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March 8-15

Top Stories

  • Clay Henderson, executive director at Stetson University's Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience, was mentioned in an Orlando Sentinel article entitled, "Algae plaguing Florida’s iconic springs triggers major legal battle." Henderson said authorities "could regroup and revise [the] springs strategy." If not, environmentalists say they will face a do-or-die fight because septic tanks, sewage systems, agricultural and lawn fertilizer and stormwater are polluting the springs and feeding excessive algae growth.
  • Alumnus David Klan was featured in an article from News Wire about his recent appointment as President and CEO of Mazda Canada. In this position, Klan will "assume responsibility for Mazda's business operations in Canada." Klan earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Business Management from Stetson.
  • Stetson Psychology Professor Christopher Ferguson, Ph.D., was quoted in The San Luis Obispo Tribune on March 8 about why wealthy men are willing to pay for sexual intercourse. "Many men will solicit prostitutes basically because they can," he said. "It cuts out many of the nuances and complexities of sexual relations and makes it strictly transactional."

Alumni News:

  • Alumna Nefertiti Walker, Ph.D., was featured in an article in the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education for her appointment to inaugural associate dean for an inclusive organization in the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Walker holds a bachelor’s degree in sport management and an MBA from Stetson.
  • Vocalist and performer Maria Olivia Bryant was featured in the Broadway World piece "African-American Cabaret Series At Winter Park Playhouse Premieres New Cabaret Mar. 28." Bryant and her company Maria Olivia Inspires will present a quarterly cabaret series, Expressions: A Celebration of Voices in African-American Music. Bryant attended graduate school at Stetson.
  • Alumna Nirupa Netram was mentioned in an article from the Santiva Chronicle that said she will be "speaking on the plight of immigrants in our midst" at the recently renamed Progressive Club of the Islands in Sanibel.
  • Alumnus David Miller was mentioned in an article from Zip06 titled "North Haven Sports Hall of Fame to Induct Nine in 2019." This Connecticut high school will induct eight others as well as Miller, who, in his time at Stetson, was a "four-year starter for the baseball team."

March 1-8

Top Stories

  • Professor of Psychology Chris Ferguson, Ph.D., was quoted in the March 5 Engadget article titled "Adults are the only ones who fell for the Momo hoax." "There's the general sense of teens behaving badly and technology oftentimes being the culprit in some way or another," Ferguson said in the article. "It just seems that we're kind of wired, particularly as we get older, to be more and more suspicious of technology and popular culture."
  • Professor Chris Ferguson was also quoted in a March 7 Atlanta Journal-Constitution article titled, "Why do rich men pay for sex when they can get it free?" Ferguson commented, "Many men will solicit prostitutes basically because they can. It cuts out many of the nuances and complexities of sexual relations and makes it strictly transactional."

  • Hillel Director Sam Friedman published an article titled "Head in the Clouds" on March 4 in eJewish Philanthropy. In his piece, Friedman discusses a few lessons learned while he was Central Florida Hillel's communications director and helping Hillel grow in that role.
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy is quoted in the March 4 Marketplace story on NPR, "Can the internet save Congress from 'call time'?" The story ran in dozens of NPR stations across the U.S. Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was a guest on the Feb. 28 Radio Times WHYY, "Michael Cohen's testimony and what it means.
  • News of the Stetson Law student team winning the AAJ regional competition has run across the country in dozens of media outlets via the March 7 newswire.

Other News:

  • Law Professor Charles Rose is quoted in the Feb. 28 10 News article, "Judge denies defense attorney's motion for last word in Jonchuck trial." Professor Rose also appeared on the Feb. 28 Bay News 9.
  • Law Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the Feb. 27 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Nursing Home Employees Indicted." Professor Morgan wrote the Feb. 28 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Pets and Pet Trusts." Professor Morgan wrote the March 4 Elder Law Prof Blog, "U. of Ill. Lecture Today on Med. Mal. & Elderly." Professor Morgan wrote the March 4 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Bibliography on Physician-Aided Dying." Professor Morgan wrote the March 5 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Medical Records Not Reviewed By Medical Director Before Claim Denied." She wrote the March 7 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Rural Nursing Homes Closing."
  • The March 2 Big Cat Rescue features an article mentioning the volunteer work of Stetson Law students.

Alumni News:

  • Alumna Stacey Morris published an article titled "MLP Q4'18 Distribution Coverage… Now Featuring Payout Ratios" on March 6 at Seeking Alpha.
  • Alumnus Bill Arnold was featured in the March 6 Florham Park Eagle article "Resident named RWJ Barnabas Southern Region."
  • Alumna Blair Parke published two articles at Crosswalk.com on March 1 titled "5 Things about Mordecai We Can All Relate To," and "What Is Fat Tuesday? Important Facts to Know about This Holiday," respectively.
  • Alumna Cathleen Vogelgesang was featured in the March 1 Cincinnati.com article "Saint Ursula Academy hires new alumnae director." Vogelgesang was recently hired as the new director of alumnae and constituent relations. "SUA holds such a special place in my heart," she said. "For me to have the opportunity to give back to the organization that helped shape me as a woman of faith, integrity and courage is incredible."
  • The March 5 The Herald-Tribune reports that Bradenton city attorney and Law alumnus Bill Lisch is retiring after 43 years.
  • According to the Feb. 28 Construction Dive, PulteGroup's West Florida Division has announced Law alumna Kimberly Driscoll as director of procurement.
  • The March 1 PR.com reports that Law alumnus Dereck Capaz's law firm, the Capaz Law Firm, has been selected to Gator 100 for the second consecutive year.
  • The March 1 Law360 reports that Law alumna Lynn Walter Sherman will serve as shareholder at Trenam Law.
  • The March 5 Trenam Law reports that Law alumnus Aaron Reichelson has been appointed to the ABA Construction Steering Committee.
  • The March 2 Eagle Tribune features a letter by Law alumna Laura Flieder running for city clerk.
  • The March 6 Naples Daily News quotes Law alumnus George Dondanville in the article, "Naples City Council candidates debate Naples Beach Hotel redevelopment plan at second forum."

February 22-March 1

Top Stories

  • Professor of Psychology Christopher Ferguson, Ph.D., was quoted in Education News in a story Feb. 25, entitled, "How Online Gaming Can Positively Impact Your Brain and Studying Skills." Some companies embrace the idea of "gamification" in their workplaces, a method that uses "game mechanics" in order to "motivate people to succeed," Ferguson said.
  • Professor Chris Ferguson also was quoted Feb. 26 in the Orlando Sentinel article "Don't judge me, but I still believe in spanking." Ferguson said, "There doesn't seem to be much evidence that occasional, routine non-abusive spanking causes any kind of behavioral changes or aggression or things like that."
  • Professor Chris Ferguson wrote an article for Quillette about how "motivated reasoning is disfiguring social science." In his piece, Ferguson asserts that "[…] failing to understand this basic fact may cause the general public to overestimate the degree of objectivity with which such organizations speak when talking about research."
  • Law Professor Peter Lake is quoted in the Feb. 24 Columbia Spectator article, "The Constitution of a Community: Why Student Clubs Are Starting to Take Sexual Violence Response into Their Own Hands."
  • Law Professor Charles Rose was a guest on the Feb. 28 Bay News 9 and News 13 Your Overnight News program on Representative Matt Gaetz' posts regarding Michael Cohen on Twitter and subsequent Bar investigation.

Other News:

  • Law Adjunct Professor Dr. Jay Wolfson is quoted in the Bay News 9 story, "Former Port Richey Mayor Massad held with no bond on attempted murder charges."
  • Law Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the Feb. 21 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Will You Outlive Your Retirement Savings?" Professor Morgan wrote the Feb. 24 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Long Distance Family Caregivers." Professor Morgan wrote the Feb. 25 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Oscars 2019." Professor Morgan wrote the Feb. 26 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Alzheimer's-Changing the Narrative."

Alumni News:

  • Alumnus Michael Mason was mentioned in an article from Nasdaq in regard to his appointment as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for Karyopharm Therapeutics Inc. In his new role, Mason will be "responsible for leading and directing the financial activities of the Company."
  • Alumna Lisa King, a former Democratic chair who served on the Jacksonville planning and housing commissions, was featured in a Feb. 27 story in The Florida Times-Union titled, "Not much cash, but lots of choices in race for At-Large, Group 1 Jacksonville City Council seat."
  • Stetson Alumna Britt McHenry published an article at The Federalist on Feb. 27 titled, "Transgender Athletes Who Compete Against Women Are Cheats."
  • The Jacksonville Daily Record reports that law alumnae Brooke Brady and Margaret Gibbs Gulliford have submitted their names to the 4th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission for consideration to succeed Circuit Judge John Skinner.
  • The Feb. 23 Mountaineer announced that law alumna Nancy Carol Rhoades passed away on Feb. 20.

February 15-21

Top Stories

  • The announcement by Stetson University President Wendy B. Libby, Ph.D., on Feb. 15 that she will retire in 2020 received widespread media coverage in such places as San Francisco, Seattle, Houston and throughout Florida, including in the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Florida Times-Union, Orlando Business Journal and the Orlando Sentinel. "The statistics defining her presidency are impressive," The Daytona Beach News-Journal wrote in an editorial Feb. 19, touting her many accomplishments and noting she "has earned some time off."
  • The Stetson University Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience made news Feb. 21 when it announced grants to private farmers and conservation pilot projects in northern Florida to reduce the discharge of pollutants into the Suwannee River. The funding comes from a $1.3 million Sustainable Farming Fund. Shelley Gentile, the institute's program manager, said on CapitalSoup, "The private farmers will be using high-tech agricultural equipment that allows them to apply fertilizer exactly where it's needed instead of spreading fertilizer over the whole farm area. The reduction in fertilizer use means there will be less nutrients in the aquifer."
  • Eugene Huskey, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science and holder of the William R. Kenan, Jr. Chair, was mentioned in Vanderbilt Magazine in regard to his recent book, "Encounters at the Edge of the Muslim World: A Political Memoir of Kyrgyzstan." This is a political memoir, and it provides "the only sustained political history of independent Kyrgyzstan, explaining events in the context of Kyrgyzstan's society and the broader international order."
  • An article written by Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy is mentioned in the Feb. 21 CNN article, "How Bernie Sanders used the 'Netflix' model of political donations to raise millions."
  • Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy is quoted in the Feb. 15 Vox article, "Trump declared a national emergency at the border. I asked 11 experts if it's legal."
  • Law Professor Peter Lake is quoted in the Feb. 18 Chronicle of Higher Education article, "The New 'In Loco Parentis.'" Professor Lake is quoted in the Feb. 19 GW Hatchet article, "Provost's office to launch new programs, seminars for academic leaders."
  • Law Professor Bruce Jacob is quoted in the Feb. 14 Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, "Florida Is One of the Most Overincarcerated Places in U.S. Is It Likely to Change?"

