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Video game violence and GM top news

Another study on the effects of video games on children, and legal action against General Motors led the news for Stetson this week. Notable national and regional placements include Reuters, Yahoo! News, New York Times, Bloomberg View, Miami Herald, Florida Public Radio, Tampa Bay Times and Daytona Beach News-Journal. Top stories for Mar. 21-27, 2014, include:

  • Chris Ferguson, Ph.D., professor of psychology and chair of the psychology department, was quoted in a Mar. 24 Reuters article about the shortcomings of a study linking video games and children’s aggressive thoughts or actions. Additional coverage: Yahoo! News, Health24.com, Reuters India, GameSpot.com.
  • Law Professor Ellen Podgor was quoted in the Mar. 16 New York Times in print and online regarding GM using lawyers to assist with legal action regarding the recalls scandal. Podgor wrote about the NACDL White Collar Criminal Defense College at Stetson on her blog, Law Professor Blogs Network. The news of this year’s White Collar Criminal Defense Award recipients also ran in the Mar. 24 Targeted News Service.
  • President Wendy B. Libby has been nominated for the Orlando Business Journal’s 2014 Women Who Mean Business. The awards recognize Central Florida’s leading businesswomen in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake, Volusia and Brevard counties. The results will be announced May 1.
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy is referenced in the Mar. 20 Bloomberg View article, “Nixon No Longer Kicks Around the Campaign-Finance System.”
  • Former head basketball coach Glenn Wilkes has been elected to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, along with an impressive eight-member class of enshrinees: Dale Brown (LSU), Shaquille O’Neal (LSU), Grant Hill (Duke), Zelmo Beaty (Texas A&M), Darrell Giffith (Louisville), Gary Williams (Maryland) and Howard Garfinkel (Five-Star Basketball Camp). Coverage includes: SBnation.com, Daytona Beach News-Journal, WPXI, WSOC, WFTV, Kansas City Star, Washington Times, South Eastern Conference, The Advocate and dozens of other outlets throughout the country.

 Other Stories in the News:

  • Law Professor Roberta Flowers is quoted in the Mar. 18 Miami Herald article, “Elder financial abuse is a growing problem.”
  • Law Professor Cynthia Hawkins DeBose is quoted in a Mar. 18 Florida Public Radio interview regarding the visitation rights of grandparents.
  • Law associate dean and professor Theresa Pulley Radwan is quoted in the Mar. 21 Tampa Bay Times article, “After courtroom loss, Tampa Port Authority readies for Channelside fight.”
  •  Florida Hospital DeLand signed a five-year agreement with Stetson athletic department to have a presence at all athletic venues and events as well as extensive promotional involvement with all 18 sports teams, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Mar. 24.
  • Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law Bruce Jacob is quoted in the Highlands Today article “Residential backyard shooting – what you can and can’t do” published on Mar. 23.
  • Matt Wilson, assistant professor of sport business, will be hosting a three-person panel Mar. 27 on “The Role of Emerging Media in Professional Sports,” according to Big News Network, Mar. 26. Additional coverage: The Bristol Press, Daytona Beach News-Journal.
  • Stetson Law’s rankings are recognized in the Mar. 17 Sun Sentinel article, “Florida’s graduate programs rise in rankings.”
  • Stanford University announced that its annual spring golf tournament will be renamed The Goodwin, after Wally Goodwin a former Stetson assistant basketball coach, and Stanford’s former head golf coach.
  • The Bahamas Weekly posted Mar. 21 that Stetson was one of nine schools that participated in the March 1 Miami Pre-moot.
  • A Mar. 19 article in the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that the Stetson chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa participated with the Special Olympic athletes in a soccer team during the Special Olympics that recently took place in the Flagler and Volusia counties.
  • A Daytona Beach News-Journal article on Mar. 20 featured Melissa Gibbs, Ph.D., director of the aquatic and marine biology program, and her research on armored catfish in Blue Springs. Gibbs, her students and park staff collected 25 fish to study their characteristics, including size, age and reproductive systems.
  • Gail Radley, lecturer, is quoted in a Mar. 21 Daytona Beach News-Journal article about the Baha’I faith.
  • Law Professor Charles Rose will teach students, faculty and moot court coaches at the University at Buffalo Law School Advocacy Institute on April 5, according to the Mar. 20 UB Reporter.
  • A Mar. 20 article in the Beacon reports that John Harbison, composer and pianist, will visit Stetson’s campus to participate in a panel discussion. The article also promotes an upcoming concert featuring several of Harbison’s compositions.
  • On Mar. 24, Law Professor Rebecca C. Morgan blogged about “NORCs, Zoning and Services,” and “Caregiving in Graphic Memoir—A New Book” on Law Professor Blogs Network. Professor Morgan also wrote “Boomers keep on working… and working… and working” in the Mar. 19 Law Professor Blogs Network, and “How many deaths from Alzheimer’s” in the Mar. 19 Law Professor Blogs Network.

Alumni in the News:

  • Bette Brown, chief credit officer for Community Bank of Florida, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the board of state-run Citizens Insurance, according to Palm Beach Post on Mar. 25. Additional coverage: FlGov.com, Insurance News Net.
  • On Mar. 24, the Daily Record featured law alumnus Mike Mullin of Rogers Towers in the “Lawyer Snapshot” article. Mullin is former president of the Board of Family Support Services.
  • Aundré Bumgardner announced he would seek the Republican nomination for the 41st House District seat (Connecticut) to run against State Rep. Elissa Wright, D-Groton, according to The Day, Mar. 21.
  • On Mar. 24, the Herald Tribune reported that law alumna Michelle Lajoie Hermey has been board certified by the Florida Bar, according to an the article called “Business People.” Hermey is an attorney at Fergeson, Skipper, Shaw, Keyser, Baron & Tirabassi, PA.
  • Kait Ballenger’s latest book, Immoral Hunter, will be released on April 1, according to Viviana Enchantress of Books, Mar. 20.
  • On Mar. 23, the Ledger reported that law alumna Amy Tucker of P. Tucker, P.L. Elder Law & Estate Planning in Winter Haven recently received her LL.M. (master of laws) degree in elder law from Stetson University College of Law.
  • On Mar. 21, The Florida Current  reports in its “Arrivals and Departures” that law alumna Kim Hernandez Vance was appointed to the Hillsborough County Court by Gov. Rick Scott. Also reported in the Tampa Tribune.
  • On Mar. 15, the Ledger reports that law alumnus Sozon Vatikiotis has been promoted to CEO of Alltrust.
  • According to the Mar. 11 Bay News 9, law alumnus Thomas Andrew “Andy” Zodrow was elected to the Safety Harbor City Commission.

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