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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.

February 24, 2016


Abdur Chowdhury, professor of economics, commented on the cost a city incurs when it hosts an Olympic games. Los Angeles, Paris and Rome all are bidding for the 2024 Summer Games and say they will spend about $5 billion. “There’s no way you can host an Olympics for $5 billion,” Chowdhury said. “It will probably go up to $15 billion or $20 billion by 2024.”

Associated Press story appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times,,Yahoo!.com, The China Post, JapanToday and the Chicago Tribune, Feb. 20, 2016

Andrew Hanson, associate professor of economics, commented on the results of a Marquette study that looked into the statistics on the treatment of minority homebuyers. “There’s a small segment of the market that definitely treats minorities differently,” said Hanson, the lead author of the study. Results from the three-year study showed that emails from African-American sounding names received about 10 percent fewer responses from loan officers.

Story appeared on WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), Feb. 19, 2016

Chris Simenz, clinical associate professor/practicum coordinator of exercise science, and SuJean Choi, associate professor of biomedical sciences, commented on the importance of not eating too much sugar. “If you look at excess calorie intake and sugar intake, we have massive problems with obesity and health care cost,” Simenz said. Choi said, “If you're capable of burning off all the calories -- then eat up all the sugar you want. If you can't, you need to prevent it from coming in at the same fast rate.”

Story aired on WITI-TV (FOX 6), Feb. 23, 2016

Marquette researcher studying whether cancer genes could help repair spinal cord injuries

Murray Blackmore, assistant professor of biomedical sciences, hopes his work could be a promising step toward a cure for spinal cord injuries and the paralysis they cause. He is studying whether cancer genes could help repair the injuries since cancer is the unregulated growth of cells in different parts of the body. “The processes that go wrong in cancer turn out to be exactly the processes we want to engage to repair the nervous system,” Blackmore said.

Story aired on WUWM-Radio (FM 89.7), Feb. 24, 2016

Chad Oldfather, professor of law, discussed the death of Antonin Scalia and the process for replacing the Supreme Court justice. “You could end up in a position where someone gets nominated and the initial position is ‘We're not going to confirm the person’ or ‘We're not going to consider the person,” Oldfather said. “And then the polls start showing it's going to be President (Hillary) Clinton and maybe it's even going to be a Democratic Senate ... now maybe we do see someone getting confirmed.”

Story appeared on WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), Feb. 21, 2016

Julia Azari, associate professor of political science, discussed how the fight to confirm a new Supreme Court justice will reshape the 2016 presidential election. “The Supreme Court fight might provide fodder for some dramatic campaign commercials, but their impact will probably be limited,” Azari said. “Party labels tend to shape how people vote, and there’s mounting evidence that partisan attachments lead citizens to evaluate the same information -- the economy, the government’s performance on foreign policy -- differently.”

Story appeared on FiveThirtyEight, Feb. 18, 2016

Charles Franklin, professor of law and director of the Marquette Law School Poll, commented on Jeb Bush dropping out of the presidential race. “I think that is in some ways the big story of the history of this race, that a Bush who spent $130 million to $150 million was polling at 2 percent and faced the inevitable and had to get out,” Franklin said. “It says a lot about how the Republican Party has changed.”

Story aired on WISC-TV (CBS 3, Madison), Feb. 22, 2016

Edward Sanchez, department head of library information technology, commented on the implications of Sci-Hub, a popular piracy website for scholarly-journal articles. The website uses a phishing campaign to access library databases, and Sanchez said professors are targeted with an email requesting an update of their username and password.

Story appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 16, 2016

David Clark, professor of business administration, commented on strong home sales in Wisconsin, according to the Wisconsin Realtors Association. “It was a solid December and a solid January, so it's definitely a good start,” Clark said. Data from the association shows there were 3,659 closings in January 2016, compared to 3,313 closings in January 2015. The median price this January climbed to $148,700 from $135,000 last January.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Feb. 22, 2016

Similar story appeared in the Ashland Daily Press, Feb. 23, 2016

Associated Press stories appeared on WTMJ-Radio (AM 620), The Republic and, Feb. 23, 2016

Bruce Boyden, professor of law, commented on the FBI asking Apple to provide data from consumers’ phones. A recent poll showed that more than half of Americans believe Apple should comply. “I’m not surprised the American public is split on this issue,” Boyden said. “Our data is being uploaded to the internet and every time that happens, we lose some amount of control and people are concerned.”

Story aired on WTMJ-Radio (AM 620), Feb. 23, 2016

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