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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.

December 9, 2015


Marquette professor plays key role in helping children with autism get airport experience
Amy Van Hecke, associate professor of psychology, trained Transportation Security Administration officers to work with travelers who have autism at Milwaukee's General Mitchell airport. Children with autism and their families were able to simulate checking in for a flight, go through security and board an airplane. "Being able to prepare individuals and help them kind of understand what to expect will be helpful in helping them get through the different areas of the airport," Van Hecke said.

Story aired on WDJT-TV (CBS 58), Dec. 7, 2015

Similar story appeared on WITI-TV (FOX 6), Dec. 7, 2015

Marquette plans new program to train future bankers
Marquette is launching a banking program in the College of Business Administration to train future generations of bank executives. The banking track, scheduled to start in spring 2017, is intended to help solve what industry professionals say is a shortage of financial professionals pursuing careers as community bankers in smaller towns in Wisconsin and Illinois.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Dec. 5, 2015

Rice researcher featured on Chicago radio
Michael Schläppi, associate professor of biological sciences, discussed his work to grow rice in northern climates like Wisconsin during an interview on WGN Radio. Schläppi has tested more than 200 strains of rice and grew the grain in four southeastern Wisconsin locations this summer.

Story aired on WGN-RADIO (AM 720), Dec. 4, 2015

Two Marquette faculty discuss exercise research on public radio
Robert Fitts, professor of biological sciences, and Sandra Hunter, professor of exercise science, were on Milwaukee Public Radio to discuss their recently awarded $2.8 million grant. They will research how decreased muscle mass can lead to increased fatigue in the aging population and how exercise can reduce those effects. "Muscle mass decreases rapidly after age 70, so if they don't try and prevent that they become limited in their muscle power for daily activities," Fitts said.

Story aired on Milwaukee Public Radio, Dec. 8, 2015

Marquette's Center for Peacemaking helps students who were expelled from Milwaukee Public Schools
Marquette's Center for Peacemaking's Peace Works program runs cognitive restructuring exercises at Southeastern Education Center, a behavioral reassignment school for students expelled from Milwaukee Public Schools. Peace Works aims to help students find peaceful conflict-resolution methods to prevent physical violence.

Story aired on Milwaukee Public Radio, Dec. 8, 2015

Paul Nolette, assistant professor of political science, commented on attorneys general using more power at the state level for an article on the Texas attorney general fighting what he perceives to be federal overreach. "The big reason is the persistence of a divided government at the federal level," Nolette said. "Because the states are so tied into these policy decisions and the legal process playing such a big role in regulation politics, AGs have realized and are taking full advantage of their position."

Story appeared on Watchdog, Dec. 3, 2015

Abdur Chowdhury, professor of economics, commented on why properly adjusting for inflation is important for a story on Gov. Scott Walker's claim that median household income was up in Wisconsin. "You should be looking at real income instead of nominal income, which means you adjust for changes," Chowdhury said. "If you adjust for price, what you get is the real change in your buying power."

Story appeared on Politifact, Dec. 7, 2015

Marquette hosts food drive
With President Michael R. Lovell loading a truck, Marquette, Sodexo, Hunger Task Force and Campus Kitchens hosted a "Stuff the Truck" food drive on campus.

Story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), Dec. 7, 2015

Luis Feliciano, senior in the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, was featured before he left for the U.S. Olympic Boxing Trials in Reno, Nevada. Feliciano competed in the light welterweight division.

Story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), Dec. 5, 2015

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