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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 18, 2020 

Top News


Marquette experts provide media commentary on coronavirus 

Dr. Stephen Cole, assistant professor of economics in the College of Business Administration, discussed lowering interest rates in the face of a recession amid coronavirus concerns. “We’ve been in a record-long expansion in the U.S. over the last 10 years. Before the coronavirus outbreak, [there was] good GDP growth, relatively close inflation to our targets,” Cole said. “If a recession hits, there might not be as much of an appetite to pass more stimulus plans.”

Story aired on WUWM-FM (89.7), March 10, 2020 

Dr. David Wangrow, assistant professor of strategic management in the College of Business Administration, offered advice on how to navigate a changing workflow as companies make moves to mitigate the spread of coronavirus. Wangrow said companies should focus on day-to-day operations, and how to make remote work possible and efficient. “My view is always more communication is good. Open communication, talking about the situation, talking about the challenges, I think people want that and it builds a lot of trust,” Wangrow said. “I really believe that if you do the best you can for your employees when you’re in a difficult situation, they’re likely to reciprocate.”

Story appeared in the Milwaukee BizTimes, March 12, 2020 

Jeremy Edson, director of information security in Information Technology Services, commented on potential online and other security concerns as more people begin working from home to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. “With any major incident, there will be people who are going to take advantage of the situation,” Edson said. “It’s very important to thoroughly vet any caller, any email, any website that’s asking for money.”

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 13, 2020 


Marquette news 

Dr. Lisa Edwards, professor and director of counselor education in the College of Education, was recognized as a “SHEro” by the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. The award honors women for their leadership and dedication to their community. The awards are part of the theater’s Women’s History Month celebrations. 

Story appeared on Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, March 11, 2020 

Marquette University Law School was featured on the local PBS show “Around the Corner with John McGivern.” The episode, “Then and Now,” features Milwaukee's most iconic institutions that have shaped the city and continue to propel it forward. “We are Milwaukee’s Law School,” Prof. Joseph Kearney, dean of the Law School, said. “We are the only school in a city of a substantial size — that’s unusual. We have for generations produced lawyers for southeastern Wisconsin, and more generally in Wisconsin. Whether it’s the prosecutors or defenders. Whether it’s the plaintiff's lawyers or insurance defense lawyers. We are the place that has educated them.”

Story aired on Milwaukee PBS, March 4, 2020 

Dr. Charles Franklin, director of the Marquette Law School Poll, discussed the decreasing odds of a contested Democratic National Convention following former Vice President Joe Biden’s big wins on Super Tuesday. “It looks far less likely that no one commands a majority by the time we get to the convention,” Franklin said. “Both 2008 and 2016 extended the primary season all the way into June. That doesn’t look like that’s going to happen this time.”

Story aired on WDJT-TV (CBS 58), March 11, 2020 

Dr. Julia Azari, associate professor and assistant chair of political science in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, commented on the evolution of the Democratic party’s progressive wing. She said several factors, including Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential run against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and social movements in the United States like Occupy Wall Street, gave momentum to progressive policies. “You have a pretty strong and organized progressive wing of the national Democratic Party,” Azari said. “So, even if there’s a more centrist wing, the national party is still trending left.”

Story aired on Wisconsin Public Radio, March 16, 2020 

Prof. David Strifling, adjunct professor of law and director of the Water Law and Policy Initiative, discussed the impact climate change is having on the Great Lakes, as the basin is experiencing high water levels that are battering coastal communities and fundamentally changing aquatic ecosystems. Strifling said the Great Lakes region “more generally had always been considered sort of a haven from climate change. And this is showing us that may not be the case after all, that we’re being inundated as well.”

Story appeared on Bloomberg Environment, March 16, 2020

Dr. Tim McMahon, associate professor of history in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, discussed the history of St. Patrick’s Day. “In the U.S., what ended up happening, frankly, immigrants who were not very welcome — Catholic Irish in particular — were asserting their identity based on their old home and also their new home,” McMahon said. “So you would see parades of people carrying emblems of Ireland and American flags, and by the late 19th century that became sort of a regular event. And then in the early 20th century in Ireland, the advocates for making it a real holiday were actually trying to shut down the pubs. Imagine that given the way we celebrate it in the States.”

Story aired on WDJT-TV (CBS 58), March 17, 2020 

Similar story aired on WUWM-FM (89.7), March 17, 2020


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