Other News:

  • Law Professor Charles Rose is quoted in the Feb. 15 Tampa Bay Times article, "Jonchuck judge is willing to experiment with jury selection."
  • Law Professor Roberta Flowers spoke with ABC about legal planning and guardianship for a Feb. 19 news report.
  • Law Professor Louis Virelli was a guest on Feb. 19 Bay News 9 Midday News at Noon.
  • Law Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the Feb. 18 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Tool for Documenting Injuries from Elder Abuse." Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the February 19 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Aging In Place Unmet Needs." Professor Morgan wrote the Feb. 20 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Social Programs and Debt."
  • Former Law Professor Carol Henderson is featured in various news outlets in the Feb. 20 PRNewswire article, "Scientific Evidence and Law Authority Carol Henderson Receives Lifetime Honor."

Alumni News:   

  • Stetson Alumnus Nathan Murphy published an article at Daily Mom on Feb. 16 titled, "Parenting 101: Facts about Nature vs Nurture." Murphy discusses the differences between parenting styles and the scientific debate over nature vs nurture.
  • The Feb. 19 Albany Herald reports law alumna Rachel H. Davidson was sworn in for an executive appointment at the Georgia State Capitol.
  • Law alumnus Luis Viera is quoted in the Feb. 20 Tampa Bay Times article, "Challengers take on established incumbents in three Tampa City Council races."
  • Law alumnus David McCallister is quoted in the Feb. 21 Tampa Bay Times, "Who's the biggest President Trump fan? That may be the early question in House 38 GOP race."

February 8-14

Top Stories

Other News:

  • Law Professor Peter Lake is quoted in the Feb. 8 Inside Higher Education article, "Win for Christian Group at Iowa." Professor Lake is quoted in the Feb. 12 Harvard Crimson article, "Experts Say Sanctions Lawsuits Are Unlikely to be Immediately Dismissed."
  • Alumnus Grover Wilkins was featured in a piece in The Preston Hollow Lifestyle regarding the fact that he "travels to Spain to research Baroque composers and bring their music to modern audiences."

Alumni News:

  • Alumna Stephanie Lahens was quoted in an article in The Fort Myers Florida Weekly regarding the fact that she is teaching at Immokalee High School in Collier County. "I love working with these kids … I enjoy being able to help them, and for me, to learn from them, as well," Lahens said.
  • Alumna Katherine Lowry published the article "Combining Innovation & Technology for Real Change" in AALL Spectrum, the bimonthly membership magazine focusing on furthering professional development and education. Lowry's article provides businesses with a guide to keep up with an ever-changing technological business landscape.
  • Alumnus Jordan Stasinowsky was featured in a piece from TribLive regarding "a new, unique destination" that he and his family are creating called Mary's Vine in Rankin, Pennsylvania. This will be "a wine lounge and eatery that they hope will become a gathering spot for locals and visitors."
  • The Feb. 7 Miami Herald reports Law alumna Choung Mi Lim Akehurst and alumnus Neil Lyons were honored by the Florida Bar for their volunteer work.
  • The Feb. 8 Greater New Milford Spectrum reports that Law alumnus John Gulash has signed on to represent Joe Tiago, the deputy public facilities director fired earlier this month amid the FBI’s scrap metal probe into city government.
  • The Feb. 13 Tampa Bay Times reports that Law alumnus William Flores has joined the Clearwater parking lot shooter Michael Drejka’s defense team.
  • The Feb. 13 CityBizList reports that Law alumna Lauren L. Stricker was recently elevated to partnership at Shutts & Bowen LLP.

