DU in the News

News coverage highlighting Duquesne’s experts and initiatives.

July 31
Good News for Law School Graduates
Law Dean Ken Gormley was interviewed by the Pittsburgh Business Times for this article about the employment rate for law school graduates increasing for the first time since 2007.

July 30
Why My Kids Are Going Back to Jewish Day School
Rona Kaufman Kitchen, assistant professor of law, wrote this article for The Jewish News Weekly about her children going back to Jewish day school.

‘Canyon Heroes’ Heals Through Arizona’s Beauty
Dr. Roger Brooke, professor of psychology and director of military psychological services, was interviewed by Arizona station KPNX-TV about a trip he spearheaded that involved taking 18 veterans on a Colorado River rafting trip as a way to help address the emotional and psychological wounds of combat.

July 29
Lawsuit Over Fracking Near Schools in Mars School District Could Have Statewide Legal Impact
Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz was quoted in this Pittsburgh City Paper article about the potential statewide precedent of a lawsuit in the Mars Area School District regarding natural gas drilling taking place near grade schools in the area.

Great Synagogue, Shulhof of Vilna Rediscovered 70 Years after Nazi Destruction
The Jewish Press included this article about a team of Israeli, Lithuanian and American researchers, which includes Bayer School Dean Dr. Philip Reeder, and their discovery of the remains of the Great Synagogue of Shulhof of Vilna.

July 26
WorkZone: Millennials Less Loyal to Companies
Dr. James Weber, professor of business ethics and management, was interviewed by the Post-Gazette for this article about his research on the work values and ethics of members of the “millennial generation.”

Going Chic: 2 Boutiques Stake Out Prime Retail Locations Here
The Washington Observer-Reporter interviewed Associate Marketing Professor Dr. Audrey Guskey for this article about upscale boutiques opening in Washington County.

July 25
Connoquenessing Neighborhood Turns to Web to Raise Money for Clean Water
The Tribune-Review interviewed Dr. John Stolz, professor of environmental microbiology, for this article about an online fund-raising campaign that residents of Connoquenessing Township have started to raise money to pay for clean water.

July 22
Pine-Based Charity Gives Children with Disabilities Tools to Communicate
Dr. Sarah Wallace, assistant professor of speech-language pathology, was interviewed for this Tribune-Review story about how speech apps that can be used on iPads and other tablet devices can help children who have developmental disabilities, including speech challenges, better communicate.

Skull Fracture Research Could Affect Child Abuse Cases
The Tri-Valley Dispatch posted this Lansing State Journal article about the impact of skull fracture research on child abuse cases. Dr. Fred Fochtman, director of the forensic science and law master’s program and associate professor of pharmacology, is quoted.

July 21
Obama Visits Pittsburgh, Addresses Issues Facing Veterans: Part 1
The Rev. John Sawicki, C.S.Sp., assistant professor of political science, was interviewed for this WDTV interview on President Obama’s visit to Pittsburgh.

NHL Expansion Team Could Drive Up Value for Penguins
The Post-Gazette interviewed Dr. Ron Dick, associate professor of sports marketing, for this article about the impact of the NHL expansion on the value of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

July 18
Bio Lab Opening in Downtown Pittsburgh
WESA-Radio interviewed Dr. Alan Seadler, associate provost for research and technology, for this feature story on the new community lab that Duquesne University and Urban Innovation21 recently opened in Pittsburgh.

July 17
Washburgh Timpani Seminar
The Post-Gazette included this blog feature on the Washburgh Timpani Seminar hosted by the Mary Pappert School of Music. Edward Stephan, adjunct professor and chair of percussion, is quoted.

Pittsburgh Inks Deal with Department of Energy to Develop Clean Energy Plan
Bloomberg Business posted this Post-Gazette article about the City of Pittsburgh signing a deal with the U.S. Department of Energy to improve the way energy is produced and consumed locally. Duquesne’s Cogeneration Plant is listed as an example that the city can emulate. The article also appeared in RenewablesBiz and Government Technology.

July 16
Unearthing an Ancient Mosaic
Dr. Philip Reeder, dean of the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, was interviewed on the WESA-Radio show Essential Pittsburgh about his recent work as a co-investigator on a project that discovered a mosaic floor in Nazareth. The artifact appears to from one of the earliest churches in the history of Christianity.

