#DePaul in the NEWS

November 07, 2016

Ultimately 10 states, including North Carolina and Florida, were toss-ups going into Election Day, political scientist Ben Epstein tells WGN-TV. Epstein predicts voter turnout to be high overall, despite how unhappy people are with the candidates, and says Democrats have a high chance of winning the Senate and gaining seats in the House.

November 05, 2016
Washington Post

Want students to care about civics? Teach them how to speak about issues in their community, like gun violence or racism, write researchers Hilary Conklin and Molly Andolina in The Washington Post: "When students are given the opportunity to do more than learn about facts and processes, and are taught to listen to others and to engage in controversial discussions at school, they experience even greater gains in civic skills and orientations," they note.

November 03, 2016

To sway voters late in the election, Clinton and Trump took out negative TV ads during the World Series to "get the attention of voters," says political marketing expert Bruce Newman. From a marketing standpoint, a candidate wants to respond to the needs of the people, Newman tells CLTV's "Politics Tonight." He notes there were still many undecided voters days before the election, and both candidates' brands are tarnished to some degree.

November 01, 2016

Inspired by a deaf student, Rosalee Wolfe and her colleagues in the College of Computing and Digital Media are creating an app that will translate American Sign Language, reports Chicago Inno. "There are rules to how to use your body in order to create this wonderfully complex and expressive language," explains Wolfe, an expert on human-computer interaction. The app will use a computer-animated avatar and speech recognition to bridge the deaf-hearing communication gap, says Wolfe.

October 27, 2016

"We all are raised in a culture that devalues women -- it's really hard to escape the messaging," says artist and activist Coya Paz on Vocalo. A faculty member in The Theatre School, Paz praises author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's "Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions" and wonders about maintaining balance as a working parent. "How do we talk to our daughters about our right to be our fullest selves and have independent passions outside of parenting?"

October 26, 2016

"The fact that such a large fossil shark with such a global distribution had evaded recognition until now was a big surprise to me," explains DePaul paleobiologist Kenshu Shimada on WTTW's "Chicago Tonight." Shimada and a team of international researchers discovered a prehistoric shark species called Megalolamna paradoxodon, which lived 20 million years ago and is closely related to the modern-day great white shark.

October 26, 2016
Cook County Record

"If you're going to allow same-day voting you've got to allow it equally and not just roll it out in one spot and not the other spot," election expert Nick Kachiroubas tells Cook County Record. Kachiroubas explains that Illinois only enacted an Election Day voter registration program in urban areas that could afford the program and left out counties in more rural parts of the state. "For people that want same-day voter high-level participation in elections, it certainly is a blow to that particular movement," he adds.

October 26, 2016
Chicago Reader

A Public Safety Assessment created to help remove bias in bond court procedures in Cook County by calculating whether a defendant is a flight risk might be "too subjective," reports the Chicago Reader. Skeptics of the test include sociologist Traci Schlesinger, who says that people miss court dates because they have to work or care for children. "People aren't absconding; people's lives are just a little less structured than the policymakers' lives are."

October 21, 2016
Atlas Obscura

When Napoleon's troops invaded Portugal, the royal family fled to Brazil and brought musicians along, reports Atlas Obscura. This "sowed the seeds of military bands," explains music historian Katherine Brucher. These days, Brazil's state-sponsored bands play pop music and seem to love Phil Collin's hit "Against All Odds." "If you're a band with a proficient saxophone soloist, it's a big way to feature them," Brucher says. "It's one of those songs -- the lyrics are pretty simple, it's really universal, and even if you didn't speak English, you still could sing along."

October 18, 2016
Newcity Film

"The film program at DePaul is singular and unlike anywhere I've ever been before. It's a community that pulls together and supports one another's work," says DePaul film instructor Shayna Connelly in Newcity Film. The 2016 "Film 50" list includes DePaul filmmakers Connelly, Dana Kupper and graduate student Alex Thompson. The passion of making films in Chicago is "alive," adds Kupper.