Stetson University in the News, Nov. 24-30, 2018

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Clay Henderson, Stetson University
Clay Henderson

Clay Henderson, executive director of Stetson University’s Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience, was cited Nov. 24 in the Daytona Beach News-Journal article, “State geologist challenging springs action plan raised questions before.” The employee for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection challenged his own agency’s proposed springs protection plan, claiming it would be ineffective in water conservation and insufficient in reducing nitrogen-containing fertilizers from agriculture. Henderson stated that he did not remember any other time that an employee of the DEP requested an administrative hearing on a department proposal.

  • Clay Henderson also was cited in another Daytona Beach News Journal article, “Pink flamingo finds following in New Smyrna Beach.” The story points out the iconic Florida bird is rarely seen in the wild.
  • Professor of Psychology Christopher Ferguson, Ph.D., was quoted in an article by the Washington Times titled “Addiction-themed films reframe public thinking, reduce stigma in age of the opioid epidemic.” The recent trend of movies addressing topics of drug use and addiction may help reduce stigmas regarding the topics. “Hollywood and TV tend to follow rather than create social trends in most cases,” Ferguson said. “So, I think we’re seeing some films addressing this now because it is very much in the public consciousness.”
  • J. Ollie Edmunds Chair and Professor of History Eric Kurlander, Ph.D., was mentioned in the Big Think article “Why the Nazis were obsessed with finding the lost city of Atlantis,” for his book “Hitler’s Monsters: A Supernatural History of the Third Reich.” In his book, Kurlander explores the role that Ariosophy (the doctrine prophesying “the resurgence of a lost Aryan civilization peopled by Nordic ‘God Men’”) had in Nazi ideologies.

    Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
  • Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was quoted in the Vox article, “What does Michael Cohen’s plea deal mean for Trump? I asked 9 legal experts.” The Nov. 26 Election Law Blog mentioned Professor Torres-Spelliscy’s article in the post, “Fixing Campaign Finance Needs to Be at the Center of Democracy Reform.” The Constitution Daily featured Professor Torres-Spelliscy’s presentation, “Should We Amend the Constitution to Authorize Political Spending Limits?”

Other News:

  • Student Alexis Lawrence was mentioned in an article from the United Negro College Fund. Lawrence, a Jacksonville native, was a recipient of the Wells Fargo/UNCF scholarship, which was given to her at the The Jacksonville Leadership Luncheon.
  • Alumna Katherine C. Russo wrote an article for In Public Safety entitled, “How Law Enforcement is Using Genealogy Testing Services to Solve Cold Cases.” In the article, she and her co-author mentioned that “by using DTC genealogy testing services, police have been able to identify suspects linked to the murders of Christy Mirack, Tanya Van Culenborg and Jay Cook, and the many victims of the Golden State Killer.”
  • Law Professor Rebecca Morgan wrote the Nov. 23 Elder Law Prof Blog, “The Latest Robot Caregiver.” She wrote the Nov. 27 Elder Law Prof Blog, “Center Special Committee on Aging.”
  • Peter Lake

    Law Professor Peter Lake is quoted in the Nov. 24 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article, “A win for free speech: Ben Shapiro and his detractors both got their say.”

  • Law Professor Andrew D. Appleby co-authored an article with University of Georgia Law School Professor Walter Hellerstein published in State Tax Notes that examines the Wayfair case through the lens of substantive and enforcement jurisdiction, focusing on whether there is a constitutionally required relationship between the nexus of the person that the state seeks to enlist as the tax collector and the underlying activity that the state is taxing. The article, “Substantive and Enforcement Jurisdiction In a Post-Wayfair World,” also examines the undue burden analysis in the context of transaction tax nexus.
  • The Nov. 28 Sun-Sentinel features an opinion article citing former Stetson Law professor, Judge Michael Allen, on costly trials.

Alumni News:  

  • The Nov. 28 reports that Law alumna Kaylee Tuck has joined the Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., as an associate in the real estate and land use & environmental law departments. The Nov. 28 Gulfshore Business mentions the news of Tuck’s new position.
  • Law alumnus Chad Hess has joined Rogers, Townsend and Thomas P.C., according to CRBJBizWire.
  • Law alumna Carolyn Manka recently married, according to the Nov. 25 Yakima Herald.
  • Law alumnus Bryan Lober was recently elected Brevard County commissioner, according to the Space Coast Daily.