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Empty classroomBack-to-school experts available for interviews

Students and educators are beginning to return to classrooms and plan for the upcoming school year. CU Boulder experts can speak with media about Colorado’s new science standards, the benefits of full-day pre-kindergarten, support for educators and partnerships between educators and researchers.

Colorado’s new science standards: Erin Furtak, professor of education, can comment on the state’s new science standards, based on Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Furtak has partnered with a local school district since 2014 to better understand how teachers support student learning in middle and high school classrooms implementing NGSS lessons. 
erin.furtak@colorado.edu

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Facebook login screenExpert available to discuss Facebook removing more fake accounts

Facebook announced Tuesday it had removed 32 pages and accounts from Facebook and Instagram because of “coordinated inauthentic behavior.” The social media giant identified connections between the accounts and politically motivated campaigns and protests. Information science expert Brian Keegan is available for media interviews.

Keegan, an assistant professor in the College of Media, Communication and Information, studies the intersection of human-computer interaction and the dynamics of large-scale online communication. He can speak about the growth of fake social media accounts and what platforms like Facebook can do to combat their influence.
brian.keegan@colorado.edu

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American flag on football fieldExperts available to discuss NFL national anthem rule, concussions

With the National Football League’s preseason schedule set for kick off next week, CU Boulder experts are available for media interviews about the fate of the national anthem kneeling rule, players’ power to make changes through labor unions, as well as whether new rules will curb the rate of concussions.

On the kneeling rule, race in the NFL: Pat Ferrucci is an assistant professor of journalism. He can speak to reporters about issues concerning race in the NFL. Ferrucci has published research on the intersection of sports, race and journalism, particularly on how quarterbacks are evaluated differently based on race.
patrick.ferrucci@colorado.edu

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Russian basilicaPolitical science, Russia expert available for media interviews

President Donald Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday in Helsinki, Finland. CU Boulder Political Science Assistant Professor Sarah Wilson Sokhey is available for media interviews on the meeting and U.S.-Russian relations.  

Sarah Wilson Sokhey is an expert in Russian politics and the politics of economic and social reform. She is the author of the 2017 book The Political Economy of Pension Policy Reversal in Post-Communist Countries
sarah.sokhey@colorado.edu

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Stock photo of shipping containers.US-China trade war expert available for interviews

As the U.S. and China tensions are escalating into a trade war, CU Boulder economist Keith Maskus is available for media interviews.

Maskus has served as chief economist for the U.S. Department of State, as well as lead economist for the World Bank. He is a specialist in international trade analysis, multilateral trade policy and the role of intellectual property rights in trade.
keith.maskus@colorado.edu

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EPA photo of Scott Pruitt

EPA chief resigns, experts available for media interviews

Experts are available to talk to media about Scott Pruitt’s tenure and impact on environmental law and environmental issues during his time at the EPA.

Alice Madden is executive director of the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment at Colorado Law. 
alice.madden@colorado.edu

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Enceladus plumeExperts available to discuss organic molecules on moon of Saturn

Scientists have discovered complex organic molecules in geysers ejected from Enceladus, adding to evidence that this icy moon of Saturn might be capable of supporting life. CU Boulder’s Sascha Kempf and Sean Hsu co-authored the new research, which was published June 27 in Nature, and are available to discuss the team's findings and their implications for future exploration of the moons of Saturn and Jupiter.

Kempf is an assistant professor in the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP). Hsu is a research associate in LASP.

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Supreme CourtCollective bargaining expert available to discuss Supreme Court ruling on union fees

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Wednesday that public employees who opt out of joining unions cannot be required to pay collective bargaining fees. CU Boulder labor economics expert Jeffrey Zax can provide context and analysis on the case, Janus v. AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees).

Jeffrey Zax, professor of economics, specializes in labor economics and has published papers on the relationships between unions, wages and regulation. 
jeffrey.zax@colorado.edu

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Supreme CourtExperts available to discuss Supreme Court travel ban ruling

In a 5-4 ruling Tuesday, the Supreme Court upheld President Donald Trump’s third travel ban, which restricts travel from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Venezuela and North Korea. CU Boulder law experts are available for media interviews to break down the decision and its implications.

Suzette Malveaux, is Provost Professor of Law and Director of the Byron R. White Center for the Study of American Constitutional Law. Her 2017 article Class Actions, Civil Rights, and the National Injunction was cited in Justice Clarence Thomas’ concurring opinion in the travel ban decision. Malveaux, who has previously appeared before the Supreme Court, can provide commentary on the ruling. 
suzette.malveaux@colorado.edu

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Stock photo of a phone.Supreme Court sides with privacy advocates on cell phone tracking

The Supreme Court of the U.S. ruled in favor of privacy advocates in Carpenter vs. United States, saying warrants are generally needed for police to track a person’s cell phone location data. CU Boulder experts can talk about the case’s larger impact on privacy and technology, as well as the balance of the court.

