DU in the News

News coverage highlighting Duquesne’s experts and initiatives.

June 30
Duquesne Hires Online Learning Executive Director
The Pittsburgh Business Times announced that Duquesne hired Dr. Michael Bridges as its new executive director of online learning and strategy.

Stevens to Rejoin Superior Court, Allen to Retire
Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz was interviewed for this Legal Intelligencer article about updates on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

June 29
Duquesne University Completes $500,000 Renovation of Chapel Pipe Organ
The Post-Gazette interviewed Dr. Ann Labounsky, chair of sacred music, for this feature article on the University’s new pipe organ. A similar story appeared on WPXI-TV.

Supreme Court Justices Ream EPA for Ignoring Costs to Meet Air Standards
Assistant Law Professor Steve Baicker-McKee was interviewed by the Tribune-Review about the Supreme Court ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency should have considered the cost of implementing its mercury and air toxic standards prior to moving ahead with them.

Guests Share Thoughts on Faith During Feast at Richland Mosque
This Tribune-Review article about an interfaith Ramadan event featured an interview with Mylan School of Pharmacy Distinguished Professor Dr. Aleem Gangjee.

Wolf’s Dismissals Spotlight Agency Independence
The Legal Intelligencer quoted Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz in this article about dismissals/demotions of state officials by Gov. Tom Wolf resulting in arguments that the government agencies at hand should be independent from the executive branch.

June 28
Pittsburgh Region Continues to Gray, but Some Growth Coming from Millennials, Hispanics
Brett Rondon, manager of the Global Business Program in the Small Business Development Center, was interviewed by the Post-Gazette for this article about trends in the population of Pittsburgh.

Book Review: Historian Jed Rasula Chronicles the History of an Art Movement in ‘Destruction Was My Beatrice’
The Post-Gazette featured this review of Jed Rasula’s book Destruction Was My Beatrice by English Department Chair Dr. Greg Barnhisel.

People on the Move: Education
The Post-Gazette announced that School of Nursing Dean Dr. Mary Ellen Glasgow was inducted by the National League for Nursing as an Academy of Nursing Education Fellow.

June 26
Avon’s Plan to Replace School Social Workers with Psychologists Draws Ire
WNPR-Radio interviewed Dr. Tammy Hughes, professor and chair of counseling, psychology and special education, for this story about the decision by Avon Public Schools in Connecticut to replace its school social workers with school psychologists.

June 24
Early Christian Mosaic Floor Discovered in Nazareth
Medievalists.net posted this article about the discovery of a mosaic floor that appears to be from one of the earliest churches in the history of Christianity. Bayer School Dean Dr. Philip Reeder, a co-investigator on the project, is quoted. A similar article appeared in Archaeology Magazine.

June 22
Meet the Anonymous Online Sleuths Who Dug up Dylann Roof’s Deranged Manifesto
The Washington Post interviewed Law Professor Jane Moriarty for this article about the recently discovered online manifesto written by a 21-year-old man accused of killing nine African Americans in a Charleston church last week.

June 19
The Communion of Creation: From John Paul II and Benedict to Francis
Assistant Theology Professor Dr. Dan Scheid was interviewed for this America Magazine feature on the new encyclical from Pope Francis regarding the environment. Scheid did similar interviews for the Post-Gazette and the Allegheny Front.

June 16
Newsmaker: Wesley Oliver
The Tribune-Review included this Newsmaker feature on Law Professor Wes Oliver in recognition of his receiving the Dr. John and Liz Murray Excellence in Scholarship Award. A similar article appeared in the Pittsburgh Business Times.

June 14
Cogeneration lets Duquesne University Meet its Heating, Cooling Goals
The Tribune-Review interviewed Rod Dobish, executive director of facilities management, and Mark Johnson, manager of the energy center, for this feature article about the University’s cogeneration plant and planned upgrades supported, in part, by a $2 million grant from the state. The article also appeared in Bloomberg Business news.

Sports Teams Celebrate U.S. Flag—Even If it Violates Code
The Post-Gazette quoted Law Dean Ken Gormley in this article that points out the law prohibits sports teams from using the American flag as part of their uniforms.

June 13
Conviction Integrity for Pennsylvania Begins in Allegheny County
Associate Law Professor John Rago wrote this opinion piece for the Tribune-Review about the countywide Conviction Integrity Initiative.

June 12
Reality TV’s ‘The Briefcase’ Looks at Line Between Need, Greed
The Washington Post interviewed Dr. Dan Scheid, assistant theology professor, for this article about the ethics in the new reality TV show, The Briefcase.

June 11
Danforth, Retired Westinghouse CEO Who Helped Keep Pirates in Pittsburgh, Dies at 82
Steve Greenberg, executive in residence for sports marketing in the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business, was interviewed for this Tribune-Review news obituary on the passing of a retired chairman and chief executive officer of Westinghouse Electric Corp. and former chairman of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Duquesne University Receives Grant for Sharing 3Rivers Quest Water Quality Data
PA Environment Digest announced that Duquesne is one of four partners in the 3Rivers Quest initiative to share funds from a Colcom Foundation grant to establish baseline water quality data and train citizens in water sampling.

June 9
Dissident Pen Pal: Ralph Nader’s ‘Return to Sender: Unanswered Letters to the President 2001-2015’
McAnulty Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus Dr. Sam Hazo wrote this book review for the Post-Gazette on Ralph Nader’s book, Return to Sender: Unanswered Letters to the President 2001-2015.

$2M Pays for Cogeneration at College
Energy Manager Today announced that Duquesne has received a $2M grant from Pennsylvania’s Alternative and Clean Energy program to upgrade the University’s Energy Center.

June 7
Senator Tells Duquesne Law Grads Never to be Afraid to Fail
The Tribune-Review interviewed Law School Dean Ken Gormley for this feature article on the law school’s 101st Commencement ceremony.

June 5
Much has Changed Since the Penguins Were Last Put Up for Sale
The Post-Gazette interviewed Steve Greenberg, executive in residence for sports marketing in the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business, for this article about how things have changed for the Pittsburgh Penguins since the team was up for sale in 2006.

June 4
Support Builds for Police Body Cameras in Western Pennsylvania
The Tribune-Review quoted Law Professor John Rago in this article about a meeting the paper had with law enforcement officials, experts and lawmakers about the lack of public confidence in law enforcement and efforts to purchase body cameras for police. The article also appeared in the Associated Press and on Officer.com.

June 3
McKeesport Council to Vote on Expanding Power of Code Enforcement Officers
This Tribune-Review article announced that Adjunct Law Professor David Spurgeon and his Duquesne law students were part of the collaboration that put together a bill that McKeesport council will vote on that would give building inspectors and enforcement officers power to secure administrative warrants.

June 2
The Legal’s Diverse Attorneys of the Year—2015
The Legal Intelligencer announced that Elliot Howsie, adjunct law professor, was one of its Diverse Attorneys of the Year.

June 1
Supreme Court Tosses Conviction of Pa. Man in Facebook Threat Case
Law Professor Wes Oliver was quoted in this Tribune-Review article about the Supreme Court throwing out a conviction of a Pennsylvania man prosecuted for making threats on Facebook to kill his estranged wife and to hurt others.