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Dickinson in the News: October 2020

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From Sept. 28 to Oct. 26, there were 318 national and 18 international mentions of Dickinson in the news.


  • Professor of Psychology Marie Helweg-Larsen’s research on optimism bias continues to make national and international news.She was interviewed by Marketplace for its story, “Here’s why some are too optimistic about the pandemic.” The interview aired on more than 50 NPR member stations nationwide. Helweg-Larsen also was interviewed by BBC Radio Scotland about the Danish concept pyt.
  • An op-ed by Jeff McCausland, visiting professor of international security studies, was published by NBCNews THINK. It was titled “Trump's Twitter promises to bring U.S. troops home make headlines. Has he kept them?”
  • Professor of HIstory Matthew Pinsker’s op-ed, “When Lincoln faced rigged elections,” was published in the New York Daily News. In it, Prof. Pinsker argued that Lincoln, like Trump, worried about election rigging, but there are stark differences in the ways in which they handled such threats. In the wake of the first presidential debate, Pinsker was a guest on KUER NPR Radio Utah discussing the LincolnDouglas debate.
  • Associate Professor of Political Science Sarah Niebler was again a guest on WWL Radio New Orleans to discuss the first presidential debate. In an interview with FOX43, Niebler discussed the importance of Pennsylvania in the presidential election. Niebler also was a live guest on ABC27 News on Sept. 28, analyzing the first presidential debate, and again on Oct. 23, discussing the final debate. She was interviewed by CBS21 discussing an uptick in mail-in voting.
  • Assistant Professor of Political Science David O’Connell was quoted in the Newsweek story “If We Don't Win in Pennsylvania, 'We Are So Screwed,' Biden Insider Says.” Additionally, O’Connell was a four-time guest on FOX43 news. During a Sept. 28 interview, he discussed the likelihood of the presidential debates to sway voters, and in a Sept. 30 interview, he analyzed Trump’s and Biden’s debate performances. O’Connell also provided analysis of the vice presidential debates and discussed the potential for Pennsylvania to lose a congressional seat. In a Sept. 28 interview with CBS21, he discussed Pennsylvania’s critical role in the election.
  • Associate Professor of HIstory Emily Pawley’s op-ed, “Pennsylvania water is not what it used to be,” was published by PennLive.
  • Vice President for Enrollment Management Cathy Davenport, dean of admissions, was one of only nine enrollment experts who provided advice for students applying to college during the pandemic in a story published in The New York Times.
  • Dickinson’s Community College Partnership Program was highlighted in a story about transfer students that was published in The Washington Post and Hechinger Report.
  • Associate Provost Samantha Brandauer, executive director of the Center for Global Study & Engagement, was quoted in Education Dive’s story, “How liberal arts colleges are making international students feel welcome.”
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on Dickinson's food waste diversion project, which was awarded a $3000,000 EPA grant. Associate Vice President Ken Shultes and College Farm Special Projects Manager Matt Steiman were quoted in the story, “Pa. college plans to power two farms from cafeteria waste, cow manure, and brewery scraps.” News about the grant also was published in several other outlets, including PA Environmental Digest.
  • Dickinson’s Blue Mountain Battalion collected more than $3,000 worth of PPE equipment. ABC27 broadcast live as the cadets marched to deliver the donations in person to the Community CARES organization. A photo gallery was published in The Sentinel.

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Published November 10, 2020