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Stetson University in the News, April 26-May 2, 2019

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Stetson Professor Chris Ferguson
Christopher Ferguson

• Professor of Psychology Christopher Ferguson, Ph.D., wrote an article, “Sexualization in Gaming: Advocacy and Over-Correction” on April 27 at Quillette. Ferguson discusses the recent trend of game developers responding to criticism about oversexualization in video games. Although the sentiment of these critics is ultimately well-intended, he explains, advocates of the cause often make two mistakes. “First, their claims about the causal relationship between gaming and real-world ‘harms’ are unsupported by the current research evidence, and this misuse of data can reduce the credibility of an otherwise worthy cause.”

• Professor Chris Ferguson was also quoted in the April 30 article “‘Fortnite’ made me the world’s meanest mom — and I’m fine with it” at the Carmon Report. “Older adults tend to freak out about any youth trend,” Ferguson said. “The data do not support that there’s any epidemic of game addiction.”

• Visiting Assistant Professor of Health Sciences Ronette Lategan-Potgieter, Ph.D., was quoted in the U.S. News & World Report article, “How to Avoid Malnutrition.” The article discusses the dangers of malnutrition and tips to avoid it. “It still happens that parental ignorance results in children not developing their full growth or developmental potential or that adults have a poor quality of life and lifestyle diseases, because they made poor dietary decisions out of ignorance,” Lategan-Potgieter says. “Unfortunately the effects of poor nutrition is not (always) immediately visible or measurable and symptoms only shows up years later, when it’s too late to turn back and correct earlier food and lifestyle mistakes.”

• The May 1 Power Broker magazine features an interview with Michèle Alexandre, the new dean of Stetson Law. The April 30 Catalyst also features Dean Alexandre. The April 26 Legal Intelligencer also ran the news of Dean Alexandre’s appointment. The April 26 Southwest Florida Roundup in Florida Trend and April 26 National Law Journal also feature Dean Alexandre.

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John Sheehy

• Career Development Coordinator John Sheehy was quoted in the April 29 Penny Hoarder article “Not Sure What Career Is Best for You? Start With These 4 Simple Steps.” One of the biggest mistakes young professionals make is failing to take advantage of available resources. “I strongly advise all young professionals and students to complete at least one type of traits/strengths/career assessment to assist in their process,” says Sheehy.

• Roland and Sarah George Professor of Finance and Chair of Finance Stuart Michelson, Ph.D., was quoted in the April 29 U.S. News & World Report article “7 Best Vanguard Funds for Your Retirement Portfolio.”

• Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy is quoted in the May 2 Inquirer article, “Radicalizing the vote: 10 ideas that just might save democracy.” She is referenced in the April 30 Election Law Blog, “Will the Supreme Court Go Nativist?” and the April 30 SCOTUSblog Tuesday Roundup.

The VITA program recently celebrated receiving $2 million in local tax refunds.

• The Stetson VITA Program was featured in the Daytona Times on April 29 in an article titled “Stetson VITA Program celebrates $2 million in tax refunds.”

Other News:

• Law Professor Louis Virelli is quoted in the April 30 Gothamist article, “NYC’s Plan To Close Rikers Undermined By ‘Lock Everybody Up’ Parole Enforcement, Sources Say.”

• News of Stetson Law finishing in the Elite Eight of all law schools on the planet in the Vis Moot in Vienna has run around the world in media outlets, including the London News-Journal.

• Law Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the May 2 Elder Law Prof Blog, “Want to Live to Be 100?” She wrote the May 1 Elder Law Prof Blog, “Tech to Block Spam Calls?” She wrote the April 29 Elder Law Prof Blog, “Centralizing Call Centers: One Person’s Story About Accessibility.”

• The April 26 PRWeb includes news that Stetson Law Professor Peter Lake is speaking on May 23 in Pittsburgh on “Meeting Today’s Challenges in Higher Education.”

• The May 1 Gabber describes using the Stetson Law pool for “Free Swim Lessons Offered to Gulfport Youth.”

• The April 29 Florida Bar mentions the annual pig roast at the Tampa Law Center.

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Alumni News:  

• A May 1 article from Automotive News titled, “US Equity Advantage Expands Its Dealer Services Team Nationwide,” mentioned alumnus David Duran. Duran was recently appointed as dealer relations manager for USEA’s Southeast Region encompassing 10 states.

• LL.M. in Elder Law alumna Britton Ryan Garon will present at the York Library on estate planning, according to the April 30 Seacoast Online.

• Alumna Angeleita Floyd was featured in the May 2 story, “Flute concert Saturday to celebrate Angeleita Floyd’s UNI retirement.” Floyd is retiring after 33 years at her successful flute studio at the University of Northern Iowa School of Music.

• According to the April 30 Trenam Law, Law alumnus Patrick Causey has been appointed to the St. Petersburg Bar Foundation Board of Trustees.

• The April 29 West Volusia Beacon reports that Cary D. Landis started Stetson Law in DeLand.

• Scott Muri ‘01, was featured in the April 28 Odessa American article “Superintendent designee wants to partner with community.”