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Stetson University In the News

June 13-19

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  • Jake Sapp, a Title IX legal researcher at Stetson's Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law, was interviewed by Inside Higher Ed on June 16 in the article, "Far-Reaching Consequences," about the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling extending protections against employment discrimination to LGBTQ people.
  • Law Professor Luz Nagle was quoted in a May 26 International Bar Association article called, "Covid-19: increase in domestic abuse requires swift government action."
  • Adjunct professor and alumna Theresa Jean-Pierre Coy received the G. Kirk Haas Humanitarian Award from The Florida Bar during the 2020 Annual Convention on June 17.
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was featured on the June 18 episode of The CAP⋅impact Podcast to discuss her book, Political Brands.
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy wrote a June 15 opinion piece for The Brennan Center for Justice called, "The Ruse and the Lie." This was also included in the SCOTUSblog roundup on June 16.

Alumni News:

  • Former Stetson women's basketball great Kristy Brown was elected to the ASUN Conference Hall of Fame, according to the article, "Ex-Stetson great elected to ASUN Hall of Fame," in the Daytona Beach News-Journal on June 17.
  • Law alumna Christa L. Folkers joined Berlin Patten Ebling, PLLC as the 18th attorney in the firm’s growing practice, according to a June 12 announcement in SRQ Magazine.
  • Law alumnus Mathew Snyder is still making news for being appointed executive director of WySail, most recently being featured in a June 15 interview with KTWO, the local ABC affiliate in Casper, Wyo.
  • Law alumnus Morris Jenkins co-authored a June 15 article for Jurist, a legal news and research collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh, called, "Is it Time to End Police Unions? Why Police Unions are Hurting More Than They Are Helping."
  • Law alumnus John Miller has joined the law firm of Boy Agnew Potanovic as a partner, according to a June 17 announcement.

June 6-12

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  • Stetson student Aliya Cruise was interviewed by Voice of America for a June 10 article, "On Racism, Young Americans Say Change Takes Effort," which appeared in news outlets around the world, including BrisbaneNews.net in Australia, Vancouver Star and Trinidad Times. A member of the university's Black Student Association, Cruise said: "We will still experience these problems if nothing changes. That's why the conversation and the fight must continue, and everyone is responsible to engage in that conversation."
  • College of Law Dean Michèle Alexandre was mentioned in a June 11 posting from the Association of American Law Schools regarding a new Law Deans Antiracist Clearinghouse Project.
  • Chris Ferguson, PhD, professor of psychology, was featured in Q&A with The West Volusia Beacon on June 10 entitled, "What's ahead for police?" about criminal justice reform as it relates to George Floyd's death. Ferguson said, "We've had historical problems with policing in the U.S. We've seen policing increase in militarization, and I think we’re now seeing the consequences. There's certainly a needed course correction here."
  • Kevin Winchell, associate director of Community Engagement at Stetson, wrote an Opinion piece for the West Volusia Beacon on June 11 entitled, "Kevin Winchell: To create change, get out and vote — by mail."
  • Asal Johnson, PhD, assistant professor of public health, was featured in The Daytona Beach News-Journal on June 9 in an article about rising coronavirus cases, "Florida's weekly coronavirus cases peak at 7,775 in a week." Asal was also mentioned in the Dayotna Beach News-Journal story on June 7, entitled, "1,180 new Florida coronavirus cases; 15 more test positive in Volusia."
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was quoted in a June 5 article on HuffPost called, "As They Scream Voter Fraud, Trump And His Press Secretary May Have Voted Illegally." The article was picked up by multiple Yahoo! News affiliates, including in Singapore, Australia and Canada.
  • Jason Evans, PhD, interim executive director of the Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience and associate professor of environmental science and studies, was featured in The Florida Free Press story, "Recent Changes to Human Habits May Signal Improved Wildlife Viability," on June 10 about the impact that COVID-19 has had on natural ecosystems in Florida.
  • Paul Croce, PhD, professor of history, was featured in a Casper-Star Tribune story on June 8, entitled "307 Politics: The parallels between 1968 and 2020," about attitudes of western, conservative states leading up to the 1968 elections.

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Alumni News:

  • The late alumnus Barry Griswell was profiled in the Des Moines Register on June 10 in the story, "From deprivations, chaotic childhood to highest-paid CEO, Barry Griswell worked to pay it back." Griswell earned his MBA from Stetson.
  • Alumna Alison McKellar was featured in the Penobscot Bay Pilot in Camden, Maine, on June 8 in the article, "Camden Select Board candidate Alison McKellar."
  • Alumna Alicia Libby has joined FirstHealth Cancer Services and Pinehurst Medical Clinic, according to The Fayetteville Observer on June 7.
  • The Veterans Consortium announced their 2020 Equal Justice Works Fellows, which this year includes recent Stetson Law alumna Chesley Roberts. In September 2020, she will begin a two-year Fellowship with TVC working on special projects developed to increase access to justice for veterans in need. The press release announcing the Fellows was published in a variety of sources, including Yahoo! Finance.
  • Law alumna Bertha L. Burruezo was featured in Orlando Style Magazine's Orlando's Top Women in Law 2020.
  • Law alumnus Matthew Snyder was named the executive director of the Wyoming State Advocates in Leadership, a statewide disability advocacy organization, according to a June 11 article in the Wyoming News.

