Stetson University in the News, Aug. 26 – Sept. 1, 2022

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Top Stories:

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Sean Beckmann, PhD

• BioSpace quoted Sean Beckmann, PhD, assistant professor of Biology, in the Sept. 1 story, “Wuhan Lab Possibly Linked to COVID-19 Discovers Novel Animal Virus.” “The results of this study are important for our understanding of viruses and their evolution in non-human animals,” said Beckmann, who was not involved in the study. “However, these findings should be taken in context. None of the viruses identified, or the novel viruses, are known to be transmissible to humans, and the authors don’t make any claims about their pathogenicity.”

• District Administration quoted Christopher Ferguson, PhD, professor of Psychology, in the Aug. 31 story, “School cellphone rules: Why they’re such a difficult call for districts.” “There really are two parallel processes: one, cellphones are interesting and two, school is not,” Ferguson said. “Removing No. 1 doesn’t fix No. 2, unfortunately, and students have found ways to not pay attention in class for centuries.”

• The West Volusia Beacon quoted Wendy Anderson, PhD, professor of Environmental Science and Studies and Cynthia Bennington, PhD, professor of Biology, in the Aug. 27 story, “Monarch butterflies now ‘endangered.’ ”

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Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

• Spectrum News 13 and Spectrum Bay News 9 quoted Law professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy in the Aug. 29 story, “Federal judge deems parts of DeSantis’ ‘Stop Woke’ law unconstitutional.” “If the court decides that a particular law is severable that means they can take out parts that are unconstitutional and the rest of the law stands,” Torres-Spelliscy said. “What we have with Judge Walker is — he had one part of the act before him, this was the part that applied to businesses. So arguably, the rest of the law still stands.”

Other News:

• The Hometown News featured Stetson in the Aug. 25 story, “Princeton Review names Stetson one of best 388.”

• Southeast AgNet cited Stetson in the Aug. 25 story, “USDA Awards $7.85 Million to Florida Forest to Gulf Regional Conservation Partnership Program.”

• The Orlando Sentinel and MSN featured the Hand Art Center in the Aug. 25 story, “Orlando 2022-23 Arts Season Preview: Art Museums & Galleries.”

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• The West Volusia Beacon cited the duPont-Ball Library’s Native American dugout canoe in the Aug. 26 story, “Redevelopment of Hotel Putnam is still on schedule.”

• Orlando Weekly cited Stetson in the Aug. 26 story, “Historic DeLand church to become yet another food hall.”

• Watermark cited Nathalie Marcelin, a student and coordinator for diversity, inclusion and collaboration at Stetson College of Law, in the Aug. 26 story, “LGBTQ scholarships give students resources, hope.”

• Sansa Prime quoted Law professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy in the Aug. 23 story, “Stop Woke Act: What’s next for Florida law after judge’s ruling?”

• The Hometown News cited the Hand Art Center and retired Art professor Dan Gunderson in the Aug. 25 story, “Volusia Art Notes.”

• American School & University featured Stetson in the Aug. 29 story, “Several upgrades planned for Stetson University in DeLand, Fla.”

• South Central Florida Life cited Stetson in the Aug. 31 story, “IHS to hold dedication ceremony for Innovation Center.”

• Family Business United cited Stetson in the Aug. 31 post, “Greg McCann Inducted into Family Business Hall of Fame.”

Alumni News:

• The Capitolist featured Law alumna and Florida attorney general Ashley Moody in the Aug. 25 story, “Ashley Moody boasts endorsements from 97% of Florida’s elected sheriffs” and the Aug. 30 story, “Moody overwhelmingly backed by law enforcement groups for re-election.”

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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.

• Coastal Point profiled Ben Little in the Aug. 25 story, “Guardians by the Sea: Lifeguard Little comes up big for SCBP.”

• SRQ profiled Law alumna Sarah E. Brigham in the Aug. 26 post, “Berlin Patten Ebling Hires New Attorney Sarah E. Brigham, Esq.”

• The Flor-Ala profiled alumna Kathleen “K.C.” White in the Aug. 25 story, “White named V.P. of Student Affairs.”

• Florida Politics,, Newslanes and Citrus-Daily cited Law alumnus Fredrick Roberts Jr. in the Aug. 27 story, “The Week in Appointments.”

• The Citrus County Chronicle profiled Law alumnus and retiring judge Richard “Ric” Howard in the Aug. 27 story, “Judge Howard’s long-held felony docket to be transferred to Judge Fritton Sept. 12.”

• Hilton Head Monthly cited alumna Sammie Jo Manning in the Aug. 29 story, “Hilton Head Hires: SEPTEMBER 2022.”

• and the Odessa American profiled alumnus Scott Muri in the Aug. 29 story, “State Finalists Named for 2022 Superintendent of the Year Award.”

• Florida Politics profiled Law alumnus Luis Viera in the Aug. 30 story, “Luis Viera to kick off re-election campaign Wednesday.”

• Broadway World New Jersey and New Jersey Stage profiled alumnus Andrew David Sotomayor in the Aug. 30 story, “Linedy Genao & Brandon Espinoza to Star in ON YOUR FEET! at Paper Mill Playhouse.”

• Orlando Style profiled Law alumna Joyce Fuller in the Aug. 31 story, “Orlando’s Attorneys of the Year 2022.”