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August 2010

August 2010 news highlighting Duquesne’s experts and initiatives.


Aug. 30
Conflicting Data Fuel Debate on Liquor Privatization
Dr. Antony Davies, associate professor of economics, was quoted in this News Leader article about Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell’s proposal to privatize state-owned liquor stores.

Online High School Courses May Not Meet NCAA Rules
This Post-Gazette article about the NCAA rule that high school courses taken by athletes must be approved includes an interview with Rick Christensen, assistant athletic director for compliance.

People on the Move
The Pittsburgh Business Times announced that Dr. Suzanne Higginbotham has been named director of the Center for Pharmacy Care.

Aug. 26
‘Hindenburg Omen’ Points to Market Crashing and Burning
Tom Nist, the Donahue Chair in Investment Management, was interviewed in this Tribune-Review article about the accuracy of the “Hindenburg Omen” indicator in foreshadowing major drops in the stock market.

Vail Valley Voices: Dry Stats Tell a Tragic Tale
This Vail Daily article about suicide rates in Colorado refers to a report written by Dr. Joseph D. Yenerall, associate professor of sociology, about suicide in rural areas of the United States.

Wecht Scholarship Established at Duquesne
The Tribune-Review announced that a scholarship named for Dr. Cyril and Mrs. Sigrid Wecht has been established at Duquesne to benefit students enrolled in the University’s forensic science programs. Similar announcements appeared in the Associated Press, the Beaver County Times, WTAE-TV, the Lebanon Daily News and the Centre Daily Times, among others.

Aug. 25
‘No Down Side’ for Pittsburgh Businesses as Students Arrive
This Tribune-Review article on the impact that college students returning to classes has on the city’s food and entertainment industries included an interview with Dr. Audrey Guskey, associate professor of marketing.

Aug. 23
K-8 Model Wins Credit for Helping Pittsburgh Students Improve
Dr. Bob Furman, assistant professor of education, was quoted in this Tribune-Review article about middle school students from Pittsburgh’s K-8 classes improving more quickly in math and reading than their peers in sixth- to eighth-grade middle schools.

Dr. John Pollock, associate professor of biology, was interviewed in this Pittsburgh City Paper article about his new pilot television show, Scientastic!

Young Researchers in Duquesne Program to Present at National Conference
Pittsburghurbanmedia.com included this article on a local high school student who, through his participation in Duquesne’s Project SEED program, has the opportunity to participate in a poster presentation at the American Chemical Society’s annual meeting.

DU Freshman Class Is Among Best Academically Prepared, Most Diverse
Pittsburghurbanmedia.com included an article about the incoming freshman class at Duquesne being one of the most academically prepared and ethnically diverse.

Aug. 22
Rising Enrollment Strains, Crowds Western Pennsylvania Colleges
Associate Provost for Enrollment Paul-James Cukanna was interviewed for this Tribune-Review article about increasing freshman enrollment at area colleges.

Aug. 21
New Technology Curriculum in Place at Norwin
This McKeesport Daily News article about the Norwin School District’s efforts to integrate technology into their classrooms mentions a partnership with Duquesne’s Center for Advancing the Study of Teaching and Learning.

Aug. 20
Gas Drilling Leases Could Yield Millions for Pittsburgh
This Tribune-Review article about the potential financial impact of gas drilling leases in Pittsburgh included an interview with Dr. Kent Moors, director of the Energy Policy Research Group. This article also appeared on iStockAnalyist.com.

Online Learning Company VLN Partners Adjusts Sales Pitch to Schools
The Pittsburgh Business Times interviewed Cynthia Laurash, consulting manager for the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), for this article about a local company that provides a service that puts school districts’ curricula into an online environment.

Aug. 19
Will Shopping Trends Bring a New Dawn for Monroeville Mall?
Dr. Audrey Guskey, associate professor of marketing, was quoted in this Norwin Star article about the positive future of Monroeville Mall.

Aug. 18
CMU President Jaren Cohon Plans to Step Down in 2013
President Charles J. Dougherty was quoted in this Tribune-Review article about CMU’s president planning to step down in 2013.

Aug. 17
CMU Places High on U.S. News Rankings, Pitt and Penn State Among Top Schools
The Pittsburgh Business Times announced that Duquesne was listed as 120th by  U.S. News & World Report in its annual university rankings.

Aug. 15
Caregivers Learn Life Lessons Abroad
This Beaver County Times article about health care workers volunteer experiences abroad featured Anne Marie Hansen, an occupational therapy instructor, and recent physician assistant graduate Amanda Candelmo.

Aug. 12
Lawyers: Other Suits Aimed at Vatican to Continue
Dr. Nicholas Cafardi, professor and dean emeritus of law, was quoted in this Associated Press article about additional lawsuits targeting the Vatican regarding the American priest abuse scandal. This story appeared in numerous outlets, including the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, ABCnews.com and the Boston Globe.

