Duquesne in the News

News coverage highlighting Duquesne's experts and initiatives.

July 1
Are We Witnessing the Death of Reason and Truth in American Public Life?
Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz penned this piece for the Pennsylvania Capital Star about the rejection of reason and truth in American public life by both the Left and Right. His op-ed was inspired by recent events including the resignation of New York Times Opinion Editor James Bennet and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch's majority opinion in a recent case banning LGBTQ workplace discrimination.

June 30
Removing Police Presence from Schools Would Cause More Harm Than Good, Officers Say
The Post-Gazette interviewed School of Law Youth Advocacy Clinic Director Tiffany Sizemore for this story about police reactions to advocacy groups pushing for the removal of police officers from Pittsburgh Public Schools.

June 29
Two for the Price of One: Pair of Proposed Amendments to State Constitution Head to Pa. House
The PA Post interviewed Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz for this story about a pair of proposed amendments to the State Constitution to limit the governor's emergency powers.

June 25
How to Talk About Drinking with Your Kids
The Good Men Project interviewed Dr. Mai-ly Steers, assistant professor in the School of Nursing, about how to talk to teenagers about peer pressure and drinking habits.

June 23
Calls to Remove Columbus Statue From Oakland Grow
WESA-Radio interviewed Dr. Jennifer Taylor, assistant professor of public history, for this story about calls and petitions to remove the bronze statue of Christopher Columbus in Oakland. Taylor says recent vandalism to the statue has sparked much-needed conversation about Columbus and his place in history.

June 22
Calls Increase to Remove Police Officers from Pittsburgh Public Schools; Rally Planned Today
The Post-Gazette interviewed Assistant Professor of Clinical Legal Education Tiffany Sizemore for this story about a coalition of more than 10 groups, including Duquesne's Youth Advocacy Clinic, advocating for the removal of police officers from Pittsburgh Public Schools.

A Ruling Could Come This Week in Standoff Between Wolf and PA Legislature
WSKG-Radio interviewed Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz regarding a potential Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling this week on whether Republican legislators can end Gov. Tom Wolf's pandemic emergency declaration. This story also appeared in the PA Post.  

Tiffany Sizemore, Duquesne University Youth Advocacy Clinic
KDKA-Radio interviewed Assistant Professor of Clinical Legal Education Tiffany Sizemore about the push to remove Pittsburgh Police officers from Pittsburgh Public Schools.

June 20
Racism is White People's Fault. It's Our Responsibility to End It
The Pennsylvania Capital-Star published this opinion piece by Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz about how it is the responsibility of white people in America to end racism.

Commentary: Deficit Day, COVID-19 Edition
The Post and Courier published this op-ed by Associate Economics Professor Dr. Antony Davies about the annual "deficit day," which is the day on which the federal government's tax revenues for the year run out. Due to COVID-19 stimulus payments, the Congressional Budget Office predicts a nearly $4 trillion deficit for 2020.  

June 18
Created Particle Could Cure Chronic Pain
The Post-Gazette interviewed Co-Directors of Duquesne's Chronic Pain Research Consortium Dr. Jelena Janjic, associate pharmacy professor, and Dr. John Pollock, professor of biological sciences, for this story about how a nanoparticle developed by Janjic has successfully blocked pain and inflammation in rats for six days. The nanomedicine could change the way in which chronic pain is treated, eliminating need for opioids.

June 17
Duquesne Law Professor Agrees With Metcalfe on Merits Of Impeachment, But Doesn't Think It's Appropriate In This Case
KDKA-Radio interviewed Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz for this story in response to Pennsylvania State Representative Daryl Metcalfe's resolution to impeach Gov. Tom Wolf for "misbehavior in office." Ledewitz says he expects the impeachment process will likely stop before the actual impeachment of Wolf.

June 16
LifeLock Review: Is It Worth It?
CreditDonkey interviewed Computer Science Professor Dr. Patrick Juola about why identity theft happens and how consumers can protect their personal information.

June 15
Best Delivery Driver App to Make Extra Money
CreditDonkey interviewed Associate Professor of Marketing Dr. Audrey Guskey about the future of food delivery due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 14
Searching for the Real Nat Turner, But Finding His Ghost
The Post-Gazette published this review of Christopher Tomlins' In the Matter of Nat Turner: A Speculative History written by English Professor Dr. Greg Barnhisel.

Our Region's Business-Small Business Tools to Help at Home Learning
WPXI-TV interviewed Rich Longo, interim director of Duquesne's Small Business Development Center (SBDC), for this story about how the SBDC is helping local businesses navigate the pandemic. The segment featured SBDC client BirdBrain Technologies.

June 12
When Will It Be Safe to Kiss on a Date Again? Not for a While, According to Experts
PopSugar interviewed Dr. Bridget Calhoun, associate dean and associate professor in the Rangos School of Health Sciences, for this story about how COVID-19 can transmit through kissing.  

