DU in the News [December 2013]

Posted on December 18, 2013

News coverage highlighting Duquesne’s experts and initiatives.

Dec. 31
St. Vincent College Video Plays on Times Square Billboard
The Tribune-Review interviewed Dr. Audrey Guskey, associate marketing professor, for this article about St. Vincent College utilizing an electronic billboard in New York City’s Times Square to advertise the school.

Dec. 30
When Bowl Tickets Go On Groupon, Colleges Pay the Price
Assistant Sports Marketing Professor Ron Dick was interviewed by USA Today for this article about the impact of college football game tickets being sold through an online discounter like Groupon.

Dec. 27
Philadelphia Abuse Reversal Conveys a Painful Lesson
The National Catholic Reporter quoted Dr. Nick Cafardi, dean emeritus and professor of law, in this article about the reversal of a ruling that originally convicted a senior cleric for shielding an abusive priest. Similar stories ran in the Huffington Post and the Washington Post.

Ruling on Church Official Could Favor Ex-PSU Administrators
Wes Oliver, associate law professor, was interviewed by the Tribune-Review for this article about whether the overturned conviction of a Roman Catholic Church official could indicate a positive outcome for former Penn State executives accused of covering up for convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky. Similar articles appeared in the Associated Press, the Delaware County Daily Times and the Indiana Gazette, among others.

Dec. 26
An Opinion for the Ages: Pa. Supreme Court Strikes a Blow For the Environment in Act 13 Ruling
Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz authored this Post-Gazette opinion piece on the recent ruling in which the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held primary portions of the state’s new natural gas development law as unconstitutional.

Bargain Hunters Descend on Malls After Christmas
The Post-Gazette interviewed Associate Marketing Professor Dr. Audrey Guskey for this article about mass post-Christmas sales.

Dec. 25
Christmas Bird Count to Hit Hampton
The Tribune-Review interviewed Dr. Brady Porter, associate professor of biological sciences, about his role in a local annual Christmas Bird Count for the Audubon Society.

Dec. 24
Western Pa. River Study Finds Bromides, Chlorides, But No Surprises
Dr. Stan Kabala, associate director of the Center for Environmental Research and Education, was featured in this Tribune-Review article about a long-term study in which Duquesne University is monitoring the water quality of the lower Allegheny River.

Dec. 22
Newsmaker: Jan Levine
The Tribune-Review included this Newsmaker feature on Jan Levine, associate law professor and director of the legal research and writing program, in recognition of his being the nation’s first law faculty member to win both the Association of American Law Schools’ Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research Award and the Thomas F. Blackwell Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Legal Writing in the same year. Similar announcements ran in Money News, The Street and on KXXV-TV.

Dec. 21
Law Struggles to Adapt to High-tech Gadgets
Associate Law Professor Wes Oliver was interviewed for this Tribune-Review article about the challenges of technology adapting faster than the legal field can adapt.

Dec. 18
PPG Founder John Pitcairn Opened a Window on America
Investor’s Business Daily interviewed History Professor Dr. Joe Rishel for this piece on the impact of Pittsburgh Plate Glass founder John Pitcairn.

Dec. 17
Pope Francis Gives Wuerl Key Position in Vatican
The Tribune-Review interviewed Dr. Nick Cafardi, dean emeritus and professor of law, for this article about Pope Francis appointing Cardinal Donald Wuerl as a member of the Congregation for Bishops.

Deer Lakes Park Drilling Might Net Up to $74 Million
Assistant Law Professor Steven Baicker-McKee was interviewed by the Tribune-Review for this piece about the potential earnings for Allegheny County if natural gas drilling is permitted at Deer Lakes Park.

Dec. 14
Dateline Pittsburgh: Education
The Post-Gazette announced that Dr. Paula Sammarone Turocy has been named director of the University’s Pre-health Advisement Programs.

Dec. 13
Jeffrey Manning Elected President Judge of Allegheny County
The Tribune-Review included this story about Adjunct Law Professor Jeffery Manning being elected president judge of Allegheny County.

Looking at Architectural Gems in Our Midst
Duquesne’s Richard King Mellon Hall of Science is mentioned in this Post-Gazette article about the new book Pittsburgh Architecture in the Twentieth Century.

