1. Law and graduate nursing programs rank high in U.S. News & World Report

The latest graduate school rankings from U.S. News and World Report show Marquette programs ranking among the best in the country.

The dispute resolution program in Marquette University’s Law School is listed at sixth nationally in the magazine’s 2012 rankings. The Law School’s part-time law program is ranked 16th and legal writing 22nd. For the first time, U.S. News also surveyed the nation’s top law firms; based on that fall 2010 reputation survey, Marquette ranked 58th. The Law School itself is ranked 95th.

The midwifery program in the College of Nursing is 19th nationally, while the graduate program for the college itself is 44th.

The magazine lists Marquette’s executive MBA program 20th nationwide, entrepreneurship program 24th and part-time MBA program 50th.

The physician assistant program in the College of Health Sciences is ranked 42nd and graduate biomedical engineering program in the College of Engineering is 54th. The College of Education’s graduate program is ranked 91st.

The magazine does not rank all graduate programs annually.

“We’re very pleased to be recognized for our academic excellence in these programs and that others nationwide also recognize the quality of these programs,” said Dr. Jeanne Hossenlopp, vice provost for research and dean of the Graduate School. “Such rankings are certainly a source of pride for Marquette, but they’re also just one factor that should be used in assessing an individual program or university.”

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2. University mourns death of Dr. John Grams

Marquette University mourns the death of Dr. John Grams, associate professor of broadcast and electronic communication, who died Monday, March 14. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Grams specialized in broadcast media history, popular culture and jazz history, and was an avid Lionel train enthusiast.

He joined Marquette as an instructor in 1964, was promoted to assistant professor in 1968 and associate professor in 1976. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1956, his master’s from Marquette in 1963 and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1973.

Condolences can be sent to his daughter, Jennifer Lowe, PO Box 465, Downer’s Grove, IL 60514.

Please remember Dr. Grams, his family and friends in prayer.

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3. Wisconsin State Supreme Court candidates to debate at Law School

Justice David Prosser and Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg, candidates for the Wisconsin Supreme Court, will debate at “On the Issues with Mike Gousha” Monday, March 21, at 7 p.m., at Eckstein Hall.

A panel consisting of Gousha, Patrick Marley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, JR Ross of WisPolitics.com and Janine Geske, distinguished professor of law and former Wisconsin Supreme Court justice, will question the candidates as part of the debate.

Prosser and Kloppenburg will discuss their qualifications, judicial philosophies and the important issues facing the state's highest court during a one-hour debate. Kloppenburg has been a litigator and prosecutor at the Wisconsin Department of Justice since 1989. Prosser was appointed to the Court in 1998 and elected to a 10-year term in 2001. The election will be held Tuesday, April 5.

Register online.

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4. Jesuit to speak about his work with Los Angeles gangs

The Center for Peacemaking will host Rev. Greg Boyle, S.J., founder of Homeboy Industries, for “Tattoos on the Heart,” a discussion about gang intervention and re-entry programs Wednesday, March 23, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Eckstein Hall Appellate Courtroom. No registration is needed. The event is free and open to the public.

Father Boyle started Homeboy Industries in 1998 in response to gang violence in Los Angeles, Calif., which is now the largest organization of its kind in the nation as well as a national model for intervention programs.

In conjunction with Father Boyle’s presentation, the Center for Peacemaking will also host a forum, “Connecting the Dots: Linking community resources for youth,” Thursday, March 24, from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the AMU Ballrooms. The forum will feature four community members who have experience working with at-risk youth. Register by Friday, March 18, by e-mailing your name, organization and phone number. Seating is limited.

For more information contact the Center for Peacemaking at 8-8444.

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5. Conference to address pharmaceutical use in long-term care facilities

The registration deadline for the Marquette Elder's Advisor Conference, hosted by the Law School, is Wednesday, March 23. The conference, “Drugs and Money in Long-Term Care,” is Friday, March 25, in Eckstein Hall.

The conference brings together a variety of practitioners and academics to speak about the use of pharmaceuticals for residents of long-term care facilities. Speakers will address the impact of regulatory requirements on the delivery of medications, the impact of consumer choice and cost on drug markets, and the implications of the medicalization of aging as a disease rather than treating aging as a natural process. The closing discussion will address the legal, ethical and medical concerns surrounding the ability of long-term care residents and their decision-makers to refuse medications and treatment.

The conference is free to Marquette students and employees. Register online.

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6. Harvard professor of Jewish Studies to present Père Marquette Lecture

The 2010 Père Marquette Lecture will be presented by Dr. Jon Levenson on Sunday, March 27, at 2 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium. Levenson, the Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies at Harvard University, will present “Abraham Between Torah and Gospel.” Levenson will highlight differences rather than similarities in the relations of Judaism and Christianity to the figure of Abraham, with additional differences that appear in Islam. Levenson’s work concentrates on the interpretation of the Hebrew Bible, including its reinterpretations in the “rewritten Bible” of Second Temple Judaism. A reception will follow.

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7. Annex holding viewing parties for men’s and women’s tournament games

The Union Sports Annex will hold viewing parties for the men’s and women’s NCAA basketball tournament games this weekend. The Annex will open at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow, March 18, for the men’s 6:27 p.m. tip-off against Xavier, and at noon Saturday, March 19, for the women’s 12:30 p.m. tip-off against Texas. Each game will include fan giveaways and food specials.

The Annex website will be updated with viewing party and game information for each team if they progress through the tournament.

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8. Engineering and neuroscience hosting colloquiums

Dr. Jim Grotelueschen, vice president of engineering and manufacturing at Telezygology, will present a Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering colloquium at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, in Olin Engineering 120. Grotelueschen will present “Education, Entrepreneuring, Execution.”

The Integrative Neuroscience Research Center will host Dr. Lauren Jacobson, associate professor of neuropharmacology and neuroscience at Albany Medical College, Tuesday, March 22, at 3:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex 256. Jacobson will present “Antidepressant Regulation of HPA Function: Relevance to Predicting Antidepressant Response.”

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9. Centennial Seminar airing on Time Warner Cable on Sunday

The fall Diederich College of Communication Centennial Seminar that focused on the role of journalism in democracy is scheduled to air on Time Warner Cable WORLD, 10.2 (MPTV), Sunday, March 20, at 3 p.m. The seminar was a student-produced program for the Burleigh Lecture Series that took place Thursday, Feb. 24, featuring a live roundtable discussion of nationally known journalists.

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