May 30-June 5

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  • Stetson President Wendy B. Libby, PhD, was featured June 1 in the Daytona Beach News-Journal article, "Stetson's Wendy Libby departs June 30 after 11 years as university president," which recounted her many accomplishments, such as increasing enrollment. "The heart of the place hasn’t changed any. Mostly what I can say is we brought the institution dramatically ahead," Libby said.
  • Asal Mohamadi Johnson, PhD, assistant professor of Public Health, was quoted in the Daytona Beach News-Journal on June 4 in "Florida sees largest one-day increase in coronavirus cases to date." She said, "Look at Florida. There is no declining trajectory. I also think we have not waited enough in Phase 1 to make sure we have enough data to move into the next phase. We simply should wait to see which direction the trends will go. Now it is too soon to make decisions to reopen."
  • Stetson student Ani Martikyan, an Armenian native, was quoted by the Voice of America and The World News on June 3 in "Violence, Racism in US Worry Foreign Students." She said, "I love the U.S. and what it offers me, but I am very disappointed by how my idea of it turned from a land that welcomes absolutely everyone to a place where people can get killed because of the color of their skin."
  • Stuart Michelson, PhD, Roland and Sarah George professor of Finance and Chair of Finance, was interviewed for a story that appeared June 2 in U.S. News & World Report and other media outlets, entitled "6 Best Investments to Make With Your HSA." Michelson said the Vanguard Balanced Index Fund Admiral Shares provides diversification and lowers the amount of risk by incorporating both stocks and bonds, while providing a reasonable 10-year return of 8.58%.
  • Alumna Falecia Williams, PhD, has been named the new president of Prince George's Community College in Maryland after a national search, according to the Washington Business Journal on June 1. Williams earned a master's degree in education from Stetson. She currently is president of Valenica College in Orlando.
  • Stetson Football Coach Roger Hughes was mentioned in a June 1 article in the Daytona Beach News-Journal, "George Floyd death, protests bring responses from Volusia/Flagler athletes, coaches."
  • Rina Arroyo, assistant vice president for Development and Alumni Engagement, was mentioned in the May 29 article, "Healing hard history: Remembering the first of five black Volusians lynched," in the West Volusia Beacon.

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May 23-29

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May 16-22

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  • Stetson alumna Autumn Johnson was featured in the May 19 story, "Where are they now? An update on 60 Minutes' story 'Hard Times Generation,'" on CBS This Morning, CBS News Online, MSN News and other media outlets. Autumn and her younger brother received full scholarships to attend Stetson after they were featured in a "60 Minutes" episode in 2011 about homeless families. Rajni Shankar-Brown, PhD, associate professor and Jessie Ball duPont Endowed Chair of Social Justice Education, also was interviewed.
  • Asal Mohamadi Johnson, PhD, assistant professor of Public Health, was quoted in the May 20 article, "After scientist fired, Florida governor calls coronavirus data manipulation charge a 'nonissue'" in USA Today, Yahoo News, the Des Moines Register, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Daytona Beach News-Journal, Sarasota Herald-Tribune and more than 70 other outlets. Johnson said she worried the state is trying "to undermine evidence-based decision making to prioritize (the) economy."
  • Asal Mohamadi Johnson, assistant professor of Public Health, was quoted in the May 18 article, "As Florida re-opens, COVID-19 data scientist gets sidelined and researchers cry foul" in the Naples Daily News, Florida Today, MSN, USA Today College, Palm Beach Post, Syracuse.com and more than 20 other outlets.
  • Stetson University was mentioned in the article, "Researchers in Florida Worry About Access to State Data" on May 20 by Inside Higher Ed.
  • Woody O'Cain, assistant vice president of Development and Alumni Engagement, was interviewed by WFTV-Channel 9 for the story, "Stetson Alumni Group and Donors Get Creative." The story also mentioned Stetson College of Law and several alumni, including the three Rodriguez brothers – singing trio Brian, Manny and Michael.
  • Tony Abbott, PhD, professor of Environmental Science and Studies, and Jason Evans, PhD, associate professor of Environmental Science and Studies, were quoted in the Daytona Beach News-Journal and on MSN in the article, "Stetson unveils new Bartram Trail at Lake Beresford." Evans also is interim executive director of Stetson's Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience.
  • Stetson University, the Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience and Tony Abbott, professor of Environmental Science and Studies, were mentioned in "Bartram Gardens & Trail," on FloridaHikes.com.
  • John Riggs, DBA, professor of Practice in Marketing and director of the Centurion Sales Excellence Program, was quoted in the May 20 article, "The Truth about B2B Sales Right Now" by The Simon Group.

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May 9-15

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Alumni News

  • CBRE Group Inc. promoted North Florida Senior Managing Director William "Tripp" Gulliford, a Stetson Law alumnus, to executive managing director of the commercial real estate company’s Florida region, according to a May 14 announcement in the Jacksonville Daily Record.

