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Fairfield University is a dynamic learning community of individuals who measure their lives by how they influence the world for the better. Our faculty, staff, students, alumni and programs are featured frequently in local, regional and national media. Here are recent stories:

The relevance of ethics for geoengineering research

Dr. Toby Svoboda, assistant professor of philosophy, considers the ethics of geoengineering in response to climate change. “In assessing this and other justifications for research, we need to get clear on the values that are involved. In what sense might a geoengineered world be better than one of unabated climate change – by reducing economic damages, increasing overall human welfare, distributing harms and benefits more justly? For whom is it likely to be better – persons in developing countries, future generations, non-human animals? What counts as a genuine climate emergency? And so on.”

Posted in The Washington Geoengineering Consortium on July 23, 2014

The social-media side of war

Dr. Michael Serazio, assistant professor of communications, said that, from Matthew Brady’s photos of Civil War battlefields to the Vietnam War in U.S. living rooms via the nightly news, media accounts of war “collapse the time and space of experiencing distant events,” making war ever more immediate and accessible. “And each time a new technology emerges,” he said, “it seems to bring us closer and closer to the front.”

Published in the Philadelphia Inquirer on 7/20/14

An archaeologist’s eye: The Parthenon drawings of Katherine A. Schwab

Dr. Katherine Schwab, professor of art history, discussed her work studying and drawing parts of the Parthenon. “It would not surprise me if many artists recognized this subtle sense of connecting with the work of the sculpton(s) {of} long ago,” she said.

Published in The Washington Post on 6/8/14

Tuition-free master’s degree program to prepare teachers in narrowing achievement gap

“The relationship of literacy to success in all content areas and the importance of early literacy to academic achievement has been well documented. The Fowler Literacy Fellows will learn and apply evidence-based literacy practices that support all students as they become proficient readers and strive to reach their full potential,” said Anne Campbell, Ph.D., associate professor of education and coordinator of the program.

Posted to The Hour Online on 7/5/14

New Anne E. Fowler Literacy Fellowship at Fairfield University provides tuition-free master’s for preK-3 teachers to address widening achievement gap

“Fairfield has been chosen to take the lead in this important work because of the very high standards that we have established for teacher training, and our existing commitment to literacy training and teacher mentorship in our neighboring communities,” said University President Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J. “Educating our youth and giving them what they need to reach their full potential is the most effective way to ensure a brighter future for all of us.”

Published in BizWire Express, Insurance News, and Digital Journal on 6/30/14

Fairfield University provides tuition-free master’s program

Dr. Anne Campbell, associate professor of education who will coordinate the program, said, “The relationship of literacy to success in all content areas and the importance of early literacy to academic achievement has been well documented. The Fowler Literacy Fellows will learn and apply evidence-based literacy practices that support all students as they become proficient readers and strive to reach their full potential.”

Published in University Business on 7/1/14

Supreme Court: Unions can’t collect compulsory fees from home healthcare

Labor expert Norman A. Solomon, PhD, professor of management at Fairfield University’s Charles F. Dolan School of Business, says the ruling is a blow to unions but not a fatal blow. According to Dr. Solomon, “[t]he more significant issue will be whether the Supreme Court in the future decides that ANY compulsory payment of union dues by full-fledged public employees violates the first amendment. Such a decision would require unions operating in the public sector to spend valuable time and resources convincing workers to pay dues and to establish mechanisms by the union to collect those dues – this would be a major blow to public sector unions.”

Published in HR.BLR.com on 7/1/14

Dolan School’s Dr. Norman Solomon on Supreme Court 5-4 decision on unions

Dr. Solomon, professor of management, was interviewed about Harris v. Quinn, a case from Illinois. To listen to the interview, see KSRO Morning News Interviews Archive story entitled, ‘Unions Hit But Not Fatally.’

Appeared on KSRO Radio (Bay Area, California) – ‘The News and Talk of Sonoma County’ on 7/1/14

How to sell green products to the self-regarding consumer

Dr. Iman Naderi, a faculty member of the Charles F. Dolan School of Business, talked to NPR’s social science correspondent about a fascinating study he co-authored.

Published in KERA News (Dallas, Texas) on 6/30/14

Supreme Court ruling analysis

The Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision concerning Harris v. Quinn, a case from Illinois. Labor expert Norman A. Solomon, Ph.D., professor of management at the Charles F. Dolan School of Business, says the ruling is a blow to unions but not a fatal blow.

Appeared on WNPR ‘All Things Considered’ (Connecticut Public Radio) on 6/30/14

Do you have a workplace spouse?

Fairfield University’s Lisa Mainiero, writing with co-author Kevin Jones, of Indiana University and Purdue University writes in two separate articles (2013a and 2013b) about the perhaps precipitous downside to the “Workplace Romance 2.0.” In the Workplace Romance 2.0, the innocent sharing between coworkers who admire and support each other descends down the slippery slope into sexual harassment.

Published in Psychology Today on 6/24/14

Dawn Massey honored

The Connecticut Society of Public Accountants presented Professor Dr. Dawn W. Massey, CPA, with an “Educator of Excellence” award.

Published in Connecticut Post, Hearst Media on 6/23/14

Dolan School’s Iman Naderi interviewed by National Public Radio

Dr. Naderi, assistant professor of marketing at the Charles F. Dolan School of Business, was interviewed by NPR about his intriguing research concerning narcissists. His main area of research is in consumer psychology.

Appeared in National Public Radio; KUT (Austin, Texas); KQED (San Francisco); WDDE (Philadelphia); additional affiliates on 6/25/14

Traffic is worsening out air quality

Dr. James Biardi, associate professor of biology, discussed the reasons Fairfield County’s air quality is ranked poorly, noting the amount of pollution from traffic along the I-95, I-91, and I-84 roadways.

Published in Itsrelevant@com on 6/11/14

Dolan School prof. honored

The Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants recently presented Fairfield University Professor of Accounting Dr. Dawn W. Massey, CPA, with an “Educator of Excellence” award.

Published in Danbury News Times, Connecticut Post, Stamford Advocate on 6/23/14