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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.

Sept. 11, 2019


Marquette University opens new Physician Assistant Studies building
Marquette University recently opened a new 44,000-square-foot Physician Assistant Studies building. The facility was created to accommodate the school’s newly expanded program, which in 2018 received nearly 1,400 applications. Among many other things, the building features rooms that simulate an inpatient and emergency department setting, equipped with sophisticated mannequins that “bleed, cry and sweat,” said Dr. William E. Cullinan, dean of the College of Health Sciences. 

Story appeared in the Milwaukee BizTimes, Sept. 10, 2019

Marquette Law School Poll reveals Biden leading Trump in hypothetical matchup in Wisconsin
The most recent Marquette University Law School Poll shows former Vice President Joe Biden ahead of President Donald Trump 51 percent to 42 percent among registered voters in Wisconsin. While the President also trails Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, 48 percent to 44 percent, Trump ties with Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kamala Harris of California.

Story appeared on CNN PoliticsFox NewsMicrosoft  NewsBloombergThe Hill and dozens of other outlets, Sept. 4-5, 2019  

Dr. Paul Nolette, assistant professor of political science in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, discussed drug company and retailer donations to state attorneys general amid legal settlements. He said he thinks the donations are meant to expand access. "While the companies likely realize that some sort of broader opioid settlement is inevitable at this point, the donations might help gain additional access to the AGs at a critical moment in the investigation." 

Story appeared on NBC News, Sept. 10, 2019

Scaling Wellness in Milwaukee urges local businesses to address trauma-informed care
Scaling Wellness in Milwaukee, or SWIM, is a movement spearheaded by Marquette University with the goal of bringing awareness to the impacts of trauma in the city. The movement is now focusing its efforts on encouraging local businesses to apply, through training, trauma-informed policies to better manage challenges. The trauma-informed training uses a survey that helps measure an employee's level of past or present trauma.

Story aired on Wisconsin Public Radio, Sept. 10, 2019

Carolyn Smith, M.D., assistant clinical professor of exercise science in the College of Health Sciences, discussed the serious side effects five common drugs can have on the health of runners. Smith, who is also an avid runner, said if these medications are necessary, it is important to know the hazards they can present when in conjunction with working out. One antibiotic, Fluoroquinolone, can lead to Achilles tendon tears as the drug can “affect the collagen matrix, blocking your body’s ability to repair damage to this critical connective tissue over time.”

Story appeared on Runner’s World, Sept. 4, 2019

Dr. Brian R. Hoffmann, assistant professor of biomedical engineering in the Opus College of Engineering, explained how artificial sweeteners have a negative effect on the body. "Non-caloric artificial sweeteners are foreign chemicals that your body does not have the machinery to deal with," Hoffmann said. "Even those marketed as 'natural' because they are from a plant are foreign and it does not mean your body has the machinery to process them.” Hoffmann has studied how high-sugar and high-sweetener diets impact the health of rats. 

Story appeared on Business Insider, Sept. 4, 2019

Marquette student from the Bahamas describes Hurricane Dorian’s impact on hometown, family
Solange Allen, of Nassau, Bahamas, said while her family back home is safe, just watching the storm unfold from more than 1,300 miles away was scary and devastating. “It was definitely stressful, because it is constant updates and the storm is changing every so often and it is hard to make sure everyone is ok.” Allen is a sophomore biomedical engineering student at Marquette. 

Story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), Sept. 3, 2019

Marquette University protects against enrollment declines
In a campuswide letter sent Sept. 5, Marquette President Michael R. Lovell wrote that "turbulence in higher education is affecting Marquette" and university leadership worked over the summer on ways to manage costs and become more efficient. The university’s staff workforce reductions are meant as a proactive solution to address an expected enrollment decline of up to 20 percent by 2026.

Story aired on Wisconsin Public Radio, Sept. 9, 2019

Dr. Tim McMahon, associate professor of history in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, discussed Irish partition history in view of Great Britain’s attempted Brexit deal. “The whole idea of throwing partition out there was to scupper Home Rule, to make a proposal so terrible that no one would ever accept it,” McMahon said. “Both nationalists and unionists felt that they were being double-dealt.”

Story appeared on Politico, Sept. 8, 2019

Prof. Michael O’Hear, professor of law in the Marquette Law School, explained Steven Avery’s appeals process. Avery, whose conviction of the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach is featured in the Netflix docu-series “Making a Murderer,” is now taking his case to the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and possibly to the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the federal justice system. “There is not a set-in-stone schedule for deciding appeals, but the whole process typically takes about six to 12 months from start to finish,” O’Hear said.

Story appeared in several USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin papers, Sept. 6, 2019


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