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May

News coverage highlighting Duquesne’s experts and initiatives.

May 31
Pope’s Coming Encyclical on Environment Stirring Both Hope and Anxiety
The Post-Gazette interviewed Dr. Dan Scheid, assistant professor of theology, for this article about the highly anticipated encyclical from Pope Francis regarding the environment that is due out this summer. The article also appeared in the Toledo Blade and the Associated Press.

May 29
Most Candidates Endorsed by Anti-Wal-Mart Group Don’t Win Primary
Associate Law Professor Joe Sabino Mistick was quoted in this Tribune-Review article about the outcome of the primary races for McCandless council.

May 28
Duquesne Increases Minimum Wage to $16 an Hour
InsideHigherEd.com reported that Duquesne will increase its minimum wage to $16 an hour and boost salaries of those making less than $34,000.

What Rick Santorum Will Bring To Second Presidential Campaign
WESA’s Essential Pittsburgh interviewed Joe Sabino Mistick, associate professor of law, on the presidential bid of former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Rick Santorum.

May 27
Peter Singer: On Animal Rights and Human Rights
The 12th interview in a New York Times series with philosophers on race featured Dr. George Yancy, professor of philosophy, conversing with Peter Singer, a professor of bioethics at Princeton University.

Duquesne University Is Making a Difference in Education
WPXI-TV covered the sixth annual Sizemore Conference sponsored by the School of Education, focusing on issues impacting the quality of education, particularly in urban schools.

Divide and Save
U.S. News & World Report discussed a study co-authored by Dr. Pavel Yakovlev, associate professor of economics, which looked at what happens when one committee in a state legislative chamber is able to write both spending and taxing laws.

May 26
Duquesne University’s New Minimum Wage: $16 Per Hour
National Catholic Reporter announced that effective July 1, the minimum wage at Duquesne will increase to $16 per hour, up from $15 per hour for fiscal year 2014-2015. President Dr. Charles J. Dougherty was quoted. Similar stories appeared in Washington Observer-Reporter, WTAE-TV and WTRF-TV, WJAC-TV and WESA-FM.

Duquesne University to Bump Up Minimum Wage Again, to $16 an Hour
The Tribune-Review reported that Duquesne will increase its minimum wage to $16 an hour as of July 1. The story quoted President Dr. Charles J. Dougherty and spokesperson Rose Ravasio. The story also appeared in the Associated Press.

May 23
Jazz Orchestra Seeking Students for Training Programs
The Post-Gazette announced that Duquesne’s City Music Center and the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra are starting two new training programs that will target low-income students.

May 22
Duquesne University Receives $2M Alternative and Clean Energy Funding
PA Environment Daily, Northcentral Pa.com, Electric Energy Online and more than 40 other outlets reported that Duquesne received a $2 million Alternative Clean Energy Funding grant to upgrade its campus energy center.

Looking Back and Working Forward: How to Honor the Vets of Memorial Day with Remembering the Vets of Today
PCNC-TV’s show NightTalk featured a panel that included Dr. Roger Brooke, professor of psychology and director of Duquesne’s military psychological clinic, in a discussion of challenges of supporting vets today and how to get vets the help they need when they return to civilian life.

Exercise Stimulates Pain Modulation in Fibromyalgia
This Medscape.com article quoted Dr. Benedict Kolber, research and education coordinator for the Chronic Pain Research Consortium, about the positive effect of exercise on brain centers that modulate pain in patients with fibromyalgia.

May 19
Six Judges Nominated to Vie for Three Seats on Pa. Supreme Court
Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz was interviewed for this Tribune-Review article about the six judges who have been nominated for the three vacancies on the state supreme court.

Protect Court from Influence of Donations
The Philadelphia Inquirer published this op-ed piece by Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz about the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court race.

May 17
Lie Detector Tests Being Used to Monitor Sex Offenders and Guide Treatment
The Post-Gazette interviewed Law Professor Jane Moriarty for this article about the controversy over polygraph tests being used by probation officers in Pennsylvania to supervise sex offenders.

May 15
Legendary Bluesman B.B. King Inspired Decades of Musicians
Bill Purse, professor and chair of music technology and guitar, was quoted in this Tribune-Review article about the death of guitar legend B.B. King and his impact.

May 14
CFA Funds $9.8M in New Alternative, Clean Energy Investments
PA Environment Digest announced that Duquesne University was among various organizations to receive state funding for projects that focus on improving the environment. Duquesne received $2M to go toward improvements to the University’s Energy Center. The story also appeared on WKRG-TV.