February 1-7

Top Stories

  • Psychology Professor Christopher Ferguson, Ph.D. was quoted in an article Jan. 22 from Medium, entitled "Should Killers with a Violence Gene Get Lighter Sentences?" Ferguson believes "the combination of the low-activity MAOA gene and a traumatic childhood might be considered as a mitigating factor in court cases but shouldn't be used to 'medicalize crime,' because there are people who have this version of the gene and are not criminals."
  • Executive Director Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience Clay Henderson, J.D. was featured on a radio show Feb. 1 with 90.7 WMFE. With environmental reporter Amy Green, Henderson spoke about the importance of cleaning up Florida's springs.
  • Professor of Biology Terence Farrell, Ph.D. was mentioned in an article Feb. 6 from the Ohio State University titled, "Rattlesnake venom: mild, medium and wicked hot." Farrell participated in a study that had "first-of-its-kind research [that] reveals significant venom variation within populations of Florida pygmy rattlesnakes, showing that effectiveness against one type of prey differs widely among individuals and opening up questions about why this variation exists."
  • Alumnus Junior Nyong'o was featured in a Feb. 6 article in Orlando Weekly titled "Junior Nyong'o plays the titular prince in Orlando Shakes' 'Hamlet'." Nyong’o stars as Hamlet in the famous Shakespeare play in an Orlando Shakes production.
  • Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science Daniel Plante, Ph.D. was quoted in an article from Global Traveler about connections between cybersecurity and travel. Plante stated that "the safest thing to do in an airport is to go to the information booth and [ask] 'What is the name of your WiFi network?' There may be other ones [networks] but they're not the official sites. You can try the other ones, but it’s at your own risk."
  • Psychology Professor Christopher Ferguson, Ph.D., also wrote a short piece Feb. 4 for Quillette responding to the American Psychological Association's guidelines for treating men and boys. Ferguson's piece was titled, "My Warning to the APA About the Draft Guidelines."
  • Alumnus Thomas Rebman was featured in a piece from Click Orlando TV News Channel 6 regarding an award that he won for his advocacy for the homeless. The Getting Results Award was given to Rebman due to his efforts for Palm Bay to receive their "first cold-night shelter." Rebman's goal is "to change people’s perspectives on the homeless, and to spread his message: 'The homeless need help.'"
  • Professor of Psychology Christopher Ferguson, Ph.D. was also quoted in a piece from Health Medicine Network about "Policy statements on the effects of media overlook scientific complexity." Ferguson said, "Although there certainly are some pretty good media policy statements out there, many of the policy statements were not very accurate and where there were inaccuracies, these tended to lean in the direction of conclusions that were generally scarier than could be defended by the actual data."

Other News:

  • Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts Krista Franco was quoted in a Feb. 6 article at Ole Miss News titled "'Mr. Burns' Examines Importance of Stories in Everyday Life." Franco said about the making of the show, "With a show that envelops almost all theatrical conventions, challenges in design are inevitable; we had mountains to climb as a design team."
  • Law Professor Peter Lake is quoted in the Feb. 3 The Chronicle of Higher Education article, "When Kenneth Starr Gives the Keynote at a Higher Ed Conference." Professor Peter Lake is quoted in the Feb. 3 The Harvard Crimson article, "News Analysis: In SFFA Lawsuit, a Unified Strategy with Nuanced Arguments." Professor Lake is quoted in the Jan. 31 The Tufts Daily article, "Monaco's letter to Department of Education criticizes Title IX sexual harassment reform proposals."
  • Law Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the Feb. 3 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Japanese Elders-Seek Jail When Financially Insecure or Lonely?" Professor Morgan wrote the Feb. 4 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Frail, Old & Living Independently."
  • Law Professor Ellen S. Podgor is mentioned in the Feb. 4 Miami Herald article, "Effective criminal justice reform requires collaboration, conversation and creative thinking."
  • Law Professor Charles Rose is mentioned in the Jan. 31 Best of Odd News article, "Police Try to Unlock Phone with Dead Man's Finger."

Alumni News:

  • Alumna Rebecca Williams was featured in a piece from Public Now in regards to her study of migration, violence and climate change in Honduras. Williams hopes to "raise awareness in America about climate change, social disruption, violence and migration."
  • Alumni Samantha Edwards, Savana Strickland and Caitlan Walker were mentioned in a Feb. 4 press releasefrom the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce for their promotions.
  • Alumnus Mike Ullian was mentioned in a piece from Space Coast Business regarding his company, The Ullian Realty Corporation. Since graduating from Stetson, Ullian has been an "active member of the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) and the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) for over 25 years." He has also served as president of the Florida Chapter of SIOR.
  • Alumna Jewel Spears Brooker was featured in a piece from 24-7 Press Release regarding the fact that she was presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who. Brooker was given this award due to her "many years' experience in her professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes she has accrued in her field."
  • Law alumnus George Dondanville is quoted in the Feb. 4 Naples Daily News article, "Former City Manager Bill Moss, one other qualify for special election."
  • Law alumnus Dr. Jay Wolfson is quoted in the Feb. 4 Fox 13 article, "Fallout continues from All Children's federal report."