May 1-8

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Alumni News:

  • Law alumnus Howard P. Ross won an unlawful commercial eviction case against the city of St. Petersburg, according to a May 3 announcement.
  • Two Stetson Law alumni are among nine applicants for the 19th Judicial Circuit, according to an May 8 article on TCPalm.com. They are Francisco​​​​​​​ Garcia and Rebecca White.

Apr. 24-30

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Apr. 17-23

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  • Law Professor Peter F. Lake was quoted in an April 1 article in the ABA Journal called, "Class actions and pending rules could change colleges’ sex assault procedures."
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy spoke about her book, "Political Brands," COVID-19 and the 2020 election at the "Feeling Democracy: A Conference on Politics and Emotions" at the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers University on April 17.
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy wrote an April 23 opinion piece for The Brennan Center for Justice called, "The Fight Over Facebook Political Ads Ahead of the 2020 Election." The piece was mentioned on the Election Law Blog.
  • Law Professor Stacey-Rae Simcox was selected as a Volunteer Inspiring Pro Bono or VIP by The Veterans Consortium in March.
  • Law Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the following blogs for the Elder Law Prof Blog: April 19, A Tiny Bit of Positive Action; and April 20, APS and COVID-19.
  • Jake Sapp, a researcher for the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy, was quoted in the Inside Higher Ed story, "Student Lodges Unusual Legal Claim" on April 17.

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Apr. 10-16

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  • Assistant Professor of Public Health Asal Mohamadi Johnson, PhD, was quoted in the April 14 Tampa Bay Times article, "Does our government have what it takes to get Florida's economy open again?" Experts noted that the United States lost time containing the spread of the virus when it did not have the means to test people widely. "We lost control," Johnson said. "That is the unfortunate truth."
  • Psychology Professor Christopher Ferguson, PhD, was featured April 9 on NBC-affiliate WPTV in West Palm Beach in an article, titled, "People are turning to video games in isolation – here's why," which explores the reasons for the increase in video game consumption during the coronavirus pandemic. Professor Christopher Ferguson published the article, "Are Gamer Stereotypes Accurate?" on Quillette on April 11. Professor Christopher Ferguson was also interviewed in an April 10 segment for WFTV Channel 9 Orlando, an ABC-affiliate, on screen-time management for children.
  • Alumna Julia Nesheiwat, PhD, deputy assistant to the President for Homeland Security & Resilience, was featured in the Lake and Sumter Style for being inducted in the Lake County Schools Hall of Fame, as reported in the April 15 story, "Meet the 2020 Lake County Schools' Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees."
  • Former Stetson football player Donald Parham was signed to the LA Chargers, as reported in the April 14 CBS story, "2020 NFL free agency: Chargers to sign breakout XFL tight end Donald Parham, per report." Parham was a star tight end in the XFL with the Dallas Renegades during the 2020 season.
  • Law Professor Peter F. Lake was quoted in The GW Hatchet in an April 6 article called, "Undergraduates violated plagiarism rules more than graduate students in 2019."
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was quoted in an April 7 article on Roll Call titled, "SEC rules could thwart political spending disclosure efforts."

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Alumni News:

  • Gov. Ron DeSantis on April 3 appointed law alumnus and Duval County Judge Anthony Salem to the 4th Judicial Circuit Court, according to an article in the Jacksonville Daily Record.
  • Law alumna Sarah A. Gottlieb joined Freeborn & Peters LLP as an Associate in the Litigation Practice Group and a member of the Insurance Brokerage team, according to an April 7 announcement on Citybizlist.com.
  • Law alumna Christine Platt has released a new children’s book called, "The Story of Harriet Tubman."
  • Law alumna Nichole M. Baer joined Russell, Krafft & Gruber, LLP, according to an April 15 announcement on LexBlog.
  • Law alumna Ashley Hodge joined Banker Lopez Gassler in the firm’s St. Petersburg office, per an announcement from the firm.

Apr. 3-9

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Alumni News

Mar. 27-Apr. 2

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Alumni News:

  • Alumnus Kenneth C. Lasseter received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who, as reported by a press report on April 2.
  • Alumnus Richard L. Lynch Joined Marine Bank's Board of Directors, according to a March 30 Space Coast Business post.
  • Law Alumna Helayne Levy Payne was named to the Super Lawyers Best Lawyers in America list for Elder Law, according to an April 3 announcement.

