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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.

August 7, 2019


President Lovell, Amy Lovell discuss launching SWIM initiative in ‘Upfront’ interview
President Michael R. Lovell said: “We had a forum here on campus around disparities in Milwaukee, and we had a panel of experts from all fields, from health care and education to the criminal justice system. They were speaking about what are the root causes of disparities in Milwaukee, and it became apparent that the root causes are around trauma. I made a connection that, if we can address the trauma of the people of the city are experiencing, we can maybe change the trajectory of their lives.”

Story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), WBAY-TV (Green Bay), WAOW-TV (Wausau), Aug. 4, 2019

Marquette-ISM Manufacturing Survey reveals slowdown in Midwest factory production
The monthly index conducted by Marquette’s Center for Supply Chain Management found that factory activities in parts of Wisconsin and Illinois fell from 56.11 to 46.44 in the last month. A respondent to the Milwaukee-ISM survey said, “Slowdowns in Chinese and European markets are impacting production in the United States.”

Story appeared on The New York Times, Reuters, U.S. News & World Report, July 31, 2019
Similar story appeared on BizTimes Milwaukee, July 31, 2019

Marquette University recognized among top seven universities attended by Illinois public high school graduates
According to data from the Illinois Board of Higher Education, since 2013, more students from Illinois public high schools are choosing to go to college out of state. Marquette was recognized as one of the top choice schools for Illinois graduates.

Story aired on WICS-TV (ABC 20), (Springfield, Illinois), Aug. 6, 2019

Marquette Law School Poll reveals voter thoughts on universal background checks for all Wisconsin gun purchases
The poll revealed that almost 80 percent of Wisconsin voters in gun households support extending background checks to private gun sales. Almost half of voters also favor a ban on “assault-style” weapons.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Green Bay Press Gazette, Wausau Daily Herald, Wisconsin Rapids Tribune, Aug. 5-6, 2019
Story aired on WTMJ-Radio (620 AM), WKBT-TV (CBS, La Crosse), Aug. 5-6, 2019

Dr. Philip Rocco, assistant professor of political science in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, discussed the latest in U.S. census development. “The practical implication of not having the citizenship question on the census is that the risk of an undercount on the census is a little bit lower and that has huge implications for the number of representatives that your state gets in Congress and the amount of federal funds that your state gets from the federal government,” he said.

Story aired on Spectrum News 1, Aug. 2, 2019

Dr. Barrett McCormick, professor of political science in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, commented on the takedown of 8chan, the website where the El Paso shooting suspect posted his manifesto, according to authorities. “Banning 8chan just buys a little bit of time. Those folks will just find other places to go. 8chan is by no means the only website — it’s just a convenient place they’re all at right now,” he said.

Story appeared on WDJT-TV (CBS 58), Aug. 5, 2019

Hon. Janine Geske, trustee and distinguished professor of law emerita, was mentioned in an article for her work with the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in helping bring the concept of restorative justice to healing circles of prayer.

Story appeared on The Catholic Spirit, Aug. 2, 2019

Dr. Jier Huang, assistant professor of chemistry in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, received a Department of Energy grant for her work on solar energy systems. Huang’s goal is to convert carbon dioxide into other chemicals that could be used to store energy produced by solar panels. “Solar energy is one of the best solutions to meet future energy demands, because it is the most abundant and sustainable natural energy source. There is a growing desire to develop effective strategies for direct harvest and conversion of solar energy into a usable energy format,” she said. 

Story appeared on WisBusiness, Aug. 5, 2019

Prof. Michael O’Hear, professor of law, says a new trial for convicted murderer Steven Avery is not a given. Following Avery’s flawed conviction and chance to be on the path to freedom, O’Hear cautioned that, “Avery is getting a hearing back in the circuit court on a fairly limited issue, that is, whether the state improperly turned over [evidence] to the Halbach family without providing notice to Avery. The big challenge for Avery has been, and will continue to be, demonstrating that any improprieties by the state actually mattered to his conviction.”

Story appeared in the Statesman Journal, Wisconsin Rapids Tribune, Appleton Post-Crescent, Aug. 6, 2019

Diane Foley, mother of Marquette alumnus and journalist James Foley, spoke out on protecting journalists and American hostages abroad. Since the death of her son, Foley has taken great measures to advocate for the freedom of American hostages held abroad and to promote the safety of journalists worldwide. As part of the James W. Foley Safety Guide graduate curriculum and collaboration with the Alliance for a Culture of Safety, an undergraduate journalist safety program will be piloted at Marquette University this fall.

Story appeared on The Daily Beast, July 31, 2019

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