January 25-31

Top Stories

  • Clay Henderson, Executive Director of the Stetson Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience, was quoted in a Jan. 28 piece by NPR member station WMFE-90.7 FM titled "Update Anticipated As Water District Seeks End To Federal Oversight of Everglades Restoration." According to Henderson, the water management district is currently "making some unilateral decisions that are inconsistent with the path that we've been on all these years."
  • Professor of psychology Christopher Ferguson was quoted in a Value Walk article titled "Violence In Video Games: How Big Of A Deal (If Any)?" Ferguson said, "…speaking as a researcher who has studied violent video games for almost 15 years, I can state that there is no evidence to support these claims that violent media and real-world violence are connected."
  • Stuart Michelson, Ph.D, Roland and Sarah George Professor of Finance and Chair of Finance, was mentioned in a piece in PrWeb.com regarding the School of Business Administration being approved by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. (CFP Board) to offer a financial planning concentration program that allows undergraduate finance majors to meet all the requirements necessary to sit for the Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) designation exam upon graduation. "This board-registered concentration in financial planning provides a huge competitive advantage to our students, allowing them to earn the CFP certification, which will provide many additional employment opportunities upon graduation," Dr. Michelson said.
  • Teresa Carmody, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Director of the MFA of the Americas, was featured in an event held by the Poetic Research Bureau in Los Angeles on Jan. 26. She and a fellow writer were doing a reading of some of their work.
  • Donelle Evensen '17 was featured in a Daytona Times news article titled "Flagler County Schools picks top teacher, support employee." Evensen was awarded Flagler County Schools' teacher of the year. She earned a master’s certification in Educational Leadership from Stetson in 2017.

Other News:

  • The Jan. 29 Florida Bar and other news outlets report that Stetson Law won the Trial Lawyers Section's Annual Chester Bedell Mock Trial Competition Jan. 23-25 in Tampa for the 23rd time in 37 years.
  • Woody O'Cain, Assistant Vice President of Alumni and Parent Engagement, was quoted in a piece from Hotel F&B regarding his use of Maywood Furniture. "…The logo tables are used in the Hall of Fame room, which is a VIP room in the basketball arena, upstairs, overlooking the court. That facility is used primarily for pre-game events to host VIPs," O'Cain said. He supports the furniture company, and says that "[the] company wants to make sure what you ordered is what you get. Not all companies do that."
  • Professor Luz Nagle is quoted in the Jan. 25 International Bar Association article, "US anti-trafficking law continues to court controversy."
  • Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the Jan. 27 Elder Law Prof Blog, "A Blood Test for Alzheimer's?" Professor Morgan wrote the Jan. 28 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Elders & Driving."
  • The Jan. 30 AP News reports that Stetson SNT speaker Peter J. Wall has joined True Link to lead special needs planning and investment practice.

Alumni News:

  • Alumna Maria Olivia Bryant was featured in the Jan. 29 Orlando Sentinel article "New music series adds to Winter Park’s cultural diversity." Bryant is both an elementary school teacher at Hungerford Elementary and "the driving force behind a new cabaret series at Winter Park Playhouse."
  • Alumna Emily Maker was mentioned in a Tampa Bay Times article for her nomination as one of the 10 finalists for 2018-19 Pinellas County Teacher of the Year.
  • Stetson Alumnus Grover Wilkins was featured in a Jan. 28 story at Advocate Magazine titled "Meet the Indiana Jones of Spanish Baroque music." Wilkins is the director and founder of the Orchestra of New Spain, an organization dedicated to bringing music to the community for almost 30 years.
  • The Jan. 25 Miller Johnson reports that Law alumna Teresa Rajala has joined Miller Johnson Estate Planning Group in the Kalamazoo office.
  • The Jan. 25 Burr Forman reports that Burr & Forman welcomed Law alumna Dana Robbins to Tort Trial and Insurance Practice in Tampa.
  • The Jan. 28 Press Release Point reports that Law alumna Lauren L. Stricker has been elevated to partnership at Shutts & Bowen LLP.
  • Law alumnus Michael J. Moore is quoted in the Jan. 29 Florida Trend article, "Cyber fraud risk is rising in Florida and commercial real estate transactions."
  • Law alumnus Boe Rushing is quoted in the Jan. 29 Tampa Bay Newspaper article, "Back In The Day Books resurgence has become a best seller in downtown Dunedin."
  • The Jan. 30 Tampa Bay Newspaper announced that Law alumnus John H. Pecarek died unexpectedly Jan. 16.

January 18-25

Top Stories

  • Professor of Psychology Christopher Ferguson, Ph.D, was quoted in a Jan. 18 article in HealthDay News titled "Movie Violence Doesn't Make Kids Violent, Study Finds." The article discusses differing points of view on the extent to which video game and movie violence encourage violence in the real world. "It doesn't appear that PG-13-rated movies are having any impact on viewers," Ferguson said.
  • Alumnus Austin Burket was featured in an article in the Orlando Sentinel titled "Making 'Hamilton' music, Austin Burket is in the pit where it happens." Burket has played more than 400 performances with the national touring company of the hit Broadway musical, playing violin and serving as concertmaster for the "Hamilton" Broadway musical.
  • Associate Professor of Taxation and Accounting and Chair of the M.E. Rinker, Sr. Institute for Tax and Accountancy Valrie Chambers, Ph.D., C.P.A., was featured in a WalletHub piece about credit cards and scores. Chambers answered some frequently asked questions about credit cards, credit scores and lending standards.
  • Senior tight end Donald Parham '19 was quoted in an article from the Bleacher Report regarding the fact that he "piled up 85 receptions for 1,319 yards and 13 scores in just nine games" during last semester's football season. Parham said, "Small schools hardly ever get recognized throughout the season, especially coming from Stetson. We didn't go to the playoffs, so we weren't in the limelight during those times. I have to make sure I always put my best foot forward and applying myself whenever I get my opportunity in front of scouts."
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy is quoted in the Jan. 20 Salon article, "Impeachment is suddenly a real possibility – but we're missing the forest for the trees." Professor Torres-Spelliscy is quoted in the Jan. 19 Vox article, "Does the BuzzFeed report show that Trump obstructed justice? I asked 9 legal experts."
  • Carine Strebel, Assistant Professor of Education and Coordinator of English to Speakers of Other Languages, was mentioned in a piece written in Education Week Teacher regarding her new book: "Show, Tell, Build: Twenty Key Instructional Tools and Techniques for Educating English Learners." Strebel and her co-author, Joyce Nutta were quoted in this article, stating: "One excellent way to increase English language learners' (ELLs) speaking is through small group and pair activities."

