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CAS Proposes New Course in Biology
CAS proposes a new course: BIO-399. The proposal for this new course is available for public review and we welcome your comments or questions. Please visit the link below to read the full details. This proposal will be available for review until June 2.

Sponsor: CAS Office of the Dean

Contact: Kelsi Schagunn, schagunn@american.edu, 2028852446

Web: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B9Wx_6nUDmJYNWc0RVVSSEN1WVU

Dissertation Defense by Daniel Kuehn
Doctoral Candidate Daniel Kuehn will defend his dissertation, "Three Essays on Connecting to Work" on June 1st in Kreeger 100 at 8:15 a.m. The public is invited to attend.

Sponsor: Department of Economics

Contact: Department of Economics, econ@american.edu, 2028853770

Dissertation Defense by Zeynep Elif Aksoy
Economics doctoral candidate Zeynep Elif Aksoy will defend her dissertation, "Three Essays on Research & Development, Patent Rights, and Licensing: Evidence from International Firm-Level Data" on June 1st at 11:00 a.m. in Kreeger 100. The public is invited to attend.

Sponsor: Department of Economics

Contact: Department of Economics, econ@american.edu, 2028853770

June 1, 10 am, Jennifer Wiseman, Hubble's Greatest Discoveries, Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Center
Dr. Wiseman will highlight the Hubble Space Telescope’s greatest achievements over the past 25 years, from tracking the solar system's dynamics to detecting the universe's most distant galaxies. The telescope helps scientists explore dark energy and dark matter, as well as analyze the atmospheres of planets beyond our solar system. It is an icon of human cooperation for scientific exploration, involving the support of scientists, engineers, astronauts, government leaders, and the public around the world. Jennifer Wiseman is NASA’s Senior Project Scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope.

Sponsor: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Contact: Mary Fran Miklitsch, maryfran@american.edu, 2028954860

Web: https://www.olli-dc.org/lecture_series

June 2, 10 am, Evan Thomas discsusses Being Nixon, Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Center
Being Nixon gets past the stereotypes and tropes about Richard Nixon to understand what it was like to be Nixon. Noted presidential biographer Evan Thomas attempts to be empathetic without glossing over Nixon’s many real flaws. In his book, he looks closely at Nixon as a family man and explores the mystery of how someone who was almost pathologically shy at times became one of the most successful politicians and statesmen of the 20th century.

Sponsor: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Contact: Mary Fran Miklitsch, maryfran@american.edu, 2028954860

Web: https://www.olli-dc.org/lecture_series

May 31, 10am, Interview with Martin Baron by Judy Havemann, Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Center
Martin Baron, hero of the Oscar-winning "Spotlight," is now executive editor of the Washington Post. Baron directs coverage of Washington, the nation, and the world in a brutal business environment of competition and change. On his watch, Baron has welcomed home a reporter extracted from an infamous Iranian prison and added three Pulitzer prizes to his previous seven. He has been called the best editor in America. His managing perspective includes this warning: adapt or fail.

Sponsor: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Contact: Mary Fran Miklitsch, maryfran@american.edu, 2028954860

Web: https://www.olli-dc.org/lecture_series

Academics » School of Communication

Dissertation Defense: Cultural Cognition, Public Opinion, & Media Polarization in the U.S. Climat
Please join the School of Communication community for the opportunity to watch PhD candidate Todd Newman defend his dissertation titled Cultural Cognition, Public Opinion, and Media Polarization in the U.S. Climate Change Debate at 3PM in McKinley 303

Sponsor: School of Communication

Contact: Nicole Cusick, ncusick@american.edu, 2028853175

Significant Change to the MA in Interactive Journalism
The School of Communication has posted a Significant Change for the MA in Interactive Journalism. Please direct feedback to Dean Rose Ann Robertson. We will be accepting feedback on this proposal through .

Sponsor: School of Communication

Contact: Laura BonDurant, bonduran@american.edu, 2028852054

Web: https://cms.american.edu/soc/journalism/degrees/MA-ITRJ.cfm

Academics » School of Professional and Extended Studies

New Course Proposal: SPEX-125
The School of Professional & Extended Studies (SPExS) has posted a new course proposal for the Washington Mentorship Program at https://cms.american.edu/spexs/upload/SPEXS-125-College-Inquiry-Proposal-Composite-5-24-16.pdf. Please direct feedback to Senior Associate Dean Diane Lowenthal by June 1.

Sponsor: Washington Mentorship Program

Contact: Diane Lowenthal, dlowent@american.edu, 2028954915

Web: https://cms.american.edu/spexs/upload/SPEXS-125-College-Inquiry-Proposal-Composite-5-24-16.pdf

Academics » School of Public Affairs

New Course Proposal - GOVT 337: Authoritarianism in the Modern Era
Comments can be submitted to Saul Newman, snewman@american.edu, or Susan Glover, glover@american.edu, by June 7, 2016. You can review the course proposal at the following link: http://www.american.edu/spa/resources/proposals/upload/vwe457u.pdf

Sponsor: SPA Office of the Dean

Contact: Saul Newman, snewman@american.edu

Web: http://www.american.edu/spa/resources/proposals/upload/vwe457u.pdf

Academics » Washington College of Law

SJD Dissertation Defense: Chen-Hung Chang
The SJD Program invites the AU Community to observe
Chen-Hung Chang defend his dissertation entitled:
“New Technology, New Privacy: Facing Information Privacy Challenges in an Age of Emerging Information Technology.”

