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Ugland awarded Fulbright to teach in the Czech Republic

Photo by Ben Smidt

By Laura Moderhock

Dr. Erik Ugland, associate professor of digital media and performing arts, has always wanted to live abroad. His wish will come true this spring when he travels to the Czech Republic as a Fulbright Scholar. Ugland, along with his wife and two children, will live in Brno, Czech Republic, and will teach courses on media law and the political economy of global media at Masaryk University, the second largest university in the country. Ugland has spent the last decade studying media law in the United States, and plans to expand that research to international media law issues and newsgathering practices, such as the extent to which reporters can conceal the identity of their sources and the implications of using new technology to gather information. “Europe is a particularly interesting place to explore these issues because there are so many countries within a small geographic region and they each have to balance multiple sources of law: their own national laws and constitutional protections, as well as the international agreements they are party to,” Ugland says. He is looking forward to studying media law in a country that has a relatively young democracy and is still developing a body of constitutional law within a rapidly changing journalistic culture. Ugland’s goal is to put together a book exploring newsgathering issues in different parts of Europe. “This is an opportunity to gather some different perspectives and look at how other countries are conceptualizing the very same newsgathering issues we’re dealing with in the United States,” Ugland says. Dr. Stephen Goldzwig, professor of communication, has replaced Ugland as associate dean for graduate studies and research in the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication.

Wisconsin’s only dental school grows by leaps and bounds By Becky Dubin Jenkins

The School of Dentistry — Wisconsin’s only dental school — welcomed its expanded class in August, growing from 80 students to 100 students. Making that possible was the school’s 40,000-square-foot building addition that includes 24 additional operatories in the on-campus patient care clinic; 5,000 square feet of lab space for clinical and translational research; 104 simulation stations in the pre-clinical laboratory; a faculty practice clinic to help with the recruitment and retention of dental faculty; and high-tech classrooms with needed technology to host continuing education classes for dental professionals in Wisconsin. “Increasing our class size and the capacity of our building will give us the opportunity to increase the amount of care we can provide for Wisconsin’s children and families,” says Dean William K. Lobb.   Last year, the School of Dentistry treated 30,000 patients — many on Medicaid or uninsured — during 101,442 visits at seven clinics throughout the state.

M A R Q U ET T E HAP P E NING S PR + Social Media Summit will be Oct. 9 The J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication’s annual PR + Social Media Summit will be held Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballrooms, and the Weasler Auditorium. The conference will feature experts in the fields of social media and public relations. Register online at

AMUW’s Boheim Lecture to focus on women and the Arab Spring The Association of Marquette University Women will present the Distinguished Eleanor H. Boheim Lecture, “Revolutions: Women and the Arab Spring in North Africa,” Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m. in Raynor Memorial Libraries’ Beaumier Suites. Dr. Julia Clancy-Smith, the 2013–14 AMUW Women’s Chair

in Humanistic Studies and professor of history at the University of Arizona, will argue a long-term historical perspective in understanding why women are at the heart of the Arab Spring. Clancy-Smith is teaching an undergraduate course on Modern Mediterranean Migrations this semester.

Milwaukee Public Library bringing national Muslim poetry event to campus The Milwaukee Public Library is one of six public library systems in the nation to participate in the American Library Association’s event, “Poetic Voices of the Muslim World,” on Sunday, Nov. 3, at 1 p.m. in the Varsity Theatre. Awardwinning historian Dr. Sylviane A. Diouf will present “Islam and the Blues,” which will illustrate how the blues may have evolved from the recitation of the Qur’an and the call to prayer in West Africa. The event is being co-sponsored by Raynor Memorial Libraries.

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