Other News:

  • Professor of Psychology Christopher Ferguson, Ph.D, was also mentioned in an article in Mercatornet regarding the psychology of masculinity. The article states that Ferguson notes that "guidelines' emphasis on trying to get traditionally-masculine men to become something other than what they are is reminiscent of the 'conversion' therapies of decades past, which sought to convert homosexual men into heterosexual men."
  • Law Professor Peter Lake is quoted in the Jan. 22 Diverse magazine article, "UNC Admissions Lawsuit Likely Headed to Supreme Court."
  • Law Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the Jan. 21 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Housework-It May Be Good for Your Brain!"
  • Susan J. Hewlings, former Assistant Professor of Integrative Health Sciences Ph.D, R.D., was mentioned as being part of a webinar with CRN and Natural Products INSIDER. The webinar will "help companies better understand hemp-derived CBD products, how CBD works and learn about the existing body of evidence supporting the safety and benefits of products that contain this ubiquitous ingredient."

Alumni News:

  • The Jan. 17 Florida Today reports that law alumna Cassidy Peterson has joined the Estate Planning & Elder Law Center of Brevard.
  • The Jan. 18 Respa News reports that law alumna Stephanie L. Kane has been elevated to partner at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.
  • The Jan. 22 Tampa Bay Reporter reports that law alumna Choung Mi Lim Akehurst will receive a pro bono award for her work on behalf of low-income and disadvantaged clients at a Feb. 7 ceremony at the Supreme Court of Florida.
  • The St. Petersburg Bar Association Paraclete reports that Law alumna Judge Pamela A.M. Campbell was presented with the 2018 Jurist of the Year Award in Boca Raton on July 21 by the Immediate Past President of the Florida Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

January 10-18

Top Stories

  • Professor of Psychology Christopher Ferguson, Ph.D., wrote an opinion piece in the Tallahassee Democrat titled "Science has debunked the link between video games and real violence." Ferguson refutes a recent column by activist Jack Thompson, stating, "The U.S. Supreme Court has already ruled any government regulation of violent video games to be unconstitutional. Furthermore, evidence is now clear any regulation would be entirely ineffective at reducing criminal violence."
  • Professor Chris Ferguson also wrote an article in SFGate on Jan. 14 titled "Does spanking harm our children?" Ferguson discusses some of the issues with the tendency of some in the scientific community to push for a moral agenda, while "miscommunicating the strength and consistency of their research."
  • Additionally, Professor Chris Ferguson was mentioned in a Jan. 15 Institute for Family Studies article titled "Psychology as Indoctrination: Girls Rule, Boys Drool?" Ferguson has noted that the American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines that emphasize "trying to get traditionally-masculine men to become something other than what they are is reminiscent of the 'conversion' therapies of decades past, which sought to convert homosexual men into heterosexual men," the article states.
  • K.C. Ma, Ph.D., CFA, director of the Roland George Investments Program, was quoted in a U.S. News & World Report article titled, "4 ways to spot a stock market peak" on Jan. 17. "An inverted yield often precedes a recession," said Ma. "But it does not mean that an inverted yield curve predicts a recession."
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy wrote the Atlantic Jan. 13 article, "Trump Can Say 'Witch Hunt' as Many Times as He Wants." Professor Torres-Spelliscy is quoted in the Jan. 13 NewsMax article, "Dems Warn Trump After Cohen’s Father-in-Law Mentioned in Interview." Professor Torres-Spelliscy was a guest on the Jan. 10 MPRnews program, "Where are we with the Mueller investigation?" Professor Torres-Spelliscy is quoted in the Jan. 13 Law & Crime article, "Trump's Shot at Cohen's Father-in-Law Looks an Awful Lot Like Witness Tampering, Dems Say."
  • Law Professor Peter Lake is quoted in the Jan. 13 Chronicle of Higher Education article, "Colleges Are Getting Smarter About Student Evaluations. Here's How."

