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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.

April 5, 2017

TOP STORIES

Promentis raises an additional $17.2 million for financing clinic trials

Promentis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a company co-founded by Drs. David Baker and John Mantsch in the College of Health Sciences at Marquette, has raised an additional $17.2 million from investors, bringing the total in its third round of financing to $26 million. The money will be used partly to finance the second phase of clinical trials for the company’s most promising compound. Promentis is a Milwaukee company that is developing drugs to treat disorders of the central nervous system.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin State Journal and Biz Times Milwaukee, March 29-30, 2017

Marquette president opposes proposed cuts to National Institutes of Health funding

Marquette President Michael R. Lovell was among Wisconsin education leaders who signed an opinion column in the Wisconsin State Journal opposing President Donald Trump’s proposal to cut federal funding to the National Institutes of Health by 20 percent. The group signing the column said the cuts “would have catastrophic effects on people in Wisconsin and elsewhere waiting for new discoveries that lead to treatments and cures.”

Column appeared in the Wisconsin State Journal, March 20, 2017

Similar story appeared in the Milwaukee Business Journal, March 30, 2017

Marquette asks Republican lawmakers to fund I-94 east-west project

Marquette and some of Wisconsin’s top businesses called for restoring the I-94 east-west project, saying it was critical to the region’s economy. The coalition wrote to the Republican co-chairs of the legislature’s budget committee, asking them to undo Gov. Scott Walker’s decision to halt planning work on the project.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 5, 2017

Marquette hosts Angela Davis

Marquette distributed about 4,000 tickets for a lecture by Angela Davis at The Al McGuire Center. Davis’ appearance was part of the Marquette Forum, a series of inclusive conversations.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee Courier, Wisconsin Independent and the Milwaukee Community Journal, March 29 - April 2, 2017

Muslim prayer space vandalized

Twice, in recent months, someone vandalized a room Marquette has turned into an Islamic prayer space and nearby hallways signs. In a statement, the university said, “Marquette University is a community of students from all over the world. We embrace the dignity of every individual and welcome students of all faith traditions. We strongly denounce these actions toward our Muslim students. They are counter to our Marquette mission and non-discrimination policy.”

Story aired on WUMW-FM (89.7 FM), April 4, 2017

Kristina Ropella, Opus Dean of the College of Engineering, spoke on the importance of creating diversity in the engineering industry. “If we are going to serve the world, we need to look like the world we serve,” Ropella said.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 29, 2017

Marquette Army ROTC women’s basketball team wins national basketball tournament

The Marquette Army ROTC women’s basketball team beat Ohio State in the finals of a national basketball tournament at the University of Notre Dame.

Story aired on WITI-TV (FOX 6), April 4, 2017

Bruce Boyden, associate professor of law, spoke on the recent vote to overturn internet privacy regulations. "If you are concerned about your internet access you might have a choice to go to a different one but the likelihood is that they will have the same approach,” Boyden said. “The consumer is really stuck when it comes to internet access providers and that's why a different rule should be required.”

Story aired on WDJT-TV (CBS 58), March 30, 2017

Similar story appeared on The Village Sun Times, April 4, 2017

Krassimira Hristova, associate professor of biological sciences, discussed the research she is overseeing on the pollution of Kewaunee County waterways. “What we’re trying to bring here is the difficult problem of point and non-point source pollution, and if it’s related to the process of big farms and also several small farms and a couple of wastewater treatment plants that are here in a relatively small area,” Hristova said.

Story appeared in The Kewaunee Country Comet, March 30, 2017

Similar story appeared on Door County Daily News, April 4, 2017

James Crovetti, associate professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering and director of the Transportation Research Center, discussed the science behind potholes. “Generally, you have a pavement surface which has cracking and that allows moisture to get into the pavement below the surface and essentially saturate what’s down there and weaken what’s down there,” he said.

Story aired on WTMJ-Radio (620 AM), April 4, 2017


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