May

News coverage highlighting Duquesne's experts and initiatives.

May 29
When the Green Light Comes: Businesses Keep an Eye on Safety in Lead-Up to More Reopenings
The Post-Gazette interviewed Rich Longo, interim director of Duquesne's Small Business Development Center, for this story about how businesses will transition to reopening in the "green phase" safely.

May 28
Duquesne University Chair Of Economics and Finance Paints Bleak Picture About Unemployment, Future Of Economy
KDKA-TV interviewed Dr. Risa Kumazawa, chair of the Department of Economics and Finance, for this story about what it will take for the economy to recover following the COVID-19 crisis.

May 27
Duquesne Administrator Named to State's Judicial Conduct Board
The Tribune-Review reported that the Rev. James McCloskey, C.S.Sp. has been named to Pennsylvania's Judicial Conduct Board.

May 26
PA Supreme Court Posts Arguments on YouTube, but Blocks Media From Airing Them
WESA-Radio interviewed Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz for this story about whether the Pennsylvania Supreme Court will permanently change its statute banning audio and video recordings of its proceedings. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the court has live-streamed oral arguments and posted them to YouTube.

May 25
COVID-19 Pandemic Having Big Impact on Some International Students
WPXI-TV interviewed Eric Brown, an international student at Duquesne, who says he has been struggling to pay rent during the pandemic due to his private education loan being cut. Brown says he has received some help from Duquesne with food, rent and counseling.  

College Graduates Facing Unknown Future With Troubled Economy Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
KDKA-TV interviewed Dr. Risa Kumazawa, chair of the Department of Economics and Finance, for this story about the effects coronavirus has had on the economy and how it impacts 2020 college graduates.

May 23
Westmoreland County Landfill Seeks to Evaporate Contaminated Runoff
The Post-Gazette interviewed Dr. John Stolz, director of the Center for Environmental Research and Education, for this story about the Westmoreland Sanitary Landfill's application for a state permit to evaporate contaminated liquid runoff from the site. Stolz says the leachate coming off the landfill contains high concentrations of radioactivity.

May 21
Contact Tracing Slowly Taking Shape
The Post-Gazette interviewed Kristin D'Acunto, assistant professor of physician's assistant studies, for this story about how contact tracing has been deployed in Allegheny County to help control the spread of COVID-19.

May 20
A Six-Step Guide to Asking Your College for More Financial Aid This Year
Money Magazine interviewed Senior Associate Director of Financial Aid John Falleroni for this story on how students can request updated financial aid awards by submitting a special circumstances appeal to their college's financial aid office due to coronavirus-related financial changes.  

Dropping the Flynn Prosecution Was the Right Call. Here's Why
Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz penned this op-ed for the Pennsylvania Capital-Star about what Joe Biden and his foreign policy advisors should say to major foreign leaders if he is elected president following the November elections.  

Why We Kiss
Medium interviewed Dr. Sarah Woodley, associate professor of biological sciences, about the biochemical processes that happen when humans kiss.

May 19
Dr. Audrey Guskey on WMBS-Radio Discussing Post-Pandemic Retail
Associate Marketing Professor Dr. Audrey Guskey was interviewed on WMBS-Radio in Uniontown about post-pandemic retail shopping.

May 18
MBA Programs Expect Uptick in Enrollment During Economic Downturn
The Pittsburgh Business Times interviewed Chris Rouhier, director of graduate admissions in the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business, for this story about an increase in MBA enrollment at Pittsburgh-area universities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rouhier says that both the application volume and new student totals continue to exceed previous years.

May 17
How Bad Can the Economy Get? Could This Be Another Great Depression?
The Post-Gazette interviewed Dr. Risa Kumazawa, chair of the Economics and Finance Department in the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business, for this story comparing the economic fallout from the COVID-19 outbreak to the Great Depression.  

1918 Flu and Coronavirus Both Prompted Political Questions
WKRC-TV in Cincinnati quoted a KDKA-TV interview with Assistant Professor of History Dr. Andrew Simpson about how public health crises often prompt political divide.

