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    November 2011

    News coverage highlighting Duquesne’s experts and initiatives.

    Nov. 30
    Official Calls for Urgency on College Costs
    Post-Gazette published an interview with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, an article that ran in the Nov. 29 New York Times. In his discussion of spiraling college costs, Duncan used Duquesne as an example for other higher-education officials to “think more creatively — and with much greater urgency” about ways to contain costs and reduce student debt. He applauded Duquesne for offering a 50 percent discount on tuition and fees for freshmen who enroll in the School of Education.

    One Expert Predicts Shopping Decline; Not All Consumers Agree
    South Hills Almanac quoted Dr. Audrey Guskey, associate professor of marketing, on the economic strength of the holiday shopping season.

    Newsmaker: Nancy Trun
    Tribune-Review featured a Newsmaker on Nancy Trun, associate professor of biology,   whose teaching methods were recognized as a national model for learning by Science Education for New Civic Engagement and Responsibility and The Critical Thinking Assessment Test. She developed ways to train biology students in critical thinking and other scientific skills, and the National Science Foundation awarded her a $205,000 grant to continue her work.

    Impact of Retail Theft
    KDKA-TV interviewed Dr. Dorene Ciletti, assistant professor of marketing and sports marketing, on the impact of retail thefts on stores, prices and honest consumers.

    Liquor Privatization
    Post-Gazette featured testimony on a liquor privatization that referenced research by Dr. Antony Davies, associate professor of economics, and then-graduate student John Pulito, commissioned by the Commonwealth Foundation.

    Duquesne University Professor Teams with Artist to Create the ‘Spiral of Life’
    Dr. John A. Pollock, associate professor of biological sciences, and artist Joana Ricou were featured in the Great Minds newsletter of Pittsburgh Magazine. Their collaboration resulted in a mural, Spiral of Life, that was part of the 200th anniversary celebration of Darwin, that placed sixth overall among entries in the International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge, a competition co-sponsored by Science magazine and the National Science Foundation.

    Nov. 29
    Family-held Company Recognized for Treating Its Customers Right
    Dr. James Weber, professor of business ethics and management, was quoted about how a local firm has integrated ethics.

    Nov. 28
    Pennsylvania Grapples With Restitution for Wrongly Convicted
    Tribune-Review featured an article about Pennsylvania and restitution for the wrongly convicted. The Advisory Committee on Wrongful Convictions, part of the Senate panel, spent nearly five years studying, in part, the best investigative and legal practices across the country. Law professor John Rago headed the 52-member committee.

    Nov. 27
    Poverty Has Taken Root in Suburbs
    Dr. Mike Irwin, associate professor and chair of the Department of Sociology, was quoted in the Tribune-Review on poverty in the suburbs.

    O’Rourke New Director of Business Ethics at Beard Institute
    Tribune-Review announced that Bill O’Rourke is now director of business ethics at the Beard Institute in the Duquesne University Palumbo-Donahue School of Business.

    Nov. 25
    Where Has the Magic of Black Friday Shopping Gone?
    Pittsburgh Business Times featured an article written by Dr. Audrey Guskey, marketing professor, about the magic of Black Friday shopping.

    Nov. 22
    Duquesne University Women’s Advisory Board Honor ‘Women of Distinction’
    The Duquesne University Women’s Advisory Board honored Marie Milie Jones, Claudia Pinza and Cynthia McCarthy as Women of Distinction during its Power Ball 2011, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

    Nov. 18
    Bishop Zubik Meets With Duquesne Faculty
    Pittsburgh Catholic reported that Bishop Zubik spoke to Duquesne faculty of the need for the faithful to be a loving people by focusing on Pope Benedict XVI’s first encyclical, Deus Caritas Est (God is Love).

    Nov. 15
    Corbett Mum on Sandusky Safety Protections
    The Standard Speaker interviewed Law Dean Ken Gormley for this article about Gov. Tom Corbett’s choosing to not disclose details about his role as the state attorney general regarding the then investigation into allegations of child sexual abuse by Penn State Coach Jerry Sandusky.

    Bishop Finn Avoids Indictment by Entering Diversion Program
    The Kansas City Star interviewed Dr. Nick Cafardi, law professor and dean emeritus, for this article about the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph avoiding potential criminal misdemeanor indictment by entering a diversion program.

    Nov. 14
    Psychotherapy Services in Spanish
    The Post-Gazette announced that the University’s Psychology Clinic is now offering free counseling and psychotherapy services to native Spanish speakers.