Mar. 20-26

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Mar. 13-19

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  • Susan Peppers-Bates, PhD, associate philosophy professor, was quoted in The Kansas City Star article, "Of course it isn't racist for Honey Pot founder to want to inspire black girls" on March 18. "Structural systems of racial disadvantage that allow hateful people to enact their bias constitute racism," Peppers-Bates said. "A woman who achieves success in the face of such a system deserves celebrating. That many white women remain oblivious to their own racially-based privilege is sad."
  • Andy Dehnart, visiting assistant professor of journalism, published the article "9 comforting, even quiet reality shows to watch or stream right now" at Reality Blurred on March 13.
  • T. Wayne Bailey, PhD, professor emeritus of political science, was quoted in the March 15 Daytona Beach News-Journal article "Volusia-Flagler primary: What you need to know."
  • Adjunct instructor of history Peggy MacDonald, PhD, was featured in the WUFT Channel 5 PBS-affiliate article "Gainesville Celebrates The Female Pioneers Of Florida At The Matheson Museum" on March 13.
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy wrote a March 12 opinion piece for Talk Points Memo, called "What Edgar Allan Poe’s Death And Voter Fraud Myths Have In Common." Torres-Spelliscy was quoted in a March 13 article on Vox, called "Trump's coronavirus national emergency declaration, briefly explained." She was featured, along with her book Political Brands, in a March 13 piece on Medium, called "When Brands Drive Out Truth: Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy on Political Brands, Fake News, Dark Money, and Quid Pro Quos." Also, she was mentioned in a March 17 article on Business Insider, called "American climate activists are recruiting their German counterparts to save Bernie Sanders' candidacy." The article appeared in Business Insider Australia, India, Germany, Netherlands, Ghana and United Kingdom.
  • Jay Wolfson, adjunct professor wrote an open letter, titled "What a Tampa Bay public health expert is telling his family and friends," which was published March 17 in the Tampa Bay Times.

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Alumni News:

  • Alumna Kim Kaluba published the article "How Data Preparation Can Accelerate AI" on March 13 at the Transforming Data With Intelligence website.
  • Alumna Abigail Pressler was hired as NCB Management Services Inc.'s general counsel and a member of the executive team. In that role, she will lead NCB’s legal, compliance and enterprise risk management functions, reporting to President/CEO Ralph Liberio, according to a March 17 announcement.
  • Alumna Lisa Keegan was hired by Bucknell University as vice president for Enrollment Management, according to a March 14 announcement.
  • Alumna Emily Walsh joined Kubicki Draper in the law firm's Jacksonville office as an associate attorney, according to the Jacksonville Daily Record.
  • Alumnus Vincent A. Citro became a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America, according to a March 12 announcement.
  • Fergeson Skipper, P.A. named alumna Michelle Lajoie Hermey president of the law firm, according to a March 9 announcement in the Southwest Florida Herald-Tribune. Hermey has been with firm since 1994.

Feb. 28-Mar. 13

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  • Professor of Religious Studies Gregory Sapp, PhD, was quoted Feb. 29 in Headsn.com and other media outlets in the article, "Practice of tracking Massgoers for political purposes gains scrutiny." The piece examines the practice of sending political messages to people based on tracking their cellphones and identifying them as attending church, much like advertisers do with geofencing. "If political groups are using information that other advertisers might gather," Sapp said, "to me that’s creepy. It's unethical to use a service I paid for to inundate me with advertisements."
  • Religious Studies Professor Gregory Sapp was quoted in a CNN story on March 8 titled, "How Tyson Fury's Irish Traveller heritage prepared him to be boxing's biggest new star." Sapp commented on both Tyson Fury's success in boxing as well as his identity as an Irish Traveller, a persecuted ethnic minority group. "Being a boxing champion reflects well on the Irish Travellers in the eyes of many people," he said.
  • The Daytona Beach News-Journal quoted Associate Professor of History and American Studies Emily Mieras, PhD, in the article, "Suffrage movement: Port Orange library kicks off Women’s History Month" on Feb. 28. "We are on the verge of the 100th anniversary of the women’s suffrage movement," Mieras said. "So, of course, it’s an auspicious time to refresh our memories about some of the aspects of that movement."
  • Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Studies Jason Evans, PhD, was quoted in the Feb. 28 Savannah Morning News article, "Septic tanks threaten water quality on Georgia’s coast as sea levels rise."
  • Professor of Psychology Christopher Ferguson, PhD, was quoted in the March 8 Psypost.org article, "Playing as a sexualized video game character does not increase women's body dissatisfaction" about his study on the effects of sexualized video game characters on female body satisfaction. "Our study suggests that the impact of sexualization in games on women players is much less than people might imagine," he said.
  • Psychology Professor Christopher Ferguson was also quoted in the story, "Is It Us, Or Is It The Video Games?" from the San Francisco-based PBS-affiliate KALW on March 2. On the alleged link between video games and mental health issues, Ferguson said, "We really need to focus more on the issue that these individuals have these underlying mental health conditions, not so much the idea that games are causing these problems."
  • Associate Professor of Accounting Valrie Chambers, PhD, published a book recommendation piece titled, "Books: Controlling: Get Strategic," at the Strategic Finance Magazine on March 1. Chambers also published the column, 
    "Onslaught of the tax procrastinators" on March 1 in the Journal of Accountancy.
  • Assistant Professor of Political Science Kelly Smith, PhD, was quoted in the Wilsonville Spokesman on March 11 in an article titled, "Term limits: Is it a good idea?"
  • Law Professor Louis J. Virelli III was featured in a March 5 interview on WUSF/NPR Morning Edition called, "Daylight Saving Time Returns This Weekend. Should It Stay Year-Round?"