Federal Reserve to the Rescue? As Economic Forecasts Dim, a Cautious Institution Goes into Overdrive
The Post-Gazette interviewed Vice President for Community Engagement William Generett Jr. for this story about the Federal Reserve's role during the COVID-19 pandemic. Generett serves on the Fed's council.

May 16
Pandemic Pushback: Duquesne University Professors Say These Disagreements Are Nothing New
KDKA-TV interviewed Assistant Professor of History Dr. Andrew Simpson and Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz for this story about the historical context of pushback during a pandemic and the possible ramifications counties could face for defying Gov. Tom Wolf's orders.

May 15
What's Open As Southwest PA Enters the 'Yellow' Phase? Your Reopening Questions Answered
WESA-Radio quoted a previous interview with Provost and epidemiologist Dr. David Dausey about what socializing looks like in the "yellow phase" of reopening.

As Restrictions Loosen in Pennsylvania, Health Officials Gear Up for Increased Contact Tracing
The Tribune-Review interviewed Dr. Kristin D'Acunto, assistant professor of physician assistant studies, for this story about how the process of contact tracing can decrease exposure and infection from COVID-19.

May 14
COVID-19 Pandemic Spurs Companies to Donate and Boost Their Brands
The Post-Gazette interviewed Dr. Jim Weber, professor of business ethics and management in the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business, for this story about an increase of corporate altruism visibility during crisis situations.

May 13
Colleges Mull What to Do About Standardized Tests
The Pittsburgh Business Times interviewed Debra Zugates, assistant vice president for undergraduate admissions, for this story about how COVID-19 school closures have impacted the college admission process. According to Zugates, Duquesne has not yet waived standardized testing requirements from its application process, but there are several academic programs that are test-optional.

Republicans Demand Protections For Businesses That Reopen Against Governor's Orders
WESA-Radio interviewed Provost Dr. David Dausey for this story about Pennsylvania House Republicans demanding protections for business owners who want to reopen in counties where Gov. Tom Wolf's business closures are still in place. Dausey, an epidemiologist, says that business regulations during pandemics are critical for keeping customers safe. This story also appeared on WITF-Radio.  

Local Universities Struggle to Reach International Students
The Pittsburgh Business Times quoted Dr. Joe DeCrosta, executive director of the Center for Global Engagement, for this story about how regional universities are trying to connect with international students during the pandemic. DeCrosta expressed concerns that embassies and consulates have suspended immigration approvals but hopes they will reopen for the fall.

May 12
Make the Last Day of Class Meaningful
The Journal of Accountancy interviewed Dr. Bryan Menk, associate professor of accounting, for this story about how to make the last day of tax class meaningful for students. Menk says he typically helps his students review for the final exam and discusses a topic the students researched during the semester.

Deep Retrofits Key to Climate Change Progress, but Mid-Size Buildings Lag Behind
The Globe and Mail interviewed Dr. Robert Sroufe from the MBA Sustainable Business Practices program in the School of Business for this story about the benefits of retrofitting older commercial buildings to improve energy and water conservation.  

Epidemiologist Says There's Reason For Western PA to Be Optimistic About Future Under Coronavirus
WESA-FM interviewed Provost and Epidemiologist Dr. David Dausey for this story in response to Gov. Tom Wolf's announcement that southwest Pennsylvania would transition to the yellow phase of COVID-19 reopening. Dausey says that if Pittsburghers follow public health guidelines in the coming weeks, there is a good chance the region will not see a major increase in infections.

May 11
Changes in the Law Practice After COVID-19 ... What Will Be the New Normal?
The Legal Intelligencer interviewed School of Law Dean April Barton for this story about changes to the practice of law in response to COVID-19.

May 10
Clergy Confidentiality at Issue in Amish Bishop's Case
The Post-Gazette interviewed Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz for this story about a case involving an Amish spiritual leader charged with violating a Pennsylvania law that includes clergy among those mandated to report suspected child abuse. However, Pennsylvania law allows an exemption for clergy who learn about suspected abuse in "confidential communications" while in the course of their "duties."

