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May In the News

Several wire services — Cox Media, CNN, Catholic News Service, Tribune News Service, The Washington Post News Service and The Associated Press —  spread the expertise of University of Dayton faculty and programs nationwide in May. Also, The Chronicle of Higher Education featured the passing of the torch from president Daniel J. Curran to president-designate Eric Spina. And a new political science expert emerged on the scene with his research on vice president selections.

Highlights for May 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 coverage in May is an estimated $5 million with an estimated reach of 1 billion people.

Including May, the total perceived advertising value of the University's media coverage for fiscal year 2016 is at least $53.9 million. The potential audience reached is at least 12.94 billion. Media in states and countries other than Ohio and the U.S. have mentioned the University at least 3,930 times. Monthly and cumulative figures are based on Meltwater media monitoring service data.

Figures do not include a perceived ad value of at least $6.36 million and potential audience of at least 2.2 billion from the University of Dayton's participation in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.

Regional, National and International

The Chronicle of Higher Education interviewed current president Daniel J. Curran and president-designate Eric Spina about their 10-month transition.

The Associated Press, WHIO-TV, the Dayton Daily News, Dayton Business Journal and WYSO did stories about Lawrence Burnley being named the University's first vice president for diversity and inclusion. At least 374 outlets picked up The Associated Press story. You can read the stories here.

The Catholic News Service profiled recent graduate Dominic Sanfilippo, Human Rights Center Director of Research Mark Ensalaco and the human rights studies program in its story "Human rights degree equips students for world ahead, graduate says." The diocesan newspapers in Cincinnati, Rochester, New York and Madison, Wisconsin, picked up the story.

The Catholic News Service also talked to the Rev. Johann Roten, Marian Library director of research and special projects, for its story "Fatima facts: Vatican shepherds the flock away from conspiracy claims." At least 10 outlets picked up the story.

Susan Brenner, Samuel A. McCray Chair in Law, gave interviews to San Francisco radio station KCBS and Los Angeles radio station KPCC about whether the government should be allowed to compel someone to unlock their phone for investigative purposes. The Los Angeles Times quoted Brenner in a similar story picked up by nearly 400 outlets nationwide.

New political science faculty member Christopher Devine was interviewed for a TV and radio program in New York City by the Rev. Msgr. Kieran Harrington, the Diocese of Brooklyn's vicar for communications. You can listen to the interview on WOR-AM or watch the program (starting around 11:30) on NET-TV. Devine speaks about his book, The VP Advantage: How Running Mates Influence Home State Voting in Presidential Elections. The Oxford University Press blog and ran his op-ed "Veepstakes 2016: A Reality Check," written with Kyle Kopko, an associate professor of political science at Elizabethtown College. The Washington Post, Reddit and at least 80 other websites ran the duo's op-ed "This year's Libertarian ticket has remarkable political experience. Now will it matter?"

Communication department chair Joe Valenzano and Bob Taft, distinguished research associate, talked to about Ohio Gov. John Kasich's failed bid for the GOP presidential nomination.

Law professor emeritus Rich Saphire talked to CNN Politics about a federal court reinstating Ohio's "Golden Week" — seven days of early voting with same-day voter registration that Republican state lawmakers struck down two years ago. At least 120 outlets picked up the story.

WVXU-FM, Cincinnati's NPR affiliate, ran the story "Brain Waves Bypass Limbs To Accomplish Tasks" about the work of Vijayan Asari and his Vision Lab throughout the day May 16 and online.

Political science lecturer Dan Birdsong talked to The Columbus Dispatch about what impact presumed GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump will have on the reelection campaign of Ohio U.S. Sen. Rob Portman.

The Associated Press quoted law professor emeritus Tom Hagel in its story "2 weeks after 8 killed in Ohio, no arrests, few answers" about the Pike County, Ohio, murders. Nearly 450 outlets picked up the story.

The Associated Press quoted law professor Lori Shaw about death penalty deliberations in a Cleveland murder case. More than 460 outlets picked up the story.

Clark Howard's website was among the nearly 20 outlets nationwide that picked up a Cox Media Group article about crowdfunding tips and not being scammed that quoted associate sociology professor Art Jipson.

The website BizEd wrote about the School of Business Administration's BWISE program.

The Mental Floss article "16 Conditions You Didn't Know Physical Therapy Could Help Treat" quotes Mary Fisher, an assistant professor in the doctor of physical therapy program, about how physical therapy can help cancer patients.

The Los Angeles Times is the first major outlet with a review of Righting America at the Creation Museum: Young Earth Creationism and the Culture Wars, written by assistant English professor Susan Trollinger and history professor Bill Trollinger. AlterNet ran an excerpt from the book. According to its website, AlterNet has been a top content provider in the progressive and independent media world since 1997, with consistently increasing audiences currently averaging 7 million unique visitors per month. The Well-read Naturalist Natural History Book Review also mentioned the book in a blog post.

Bloomberg picked up a Dayton Daily News brief quoting Kurt Hatcher, environmental sustainability manager, about combating food waste to save money.

Viet Nam News, the nation's English language daily, wrote about a portion of the University of Dayton Business Plan competition coming to the country

Dayton-area Media

For all local coverage in May, click here.

Multiple Outlets

The Dayton Daily News and all three TV stations covered graduation.

WHIO-TV, WDTN-TV and the Dayton Business Journal did stories about the University unveiling its Green Revolving Fund. You can see the stories here. The website Midwest Energy News included the DBJ story in its daily digest.

Dayton Daily News

May 7: Thaddeus Hoffmeister, School of Law, sex offender registries.

May 8: Dan Birdsong, political science, Election 2016.

May 12: Mary Eilbeck, dining services, National Association of College & University Food Services award

May 15: Dan Curran, president, tenure as president.

May 15: Vanguard concert series continuing at University of Dayton.

May 16: Jennifer Dalton, School of Education and Health Sciences, "Slow and steady strategies for weight loss."

May 19: Richard Stock, Business Research Group, Dayton census figures.

May 19: Randy Sparks, marketing, Charter Communications purchase of Time Warner Cable.

May 19: Serdar Durmusoglu, marketing, retail development.

May 21: Op-ed about Dr. Curran's time at the University.


May 2: Graduation.


May 2: Dan Birdsong, political science, Indiana primary.

May 18: Human Rights Center, naming of Camilo Pérez-Bustillo as first executive director.


May 4: Tom Hagel, School of Law, statute of limitations.

May 12: Art Jipson, sociology, anonymous social media apps.

Dayton Business Journal

May 12: Jason Reinoehl's announcement as permanent vice president for enrollment management and marketing.

May 20: New director named for UD's MBA program.


May 1: WYSO Weekend with Provost Paul Benson to discuss his appointment.

Hamilton Journal-News

May 13: Joshua Ambrosius, political science, police levies.

The Dayton Magazine

June/July issue: "UD's revamped theater program focuses on community service."