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Alumni News

  • Law alumnus Rand Hoch was featured in a Feb. 28 article on South Florida Gay News called, "Longest-running Florida gay rights law hits 30-year mark" for his work in getting the legislation passed in Palm Beach County.
  • Alumnus James Parker published an article at Medium titled, "Corporations Accused of Allowing Excess NDMA in Zantac MDL" on March 4.
  • Alumna Meredith Schwarz was named Director of Sales, Northeast, at Phase 3 Marketing and Communications, an integrated marketing services firm, according to Printing News.
  • The animation studio Illumination named alumnus Keith Feldman Chief Operating Officer (COO) on March 5, as reported by The Animation World Network.
  • Law alumnus Frank Morreale was added to Holland & Knight LLP, according to a March 10 article at Kinney Recruiting.
  • Law alumnus Stephen Russell has joined Ringsmuth, Day & O'Halloran, PLLC as a criminal defense attorney, according to a Feb. 27 press release.
  • Law alumna Jennifer Cowan has joined the Tampa office of Bryant Miller Olive P.A. (BMO) as an attorney, according to a Feb. 28 press release.

Feb. 21-27

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  • Alumna and Florida Chief Resilience Officer Julia Nesheiwat, PhD, was appointed as the United States Homeland Security Advisor by President Trump, according to the Feb. 20 Politico piece, "Trump to tap Florida official as homeland security adviser." The article quoted from Nesheiwat's speech at Convocation at Stetson in 2017.
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was quoted in a Feb. 22 article on Yahoo! Finance called, "Trump campaign, Republicans spent over $1 million at Trump businesses in 2019." The article was also published on Yahoo! Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore and Spain.
  • • Law Professor Peter F. Lake was quoted in a Feb. 21 article in The Washington Post called, "BYU removed its longtime ban on 'homosexual behavior,' but many students still have questions."
  • • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was quoted in a Feb. 24 article for The Guardian called, "Can Mike Bloomberg buy his way to the White House?" This article was also picked up by Yahoo! India, Yahoo! UK and Ireland, MSN News Singapore and others.

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Feb. 14-20

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  • Professor of Psychology Christopher Ferguson, PhD, was quoted in the Feb. 20 article "What science says about your kids' tech habits" at The Next Web. "Although an 'everything in moderation' message when discussing screen time with parents may be most productive, our results do not support a strong focus on screen time as a preventative measure for youth problem behaviors," Ferguson told Science Daily.
  • Assistant Professor of Biology Sean Beckmann, PhD, was quoted in the Feb. 17 Tampa Bay Times article "Coronavirus: Citrus County couple on Diamond Princess cruise evacuated."
  • "Seawalls may not protect against rising sea levels" on WKMG-TV Channel 6 on Feb. 20 quoted Jason Evans, PhD, interim executive director of Stetson's Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience and associate professor of environmental science and studies. "We do believe as scientists, that the number one thing that's driving climate change has to do with greenhouse gases," Evans said.
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy testified before the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties about Citizens United on Feb. 6. You can view her testimony on YouTube; it begins at 1:17:49.
  • Associate Professor of Mathematics Hari Pulapaka, PhD, was featured with his wife Jenneffer in Scott Joseph's Orlando Restaurant Guide on Feb. 14. The article, titled, "Restaurant Romance: Owning and Operating a Restaurant with a Spouse," discusses the advantages and disadvantages of co-owning a restaurant as a couple. Pulapaka co-owns Cress Restaurant in DeLand with his wife.
  • Professor of Education Patrick Coggins, PhD, who served as a Jessie Ball duPont Endowed Chair professor from 1991-2011, was featured on OrlandoAtPlay.com for his African-American Studies Mandate workshop.
  • Associate Dean Jason Bent was quoted in a Feb. 12 article in Fortune called, "My boss wants me to travel during the coronavirus. Do I have to go?"
  • Law Professor Peter F. Lake was quoted in a Feb. 16 article in The Chronicle of Higher Education called, "The Next Wave of #MeToo."
  • "Congratulations to the 2020 ACA National Award Winners" in the American Counseling Center Newsletter on Feb. 20 noted that Stetson students took Second Place in the Graduate Student Ethics category.

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Alumni News:

  • Law alumnus Mike Boryla was featured in a Jan. 31 article on Westword.com called, "Ex-NFL QB Mike Boryla on Brain Injury Tragedies, Justin Bannan Case."
  • Law alumnus Derek O. Goldsmith joined the Fort Lauderdale office of Kelley Kronenberg as a partner, according to a Feb. 3 announcement on citybizlist. He focuses his practice on First Party Property Insurance Defense Litigation.
  • Law alumna Christine Platt was featured in a TedxCharlottesville talk called, "You Can Be a Minimalist. Yes, You!"
  • Law alumna Tammy N. Giroux, a partner with the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, was a presenter at the American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Fidelity and Surety Law Committee's Mid-Winter Meeting Program in January in New York City.
  • Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed law alumnus Michael Graves, the elected public defender for the Fifth Circuit, to a statewide task force on opioid abuse, according to a Feb. 15 brief on STL News.