May 9
Joseph Sabino Mistick: The Smart Bet on Electronic Surveillance
The Tribune-Review published this op-ed written by Law Professor Joe Mistick about temporarily sacrificing personal privacy by using electronic surveillance to help fight coronavirus.

May 8
'Our Passion Is to Help People': Full-Time Nurse Earns Her PhD From Duquesne University After 7 Years
KDKA-TV aired this story about School of Nursing doctoral graduate Patricia Scott who spoke during Duquesne's virtual commencement ceremony. Scott has been a nurse for nearly 30 years and it took her seven years to earn her Ph.D. while working full-time at the VA hospital.  

Wolf Faces 4 p.m. Deadline to Comply with Subpoena for Business Waiver Records. Here Are His Options.
The Post-Gazette interviewed Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz for this story about a controversial waiver process that allowed some businesses to remain open during the state-wide shutdown of non-essential businesses. Ledewitz says there have been "serious issues raised" about the waiver program and that the Senate is entitled to information. Also appeared in Spotlight PA, York Dispatch and the Times-Tribune.  

National Nurses Week: Nurses, Thank You. (A Message from Duquesne University)
The New Pittsburgh Courier published this message from Duquesne's School of Nursing honoring nurses on the front lines fighting COVID-19 and the school's 2020 graduates.

May 7
For Fulbright Recipient and Duquesne Student, Pandemic Creates Hectic Escape from Asia
The Post-Gazette published this feature story on Charlotte Hacker, a doctoral student in the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences and a Fulbright Scholar, about her quick return to the U.S. from studying snow leopards in China due to the spread of COVID-19.  

To Reopen, America Needs Laboratory Schools
Getting Smart interviewed Dr. Temple Lovelace, associate professor of special education in the School of Education, about the importance of soliciting feedback from students, parents and teachers at laboratory schools as the country prepares to slowly reopen.

May 6
When Will It Be Safe to Buy Again
Forbes quoted Dr. Audrey Guskey, associate professor of marketing, for this story on consumer confidence during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nursing Schools Pivot to Online Classes, Pause Clinical Work
The Pittsburgh Business Times interviewed School of Nursing Dean Dr. Mary Ellen Glasgow about the rapid shift to online nursing education as colleges closed physical campuses.

Best Rewards Credit Cards-Experts: Audrey Guskey
WalletHub included commentary from Associate Marketing Professor Dr. Audrey Guskey about the best rewards credit cards for 2020.

May 5
Pennsylvania Birth Control Case Part of Historic livestream of U.S. Supreme Court Arguments
The Tribune-Review interviewed Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz for this story about the U.S. Supreme Court live-streaming oral arguments for the first time in history.

Why Precedent Alone May Not Be Enough to Save Roe v. Wade
The Pennsylvania Capital-Star published this opinion piece by Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz about the doctrine of precedent in American constitutional history and how it relates to Roe v. Wade.

May 4
Area College Students to Benefit from Grant Money as Part of Coronavirus Stimulus Package
The Tribune-Review quoted Media and Communications Manager Rose Ravasio for this story about how Duquesne will utilize funds from the CARES Act to benefit students financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Jing Li of Duquesne University
KDKA-Radio interviewed Associate Professor of History Dr. Jing Li about U.S./China relations and rhetoric related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 1
Some Experts Raising Concerns About COVID-19 Antibody Testing
WPXI-TV interviewed Dr. Alison Colbert, associate professor of nursing, about the importance of diagnostic testing for COVID-19 as state leaders consider when to reopen.  

How COVID-19 Will Impact the Future of Nurses
CBS 21-News interviewed School of Nursing Dean Dr. Mary Ellen Glasgow for this story about how the COVID-19 pandemic will change the future of the nursing profession.   

Meat Supply Disruptions Are the Bitter Harvest of the "Non-Essential Worker" Fallacy
Associate Economics Professor Dr. Antony Davies co-wrote this op-ed for the Foundation for Economic Education about cracks in the U.S. supply chain due to shutdowns of meat and protein plants. Also appeared in Huntington News.

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