Advisory: Marquette experts, stories for Fourth of July

June 29, 2020

gesu american flagMILWAUKEE — With Fourth of July weekend approaching, Marquette University has experts and story ideas available for the media.

Firework science

Dr. Christopher Stockdale is an associate professor and the assistant chair of physics in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences. He can discuss the science behind the colors of fireworks. Stockdale can be reached at

Fourth of July history

The Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, traces its origins back to the American Revolutionary War. Dr. J. Patrick Mullins, assistant professor of history in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, can offer historical perspective on the holiday. Mullins can be reached at

Media interested in covering these stories can contact the experts directly. For other topics, contact Shelby Williamson in the Office of Marketing and Communication at or (262) 441-0516.

The university is closed through Monday, July 6. Expert availability will be limited.

Note: Marquette will exercise best practices in social distancing for all media interviews to protect the health, safety and well-being of our university community and our partners in the media. Interviews will be done remotely via Skype or a similar mutually agreed upon technology; b-roll footage may be captured on a limited basis and in close coordination with the Office of Marketing and Communication.

About Shelby Williamson

Shelby Williamson

Shelby is a senior communication specialist in the Office of Marketing and Communication. Contact Shelby at (414) 288-6712 or