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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. 25, 2019


Marquette’s new On Your Marq program helps students with autism adjust to college life
On Your Marq is a new Disability Services program at Marquette. The program provides mentors for students on the autism spectrum, with a focus on navigating academics, social skills, independent living and the unique ways autism interacts with the college experience. Emily Raclaw, program director, calls On Your Marq an “extra layer of support to be a successful.”

Story aired on WTMJ-TV (NBC 4) and Yahoo News, Sept. 24, 2019

Marquette President Michael R. Lovell spoke about ongoing turbulence in higher education amid a projected 15- to 25-percent decline in college-age students come 2026. “People are questioning the value of higher ed for the first time in our history. There is a lot of pressure on pricing, there’s a lot of competition for students and we really have to show their return on investments,” he said. “You have to be willing to change, which is hard, because the university has been set up in a certain way for a long, but again I think the forces are going to cause all of us to change.”

Story aired on WISN-TV’s Upfront (ABC 12), Sept. 22, 2019

Dr. Paul Nolette, associate professor of political science in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, co-wrote an analysis about opioid litigation in which he describes how government agencies across the U.S. are suing pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors under the premise they have helped create the opioid crisis that has claimed hundreds of thousands of American lives. In the piece, he writes that much like the case against the tobacco industry in the 1990s, opioid litigation will likely be difficult to resolve because its affects a great number of people, many would want a share of a settlement and the federal law limits the amount of money a court can award in such lawsuits.

Story appeared in The Washington Post, Sept. 21, 2019

Marquette names its first Latinx studies professor
Dr. Sergio Gonzalez is Marquette University’s first-ever professor of Latinx studies. Gonzalez said the course aims to promote the history of Latino communities in Wisconsin, with the goal of understanding that “Latino studies and Latino history is a part of American history, so we can incorporate that within the larger stories about the nation and how the nation came to be.”

Story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), Yahoo News and, Sept. 23, 2019

Dr. Dora Clayton-Jones, assistant professor of nursing, discussed sickle cell disease and how the roughly 100,000 Americans afflicted with it possess genes that turn red blood cells crescent shaped, causing a “traffic jam” in the bloodstream. “That causes pain. No oxygen is delivered, and tissue will die, and it can cause organ damage as well,” she said. Clayton-Jones was recently elected President of the International Association of Sickle Cell Nurses and Professional Associates. September is National Sickle Cell Awareness month.

Story aired on CW 18 Milwaukee, Sept. 21, 2019

Marquette University to expand computer science access for Milwaukee Public Schools
Dr. Dennis Brylow, professor of computer science in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, has received nearly $2 million in a National Science Foundation collaborative research grant to promote computer science education among teachers in public schools. Brylow will lead a team of researchers in an effort to examine some of the key obstacles to computer science equity and explore questions about how exposure to computer science can affect students.

Story appeared on EdScoop, Sept. 23, 2019

Dr. Charles Franklin, professor of law and director of the Marquette University Law School Poll, commented on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s formal impeachment inquiry against President Trump. “I think one of the biggest things that has changed is you’ve seen a number of Democrats who have been reluctant to do an impeachment inquiry coming on board, including seven freshman Democrats from moderate suburban districts — the kind of people who might face an electoral problem by doing this,” he said. “She [Pelosi] said she was instructing six house committees to proceed with an investigation. That’s a little vague to my ear about exactly what that does in terms of impeachment.”

Story appeared on WISC-TV (Channel 3000, Madison) Sept. 24, 2019

Prof. Stephen Hudson-Mairet, chair and associate professor of digital media and performing arts in the Diederich College of Communication, talked about the upcoming show season at Marquette Threatre and more. “The theme is ‘Dream Come True.’ The plays are Peter and the Starcatcher; then Crumbs from the Table of Joy and our children’s show Arnie the Doughnut; then The Theory of Relativity, our musical; and we’re closing with Julius Caesar. On some level, it’s all looking at big ideas—the dreams and individuals pursuing their dreams,” he said.

Interview appeared in the Shepherd Express, Sept. 24, 2019

Marquette Blockchain Lab leader named rising star in technology
Gabrielle Suliga, president and director of events for Marquette’s Blockchain Lab, made the Milwaukee Business Journal’s list of “rising stars in Wisconsin’s tech scene you need to know.” The Blockchain Lab is a student-run virtual, interdisciplinary laboratory, facilitating education and innovation. Suliga played an integral role in the lab’s partnership with Northwestern Mutual last year and the launch of the inaugural Milwaukee Blockchain Conference. The event drew more than 300 business leaders, entrepreneurs and students.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Business Journal, Sept. 20, 2019

Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, Marquette alumnus George Lardner Jr. dies
George Lardner Jr., who graduated from Marquette with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1956, died Sept. 21 at age 85. Lardner worked as an investigative reporter for The Washington Post, and is remembered for the reporting he did on his own daughter’s murder. During his more than 40 years in journalism, Lardner also reported on historic events such as the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the civil rights movement, the Watergate affair and its aftermath, bank malfeasance and assorted high-profile trials and scandals.

Story appeared in The Washington Post, Sept. 23, 2019

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