#DePaul in the NEWS

January 13, 2017
Seeker

Paleobiologist Kenshu Shimada explains to Seeker that a reason whales are now bigger than sharks, including the large ancient shark Megalodon, may be "due to the evolution of their migration behavior where large body sizes must have helped them to travel long distances and exploit food sources not only along the coasts but also in the middle of the ocean."

January 13, 2017
Bakersfield Now

"What's clear is that Russia wants its place among the top five powers in the world, and in a lot of ways it's losing ground," says political scientist Richard Farkas. Looking ahead to the next administration, Putin may not be thrilled to have Trump in office, Farkas tells Bakersfield Now. "What Putin would like most in an American president is a predictable character ... What he's got in Trump, he has no idea," Farkas says.

January 12, 2017
WBEZ

A renewable energy scandal in Northern Ireland has led to a resignation at the highest levels of government, reports WBEZ's "Worldview." Now, political parties are jockeying for power ahead of new elections. "It will be interesting to see if these new dynamics with Brexit cause more people to go to the Nationalist side, or not," says political expert Nick Kachiroubas.

January 12, 2017
Chicago Tribune

With President-elect Donald Trump's willingness to use Twitter to speak his mind about major companies, public relations firms are in high demand, reports the Chicago Tribune. "We have no idea what might go viral," says communication expert Ron Culp. "You have to be on top of it as a company because it can really affect your reputation and brand."

January 10, 2017
WTTW

"The kind of profiling that works isn't racial, ethnic or religious. It's behavioral," says security expert Tom Mockaitis. The suspect in the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting had exhibited "aberrant behavior" that should have flagged him for a no-fly list, says Mockaitis on WTTW's "Chicago Tonight."

January 06, 2017
South Bend Tribune

Even though South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg is seen as a dark horse candidate for chair of the Democratic National Committee, there is plenty of purpose behind throwing his name in the hat, elections expert Nick Kachiroubas tells the South Bend Tribune. "It sends the message to people around the state that Pete's a player in the Democratic Party, and gives him a stepping stone to try to create a coalition to maybe take over Indiana state government, maybe have future runs for statewide office or Congress," Kachiroubas says.

January 05, 2017
The Christian Science Monitor

A $5 million lawsuit against the Texas city of McKinney alleges poor training led to police misconduct, and civil suits like these can have "broad-reaching impact," says civil rights attorney Susan Bandes. "It's really one of the most powerful ways to go beyond just compensating an individual when a police department can be shown to be engaging in something that they should know better than. It's a very powerful weapon," Bandes tells The Christian Science Monitor.

January 04, 2017
DNAinfo Chicago

inespace Chicago Film Studios has 30 stages -- all booked with productions of popular shows like "Empire" and "Chicago Fire," reports DNAinfo Chicago. "All these stages are peppered with DePaul alumni," notes John Corba, director of DePaul Cinespace Studios, which has two of those 30 stages where students are learning skills for the film industry. "The key," says Corba, "is we're a pipeline, providing technical workers to fill the growing number of TV productions at Cinespace, sometimes even before they graduate."

January 02, 2017
Chicago Tribune

A new video game, "We Are Chicago," will chronicle life from the perspective of Chicago youth growing up on the city's South Side. "We're not trying to make a game that's super fun. We're trying to make a game that's telling an important story, and trying to engage people in a subject they might not have experience with," lead programmer and DePaul graduate Michael Block tells the Chicago Tribune. The game will be available in early 2017.

January 02, 2017
Chicago Tribune

An increase in lawsuits and payments surrounding Freedom of Information Act requests in Chicago "makes one wonder if the city is willing to comply in good faith with the requirements of FOIA," law professor Jeffrey M. Shaman tells the Chicago Tribune. The city paid out roughly $670,000 to plaintiffs in 2016, a steep increase from previous years.