In the News – July 2015

In the News – July 2015

*Jim Tait, professor of science education and environmental studies, was interviewed July 30 onWNPR’s “Where We Live” talk show. He was part of a panel discussion talking about the condition of Connecticut’s beaches and coastlines.

*The New Haven Register ran a photo in its July 30 edition from the Materials & Manufacturing Summer Teachers Institute at Southern. The program is designed to show area teachers how STEM is used in industry, with the intent that those teachers will share the information and create learning opportunities for their students. Southern is a co-sponsor of the event.

*The Meriden Record-Journal ran a July 22 article on the recent hiring of two Wallingford residents as assistant basketball coaches at Southern. Michael Papale was chosen as an assistant men’s basketball coach, and Stephanie Hiriak was hired as an assistant women’s basketball coach.

*Kate Lynch, the newly hired women’s basketball coach, was interviewed on the July 20 edition of Channel 8’s SportzEdge.

*North Haven Patch ran a July 15 feature on Mike Kobylanski, associate athletic director/communications, after being selected as a “Volunteer 15” honoree by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Mike volunteered more than 50 hours of his time toward community service.

*The July 13 press conference announcing the hiring of former UConn and NBA basketball starScott Burrell as the new men’s basketball coach at Southern received considerable media attention. Scott, who previously served as an assistant coach at Quinnipiac, received a warm welcome after being introduced by Athletic Director Jay Moran.

Media coverage included the New Haven Register, Hartford Courant, Channel 8, Meriden Record-Journal and the Waterbury Republican-American. Also covering the announcement were Channel 61 and Channel 30. Scott also was interviewed on July 14 on WTIC radio (1080 AM).

The Register and Courant also posted photo albums from the announcement.

*Lisa Rebeschi, chairwoman of the Nursing Department, was quoted in a story published July 9 in the New Haven Register about the recent tragedy in East Haven in which two children died from diphenhydramine – a drug found in many over-the-counter medications. Lisa, who is also a pediatric nurse, discussed use and misuse of the drug, as well as its potential toxicity.

*Miranda Dunbar, assistant professor of biology, and Chris Wisniewski, a biology student, were interviewed July 8 by Channel 8 about White Nose Syndrome – a fatal disease affecting bats, particularly in Connecticut and throughout much of the Northeast.

Miranda and Chris were interviewed for the noon newscast by WTNH’s Kent Pierce.

Chris was interviewed live during the station’s 6 a.m. newscast.

Miranda also was interviewed July 1 by Channel 61 regarding White Nose Syndrome and how it is killing a significant portion of the bat population in Connecticut. The segment aired during the station’s 4 p.m. newscast. Christopher Wisniewski also interviewed for the story.

*Tim Parrish, professor of English, was interviewed July 1 on CNN about racism and its link to the recent shooting in Charleston, S.C.

*A photo of David Pettigrew, professor of philosophy, was included in the July edition of New Haven Living magazine for delivering a recent lecture at Temple Beth Tikvah in Madison about Varian Fry, who rescued many Jewish artists and intellectuals from the Nazis during World War II.