Blake Reid, a Colorado Law professor, focuses heavily on the intersection of technology and law as director of the Samuelson-Glushko Technology Law & Policy Clinic at CU Boulder.
blake.reid@colorado.edu

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Lunar Orbital Platform-GatewayExpert available to discuss "Space Force," lunar exploration

President Donald Trump announced on June 18 that he intended to launch a "Space Force," a new branch of the U.S. armed forces that would oversee outer space. CU Boulder Professor Jack Burns, who previously served on the Trump administration's NASA Transition Team, is available to talk about this directive and renewed interest in exploring and colonizing the moon.

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Supreme CourtExperts available to discuss SCOTUS Masterpiece Cakeshop decision.

With a 7-2 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to make a cake for a same-sex couple. CU Boulder experts Craig Konnoth and Scott Skinner-Thompson are available to break down the decision and what it means for similar cases.

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Stock photo of person working at a computer.EU internet privacy law to cause headaches worldwide

The European Union’s newest and most expansive attempt to date to regulate how companies can use people’s data is complex, confusing and expensive, according to Alison Cool, a University of Colorado Boulder assistant professor in anthropology who focuses on the effects of big data on people.

alison.cool@colorado.edu

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Man holds up DACA sign at apparent rally outdoors.

Immigration debate and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

CU Boulder experts can discuss the immigration debate and the implications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.

Violeta Chapin, clinical professor of law at Colorado Law, can discuss specifics from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and what's next for people who have pending DACA applications or would like to renew. She can be reached at violeta.chapin@colorado.edu.

Fernando Riosmena can discuss the role of immigration policy in driving legal and undocumented migration to the U.S. He can be reached at fernando.riosmena@colorado.edu.

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Policy shifts under President Trump

On Afghanistan: Jennifer Fluri, associate professor of geography, can discuss various aspects of Afghanistan, including international development, conflict and conflict mediation, peace-building and gender. She recently co-authored The Carpetbaggers of Kabul and other American-Afghan Entanglements, a book which examines the actions of everyday people involved with the flood of aid and development dollars that entered the country following the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan by the United States. Fluri can be reached at jennifer.fluri@colorado.edu.

On health care: Dayna Matthew, professor of law and director of the Health Law and Policy program at Colorado Law, can discuss what it would take to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the confirmation hearing of Tom Price, as well as any changes in health care under the new administration. Matthew can be reached at dayna.matthew@colorado.edu.

On immigration policy: Fernando Riosmena, associate professor in the department of geography, studies the drivers and motivations behind migration decisions. This includes undocumented moves or visa overstays and the impacts of immigration policy. Riosmena can be reached at fernando.riosmena@colorado.edu.

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a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia

White nationalism

CU Boulder doctoral student Kevan Feshami of the College of Media, Communication and Information can talk about the white nationalist movement and the white genocide conspiracy theory. He also can talk about the evolution of the white nationalist movement in the age of digital media, including material being shared on reading forums, websites, blogs and social media accounts. Feshami can be reached at kevan.feshami@colorado.edu.

CU Boulder Assistant Professor Benjamin Teitelbaum, an affiliate of the International Affairs Program, can talk about white nationalism and right-wing extremism. He authored an op-ed piece in Monday’s Wall Street Journal on what he calls the waning respectability of white nationalists. Teitelbaum can be reached at benjamin.teitelbaum@colorado.edu.

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An army major general speaks with responders at an exercise at Fort Hood, Texas.

Immigration enforcement

Arturo Aldama can place into historical and ideological contexts such topics as nativism, immigration and the “push-pull” from Mexico, and the 1950s-era “Operation Wetback,” an immigration enforcement initiative with Mexico. Aldama can be reached at aldama@colorado.edu.

Megan Hall can discuss issues related to immigration enforcement and immigration detention, including the interaction between the criminal justice and immigration systems; the asylum process; release options (including bond and parole) for people taken into immigration custody; and expedited removal (deportation without a hearing). Hall can be reached at megan.hall@colorado.edu.

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Russian cybersecurity and foreign relations

On cybersecurity: Joe McManus is an expert in network security, network forensics and Internet-of-Things security. He can discuss issues related to hacking, forensics and the current threat landscape. McManus can be reached at joe.mcmanus@colorado.edu.

On foreign relations: John O’Loughlin’s research on Russia has centered on Russia’s geopolitics and foreign policy toward Ukraine, internal conflicts within Russia (especially the North Caucasus), the creation and survival of Russian-supported separatist regions in the former Soviet Union and the conflict in Ukraine. O’Loughlin can be reached at johno@colorado.edu.

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