    Nov. 13
    Liberal Admirer Attempts Fair-and-Balanced Bio of William F. Buckley Jr.
    Dr. James B. Burnham, distinguished service professor in the School of Business, wrote this book review of Buckley: William F. Buckley Jr. And The Rise of American Conservatism for the Post-Gazette.

    Others Say They Saw Sandusky’s Alleged Acts at Penn State
    Dr. Nick Cafardi, professor of law and dean emeritus, was quoted in this Charlotte Observer article about the Penn State child sexual abuse investigation.

    Personnel Moves: Awards
    The Tribune-Review announced that Suzanne Higginbotham, Monica Skomo and Robert Laux received the George H. Searight Community Service Award from the Pennsylvania Pharmacy Association for their roles on the University’s Wellness Team in offering free health and wellness screenings to uninsured and medically underinsured populations.

    Nov. 12
    Antony Davies: U.S. Middle Class Is The Real 1%

    The Wisconsin State Journal included this article about the Occupiers on Wall Street written by Associate Economics Professor Dr. Antony Davies.

    Nov. 11
    Symposium Pushes Beyond the Basic for Businesses
    The Post-Gazette included this feature article on the Beard Institute’s fifth annual symposium, Sustainable Business: Responsibility & Results.

    Nov. 10
    Counting Continues for DA’s Office in Washington County
    The Tribune-Review featured Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz in this article about the Washington County district attorney election results being delayed due to the counting of absentee ballots. The article also appeared in the Associated Press.

    Plum to Begin Including PSSA Scores on Student Transcripts
    The Plum Advance leader interviewed Debbie Zugates, director of admissions, for this article about the impact of the Plum school district adding PSSA scores to student transcripts on acceptance into college. The article also appeared in the Tribune-Review.

    New Forensic Science Center in Works
    Lab Manager Magazine mentioned the Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law as a recipient of a National Institute of Justice grant through its partnership with RTI International to form a new Forensic Science Technology Center of Excellence.

    Nov. 9
    Sneaky Fees And What You Can Do About Them
    Associate Marketing Professor Dr. Audrey Guskey was interviewed by WPXI-TV for this story about what consumers can do about hidden fees.

    Nov. 7
    The American Entrepreneur Featuring Tom Nist
    Tom Nist, director of graduate programs and the Donahue Chair in Investment Management, was featured as a guest on The American Entrepreneur radio show, during which he discussed the unemployment rate and the recession.

    Nov. 6
    In Sexual Abuse Case, a Focus on How Paterno Reacted
    The New York Times
    interviewed Dr. Nick Cafardi, law professor and dean emeritus, for this article about the Penn State University sex abuse scandal.

    Britain Eyes Time Management, Considers Switching to Central European Time
    Dr. Joe Coohill, assistant professor of history, was quoted in this Post-Gazette article about members of Britain’s Parliament discussing whether to switch to Central European Time.

    Nov. 5
    Vice President Focuses Speech on Education, College Debt
    The Tribune-Review interviewed Dr. Matt Marlin, chair of economics and quantitative science, for this article about Vice President Biden stressing the importance of higher education during his visit to Pittsburgh.

    Nov. 4
    Could Lawsuit Stall Arena Project?
    The Morning Call
    interviewed Law Professor Joe Sabino Mistick for this article about a lawsuit that could slow down the progress of plans for a new minor league hockey arena being built in Allentown.

    Nov. 3
    Vice President Will Pitch Jobs Bill at Pitt
    Dr. Matt Marlin, chair of economics and quantitative science, was interviewed for this Tribune-Review article about Vice President Joe Biden discussing the American Jobs Act during his visit to Pittsburgh.

    Weight Loss Guidelines for Athletes
    Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
    included this article by Dr. Paula Sammarone Turocy, professor and chair of athletic training, about safe weight loss guidelines for athletes.

    Nov. 1
    Newsmaker: Ann Marie Witchger Hansen
    The Tribune-Review featured this Newsmaker on Ann Marie Hansen, an assistant professor of occupational therapy, in recognition of her role in assisting the Brother’s Brother Foundation collect much-needed medical supplies and equipment to send to rural clinics in Tanzania, Africa.

    Photo Gallery: Business Growth Expo
    The Pittsburgh Business Times (PBT) included this photo of an exhibit by the Small Business Development Center at the PBT’s Business Growth Expo.

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