Feb. 7-13

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  • Assistant Professor of Biology Sean Beckmann, PhD, was quoted Feb. 10 in The New York Times article, "Coronavirus Outbreak Risks Reviving Stigma for China." He called China "the perfect storm" for zoonotic diseases to flourish because of its 1.4 billion people, and the proximity of slaughterhouses and urban markets where animals are butchered. "It gives lots of opportunity for these viruses to cross a species boundary," he said.
  • Professor of Psychology Christopher Ferguson, PhD., was quoted in the Feb.10 article "How to empower — not scare! — parents about technology" on the International Society for Technology in Education website. "Fear tends to thrive in an atmosphere of no data," he says. "There's this echo chamber between journalists and politicians and anti-media advocates that has been going on for a long time. And in my experience if you present parents with actual data, most of the data suggests that technology use is, at the very least, not one of the major things that are confronting kids."
  • Associate Professor of Mathematics Hari Pulapaka, PhD, was featured in Eco Watch's "20 Plant-Forward Chefs Loving Vegetables This Valentine's Day" article on Feb. 14.
  • Assistant Professor of Practice, Management Lou Paris was mentioned Feb.11 in the Daytona Beach News-Journal article, "Around Town: Free tax prep, club meetings, drum circle and more," for a discussion on Internet marketing at The Second Wednesday Club.
  • Head Baseball Coach Steve Trimper was interviewed on WKMG-TV's After the Whistle on Feb. 8 to talk about his book, "Walk Off Winning," and the start of the Hatter Baseball season.
  • Sarah Cramer, PhD, visiting Teacher-Scholar Fellow in Sustainable Food Systems, was interviewed by The Maneater, the student newspaper at the University of Missouri, for a Feb. 4 article entitled, CAFNR study shows benefits in school gardening programs.
  • Former basketball head coach Glenn Wilkes was quoted in The Daytona Beach News-Journal on Feb. 4 in the article, DeLand to celebrate life of late Gus Gibbs, AKA Mr. Stetson, about the passing of his longtime friend and well-known Stetson supporter.

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Jan. 31-Feb. 6

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Alumni News:

  • Stetson alumnus Peter Urscheler '06 was featured in the February issue of Philadelphia magazine in a story, entitled "Small-Town Heroes." The story profiled millennial mayors who were trying to save sleepy Philly suburbs, including Urscheler, mayor of Phoenixville. The story noted that he pushed to install 36 new electric-vehicle charging stations in hopes that visitors might shop and dine while they wait, helping merchants and restaurants.

Jan. 23-30

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  • Assistant Professor of Biology Sean Beckmann, PhD, was quoted in an article from ABC-affiliated WFTV titled, "Central Floridians should be more concerned with flu, common cold than coronavirus, professor says." Beckman assured Floridians that, "The best approach here in the United States is to remain aware, to educate yourself, but there's not really major concern at this point."
  • Biology Professor Terence Farrell, PhD, was quoted Jan. 24 in an article by The Wildlife Society, entitled "Fungal disease drains energy and dries snakes out." Farrell said, "Our study on the effect of SFD (snake fungal disease) on metabolic rates helps us understand why the disease causes so many problems for infected snakes. We show that the physiological cost of fighting the disease is a huge energetic burden to the snakes."
  • Law Professor Paul Boudreaux published a guest opinion column on Jan. 27 in the Tampa Bay Times called, "The biggest worry about impeachment is not for today, but for 2021."
  • Professor of Computer Science Hala ElAarag, PhD, was interviewed for a segment on Inside Higher Ed's Academic Minute podcast 'Transmission Control Protocols' on Jan. 28.
  • Law Professor Anne E. Mullins's article, Meta is Better, 94 N.D. L. Rev 325 (2019) was featured in the Jan. 7 Legal Skills Prof Blog. The editor called it an "important article on metacognition and deep learning."

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Alumni News:

  • Alumnus Andrei Mikhalevsky was awarded the "Inaugural IDFA Laureate Award" as reported by California AG Today on Jan. 27. Mikhalevsky, former president and CEO of California Dairies, Inc., was honored with the award by the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) for "significant, prolonged contributions to the development and growth of dairy."
  • Alumnus Kyle McLean was appointed Deputy Director for Business Operations by the Workforce Opportunities & Residency Cayman (WORC), effective Jan. 9, as reported by the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce.
  • Law alumnus B.B. Abbott was featured in a Jan. 26 article in the Tampa Bay Times. He planning to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research and National Pediatric Cancer Foundation.
  • Law alumnus Michael Dolce was featured on ABC Action News for representing a minor with disabilities who was allegedly exploited by a Tampa strip club.
  • Law alumna Meaghann Ligori has been promoted to partner at Ligori & Ligori Attorneys at Law, according to a Jan. 27 press release on PRNewswire.
  • Law alumna Susan Lilian Ojeda was honored by The Florida Bar for her pro bono work, according to a Jan. 27 article in the Winter Haven News Chief.
  • Alumna Blair Parke published the article "Do Marriage Vows Come from the Bible" at Crosswalk.com on Jan. 29.
  • Law alumna Rachel V. Rose will serve as the Distinguished Speaker at the 3rd Annual Healthcare Compliance Symposium co-hosted by Delaware Law School and First Healthcare Compliance, according to a Jan. 28 press release on PRNewswire.
  • Law alumnus Reginald Giles Stambaugh has been re-certified in real estate law by The Florida Bar, according to a Jan. 29 press release that appeared on Fox 21's website.
  • Law alumnus Christian M. Leger was named partner at Shutts & Bowen, according to a Jan. 29 announcement from the firm. He is a member of the Business Litigation Practice Group.
  • Law alumnus John Attaway Jr. was selected as president and chief executive officer, effective April 1, 2020, of GiveWell Community Foundation in Lakeland, Fla., according to a Jan. 29 announcement from the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce.

