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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 12, 2016


Marquette robotics professor reaches out to future generation of engineers

Andrew Williams, John P. Raynor, S.J., Chair and professor of electrical and computer engineering, discussed the work he has done in robotics and the ways he is using robots to inspire creative thinking and problem-solving skills in today’s students. “The future for robots is almost now because we’re seeing things that we didn’t think were possible even a few years ago,” Williams said.

Story aired on WDJT-TV (CBS 58), Oct. 6, 2016

Two Marquette lacrosse players pay it forward

Marquette lacrosse players John Wagner and Zack Melillo helped Sodexo employee Ruby Brown move to a new home after overhearing her say she was about to move. “It’s paying it forward,” Melillo said. “We don’t look at it like we’re doing a good deed for someone. If you got to know Ruby, I’m sure anyone else would do it.” Kevin Gilligan, general manager of Sodexo Campus Services, sent a letter to men’s lacrosse coach Joe Amplo, telling him "these young men are the best of what I have come to expect at Marquette.”

Story appeared in The Washington Post (ABC 12), Oct. 12, 2016

Story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), Oct. 11, 2016

Clinton leads Trump in latest Marquette Law School Poll; U.S. Senate race tight

Hillary Clinton expanded her lead over Donald Trump in Wisconisn, while Democrat Russ Feingold held a 2-point lead over Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, according to the latest Marquette Law School Poll.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and The Washington Post, Oct. 12, 2016

Similar story aired on Wisconsin Public Radio, WISN-TV (ABC 12), WDJT-TV (CBS 58), WITI-TV (FOX 6), WTMJ-TV (NBC 4) and WCCO-TV (CBS 4, Minneapolis), Oct. 12, 2016

Company founded by two Marquette professors raises $8.7 million

Promentis Pharmaceuticals Inc., a Milwaukee-based company geared toward developing compounds to treat schizophrenia and other nervous system disorders, has raised $8.7 million from investors. The company was founded by David Baker, professor and associate chair of biomedical sciences, and John Mantsch, professor and chair of biomedical sciences.

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

Original J.R.R. Tolkien manuscripts housed on Marquette’s campus

Marquette was featured for being home to many of author J.R.R. Tolkien’s original manuscripts and accompanying materials for "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit." “It’s a remarkably comprehensive collection. There are very few literary collections in the world as complete as Marquette’s collection,” William Fliss, associate archivist for Raynor Memorial Libraries, said.

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

Julia Azari, associate professor of political science, wrote an article on the possibility that the tape of Donald Trump making aggressive statements about women will have a larger effect on the presidential race than past controversies. “The response to the Trump tape suggests that we might be seeing a real change in the political landscape,” Azari said.

Story appeared on FiveThirtyEight, Oct. 8, 2016

Lynn Turner, professor of communication studies, commented on the recent political ads that have been deemed as “family safe” on YouTube and the problematic effects these ads are having on young children. “Political ads, especially ones with negative overtones like that, kids are not prepared to deal with that,” Turner said.

Story aired on WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), Oct. 5, 2016

Jean Grow, professor of strategic communication, discussed the lack of gender and racial diversity in advertising agencies. A recent study showed more than half of women in advertising have been sexually harassed at least once while at work. “This problem didn't happen overnight, and it won't be fixed overnight,” Grow said. "It's going to be a slow and somewhat painful process for the agencies.”

Story appeared in MarketPlace, Oct. 12, 2016

Michael Waxman, emeritus professor of law, discussed Molson Coors Brewing Co.’s $12 billion acquisition of SABMiller PLC’s stake in MillerCoors LLC and the impact it could have internationally. "There's going to be a loss of employment for people in various parts of the world," Waxman said. "Milwaukee will be hit but many other places much more so – England and Woking and a number of places."

Story aired on WTMJ-Radio (620 AM), Oct. 10, 2016

Former U.S. Sen. George J. Mitchell talks peace at Marquette

Former Senator George Mitchell spoke on peace at Marquette University. “The pursuit of peace is so important that every step I think puts another brick on the building, the edifice dedicated to peace," Mitchell said.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Oct. 6, 2016

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