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SU in the News: Monday, January 10, 2011

January 10, 2011


Syracuse University’s participation in the Reference Extract research project funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is noted in a Business First (Columbus, Ohio) article on development of the new Web search engine. The focus of the project is to develop and launch an Internet search portal backed by the expertise of thousands of librarians, making it easier to find credible digital information.

Industry and trade coverage of research by Patrick Mather, director of Syracuse Biomaterials Institute (SBI) and Milton and Ann Stevenson professor of biomedical and chemical engineering in the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science, on functionally graded smart materials and shape memory polymers (SMPs) includes reports in TCE Today, Science Daily,,, Physics News and Red Orbit.

In a Sunday New York Times education supplement, SU’s public relations programs are included among well-regarded degree and certificate granting PR programs nationwide.

The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications’ Mirror Awards are mentioned in a Fox News (Minneapolis) report about how fraud affects the believability of media coverage of medical studies.

The Post-Standard‘s Sunday Dick Case column profiled Carrie Mae Weems, artist and lecturer in the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA); the Social Studies collective she founded; and their public-art campaign against violence in and around the Syracuse community.

SU’s food waste composting program is reported in a BioCycle magazine article about food recycling in higher education.

The Oneida Daily Dispatch previewed the Syracuse Stage and VPA Department of Drama production of “Rent.”


Newhouse School Dean Lorraine Branham is quoted on advertising agencies utilizing young people’s skills as digital natives in mentorship programs and creative teams in a Wall Street Journal article on the digital revolution in marketing.

David Cay Johnston, distinguished visiting lecturer in the College of Law and Whitman School of Management, authored a Nieman Watchdog “Ask This” column on questions journalists might ask about corporate tax subsidies.

Brenda Wrigley, associate professor and chair of the public relations department at the Newhouse School, is quoted in a New York Times continuing education story on journalists making career changes into the public relations field.

Robert Thompson, director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture in the Newhouse School, is quoted in an Observer (U.K.) story on British talent in American pop culture and a McClatchy News story on the evolution of reality TV. Also, a brief roundup in the National Post (Canada) quotes Thompson on the inept use of social media in a report about sensitivity training mandated for all members of the London, Ont., city council.


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