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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 27, 2019


Murray Blackmore, associate professor of biomedical sciences, received a $1.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for a project targeting the regeneration of injured nerve cells in spinal cord injuries. The grant is Blackmore’s third $1-million-plus grant in the past six years.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Business Journal, March 25, 2019

Marquette University conducts J.R.R. Tolkien oral history project
Marquette’s Raynor Memorial Libraries — home to an extensive collection of Tolkien manuscripts — wants to hear from fans for an oral history project that hopes to collect 6,000 recordings. The 6,000 recordings represent the 6,000 “riders of the Rohirrim” in Tolkien’s fantasy epic “The Lord of the Rings.”

Story appeared in USA Today, March 24, 2019

Marquette University Graduate School hosts third-annual ‘Three Minute Thesis’ competition
Eleven students had three minutes to explain their thesis dissertations for the master’s and Ph.D. programs to a panel of four judges, including Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

Story aired on Milwaukee Public Radio, March 20, 2019

Marquette University works to make Campus Ministry more inclusive
According to Marquette's Office of Institutional Research and Analysis, in 2018, 1,292 out of 2,162 freshman students identified as being Roman Catholic. "We have to honor each person in their own tradition, seeking unity when we can, which is pretty often in the area of human concern and deep desire to know God," said Mary Sue Callan-Farley, director of campus ministry.

Story appeared in the National Catholic Reporter, March 25, 2019

Marquette University Law School Poll reveals reactions to the Mueller Report
The most recent poll found that 31 percent believed the report would be fair and impartial, 26 percent said they had no confidence Mueller would be fair, 19 percent had some confidence while 13 percent had little.

Story aired on WTJT-TV (CBS 58), March 22, 2019

Alan J. Borsuk, senior fellow in law and public policy, wrote about Michelle Obama’s visit to Milwaukee and her conversation with students in the “College Possible” program.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 22, 2019

Julia Azari, associate professor of political science, commented on the new rules of the Democratic National Convention. “The number of debate spins are capped at 20. The candidate will need to get to at least 1 percent support in three national polls or early primary polls, or they could raise money from a minimum of 65,000 unique donors from 20 states,” she said.

NPR story aired on KOPB-FM (Portland, OR), Capital Public Radio (Sacramento, CA), Hawaii Public Radio, KUOW-FM (Seattle, WA), KPCC-FM (Los Angeles, CA), and multiple other news outlets nationwide, March 22, 2019

Anthony Pennington-Cross, Bell Chair in Real Estate and professor of finance, estimates about $2.2 million will go to Milwaukee’s Airbnb hosts during next year’s Democratic National Convention. His findings show that $1.5 million of the total combined income made by Airbnb hosts during 2020 DNC will be brought in by new hosts– those who will list their homes in response to the convention.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee BizTimes, March 25, 2019

Marquette University students spend spring break with Habitat for Humanity
Eight Marquette students spent the week of spring break in Enid, Oklahoma, painting, sawing, installing dry walls and windows, a tradition that goes back more than 20 years.

Story appeared on Enid News and Eagle, March 24, 2019

Daniel Rowe, professor of math, statistics and computer science, commented on the historical outcomes of all 136 5-seed basketball teams winning in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. “The probability of a 5 beating a 12 is 65 percent," he said.

Story aired on WDJT-TV (CBS 58), March 20, 2019


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