University Communications wrote and distributed a press release/web news story about AU’s Center for Behavioral Neuroscience hosting its first research symposium, which focused on obesity and cognition in children and adolescents. Pitching efforts resulted in center director Terry Davidson appearing on WAMU’s The Kojo Nnamdi Show to discuss his research on obesity and cognition. Davidson spoke about the evidence he and other researchers are amassing about brain changes, noting that by identifying troubles in early life, researchers hope to prevent more serious cognitive dysfunction leading to Alzheimer’s Disease and other late-life dementias.
Research: Troops Who Kill in Combat Less Likely to Abuse Alcohol
University Communications wrote and distributed a press release/web news story about Kogod School of Business marketing professor Cristel Russell’s research that found soliders who kill during combat are less likely to abuse alcohol, most likely because they develop a higher sensitivity to mortality, increasing their tendency towards self-preservation. Pitching efforts resulted in coverage in Business Insider and Military Times, among other news outlets.
Event Coverage: Public Affairs & Advocacy Institute
University Communications pitched the School of Public Affairs 22nd semi-annual Public Affairs & Advocacy Institute (PAAI) to C-SPAN, resulting in more than 12 hours of combined C-SPAN programming. Coverage included the session during which American University President Neil Kerwin discussed the federal rulemaking process; the session during which professor James Thurber addressed ethics on Capitol Hill; and the session during which professor Patrick Griffin explored White House-Congressional relations.