Walmart Explores Cutting Shipping Costs to Compete with Amazon Prime
Associate Marketing Professor Dr. Audrey Guskey was interviewed by KDKA-TV for this story about Walmart possibly offering lower shipping costs in order to compete with Amazon Prime in online shopping.

May 13
Pittsburgh Piano Teachers Association Helps Students Advance Musical Education with Scholarships
The Tribune-Review quoted Karen Ferrick-Roman, media relations manager, for this article about local scholarship support for Pittsburgh natives studying music, including a Duquesne music major.

May 11
Do Half of All Marriages Really End in Divorce?
Theology Professor Dr. George Worgul was interviewed by WDTV as part of the station’s series about the high divorce rate in the United States.

May 10
Rice on the Road 2015 Lecture Series Comes to Hill District
The New Pittsburgh Courier interviewed Dr. Darlene Weaver, director of the Center for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, for this article about the center’s Rice on the Road series’ events being held in the Hill District.

May 9
Welch Wins Inaugural Pitt Education Award
The New Pittsburgh Courier announced that School of Education Dean Dr. Olga Welch received the inaugural Alan Lesgold Award for Excellence in Urban Education from the University of Pittsburgh.

May 7
Justices Scarce on The Commencement Scene This Year
The National Law Journal announced that Virginia Sen. Mark Warner will deliver the Commencement address at the School of Law’s graduation in June.

May 6
Could a New Pa. Supreme Court Be Better for Public Schools?
A Philadelphia Inquirer columnist interviewed Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz about whether a new Pennsylvania Supreme Court would be better for public schools.

May 5
Mother’s Day a Billion Dollar Business
KDKA-AM interviewed Dr. Audrey Guskey, associate professor of marketing, about the retail business Mother’s Day generates, from cards to clothing.

Law Enforcement Best Practices Focus on Montgomery County Senate Hearing
The Times-Herald reported that Law Professor John Rago was among the individuals who testified about best practices in law enforcement at a public hearing hosted by the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee.

May 4
Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, Duquesne Reach Out to City Youths in Subsidized Housing
The Tribune-Review reported that the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra and the City Music Center at Duquesne are working with the Pittsburgh Housing Authority in two education outreach programs. The article also appeared in the Associated Press.

Shaler Native Earns Duquesne University Leadership Award
The Tribune-Review announced that Executive-in-Residence James J. Byrne from the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business presented an award named in his honor—the James J. Byrne Award for Responsible Leadership—to Duquesne student Tyler Montabon. The story also appeared in the Associated Press.

May 3
Three Open Seats on Pa. Supreme Court Make for Pivotal Races
Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz was quoted in this Post-Gazette article about the pivotal state Supreme Court races.

May 2
Public, Private Partnership Sees Energy Use Drop
The Post-Gazette included this article about reduced energy consumption in various buildings across the city as part of the Pittsburgh 2030 Challenge program—which includes Duquesne—to cut energy usage.

Business Gallery
The Tribune-Review reported that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized Duquesne as a 2014-15 Individual Conference Champion of the College & University Green Power Challenge for using more renewable power than any other school in the Atlantic 10 conference. Also reported was the Sales Education Foundation naming Duquesne to the 2015 Top Universities for Professional Sales Education list.

These stories also appeared in the Associated Press.

All eyes are on Risa Vetri Ferman in Kathleen Kane case
The Tribune-Review interviewed law Professor Bruce Ledewitz about the release of a grand jury report on criminal charges against Attorney General Kathleen Kane and the public pressure it will create on the Montgomery County district attorney who must decide whether to file charges. The article also appeared in the Associated Press.

May 1
Economic Impact of Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight
KDKA-AM interviewed Dr. Ronald Dick, associate professor of sports marketing, about the economic impact of the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight.

Mt. Lebanon Chemist Joins Royal Society
Mount Lebanon Magazine reported that Dr. Partha Basu, chemistry and biochemistry professor, has been named to the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Catholic History Group to Celebrate 75th Anniversary
A Pittsburgh Catholic article about the Catholic Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania’s 75th anniversary noted that many historical artifacts are maintained at Duquesne’s Gumberg Library.

College Commencements: Who is Speaking Where?
The Harrisburg Patriot-News announced that Michael Collins, ambassador of Ireland to Germany, will be the commencement speaker for Duquesne on May 8.

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