DU in the News

News coverage highlighting Duquesne’s experts and initiatives.

Sept. 28
Private Criminal Complaints Bypass Police as Cases Head to Court
Associate Law Professor John Rago was interview by the Tribune-Review as an expert to discuss the reasons some people choose to file private criminal complaints rather than complaints with the police. Rago said private criminal complaint cases are common and are typically brought by individuals for less serious crimes involving acquaintances, such as neighbors or family members.

Sept. 25
Governor and First Lady Recognize 8 Women as Pennsylvania’s 2019 Distinguished Daughters
PennWatch recognized Sr. Rosemary Donley, the Jacques Laval Chair for Justice for Vulnerable Populations in Duquesne’s School of Nursing, as one of Pennsylvania’s Distinguished Daughters of 2019. Donley earned this recognition by serving as president of numerous nursing organizations, being a member of the National Academy of Medicine and for planning the annual McGinley-Rice Symposium on social justice and vulnerable populations.

Dr. Andrew Simpson on KDKA-Radio re: Impeachment
Dr. Andrew Simpson, assistant professor of history, was interviewed on KDKA-Radio about Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s announcement that the U.S. House of Representatives will submit an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.

Sports Were Donald Ziegler’s Passion — Until a Gym Teacher Had Another Suggestion
President Ken Gormley was interviewed for this Post-Gazette feature obituary for retired Judge Donald E. Ziegler, who passed away Sept. 21. Gormley previously clerked for Ziegler.

Yes, We Still Need the Constitution
The Pennsylvania Capital-Star published this op-ed by Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz in response to a story in Harper’s Magazine titled Do We Need the Constitution?

 Sept. 24
Professor Developing App to Teach Kids Healthy Stress Management
WESA-Radio interviewed Biology Professor Dr. John Pollock, co-director of the University’s Chronic Pain Research Consortium, about his work developing an app to provide children with healthy ways to cope with stress.

Federal Debt Has Defeated President Trump and Democratic Candidates
The Philadelphia Inquirer published this op-ed co-written by Associate Economics Professor Dr. Antony Davies about the federal debt.

Dr. Andrew Simpson on WTAE-TV Re: Impeachment
Assistant History Professor Dr. Andrew Simpson was interviewed by WTAE-TV about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s announcement that the House will launch a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

 Sept. 23
Experts: ‘No Body’ Murder Cases—Like Recent Ones in Allegheny, Westmoreland—Can be Won
The Tribune-Review interviewed Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz for this article about murder cases in which a victim’s remains have not been found.

Joint Pain? Here’s How Walking (Even Just 5 Minutes!) Can Help
MindBodyGreen cited a study by Associate Biology Professor Dr. Benedict Kolber in this article on how exercise can decrease chronic pain.

How Much Does It Help to Expunge a Criminal Record? Local Study Seeks to Find Out
WESA-Radio mentioned that the School of Law’s Civil Rights Clinic will be involved in a study on whether having a criminal record expunged impacts job and housing prospects or the chance of a future arrest.

Sept. 20
Pittsburgh Scientists Set Their Sights on Longer-Lasting Narcan to Combat Opioid Overdoses
Associate Biology Professor Dr. Benedict Kolber was interviewed by the Tribune-Review about research he and a colleague are doing to develop a type of naloxone, an anti-overdose drug, that would stay active in the body for up to two days. The drug currently works for about 45 minutes.

Boynton Lawyer Negotiated Nixon Pardon- Left Road Map for Trump Post-Presidency?
President Ken Gormley was interviewed by the Palm Beach Post for this article about attorney Benton Becker’s role in negotiating President Gerald Ford’s pardon of Richard Nixon and whether his work provides a blueprint for President Donald Trump if he faces criminal charges post-presidency.

Sept. 18
Pittsburgh Has a Long History of Talented Piano Players
Max Leake, professor of jazz piano, was interviewed by WESA-Radio for this story about Pittsburgh’s gifted piano players. 

Sept. 13
Nationalism is Atheism. America Was Born of a Grander Vision
Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz wrote this op-ed for the Pennsylvania Capital-Star about nationalism as an attack on universal values and human solidarity.

The Real-Life Dr. Wendy Carr says ‘Mindhunter’ Gets Most of it Right
The Post-Gazette interviewed former FBI behavioral scientist Ann W. Burgess, who was the inspiration for Dr. Wendy Carr on the Netflix Original Series Mindhunter. Burgess was a speaker at the Wecht Institute’s Hunting the Hunted conference.

