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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 22, 2015


Marquette professor is an expert on Star Wars
Gerry Canavan, assistant professor of English, teaches a class on science fiction and conducted several national media interviews about the Star Wars films and their impact on pop culture. In this course, students study why Star Wars is so popular by looking for common themes in other science fiction films.

Associated Press story appeared in The New York Times, Dec. 17, 2015

Similar stories aired on at least six news outlets, including: Salon, National Public Radio, WISN-TV (ABC 12), WKOW-TV (ABC 27, Madison), WTMJ-RADIO (AM 620) and WAOW-TV (ABC 9, Wausau), Dec. 17-18, 2015

Marquette dental students choreograph dance to ‘Footloose’
Marquette dental students choreographed and recorded a music video to the song “Footloose” featuring staff members and Marquette President Michael R. Lovell. The students got attention last year for their dance to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.”

Story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), Dec. 18, 2015

Similar story aired on WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), Dec. 21, 2015

Bruce Boyden, associate professor of law, commented on a jury issuing a $25 million verdict against Cox Communications in an online privacy case. Boyden said that both sides saw this case as trailblazing and it makes clear that Internet service providers are obliged to respond to takedown notices from rights holders.

Associated Press story ran in The New York Times, Dec. 17, 2015

Lynn Turner, professor of communication studies, commented on how well younger children understand movies after the new Star Wars movie came out with a rating of PG-13. “In general, kids can tell and understand simple” narratives by about age 2, and are “especially keyed into family narratives that involve them as characters,” Turner said. “For more complicated narratives, they would have to be older, but they get something out of the process of family members gathering to tell the stories.”

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Dec. 17, 2015

Paul Nolette, assistant professor of political science, commented on the lawsuit between Planned Parenthood and activist David Daleiden, who created videos that brought negative attention to clinics. Planned Parenthood wants to keep the videos sealed while Daleiden wants to lift the seal. “A lot of this might get lost in the broader abortion politics, but this could potentially lead to some additional controversy and statements about what this means for who counts as media,” Nolette said. “This is representative of larger issues about social media and how 1st Amendment law ties into that, which is very much unsettled at this point.”

Story appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Dec. 18, 2015

Nora Johnson, assistant professor of nursing, commented on a new autism study that suggests both caregivers and patients may benefit from treatment tailored to specific sources of stress in the household. “Catching issues early may also help to minimize strain on families,” Johnson said.

Story appeared on Reuters, Dec. 19, 2015

Sandra Hunter, professor of exercise science, and Rita Deering, DPT and doctoral candidate in the Clinical and Translational Rehabilitation Health Science program, were featured on WUWM’s Lake Effect for Deering’s study on abdominal muscle function after pregnancy.

Story aired on WUWM (FM 89.7), Dec. 22, 2015

Julia Azari, associate professor of political science, commented on how ideology shaped aspects of last week’s Republican presidential debate. “Three ideological themes stand out from Tuesday's debate: the importance of experience, the unresolved contradictions between nationalism and the Bush doctrine, and the lack of structure in the party’s ideological conflict,” Azari said.

Story appeared on Vox, Dec. 16, 2015

Charles Franklin, professor of law and director of the Marquette Law School Poll, commented on the recent Republican presidential debate. “There’s no single standout winner, and there’s no single standout loser,” Franklin said.

Story aired on WISC-TV (CBS 3, Madison), Dec. 16, 2015

Marquette President Michael R. Lovell commented on a key founder of The Commons leaving from the organization. Matt Cordio will stay involved an an adviser with the organization that helps students build start-ups and partner with industry, but is leaving his position managing The Commons to devote more time to his firm, Skills Pipeline. “Marquette University remains fully committed to The Commons and the excellent work it does to foster innovation and entrepreneurship among the region’s enthusiastic and talented college students,” President Lovell said.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Dec. 18, 2015

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