David J. Hickton Sworn in as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania

The Indiana Gazette announced that Adjunct Law Professor David J. Hickton was sworn in as the new United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Similar stories appeared in the Pittsburgh Business Times and KDKA-TV.

Washington & Jefferson College Leads Locals on Forbes’ Top Colleges List
The Pittsburgh Business Times announced that Duquesne University was included in the Forbes’ third annual list of America’s Best Colleges.

Aug. 11

Former OU Professor Ralph A. Wheeler Awarded Fellowship
The Norman Transcript announced that Dr. Ralph Wheeler, chair of chemistry and biochemistry, has been named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society.

Aug. 9

Joe Negri: From Handyman to Jazz Guitarist
Adjunct Professor of Guitar Joe Negri was interviewed by National Public Radio about the release of his new CD. Mike Tomaro, chair of jazz studies, was also interviewed for the piece.

People On the Move: Education
The Pittsburgh Business Times announced that Tom Nist, the Donahue Chair in Investment Management, has been named director of graduate programs in the Graduate School of Business.

Aug. 8

Pennsylvania’s High Court Justices Among Highest Paid in Nation
Ken Gormley, professor and dean of law, was quoted in this Tribune-Review article about Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court justices being among the highest paid in the country.

Dateline Pittsburgh: Education
The Post-Gazette announced that Dr. Nihat Polat, assistant professor of education, and Dr. Alexandra Santau, assistant professor of education, have been named inaugural scholars for the Dr. Barbara A. Sizemore Fellows Program for 2010-11.

Aug. 7

Newsmaker: Christopher Duncan
Dr. Christopher Duncan, dean of the College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, was featured as a Tribune-Review Newsmaker in recognition of his receiving an Award of Excellence from the Associated Church Press.

Hickton Looking Forward to New Role as U.S. Attorney
The Post-Gazette announced that David Hickton, an adjunct professor of law, has been confirmed as the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Local Woman Helps Deliver Maternity Care
The Johnstown Democrat included this first-hand account of Duquesne student Laura Berkebile, who journaled about a trip that she and other physician assistant students took to Liberia, where they worked with patients in a local hospital.

Aug. 6

Law Dean: Kagan Better Prepared for High Court Than Some Current Members Were
Law School Dean Ken Gormley was interviewed by WDUQ about expectations of newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan. A similar interview aired on KQV-Radio.

H.J. Heinz, Allegheny Technologies and Kennametal Make Bold Moves for Future
The Pittsburgh Business Times included an interview with Jim Byrne, director of The Beard Institute, in this article about three Pittsburgh manufacturers’ efforts to emerged from the recession stronger and better prepared for future economic challenges.

Aug. 5

‘Secret Agent’ Is On a Mission: Spreading Kindness
Laura Miller, an administrative assistant in the history department, was interviewed by CNN about her work doing secret acts of kindness. A similar story appeared in the Huffington Post.

Economist Antony Davies Debunks Arguments Against Liquor Sale Privatization
The Charlottesville Libertarian Examiner interviewed Dr. Antony Davies, associate professor of economics, for this article about his research on the privatization of alcohol beverage sales.

Vacant Anchor Poses Challenge for Mall Officials
This Norwin Star article about the challenge of filling empty store space at Monroeville Mall featured an interview with Dr. Audrey Guskey, associate professor of marketing.

Newsmaker: Melissa Boston
Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education Melissa Boston was featured as a Tribune-Review Newsmaker for conducting seminars for math teachers in Pittsburgh designed to help them support students’ understanding of fractions and algebra.

Tea Party Mix
This City Paper article about an online video by a Pittsburgh rapper that targets the conservative movement includes an interview with Dr. George Yancy, associate professor of philosophy.

Aug. 4

Pa. Reservist Put Himself to the Warrior Test
Eric White, a track and field coach, was featured in this Post-Gazette article about his being selected from among 205,000 Army Reservists to compete in the Army Reserve portion of the Best Warrior contest.

Aug. 1

Trip to Liberia Leaves Duquesne Students Stunned, Hopeful
Mark Freeman, assistant professor in the physician assistant department, was interviewed for this Tribune-Review article on traveling to Liberia with physician assistant students from Duquesne, who worked with patients there.

Consol Menu Goes From Ordinary to Exotic
This Tribune-Review article on the expanded food offerings and concession stands at the Consol Energy Center featured an interview with Assistant Sports Marketing Professor Ron Dick.

Pittsburgh Dateline: Education
The Post-Gazette announced that Dr. Aleem Gangjee, professor of medicinal chemistry, was appointed the inaugural Adrian Van Kaam, C.S.Sp., Chair in Scholarly Excellence and that Tom Nist was named director of graduate programs in the Donahue Graduate School of Business.

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