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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.

December 21, 2016


Marquette acquires rare copy of The Hobbit

Marquette’s Department of Special Collections and University Archives has acquired a first edition, first printing copy of “The Hobbit” written by J.R.R. Tolkien. It is one of only 1,500 in existence and features artwork drawn by Tolkien himself.

Associated Press story appeared on CBS News, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, The Korea Herald and U.S. News and World Report, Dec. 20, 2016

Associated Press story aired on WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), WEAU-TV (NBC 13), WLUK-TV (FOX 11), WISN-TV (ABC 12), WISC-TV (CBS 3), WITI-TV (FOX 6), WDJT-TV (CBS 58), WSAW-TV (CBS 7, Wausau), KKFT-Radio (99.1 FM, Reno, Nevada), KTAR-Radio (92.3 FM, Phoenix), KXNT-Radio (840 AM, Las Vegas), WBBM-Radio (780 AM, Chicago), KPAM-Radio (860 AM, Portland), KOA-Radio (850 AM, Denver) and KGMI-Radio (790 AM, Seattle) Dec. 20-21, 2016

Bill Henk, dean of the College of Education, wrote an opinion piece about the lack of college students pursuing teaching careers and how it will affect Wisconsin’s education system.

Op-ed appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Dec. 10, 2016

Paul Nolette, assistant professor of political science, commented on democratic attorneys general promise to apply lawsuits against the Trump administration if the president-elect’s policies veer toward being unconstitutional. Nolette says Republican attorneys general filed partisan legal briefs in only five Supreme Court cases during the Clinton administration, a figure that rose to 97 in the first seven years of the Obama administration. “Things are being driven more by partisan politics,” Nolette said. “On virtually every hot-button issue you can imagine, A.G.’s are signaling where they stand.”

Stories appeared in The New York Times and Bloomberg, Dec. 14-16, 2016

Engineering professor studying applications for robotics

Henry Medeiros, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, and a team of researchers have received a $250,000 grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology to expand the number of applications for robotics. Medeiros says that robots are primarily used in stationary cells in manufacturing, and used to perform only one task. Medeiros says the current focus is to produce robots to accurately perform multiple tasks. “What we want to do is take another step forward and do that with the robot in motion,” Medeiros said.

Story appeared in Biz Times, Dec. 19, 2016

Marquette partners with Just Live Inc.

Friends of the College of Health Sciences, Just Live, Inc., presented Dean William Cullinan with a check for $40,000 for neuroscience research. Just Live, Inc. provides suicide prevention education to the community, financial support to related supportive organizations, and emotional support to anyone affected by suicide, depression and mental illness.

Story appeared on My Kenosha County, Dec. 13, 2016

English professor discusses the late author Octavia E. Butler

Gerry Canavan, assistant professor of English, has released a book about American writer Octavia E. Butler. “I think you’d put her up there with Philip K. Dick and Le Guin and Delany and these other people who really made an impact on the way that science fiction circulates,” Canavan said.

Stories appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Wired, Dec. 16, 2016

Physics professor on CERN team that provided insight on antimatter

Tim Tharp, assistant professor of physics, talked about the significance of physicists measuring light spectra for anti-hydrogen for the first time. Tharp was on a team at CERN in Switzerland that discovered anti-matter behaves like matter, and said it could help provide answers for many mysteries of the universe. “It’s long been thought that antimatter is an exact reflection of matter, and we are gathering evidence to show that is indeed true,” Tharp said.

Story appeared on Gizmodo and True Viral News, Dec. 19, 2016

David Wangrow, assistant professor of management, talked about the distinction in mindsets of CEOs of publicly traded companies and owners of private firms. “The owner, he’s not worried about keeping his job,” Wangrow said. “CEOs that are founders are more likely to have a greater degree of hubris. If you’re a founder, you wield a lot more power in your company.”

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Dec. 17, 2016

David Clark, executive associate dean and professor of economics, talked about the various reasons Americans are moving at historically low rates. “You can think of a number of different possibilities,” Clark said. “Some of this can have to do with the general state of the economy. The economy is growing, but it’s growing at kind of a modest pace.”

Story appeared on Livability, Dec. 13, 2016

Marquette dental students film annual holiday music video

Students and faculty of the Marquette Dental School filmed a holiday music video with choreography to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You.”

Story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), WDJT-TV (CBS 58) and WMTV-TV (NBC 15, Madison), Dec. 15, 2016

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