Get to Know: Dr. Melissa Shew, visiting assistant professor in philosophy

Dr. Melissa Shew

We’re proud to spotlight Dr. Melissa Shew — a participating faculty member in the Philosophy Department — as part of our new transformational faculty series. Going forward, we’ll be featuring Q&As with Marquette faculty, which will highlight their professional accomplishments as well as some personal fun facts.

Get to know Dr. Melissa Shew, an award-winning educator who holds a Visiting Assistant Professorship in Philosophy at Marquette University, where she started teaching in Fall 2007. …


By Andrea García, graduate assistant in the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion

Organizers of the inaugural HSI-NOW Advancing Equity summit in February 2020.

On Friday, March 19, I had the pleasure of attending the “Advancing Racial Equity in our Colleges and Community Summit” presented by the Hispanic-Serving Institution Network of Wisconsin.

The Hispanic-Serving Institution Network of Wisconsin (HSI-NOW) is a group of leaders from local institutions of higher education working toward becoming or have already achieved the designation of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). …


Studying how state attorneys general use lawsuits to influence public policy is fertile ground for political science researcher.

By Dan Shafer

When Donald Trump was president, state attorneys general filed more than 150 multistate lawsuits challenging federal policies. This was more than double the number they filed during Barack Obama’s presidency, and in just half the time. As the role of state attorneys general continues to grow and evolve, so has Dr. Paul Nolette’s study of it.

“Not only do I think it’s an important institution in American politics now, it’s something that raises all sorts of very interesting questions about the relationship between the states and the federal government, and political ambition and public policy and all…


A newly patented technology could provide unprecedented levels of treatment for people dealing with mobility issues after a stroke.

By Jesse Lee

Dr. Sheila Schindler-Ivens works in her lab, making adjustments to her patented technology.

Dr. Sheila Schindler-Ivens, PT ’89, started innovating as a student at Marquette in 1989, when she helped create a fundraising effort — now known as the VCU-Marquette Challenge — that has grown to include nearly 180 participating programs across the country and has raised more than $4 million for physical therapy research.

Now an associate professor of physical therapy in the College of Health Sciences, Schindler-Ivens has a new innovation — the invention of a motor-assisted, uncoupled pedaling system for stroke rehabilitation, for which she’s received the first-ever patent in the Department of Physical Therapy at Marquette.


Evolutionary biologist breaks ground with new method to identify sex chromosome systems in reptiles.

By Sarah Koziol, Arts ’92

An inability to distinguish the sex chromosomes of geckos from other chromosomes using a microphone held back scientists — until professor Tony Gamble achieved a breakthrough using DNA sequencing.

For decades, researchers knew that sex determination in geckos occurs as it does in many other species: A complement of two sex chromosomes that an embryo gets at fertilization determines whether it becomes male or female.

But in their efforts to learn more about these chromosomes — how they’ve changed over time, for example — these researchers were stymied by a simple characteristic that gecko sex chromosomes share with those of many other species: They don’t look different from each other under a microscope, making them indistinguishable from geckos’ other chromosomes.

As an evolutionary biologist…


Reaching for reduced carbon emissions, Marquette researchers take renewable energy and zero-emission engine and charging systems to new places.

Two recently awarded U.S. Department of Energy grants totaling $10 million support Marquette researchers driving advances in electric drivetrain systems for automobiles and aircraft, while an NSF CAREER grant supports a chemistry researcher charting a path to turn atmospheric carbon into a fuel source.

By Chris Barncard, Comm ’03

Up in the sky, where the greenhouse gases are collecting, fossil fuels have all the power. The few electric planes taking wing are no more than four-seaters.

“You need an immense amount of energy, and you need a way to turn that into power without adding a huge amount of weight or taking up much space,” says Nathan Weise, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, in describing the basic stumbling blocks keeping e-aircraft rare while electric automobiles are poised to become ubiquitous.

The energy available in a tank of jet fuel is unmatched —…


Tras convertirse en un comité permanente en el 2019, el grupo aboga activamente por los estudiantes indocumentados y les brinda recursos de apoyo en el campus.

La mariposa monarca representa el acto natural de la migración y se ha convertido en un símbolo para los DREAMers. Esta imagen fue creada por la artista y activista social Favianna Rodríguez.

Por Andrea García, asistente de posgrado en la Oficina de Diversidad e Inclusión Institucional

En fechas cercanas a la elección presidencial en la primavera del 2016, Eva Martínez Powless, en ese entonces directora del Centro para el Compromiso Intercultural en Marquette, y Mary Janz, directora de la Oficina de la Vida en Residencias Estudiantiles, facilitaron un webinar para educar a los profesores y al personal de todo el campus sobre los estudiantes indocumentados.

El facilitador, un experto del sistema de universidades en California, habló de la importancia de tener un sistema en el campus al cual los estudiantes indocumentados pudieran…


A conversation with alumna Kareeda Chones-Aguam about being a Notable Alumni and how Marquette shaped her life and career

Kareeda Chones-Aguam was just named a 2021 Milwaukee BizTimes Notable Alumni.

Chones-Aguam graduated in 1998 from Marquette’s Diederich College of Communication.

Today she is the senior vice president of partner strategy and management for the Milwaukee Bucks and Fiserv Forum.

Here in a video interview, she talks about what it means to be a Notable Alumni, how Marquette shaped her life and career and how she has forged a path as a woman of color in a male-dominated industry.

Milwaukee BizTimes’ Notable Alumni Awards spotlight accomplished professionals in the region who make a difference in their workplace and the…


The dedication of the Tribal Flag Room in November, 2019.

By Andrea García, graduate assistant in the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion

I had the honor of speaking with two campus community members who have been instrumental in making Marquette a more inclusive place for Indigenous students: Alex Liberato, Navajo, a senior in the College of Business Administration and co-president of the Native American Student Association (NASA); and Jacqueline Schram, Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) and a band member of her father’s community, Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba, Canada, on Treaty 1 Land. She’s also the director of public affairs and special assistant for Native American affairs at Marquette.

Support and engagement…


Basado en el colorido mural del campus “Nuestras Raíces Dicen que Somos Hermanas”, el nuevo podcast resalta las voces femeninas BIPOC (negras, indígenas y personas de color) de Marquette.

Mural “Nuestras Raíces Dicen que Somos Hermanas” por Mauricio Ramírez. Foto del mismo artista.

Por Jacki Black, Directora Asociada para Iniciativas Hispanas, y Sheena Carey, Directora Practicante / Profesora en la Facultad de Comunicación Diederich

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