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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.

August 3, 2016


Michael R. Lovell, president of Marquette University, and David Strifling, director of Marquette Law School's Water Law and Policy Initiative, co-wrote an opinion piece on issues related to drinking water in Milwaukee to announce the convening of an interdisciplinary conference titled "Public Policy and American Drinking Water."

Op-ed appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, July 30, 2016

Paul Ryan's popularity growing, according to Marquette Law School Poll

Surveys taken in June and July by the Marquette University Law School Poll showed 84 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents in the First Congressional District had a favorable view of Ryan; only 9 percent had an unfavorable view. Among all registered voters in his district — not just Republicans — 53 percent viewed Ryan favorably and 34 percent viewed him unfavorably.

Story appeared in USA Today​, August 3, 2016

Brooke Mayer, assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, discussed the pollution and rising toxicity in Rio de
Janeiro and how the fishermen remain healthy. “If they’re doing this, and in this setting, they’ve probably built up immunity,” Mayer said. “If we went to a developing country, our risk is very high. But they might not get infected.”

Story appeared in Yahoo Sports, Aug. 1, 2016

Jean M. Grow, professor of strategic communication, commented on the gender issues related to wedding advertising. The lack of wedding fitness-related messaging targeted toward men is consistent with how the two genders have historically been marketed to. "As consumers, women have been trained to prepare for (physical) perfection… men have not,” Grow said.

Story appeared in the Chicago Tribune, July 29, 2016

Marquette makes two key executive personnel announcements

Rev. Gerald Thomas (Tom) Krettek, S.J., was named the university’s next vice president for mission and ministry. Lora Strigens, who was Marquette's associate vice president for finance and university architect, was named vice president for planning and strategy. Both assumed their new roles on Aug. 1.

Stories appeared in the Milwaukee Business Journal and Urban Milwaukee, July 29, 2016

University part of coalition that plans to establish new aviation and aerospace center of excellence

Marquette University, along with various aerospace industry companies and researchers, plan to apply for a grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation in order to establish a new aviation and aerospace center of excellence on the Milwaukee campus of Astronautics Corporation of America. The WEDC says it will be the first center of its kind in the nation.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, BizTimes and Urban Milwaukee, July 28, 2016

Marquette University’s nonprofit law clinic helps local nonprofit for cancer families in Racine

The Marquette University Law School’s legal clinic has been helping the Koss Family Foundation, which was formed “to provide nonmedical financial assistance to families in Racine County dealing with a cancer diagnosis,” with paperwork and ensuring that the nonprofit’s application doesn’t violate HIPAA laws.

Story appeared in the Racine Journal Times, July 30, 2016

William Henk, dean of the College of Education, commented on the current decline in teacher supply and the problem it creates for the profession. “The K-12 population has declined, meaning that less kids are graduating from high school which leads to less future teachers,” Henk said. “Plus, it is not a profession that resonates with young people like it did before.”

Story appeared on Urban Milwaukee, July 7, 2016

Rev. Steven Avella, professor of history, discussed the Pope’s recent commission to study whether women can serve as deacons. “Francis has opened up a number of doors in these areas,” Avella said. “From my perspective, it’s a very positive development.”

Story aired on WTMJ-Radio (620 AM), August 3, 2016

Paul Nolette, assistant professor of political science, commented on the current presidential election between nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Nolette said he thinks most voters have already made up their minds. “Two weeks from now, things will start settling down and be much more accurate in terms of a projection for November,” Nolette said.

Story aired on WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), July 30, 2016

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