In the Media and Around the Community – February

Fox6 reported on the amazing discovery of gravitational waves, featuring interviews with Alex Urban and Jolien Creighton (Physics).

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel covered the impactful scientific discovery as well, quoting Alan Wiseman, Alex Urban, and Lelah Sadeghian (Physics). ( The Journal Sentinel also ran an editoral on the discovery penned by Wiseman, Siemens, Creighton, and Patrick Brady (Physics)

Xavier Siemens (Physics) was quoted on the same subject in Wired, giving his take on what the discovery of gravitational waves means for the future of astronomy study.

Marc Levine (History) discussed the glaring problems in Milwaukee with racial inequality and segregation in the Toronto Star.

Elena Gorfinkel (Art History and Film Studies) gave a keynote lecture entitled “Walking Still” at the Film Studies Symposium at the University of Florida’s Harn Museum of Art on Jan. 29. She also responded to UF Film Studies PhD student presentations on their dissertation research on Jan. 30.

Jean Creighton (UWM Planetarium) discussed the evidence for a possible ninth planet in our solar system on WUWM’s Lake Effect.

The FBI says it stopped an extremist Muslim terrorist plot to stage a mass shooting at a Masonic Temple in Milwaukee. Carolyn Seymor-Jorn (French, Middle Eastern Studies) said that she’s never found instances of Muslims being hostile toward Masons on Fox 6.

On the same topic, Fox 6 also talked to Islam Hindi (’14, MA Language, Literature and Translation), a Wisconsin court interpreter and translator, on the challenges of translating Arabic into English.

Diane Reddy (Psychology) was profiled on for her perspective on trends in the field of education.

Robert Smith (History) and Charmaine Lang (Africology) spoke at the Community Brainstorming Conference in January at the Saint Matthew C.M.E. Church concerning microaggressions, small instances of racism they have encountered in higher education. The event was covered by student journalist Dylan Deprey (Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies) for the Milwaukee Courier.

Daniel Bartholomay (Sociology) penned an article exploring the nuances of sexual identity and sexual attraction for the blog Gender & Society.

Stephanie Baran (Sociology) called into questions PETA’s advertising, especially in how it uses violence against women to convey its message, on the American Sociological Association’s blog Section on Body & Embodiment.

Sarah Patch (Physics) was featured on for her research into using ultrasound to detect cancer and improve cancer treatments.

Shawn Cahill (Psychology) was cited in a Milwaukee Magazine article entitled, “Mind Matters,” an exploration of the mental health issues that affect more than a million Wisconsinites.

Wisconsinites using the highway system should be paying for its upkeep through gas taxes, argues Bill Holahan (Economics Emeritus) in an Urban Milwaukee editorial.

John Isbell (Geosciences) gave a presentation at Augustana University tying carbon emissions and glacial history together. His talk was featured on QCOnline.

Marissa Steinhofer (’14, BA Jewish Studies and Communication) was featured in The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle for her work teaching English in Israel.

You can blame your parents for your educational mobility, say Sarah Kroeger and Owen Thompson (Economics). Their work was featured on the World Economic Forum.

Dr. Brian Bear (’80, Bachelor of Medical Science) regularly appears on WTMJ Channel 4 as part of their Ask the Expert Series, providing commentary on a range of medical questions.

John Heywood (Economics) talked with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about the Joseph Project, a program that matches workers from Milwaukee with employers in Sheboygan.

Mohsen Bahmani-Oskooee (Economics) analyzed the rising price of oil and what that might mean for customers fi lling up at the pump for TMJ4.