Radiation Found in Greene County Stream Near Water Supply
WTAE-TV interviewed Dr. John Stolz, professor of environmental biology, for this story about high levels of radiation found in a Greene County stream that flows into the Monongahela River.

July 14
PA Education Secretary Visits Teen Scientists at Duquesne
WESA-Radio included this feature on Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera and his recent visit to Duquesne during which he spent time with high school students participating in the University’s Project SEED program. Dr. Jen Aitken, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, was quoted.

July 13
Money Makes a Difference in State Judge Races
Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz was quoted in this Philadelphia Inquirer article about the importance of money spent to garner name recognition for candidates running in the state Supreme Court race.

Macy’s Announces Its Plans to Close Downtown Pittsburgh Store
The Tribune-Review interviewed Associate Marketing Professor Dr. Audrey Guskey about Macy’s announcement to close its downtown store location. Similar stories appeared on KDKA-TV, WBVP-Radio, KQV-Radio and KDKA-Radio.

July 10
Praised Be Creation
America magazine featured a response by Assistant Theology Professor Daniel Scheid and by other experts to the recent encyclical by Pope Francis regarding the environment.

Pittsburgh Police Officer Expresses Outrage Through Artwork
The Tribune-Review interviewed Law Professor Wes Oliver for this article about an artwork exhibit featuring a mural by a Pittsburgh police officer in which he expressed his outrage over the headline-grabbing deaths of people at the hands of police.

Follow the Money
Dr. Nick Cafardi, dean emeritus and professor of law, authored this book review for America magazine on Gerald Posner’s publication God’s Bankers: A History of Money and Power at the Vatican.

July 8
Former Upper St. Clair Director to Lead Choir for Final Time
Tom Kikta, assistant professor of music technology and guitar, was quoted in this Tribune-Review article about a local man’s last time directing the Upper St. Clair High School Choir’s alumni concert.

July 7
Biomedical Engineering Program an Early Success at Duquesne
Pittsburgh Magazine’s Great Minds newsletter reported that the interest in Duquesne’s biomedical engineering program, launched just last year, is high among female students and has gained traction for the coming year.

Nearly $1M Raised to Fund Duquesne, Urban Innovation21 Community Lab
The Pittsburgh Business Times reported that foundation funding and in-kind contributions have provided nearly $1 million in support of a community bio lab launched by Duquesne and Urban Innovation21.

92-year-old Rostraver Home Invasion Victim Questioned by Suspect in Court
The Tribune-Review, covering a court proceeding where the suspect in a home invasion interrogated the 92-year-old victim, quoted Law Professor Wes Oliver about a defendant’s Constitutional right to confront the accuser.

Nonprofit Finds 529 Illegal Dump Sites in Pittsburgh, 250 More Than 2009
In an article about illegal dump sites, the Tribune-Review noted that Dr. Erik Garrett, associate professor of communication and rhetorical studies, will explain motivations to litter and dump illegally at Thursday’s roundtable hosted by the Mayor’s Office and the Clean Pittsburgh Commission.

July 6
The Citizen Science Lab, a First for Pittsburgh, Opens in the Energy Innovation Center
NEXT Pittsburgh included this article on the new Citizen Science Lab, operated through a partnership between Duquesne and Urban Innovation21.

July 5
Pittsburgh People on the Move: Education
The Post-Gazette announced that Dr. Michael Bridges has been hired to be Duquesne’s executive director of online learning and strategy.

Business Gallery: Education
The Tribune-Review announced that Dr. Karen Russo Donovan has joined the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business as associate dean of graduate programs and executive education.

July 3
Duquesne University Plants a SEED for Students to Excel in Science
The Post-Gazette interviewed Dr. Jen Aitken, associate professor in chemistry and biochemistry, for this feature article about the Project SEED program housed in the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences.

July 2
Cohen & Grigsby Appoints Jacob Rooksby as Of Counsel
Citybizlist announced that Dr. Jacob Rooksby, assistant law professor, has been appointed of counsel in the Intellectual Property Group at Cohen & Grigsby, PC.