Stetson University in the News, March 22-28, 2019

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Mugs of three task force members - Sven Smith, Eric Kurlander, and Kevin Winchell
From left to right: Sven Smith, Eric Kurlander and Kevin Winchell.

• Several professors, including History Professor Eric Kurlander, Ph.D., and Sociology Assistant Professor Sven Smith, Ph.D., and Associate Director of Stetson’s Center for Community Engagement Kevin Winchell were included in the March 23 Daytona Times story, “Stetson adopts statement supporting free expression on campus.” The statement outlines the university’s commitment to the principle of free speech. Per the official statement, “[e]xpressed views are open to criticism, debate, and condemnation. Open debate and dialogue is a natural part of the marketplace of ideas. Hence, attempts to suppress or punish protected expression or speakers are anathema to the free expression necessary for intellectual and cultural growth.”

• Professor of Psychology Christopher Ferguson, Ph.D. was interviewed for a Q&A article March 22 in The Fire in regard to the recent “Statement of Principles of Free Expression.” Ferguson said he “was inspired to advocate for the university’s adoption of a free speech statement due to his passion for the university and for free expression generally.”

Michèle Alexandre

• News about the hiring of the next Dean of Stetson Law Michèle Alexandre has run in the March 21 National Law Journal and the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, as well as numerous other media outlets across the U.S.

• Assistant Professor of World Languages and Cultures Pamela Cappas-Toro, Ph.D., was interviewed by the Orlando NPR station in a March 26 piece called, “Promoting higher education behind bars.” In the interview, she discussed ways to increase access to higher education for the incarcerated.

Jacob deGrom

• Stetson alumnus and star pitcher Jacob deGrom signed a 5-year, $137.5 million extension with the New York Mets on March 26, as reported by ESPN. The 30-year-old is coming off his best season yet, winning the the National League Cy Young Award.

• Law Professor Ellen S. Podgor was quoted in the March 23 Los Angeles Times article, “College admissions scandal generated disgust and outrage. But what exactly was the crime?” She is quoted in the March 28 L.A. Times article, “How one wealthy parent is defending himself in college admissions scandal.”

• Clay Henderson, executive director of Stetson University’s Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience, was mentioned in an article in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune regarding algae in Florida’s springs. Henderson said that “authorities, with a nod from the new governor, could regroup and revise their springs strategy.”

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

• Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy is quoted in the March 21 Miami Herald article, “Cindy Yang helped Chinese tech stars get $50K photos with Trump. Who paid?” Professor Torres-Spelliscy is quoted in the March 24 Vox article, “Does AG Barr’s summary of the Mueller report “exonerate” Trump? I asked 15 legal experts.” Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was a guest on the March 25 MPR News. Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy is quoted in the Background Briefing analyzing lawsuits against President Trump. Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy spoke with MPR News for the article, “What’s On MPR News?”Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy spoke with WMNF News for the story, “Law professor talks about Barr’s summary of Mueller report.” Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy is quoted in the March 26 Globe Post article, “The President Who Keeps Crying Wolf: Trump, Russia, and the Mueller Probe.”

Other News:

Stuart Michelson

• Roland and Sarah George Professor of Finance Stuart Michelson, Ph.D., was featured in a March 26 WalletHub piece about “Cash Back” credit cards.

• Law Professor Peter Lake is quoted in the March 27 Harvard Political Review.

• Law Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the March 27 Elder Law Prof Blog, “NJ Bill on Medical Aid in Dying.” She wrote the March 28 Elder Law Prof Blog, “New GAO Report on Retirement Security.”

Alumni News:

• Law alumna Amy Champlin is quoted in the March 25 The Standard article, “Who voters can vote for in next local election.”

• Law alumnus Slade V. Dukes was mentioned in the March 25 Herald Tribune article, “Business People: Promotions, awards and more for Sarasota-Manatee professionals.”

• Law alumna Judith S. Lambert is quoted in the March 25 Osprey Observer article, “Judith S. Lambert Law Firm Provides A Variety Of Expert Legal Services To Clients.”

• The March 26 Freeborn & Peters LLP reports that Law alumnus Jason P. Stearns was named 2019 “Top Lawyer” by TAMPA Magazine.