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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.

April 9, 2014


Marquette receives $2.6 million grant to fund research on virtue

Dr. Nancy E. Snow, professor of philosophy in Marquette's Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, is the recipient of a $2.6 million grant that will fund interdisciplinary research on virtue, character and the development of the moral self. The three-year grant was awarded by the Templeton Religion Trust. It is the largest humanities grant in university history.

Associated Press story appeared on,,, and, April 5, 2014

Similar stories appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and on, and, April 3-4, 2014

Interview appeared on, April 4, 2014

Story aired on WTMJ-AM (AM 620), WUWM-FM (FM 89.7), WISN-TV (ABC 12), WDJT-TV (FOX 6), WBAY-TV (ABC 2) and WBBM-TV (CBS 2), April 5-7, 2014

Marquette's Humanoid Engineering and Intelligent Robotics Lab qualifies for RoboCup 2014

The Marquette Humanoid Engineering and Intelligent Robotics Lab has qualified for RoboCup 2014, a humanoid robot soccer competition that will be hosted in Brazil. The lab's creation, MU-L8, is the only robot from the United States in its division. Dr. Andrew Williams, John P. Raynor, S.J., Chair and professor of electrical and computer engineering, said, "Our vision in the HEIR lab is to develop technology that will allow us to build low cost humanoid robots that can assist children in everyday life tasks, whether that's being more healthy in their exercise and nutrition, or learning how to read better."

Story appeared on, April 2, 2014

UWM-Johnson Controls partnership could be model for Lovell at Marquette
As President-elect Michael R. Lovell prepares to transition from UW-Milwaukee, he's not ruling out recreating a research partnership similar to a successful one between UWM and Johnson Controls, the topic of the Wisconsin Technology Summit, which was hosted at the GE Healthcare Institute in Pewaukee.

Similar stories appeared on and in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 8, 2014

Related Op-ed appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 5, 2014

Marquette University hosted infant mortality forum
Marquette University's College of Nursing, in partnership with Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, hosted its fifth annual Health Care Forum, "Infant Mortality in the Milwaukee Community," April 7. Kathlyn Albert, certified nurse midwife and midwifery service director, provided critical insight and analysis of Milwaukee's high infant mortality rates, along with City of Milwaukee Health Commissioner Bevan Baker.

Story aired on WDJT-TV (CBS 58), April 7, 2014
Story appeared on, March 19, 2014
Similar story appeared on, March 23, 2014

Marquette to participate in Denim Day
Marquette has signed on to participate in Denim Day 2014, a sexual violence prevention and education campaign taking place on April 23. With April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month nationwide, Mayor Tom Barrett and others are calling for the Milwaukee community to pledge support for local survivors.

Story appeared on, April 2, 2014

Group criticizes Marquette for honoring Paul Ryan at fundraiser

Marquette is drawing criticism from a Christian social justice group, Faithful America, after presenting the Les Aspin Center 2014 Public Service Award to U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan. The university said the funds raised from the event will benefit students of the university's Les Aspin Center for Government and that the award was given to Ryan because of his support for the center.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and on, April 3, 2014

John McAdams, associate professor of political science,
wrote an article about misleading claims of racial disparity in the death penalty. McAdams said, "Black offenders are less likely to get a death sentence than white offenders," and explained why executions are concentrated in a few states.

Story appeared on, April 6, 2014

Roberta Coles, professor of social and cultural sciences,
discussed the image of black fatherhood in America. "Instead of trying to identify the 'bad dad,' we should support all parents in their quest to provide financially, emotionally and socially for their children," Coles said.

Blog appeared on, April 7, 2014

Abdur Chowdhury, professor of economics,
commented on the optimism of the nation's employment growth. "Now that the weather-related weakness is behind us, we expect monthly gains in payroll employment to remain close to the 200,000 mark, driving the unemployment rate gradually lower," Chowdhury said.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 5, 2014

Marquette professors of history contributed to launch of Encyclopedia of Milwaukee
James Marten, chair and professor of history, and Thomas Jablonsky, professor of history and director of the Institute for Urban Life, are the senior editors of the Encyclopedia of Milwaukee, a coffee-table book and interactive website chronicling the history of the Greater Milwaukee area.

Story aired on WUWM-FM (FM 89.7), April 6, 2014

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