Stetson University in the News, Oct. 26-Nov. 1, 2018

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Clay Henderson

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Clay Henderson, executive director of Stetson University’s Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience, wrote an Op-Ed piece in The Daytona Beach News Journal titled, “New Smyrna could protect a true treasure,” regarding the Nov. 6 ballot measure on the preservation of land along Turnbull Creek. “Our water quality along Turnbull Bay, Spruce Creek, and the Indian River Lagoon are already in decline,” Henderson said. “Protection of these wetlands and headwaters will go far in protecting water quality in the future.”

  • Political Science Professor Emeritus T. Wayne Bailey, Ph.D., was quoted in the Daytona Beach News-Journal article, “Developer donations flow to incumbents in Ormond Beach’s growth fight.” Campaign contributions from businesses in the development and real estate industries have caused controversy in Ormond Beach’s political world. “There are huge stakes here regarding the proliferation of businesses and the expansion of businesses in excess of capacity and infrastructure, frankly,” Bailey said. “That’s not surprising … because they believe they can elect officials who would give them their ear, and of course the officials are supposed to not be beholden to special interests.”
  • T. Wayne Bailey

    Professor of Psychology Christopher Ferguson, Ph.D., wrote an article for The Conversation, later re-published in Salon, titled “Overhype and ‘research laundering’ are a self-inflicted wound for social science.” Ferguson discussed the dangerous consequences of amplifying small or inconclusive research findings. “Part of the problem is something I call ‘death by press release,’” Ferguson said. “This phenomenon occurs when researchers or their university, or a journal-publishing organization such as the American Psychological Association, releases a press release that hypes a study’s findings without detailing its limitations. Sensationalistic claims tend to get more news attention.”

  • Clay Henderson, executive director of Stetson’s Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience, was quoted in the Daytona Beach News-Journal article, “NSB voters weigh $15 million for preservation, starting with 150 acres slated for 293 homes.” The Nov. 6 ballot will allow voters to approve or deny a $15 million bond for the preservation of land along Turnbull Creek. “The Turnbull Creek area has been a concern for many years,” Henderson said. “And with sea level rise, it will be one of the first areas to flood.”
  • Sharmaine Jackson

    Sharmaine Jackson, Ph.D., assistant professor of Sociology, was quoted in an October article at Private University Products and News titled, “Multimedia Exhibit at Stetson University Explores Impact of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks on U.S. Immigration.” The exhibit called “The Immigration Project” was on display at Stetson’s Homer and Dolly Hand Art Center. “As a sociologist, I felt that the images set up some interesting questions about perspective and observation,” Jackson said. “When you keep a safe distance, you can see the person in the portrait, but upon closer inspection, all you see is the fingerprints. Coding is also represented in Anni’s choice to reproduce the photographs in black and white. The dualistic thinking is reflective of other social shifts in contemporary American life.”

  • Former Stetson pitcher Logan Gilbert was mentioned in the Charleston Gazette-Mail article “West Virginia Power excited for new Mariners affiliation.” Gilbert was drafted by the Seattle Mariners 14th overall.
  • Assistant Professor of Philosophy Melinda Hall, Ph.D. was quoted in an Oct. 28 Washington Times article, “Hollywood liberals fail to focus #MeToo outrage on Democratic men.” Hall said, “Hollywood actors in general are calling out hypocrisy among right-leaning and conservative politicians who claim to support traditional family values and yet lead lives that depart quite sharply from those values.”
  • Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Studies Jason Evans, Ph.D., was quoted in the Treasure Coast Newspapers article, “We asked 22 Floridians what they’re thinking about this election year. Here’s what they said.” Evans said that he was most interested in environmental issues in the upcoming election, adding “I grew up thinking that the environment was getting cleaner … So I’ve been shocked over the past 10 to 15 years that we’ve seen this reversal.”
  • John Riggs

    Professor of Practice in Marketing and Director of the Centurion Sales Excellence Program John Riggs, D.B.A., was quoted in the Nov. 1 IA Magazine article “Death of a Salesman: The Sequel.” Riggs discussed the evolving nature of sales in the digital world. “A rather robust debate is happening with respect to the misinformation that exists related to consumer reviews and social media posts,” said Riggs. “Large selling organizations are beginning to shift back to the personal contact and personal validation of consumer information.”

  • Britt McHenry, ‘07, was featured in the Oct. 26 Fox News article, “5 Things You Didn’t Know About Fox Nation Host Britt McHenry.” McHenry is a commenter on Fox Nation, a news streaming service from Fox News.
  • Assistant Professor of Marketing and Chair of Marketing Scott Jones, Ph.D., was quoted in an article in The Star. The article, “NHL’s casino partnership puts a dollar value on data,” analyzes the NHL’s new gambling partnership with the corporation MGM. “If you’re collecting this data why not share it with gambling interests, especially if you can generate some revenue?” Jones said. “The indirect effect is that you hope there’s more people wanting to watch games, and that money ultimately comes back to (the NHL) through media rights.”

Other News:

  • Law Professor Ellen Podgor is quoted in the Oct. 21 Washington Times article, “Watchdog: Trump Justice Department pursuing fewer corruption cases.”
  • Law Adjunct Professor Ashley Krenelka Chase is referenced in the ABA Journal article on Oct. 21, “In the battle for net neutrality, the A2J community is notably quiet.”
  • Law Professor Royal Gardner is quoted in The National Oct. 22 regarding the Global Wetland Outlook, the first comprehensive report of its kinds on wetlands.
  • Law Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the Oct. 19 Elder Law Prof Blog, “University Students Do Year-Long Investigation on Elder Abuse in R.I.” Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the Oct. 21 Elder Law Prof Blog, “FTC Releases New Report on Older Consumers.” Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the Oct. 22 Elder Law Prof Blog, “Medicare for All in the 2018 Midterms.” Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the Oct. 23 Elder Law Prof Blog, “Life Begins at 65?” Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the Oct. 25 Elder Law Prof Blog, “New Report: ALF Promising Practices.”
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy is quoted in the Oct. 24 Tampa Bay Times article,  “Florida’s governor’s race draws celebrity megadonors in preview of 2020 showdown.”
  • Law Professor Charles Rose is quoted in the Oct. 20 Tampa Bay Times article, “Romano: Has ‘stand your ground’ made Florida more tolerant of deadly force?”

Alumni News:

  • Stetson alumnus Paul Peacock was featured in the Oct. 31 Daytona Beach News-Journal article “Flagler Schools names principal, assistant principal of year.” Peacock, principal of Indian Trails Middle School, was named Flagler County’s Principal of the year. “To me, it’s a reflection on our teachers, our staff and our kids,” he said. “I’m honored, but it’s about those guys, and I couldn’t work with a better group of people.”
  • Law alumna Jounice Nealy-Brown has joined Gunster Law Firm as an associate in the firm’s Tampa office.
  • Law alumna Roxanne Fixsen is quoted in the Oct. 19 Tampa Bay Times, “Candidate responses.”
  • Law alumna Debra Krause is quoted in the Oct. 19 Orlando Sentinel, “Judicial elections: Incumbent faces assistant public defender in Seminole County runoff.”