Duquesne Reaps Rewards from Focus on Research
The Pittsburgh Business Times interviewed Dr. Alan Seadler, associate academic vice president for research, for an article about the positive impact of Duquesne’s increased focus on its research.

Dec. 11
PNC Converting Branches as More Customers Bank Online
KDKA-TV interviewed Tom Nist, the Donahue Chair in Investment Management, for this story about PNC scaling back its branches due to an increase in customers utilizing online banking.

Fear of Black Men—Not for Whites Only
Dr. George Yancy, professor of philosophy, was interviewed for this Chicago Sun-Times article about the stereotype of fearing black men.

Duquesne Professor Weighs in On Pope As Time’s ‘Person of the Year’
Dr. Nick Cafardi, dean emeritus and professor of law, was interviewed by KDKA-TV for this story about Time Magazine naming Pope Francis as its Person of the Year.

Duquesne University Lands Major Licensing Agreement to Develop Promising Cure for Cancer
Popcitymedia.com reported on one of the largest licensing ventures in the history of Duquesne. The agreement is with DU alumnus Dr. Frank G. Sorgi, who started a company around compounds developed by Dr. Aleem Gangjee, a cancer researcher and distinguished professor in the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Similar stories also appeared on KDKA-TV and in the Triangle Business Journal, the Tribune-Review, the Post-Gazette and the Associated Press among others.

Dec. 7
When Is It Enough? Pennsylvania Takes Another Dive into Taxpayers’ Pockets
The Tribune-Review featured an opinion-editorial written by Dr. Antony Davies, assistant professor of economics, about the impact of a new Pennsylvania transportation bill that increase gas prices. The Associated Press also carried the commentary.

Dec. 6
Cardinals Advise Pope Francis to Focus on Child Sex Abuse
Globalpost.com quoted Nicholas Cafardi, dean emeritus and professor of law, on the Catholic Church’s crisis in clergy child sexual abuse being rooted in a de facto immunity enjoyed by bishops and cardinals.

Attorney for Researcher Accused of Wife’s Cyanide Poisoning Death Won’t Seek to Move Trial
The Tribune-Review interviewed Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz about the case of a University of Pittsburgh researcher accused of killing his wife with cyanide staying in Allegheny County. The story also appeared in the Associated Press.

Minimum Wage
KPCC, Los Angeles,
interviewed Dr. Antony Davies, assistant professor of economics, about raising the minimum wage.

Duquesne University Light Up Night
KDKA-TV featured this story on Duquesne’s annual Night of Lights festivities on campus.

Dec. 5
Panel Suggests Ways to Break JFK Cold Case
Moneynews.com reported on the recent symposium at Duquesne, presented by the Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

Dec. 4
Judge-Elect Still Campaigning to Pay Off Campaign Debt
WTAE interviewed Bruce Ledewitz, law professor, for a story about a judge-elect soliciting county attorneys for contributions, which could lead to questions about the impartiality of the court.

Giant Eagle Combines ‘Best of Both Worlds’
The Tribune-Review interviewed Dr. Audrey Guskey, associate professor of marketing, about the opening of a Giant Eagle Market District in Peters Township. The story also appeared in the Associated Press.

Dec. 2
Employers 2013 and Green LED Projects 2013
The Pittsburgh Business Times ranked Duquesne University as the 31st largest regional employer and named its Power Center and Des Places Resident Hall as among the region’s largest LEED projects.

A Blackening Thursday
The Observer-reporter.com interviewed Dr. Audrey Guskey, associate professor of marketing, about retailers opening their doors earlier this Thanksgiving.  Guskey was also interviewed about the Christmas retail season for WPXI-TV, WTAE-TV and WESA-FM.

Dateline Pittsburgh
The Post-Gazette reported that Lina Dostilio, director of academic community engagement, was elected chairperson of the board of International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement. The news also appeared in FreeNewsPos.com.

C-Span Video: Kennedy Assassination Conspiracy Theories, Mark Lane and Joan Mellen
The Democratic Underground featured a video link to C-Span coverage of a symposium at Duquesne focusing on the 50-year anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Dec. 1
People: December 2013
Asha.org announced that Dr. Diane Williams, associate professor of speech-language pathology in the Rangos School of Health Sciences,  was selected as the third holder of the Anna Rangos Rizakus Endowed Chair in Health Sciences and Ethic, spearheading expanded University initiatives in health sciences and ethics.

 

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