Duquesne University http://wesa.fm en In Pittsburgh's New Economy, Organized Labor Reorganizes http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburghs-new-economy-organized-labor-reorganizes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Like any English professor, Clint Benjamin spends a lot of his time grading papers.</span></p><p>“There’s a mountain – a teetering Matterhorn of papers at the end of the weekend, or during the week,” Benjamin said. “You’ve just gotta get through them.”</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 30504 at http://wesa.fm In Pittsburgh's New Economy, Organized Labor Reorganizes Duquesne Law's 100th Class Prepares For Graduation http://wesa.fm/post/duquesne-laws-100th-class-prepares-graduation <p>When the first graduates from the Duquesne University School of Law received their diplomas, Woodrow Wilson was president and baseball legend Babe Ruth was just making his major league debut.</p><p>That was 1914. Now, the 100<sup>th</sup> graduating class is preparing to take the stage.</p><p>Ken Gormley, dean of the Duquesne University School of Law, said there are a lot of similarities between the two graduating classes.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 18:14:51 +0000 Michael Lynch 30117 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Hosts World's Biggest Sport Conference http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-hosts-worlds-biggest-sport-conference <p>With the nicest baseball park in the country, the most Super Bowl wins in the NFL and two of the best players in the NHL, Pittsburgh is definitely a sports city.</p><p>That’s why it will be the host of the North American Society of Sports Management (NASSM) Conference - the largest sports business gathering in the world.</p><p>Duquesne University organized the conference that aims to show how important business is to sports.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 11:42:54 +0000 Jessica Nath 29754 at http://wesa.fm New Bio Lab To Be Open To All Pittsburghers http://wesa.fm/post/new-bio-lab-be-open-all-pittsburghers <p>Unless you're attending a university, most Pittsburghers do not have access to microscopes, pipettes, and other high-end scientific equipment — but a new lab opening this fall aims to change that.</p><p>Duquesne University and entrepreneurial group Urban Innovation 21 are constructing Pittsburgh’s first community biotechnology laboratory.</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 19:50:45 +0000 Jessica Nath 29149 at http://wesa.fm Duquesne Combines Biomedical Engineering, Nursing http://wesa.fm/post/duquesne-combines-biomedical-engineering-nursing <p>Duquesne University plans to offer a five-year undergraduate degree program combining biomedical engineering and nursing starting this fall.<br /><br />Spokeswoman Karen Ferrick-Roman says the program is believed to be the first undergraduate program of its kind.<br /><br />School officials say biomedical engineers typically lack clinical experience in dealing with patients, but that nursing training would remedy that.<br /> Wed, 07 May 2014 14:49:19 +0000 The Associated Press 28829 at http://wesa.fm Art Exhibit to Open at Duquesne http://wesa.fm/post/art-exhibit-open-duquesne-0 <p>Duquesne University will open an art exhibit by Andrew Hairstans called <em>A Model for Asylum</em> Tuesday at the Les Idees Gallery on Duquesne’s campus.</p><p>Hairstans said the exhibit focuses on a housing project in Glasgow, Scotland. He said the project has to do with modernist British housing and how it is used by asylum seekers.</p><p>“I became interested in the area because originally they were at one point the tallest housing complexes in Europe and they were also used to house at one point they were used to house asylum seekers from all over the world really."</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:03:41 +0000 Jess Lasky 26405 at http://wesa.fm Community Leaders Try to 'Transform Learning' in Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/community-leaders-try-transform-learning-pittsburgh <p>“We should be outraged that not all of our young people are succeeding and learning to their potential,” says Olga Welch, dean of Duquesne University’s School of Education.</p><p>Welch and the university are leading a collaboration of community leaders to transform learning in the Pittsburgh region by pushing for public education as a social justice right “impacting all children, particularly those in under-represented populations.”</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Kevin Gavin 25811 at http://wesa.fm Duquesne University Hosts Fracking Conference http://wesa.fm/post/duquesne-university-hosts-fracking-conference <p>More than two dozen researchers meet Monday at Duquesne University as part of a symposium on the latest findings regarding Marcellus Shale drilling.