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Marquette University In The News is a weekly compilation of top media reports about Marquette University and members of the university community.

January 23, 2014


Promentis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., raises $2.9 million
Promentis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a Milwaukee company co-founded by Drs. David Baker and John Mantsch, professors of biomedical sciences in the College of Health Sciences, has raised $2.9 million in Series B financing. The company, which develops drugs to treat schizophrenia and other central nervous system disorders, will use the funds to bring two of the compounds into clinical trials for humans within the next two years.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jan. 17, 2014
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Marquette students taken to hospital after ingesting illegal drugs
Five Marquette students were treated at the hospital after ingesting an alleged illegal narcotic on Jan. 19. One female student was also taken into custody by the Milwaukee Police Department for allegedly distributing the substance.

Story aired on WDJT-TV (CBS 58) and WITI-TV (FOX 6), WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), and WISN-TV (ABC 12), Jan. 21-22, 2014
Similar story appeared on, Jan. 22, 2014

Give Kids a Smile event is kicking off Jan. 25
The Wisconsin Dental Association is once again hosting the Give Kids a Smile Screening Day at the Marquette University School of Dentistry. The first 600 children that attend will receive an oral health screening, a check for cavities, a tooth cleaning and a fluoride dental treatment, all performed by students and faculty.

Story aired on WITI-TV (FOX 6), Jan. 22, 2014

New exhibits exploring consumerism to open at Haggerty Museum of Art

New exhibits focused on consumerism opened Jan. 22 at the Haggerty Museum of Art. Photographer Brian Ulrich's Copia–Retail, Thrift, and Dark Stores, 2001-2011 is described as an "insightful, decade-long, three-phase investigation of the American consumer psyche." In another show, Between Critique and Absorption, contemporary artists explore issues of consumerism. In An Aesthetic Afterlife, four Wisconsin artists explore the enduring nature of trash.

Reviews appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and on, Jan. 20 and 22, 2014

Bruce Boyden, assistant professor of law,
commented on the wave of privacy-intrusion lawsuits targeting retailers who collect customers' ZIP codes. With the advent of sophisticated databases, a ZIP code combined with the name from a credit card often can yield a customer's address, Boyden said.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jan. 23, 2014

Nakia Gordon, assistant professor of psychology,
discussed concerns over possible security issues that could overwhelm athletes competing in the Sochi Olympic Games. "You train for the noise of the crowd and the other people in the area, but you can't really train for your family being in danger," Gordon said.

Story aired on WITI-TV (FOX 6), Jan. 22, 2014

Charles Franklin, professor of law,
commented on Gov. Scott Walker's fourth State of the State address, saying Gov. Walker has plenty of good news to talk about, with a growing budget surplus that now tops $900 million. Franklin expected an upbeat tone for the speech before a joint session of the Legislature, which will help set the stage for Walker's formal re-election announcement later this spring.

Stories appeared on and, Jan. 21-22, 2014
Similar story aired on WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), Jan. 22, 2014

Paul Secunda, professor of law,
discussed a complaint issued by the National Labor Relations Board on Jan. 15, which accused Wal-Mart of violating labor laws by firing or disciplining workers in 14 states for strikes over wages. Secunda said, "This is part of a drive by the NLRB to further police employees' labor rights in the non-unionized workforce."

Story appeared on,, and, Jan. 16, 2014

Mark Eppli, interim Keyes Dean of Business Administration and Bell Chair in Real Estate, recently spoke at two major commercial real estate industry events, including serving on a panel for an Institute of Real Estate Management meeting and delivering a keynote economic forecast at the NAIOP Chicago annual meeting.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Business Journal, Jan. 17, 2014
Photo appeared on, Jan. 21, 2014

Rev. Bryan Massingale, professor of theology and associate director of Undergraduate Studies, commented on the importance of service during Martin Luther King Day saying, "(This day is) not just focused on remembering an historical man and his contributions, but carrying forth his legacy, and that is of being of service, especially to the disadvantaged and those who are in need."

Story aired on WUWM-FM (FM 89.7), Jan. 20, 2014

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