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    March 2011

    March 2011 news highlighting Duquesne’s experts and initiatives. 

    March 31
    Army Suicide Prevention Efforts Raising Privacy Concerns
    Dr. Joan Kiel, associate professor of health management systems and the University compliance officer, was quoted in this USA Today article about the question of privacy issues regarding the Army’s efforts to reduce suicides by sharing more of soldiers’ personal therapy information. The article also appeared in the Tucson Citizen and the Army Times.

    Natural Gas Industry Feels Effects of Obama Energy Speech
    Dr. Kent Moors, professor of political science and director of the Energy Policy Research Group, was interviewed on KDKA-Radio’s Mike Pintek Show, where he discussed the impact of President Barack Obama’s national speech about energy.

    March 30
    Will the PCAOB Tighten Auditing Standards?
    Computerworld quoted Bob Kollar, assistant professor of marketing, in this article about a recommendation by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board to evaluate financial statements provided by auditors.

    Pa. Speaker Seeks to Cut 50 Members From House
    The Washington Observer-Reporter included this Associated Press article about a proposal to reduce the 203-member Pennsylvania House by 50 members. Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz was quoted. The article also appeared in the Stamford Advocate, the Albany Times Union, the York Dispatch and the Westport-News.

    March 29
    Duquesne’s Everhart Is NABC District 4 Coach of the Year
    The Tribune-Review announced that Head Men’s Basketball Coach Ron Everhart has been selected District 4 basketball coach of the year by his peers in the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

    Halls to Induct Marino, LeBeau
    The Post-Gazette announced that John Rosato, director of football operations and recruiting coordinator, will be inducted into the Pittsburgh chapter of the National Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame.

    March 28
    Tiger Ranch’s Feline Survivors Get Harrison Home of Their Own
    Dr. Becky Morrow, assistant professor of biology, was featured in this Tribune-Review article about her efforts to house cats that have survived animal cruelty.

    Ruling Upholds NY Church Merger; Appeal Is Mulled
    Dr. Nick Cafaradi, dean emeritus and professor of law, was quoted in this Associated Press article that appeared in the Wall Street Journal about the Vatican’s decision to uphold the merger of two churches in the Syracuse Diocese. The article also appeared in the San Antonio Express and the Auburn Citizen.

    March 27
    Washington County Lawyers Say Trial Records Were Altered
    Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz was quoted in this Post-Gazette article about allegations that transcripts from a murder trial in Washington County have been altered.

    March 26
    Duquesne University Creates Research Institute for Energy and the Environment
    Techburger included this article about the University’s newly established Research Institute for Energy and the Environment.

    March 25
    Education Reformer Decries State Cuts
    The Tribune-Review featured this article on Geoffrey Canada, founder of the nonprofit Harlem Children’s Zone, who was in Pittsburgh to keynote a two-day conference on literacy and young children hosted by the School of Education.

    Importance of Reading to Kids Touted
    WDUQ-Radio included this story about the School of Education’s conference that addressed literacy and children.

    KQV Radio
    Dr. Audrey Guskey, associate professor of marketing, was interviewed by KQV Radio about Pittsburgh’s top 10 ranking in the country regarding the strength and health of its retail environment. She was also addressed this topic on PCNC-TV’s NightTalk, KDKA-TV’s Pittsburgh Today Live and the CW’s Consumer Tuesday segment.

    March 24
    California: Beware of the 5.2 Percent Rule
    Associate Professor of Economics Dr. Antony Davies wrote this opinion piece for the San Diego Union Tribune about California Gov. Jerry Brown’s solution to that state’s budget deficit issue.

    US Bishops Renew Vow to Oust Predator Priests
    The Seattle Post Intelligencer ran this Associated Press article about a renewed pledge by members of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops to remove predator priests from the church. Dr. Nick Cafaradi, dean emeritus and professor of law, was quoted. The article also ran in the Miami Herald, the Kansas City Star, the San Jose Mercury News and the San Francisco Examiner.

    Leaders Promised Focus on Job Creation, But Action Has Been Limited
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution interviewed Dr. Antony Davies, associate professor of economics, for this article about the lack of legislation on job growth in Georgia.

    March 22
    Duquesne University Receives Two More Patents
    Techburgher included this announcement regarding the University receiving patents via Dr. Partha Basu, professor of chemistry, and former faculty member Charles Dameron.

    March 21
    On the Defense: Criminal Science
    The Philadelphia Inquirer quoted Associate Law Professor John Rago in this article about crime-solving techniques and methods being under legal attack in various court cases.

    Health On Monday: A New Way to Rehab Injuries—It’s Called Exercise!
    The Malta Independent featured Dr. Peg Houglum, associate professor of athletic training, in this article about the positive effects of exercise when injured.

    Legal Research Moves From the Print Library to Expensive Digital Databases
    This Post-Gazette article about the challenges of the transition from printed to digital/online resources used by those in the legal community includes a quote from Frank Liu, law librarian who also serves as director of the Allegheny County Law Library.

    ‘NightTalk’ Features Dr. Kent Moors
    PCNC-TV’s NightTalk featured Dr. Kent Moors, professor of political science and director of the Energy Policy Research Group, who discussed Japan’s increasing nuclear crisis.

    Feral Cats Rounded Up On South Side
    The Post-Gazette included Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences Dr. Becky Morrow in this article about local efforts to control the increasing feral cat population.