</p><p>Foundation-funded researchers from universities including Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, Duke and Yale presented their independent research on topics such as air quality, human and animal health, effects on water treatment plants and local government response to shale gas development.</p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 08:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 20271 at http://wesa.fm Community Leaders Seek Social Justice in Public Education http://wesa.fm/post/community-leaders-seek-social-justice-public-education <p>“If the people of Pittsburgh loved their children as much as they love the Steelers, the schools would be in great shape,” &nbsp;said&nbsp;Professor Pedro Noguera from NYU’s School of Culture, Education and Human Development</p><p>He as a keynote speaker at Duquesne University Wednesday at a forum on &nbsp;social justice in public education for poor minority students.&nbsp;65 educational, community leaders, parents and students gathered &nbsp;to determine how to seek fairness and equality in public education for children and youth in under-represented populations.</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 02:15:49 +0000 Kevin Gavin 18649 at http://wesa.fm 80-Year-Old Atlas Gets a Digital Facelift http://wesa.fm/post/80-year-old-atlas-gets-digital-facelift <p>According Rob Nelson, guest lecturer at Duquesne University’s annual History Forum and director of the Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond, the last great historical atlas was published in 1932. It was called "The Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States," and it included a series of maps that illustrated how the nation changed over time.</p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 20:36:17 +0000 Liz Reid 18490 at http://wesa.fm Adjuncts: Wage & Benefit Disparities In Higher Education http://wesa.fm/post/adjuncts-wage-benefit-disparities-higher-education <p>The story of <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/opinion/perspectives/death-of-an-adjunct-703773/">Margaret Mary Vojtko</a>, an adjunct professor at Duquesne University has gone <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/19/adjunct-obituary-duquesne_n_3956003.html">viral </a>and it’s sparked a <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/news/education/duquesne-disputes-claims-over-death-of-adjunct-professor-704143/">debate </a>about fair compensation for adjuncts.</p><p>Dan Kovalick, senior associate general counsel of the United Steelworkers (the union currently seeking to organize adjunct instructors at Duquesne) who wrote the op-ed piece believes that the adjuncts should have an increase in pay and should be entitled to benefits. Kovalick argues that, with heads of Universities making six-figure salaries and in some cases millions of dollars, teachers should be able to get an increase in compensation.</p><p>He also points out that parents of students, are spending tens of thousands of dollars on their child’s tuition and seeing that their child’s teachers are not making a livable wage. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 21:45:44 +0000 Nick Frost 17154 at http://wesa.fm Adjuncts: Wage & Benefit Disparities In Higher Education Local Universities to Mark Sept. 11th Anniversary http://wesa.fm/post/local-universities-mark-sept-11th-anniversary <p>A pair of local universities will mark the 12<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the attacks of September 11<sup>th</sup> in very public but very different ways.&nbsp;</p><p>Chatham University will gather Wednesday afternoon on the quad for a moment of silence, a short speech from the Dean of Student Affairs office, remarks from a representative of the Wounded Warrior Project and a performance of the National Anthem by the Chatham University Choir.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 17:07:49 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 16278 at http://wesa.fm Duquesne Professor Develops Technology That Uncovers Rowling's Pseudonym http://wesa.fm/post/duquesne-professor-develops-technology-uncovers-rowlings-pseudonym <p>Duquesne University Professor Patrick Joula received an email from the London Sunday Times last week.&nbsp; The Times was asking him to <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/the-cuckoos-calling-by-robert-galbraith-jk-rowlings-secret-bestseller-8707707.html">utilize an authorial identification technology</a> he had been developing for years in order to determine if the new crime novel, <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Cuckoos-Calling-Robert-Galbraith/dp/0316206849"><u>The Cuckoo’s Calling</u></a></em> was written by the famous <a href="http://www.jkrowling.com/en_US/">J.K. Rowling</a>. The paper had received an anonymous tweet indicating the author, Robert Galbraith, was actually Rowling.