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Stetson University in the News, Jan. 18-25, 2019

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Christopher J. Ferguson, Ph.D., Stetson University
Christopher Ferguson

• 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.

Donald Parham sprints down the field with the ball and opposing players in chase
Donald Parham scored three touchdowns and gained 165 yards on three catches against Waldorf last fall.

• 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.”

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• 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!”

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.