Muhlenberg in the News

Recent media coverage of Muhlenberg College and its people

Chicago Tribune, July 10, 2020

Let's face it: Our break from sports needs to last longer

I'm concerned about what seems to be inadequate testing and contact tracing across the board," said Kathleen Bachynski, assistant professor of public health. Read More


The Morning Call, July 10, 2020

Readers React: We must also focus on climate change

A reader letter from Quentin Bernhard '20. Read More


Buzzfeed, July 10, 2020

This Is The Future Queer Liberation Protesters Are Fighting For

It's 2020, and we are still dealing with issues that we've been dealing with for hundreds of years, says Gabriella Rosa Morales '22. Read More


Journal Of Law, Medicine And Ethics, July 10, 2020

Brain injury reporting in college football: The latest from Muhlenberg College Professor Kathleen Bachynski Read More


Women In Academia Report, July 10, 2020

Kathleen Harring Is the Thirteenth President of Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania Read More


Easton Express-Times, July 02, 2020

Muhlenberg College's new president is first woman to hold the position

Kathleen E. Harring, Ph.D. is the 13th president in the school's history. Read More


WFMZ, July 02, 2020

Public health experts say transition to green phase makes the art of contact tracing more crucial

Allentown now has an automated contact tracing system; it does not reveal the infected person to his/her contacts, says Director of Public Health Chrysan Cronin. Read More


E & E News, July 02, 2020

How the oil crash hits Trump's reelection

The two states that could be swayed the most politically by the oil crash are Texas and Pennsylvania, Professor Chris Borick. Read More


WHYY, July 02, 2020

Politics, fear keep some COVID-positive people from disclosing contacts. What's the solution?

Information on contacts is kept confidential, says Director of Public Health Chrysan Cronin. Read More


Chicago Tribune, July 02, 2020

'It's that perfect storm': The new challenges facing college athletes on campus - including legal and ethical questions about COVID-19 guidelines

Kathleen Bachynski, assistant professor of public health, says college athletics "sit at this really challenging intersection of higher risk." Read More


The Morning Call, July 02, 2020

Muhlenberg College officially names Kathleen Harring as President

"She has the wisdom, experience and energy to guide the college through these challenging times and into a bright future," said Chairman Richard C. Crist Jr. Read More


F & M News, July 02, 2020

F&M Alumna Harring Named Muhlenberg College President

Kathleen Harring was named last week as the 13th president of Muhlenberg College, the first woman to lead the liberal arts institution since its founding in 1848. Read More


Women In Academia Report, July 02, 2020

Kathleen Harring Is the Thirteenth President of Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania Read More


Associated Press, June 26, 2020

Trump turns virus conversation into 'Us vs. Them' debate

Article quoting Professor Chris Borick is picked up by nearly 200 media outlets around the country and globally, including The Japan Times. Read More


The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 26, 2020

Prospects dimming for behind-the-scenes push to expand video gambling in Pa.

Should PA Republicans fail to gain enough support for the bill, their efforts will probably continue into the fall, said Professor Chris Borick. Read More


The Score, June 26, 2020

Can college football make a safe return?

In addition to concerns about games and travel, there is potential for more of a spike that would coincide with flu season, said Kathleen Bachynski, assistant professor of public health. Read More


Yahoo Sports, June 26, 2020

What sports can learn from the Orlando Pride coronavirus outbreak

Allowing teammates of a COVID-positive individual to continue to train or work is "very much in contrast with basic principles of contact tracing," says Professor Kathleen Bachynski. Read More


Yahoo Sports, June 26, 2020

Should Florida's coronavirus spike worry the NBA?

"Yes," says Kathleen Bachynski, assistant professor of public health. "And that's because a true bubble is just really, really hard to create." Read More


ABC, June 26, 2020

Trump turns virus conversation into 'Us vs. Them' debate

The president appears to be calculating that he can ignite resentment toward "the other" and inspire his base to turn out for him in November, said Chris Borick, director of the nonpartisan Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion. Read More


Texas Medical Center, June 26, 2020

"It's really about living day to day and not forecasting something in the future you have no control over."