Other News:

  • Adjunct instructor of history Peggy MacDonald, Ph.D., was featured in a Jan. 13 story by The Gainesville Sun titled "Matheson History Museum director to depart role." MacDonald will be stepping down from her position as director of Matheson History Museum in April.
  • Law Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the Jan. 10 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Is Hospital Care Elder-Friendly?"
  • Law Professor Charles Rose is quoted in the Jan. 14 Tampa Bay Times article, "Uncertainty over lawsuit puts Hillsborough's transportation plans on ice."
  • Stetson Law's study abroad program in Cape Town, South Africa, is featured in the National Jurist feature article, "10 best reasons to study abroad this summer."

Alumni News:

  • Stetson Alumna Britt McHenry, '07, was featured in an in-depth article at the Washingtonian titled, "Meet Britt McHenry, the Fox News Star for Millennials," on Jan. 13. McHenry hosts her own show on Fox Nation as a pundit and political news show host.
  • Stetson Alumnus Sam Ryder was quoted in a Daytona Beach News-Journal article titled "Golf's new rule sticks it to tradition." A new rule allows golfers to keep the flag in the hole while putting on the green. Ryder, a professional golfer who plays on the PGA tour, said, "Optically, it seems like it should help from 25, 30, 35 feet. With the option to leave the pin in, it sorta gives you something more substantial as a target, like there's something more to aim at so you can get a good visual of where the hole is."
  • William J. Schneider, M.D., '66, was featured in a 24-7 Press Release article for his attainment of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Marquis Who's Who. This award was given to him in recognition for his outstanding leadership in the medical field as well as over forty years of practicing medicine.
  • Alumna Stacey Morris published the article "It's 2019. Is Your MLP Or Midstream Investment Still Working For You" on Seeking Alpha on Jan. 16.
  • The Jan. 15 Legal News Line mentions Stetson Law alumna Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody in the article, "Florida attorney general to serve on NAAG executive committee."
  • The Jan. 4 Dean Mead reports that Law alumnus Martin S. Friedman has joined the firm's Orlando office.
  • Law alumna Jenny Bratton is quoted in the Jan. 10 Corsicana Daily Sun article, "Changing the world — one child at a time."

December 15-January 11

Top Stories

  • Stetson alumna Simone Marstiller, '88, B.B.A, '96, J.D., was featured in a Sunshine State News article for her appointment to Secretary of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. She was named the secretary on Jan. 2 by Gov. Ron DeSantis. The news also ran in Fla News.
  • Stetson Professor of History Paul Croce, Ph.D., published an article on Dec. 31 in The Washington Post titled, "How to make resolutions that maximize happiness." Croce also wrote a column on Dec. 23 for History News Network, detailing the "end of the Republicans as the G.O.P., the 'Grand Old Party'" after the death of former President George H.W. Bush.
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy spoke with the Wall Street Journal for the Jan. 7 article, "Florida Set to Restore Voting Rights to Felons Amid Threats of Lawsuits."
  • Professor of Psychology Christopher Ferguson, Ph.D. was mentioned in the Psychology Today article, "Are Concerns About Screens Much Ado About Nothing?" Ferguson’s work on misconceptions regarding the effect of screen time on the brain was cited as part of the scientific literature making the case against technological alarmism.
  • K.C. Ma, Ph.D., CFA, director of the Roland George Investments Program, was quoted in the Dec. 24 U.S. News & World Report article, "Why Investors Should Buy Mid-Cap Stocks." Ma cited portfolio diversification as one reason to invest in more mid-cap stocks. "Large caps will only do better around turning points, during uncertainty, early and late stages of a bull cycle and a bear cycle," Ma said.
  • Professor of History and J. Ollie Edmunds Chair Eric Kurlander, Ph.D., was quoted in the Jan. 3 Haaretz article, "Heil Heavens? NASA Gives Far-off Space Object Nazi-friendly Name." NASA recently designated an icy object billions of miles away from the sun "Ultima Thule" – a name generating controversy because of ties to Nazi mythology. Ultima Thule is a concept that's "very malleable," said Kurlander, because it's been around a long time.
  • Executive director of Stetson University's Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience Clay Henderson was mentioned in the Dec. 27 Daytona Beach News Journal article titled, "After a year of hot topics, NSB plans out 2019." Henderson is expected to "walk properties to collect data and give leaders an update 'in early 2019,' according to a city manager report, followed by a review of financial options in the spring."
  • Associate professor of Accounting Valrie Chambers, C.P.A., Ph.D., edited an article explaining the procedures related to tax credits in bankruptcy for the Tax Advisor on Jan. 1. Chambers wrote several other columns related to tax policy on Jan. 1.
  • Professor Emeritus T. Wayne Bailey, Ph.D., was mentioned in the Daytona Beach News-Journal article, "Volusia County challenges Amendment 10 to preserve charter." Bailey is part of an effort to preserve Volusia County's 48-year old charter by legally challenging Amendment 10. The law, passed in November 2018, changes the state and local government budgeting structure.
  • Assistant professor of World Languages and Cultures, Pamela Cappas-Toro, Ph.D., and Maxwell Droznin, community-engagement coordinator for Stetson's Center for Community Engagement, were mentioned in an article in The West Volusia Beacon titled, "Four Florida Campus Compact Award winners at Stetson."
  • Law Professor Peter Lake is quoted in the Jan. 9 Inside Higher Ed article, "Tax Law's Effect on Colleges Unfolding." Professor Lake is quoted in the Jan. 9 Mother Jones article, "Harvard's War on Single-Sex Clubs Has Opened a New Battle Over Sex Discrimination." He is quoted in the Jan. 6 Chronicle of Higher Education, "Stung By Scandal, Duke U. Retooled Its Sexual Assault Policies. Here's Why It’s Still Falling Short."

