Stetson University in the News, Feb. 14-20, 2020

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Christopher Ferguson, PhD

• Professor of Psychology Christopher Ferguson, PhD, was quoted in the Feb. 20 article “What science says about your kids’ tech habits” at The Next Web. “Although an ‘everything in moderation’ message when discussing screen time with parents may be most productive, our results do not support a strong focus on screen time as a preventative measure for youth problem behaviors,” Ferguson told Science Daily.

• Assistant Professor of Biology Sean Beckmann, PhD, was quoted in the Feb. 17 Tampa Bay Times article “Coronavirus: Citrus County couple on Diamond Princess cruise evacuated.”

• “Seawalls may not protect against rising sea levels” on WKMG-TV Channel 6 on Feb. 20 quoted Jason Evans, PhD, interim executive director of Stetson’s Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience and associate professor of environmental science and studies. “We do believe as scientists, that the number one thing that’s driving climate change has to do with greenhouse gases,” Evans said.

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

• Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy testified before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties about Citizens United on Feb. 6. You can view her testimony on YouTube; it begins at 1:17:49.

• Associate Professor of Mathematics Hari Pulapaka, PhD, was featured with his wife Jenneffer in Scott Joseph’s Orlando Restaurant Guide on Feb. 14. The article, titled, “Restaurant Romance: Owning and Operating a Restaurant with a Spouse,” discusses the advantages and disadvantages of co-owning a restaurant as a couple. Pulapaka co-owns Cress Restaurant in DeLand with his wife. 

Patrick Coggins, PhD

• Professor of Education Patrick Coggins, PhD, who served as a Jessie Ball duPont Endowed Chair professor from 1991-2011, was featured on for his African-American Studies Mandate workshop.

• Associate Dean Jason Bent was quoted in a Feb. 12 article in Fortune called, “My boss wants me to travel during the coronavirus. Do I have to go?”

• Law Professor Peter F. Lake was quoted in a Feb. 16 article in The Chronicle of Higher Education called, “The Next Wave of #MeToo.”

• “Congratulations to the 2020 ACA National Award Winners” in the American Counseling Center Newsletter on Feb. 20 noted that Stetson students took Second Place in the Graduate Student Ethics category.

Other News:

• Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was quoted in a Feb. 6 article in Newsweek called, “How Ronald Reagan Is Beating Barack Obama in the Race To Name Things After Former Presidents.”

• Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was quoted in a Feb. 6 article for The Intercept called, “Bloomberg campaign ran ads asking voters how he should spend his money.” 

Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was quoted in a Feb. 6 article on Roll Call called, “House Judiciary Democrats eye campaign finance measures.” 

Peter Lake

• Law Professor Peter F. Lake was quoted in a Feb. 16 article in The Chronicle of Higher Education called, “Liability Everywhere: Why college lawyers will be working overtime.” He also was quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s The Trends Report 2020.

• “27th Annual Great Guitar Gathering Returns to the Florida Theatre” in EU Jacksonville on Feb. 18 mentioned award-winning Stetson sophomore student Arelys Camargo-Delgado.

“Stetson basketball at its best: How the Hats arrived in ’75” in the West Volusia Beacon on Feb. 17 was written by Dave Stowers, a member of the 1975 Hatters basketball team.

• “The New Jersey Connection to the Famous Cowboy Hat” on New Jersey 101.5 on Feb. 18 mentioned the famous hat maker as Stetson University’s benefactor.

• “Here’s what this local coffee brand has brewing this year” in the Orlando Business Journal on Feb. 19 mentioned that Barnie’s Coffee is sold at Stetson.

• Law Professor Louis J. Virelli III was featured in an interview on WFLA’s Politics on Your Side on Feb. 2, discussing the impeachment trial.

• Law Professor Paul Boudreaux was quoted in a Feb. 6 Tampa Bay Times article called, “Madeira Beach wants permission to inspect his waterfront home. He’s suing.”

• Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was quoted in a Feb. 7 Buzzfeed article called, “She Shunned Islam And Was Embraced By Trump World. Now, She’s Turned Against Them.”

• Law Professor Peter F. Lake was quoted in a Jan. 31 article for Inside Higher Ed called, “Increased Legal Scrutiny for Sexual Assault Policies.” That article was also featured on the UCLA Faculty Association blog. 

• Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy spoke during American University Law Review’s 69th annual symposium on Jan. 31 and was quoted in a Feb. 6 article on the university’s website called, “American University Law Review Annual Symposium Discusses Democracy and the Law.” 

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Rebecca Morgan

• Law Professor Rebecca C. Morgan wrote the following blogs for the Elder Law Prof Blog: Feb. 2, Life Expectancy is Finally Up!; Feb. 3, Funding Opportunity for Recent Law Grad; Feb. 4, What Type of Multi-Generational Housing is Right For You?; Feb. 5, Catholic Hospital Says No to Patient Request for PAD; Feb. 6, Nation’s Top 10 Frauds vs. Elders per the Senate Committee of Aging; Feb. 12, Yet Another Arbitration Case; Feb. 13, Don’t Miss This Webinar: Public Charge and Elder Immigrants; Feb. 14, SSA Fighting SSA Fraud; and Feb. 17, Wall Street Journal: Articles on Self-Neglect & Family Caregivers.

• “Stetson University Hosts Annual Wills for Warriors” in the Gulfport Gabber on Feb. 19 quoted Stetson law student Robby McDonald and Law Professor Rebecca Morgan.

• Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy has four guest posts on the Election Law Blog about her new book, “Political Brands.”

• Law Professor Peter F. Lake was quoted in a Feb. 3 article in The GW Hatchett called, “Panhel faces lowest recruitment participation since at least 2010.” 

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Stetson University in the News is a weekly roundup of media coverage that mentions Stetson, its faculty, students, staff and alumni.

• Law Professor Peter F. Lake and the Law and Higher Education Conference were mentioned in a Feb. 9 article on Inside Higher Ed called, “How to Use Lawyers.” 

• Law Professor Ellen Podgor wrote a Feb. 11 blog for the White Collar Crime Prof Blog called, “Four Prosecutors on Stone Case Withdraw from Case.” 

• Law Professor Peter F. Lake was quoted in a Feb. 13 article on Education Dive called, “Arizona’s top court agrees to review lawsuit over rising tuition at public universities.”

• “Can colleges keep up as Title IX guidance shifts and splinters?” on Education Dive Feb. 19 quoted Law Professor Peter F. Lake.

Alumni News:

• Law alumnus Mike Boryla was featured in a Jan. 31 article on called, “Ex-NFL QB Mike Boryla on Brain Injury Tragedies, Justin Bannan Case.”

• Law alumnus Derek O. Goldsmith joined the Fort Lauderdale office of Kelley Kronenberg as a partner, according to a Feb. 3 announcement on citybizlist. He focuses his practice on First Party Property Insurance Defense Litigation. 

• Law alumna Christine Platt was featured in a TedxCharlottesville talk called, “You Can Be a Minimalist. Yes, You!”

• Law alumna Tammy N. Giroux, a partner with the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, was a presenter at the American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Fidelity and Surety Law Committee’s Mid-Winter Meeting Program in January in New York City.

• Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed law alumnus Michael Graves, the elected public defender for the Fifth Circuit, to a statewide task force on opioid abuse, according to a Feb. 15 brief on STL News.