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AU in the Media: 11/20/09

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Meditating to Better Health

David Haaga, professor of psychology, released a new study coauthored with the Maharishi University of Management that links Transcendental Meditation to lower hypertension and decreased anxiety in college students. The research was based on a sampling of 298 college students during a three-month period, comparing a group using the Transcendental Meditation technique to a group on wait-list control. The research was the top story of the morning on, the topic of a U.S. News and World Report feature, and a news segment feature on WAMU 88.5. (11/18/09)

Student & Program Features

Understanding Islam in America

Akbar Ahmed, professor of international affairs, was featured in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education about Journey into America, a project blending research, teaching, and service in which he and five AU students studied Muslims in America and the attitudes and perceptions of Americans regarding their Muslim neighbors. “Because my subject is Islam, because I am a Muslim, it makes my task even more urgent. I’m trying to create bridges of understanding, trying to create bridges of dialogue, on campus and off campus,” he said. (11/20/09)

Stating Their Argument in Moot Court

Washington College of Law’s Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project hosted the William H. Karchmer Fall Moot Court Competition for 65 area high school students to gain hands-on experience in Constitutional law. “The fact is a lot of high school kids love to argue, and we channel that aggressive energy into constitutional learning,” law professor Jamie B. Raskin, who founded the program ten years ago, told the Washington Post. (11/22/09)

College Life after a Tour of Duty

Six Iraq War veterans, also students at American University, shared their going back to school experiences with the Washington Examiner. After meeting through the AU chapter of Student Veterans of America, the group decided to share housing."Being in this house, I'm being with the people I connect with the most," said student Matthew Halbe. (11/23/09)

Colleges Offer the Berlin Wall Experience

The “Virtuelle Mauer/ReConstructing the Wall” exhibit, on display at the American University Museum, was featured in a Washington Times story as one of more than 24 exhibits at colleges and universities across the nation allowing students to experience the Berlin Wall. Sponsored by the German Embassy, the university exhibits are part of a series called Freedom Without Walls commemorating the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. (11/23/09)

Balancing School and Sports

AU freshmen and women’s basketball guard Geleisa George talked to the New York Daily News about how she has learned to balance academics and athletics. “Having the mandatory 10 hours of study hall as a freshman helps a lot with balancing my workload. It makes me realize that it's not impossible to be both a great athlete and a great student,” she said. (11/24/09)

Expert Quotes

Fort Hood Shooting Not an Act of Islam

Akbar Ahmed was also an in-studio guest on CNN’s Situation Room to discuss Fort Hood shooting suspect Major Malik Nidal Hasan with Wolf Blitzer. “I would say he is a prime example of extreme pressures on a Muslim living in the West where he simply collapses and goes berserk, because what he did, by any interpretation, was not a purely Islamic act,” he explained during the five-minute segment. “He was acting as a man who was on the rampage, who has just gone over the hill, over the brink.” (11/16/09)

Treatment of Terrorist Detainees

Law professor Steve Vladeck discussed the treatment of terrorist detainees in Iraq camps by the American military as a guest on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360. “I think we have to separate out the question of whether we're going to require any evidence to hold these detainees from just how much evidence. This has been a huge problem not just in Iraq but also with Guantanamo detainees,” he explained during the six-minute interview. (11/20/09)

A Low Rating for President Obama

Allan Lichtman, professor of history, talked about President Obama’s approval ratings during a four-minute interview with MSNBC. “Obama has fallen because, in part, of the expectations, as a result of Congress being so difficult to deal with and so divided, and the result of the fact that the partisan bitter divisions that marked the Bush years have not disappeared,” he said. (11/18/09)

Disapproval of the U.S. Embargo on Cuba

William LeoGrande, dean of the School of Public Affairs, discussed the United Nations’ denouncement of the U.S. embargo on Cuba in the Miami Herald. “The more time passes without the Obama administration doing something significantly different than [former President] George Bush did, the more hollow the promise of change for Cuba policy looks,” said LeoGrande. (11/16/09)

Upholding A Court Decision

Law professor Stephen Vladeck discussed the U.S. Supreme Court dismissing a lawsuit against the Washington Redskins for using a Native American mascot name in a segment for WTTG’s Fox 5 News Edge at 6.“The court did not express an opinion on the merits of the lawsuit, did not even express an opinion on the merits of the ruling being challenged, just said it is not going to review it,” he said. (11/16/09)

A Growing Islam Movement in Asia

Amitav Acharya, chair of the ASEAN Studies Centre, appeared in a television news segment for Al Jazeera English’s Riz Khan Show about the growing Islam movement throughout Southeast Asia. “I find Southeast Asian Islam more moderate,” he said. “Even though things are changing now, you see some influences coming from the Middle East, there is some amount of radical Islam, but it’s a far cry from the wave of Islamic fundamentalism.” (11/19/09)