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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.

September 9, 2015

TOP STORIES

Marquette's rice research highlighted on National Public Radio
Michael Schläppi, associate professor of biological science, and the Biology Department were profiled on National Public Radio. Schläppi has developed cold tolerant rice varieties suitable for growth in Wisconsin through academic research and strong community outreach involving Hmong minority farmers in Milwaukee. The goal for the project is to design and build electric rice hulling machinery to help establish a farm cooperative that can process locally grown plants into brown rice for marketing at inner city farmer's markets. "I should get about 8,000 pounds of rice on an acre, it's almost made for Wisconsin," Schläppi said.

Story aired on National Public Radio, Sept. 7, 2015

Similar story appeared on Manufacturing, Sept. 8, 2015


Marquette University alumnus will meet Pope Francis
Aaron Ledesma was invited by President Barack Obama to meet Pope Francis during the papal visit to the White House scheduled for later this month. He was invited after the president read his letter about being a gay member of the Catholic Church.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Sept. 7, 2015

Similar stories aired on WITI-TV (FOX 6), WDJT-TV (CBS 58), WTMJ-TV (NBC 4) WHBL-RADIO (1330 AM), and WTMJ-RADIO (620 AM), Sept. 8, 2015

Similar story appeared on the website of The Badger Catholic, Sept. 8, 2015


Scott C. Idleman, professor of law, discussed legal issues regarding religion in sports. The courts generally have held that public high schools can't conduct any sort of activity that could be construed as promoting religion, since most students are still minors and more susceptible to the pressures to conform. Idleman said the law is murkier when it comes to college football players, who are legally adults but still find themselves largely at the mercy of their coaches.

Associated Press story appeared on the website of the New York Times, Sept. 4, 2015


David Papke, professor of law, commented on the origin of Labor Day, saying, "I think most people consider Labor Day an end-of-summer three-day weekend. Very few Americans stop to reflect on the working man, on labor, on the union movement or any of those things."

Story appeared on Huffington Post, Sept. 7, 2015


Ulrich Lehner, professor of theology, commented on Pope Francis making reforms to the process by which Catholics may annul their marriages. "He's a pastor and this is a very pastoral decision to make it possible for Catholics to marry again in the church and to reintegrate them into the church," Lehner said.

Story aired on WDJT-TV (CBS 58), Sept. 8, 2015


Scientists to study risk levels associated with lava flows
Marquette will be a part of a team of Hawaiian and mainland scientists seeking to remove some of the uncertainty surrounding lava flows as part of a three-year study that could help Hawaiian Island residents decide when they should evacuate.

Associated Press story appeared on the websites of Hawaii Tribune Herald, Greenfield Reporter and The Maui News, Sept. 3, 2015

Similar story appeared on the website of UB Reporter and Yuba Net, Sept. 2, 2015


Tim Cigelske, director of social media, discussed the Blue Light safety app and how it is changing students' safety routines. "That's just how students operate," Cigelske said. "They're on smartphones, they carry them with them at all times. They're their lifeline."

Story appeared on the website of Education Dives, Sept. 2, 2015


Marquette to join healthcare initiative for aging adults
Marquette University, in collaboration with UW-Madison, the Medical College of Wisconsin, Aurora Health Care, and the Southeastern Wisconsin chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, will use a federal grant of $2.55 million over three years to enhance how Wisconsin healthcare professionals are trained to care for older adults. Stacy Barnes, director of the Wisconsin Geriatric Education Center in the College of Nursing, is the principal investigator for the consortium.

Story appeared on the website of Wisconsin Health News, Sept. 4, 2015


Charles Franklin, professor of law, commented on Gov. Scott Walker's campaign. "When your campaign's having trouble, those troubles build on one another," said Franklin, citing controversies that Walker has created over birthright citizenship and security at the U.S. border with Canada.

Story appeared on the website of WITI-TV (FOX6), Sept. 3, 2015


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