Media Coverage: December 2012

The University of Missouri–St. Louis makes a significant impact on the St. Louis area. Stories about the university, its scholars and their expertise are often covered by local and national news media.

Media Coverage highlights some of the top coverage, but does not serve as a comprehensive listing. This post will be updated with new highlights throughout the month and beyond.

Marvin Berkowitz, the Sanford N. McDonnell Endowed Professor of Character Education, wrote the letter to the editor “Positive representation of Muslims is welcome,” which ran Dec. 29 in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Berit Brogaard, professor of philosophy, wrote the Dec. 3 Psychology Today article “Doctors Who Can’t Drive.” Brogaard wrote the Dec. 19 Psychology Today article “A mixing of the senses: Green 3s, purple pain and blue fear.” She wrote the Dec. 1 Psychology Today article “Are you having a senior moment? Fear not!” Brogaard wrote the Dec. 7 Psychology Today article “The making of a serial killer.” She wrote the Dec. 9 Psychology Today article “First do no harm.” Brogaard wrote the Dec. 11 article “Kim Peek, The real Rain Man.” She wrote the Dec. 13 Psychology Today article “Sleep driving and sleep killing.” Brogaard wrote the Dec. 16 Psychology Today article “Our brains weren’t hardwired to chatch con artists.”  She wrote the Dec. 22 Psychology Times article “It’s going to be a lonely, lonely Christmas without you.”

Donna Carothers, assistant director of the Office of Alumni Relations, was featured Dec. 20 in The St. Louis American article “Decking the White House halls.”

Michael Costello, assistant teaching professor of finance and legal studies, was featured Dec. 20 in the University City (Mo.) Patch article “Michael Costello: Local international attorney now teaches business at UMSL.” He was featured Dec. 21 in the University City Patch article “Part II: An interview with local Michael Costello, a key figure in local soccer circles.”

Tara Galovski, assistant professor of psychology, was interviewed Dec. 14 for the KSDK (Channel 5) story “Tara Galovski has tips on how to talk to your kids about the Conn. school shooting.”

Beth Huebner, associate professor of criminology and criminal justice, was quoted Dec. 11 in the St. Louis Public Radio | 90.7 KWMU story “In freedom, ex-felon becomes probation counselor,” which also aired on Minnesota Public Radio.

Edward Jarka, clinical assistant professor of optometry, was quoted in the article “Platelet-rich plasma successfully treats dry eye,” which appeared in the December issue of Primary Care Optometry News.

David Kimball, professor of political science, was quoted Dec. 23 in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article “Parties at odds over more election changes.”

David Klinger, associate professor of criminology and criminal justice, was quoted Dec. 5 in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch article “Study of St. Louis police shootings recommends transparency, training.” Klinger was quoted Dec. 8 in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial “Progress on deadly force issues with St. Louis police.” He was quoted Dec. 17 in the Associated Press article “137 police shots, 2 dead: Many questions in Ohio.” Klinger was quoted Dec. 9 in the Arizona Daily Star (Tucson) article “Border Patrol faces little accountability.”  He was quoted Dec. 11 in the ideastream (Cleveland) story “Nearly two weeks after police shooting, questions remain for residents and leaders.”

Lea-Rachel Kosnik, associate professor of economics, was quoted Dec. 16 in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch article “Boeing, Wash U., others play ‘what if” with the fiscal cliff.”

Jacquelyn Lewis-Harris, director of the Connecting Human Origin and Cultural Diversities program, was quoted Dec. 27 in The St. Louis American article “History Museum under Archibald addressed issues relentlessly.”

Kristian Marlow, a student pursuing a master’s degree in philosophy, wrote the Dec. 18 Psychology Today article “Violence may be the answer.” Marlow wrote the Dec. 2 Psychology Today article “Feel like a cat, see like a bat.” He wrote the Dec. 8 Psychology Today article “Diagnostic breakthrough for mental illness.” Marlow wrote the Dec. 5 Psychology Today article “Yet another reason to legalize marijuana.” He wrote the Dec. 6 Psychology Today article “Learn while you sleep.” Marlow wrote the Dec. 12 Psychology Today article “The psychic espionage you paid for.” He wrote the Dec. 15 Psychology Today article “The hidden savant in you.” Marlow wrote the Dec. 21 Psychology Today article “There are no clear warning signs.”

Michael Ohnersorgen, assistant professor of anthropology, was quoted Dec. 21 in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch article “Solstice heralds a winter that’s a little colder than last year.”

Alumnus Ben Poremba, BA philosophy 2003, was featured Dec. 14 in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch article “Creating a St. Louis food destination: Five questions with Ben Poremba.”

Alumnus Clark Porter, BSW 2009, was featured Dec. 11 in the St. Louis Public Radio | 90.7 KWMU story “In freedom, ex-felon becomes probation counselor.”

Lischen Reeves, a student pursuing a master’s degree in secondary education, was featured Dec. 19 in the Kansas City (Mo.) Star article “Far from homeland, Johnson County woman works to help Liberia.”

Dave Robertson, Curators’ Teaching Professor of Political Science, discussed the year in politics on the Dec. 26 episode of “St. Louis on the Air,” a program on St. Louis Public Radio | 90.7 KWMU.

Richard Rosenfeld, Curators’ Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, was quoted Dec. 20 in The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, Ind.) article “No easy way to stop the next Newtown.” Rosenfeld was quoted Dec. 18 in The Washington Post article “A better target for gun control.” He was quoted Dec. 23 in The Washington Post article “In the sad world of mass shootings, ages of Newtown victims set them apart.” Rosenfeld was quoted Dec. 21 in The Baltimore Sun article “Gun sales spike amid talk of restrictions.”

Kathleen Sullivan-Brown, associate professor of education leadership and policy studies, was interviewed for the Dec. 20 KTVI (Channel 2) story “Arming teachers with guns.”

Donald Sweeney, associate director of the Center for Transportation Studies, was mentioned Dec. 10 in the Bloomberg Businessweek article “Barge lines want U.S. to pay costs of river improvements.”

Kenneth P. Thomas, professor of political science, wrote the Dec. 8 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article “Do business subsidies make sense for regions? No: Reform the nation’s wasteful incentive system.”  Thomas was quoted Dec. 11 in The Wall Street Journal article “States sweeten jet makers’ pot.” Thomas was mentioned Dec. 3 in the Bloomberg story “Schilling’s 38 Studios pitch leads to fraud lawsuit: Muni credit.” He was mentioned Dec. 13 in the article “Regardless how they’re counted, incentives do nothing for economic development,” which appeared on, a sister website to The Atlantic. Thomas was quoted Dec. 22 in The Capital Times (Madison, Wis.) article “Business subsidy or corporate welfare? The numbers can get fuzzy.” He wrote the Dec. 28 Business Insider article “Boy is this a galling tax dodge from Facebook: It paid 0.3% taxes on $1.34 billion profits.”


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