    March 20
    Cat Trappers Go Humane Route
    Dr. Becky Morrow, assistant professor of biological sciences, was interviewed for this Tribune-Review article about a local homeless cat management team that is working to capture feral cats from the South Side and surrounding neighborhoods so they can be spayed/neutered to help the increasing population.

    Newsmaker: Debbie Zugates
    The Tribune-Review featured a Newsmaker on Debbie Zugates, recognizing her being appointed the new director of undergraduate admissions.

    March 19
    Volunteers Catch, Spay, Neuter Wild Cats
    WTAE-TV interviewed Dr. Lisa Ludvico, assistant professor of biology, for this story on a Pittsburgh homeless cat management team that is working to capture local feral cats so they can be spayed/neutered in an effort to stop the increasing population.

    March 17
    Irish Ties: Pittsburgh Region Has a Strong Bond With the Emerald Isle
    Assistant Professor of History Dr. Joseph Coohill was quoted in this Post-Gazette article about Pittsburgh’s Irish roots and history.

    Liquor Privatization Can Be Done Right In Pennsylvania
    This Harrisburg Patriot-News Op-Ed piece on the potential privatization of state store wine and spirits sales quoted a study co-authored by Associate Professor of Economics Dr. Antony Davies.

    March 16
    Duquesne Hosting Free SBIR/STTR Application Training
    The Pittsburgh Business Times included this article about the Small Business Development Center hosting workshops to help technology startups get federal research funding through the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Research programs.

    ‘NightTalk’ Features Dr. Kent Moors
    Dr. Kent Moors, professor of political science and director of the Energy Policy Research Group, was a guest on PCNC-TV’s NightTalk, where he addressed Japan’s nuclear crisis.

    March 13
    Landowners Irked by New Lines to Transport Gas to Market
    Dr. Kent Moors, professor of political science and director of the Energy Policy Research Group, was quoted in this Tribune-Review article about local landowners upset by large, above-ground pipes installed by Peoples Natural Gas. The article also appeared in the Tarentum Valley News Dispatch, the Connellsville Daily Courier, the Leader Times and the Monessen Valley Independent.

    Expanded Field of 68 Gives NCAA Tournament Some New Moves
    Athletic Director Greg Amodio was interviewed for this Post-Gazette article about the NCAA expanding participation in its annual tournament to 68 teams.

    March 12
    Soothing Sounds: Hospitals’ Hallways Filled With Live Music
    This Tribune-Review article about live music being performed at UPMC Mercy hospital mentions performances by Duquesne music faculty and students.

    March 10
    Fracking Questions Fielded at City Hall
    Dr. John Stolz, professor of biology and director of the Center for Environmental Education and Research, was quoted in this CantonRep.com article about Canton City Council members’ concern about the effect of fracking on the city’s water supply.

    March 9
    Shale Panel Will Be Under Close Scrutiny

    Dr. Kent Moors, director of the Energy Policy Research Group and a political science professor, was quoted in this Tribune-Review article about Gov. Tom Corbett’s new Marcellus Shale Commission.

    March 7
    Gas Prices Going Up, But Not Changing Spending Habits

    WPXI-TV
    interviewed Associate Marketing Professor Dr. Audrey Guskey for this story about the increase in gasoline prices effect on consumer spending.

    March 6
    Bogus E-mail in Alleged Police Beating May Not Be Crime

    The Tribune-Review interviewed Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz for this article about whether a criminal investigation is needed for a local case in which a fake email was made to appear as if it originated from the Pittsburgh police union.

    March 5
    College Students Do Habitat Home Work on Break

    The Palm Beach Post included this article on Duquesne University students doing volunteer and community work in Riviera Beach, Fla., on their spring break.

    Near Dawn Break-in Attempt by FBI Scares, Angers Family
    Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz was quoted in this Post-Gazette article about the legality of law enforcement agents knocking in a door without a search warrant.

    US Catholics Win Rare Victories on Church Closures
    The Associated Press
    interviewed Dr. Nick Cafardi, dean emeritus and law professor, for this article about a rare case in which the Vatican overturned an Allentown bishop’s decision to close eight area churches. The article also ran in the Los Angeles Times, USA Today and The Canadian Press.

    Roman Catholic Church Changes Mass to a More Formal Version
    Dr. George Worgul, professor of theology, was quoted in this Harrisburg Patriot News article about changes that will be made to the language used during a Catholic Mass.

    March 4
    CMU, Pitt, Duquesne on List of Best Undergraduate Business Schools

    The Pittsburgh Business Times included this article about Duquesne ranking 78th in Bloomberg Businessweek’s list of the country’s best undergraduate business schools.

    March 3
    Tweets, Blog Mark Royal Wedding’s Step Into Internet Era

    Dr. Joseph Coohill, assistant professor of history, was interviewed for this Post-Gazette article about the impact of the Internet and social media in promoting England’s next royal wedding.

    March 1
    Charlie Sheen: ‘Spiraling Out of Control’

    Dr. Joseph Sora, assistant professor of journalism, was interviewed by the Post-Gazette for this article about Charlie Sheen’s public behavior.

    Bargain Hunters: Best Times to Buy
    WPXI-TV
    interviewed Dr. Audrey Guskey, associate professor of marketing, for this story about the best times during the year for consumers to purchase specific items.

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in 10 schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.