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June 2013

News coverage highlighting Duquesne’s experts and initiatives.

June 25
Top Court Narrows Affirmative Action
Law Dean Ken Gormley was interviewed by the Post-Gazette for this article about the U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding affirmative action in college admissions.

75th Anniversary of the 40-Hour Work Week
Dr. Antony Davies, associate professor of economics, was interviewed by KQV Radio about the impact of 75 years of the minimum wage and 40 hour work week.

June 24
High Court Limits Race as Criteria in College Admissions
The Tribune-Review interviewed Ken Gormley, dean and professor of law, for this article about the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling regarding affirmative action in college admissions.

Duquesne University Ranked Among Best Catholic Colleges in U.S.
The Pittsburgh Business Times announced that BestColleges.com has named Duquesne among the best Catholic colleges in the nation.

Turks in Pittsburgh Concerned for Their Nation
Dr. Mehmet Dosemeci, assistant professor of history, was interviewed by the Post-Gazette on the current protests in his native Turkey.

June 23
Allegheny Valley, StrongLand, Armstrong Chambers See Power in Alliance
The Tribune-Review interviewed Dr. Mary McKinney, director of the Small Business Development Center, about the impact of three area chambers of commerce merging.

June 20
James Gandolfini Created an Enduring Legacy
Bill Purse, chair and professor of guitar and music technology, was interviewed for this Tribune-Review article about the death of famed actor James Gandolfini.

June 21
Duquesne Program Joins Effort to Help Jobless Start Businesses
The Post-Gazette included this article about the Small Business Development Center’s one-year program to help the unemployed start small businesses. Director Dr. Mary McKinney was interviewed.

June 20
Viator Named Duquesne University Biomedical Engineering Chief
The Pittsburgh Business Times announced that Dr. John A. Viator has been named director of the University’s new Biomedical Engineering Program. President Charles J. Dougherty is quoted.

June 19
Duquesne Residence Hall Earns Gold LEED Certification
Executive Director of Facilities Management Rod Dobish was interviewed by Pop City for this article about Des Places Residence Hall earning Gold LEED certification.

Duquesne and Chatham Universities to Host Environmental Conference
The Pittsburgh Business Times included this piece about Duquesne and Chatham University teaming up to co-host the annual Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences conference. Stan Kabala, associate director of the Center for Environmental Research and Education, is quoted.

County Executive: Allegheny Risks Losing Millions with Delayed Decision on Park Drilling
Dr. Kent Moors, professor of political science and scholar in residence for the Institute for Energy and the Environment, was interviewed for this Tribune-Review article about Allegheny County facing the decision to allow natural gas drilling at Deer Lakes Park.

June 18
Pa. High Court Rejects Changing Mandatory Retirement for Judges
The Post-Gazette interviewed Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz for this article about the state Supreme Court ruling that a lawsuit filed to challenge Pennsylvania’s mandatory retirement age for judges had no legitimate claim.

Study Shows Elections Not Good for Justice
Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz was quoted in this Morning Call article about a study by the American Constitution Society that may be used to support the debate over whether judges should be elected or selected based on their merits.

June 16
Babcock & Wilcox Lawsuit Reaches Mediation Stage; Settlement May be Near
Assistant Law Professor Steven Baicker-McKee was interviewed for this Tribune-Review article about the mediation stage of a federal lawsuit over radioactive emissions from a former, local nuclear fuel plant.

June 15
Oregon Man’s Case Highlights Hard Road to Student Loan Relief
The Tribune-Review interviewed Law Professor Mark Yochum for this article about a ruling in a legal battle between the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency and a graduate from Willamette University Law School.

June 14
‘Pittsburgh Business Times’
Assistant Law Professor Jacob Rooksby published an article in the Pittsburgh Business Times about local universities preparing for potential litigation that may accompany the results of research and technology.

June 13
Let’s Talk About: Coqui Frogs
This Post-Gazette article about coqui frogs mentions a past study by Biology Professor Richard Elinson.

June 11
Inquirer: FBI Investigating Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery
The Post-Gazette featured this Philadelphia Inquirer article in which Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz was interviewed about an FBI investigation of Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery.

Pa. Creek Considered for ‘Exceptional’ Designation
The Seattle Post Intelligencer featured this article from the Beaver County Times about Adjunct Biology Professor Ed Schroth’s work over the last 40 years at Little Sewickley Creek, which the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is considering to re-designate as an “exceptional” waterway. The article also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the New Jersey Herald, the Washington Examiner and the Pendleton Times-Post, among others.

Duquesne’s New ‘Green’ Residence Hall Garners Gold LEED Certification
Beforeitsnews.com reported that Des Places Hall has received Gold LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Executive Director of Facilities Management Rod Dobish is quoted.

June 10
Duquesne University’s New Fundraising Approach Proves Successful
Vice President for University Advancement John Plante was quoted in this Pittsburgh Business Times article about Duquesne announcing it has raised nearly $164M in its Capital Campaign. Similar articles appeared in the Post-Gazette, the Tribune-Review, the New Jersey Herald, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Associated Press.

June 9
Dateline Pittsburgh: Education
The Post-Gazette announced that the Rev. Daniel Walsh has been named University chaplain and director of Spiritan Campus Ministry.

June 8
Banks Try to Capitalize on Managing Your Money
The Tribune-Review interviewed Tom Nist, the Donahue Chair in Investment Management, for this article about banks in the region and beyond hiring to help increase wealth management.

June 7
U.S. Employers Add 175K Jobs, Unemployment Rate Up to 7.6 Pct.
Associate Economics Professor Dr. Antony Davies was quoted for this Tribune-Review article about recent unemployment rates in the nation.

June 6
Ask The Experts: If I Could Make One Policy Change to Fix the Federal Deficit, I Would...
Associate Professor of Economics Antony Davies offers one policy change he would recommend to solve the federal deficit problem in this interview with CardHub.com.

June 5
The Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness to Honor Diversity Progress
Law Dean Ken Gormley was interviewed by the Post-Gazette for this article about the law school hosting a reception to mark the 10th anniversary of the state Supreme Court’s report on how to reduce gender, racial and ethnic bias in Pennsylvania’s justice system.

June 4
Pittsburgh Zoo Mauling Suit Hinges on Liability
The Tribune-Review interviewed Law Professor S. Michael Streib for this article about the lawsuit filed against the Pittsburgh Zoo by the family of a toddler who was killed after falling into the enclosure of the painted African dog exhibit.

The STEM Gap
This Pittsburgh Quarterly magazine article about the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Gap in America mentions Duquesne’s collaboration with the Bayer Corporation on the Bayer Scholars Program, which provides financial support and internships for women and minorities under-represented in STEM careers.

Law Center Files Complaint Against Pa. State System of Higher Education Over Pregnancy Benefits
Assistant Law Professor Rona Kaufman Kitchen was interviewed for this Tribune-Review article about a complaint filed by the National Women’s Law Center against the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

June 1
Controversies Over Journalist Phone Records Reignite Calls for Federal Media Shield Law
Dr. Mike Dillon, associate professor and chair of journalism and multimedia arts, was quoted in this Tribune-Review article about the recent push to pass a federal media shield law.

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Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.