Jan. 17-23

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  • Professor of Religious Studies D. Gregory Sapp, PhD, was quoted in the Atlanta Journal Constitution on Jan. 23 in the article, "Divorce rate would plunge if more followed in Prince Harry's steps." According to Sapp, "When a man agrees to forsake all others, he is committing to his wife alone. It is a vow to assure fidelity within a marriage. It means that each partner forsakes all others as potential romantic partners."
  • Assistant Professor of Political Science Sidra Hamidi, PhD, was quoted in the Jan. 22 article, "Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Will Visit Florida Thursday to Talk About American Values" on 90.7 WMFE, an Orlando NPR member station. "But of course there's all sorts of questions you can ask about the legitimacy of the Trump administration's ability to speak about American values and what those values actually are," Hamidi said.
  • Cybersecurity company KnowBe4 donated $250,000 to Stetson Law for a variety of initiatives, including scholarships, internships, software and new programming. The press release was picked up by nearly 20 online news organizations, including Business Insider.
  • Law Professor Louis J. Virelli III was quoted in a Jan. 19 article in the Daytona Beach News-Journal called, "Can senators be impartial in impeachment? Former Florida Sen. Bob Graham looks back."
  • Law Professor Peter Lake was quoted in a Jan. 23 article on Education Dive called, "DeVos proposes protections for faith-based colleges, student groups."
  • Stetson Law was mentioned as a "meet the author" location for Craig Pittman in Jan. 17 Tampa Bay Times article about his new book. Pittman will be speaking as part of the Foreman Biodiversity Lecture Series.

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  • Law alumna Pam Bondi has joined President Trump's impeachment defense team, according to a Jan. 18 article on Orlando Weekly.
  • Alumni Webb Shephard and Anthony Walsh were promoted at James Moore & Co., according to the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 21.
  • Alumna Michelle Butler was named development director of Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation, as reported by Sarasota magazine on Jan. 21.
  • Law alumnus Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri was appointed to Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice, according to a Jan. 22 Department of Justice press release.

Jan. 11-17

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  • Kandy Queen-Sutherland, PhD, the Sam R. Marks professor of Religion, was quoted in the Jan. 17 article, "Bill Could Mandate Bible Electives In Florida's Public High Schools." The story was featured on WJCT, a Jacksonville affiliate of PBS. Queen-Sutherland commented, "There is this kind of idea that somehow we've lost our way as a country. We're no longer a quote Christian nation as if that was, in fact, what we were in the beginning."
  • Professor emeritus of political science, T. Wayne Bailey, PhD, was quoted in the Daytona Beach News-Journal on Jan. 14. The article, titled "Volusia voters may get shot at deciding whether council members get pay raise," discusses the debate regarding several proposed changes to the Volusia County Council.
  • Law Professor Louis J. Virelli III wrote a Jan. 14 opinion piece for the Tampa Bay Times called, "Impartiality is more important in an impeachment trial than in a criminal one. Not less."
  • Law Professor Ellen Podgor was quoted in a Jan. 13 USA Today article called, "Supreme Court's war on prosecutors meets 'Bridgegate.'" The article was picked up by other news outlets in the USA Today network, including the Jackson Sun, Chillicothe Gazette, Lafayette Daily Advertiser, Coloradoan, Des Moines Register and MSN.
  • Assistant Director of University Events Samantha Crouch recently was named Holly Hill Chamber of Commerce's new executive director, as reported in the Jan. 11 Daytona Beach News-Journal article, "Holly Hill Chamber's new exec is a homegrown product."
  • Law Professor Ellen Podgor was quoted in a Jan. 9 ABA Journal article called, "Crosstown traffic: SCOTUS considers 'Bridgegate' prosecutions." The article was picked up by several other digital news sites.
  • Law Professor Peter F. Lake was quoted in a Jan. 12 article in the Lawrence Journal-World called, "Fraternity follow-up: Here's why KU won't release full details on fraternity investigation." He was quoted again by that publication in a Jan. 13 article titled, "KU Greek life task force submits recommendations to the chancellor."

