Stetson University in the News, Sept. 3-10, 2020

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Asal Johnson, PhD

• Associate Professor of Public Health Asal Mohamadi Johnson, PhD, was quoted in the Shape article, “Celebs Love This Totally Clear Face Mask — But Does It Actually Work?” on Sept. 3. The article explores the pros and cons of a new, clear face mask. “We know that cloth masks with certain materials and surgical masks have been reasonably effective in infection reduction based on studies conducted so far — either the analysis of droplets or epidemiological examinations of disease prevalence among masked and unmasked populations,” Johnson said.

• College of Law Dean Michèle Alexandre was mentioned in the Sept. 1 Patch article, “Stetson University College Of Law Receives Insight Into Diversity 2020 Higher Education Excellence In Diversity Award.”

• Associate Professor of History Kimberly Reiter, PhD, was quoted in the Sept. 8 article, “How Ancient Sparta’s Harsh Military System Trained Boys Into Fierce Warriors.” According to Reiter, “Other [Greek] city states had fine armies; Sparta was recognized by most as the best.”

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Jesse Fox, PhD

• Assistant Professor of Counselor Education Jesse Fox, PhD, was mentioned in a Sept. 2 piece on the Luther College website titled, “Luther College professor develops test to analyze prevention behaviors during pandemic.”

• Roland and Sarah George Professor of Finance and Chair of Finance Stuart Michelson, PhD, was quoted in the Sept. 10 U.S. News & World Report article, “7 Best High-Dividend Mutual Funds.”

• Stetson sophomore Germaine Smart-Marshall was quoted in the Burlington County Times article, “South Jersey school districts focus on equity issues after summer of unrest” on Sept. 4.

• The accommodation of Stetson students by Holiday Inn Express and Suites was covered in the Sept. 2 West Volusia Beacon article, “Holiday Inn Express & Suites opens in south DeLand.”

• Stetson was mentioned in an Aug. 31 WKMG-TV (Orlando-based CBS affiliate) segment. Stetson reported more than 100 students and employees in isolation, according to the segment.

Michèle Alexandre

• Law Dean Michèle Alexandre was quoted in the Tampa Bay Business Journal in a Sept. 4 article called, “At Stetson Law, prepping for on-campus learning took months of planning.” 

Other News:

• Professor of Law Ciara Torres-Spelliscy published the article, “Court Strikes Blow Against Dark Money Just in Time for the 2020 Elections,” at on Sept. 5.

• Law Professor Timothy Kaye was quoted in a Sept. 3 article in the Legal Examiner called, “Thousands of veterans suing over 3M earplugs are closer to resolution.” 

• Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy wrote a Sept. 4 piece for the Brennan Center for Justice called, “A Win Against Dark Money Eight Years in the Making.” 

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

• Law Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the following blogs for the Elder Law Prof Blog: Sept. 10, “Lonely? Robot Companions May Help,” and Sept. 11, “Legal Issues in Using AI for Caregiving.”

• Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was quoted in an Aug. 28 article in The Boston Globe called, “Computers, desks, lockers: Back-to-school shopping is different this year.” 

• Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy will participate in a panel called Campaign Finance and Other First Amendment Issues on Oct. 16 as part of the 2020 Election Speaker Series from Human Rights Educators USA.  

• Graduate student Chris Williard was featured in the Ponte Vedre Recorder on Sept. 3 for his victory of the 10th JAGA Match Play Championship.

Chris Sprowls

Alumni News:

• Law alumnus Chris Sprowls, incoming speaker of the Florida House of Representatives from Pinellas County, will be the keynote speaker at Villagers for Trump’s 3rd Annual Trump Day Dinner, according to a Sept. 7 article on the  

• Law alumna Ashley Moya was featured in the Illinois Business Journal on Sept. 6 after joining Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice, LLC.

• 2021 Best Lawyers® rankings recognized Law alumnus Stephen Parascandola as a “Best Lawyer” in environmental law, according to an announcement from the firm.  

• Law alumna April Kuhn joined the president’s cabinet at Pfeiffer University, filling a position combining needs for leadership in human resources, compliance and creating an inclusive environment on campus that welcomes, and seeks out, diversity, according to a Sept. 7 article in The Stanly News & Press.  

• Law alumna Jennifer Bate Richy was appointed chief development officer of Naples Senior Center, a nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive programs and social services for seniors, according to a Sept. 8 article in Gulfshore Business.  

• Law alumnae Laurie E. Ohall and Dana Kemper were featured in a Sept. 8 Osprey Observer article about their estate planning, elder law and probate firm.