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Stetson University in the News, May 12-18

Clay Henderson

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Clay Henderson, executive director of Stetson University’s Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience and a New Smyrna Beach attorney, contributed to the draft of a constitutional amendment that would reauthorize the Florida Forever program and ensure that a certain amount of funds are used for the preservation of land, according to the article, “Leaders Defy Voters on Conservation,” in The Key West Citizen May 15.

Christopher Ferguson

Christopher Ferguson, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Stetson University, discussed the potential effects that media can have on teenagers in his article, “Could ’13 Reasons Why’ Cause Teen Suicide?” “The idea of suicide contagion – that vulnerable individuals may be prompted toward suicide by peers, news media or fiction – is controversial,” said Ferguson, posted by Houston Chronicle Online May 11.

Asal Johnson, Ph.D., assistant professor of Biology

Asal Mohamadi Johnson, public health researcher at Stetson University, was featured in the article, “Segregated Neighborhoods May Influence Blood Pressure,” stating that segregation was set up in many areas to limit access to certain types of employment, education and housing opportunities, posted by Reuters Online and several other outlets May 15.

K.C. Ma, Ph.D., professor of finance at Stetson University, was quoted in the article, “The Best Ways to Value a Stock.” Ma stated, “The fair value of a stock should reflect the forward-looking fundamentals and be adjusted for the corresponding risk level,” posted by U.S. News & World Report May 15.

Christopher Ferguson, Ph.D., professor of psychology, was quoted in the article, “After Compulsively Watching YouTube, Teenage Girl Lands in Rehab for ‘Digital Addiction.'” Ferguson stated, “Sometimes with new technology you see these heightened claims of harm, these exaggerated focuses on the detriment of the new media,” posted by PBS Online May 17.

K.C. Ma, Ph.D., finance professor, was featured in the article, “Microsoft and LinkedIn: Is It a Match?” Ma said, “Microsoft faces the challenge of how to let LinkedIn be run as independently as possible, yet reap the synergistic benefit for the parent company’s long-term growth and profit,” posted by U.S. News & World Report May 16.

Stephen Robinson, award-winning recording artist and professor of music at Stetson University, was featured in the article, “St. Augustine Music Festival Returns to the Ancient City,” posted by St. Augustine Social May 15.

Law professor Jason Bent’s interview with Newschannel 8 appeared in the story, “Florida Teacher Targeted by Co-workers’ Salacious Texts” on the May 15 WISH TV.

Stetson University In The NewsJason Evans, Ph.D., assistant professor of environmental science and studies, was quoted in the article, “Final Sea Level Study Approved in St. Marys.” Evans stated, “The good news is public safety buildings are in good locations. There’s not a lot of infrastructure at risk,” posted by Golden Isles News Online May 17.

Louis Virelli, J.D., professor of law at Stetson University, spoke to Radioactivity on WMNF News in a discussion about the May 16 firing of FBI director James Comey.

In Other News:

Law Alumna and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi appeared on Fox 13 on May 16 during an appearance in Tampa at the Tampa Law Center for the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking meeting. Capital Soup also ran news of Bondi’s appearance.

The May 16 Daily Tar Heel quoted law professor Peter Lake in the story, “Can Campuses Handle Sexual Assault Cases?”

Louis Virelli, J.D., law professor, was quoted in the article, “How Special Counsel Fits Into Ongoing Trump-Russia Investigation.” Virelli stated, “A special prosecutor can actually bring criminal charges,” posted by WTSP-TV Online May 18.

Paul Boudreaux, J.D., law professor, was quoted in the article, “Clean Water Rule: Will Scalia’s Dictionary Haunt Trump’s WOTUS overhaul?” Boudreaux said, “It would be much harder to come up with the conclusion that only things like permanent standing or flowing bodies of water can be covered,” posted by E&E News May 15.

The May 17 WTSP 10News mentioned future Stetson law student Henry Cobrun, grandson of Harry Klimis of Tarpon Springs Sponge Dock fame.

Alumni News:

  • Stephanie Haridopolos, primary care physician and graduate of Stetson University, was covered in the article, “Dr. Stephanie Haridopolos Appointed to Florida Board of Medicine By Gov. Rick Scott,” posted by Space Coast Daily.com May 16.
  • Drea Douglass, Stetson University alumna, was covered in the Plus Company Updates (PCU) article, “Profile of Drea Douglass Director of Talent Management Consulting of The Brooks Group,” posted May 12.
  • The May 15 Sports Destinations reports that Law alumna Jane Geddes has been appointed chief executive officer of the Executive Women’s Gold Association. The May 15 Palm Beach Post also features Geddes in the Local Business People to Watch section.
  • According to the May 16 Starkville Daily News, Law alumnus R. Paul Grady is the new president and chief executive officer of StoneMor, and will also join the board of directors.