Other News:

  • Law Professor Rebecca Morgan wrote the Jan. 8 Elder Law Prof Blog article, "New Article: Age, Time and Discrimination." She wrote the Jan. 7 Elder Law Prof Blog, "What Boomers Value As Employee Benefits." She wrote the Jan. 6 Elder Law Prof Blog, "What Is Dead?"
  • Law Professor Charles Rose is quoted in the Jan. 8 TC Palm story, "Decision not to charge jewelry store owner in dangerous shooting sets dangerous precedent."
  • The Jan. 7 International Bar Association quotes Law Professor Luz Nagle in the article, "UK modern slavery act failings point to need for global action on slavery."
  • The Florida Bar mentions Law Professor Ellen Podgor in the article, "Check Out the Newly Updated Criminal Justice Summit Page Now With Videos."
  • Law Professor Charles Rose is quoted in the Dec. 17 NBC News article, "Critics decry decision to let Florida police officers use 'stand your ground' defense." Professor Rose is quoted in the December 19 New York Post article, "Teacher who had sex with student should get off easy because he wanted it: lawyers." Professor Rose is quoted in the Daytona Beach News-Journal article, "Former NSB middle school teacher Stephanie Peterson, who had sex with student faces prison."
  • Law Professor Peter Lake is quoted in the Dec. 18 Education Dive article, "4 questions Devos' Title IX rules leave unanswered." Professor Lake is quoted in the Dec. 21 Chronicle of Higher Education article, "The fight over Title IX has reached the comments section. Here's what people are saying." Professor Peter Lake is quoted in the Dec. 27 WHYY article, "Debate around guns on campus continues as Pa. university arms security officers." Professor Lake is quoted in the Dec. 28 Philadelphia Tribune article, "Susquehanna University arming of campus security fuels gun debate." Professor Lake is quoted in the Jan. 3 Inside Higher Ed article, "Potential Breakthrough Against Racist Trolling."
  • Law Professor and alumna Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the Jan. 1 Elder Law Prof Blog, "New Twist on Grandparent Scam: Asking for Cash." Professor Rebecca Morgan wrote the Dec. 30 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Rapid Response Conservatorship Project." She wrote the Dec. 28 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Is SSA calling? Nah, it's a scam." She wrote the Jan. 2 Elder Law Prof Blog, "Conservator Financial Exploitation Background Briefs from Center for Elders & Courts."
  • Adjunct Law Professor and alumnus Jay Wolfson is quoted in ABC Action News story, "Hospitals to list service prices starting Jan. 1 due to new federal rule."
  • Law student Ashaley Boatwright is featured in the 10News article, "Frank's Pens, made by Pasco boy, send veterans to college."
  • The Jan. 3 Hometown News reports on grant-funded programs including Stetson's "School to School" program for foster kids.
  • Tuskegee University mentions Stetson Law in the Jan. 7 article, "Jan. 29 Law School Fair to connect students with 70+ schools across the nation."
  • The Dec. 29 Ledger reports on the crowning of former Stetson Law student Taylor Tyson as Miss Florida in a wrap-up of top nice news stories of 2018.
  • The Dec. 26 TCPalm mentions Law professor Ellen Podgor in the article, "Column: Creative thinking is needed to effectively reform criminal justice."

Alumni News:

  • Alumna Virginia Monte was mentioned in a Jan. 10 Monroe Post article for her work directing the play “Greater Tuna”, which is appearing in WallByrd Theatre.
  • According to the Jan. 9 Fort Myers Beach Bulletin and Cape Coral Daily Breeze, Law LL.M. alumna Ashley Moody has taken the oath of office as the new Florida Attorney General.
  • The Jan. 8 Lakeland Ledger reports that Law alumna and Circuit Judge Andrea Teves Smith has been appointed to the state’s Lakeland-based Second District Court of Appeal. The Jan. 8 Florida Politics also ran the news.
  • Law alumna Stephanie Kane has been promoted to partner at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP according to the Jan. 8 AL.com. The news also ran in CityBizList.
  • The Ledger reports that Law alumnus Theodore “Ted” Weeks III has died on Dec. 26.
  • The Jan. 3 Sunshine State News reports that Law alumna Erica Geiger is the director of special projects and initiatives with the Florida Attorney General-Elect.
  • The Dec. 26 Villages News reports that Gov. Scott appointed Law alumnus Cary Rada to the bench in Lake County.
  • The Dec. 28 Akron Legal News reports that Law alumnus Thomas Lyden has joined Community Legal Aid as a staff attorney.

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