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International

Coronavirus: The Numbers Behind the Inequities

A Q&A with SIS professor Rachel Robinson on the numbers that prove that the novel coronavirus is affecting Black, Latinx, and American Indian populations at a disproportionate rate.

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Michelle Mays.

International

SIS Alumna Coordinates Doctors Without Borders’ COVID-19 Response in NYC

Over the past 12 years, Michelle Mays (SIS/MA '08) has worked around the world with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). But her latest placement is much closer to home—coordinating MSF’s COVID-19 response in New York City.

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Research

Scholars Partner with Communities to Identify and Solve Problems

AU's Community-Based Research Scholars (CBRS) work with communities to cultivate engagement, address issues and obstacles, conduct community-based participatory research, and help find real solutions.

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Nathan Favero

Research

Proposing Better Ways to Share Information on the Spread of COVID-19

SPA Assistant Professor Nathan Favero has developed a new model to make more valid comparisons about the prevalence of COVID-19 across states, or within a state over time.

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PERIL

Research

In the COVID-19 era, Parents Must Be Alert to Online Radicalization. A New Guide Can Help.

The guide from AU PERIL provides resources to help parents and caregivers.

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Research

Aquaculture’s Role in Nutrition in the COVID-19 Era

New paper from American University environmental science professor and global working group ponders four likely scenarios.

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Announcement

New Report Shows Dramatic Impacts of COVID-19 on Latino-Owned Businesses in the Washington, D.C. Area

New survey shows thirty percent of Latino business owners in D.C. metro area were forced to close or suspend operations due to COVID-19

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Coronavirus

In the Community

AU Public Health Scholars “Go Inside the Outbreak”

AU Public Health Scholars Director Melissa Hawkins designed this summer’s Emerging Issues in Public Health Seminar class to focus solely on the pandemic—even as events were unfolding in real time.

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AU Forward

Announcement

AU Forward: American University Announces Operating Plan for Fall Semester

AU's comprehensive plan for fall 2020 features extensive health and safety protocols and a residential campus experience, with a blend of in-person/online and purely online classes.

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Communications

Max Brooks Uses Storytelling to Prepare Us for Disaster

Popular author Max Brooks discusses communication, adaptation, survival and his latest book.

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International

How Have Brazil and Bolsonaro Responded to the Coronavirus?

A Q&A with SIS professor Agustina Giraudy about the response of Brazil and its president, Jair Bolsonaro, to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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Mathematics

AU Math-Stat Students Dive into Pandemic Modeling

When pandemic struck this spring, Mike Limarzi spotted a once-in-a-lifetime teaching opportunity: to teach students how pandemic models work, using a simplified version of what epidemiologists are currently using to predict the spread of COVID-19.

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Alumni

A Taste for Entrepreneurship: KSB Alum Ensures Local Food Access in Pandemic

Mitch Berliner, Kogod/BS ’70, a Maryland Food Industry Hall of Fame inductee, has forged an innovative career at the forefront of the food industry. His businesses have undergone tremendous changes to meet the challenges of COVID-19.

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Research

Study Looks at Attitudes Toward Social Distancing in COVID-19 Pandemic

SPA Assistant Professor Nathan Favero's latest research project focuses on the factors that influence an individual’s willingness to social distance.

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Alumni

The Art of Helping Others: Alumna and MD First Lady Yumi Hogan Makes Creative Connections

Maryland’s first lady Yumi Hogan, CAS/MFA ’10, is a bridge-builder using the creative and empathetic thinking she developed at AU. Recently, she has been focusing her efforts on COVID-19 resources and recovery to keep Marylanders healthy and safe.

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International

Technology Solutions and Privacy Concerns during COVID-19

To learn more about the technology solutions and privacy concerns arising during the coronavirus pandemic, we spoke with the co-director of AU’s Internet Governance Lab, SIS professor Nanette Levinson.

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Arts

In the World of Art, History Repeats Itself

This spring, when Ximena Varela traveled to England to research the earliest instances of arts management in the Western World, the pandemic hit Europe, and Varela watched history repeat itself.

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Alumni

Student-Alumni Connections Go Virtual During COVID-19

As president of a political marketing company he founded while still at American University, a new dad, and now part of the Alumni Board, a typical day for Michael Worley, SPA/BA ’12, is never really typical.

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Alumni

Emergency Relief Fund Helps Students in the Face of COVID-19

Over the past few months, Eagles far and wide came together to assist students in navigating this unique set of circumstances. Right away, many members of the alumni community reached out to ask how they could help.

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Business

Redesigning Disaster Relief

Kogod professors Ayman Omar and Heather Elms explain why our current supply chain system needs an overhaul—and how blockchain could revolutionize decision-making and transparency in the COVID-19 crisis.

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Communications

Online Plagues, Protein Folding and Spotting Fake News: What Games Can Teach Us During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Games are powerful tools for learning and understanding complex situations, such as how diseases spread and even how to treat them.

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Communications

Take It from Pluto the Schnauzer: Comedy Will Help Us Through the Coronavirus Crisis

Professor Caty Borum Chattoo writes that comedy plays an important societal role when we are working through dire, complex social problems.

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Science

Going Remote: Interning in Health Advocacy During COVID-19

Having returned from a semester abroad, SPA student Julianne Kelleher hadn’t planned on securing an internship. When a staff member from the NACCHO visited her health policy class and said they needed one more intern—she knew it was too good to pass up.

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Research

Award to Study Impact of COVID-19 on Vulnerable Vendors in Africa

SPA Associate Professor Adrienne LeBas has received the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) award for a project to study the effects of COVID-19 on market vendors in Africa’s largest city, Lagos, Nigeria.

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Education

School of Education Offers Resources and Prioritizes Innovation During COVID-19

Teacher Appreciation Week 2020 kicked off on May 4, and while the annual celebration is decades old, this year is a bit different. Many people across the U.S. have come to value teachers in a new way because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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In the Community

Feeding India’s Poorest During COVID-19 Lockdown

When Hriyanka Nikhil Shah flew home to Mumbai for spring break and saw the suffering of the city’s poorest residents under the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown, she used her data science background to help.

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Business

The Stimulus - Is It Static or Will It Spark?

Kogod professor and managing director of the Kogod Tax Policy Center, Caroline Bruckner, breaks down the stimulus checks that many will receive, as well as the small business loans that are meant to support the economy.

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Arts

AU Museum at Home Engages Patrons Away from Campus

Under the initiative “AU Museum at Home,” the museum staff is finding new ways to engage the museum community.

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Achievements

SPA Students, Alums Support Communities During COVID-19 Crisis

members of the SPA community have stepped up to provide for local and national needs during the response to COVID-19.

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International

Can the Coronavirus Response Cause Lasting Environmental Progress?

A Q&A with SIS professor Simon Nicholson on the environmental impacts of stay-at-home orders during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Communications

For SOC Researchers, Working Remotely is Business as Usual

During Covid-19 social distancing, School of Communications scholars continue working and collaborating with colleagues at other institutions and around the world.

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