Arc Center President: Federal Government Needs to Do More for Caregivers
WESA-FM interviewed two speakers from the Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law’s Hunting the Hunters conference on serial killers.

Spirit of Resilience: At Duquesne Symposium, Survivor of Serial Killer Ted Bundy Recalls Brutal Attack
The Post-Gazette interviewed Kathy Kleiner Rubin, a survivor of serial killer Ted Bundy, at the Wecht Institute’s Hunting the Hunters conference on serial killers. Rubin recalled the night of her attack and her journey to healing during the conference.

Sept. 12
FBI Agent Who Investigated Erie Pizza Bomber Case Speaks at Duquesne
The Tribune-Review interviewed former FBI agent Jerry Clark, who spoke at the Wecht Institute’s Hunting the Hunters conference about serial killers. Clark worked on the infamous “Erie pizza bomber” case.

Duquesne Moving Fast to Find Founding Dean of New Med School
The Pittsburgh Business Times announced that Duquesne is beginning its search for the dean of the new College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Sept. 11
Economics Lesson for Bernie Sanders
The Times Online published this opinion piece co-written by Associate Economics Professor Dr. Antony Davies about issues with Bernie Sanders’ current presidential campaign.

Fewer Young People Are Working—Here’s Why That’s a Problem
Dr. Antony Davies, associate economics professor, was interviewed for this FEE piece about the current generational employment shift.

Sept. 9
Exercise Can Help Reduce Chronic Pain, Researchers Say
Dr. Benedict Kolber, associate professor of biological sciences, was interviewed on NPR about the influence of exercise in reducing chronic pain.

Sept. 6
The Cobra Effect: Lessons in Unintended Consequences
The Foundation for Economic Education published this op-ed co-written by Associate Economics Professor Dr. Antony Davies about “cobra problems,” which are the unintended consequences that sometimes occur when attempts to solve a problem end up exacerbating that problem.

Sept. 5
Living With Childhood Apraxia
The Post-Gazette interviewed Dr. Megan Overby, associate professor of speech-language pathology, for this story about a Ross Township child’s rare speech disorder called childhood apraxia.

Wilson Huhn on PCNC 9/5/19
Law Professor Wilson Huhn was interviewed on PCNC about myths white populations used to sustain slavery and discourage anti-slavery rhetoric.

We’re Bankrupt, but Why No Questions About It?
Inside Sources published this op-ed co-written by Associate Economics Professor Dr. Antony Davies about the Democratic presidential candidates’ inability to address the national debt during debates. This story also appeared in Lima Ohio, Caller Times and the Northwestern Indiana Times.

Sept. 4
Jennifer Elliott: Pennsylvania School Screenings Missing Vital Asthma Test
The Tribune-Review published this op-ed written by Associate Pharmacy Professor Dr. Jennifer Elliott offerings reasons Pennsylvania should mandate asthma screenings for school children.

Sept. 3
Mind, Body, Spirit: Osteopathic Medicine Is About A Lot More Than Bones
WESA-Radio published this story about Pittsburghers’ opinions of Duquesne’s announcement to open a college of osteopathic medicine.

Steel History Or Tech Future: Does Pittsburgh Have—Or Need—A Brand?
During “The Confluence” program, WESA-Radio discussed Duquesne’s plans to open a college of osteopathic medicine.

Keith Dambrot’s Link to Duquesne Tied to Hall of Famer Chuck Cooper
The Tribune-Review interviewed men’s basketball coach Keith Dambrot for this story about basketball Hall-of-Famer Chuck Cooper’s legacy at Duquesne.

Sept. 2
An Economics Lesson for Bernie Sanders
Associate Economics Professor Dr. Antony Davies co-wrote this op-ed for Newsday in response to Bernie Sanders’ economic platform.

Sept. 1
Severn River Water Quality Monitoring Program Expands, Along With Low Oxygen Levels
The Capital Gazette reported that Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences student Mackenzie Miller was a field investigator for the Severn River Association’s water quality monitoring program during the summer. Miller led a team of volunteers to take water samples and digitize collected data. This story also appeared in the Baltimore Sun.

Aug. 29
Obituary: Dorothy Ann Frayer / Founded Duquesne U.’s Center for Teaching Excellence
The Post-Gazette included this feature on the passing of Dr. Dorothy Frayer, past dean of education and founder of the Center for Teaching Excellence.

Aug. 28
Consent for All? Smart Devices, Apps Don’t Need All-Party Opt-In to Record
Law.com interviewed Law Professor Agnieszka McPeak for this story about Facebook’s confirmation that it manually listens to users’ audio messages to improve the Messenger app’s artificial intelligence.