Stetson University in the News, Jan. 21-27, 2022

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Top Stories:

• Alumna Madison Miller was featured in the Daytona Beach News-Journal article, “Chisholm Elementary teacher Madison Miller named Volusia Teacher of the Year,” on Jan. 24. Miller recently obtained her Master of Education degree in educational leadership from Stetson.

• Associate Professor of Public Health Asal Mohamadi Johnson, PhD, was quoted in the West Volusia Beacon article, “It’s 2022, and COVID is still here,” on Jan. 21. “What we know is people who are vaccinated are getting [the Omicron variant] milder, and they are way less likely to go to the hospital,” Johnson said.

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Matthew Hurst, PhD

• Associate Professor of Finance and Director of the Roland and Sarah George Investments Institute Matthew Hurst, PhD, was quoted in the News Daytona Beach article, “City Commissioner Demands Corporate Transparency,” on Jan. 22. The article discussed the city regulations surrounding corporate transparency in land purchases.

• Professor of Environmental Science and Studies Wendy Anderson, PhD, was quoted in the West Volusia Beacon article, “Support is strong for wildlife corridor,” on Jan. 21. Anderson is the chair of the Volusia Soil and Water Conservation District.

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Wendy Anderson, PhD

• Anderson published an article in the West Volusia Beacon, “Imagine West Volusia: Let’s imagine we don’t run out of water,” on Jan. 25. “We can work with nature, instead of against it, and let nature do the work for us to keep our water supply continually recharged for both the ever-growing human population and all the other species that still depend on it,” Anderson wrote. “These ‘ecosystem services’ are what nature provides — for free — that we would otherwise have to spend large sums of money to replicate.”

• Stetson was mentioned as a filming location for the 1997 film, “Rosewood,” in the Jan. 20 Daytona Beach News-Journal article, “When Hollywood came to town: 8 movies shot in Daytona, around Volusia.”

• Stetson student Delicia Bent was featured in the Daytona Times article, “Stetson student to portray Edith Starke at Deltona library,” on Jan. 20. Bent will portray educator and civil rights activist Edith Starke in a presentation at Deltona Regional Library.

• Law Professor Stacey-Rae Simcox was interviewed by National Public Radio for a Jan. 23 story about disability benefits for Vietnam veterans. A version of the story ran on WUSF, the Tampa Bay region’s NPR affiliate.

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• Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was quoted in a Jan. 21 article in Business Insider called, “Time is running out for Biden’s Justice Department to prosecute Trump for 10 possible crimes detailed in the Mueller report.” Versions of the story also ran on Business Insider Australia and

Other News:

• Adjunct Law Professor and alumnus Jay Wolfson was interviewed for the ABC Action News story called, “Tampa Bay area hospitals share plans on managing vaccine mandate for healthcare workers,” on Jan. 18,  and “Pop-up COVID testing sites could threaten your health, identity” on Jan. 25. Versions of the first story also ran on the website Newsbreak and on affiliates, including Fox 13 Utah. A version of the second story also ran on the affiliated website Newsbreak.

• Wolfson was also quoted in a Jan. 19 article in the Toronto Globe and Mail called, “He advocated for COVID-19 vaccines. Now this Florida public health official is on administrative leave.” The story also ran on the website, Head Topics Canada.

• Adjunct Law Professor and alumnus Jay Wolfson was interviewed for a Jan. 21 story on called, “When Do I Need a Mask? How Often Can I Reuse Them?”

• Law Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy was quoted in a Jan. 21 post on the Blog for Arizona titled, “AG Merrick Garland Needs to Act on the Mueller Report Now and Enforce the Law.”

• Law Professor Robyn Powell was quoted in a Jan. 23 Yahoo! News story called, “#MyDisabledLifeIsWorthy highlights disability community’s pandemic frustrations: ‘We are seen as collateral damage.’ ”

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• Law Professor Peter F. Lake was quoted in a Jan. 24 Chronicle of Higher Education article titled, “Supreme Court Will Hear Admissions Cases, Suggesting Conservatives May Target Affirmative Action.”

• Law Professor Ellen Podgor authored a Jan. 18 post on the White Collar Crime Prof Blog, honoring the memory of her friend and colleague, Peter Henning.

• Law Professor Ellen Podgor was mentioned in a Jan. 18 post on JD Supra called, “If the Biden Administration Were Really Serious About Confronting Corporate Corruption, This is What They’d Do.”

• Distinguished Visiting Law Lecturer Charles Tabb was named one of the 2022 Lawdragon 500 Leading Bankruptcy & Restructuring Lawyers.

• Law Professor Rebecca Morgan wrote the following posts on Elder Prof Law Blog:

  • Jan. 19 – “Register Now: EJI Webinar: Trauma Informed Counseling for Older Adults – 1/27/22”
  • Jan. 20 – “Tech Use Among Older Adults Increased.”
  • Jan. 21 – “Webinar Elder Justice Decision-Making Capacity Symposium”
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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. Graphic by Stetson University / Megan Danna

Alumni News:

• Law alumnus and Florida Bar Board of Governors District 10 incumbent C. Richard Nail was profiled Jan. 20 on the Florida Bar website ahead of the board election.

• Alumnus Kurt Swartzlander was featured in a News Daytona Beach article entitled, “Assistant City Manager Named New Daytona Beach Shores City Manager,” on Jan. 26. Swartzlander, who also serves as Daytona Beach Shores’ finance director, recently was appointed the Daytona Beach Shores city manager.

• Law alumna and current Attorney General of Florida Ashley Moody was interviewed by radio host Ben Shapiro on Jan. 23; the segment ran on radio stations across the country, including WSKY FM in Gainesville.

• Law alumnus Jason Crews joined the Orlando office of the firm Boyd & Jenerette, P.A., according to a Jan. 24 news release.

• Alumna Daniella Hankey recently joined the WECT Wilmington, N.C., news station.

• Law alumnus Bert Reeves was mentioned in a Jan. 25 post on Metro Atlanta CEO, naming him as a new board member for the Rowen Foundation.

• Law alumna Stephanie Bolton was profiled in a Jan. 25 story titled, “Local Entrepreneur Selected to Join Tory Burch Foundation Cohort.”

• Law alumna Alicia M. Bond joined Jacko Law Group, PC as director of operations, according to a Jan. 20 press release.