Sponsor: Law and Government Program

Contact: Diana Sawyer, dsawyer@wcl.american.edu, 2022744368

Communications » Call for Participants

Students needed for PAID ONLINE STUDY!
Current undergraduate students are needed for an online study regarding interpersonal relationships and emotional experiences. This study involves two 15-20 minute sessions, as well as contact with a close friend or significant other. Participants will be compensated with a $5 Amazon.com gift card for EACH session that they complete ($10 total). If interested, please contact Vicki Anagnostopoulos at va5637a@student.american.edu to see if you qualify!

Sponsor: Department of Psychology

Contact: Vicki Anagnostopoulos, va5637a@student.amerian.edu

Life@AU » Athletics & Recreation

Summer Group Exercise Classes at AU RecFit
We are offering a wide variety of classes this summer! Check out our new classes and old favorites: from Cycle and Zumba to Killer Kettlebell, Body Barre, and Strictly Strength. Classes run from May 16 to August 12.

We offer four pass options for the summer:
$9 for a single class
$20 for a one week unlimited pass
$40 for one session unlimited pass (six weeks)
$60 for the full summer unlimited pass (12 weeks)

To purchase a pass, visit the Jacobs or Cassell Front Desk. Must be a member of the fitness center to sign up.

Sponsor: Recreational Sports and Fitness

Contact: Becky Parks, bparks@american.edu, 202-885-6272

Web: http://www.american.edu/recfit/jfcgroupex.cfm

Life@AU » Health & Wellness

Full-Time Students: Enroll In or Decline AU's Tuition Insurance Plan
You’ll be prompted on the myAU portal starting May 26 to enroll in or decline AU’s Tuition Refund Insurance Plan for the 2016-2017 academic year. The cost is $120 per semester.

The Tuition Insurance Plan pays for 75% reimbursement of tuition and on-campus housing, following the university's scheduled reimbursement dates. The plan applies for injury, sickness and mental health withdrawals officially processed by the university. Reimbursement does not cover meal plans and mandatory fees.

Enroll for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 between now and Sept. 9.

Sponsor: Student Health Center

Contact: Student Health Center Staff, tuitioninsurance@american.edu

Web: http://www.american.edu/ocl/healthcenter/Tuition-Refund-Plan.cfm

Work@AU » AHealthyU Faculty-Staff Wellness Program

Register Today for Financial Wellness Seminars on Wed., June 8 – Helping You Stay on Track
Feeling stressed about your finances? You’re not alone. Nearly half of all employees say that financial matters cause them the most stress in their lives. Join us on June 8 to build your investment knowledge or help you take control of your finances. PricewaterhouseCoopers will be at AU leading sessions on The Basics of Investing and Cash and Debt Management. Sessions are open to all faculty and staff; register to attend on AsuccessfulU.

Sponsor: AHealthyU Faculty-Staff Wellness Program

Contact: Andie Rowe, ahealthyu@american.edu, 2028853742

Web: https://myau.american.edu/Work/Pages/AsuccessfulU.aspx

Work@AU » Human Resources

AhealthyU Summer Fitness Classes Are Back This Week
Join AhealthyU for a group fitness class! No cost for AU Rec Sports Members and $5 drop-in fee for non-members. MONDAY: Pilates from 12:05pm-12:50pm @Cassell and Yoga from 12:05-12:50pm @3201 New Mexico Ave Suite 350; TUESDAY: Total Body from 12:05-12:50pm @Cassell, Yoga from 12:05-12:50pm @WCL Tenley Campus Library Room 100B, and Zumba from 5:30-6:30pm @Cassell; WEDNESDAY: Yoga from 12:05-12:50pm @Cassell; THURSDAY: Light Spin from 12:05-12:50pm @Cassell, Yoga from 12:05-12:50pm @4401 Connecticut Ave Room 611, and Cardio Strength from 5:30-6:30pm @Cassell

Sponsor: 392;

Contact: Leah Tasman, ahealthyu@american.edu, 2028853742

Web: http://www.american.edu/hr/AhealthyU/fitness.cfm

Give Us 15 minutes, We'll Give You $50 - Complete an Online Health Assessment
Complete the confidential health assessment to get a personalized wellness report. All full-time faculty and staff who complete the assessment by May 31 will receive a $50 credit towards an AU Rec Sports membership or $50 in EagleBucks this summer. All participants will be entered into a drawing for a Fitbit® Flex™. All rewards subject to tax. Additional opportunities for the reward will be available in the fall. Visit the link below for more information and to complete your online health assessment.

Sponsor: 27;

Contact: Leah Tasman, ahealthyu@american.edu, 2028853742

Web: http://www.american.edu/hr/AhealthyU/healthyliving.cfm

Register Now-Staff Council Conference & Presidential Search Committee Open Session for Staff
You're invited! Inaugural Staff Council Personnel Conference and Listening Session with Presidential Search Committee - June 15th. Conference registration open through June 8. Join us to collaborate with your peers to teach, learn, and grow together. Ensure the staff voice is heard in AU’s search for our next president. There will also be giveaways and a raffle. After the Conference, join us and members of the Presidential Search Committee to share your thoughts. Help us make sure you're heard by completing the survey. For more info and to RSVP, visit the staff council website.

Sponsor: Human Resources

Contact: Staff Council, scchair@american.edu, 2028852665

Web: https://american.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6VggVTEOd8UUzop

Register Today for the Staff Appreciation Week Volleyball Tournament and Cookie Bake-Off!
Planning to compete in this year’s staff Volleyball Tournament? Interested in joining the new Cookie Bake-Off? Gather your team and/or baking supplies and register by Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Participants must be full or part-time staff members. Bakers will be limited to one entry. Visit the Staff Appreciation website or follow us on Twitter at @AUappreciates for more info and updates.

Sponsor: Human Resources

Contact: Heather Smith, heathers@american.edu, 2028852578

Web: http://www.american.edu/staffappreciation/index.cfm

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