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From Catholic issues to the courtroom, University of Dayton experts were tapped for their expertise on some of the hottest topics and biggest news of the 2012-13 academic year.

Culture and Society

History professor Larry Schweikart was interviewed May 16 on REELTalk, a program on about his film Rockin' the Wall.

Fiscal Times quoted assistant professor of sociology Jamie Longazel May 22 about communities welcoming immigrants. CNBC also quoted Longazel May 24 about the U.S. Senate's immigration bill.

The Associated Press talked to Ron Katsuyama, an associate psychology professor, about the Dayton Air Show's proposed re-enactment of the atomic attack on Japan. Nearly 200 outlets, including CBS News, The Washington Post and The Huffington Post, picked up the story.

Mashable quoted associate professor of religious studies Jana Bennett March 26 about the popularity of giving up social media for Lent. 

Political science lecturer Dan Birdsong was quoted in The Columbus Dispatch and the Dayton Daily News Jan. 27 about state politicians getting in hot water over posts on social media outlets.

America magazine noted research by Anthony Smith, assistant religious studies professor, in a Feb. 4 story about filmmaker John Ford.

WOSU-FM, a National Public Radio affiliate in Columbus, interviewed sociology assistant professor Jamie Longazel for a story about the needs of Somali immigrants in the city.

Communication assistant professor Joe Valenzano III was a guest on WLW-AM Dec. 7 discussing the fiscal cliff, civility in the classroom and NFL brand messaging.

Serdar Durmusoglu, assistant marketing professor, talked to the Dayton Daily News Nov. 8 about how Black Friday is creeping into Thanksgiving; Bloomberg Businessweek picked up the story.

FederalNewsRadio interviewed assistant professor of political science Michelle Pautz Oct. 26 about her research on how government and civil servants are portrayed in movies.

The Catholic Beat on Oct. 26 featured history professor Larry Schweikart's documentary Rockin' the Wall as PBS stations nationwide prepared to broadcast it.

The New York Times tapped Jim Farrelly's expertise in pop culture in a Sept. 30 feature about the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."

Sociologist Art Jipson's research on how homeless people use Facebook was a hot topic in the media during August. CBS Radio News,,'s Technolog and the Religion News Service interviewed Jipson for separate stories. The Huffington Post and The Washington Post blog were among the many outlets that picked up a Religion News Service story or carried the news release.

International Issues

Mark Ensalaco, associate professor of political science and director of human rights research, talked to CNN en Español about North Korean sabre-rattling.

Ensalaco talked to WLW-AM twice: once on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and two days later about attacks on the U.S. consulate in Libya. WHIO-TV also interviewed Ensalaco about Libya.

Ensalaco returned to CNN en Español's "Directo USA" to discuss the bombing in Syria that killed four high-level government officials. CNN en Español reaches nearly 30 million homes in North and South America. 

Ensalaco talked to WLW-AM's Bill Cunningham about terrorism at the Olympics.

The Washington Times interviewed philosophy professor Messay Kebede for an Aug. 21 story about Ethiopia’s stability after the death of its long-time leader.

CBS Radio News interviewed Ensalaco about a terror attack in Pakistan.

The Economist carried a letter to the editor on the LIBOR by assistant professor of finance Sanders Chang in the July 21 edition.

Community and Economic Development

The Dayton Daily News'  "Ideas and Voices" section featured a full-page debate among University of Dayton economists Richard Stock, Tony Caporale and Trevor Collier about who — and what policies – deserve credit for Ohio's economy.


For a May 24 story, the  The China PostAustin American-StatesmanDenver Post, CBS Radio News interviewed law professor Tom Hagel May 9 about likely charges in the Cleveland kidnappings case.

Reuters also talked to associate law professor Thaddeus Hoffmeister about the Cleveland kidnapping case. At least 25 outlets around the nation picked up the story.

The Wall Street Journal talked to School of Law Dean Paul McGreal for a May 19 story about the proliferation of non-JD degree programs at law schools nationwide.

Once authorities apprehended Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, media turned to federal criminal law and juries expert Thaddeus Hoffmeister who gave interviews to America's Talk Radio and WLW-AM in Cincinnati.

The Associated Press picked up an Akron Beacon Journal story quoting law professor Jeff Morris on fewer Ohio bankruptcies in 2012. At least 40 outlets in carried the story.

Paul McGreal, law school dean, and Eric Chaffee, chair of the School of Law's Project for Law & Business Ethics, talked about BP's oil spill settlement in separate WLW-AM interviews during the week of Nov. 12.

WLW-AM interviewed associate law professor Thaddeus Hoffmeister about a book on the military operation that killed Osama bin Laden.

Wall Street Journal law blogger talked to School of Law Dean Paul McGreal about corporate compliance classes in law schools. JDJournal picked up the blog post.

Susan Brenner, NCR Distinguished Professor of Law and Technology, talked to The Atlantic Wire about scenarios of system and infrastructure shutdowns and hacks in the event of a cyberwar. 


The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) quoted economics professor Tony Caporale in an April 9 story about Ohio Gov. Kasich's plan to reduce sales tax and add new taxes.

Central Ohio Newspapers quoted political science lecturer Dan Birdsong in an April 5 story about a new poll showing lack of support for a new energy tax.

CNBC quoted assistant sociology professor Jamie Longazel in a story April 9 about the economic cost of immigration reform.

Fox 19 (Cincinnati) quoted history professor Janet Bednarek Feb. 21 about Delta and the Cincinnati airport. 

The Arizona Republic quoted Bednarek Feb. 14 about the American Airlines-U.S. Airways merger. 

