DU in the News

News coverage highlighting Duquesne’s experts and initiatives.

March 29
The Next Page: F=ma (Or Bringing the Heat)
Dr. Charles Welsh, assistant professor of biological sciences, wrote this opinion piece for the Post-Gazette about what is needed to become a major league baseball pitcher.

March 28
Pitt, Duquesne Students to Receive Goldwater Scholarship
The Post-Gazette announced that three Duquesne students have been awarded prestigious Goldwater Scholarships, which recognize students studying science, engineering and math.

March 26
Lawrenceville Prenatal Center Thrives as a Niche Business
The Small Business Development Center was mentioned in this Post-Gazette article for their role in helping a local woman open a center designed to educate and guide women through their pregnancy, childbirth and beyond.

Zappala Plans to Create Countywide Unit to Oversee Public Safety Issues
Law Professor John Rago was interviewed for this Post-Gazette article about the creation of a new training program that he will oversee that will teach best practices for the members of Allegheny County’s police agencies. A similar article appeared in the Tribune-Review.

March 25
PowerSource Profile: Paul Gitnik of Shale Energy USA
This Post-Gazette profile on Paul Gitnik of Shale Energy USA mentions how he recruited Duquesne law students to help research and scan courthouse documents to help in his efforts to create a database of oil and gas leases.

March 24
Columbus Jazz Orchestra Blows the Roof Off in ‘Trumpet Summit’ Featuring Sean Jones
JazzCorner.com included this feature article about the Jazz Arts Group of Columbus hosting an April celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month that will feature trumpeter/guest artist Sean Jones, associate professor of jazz studies.

March 23
Life of Learning Forum: Investment in Pre-K Critical to Future Educational Success
WESA-Radio interviewed School of Education Dean Dr. Olga Welch for this story about a public forum hosted by the station to address what the future education system should look like in order to be as effective as possible for the region’s students.

March 22
Artists Learn Promotion is Selling Yourself, Not Selling Out
Professor of Saxophone and Chair of Woodwinds James Houlik was interviewed for this Tribune-Review article about the importance for artists to practice self-promotion.

Newsmaker: Dr. Erroline Williams
The Tribune-Review included this Newsmaker on Dr. Erroline Williams, director of the professional and development and corporate outreach program in the School of Leadership and Professional Advancement, who was named vice president/president-elect of the Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education. A similar announcement appeared in the Post-Gazette.

March 21
Paper Marks 170th Year
This Pittsburgh Catholic article about the paper marking its 170th anniversary mentions the Gumberg Library’s efforts in digitizing the publication online.

March 20
A Newsmaker You Should Know: Professor’s Book Highlights Three Important Women in American History
The Post-Gazette interviewed Communication and Rhetorical Studies Professor Pat Arneson for this feature article about her new book, Communicative Engagement and Social Liberation: Justice Will be Made.

Bethel Park Woman Gets Jail Term in Cheerleader Embezzling
Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law Dr. Nick Cafardi was interviewed for this Post-Gazette article about a woman sentenced to jail time after being found guilty of embezzling money from a local cheerleaders organization.

March 19
Political Bribery Can Be Tough To Prove
Legalpronews.findlaw.com interviewed Bruce Ledewitz, law school professor, about proving political bribery.

March 18
U.S. News Best Graduate School 2015 Rankings Recognize Local Programs
Pittsburgh Magazine’s Great Minds report included news of Duquesne’s graduate school rankings in the annual list of U.S. News & World Report.

March 17
Community Leaders Try to ‘Transform Learning’ in Pittsburgh
WESA-Radio interviewed School of Education Dean Dr. Olga Welch for this story about a collaboration of community leaders that she and the school are heading to help transform learning in Pittsburgh by promoting public education as a social justice right.

‘Project 22’ Releases Official Trailer
In this story about Project 22, a documentary focused on raising awareness of veteran suicide, WESA-Radio mentioned that the film crew met with Dr. Roger Brooke, professor of psychology and director of military psychological services, when they filmed in Pittsburgh.

The KDKA Morning News Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day 2014
The Rev. Naos McCool, C.S.Sp., assistant dean of formation in the School of Education and native of Ireland, was interviewed by KDKA-Radio about St. Patrick’s Day.

March 15
Though Scattered All Over, Irish Are Region’s 2nd-Largest Nationality
Dr. Joseph Coohill, assistant professor of history, was interviewed by the Tribune-Review for this article about Pittsburgh’s Irish population.

Real Estate Notes: Duquesne Renovating 3 Floors of Towers
The Tribune-Review announced that the University will begin renovations to the ninth, 10th and 11th floors of the Towers residence hall this summer.

March 13
Francis Still Energizes Catholics a Year Later
Dr. Nick Cafardi, dean emeritus and professor of law, was interviewed for this Associated Press article that appeared in the Toledo Blade about the impact of Pope Francis one year into his tenure as pope.

Duquesne University Hosts Education Forum
The Pittsburgh Business Times included this article about a community forum that the School of Education hosted to address the role that public education can play in social justice.

March 12
McCandless Veterans Service to Feature Short, Poignant Stories
Dr. Roger Brooke, professor of psychology and director of military psychological services, was highlighted in this Tribune-Review article as a presenter for a March 30 service for veterans, their families and residents of McCandless Township.

Pope Francis ‘As Real As It Gets’ in First Year
The Post-Gazette interviewed Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law Dr. Nick Cafardi for this article about the one-year anniversary of the naming of Pope Francis.