Muhlenberg alumna Lucy Puryear, M.D., is medical director of The Women's Place: Center for Reproductive Psychiatry. Read More


The New York Times, June 19, 2020

Welcome Back to Football (Terms and Conditions Apply)

Kathleen Bachynski, assistant professor of public health, is quoted extensively about waivers some universities are asking student-athletes to sign to play football despite the risk of coronavirus. Read More


Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, June 19, 2020

State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe's push to impeach Gov. Wolf likely to fail, experts say

Political Science Professor Christopher Borick said trying to impeach the governor fits in with Metcalfe's role as a provocateur. Read More


The Morning Call, June 19, 2020

Top virtual things to do in the Lehigh Valley

On June 20, ornithologist Peter Saenger leads a program on learning how to eliminate bird-window deaths & make your own window-strike deterrents. Read More


Hreal Sports, June 19, 2020

"You're a Coward If You Try to Protect Yourself"

Public health professor Kathleen Bachynski on the parallels between refusing to wear goalie masks in hockey and face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More


WLVT-PBS 39, June 19, 2020

Muhlenberg Professor Details Peak Time for Tick-Borne Diseases

The most infectious ticks are "tiny things about the size of a poppy seed" and they're active now, says Biology Professor Marten Edwards. Read More


How Stuff Works, June 19, 2020

Why the 'Streisand Effect' Might Actually Make a Cover-up Go Viral

Professor Emeritus Sue Curry Jansen on the curious dynamics of the Streisand effect. Unfortunately, she says, most censorship efforts are successful. Read More


Inside Higher Ed, June 19, 2020

'We're All in This Together'

Muhlenberg's Digital Learning team is featured for Camp Design Online, the open-source, peer-supported faculty online training model they developed this spring, which is being adopted by other higher ed institutions. Read More


E & E News, June 19, 2020

Campaign 2020: How will Biden's shifting views on fracking play in Pa.?

A February poll by Muhlenberg College found a plurality of voters - 42% - would oppose a fracking moratorium, while 38% would support it. Read More


The Morning Call, June 19, 2020

'We are not OK:' Allentown community members discuss white supremacy during virtual town hall

Professor Roberta Meek said she's cautiously optimistic that the "unprecedented pushback" against the recent killings by police may represent a "pivot point in history." Read More


Hreal Sports, June 13, 2020

"You're a Coward If You Try to Protect Yourself"

Public health professor Kathleen Bachynski on the parallels between refusing to wear goalie masks in hockey and face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More


WLVT-PBS 39, June 13, 2020

Muhlenberg Professor Details Peak Time for Tick-Borne Diseases

The most infectious ticks are about the size of a poppy seed and they're active now, says Professor Marten Edwards. Read More


WFMZ, June 05, 2020

Political science professor says pandemic, unrest will shape voters' decisions this November

How Biden & Trump respond will shape their images come this fall, says Professor Chris Borick. Read More


The Morning Call, June 05, 2020

Pa. primary, featuring nearly 100,000 mail-in ballot requests in Lehigh and Northampton counties, will cap a daunting election

Tuesday is Pennsylvania's 2020 primary election and it's going to be an unusual one, says Professor Chris Borick. Read More


The Morning Call, June 05, 2020

Operation BBQ relief meal

Muhlenberg College community members and other volunteers distributed Operation BBQ relief meal boxes, in partnership with The Lehigh Valley Food Policy Council and the City of Allentown. Read More


WFMZ, June 05, 2020

Muhlenberg College director of public health gives tips on how to vacation the safe way

Any place you can stay distant from other people is going to be safer, but getting there may be the riskiest part, says Professor Chrysan Cronin. Read More


Associated Press, June 05, 2020

Disgusted I voted for him': Some swing state seniors are turning on Trump

A Philadelphia Inquirer piece quoting Professor Chris Borick is picked up by the Associated Press and runs in numerous media outlets across the country. Read More


Texas Monthly, June 05, 2020

Is It Possible to Safely Hold a College Baseball Tournament in Bryan Right Now?

