Last Updated February 12, 2009

Today's Experts...


The First 100 Days: Ask the Experts
The inauguration has passed and Barack Obama is officially the 44th President of the United States of America. How will he spend his first 100 days in office? What issues will be most important to Obama and his administration? American University political experts can answer those questions and more. Our experts can speak extensively about policy issues, the economy, race and politics, presidential history, voting behavior, polling, survey research, public opinion, and many other important topics. To arrange an interview with an American University election expert, contact the Media Relations office at 202-885-5950. For more information visit our Election Experts webpage.


The Economic Crisis: Ask the Experts
America's economic crisis continues as Congress works to pass a bailout bill for the auto industry and Barack Obama looks to create a stimulus package focused on infrastructure. American University experts are available to comment on the current legislation, the efforts of Congress, and what the economic crisis could mean for small businesses, average Americans, the U.S. and global economy. George Guess and Bob Carroll, of SPA's Center for Public Finance Research, can comment on the auto bailout bill and its details, while Kogod School of Business professors Robert Losey and Leigh Riddick and others are available to comment on the economic ramifications of the crisis. To arrange an interview with these and other American University financial experts, contact the Media Relations office at 202-885-5950.

Around Campus...

President of Bolivia Evo Morales Ayma Speaks at American University
Bolivian President Evo Morales Ayma spoke before a crowd of more than 500 about the future of Bolivian-U.S. relations under the new Obama administration. Morales was elected to Bolivia's highest office in December 2005 with nearly 54 percent of the vote, becoming the country’s first indigenous head of state. He increased his majority in a referendum in August 2008, winning 67 percent of the vote. President Morales was in Washington to speak at the Organization of American States. (Watch Video - Part 1, Part 2) (videos may take up to 5 minutes to load).

Fifty Women Leaders from the Middle East and North Africa in United States to Study Elections
Fifty women political leaders from the Middle East and North Africa will participate the Election Exchange Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and held at the American University’s Center for Democracy and Election Management (CDEM) and Women and Politics Institute (WPI).

Primary Turnout Story: Presidential Races Miss Record High, Gov. and Sen. Contests at Record Low
Average voter turnout in the 2008 presidential primaries rose to its second-highest level ever, but average voter turnout in the statewide primaries that did not occur on the same day as presidential primaries—primaries for governor and U.S. senator—fell to a record low, according to American University’s Center for the Study of the American Electorate (CSAE).

Veteran Journalist, Television Host Nick Clooney Appointed Faculty Member at American University
Nick Clooney, veteran journalist and television host, joins the faculty at American University this fall as American University School of Communication and Newseum Distinguished Journalist in Residence.

AU Students Named "Most Politically Active" by 2009 Princeton Review Guide
American University students were ranked the "Most Politically Active" according to The Princeton Review in the newly released 2009 edition of its annual book, 'The Best 368 Colleges.'

American University's School of International Service Construction Underway on "Green" Building
American University's School of International Service (SIS), the nation's largest school of international affairs, has begun work on a new 70,000-square-foot environmentally-friendly building. The state-of-the-art, LEED certified building is scheduled to open to students and faculty in 2010.

AU Professor: Being “Always On” Impacts Interpersonal Relationships More Than Writing
These days, people can communicate with each other wherever, whenever. But have these online and mobile technologies widely impacted written language? Naomi Baron, a professor of linguistics at American University, says that surprisingly, this probably isn’t so.

AU MBA Students Revved Up To Attract Chinese Sponsorship to NASCAR
This spring, as the central component of the applied business practicum at American University’s Kogod School of Business, five MBA students are taking a look under the hood of NASCAR in hopes of helping the sport seek new sponsors in a largely untapped market—China.

American University Study Finds Many Uses of Copyrighted Material Could Be Legal
A new, first-of-its-kind study conducted by American University Professors Pat Aufderheide and Peter Jaszi finds that many online videos are using copyrighted material legally. The study, Recut, Reframe, Recycle: Quoting Copyrighted Material in User-Generated Video identifies nine kinds of uses of copyrighted material.

Upcoming Events...

Multiculturalism Conference Examines Elections in Oaxaca, Mexico
When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 19; 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20
Where: Rooms 5 and 6, Mary Graydon Center
American University’s School of Public Affairs, along with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the the Benito Juárez Autonomous University of Oaxaca, will host a two-day conference to discuss customary law—unwritten law established by custom—and its effects on local elections in Oaxaca, Mexico. The conference is part of a three-year, $300,000 grant to American University, that has been led by School of Public Affairs professor Todd Eisenstadt.