Stetson University in the News, May 16-22, 2020

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Top News:

Autumn Johnson ’20

• Stetson alumna Autumn Johnson was featured in the May 19 story, “Where are they now? An update on 60 Minutes’ story ‘Hard Times Generation,’” on CBS This Morning, CBS News Online, MSN News and other media outlets. Autumn and her younger brother received full scholarships to attend Stetson after they were featured in a “60 Minutes” episode in 2011 about homeless families. Rajni Shankar-Brown, PhD, associate professor and Jessie Ball duPont Endowed Chair of Social Justice Education, also was interviewed.

• Asal Mohamadi Johnson, PhD, assistant professor of Public Health, was quoted in the May 20 article, “After scientist fired, Florida governor calls coronavirus data manipulation charge a ‘nonissue’ ” in USA Today, Yahoo News, the Des Moines Register, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Daytona Beach News-Journal, Sarasota Herald-Tribune and more than 70 other outlets. Johnson said she worried the state is trying “to undermine evidence-based decision making to prioritize (the) economy.”

Asal Mohamadi Johnson, PhD

• Asal Mohamadi Johnson, assistant professor of Public Health, was quoted in the May 18 article, “As Florida re-opens, COVID-19 data scientist gets sidelined and researchers cry foul“ in the Naples Daily News, Florida Today, MSN, USA Today College, Palm Beach Post, and more than 20 other outlets.

• Stetson University was mentioned in the article, “Researchers in Florida Worry About Access to State Data” on May 20 by Inside Higher Ed.

• Woody O’Cain, assistant vice president of Development and Alumni Engagement, was interviewed by WFTV-Channel 9 for the story, “Stetson Alumni Group and Donors Get Creative.” The story also mentioned Stetson College of Law and several alumni, including the three Rodriguez brothers – singing trio Brian, Manny and Michael.

Tony Abbott, PhD

• Tony Abbott, PhD, professor of Environmental Science and Studies, and Jason Evans, PhD, associate professor of Environmental Science and Studies, were quoted in the Daytona Beach News-Journal and on MSN in the article, “Stetson unveils new Bartram Trail at Lake Beresford.” Evans also is interim executive director of Stetson’s Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience.

• Stetson University, the Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience and Tony Abbott, professor of Environmental Science and Studies, were mentioned in “Bartram Gardens & Trail,” on

• John Riggs, DBA, professor of Practice in Marketing and director of the Centurion Sales Excellence Program, was quoted in the May 20 article, “The Truth about B2B Sales Right Now” by The Simon Group.

Other News:

• Richard Medlin, professor of Psychology, was mentioned in the May 21 story, “For the Children: In Defense of Homeschooling,” in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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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.

• Peter F. Lake, the Charles A. Dana chair and director of the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy at the College of Law, was quoted in the article, “ Colleges can protect revenue streams by promoting healthy behaviors,” in The College Fix on May 20.

• Stetson College of Law was mentioned in “Brandes expects special session to deal with budget,” on May 19 in the Florida Bar News.

• Ronette Lategan-Potgieter, PhD, visiting assistant professor of Health Sciences, was interviewed by for the article, “Best Mattress for Heavy People.”

• Stetson University athletic teams were featured in the May 20 article, “Stetson athletic programs earn good grades from NCAA” in the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

• Barbara Farris, recently hired as an assistant coach for Women’s Basketball at Stetson, was interviewed May 20 for the story, “Barbara Farris, after successful 10-year run at John Curtis, named assistant at Stetson University,” in The Times Picayune & New Orleans Advocate.

• Stetson head Baseball coach Steve Trimper was quoted in The Daytona Beach News-Journal on May 19 in the story, “Locals cheer NASCAR’s return amid coronavirus pandemic.”

• Stetson alumnus Jacob deGrom was mentioned in Forbes Online on May 18 in the article, “Best Pitcher in Baseball? New York Yankees Cole and New York Mets deGrom Top the List.”