Amendment 1, genes linked to violence lead news

Two genes linked to violence and a forum on Florida’s Water and Land Legacy, also known as Amendment 1, led the news for Stetson University this week. Notable national and regional placements include BBC News, ABC News (Australia), Huffington Post, Fox News, The Christian Science Monitor, The Nation and Top stories for Oct. 24-30, 2014, include:

  • Chris Ferguson, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of psychology, was quoted in an article about two genes linked with violent crime, on BBC News Oct. 28.
  • Stetson University will host a community forum on Florida’s Water and Land Legacy, also known as Amendment 1, according to the Daytona Beach News Journal on Oct. 26. Additional coverage: The Florida Current,, West Volusia Beacon, WOGX, WOFL.
  • Charles Rose, professor of law, was interviewed for the Oct. 22 Australian ABCNEWS article, “Blackwater security guards convicted of killing 14 Iraqi civilians.”
  • Peter Lake, professor of law, is quoted in the Oct. 22 Huffington Post article, “How Colleges Let Sexual Predators Slip Away to Other Schools.”
  • On Oct. 27, adjunct professor and law alumnus Adam Levine is quoted in The Christian Science Monitor article, Should the Feds reclassify marijuana? US judge holds hearing.”
  • Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, professor of law, is quoted in the Oct. 28 The Nation article, “How Mitch McConnell is Bending Every Last Campaign Finance Rule.”
  • Chris Ferguson, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of psychology, was mentioned in a Fox News article about whether video games improve mental capacity, on Oct. 24.

Other Stories In the News

  • Peter Lake, professor of law, is quoted in the Oct. 23 University Herald article, “Jesse Matthew’s Past Sex Crime Accusations May Have Never Appeared on UVa’s Radar.”
  • Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, professor of law, is also quoted in the A Day in the Life of the Universe article, “How to Buy an Election.”
  • Daytona-Orlando Transit Service has expanded their business to Stetson University, providing their transportation services for the Men’s Soccer Team, according to the Daytona Beach News Journal on Oct. 23. Additional Coverage: USA News.
  • Sven Smith, PhD., a practicing attorney and professor of sociology, will be leading a forum called, What If Your Religious Rights are Wrong?, in New Smyrna Beach’s United Church of Christ, according to the Daytona Beach News Journal on Oct. 24.
  • According to the West Volusia Beacon, the Buddy Walk and Block Party for Downs Syndrome was held at Stetson University’s Rinker Field on Saturday, Oct. 25.
  • A Stetson student was quoted in the article, Op-Ed: Three ways outgoing students can make the most of fall, on Digital Journal Oct. 24.
  • On Oct. 23, PolitiFactFlorida reports that Barb Haselden and Kyle Parks debated the Greenlight Pinellas mass transit initiative at the Stetson University College of Law on Sept. 29.
  • On Oct. 23, Newschannel 8 and Fox 13 carried news of the Amendment 2 debate on the Gulfport campus between Justice Kenneth Bell and John Morgan.
  • Rebecca C. Morgan, professor of law, published several posts in the Elder Law Professor Blog: The Worst Waiting List? Oct. 23; Another Webinar from NSCLC, and it’s FREE!, Oct. 27; Another Second Annual ELI-Stetson Wetlands Workshop: Wetlands Enforcement: Mining, Mitigation, and More, Oct. 28; A New Post from the WHCOA Blog, Oct. 28.
  • On Oct. 23, KCBD reports that Texas Tech University of Law won the championship on Sunday at Stetson University College of Law’s Seventh Annual National Pretrial Competition in Gulfport, Florida.
  • On Oct. 27, reports that Stetson University College of Law came in second place in the 2014 Moot Court Competition in Information Technology & Privacy Law at the John Marshall Law School.
  • Stetson’s purchase and renovation of University Hall and use of DeLand Inn was mentioned briefly in an Oct. 29 Daytona Beach News-Journal article about hotels in DeLand.

Alumni In the News

  • Jacob deGrom was featured in a post about his potential to win the National League Rookie of the Year Award.
  • Tommye Barie is the new chairwoman of the board of directors of the American Institute of CPAs, according to the Bradenton Herald on Oct. 27.
  • Jim Hughston will be honored by Amsterdam United Methodist church of Schenectady, NY, for being the organist there for 40 years, according to the Oct. 25 Recorder News.
  • On Oct. 22, Industrial Info Resources reports that Law alumnus Phillip Wasserman has created a research booklet called, “The Case for Annuities.”
  • On Oct. 23, Law alumna Stacey McConnell wrote the article, “Are Your Retirement Accounts Protected from Bankruptcy?”
  • On Oct. 24, reports that Law alumna Judge Roberta Lloyd is running for Civil Court of Law No. 4.
  • On Oct. 28, Gwinnett Daily Post reports that Law alumnus Gregory McKeithen is in this year’s race for solicitor general of Gwinnett County.
  • Shane Thomas, Jr. joined the Martin County High School (Stuart, Fla.) teaching staff as Director of Choral Activities, according to the Oct. 29 TCPalm.