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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.

March 15, 2017


Generosity of Marquette physical therapists, students helps paralyzed man walk again

Marquette’s Department of Physical Therapy in the College of Health Sciences has helped a man paralyzed from a work accident walk again using a ReWalk robotic exoskeleton. He is one of only about 100 people in the world using this system, and he was featured in a 5-minute story.

Story aired on WDJT-TV (CBS 58), March 11, 2017

James South, associate professor of philosophy and associate dean for faculty in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, spoke on the 20-year anniversary of the cult television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer in a 22-minute interview. “It was the first T.V. show that had ever made me think about writing about it,” South said.

Story aired on Wisconsin Public Radio, March 13, 2017

Julia Azari, associate professor of political science, talked about the early stages of Donald Trump’s presidency compared to previous presidents. “The idea that you’ve got a president who’s really strong early on in executive action with less movement on the legislative side is a little bit unusual,” Azari said.

Story aired on The Economist Radio, March 10, 2017

Marquette students experience the U.S.-Mexico border on Campus Ministry trip

Marquette students left by van to visit the U.S.-Mexico border at El Paso, Texas. The group is staying at a shelter for migrants, and is visiting with U.S. Border Patrol agents, an immigration court and migrants.

Story aired on Telemundo, March 10, 2017

Marquette students volunteer for Habitat for Humanity rebuild

Ten Marquette University students have volunteered during their spring break to help a rebuild project with Habitat for Humanity in Enid, Oklahoma. “I’ve done the whole tropical spring break thing and it’s fun, but it’s not very fulfilling,” said senior Emmali Hanson, who studies biomedical engineering. “I knew a service trip would be more fulfilling.”

Story appeared in Enid News, March 15, 2017

Christopher Simenz, clinical associate professor and practicum coordinator for exercise science, discussed Marquette’s Grocery Store Challenge to end lack of access to fresh food in Milwaukee’s near west side. "This is a really complex problem, and I think there are a lot of structural issues that underlay food security and food issues, food deserts in the City of Milwaukee," Simenz said in a 15-minute interview.

Story aired on Milwaukee Public Radio (89.7 FM), March 9, 2017

Abdur Chowdhury, professor of economics, discussed the workforce skills gap adding to the unemployment rate in Wisconsin. "There are lots of jobs available, but employers are finding it hard to fill those positions,” he said. “Wisconsin is below average in the percentage of college graduates, ranking 30th, despite being 14th in state and local per capita spending on higher education.”

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 12, 2017

Thomas Kaczmarek, director of the Master of Science in Computing program, discussed the construction of cyber secure buildings. He said protecting a building from cyber threats starts with placing trust in experts, and setting up a building’s network in a way that gives it various “domains.” The domains should be segmented, meaning one used for security systems should be separate from those used for other purposes, Kaczmarek said.

Story appeared in the Daily Reporter, March 10, 2017

Irfan Omar, associate professor of theology, reflected that Muslim and Christian religions both honor a similar God. The reflection was made at National Catholic-Muslim Dialogue at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.

Story appeared on NWI Catholic, March 14, 2017

Phillip Rocco, assistant professor of political science, spoke about the political challenges Republicans face in repealing the Affordable Care Act. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that 24 million fewer people would have insurance over the next 10 years under the GOP plan. “They don’t have a figure about a positive outcome that is as readily understandable as that very negative CBO score,” Rocco said.

Story aired on WTMJ-Radio (620 AM), March 14, 2017

Marquette O’Brien Fellow reports on animal linked diseases

Mark Johnson, O’Brien fellow in the Diederich College of Communication, wrote an article on the threat posed by diseases that jump from animals to humans. Johnson is on a nine-month O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism at Marquette. Marquette student researchers McKenna Oxenden, Ryan Patterson and Devi Shastri assisted him.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 9, 2017

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