HR 836 is Headed to the Courts. Who Has the Upper Hand?
WILK-News Radio interviewed Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz about state lawmakers' vote to terminate Gov. Tom Wolf's emergency disaster declaration.

Officials Try to Make Sense of State Power Struggle Over Pandemic Emergency
The Daily Item interviewed Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz for this story about the legal fight between Gov. Tom Wolf and the General Assembly over ending the state's coronavirus emergency declaration. This story also appeared in the New Castle News.  

Perfect Summer Storm
The Times and Democrat published this op-ed co-written by Dr. Antony Davies, associate professor of economics, about the divisive election-style rhetoric that has stemmed from the killing of George Floyd.

June 11
Virtual Lunch Hour - Dr. John Stolz, What is Leachate
Protect PT interviewed Dr. John Stolz, director of the Center for Environmental Research and Education, in this video about how fracking waste from municipal landfills impacts our waterways.  

While Eager Shoppers Hit The Stores, Experts Warn Stress Buying Is Speeding Spending
KDKA-TV interviewed Associate Marketing Professor Dr. Audrey Guskey for this story about why shoppers should be cautious about stress-buying due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 10
Wolf Says He Will Go to Court to Uphold His Disaster Declaration
The Tribune-Review interviewed Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz for this story about state lawmakers' actions to rescind Gov. Tom Wolf's COVID-19 disaster declaration. State lawmakers in the Pa. House and Senate are adamant that Wolf overreached his authority.  

Gov. Tom Wolf Plans to Take Coronavirus Emergency Declaration Fight to Court
PennLive interviewed Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz about the Pennsylvania state legislature's resolution to end Gov. Tom Wolf's COVID-19 emergency disaster declaration.  

Should Police Be in Pittsburgh Schools? Advocates Call for Removal Reignited in Wake of Floyd's Death
Public Source interviewed Assistant Professor of Clinical Legal Education Tiffany Sizemore for this story about her open call to Pittsburgh Public Schools to stop using police to manage children in their schools. Instead, she is proposing the City invest in restorative practices, along with counseling and mental health services. This story also appeared in the New Pittsburgh Courier.  

Courts May Avoid Definitive Ruling In Legal Fight Over Governor's Emergency Powers
Levittown Now interviewed Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz for this story about Gov. Tom Wolf's threat to take the Pennsylvania state legislature to court over their resolution to revoke Wolf's declared COVID-19 emergency order.

Wesley M. Oliver: The Anachronistic Exclusionary Rule
Law Professor Wes Oliver wrote this op-ed for the Post-Gazette about how search and seizure during Prohibition was often a violent procedure. Oliver says examining the treatment of black men during Prohibition helps explain why the law has failed to adequately address our recurring problem with excessive force.  

Duquesne SBDC Gets Funding via CARES Act
The Pittsburgh Business Times quoted Rich Longo, interim director of Duquesne's Small Business Development Center (SBDC), for this story about the SBDC receiving $500,000 in CARES Act funding to support Pittsburgh-area small businesses.

June 9
Daniel Burston on Psychoanalysis, Politics, and the Post-Modern University
Books in Psychology Blog interviewed Dr. Daniel Burston, associate professor of psychology, for this blog post about his new book Psychoanalysis, Politics and the Postmodern University.

June 8
Prohibition's Legacy: Judicial Regulation of Searches Not Use of Force
Law Professor Wes Oliver penned this piece for Jurist about how Prohibition impacted the use of excessive force in policing.

June 5
Economists: Phased Reopening Of States Has Helped Unemployment Numbers
KDKA-TV interviewed Dr. Risa Kumazawa, chair of the Department of Economics and Finance, for this story about how unemployment numbers have changed as the state of Pennsylvania has started to reopen. She still expects the local unemployment rate to be higher than the national rate since Pennsylvania has a higher rate of jobless claims.

June 3
The U.S. is About to Drown Itself in Debt. Who will Throw Us a Lifeline?
Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz wrote this op-ed for the Pennsylvania Capital-Star about monetizing debt and the increased level of federal spending during the COVID-19 crisis.

June 2
Gov. Tom Wolf Gives Mail-In Ballot Extension to Allegheny County WTAE-TV interviewed Dr. Kristen Coopie, director of the Pre-Law Center, for this story about Gov. Tom Wolf extending the deadline for receiving mail-in ballots for six counties, including Allegheny County. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and recent protests surrounding the death of George Floyd, ballot offices have not been fully staffed.

Community Informed Response Needed to Heal and Move Forward, Following Nationwide Protests
CBS-21 interviewed Dr. Lisa Lopez Levers, professor in the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership, about how a trauma-informed response will help people heal and move forward in the wake of George Floyd's death.