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  • Steve Burley retired after a 45-year career and six years as an economic-development manager for the City of DeLand, according to a Jan. 15 West Volusia Beacon article.
  • Alumnus Brian Caskey is running for the Democratic nomination in the race for North Carolina's District 48 Senate spot, according to The Cycle NC.
  • Alumnus Robert Chambers was named executive vice president and chief commercial officer at Americold, according to a Jan. 9 Refrigerated Transport article.
  • Alumnus Dallas J. Zulli was appointed Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer of Smith Land & Improvement Corporation, as reported by a Jan. 10 PR Newswire press release.
  • PRLog reported on Jan. 10 that alumna Amanda Sharkey Ross was elected stockholder of Henderson Franklin, a Florida-based law firm.
  • Alumna Jeannette Simmons joined Fort Behavioral Health as Program Director for the Mission Recovery Program, according to a Jan. 16 press release.
  • The law firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., announced that Law alumna Kayla Richmond has been elected stockholder, according to announcement from the firm. This appeared on a number of online public relations and business news wires, including Gulfshore Business.
  • Law Alumni Brett H. Sifrit and Sara Castro are shareholders at Farr Law Firm in Punta Gorda, effective Jan. 1. Sifrit focuses his practice on trusts and estates as well as real estate law. Castro is part of the firm's litigation team with a focus on business transactions and civil litigation.
  • Law firm Neal & Harwell has elevated Law alumna Mariam Stockton to partner, according to a Jan. 7 announcement in the Nashville Post. Stockton earned the LL.M. in advocacy from Stetson Law. An article also appeared in The Nashville Ledger.
  • Law firm Holland & Knight announced 29 new partners, according to a Jan. 7 article in the Florida Record. Two Stetson alumni were included in the promotions. Jessica Hoch, a Double Hatter, is a member of the firm's Real Estate Section, and Brian Hanafin is a member of the firm's Business Section.
  • Law alumna Patricia Sigman, a Longwood labor attorney, is jumping into the Senate District 9 race based in Seminole County, according to an article in the Orlando Sentinel.
  • Law alumna Lori Baggett was promoted to managing shareholder in the Tampa office of Carlton Fields, according to articles in the Tampa Bay Business Journal and the Tampa Bay Times.
  • Law alumna and Trenam Law shareholder Catherine M. DiPaolo was elected to Glazer Children's Museum Board of Trustees, according to an announcement on the firm's website.
  • Law alumna Shannon Wilson received a Space Coast Public Service Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award, according to a Jan. 12 article in the Space Coast Daily News. The award recognizes public service professionals who have dedicated years of service during a distinguished career where they significantly advanced the public safety profession, and by substantial service, have furthered the cause of justice and the mission of public service.
  • Law alumnus Christopher Cavaliere, a Double Hatter, was promoted to partner at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, according to a Jan. 13 announcement from the firm.
  • Law alumnus Ryan Lee Hedstrom joined Gunster, according to a Jan. 14 post from the firm.

Dec. 20-Jan. 10

  • Assistant Professor and Chair of Economics Alan Green, PhD, was quoted in The Daytona Beach News-Journal article, "AAA: Iranian unrest means higher gas prices in Volusia, Flagler," published on Jan. 7. "The biggest thing now is there's more uncertainty," Green said. "There's more risk being priced into the market and that's realistic. The expectation is that Iran will retaliate; it's just a matter of where and when."
  • Assistant Professor Sidra Hamidi, PhD, was featured in a Jan. 8 article in The West Volusia Beacon titled, "A local take on recent U.S.-Iran tensions." On the threat of Iran acquiring nuclear weapons, Hamidi said, "That's always been the question for the last 20 years now — are they actually going to build a nuclear weapon? I think, largely through diplomacy, that has been prevented for a long time, but I think the question is going to arise among Iranian leadership, if they had nuclear weapons, would the U.S. have taken this act?"
  • Professor of Psychology Christopher Ferguson, PhD, wrote the article, "Sex Differences in Cognition" on Quillette on Dec. 27. Ferguson discusses the biological differences between the sexes and whether or not there is merit to the argument that biology accounts for certain social discrepancies between the sexes.
  • Hatters Baseball Head Coach Steve Trimper announced the upcoming release of his new book, "Walk Off Winning: A Game Plan for Leading Your Team and Organization to Success," on his website. The book will be released Jan. 15.
  • Associate Professor of Mathematics Hari Pulapaka, PhD, was interviewed in a feature on 90.7 WMFE, an Orlando member station of NPR, on Dec. 26 about holiday foods.
  • Hari Pulapaka was also featured in a Jan. 2 segment on WMFE-90.7 on the U.S. Constitution titled, "A Closer Look at the US Constitution." The segment featured an audio recording of various members of the Central Florida community and WMFE staff reading the Constitution.
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy wrote a Dec. 29 article featured on the Harvard Law Review Blog called, "The Supreme Court Is Killing Contribution Limits Softly; A Few Years from Now They Likely Will Be Dead." It was also picked up by Election Law Blog, SCOTUSblog and a few alternative-news websites.
  • Torres-Spelliscy was also quoted in the Dec. 24 Truthdig article, "Bloomberg Campaign Exposed for Exploiting Prison Labor."

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