Randy Sparks, management and marketing associate professor, gave several interviews in February about the highly anticipated Super Bowl commercials. He was featured on WLW Feb. 1 and Feb. 4 and on Dayton's Fox 45 morning show Feb. 4. 

The Associated Press picked up a Dayton Daily News story quoting Tracy Harmon-Kizer, assistant professor of marketing, about licensing the likenesses of Orville and Wilber Wright. The Washington Post, Huffington Post and Kansas City Star were among the nearly 80 outlets that picked up the story.

Bloomberg Businessweek, among others, picked up a Sept. 21 Dayton Daily News story quoting Serdar Durmusoglu, assistant professor of marketing, on the Kroger grocery chain’s move to carry clothing. McClatchy News Service distributed the story.


The Christian Science Monitor quoted Charlie Russo, Panzer Chair in Education and adjunct professor of law, in a June 16 story about prayer and religion in schools. 

Thomas Lasley, education professor, wrote an op-ed for The Columbus Dispatch June 20 about a national rating for teacher education programs.

David Dolph, professor and chair of the educational leadership department, spoke with State Impact Radio May 15 about Cleveland’s performance pay system for teachers. State Impact Radio is a project of National Public Radio.

The Medina-Gazette quoted Ted Kowalski, professor and Kuntz Family Chair in Educational Administration, March 30 about school districts paying off student loans for administrators. 

Teacher education professor Thomas J. Lasley II spoke to WYSO-FM Jan. 31 about his assumption that Gov. Kasich's new education plan would include digital innovations.

Current Events

Craft Council magazine featured associate professor of visual arts Kyle Phelps and his twin brother Kelly in a story about their recent sculpture collaboration.

CNBC quoted assistant sociology professor Jamie Longazel in a June 11 story about immigration reform debate in Congress.

The Standard Speaker on June 5 covered a community panel discussion on immigration in Hazleton, Pa., featuring Longazel. Two local TV stations, WYLN and SSPTV, also covered the discussion and interviewed Longazel.

Janet Bednarek, history professor, talked to The Associated Press about a Connecticut claim that the Wright Brothers were not First in Flight.

700 WLW-AM interviewed political science lecturer Dan Birdsong May 20 about the IRS scandal and its ties to Cincinnati.

Terrorism expert Mark Ensalaco appeared on WLW-AM in Cincinnati May 2 to discuss the latest in the Boston bombing investigation.

Terrorism expert Mark Ensalaco was sought by media around the world for his insight on the Boston Marathon bombings. Ensalaco fielded interviews from Spain, the U.K.Turkey, Greece, Slovakia, Iran, New Zealand and Finland. He gave U.S. interviews to CNN en Español; WLW-AM in Cincinnati; America's Talk Radio on XM Radio; Minnesota Public Radio; the Christian Science Monitor and the New Haven Register. All three local TV stations and the Dayton Daily News also interviewed Ensalaco. States News Service plus outlets in Portsmouth, Va.; Bedford, Ind.; Indianapolis, Buffalo, N.Y.; Terre Haute, Ind.; Austin, Texas; Wichita, Kan.; Pensacola, Fla.; Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo, Mich.; and Albuquerque, N.M. picked up a article.

Geologist Allen McGrew talked to WLW-AM in Cincinnati twice in March about the Florida sinkhole. 

The Associated Press quoted associate political science professor Grant Neeley Feb. 17 about Gov. Kasich's state of the state speech.

C-SPAN featured history professor Larry Schweikart in a three-hour program March 3 about his books, films and perspective on current events.

The University of Dayton School of Law received a mention during an NBC TODAY show interview with Tom Hagel, law professor, on the eve of his brother Chuck's Senate confirmation hearings for Secretary of Defense.

Joe Valenzano, assistant professor of communication, was quoted in two stories Jan. 19 and Jan. 20 in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about President Obama's second inauguration.

Jamie Longazel, assistant professor of sociology, gave several interviews in January about the U.S. Senate proposal for comprehensive immigration reform. He was the guest for a full hour Jan. 29 with Wisconsin Public Radio and a segment on 700 WLW-AM. The Columbus Dispatch and The Hill in Washington, D.C., also quoted him in stories Jan. 29. He was also interviewed for immigration-related stories in The Hill, Jan. 17, and CNBC Jan. 7.

In a lengthy discussion, Mark Ensalaco, director of human rights research, talked to 700 WLW-AM for a full hour about a Congressional proposal on immigration. talked to Raul Ordoñez for a series of four articles about Boeing Dreamliner issues. Yahoo! Canada and Yahoo! Finance Canada were among the outlets picking up the story. Ordoñez also did radio interviews about the Dreamliner with KIRO-AM in Seattle and China Radio International, which originates from Beijing and airs in Australia, northern California, Houston, Hawaii and Ontario, Canada.

Panzer Chair in Education Charles Russo wrote an op-ed Jan. 30 for Education Week opposing proposals to put armed teachers in schools.

Several media outlets featured commentary from Charles Russo, education professor and Panzer Chair in Education, on school safety in the wake of a school shooting in Newtown, Conn. The Christian Science Monitor quoted him in a Dec. 20 story about arming teachers; local Dayton TV stations WDTN and ABC 22/Fox 45 interviewed him Dec. 14 on the day of the shooting, and ABC 22/Fox 45 interviewed him again Dec. 21 for a follow-up story about firearms training for teachers. On Dec. 30, the Dayton Daily News published an op-ed from Russo opposing the idea of arming teachers.

Allen McGrew, geology professor, talked to WLW-AM in Cincinnati about an earthquake in Kentucky during the week of Nov. 12.

Louisville Business First quoted auto history professor John Heitmann in a Sept. 14 story about Ford recalls.

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