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 20:14:19 +0000 Katherine Blackley 13281 at http://wesa.fm Duquesne Professor Develops Technology That Uncovers Rowling's Pseudonym SCOTUS Justice Clarence Thomas Visits Duquesne University http://wesa.fm/post/scotus-justice-clarence-thomas-visits-duquesne-university <p>U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas spoke at Duquesne University Tuesday afternoon on topics ranging from his childhood in segregated Georgia to his 22-year tenure on the nation's highest court.</p><p>Thomas is the only black justice to serve on the Supreme Court after Thurgood Marshall. Thomas filled Marshall's vacated position on the bench.</p><p>Born in Pin Point, Ga. in 1948, Thomas said he grew up in a poor black community, but he was pushed toward academic success by his grandfather and the nuns at his Catholic school.</p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 01:25:00 +0000 Noah Brode 7575 at http://wesa.fm Judge Tosses Suits by 3 Wounded Duquesne Players http://wesa.fm/post/judge-tosses-suits-3-wounded-duquesne-players <p>A federal judge in Pittsburgh has dismissed lawsuits by three former Duquesne University basketball players who sued the school, claiming it was responsible when two men shot them after an on-campus dance in 2006.</p><p>But U.S. District Judge David Cercone's ruling, first reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Monday, says the school isn't responsible for the pain, damages and loss of income claimed by Shawn James, Stuard Baldonado and Kojo Mensah. They were three of five players wounded in the shooting on Sept. 17, 2006, following a dance sponsored by the Black Student Union.</p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 14:59:19 +0000 The Associated Press 7095 at http://wesa.fm Choosing a New Pope http://wesa.fm/post/choosing-new-pope <p>It was white smoke and a new Pope Tuesday evening. The Pittsburgh Tribune Review Middle East correspondent, <a href="http://triblive.com/usworld/betsyhiel/"><strong>Betsy Hiel</strong></a> has been covering the historic event from Vatican City. She talks about reactions in Rome to the selection of Pope Francis.</p><p>And Pope Francis decided to adopt the name of the patron saint of the environment and animals--St Francis of Assisi. Catholic nuns who have devoted their lives to living in the way of St Francis were over the moon when the announcement was made. Our content partners at the <strong><a href="http://www.alleghenyfront.org/">Allegheny Front</a></strong> talked with the Sisters of <a href="http://www.osfprov.org/">St Francis of the Providence of God Convent </a>in the White Hall section of Pittsburgh about the 12th century saint.</p><p>Then, Protocol and ceremony are always part of the selection of a new Pope. So what goes on behind the scenes in the Conclave? What went into the selection of Pope Francis, the first Latin American Pope? What's next for him? Duquesne University Law Professor and Canon Law Scholar, <a href="http://www.duq.edu/academics/faculty/nicholas-cafardi"><strong>Nicholas Cafardi</strong></a>&nbsp; talks about the conclave and the papacy. Thu, 14 Mar 2013 01:00:00 +0000 Heather McClain 2965 at http://wesa.fm Choosing a New Pope Duquesne University Focuses on Africa http://wesa.fm/post/duquesne-university-focuses-africa-0 <p>Duquesne University's Center for African Studies is hosting three days of events starting Tuesday, which will explore student and faculty connections to Africa. &nbsp;All events begin at 4:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 14:43:08 +0000 Charlee Song 2496 at http://wesa.fm Cooper Foundation Honors Duquesne Students http://wesa.fm/post/cooper-foundation-honors-duquesne-students <div class="field-item even"><p>Five African-American students at Duquesne University are the first recipients of scholarships awarded to honor the legacy of Chuck Cooper, one ofthe greatest basketball players in Duquesne&nbsp;history.</p><p>Cooper was the first African-American drafted into the NBA and after a six-year career returned to school to earn a master's degree in social work at the Univeristy of Minnesota in 1961. &nbsp;Cooper worked as Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Pittsburgh and later as Urban Affairs Officer for Pittsburgh National Bank, now PNC.</p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 15:23:23 +0000 Kevin Gavin & Nick Jovonovich 1515 at http://wesa.fm