoping that over the next three years there will be more solid and tangible accomplishments in promoting world peace and perhaps dealing with the challenge of climate change,” he said. (10/10/09)

Madoff Victims vs. the SEC

Paul Figley, professor of law, told Bloomberg News that a lawsuit filed by two victims of Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff against the Securities Exchange Commission is not likely to succeed. “There have been a lot of tort suits that have been filed against the government over the years that have succeeded, but none that had to do with the government failing to catch and prosecute a criminal,” he said. (10/14/09)

Timing and Tech Transfer

“The time between a researcher's discovery and being product-ready for commercialization is, at times, referred to as the ‘valley of death,’” Rosemary Wander, vice provost for graduate studies and research,  advised on technology transfer – the commercialization of university research and development-- for the Washington Business Journal’s Sources Say.  “To help move research from concept to reality, states and businesses should provide competitive funds and technical resources,” she said. (10/16/09)