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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 14, 2016


Marquette adds new Data Science major

Marquette began offering an undergraduate data science major this fall. The number of market research analysts, a common job for data scientists, is projected to grow by 19 percent during the 10 years ending in 2024, versus 7 percent for all jobs overall, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. “With the proliferation of data sets from the explosion of the internet of things, demand for data scientists will grow exponentially,” said John Philosophos, a business development partner at Great Oaks Venture Capital LLC. “This is an acute national problem, and it's exciting to see Marquette on the forefront of the solution.”

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Sept. 10, 2016

Marquette’s PEERS autism program helps teens, young adults

The PEERS Program at Marquette aims to understand teenagers and young adults with autism spectrum disorder who are affected by social skills therapy. “We're seeing kids who have very strong patterns of brain activity that are indicative of depression, anxiety and really poor mood,” said Amy Van Hecke, associate professor of psychology who directs Marquette’s Autism Consortium.“We're seeing their brain scans show that now they're more positive, they're happier, their well-being is improved.”

Story aired on WDJT-TV (CBS 58), Sept. 8, 2016

Former Avery attorney discusses case at Marquette University

Dean Strang, Steven Avery’s former defense attorney, spoke at Marquette about the case made famous in the “Making a Murderer” documentary. “Emotionally, it will never be done for me,” Strang said. “I struggle with that. Knowing that he came to me, put his chips on me and (attorney) Jerry (Buting), and we lost.”

Story aired on WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), WISN-TV (ABC 12), WAOW-TV (ABC 9,Wausau), WGBA-TV (NBC 26, Green Bay), WKOW-TV (ABC 27, Madison), WBAY-TV (ABC 2, Green Bay), WTMJ-Radio (620 AM) and WITI-TV (FOX 6), Sept. 12, 2016

Marquette to hold weeklong homecoming celebration

Marquette's homecoming celebration next month will feature a block party, a Blue and Gold Run at Miller Park and a concert for Marquette alumni, staff and students. “We'll have a number of different events for our students,” said Brian Dorrington, senior director of university communication. “We'll invite our 30,000 alums from Milwaukee and certainly beyond that to come back to campus to celebrate their alma mater.”

Story aired on WDJT-TV (CBS 58), Sept. 8, 2016

Marquette University hosts Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk

The Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk will begin at Marquette’s campus in September to raise money for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. “This is the best run in Milwaukee because it still supports the vision of one charismatic man nearly 40 years ago,” wrote Lori Nickel, the author of the column.

Column appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Sept. 12, 2016

Marquette ranked 86th on U.S. News ‘Best National University List’

In the annual rankings from U.S. News and World Report, Marquette University is tied for 86th place with five other universities in the “Best National University List.” It is the same ranking Marquette achieved a year ago.

Story appeared in USA Today and aired on WNBF-Radio (1290 AM, Binghampton, New York),
Sept. 13, 2016

Rev. Steven Avella, professor of history, discussed the changes in conversation about the events of 9/11 from “Where were you on Sept. 11,” to “Where were your parents or grandparents?” Avella said textbooks typically don’t go into depth on the events, which is why he uses the textbook as a base to then incorporate other media. “You can't rely exclusively on the textbook,” Avella said. “You have to use specials from PBS, CNN and others, of course with permission, and show people what happened.”

Story aired on WDJT-TV (CBS 58), Sept. 9, 2016

Paul Nolette, assistant professor of political science, commented on the current speculation centered around Hillary Clinton’s health. “There has been so much
speculation because Clinton’s campaign hasn’t been upfront with the media,” Nolette said.

Story aired on WDJT-TV (CBS 58), Sept. 14, 2016

Fundraiser helps Marquette’s College of Health Sciences

The annual Labor of Love Music Festival in Kenosha County this year raised funds for Marquette’s College of Health Sciences Neuroscience Research Group. William E. Cullinan, dean of the college, was the guest speaker, and told those in attendance the university group has 19 funded research projects worth $16 million ongoing to help develop new treatments for mental disorders.

Story appeared in the Kenosha News, Sept. 5, 2016

Joe Brown, assistant professor of digital media and performing arts, is producing a documentary film on Wolf Patrol, a group that describes itself as “working to document and prevent wolf hunts in the face of the removal of federal protection.” A preview of the film is scheduled to be shown at the 2016 Milwaukee Film Festival.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Sept. 11, 2016

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