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February In the News

As Election 2016 entered the primary season and Pope Francis made his second trip to North America, media worldwide turned to University of Dayton experts. The Associated Press quoted Neomi DeAnda, an assistant professor of religious studies and Human Rights Center associate, in a story about Pope Francis' visit that reached 700 outlets. Political science lecturer Dan Birdsong continued to be a popular source to explain Election 2016, including an interview with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

Other experts continued the national discussion on human trafficking and race relations.

Highlights for February are below, but you can click here to view links to all of the University's media coverage for the month. The total value of February's coverage is an estimated $3.13 million with an estimated reach of nearly a billion people.

Including February, the total perceived advertising value of the University's media coverage for fiscal year 2016 is at least $39.7 million. The potential audience reached is at least 9.45 billion. Media in states and countries other than Ohio and the U.S. have mentioned the University at least 2,185 times. Monthly and cumulative figures are based on Meltwater media monitoring service data.

Regional, National and International

The Associated Press quoted Neomi DeAnda, an assistant professor of religious studies and Human Rights Center associate, in a story about Pope Francis' visit to Mexico. More than 700 outlets picked up the story, including The New York Times. She also wrote an op-ed — "Mr. Obama, Tear Down This Wall – The Meaning of Pope Francis'Visit To The Border" — for the website

Vince Miller, Gudorf Chair in Catholic Theology and Culture, was among religious experts quoted in a article who don't think Francis meant to impugn Trump's Christianity. is a news site targeted to millenials which attracts more than 22 million unique views per month.

The Wall Street Journal Law Blog story "Telegraph to the iPhone: a Short History of Corporate Defiance" cites the research of School of Law cybersecurity expert Susan Brenner.

Tony Talbott of the Human Rights Center and Abolition Ohio was a guest of the national radio program Viewpoints to discuss human trafficking. Viewpoints airs on more than 500 radio stations nationwide.

Political science lecturer Dan Birdsong continued to be a popular source to explain Election 2016. He talked to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty to explain the presidential election. The website of Cincinnati TV station WCPO quoted him in a pair of stories about Ohio Gov. John Kasich and New Hampshire. Nearly 20 Cox Media outlets nationwide picked up this Dayton Daily News story quoting Birdsong about Ohio Gov. John Kasich's performance in the New Hampshire primary.

WVXU-FM in Cincinnati did a feature on the University's Martin Luther King Jr. memorial with and interview with Roger Crum who helped design the memorial. WHIO-TV and WDTN-TV also covered the dedication.

The Atlantic, in its story "Like Baseball Cards, but for Funerals" which discusses how funeral cards can be collectibles to some, mentions the Marian Library's collection of nearly 100,000 greeting cards, postcards and holy cards depicting Mary in her various incarnations.

Religious communications expert Joe Valenzano talked to Sputnik News about the significance of the meeting between Pope Francis and Russian Patriarch Kirill.

More than 250 outlets picked up a Dayton Daily News story via The Associated Press about the University receiving $2 million from the state of Ohio for a materials and manufacturing center of excellence.

Bloomberg News picked up a Dayton Daily News story with comments from cybersecurity expert Dave Salisbury about a U.S. magistrate's order for Apple to help the FBI hack into the iPhone of one of the shooters in the San Bernardino attacks.

Bloomberg News also picked up a Dayton Daily News story about the Zipcar car-sharing service coming to the University. Dayton TV stations WHIO-TV ABC 22/Fox 45 also did stories.

The Hartford Courant picked up The Washington Post story "America's Once Magical, Now Mundane, Love Affair With Cars" from September that quoted auto historian John Heitmann. The Austin American-Statesman also picked up the story.

Marketing expert Randy Sparks was on WLW-AM the day after the Super Bowl to discuss Super Bowl commercials.

In's ranking of "2016's Best & Worst Cities for Ohio Families," Shauna Adams, executive director of the Center for Early Learning and associate professor of early childhood education, discussed what families should look for when it comes to local educational choices.

The Catholic Telegraph, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, wrote about "Stained Glass from UD Chapel Used as Art in New Exhibit."

Dayton-area Media

For all local coverage in February, click here.

Multiple Outlets

WHIO-TV and the Dayton Daily News included the University and its net tuition plan in a story on how schools are trying to contain the cost of higher education

WHIO-TV and the Dayton Daily News did stories on a College Goal Sunday event at the University of Dayton.

WHIO-TV, the Dayton Daily News and Dayton Business Journal wrote about students in the Fiore Talarico Center for Professional Selling winning the National Sales Challenge.

The Dayton Daily News and WHIO-TV talked to law professor emeritus Tom Hagel about how a U.S. Supreme Court vacancy could affect an appeal of a local murder case.

ABC22/Fox45 and WDTN-TV previewed the University's annual I Love UD campaign.

The Dayton Daily News and Dayton Business Journal covered the announcement of Hunter Goodman becoming the new director of the Fitz Center.

WHIO-TV and WDTN-TV did stories on the Dayton2DC trip.

WHIO-TV and WDTN-TV previewed the spring career fair.

Dayton Daily News

Feb. 2: Dan Birdsong, political science, Ohio Gov. John Kasich's bid for president.

Feb. 3: Dan Birdsong, political science, op-ed "Conventional wisdom doesn't Trump anything in race."

Feb. 4. Campus Ministry, Faith Fest.

Feb. 4: Alisa Livesay, business, Millennials and financial planning.

Feb. 5: Thaddeus Hoffmeister, School of Law, Pilkington case in Bellefontaine.

Feb. 6: Verb Washington, history, op-ed on women in the military draft.

Feb. 9: Natalie Hudson, human rights studies, women registering for the military draft.

Feb. 10: Dan Birdsong, political science, New Hampshire primary.

Feb. 14: Christopher Morrison, University of Dayton fundraising success.

Feb. 15: Jennifer Dalton, health and sport science, "Falling in love with fiber again."

Feb. 18: MLK memorial was Local Focus photo.

Feb. 19: Joshua Ambrosius, political science, city-county mergers.

Feb. 21: Richard Saphire, School of Law, op-ed on Antonin Scalia.

Feb. 22: Jun-Ki Choi, renewable and clean energy, tree canopy in Dayton.

Feb. 28: Diana Cuy Castellanos, health and sports science, "Increasing fruit and vegetable intake."


Feb. 1: Dan Birdsong, political science, Iowa caucuses.

Feb. 10: Ash Wednesday.

Feb. 11: College Republicans, campaigning for Ohio Gov. John Kasich in New Hampshire.

Feb. 18: Grant Neeley, political science, recent poll results.

Feb. 19: Tony Talbott, Human Rights Center, human trafficking.

Feb. 22: Dan Birdsong, political science, GOP race.

Feb. 23: I Love UD on Living Dayton.


Feb. 8: Randy Sparks, marketing, Super Bowl ads.

Feb. 13: Consciousness Rising.

Feb. 18: Vince Miller, religious studies, Pope Francis-Donald Trump spat.

Dayton Business Journal

Feb. 9: River Campus upgrades.

Feb. 22: Hunter Goodman, Fitz Center.


Feb. 4: Judith Huacuja, art and design, Latino art exhibit.

Springfield News-Sun

Feb. 13: Deogratias Eustace, Transportation Engineering Laboratory, traffic roundabouts.