Advice from Professor Kathleen Bachynski helps initiate a better #COVID?19 testing plan for this tournament. Read More


Washington Post, June 05, 2020

As states reopen, here's what parents should know about distanced play dates, expanded social bubbles and more

Director of Public Health Chrysan Cronin advises against in-home meetups-even if everyone agrees to wear a mask and says outside activities are a better choice. Read More


WHYY, May 29, 2020

'Herculean task' ahead for GOP challengers in Delco congressional race

Whoever emerges from the Republican primary has a very uphill battle in the general election, says Professor Chris Borick. Read More


End Of Sport Podcast, May 29, 2020

Episode 13: The Ethics of Football and the Concussion Industrial Complex with Kathleen Bachynski

Bachynski, assistant professor of public health, examines the health risks, conflicts of interest and pseudoscience connected to head injury in US football. Read More


The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 29, 2020

Some Pa. seniors are turning on Trump

Older Americans have felt the wrath of this pandemic more than any other age cohort, said pollster Chris Borick. Read More


The Morning Call, May 29, 2020

Your View: Coronavirus worsens campus hunger and poverty

Students Natalie David '22 and Gabriela Solomon '20 are co-presidents of Muhlenberg's chapter of Challah for Hunger, as well as cohort leaders of Challah for Hunger's national Campus Hunger Project. Read More


The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 29, 2020

All Pa. counties will be in 'yellow' coronavirus reopening phase by June 5 under Wolf administration plan

Politics are often driving the public health response, said Chrysan Cronin, Muhlenberg's director of public health. Read More


The Morning Call, May 29, 2020

Foreign snail that poses threat to trout invades Allentown area waterways

Students working with Muhlenberg Biology Professor Erika Iyengar have been studying the invasive New Zealand Mud Snail in the Lehigh Valley's waterways. Read More


Wall Street Journal, May 29, 2020

How Polio Research is Helping in the Hunt for a Vaccine

Professor Emeritus Daniel Wilson is featured on the Wall Street Journal podcast, The Future of Everything, discussing how polio research is helping in the hunt for a vaccine. Read More


WHYY, May 22, 2020

Pa. counties push to reopen with little power to protect businesses 'caught in the middle'

Professor Chris Borick comments on state vs. local government power. Read More


Pulse.org (nigeria), May 22, 2020

4 Coronavirus Myths People Are Spreading About Ordering Takeout

Safety tips from Muhlenberg Public Health Professor Chrysan Cronin, which ran first in Men's Health Magazine, have been circling the globe. Read More


Fivethirtyeight.com, May 22, 2020

FiveThirtyEight's Pollster Ratings

Based on historical accuracy and methodology of each firm's polls, the Muhlenberg College Insitute of Public Opinion and director Chris Borick again earned an A+ in NateSilver538's Pollster Ratings-one of only 6 in the country to do so. Read More


The New York Times, May 22, 2020

Could the Power of the Sun Slow the Coronavirus?

Muhlenberg alum and biologist Mark Urban '98 was featured for his recently published study, "Seasonality and Uncertainty in Covid-19 Growth Rates." Read More


WHYY, May 22, 2020

Gov. Wolf vetoes bill that would halt new regulations during pandemic

Professor Chris Borick said he could not recall a case in which the legislature moved to suspend the regulatory process because of an emergency. Read More


The Morning Call, May 22, 2020

Your View by Muhlenberg students: Coronavirus worsens campus hunger and poverty

Natalie David '22 and Gabriela Solomon '20 are co-presidents of Muhlenberg's chapter of Challah for Hunger. Read More


The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 22, 2020

Some Philly-area Democrats are starting to lose patience with Gov. Tom Wolf on coronavirus restrictions

While there's been fairly strong support on the Democratic side for the governor's attempts to manage the crisis, there's some frustration too, says Professor Chris Borick. Read More


Inside College Admissions, May 16, 2020

Conversations with Admissions Leaders

Vice President for Enrollment Management Robert Springall was recently a guest on the "Inside College Admission" podcast. Read More