March 11
Pitt, Duquesne Law Schools Rise in U.S. News Rankings
Law Dean Ken Gormley was interviewed for this Post-Gazette article, which announced that Duquesne’s School of Law jumped 23 spots to No. 121 in the U.S. News and World Report’s 2015 Best Graduate School Rankings. The article also appeared in World News.

Black Fives NY Exhibit Highlights Monticello Athletic Club, Cumberland Posey, Jr.
This New Pittsburgh Courier article about the Black Fives exhibit at the New York Historical Society mentions the exhibit features Duquesne alumnus/star athlete, the late Cumberland Posey, Jr.

Which Local Law Schools Made U.S. News’ Best Ranking for 2015?
The Pittsburgh Business Times quoted Ken Gormley, dean and professor of law, for this article about local law schools listed by U.S. News and World Report in its Best Graduate School Rankings. Similar articles also appeared in the Allentown Morning Call, The National Law Journal and World News.

March 10
Linguistic Analysis Says Newsweek Named the Wrong Man as Bitcoin’s Creator
The work of Associate Computer Science Professor Dr. Patrick Juola was featured in this Forbes magazine article, in which the reporter asked Juola to help authenticate whether Satoshi Nakamoto was correctly identified by Newsweek as the creator of Bitcoin. Similar articles also appeared in Digital Trends and the Washington Post.

Pa. Gay Marriage With an Exemption
Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz wrote this opinion piece for Philly.com about religious exemption for gay-marriage legislation in Pennsylvania.

March 9
Context Key to 2nd Trial of Pittsburgh Police Officers in Homewood Man’s Arrest
The Tribune-Review interviewed Assistant Clinical Law Professor Tracey McCants Lewis for this article about a retrial of a case in which a local man is accusing three Pittsburgh police officers of violating his civil rights during a 2010 arrest.

Different Attorney, Evidence in Jordan Miles Retrial
Assistant Law Professor Steven Baicker-McKee was interviewed by the Post-Gazette for this article about a retrial of a civil rights case involving a Homewood man and three City police officers. The article also appeared in HispanicBusiness.com.

March 6
Hunger, Not Religion, Root Cause of Conflict in Africa, Says Professor
The Catholic Sentinel interviewed Charles Steinmetz, visiting assistant professor of history, for this article in which he discusses hunger being at the root of conflict in Africa rather than religion.

March 5
Music Faculty Member Provides Insights on Crimea, Ukraine
WKBN– AM, Youngstown, interviewed Professor Taras Filenko of the City Music Center about historic events in Russia and the Ukraine leading to the current situation of unrest. Filenko, a Fulbright scholar, studied and taught in the Ukraine.

Artist to Wrap Discussion Sessions
The Post-Gazette reported that Dr. Daniel Lieberfeld, associate professor of psychology, will be a panelist discussing art, war and image at the Carnegie International 2013.

March 4
Duquesne University Plans New Theater
The Pittsburgh Business Times reported that the University plans to build a new theater on its campus next to its music school and will brief the Pittsburgh Planning Commission Tuesday on its plans for the new $4.5 million project.

Duquesne University Partners with BlueTree Allied Angels to Help Student Startups
The Pittsburgh Business Times quoted Dr. Dean McFarlin, dean of the business school, on the advantages for students involved in the school’s partnership with BlueTree Allied Angels. Dr. Jack Mason, director of the entrepreneurial studies program, was also quoted. The article also appeared in World News.

Two Initiatives Match Allegheny County Law Students, Needy
The Post-Gazette interviewed Law School Dean Ken Gormley about new initiatives matching social service agencies to help law students gain on-the-job experience.

Corbett Announces Grants for Workforce Development Collaboration
The Pittsburgh Business Times reported that Duquesne’s Small Business Development Center is a core partner in a new state-backed program to increase employer engagement and develop employer-driven training programs.

March 3
Health Notes: Bone-loss Study Seeks 20 Women Volunteers
The Post-Gazette reported that a Duquesne research team led by Dr. Paula Witt-Enderby, professor of pharmacology, is seeking participants for a clinical trial to examine whether a formulation of melatonin, strontium citrate and vitamins D3 and K2 can treat bone loss in women with a thinning-bone condition. The article also appeared in World News.

March 3
Lawyer: Kane Has Conflict Defending Gov. Corbett
The Tribune-Review quoted Bruce Ledewitz, professor of law, on the possible conflict faced by Attorney General Kathleen Kane in defending Gov. Tom Corbett in a civil rights lawsuit while investigating Corbett’s response time, as attorney general, to prosecute child abuser Jerry Sandusky.

Minimum-Wage Hike Would Hurt Pa.
Mobile.philly.com featured an article about how the minimum-wage hike would hurt the state, referencing research by Dr. Antony Davies, associate professor of economics.

March 2
Community Advocates Double Grant Amounts
The Post-Gazette reported on increased grant funding for the city’s Love Your Block program, noting that Duquesne students assisted Uptown Partners in creating a program-funded community garden and tot lot.

Pittsburgh Ukrainians Organize Tribute
The Post-Gazette featured an article about Pittsburgh Ukrainians organizing a musical tribute, highlighting the work and experiences of Taras Filenko, a longtime student and professor at Ukraine’s Tchaikovsky National Academy of Music, now a Fulbright scholar who is on the faculty of Duquesne’s City Music Center.