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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.

June 17, 2015


Marquette allocates nearly $5 million to strategic innovation fund

Marquette University will provide nearly $5 million to 38 projects through a first-ever strategic innovation fund. Projects were chosen from entries submitted by 270 teams of students, faculty and staff. Awardees fell into one of six thematic categories: academic programs and student support, community collaboration and outreach, water and environmental, advanced manufacturing and engineering, university infrastructure and support, and health and well-being.

Story appeared on the website of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, June 15, 2015

Similar story appeared on BizTimes, June 16, 2015

Dwyane Wade reading program kicks off
Dwyane Wade’s summer reading program, "Live to Dream," began Monday with an appearance by his sister, Tragil. The program was made possible by a donation from the former Marquette basketball star and his commitment to fund the program for three years.

Story aired on WDJT-TV (CBS 58), June 15, 2015

President Michael R. Lovell commented on the university’s partnership with the Global Water Center. "Marquette wants to be involved in making Milwaukee a world hub," Lovell said. "The organization and the level of collaboration exceed anything I’ve ever been a part of."

Story appeared in the Chicago Tribune, June 12, 2015

Geske, Altenburg named ’Women of Influence’
Janine Geske, retired law professor, and Rana Altenburg, vice president for public affairs, were named to the Milwaukee Business Journal’s Women of Influence. Geske was named for her passion and dedication to teaching as well as an international push for restorative justice. Altenburg was named for her commitment to leading the nonprofit group Near West Side Partners Inc. in addition to her position at Marquette.

Story on Geske appeared in the Milwaukee Business Journal, June 12, 2015

Story on Altenburg appeared in the Milwaukee Business Journal, June 12, 2015

Jame Schaefer, associate professor of theology, commented on the Vatican highlighting environmental issues on the eve of the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment. "From way, way back in the theological tradition, there has been an emphasis on avoiding the excessive use of the goods of the earth," Schaefer said. "Both John Paul and Pope Benedict did a lot to emphasize overconsumption, and greed and the sustainability of the world."

Story appeared on the website of National Geographic, June 16, 2015

Marquette professor inspires future engineers
Dr. Andrew Williams, John P. Raynor, S.J., chair and professor of electrical and computer engineering, shared his humble beginnings and how they have shaped him into the engineer he is today. "It kind of fits how I want to think outside the box," Williams said. "I want to look at new ways people aren’t even thinking about."

Story aired on WITI-TV (FOX 6), June 10, 2015

Marquette Law School dean supports change in term lengths for state Supreme Court justices
Joseph Kearney, dean of the Law School and professor of law, shared his support for a proposal to change the term of office for Wisconsin Supreme Court justices to a single, 16-year term. The plan was developed and approved by the State Bar of Wisconsin. "Most fundamentally, the proposal ensures that justices will not become political candidates for re-election," Kearney said. "Once elected, justices will be free to focus fully on the law and the court’s vital role under the Wisconsin Constitution."

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, June 11, 2015

Similar story appeared on the website of State Bar of Wisconsin, June 11, 2015

Julia Azari, assistant professor of political science, commented on efforts by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to compete with other Republicans for conservatives’ attention. "Sticking it to academics and the faculty lounge — people love to talk about the faculty lounge — that makes a good line, but I think a lot of it is really about demonstrating conservative accomplishment credentials," she said.

Story aired on National Public Radio, June 12, 2015

Stefan Schnitzer, professor of biological sciences, commented on second-growth forests. A new study found that these forests destroyed by fires or logging can look vastly different from what they replaced. "Don’t count on the forest that you replant being the forest next door," said Schnitzer, who was not involved in the study.

Story appeared on the website of Science Magazine, June 15, 2015

William Cullinan, dean of the College of Health Sciences, commented in a story on why people dislike how their voices sound on recordings. "We hate it because it is so foreign," Cullinan said. "You’ve certainly never heard yourself that way normally — and for good reason — you can’t avoid producing both internal and eternal stimuli prior to hearing your own voice. The irony is you are the only person who ’hears’ yourself in the way you think everyone else does."

Story appeared on the website of MSN, June 13, 2015

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