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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.

October 5, 2016


Marquette alumni establish scholarship for first-generation students

Marquette University received a gift of $3.5 million for scholarship aid to future first-generation engineering students. The donors, Don and Fran Herdrich, were first-generation students, and this is the second scholarship they have endowed at Marquette. “Fran and I believe strongly in providing scholarship opportunities for worthy students, particularly those students who are the first in their family to attend college,” Don Herdrich said. “Marquette, in particular, does an outstanding job of nurturing first-generation college students to ensure their success, which is why we are so excited to fund this scholarship at our alma mater.”

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and BizTimes, Sept. 29, 2016

Homecoming returns to Marquette University

A variety of events are taking place as Marquette celebrates homecoming for the first time in many years. Marquette President Michael R. Lovell attended a food drive that was part of the activities. “We can still incorporate sports in the activities but also much broader things like the food donations today,” Lovell said. “It's just another thing we can do to bolster the energy and excitement and have people have great pride in Marquette University.”

Story aired on WDJT-TV (CBS 58), WISN-TV (ABC 12) and WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), Oct. 4, 2016

Similar story aired on WTMJ-Radio (620 AM), Oct. 3, 2016

Edwin Antony, assistant professor of biological sciences, co-published findings that could lead to savings in fertilizer production. The study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that an enzyme that reduces atmospheric dinitrogen to ammonia uses a complex two-cylinder engine-like mechanism for function. Antony was the lead author in the study.

Story appeared in, Oct. 3, 2016

Edward Fallone, associate professor of law, commented on the recent Wells Fargo situation where thousands of the bank’s employees opened accounts and credit cards for people using someone else’s information, yet no employees have been criminally charged. “In order for the U.S. Attorney's Office to criminally charge a Wells Fargo executive, prosecutors will need credible whistleblowers,” Fallone said.

Story aired on WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), Sept. 29, 2016

Brian Dorrington, senior director of university communication, commented on the postponement of a classroom discussion with Milwaukee Bucks President Peter Feigin. Dorrington said the event was meant as a private event for law students and had gained “significant public interest” after circulating on local media. “We didn’t want the potential of public interest to detract from what was intended to be an educational opportunity for our students,” Dorrington said.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Sept. 29, 2016

Paul Nolette, assistant professor of political science, discussed the history of activism on the part of attorneys general. “The tobacco lawsuits were the big bang for AG activism,” Nolette said. “All 50 states were involved in the tobacco settlement in 1998. This coalition just helps to show how AGs have become entrenched in the partisan, ideological landscape.”

Story appeared in Governing, Sept. 29, 2016

Tony Gamble, assistant professor of biological sciences, co-authored research on a genus of dwarf geckos that they posit offers a “snapshot” into the evolution of adhesion in geckos. The research found that the origin of adhesion in geckos was gradual and led to major shifts in ecology and function.

Story appeared in Before It’s News, Sept. 29, 2016

Rev. Steven Avella, professor of history, commented on the failed attempt to revitalize the Old Sacramento area. When the Downtown Plaza renovation was completed, “I thought, ‘Finally they’ve hit on something that’s going to rejuvenate that area,’” said Avella, a Sacramento native. To many people’s disappointment, though, the plaza did not help Old Sacramento as people had hoped.

Story appeared in The Sacramento Bee, Oct. 3, 2016

Charles Franklin, distinguished professor of law and director of the Marquette Law School Poll, discussed the idea of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton campaigning in the state prior to the November election. “I think we’re clearly seeing an interest here and a concern here, but when Clinton comes here herself, people will know the campaign is actually serious and concerned about the state,” he said.

Story aired on WTAQ-Radio (1360 AM, Green Bay) and on WHBL-Radio (1330 AM, Green Bay), Oct. 5, 2016

Marquette offers course for teachers in exploring computer science curriculum

Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, Marquette provides a workshop to prepare teachers to teach a computer science curriculum. The university, along with the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, is in its third year of the federally funded grant that was intended to increase access to computer science courses across the country.

Story aired on WKBT-TV (CBS 8, La Crosse), Oct. 5, 2016

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