Stetson in the News: Jan. 26-Feb. 1, 2024

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Melissa Gibbs, PhD

• WOGX Fox 51 interviewed Melissa Gibbs, PhD, professor of Biology and director of Aquatic and Marine Biology, in the Jan. 26 broadcast segment “Orange City Blue Spring Manatee Festival.”

• Christopher J. Ferguson, PhD, professor of Psychology, and research colleague Sven Smith, PhD, associate professor of Sociology, were cited in a Jan. 29 broadcast segment by radio station WBAP-AM and a Jan. 30 broadcast segment by 550 AM KTSA. The topic was their research on U.S. prison systems, which he had detailed in an Orlando Sentinel commentary published on Jan. 25. He wrote: “At least on the issue of racial biases, our study showed that our criminal justice system is functioning well. This is a resounding success of the civil rights movement, and a mark of pride for the U.S. Nonetheless, I suspect this news will still be resisted by those for whom racial division is morally gratifying or profitable.”  

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Rajni Shankar-Brown, PhD

• The Daytona Beach News-Journal featured Luca Mulnar, MFA, assistant professor of Art, in the Jan. 29 video interview “Stetson art professor says labor unions, history inspired paintings now on display.”

• HappeningNext featured Ranji Shankar-Brown, PhD, professor and Jessie Ball duPont Endowed Chair of Social Justice Education, in the Jan. 29 post “Guest Speaker: Dr. Ranji Shankar-Brown.”

• TV station WKMG News 6 featured business owner and sophomore business management major Angelica Delgado in a Jan. 29 “Getting Results Award” segment titled “Princess for a Day.” “I just hope younger girls can get something out of this and learn that regardless of things you’ve been through that you can overcome them and you can turn some hard times into something beautiful,” Delgado said.

• Newsweek and DNYUZ quoted Law professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy in the Jan. 27 story “Trump May Face Liquidity Issues After E. Jean Carroll Verdict, Lawyers Warn.” Yahoo! News and other media outlets quoted Torres-Spelliscy in the Jan. 29 story “Will Trump’s cash flow dry up after his legal verdicts?” Also, Northwestern Now cited Torres-Spelliscy in the Jan. 30 story “Has Citizens United decision undermined democracy?”

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Hari Pulapaka, PhD

• Hometown News quoted Robert Maglievaz, MSPH, CIH, RS, assistant professor of Practice, Public Health, in the Jan. 29 story “National expert on food insecurity to speak at Stetson.”

• HappeningNext featured Hari Pulapaka, PhD, associate professor of Mathematics and a professional chef, in the Jan. 31 post “In Person Event with Author Katherine Miller.”

Other Stories

• NewsRadio 680 WPTF featured the late Charles Granger, former director of the Baptist Campus Ministry at Stetson, in a Jan. 28 broadcast.

• The West Volusia Beacon cited Stetson in the Jan. 26 story “The West Volusia Beacon’s First Annual Student Journalism Competition: News For You By You.”

Stetson Law’s Ashley Chase

• Hometown News cited Stetson’s hosting of the play “Keepers of the American Dream” in the Jan. 25 story “Out & About.”

• The Naples Daily News, the Palm Beach Post, the Pensacola News Journal and other media outlets cited Stetson in the Jan. 30 story “Students will graduate with the least debt at these Florida colleges and universities.”

• LexBlog cited Ashley Chase, assistant professor of Law, in the Jan. 31 story “See you at the LSC ITC Conference!”

• Black News cited Stetson Law in the Jan. 31 story “February Events.”

• Main Street Daily News cited Stetson’s Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience in the Jan. 31 story “Alachua Conservation Trust adds Gilchrist County farm to protected list.”


• People magazine, AOL and Yahoo!News featured alumnus Callahan Walsh, co-host with his father John Walsh of the rebooted television show “America’s Most Wanted,” in the Jan. 30 story “John Walsh Returns to TV’s America’s Most Wanted, This Time with Son Callahan: ‘We’re Here to Fight Crime.’” John Walsh created the original version of the true-crime TV show in 1988 after his 6-year-old son Adam was abducted and murdered in 1981.

“Adam left a huge hole in the hearts of the whole family,” said Callahan, who, along with his sister, Meghan, 41, and brother Hayden, 29, were born following Adam’s death. “That hole is filled in little by little by the justice we’re able to get for other families by bringing missing children home.”  

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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

Also, the U.S. Sun featured Callahan Walsh in the Jan. 29 story “Following in His Father’s Footsteps: Who is John Walsh’s son, Callahan?”

• Television station WJLA interviewed alumna and ceramics artist Makeda Smith for a Jan. 29 broadcast of its program “Good Morning Washington.”

• Qmunicate profiled Law alumna Katie Phang in the Jan. 26 post “How Old Is Katie Phang.”

• Presbyterian Mission featured alumnus John Johnson in the Jan. 29 story “A trio of accomplished Christian educators honored during APCE’s Annual Event.”

• HappeningNext featured alumnus Will Graebe in the Jan. 29 post “Put Into Practice: Risk Management Tips for Your Law Firm – Concord.”

• HappeningNext featured Law alumna and Florida attorney general Ashley Moody in the Jan. 30 post “Argus Annual Meeting Luncheon with FL Attorney General, Ashley Moody.”

• HappeningNext profiled alumna Lindsay Addison in the Jan. 30 post “February First Saturday Seminar.”

• The Sarasota Herald-Tribune featured Law alumna Lindsay A. Albright in the Jan. 29 story “Dunlap & Moran, P.A., has hired Lindsay A. Albright as an associate attorney.”

• Modern Counsel profiled Law alumna Katrina Lindsey in the Jan. 31 story “Katrina Lindsey Found the Opportunity She Needed at Casey’s.”