The Morning Call, May 16, 2020

Trump heads to the Lehigh Valley

Historically, a major crisis 'moves the dial' but not now, says Chris Borick, director of the polling institute, noting that the president's poll numbers have remained largely unchanged during the COVID-19 crisis. Read More


Adobe Blog, May 16, 2020

16 Distance Learning Hacks for Students

"One of my favorite parts of college was the dining hall....I make sure I don't slip into bad habits and skip meals," says Muhlenberg College's Jonathan Slovak. Read More


The Morning Call, May 15, 2020

Former Parkland star Sam Morgan earns Muhlenberg scholar-athlete award

The Todd L. Romig Memorial Prize goes to a junior who most exemplifies the true characteristics of a scholar-athlete. Read More


Walker Glass, May 15, 2020

Bird Safe Glass Explained - Solutions

Another in a series of videos featuring Daniel Klem, Jr., renowned ornithologist and professor of biology at Muhlenberg College, who has been studying this issue for over forty-five years. Read More


Perspectives On History, May 15, 2020

Finding the Funny: History hits the comedy stage at the Philly Improv Theater

Jacqueline Antonovich, assistant professor of history, is featured. Read More


WFMZ, May 15, 2020

Experts give tips on how to prepare as mosquito and tick season looms

The rules of nature haven't changed just because we are dealing with COVID-19 as well, says Biology Professor Marten Edwards. Read More


E & E News, May 15, 2020

How will Biden's shifting views on fracking play in Pa.?

A February poll by Muhlenberg College found a plurality of voters - 42% - would oppose a fracking moratorium, while 38% would support it.


WLVT-PBS 39, May 15, 2020

New Project Collects Pandemic Stories from LGBT Community

You can gather value from all these stories, says Kristen Leipert, digital projects archivist. It helps you feel connected and see how people are connected to each other. Read More


The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 15, 2020

Wolf says requests for business waivers could reveal proprietary information as GOP presses court case

Professor Chris Borick provides commentary. Read More


The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 15, 2020

Trump is coming today to a part of Pa. that could be key in 2020

While the Lehigh Valley is still seen as something of a toss-up politically, Democrats have romped in state & local races since 2016. "To put it bluntly, it's been a disaster for Republicans," says Professor Chris Borick. Read More


Easton Express-Times, May 08, 2020

A lesson from the pandemic: College students need safety nets, too

We would be in a really different place with supporting our students who remain on campus if we had not already had the MULE in place, write Natalie David '22 and Gabriela Solomon '20. Read More


Easton Express-Times, May 08, 2020

How much has traffic dropped on Lehigh Valley roads during shutdown? We have the data.

Experts from Muhlenberg College say removing at least cars from the road, if not truck traffic, could be a plausible explanation for reduced particle pollution. Read More


WFMZ, May 08, 2020

Psychology professor discusses possible long-term effects of the pandemic on children

Muhlenberg Psychology Prof. Erika Bagley says how the pandemic may shape children's future is hard to say since everyone's experience is slightly different. Read More


British Medical Journal Podcast, May 08, 2020

Public health versus the economy

Kathleen Bachynski, assistant professor of public health, discusses the nuances of this dichotomy that has been constructed during the pandemic. Listen Now


The Morning Call, May 08, 2020

What you know about coronavirus victims in Pennsylvania depends on where you live

Chrysan Cronin, director of public health, says obscuring information may bring further harm to vulnerable populations.


Easton Express-Times, May 08, 2020

Lehigh Valley air quality improves (slightly) during coronavirus shutdown. Why science will benefit.

Chrysan Cronin, director of public health at Muhlenberg College comments. Read More


The Guardian, May 08, 2020

Ten key lessons for the future to be learned from fighting Covid-19

Rather than rewarding bravado, the moment appears to favor leaders who can be honest about the uncertainty inherent in fighting a virus, says Kathleen Bachynski, an assistant professor of public health. Read More


WFMZ, May 01, 2020

Leaders taking different stances on how best to handle pandemic as election looms

Voters' top two issues were healthcare and the economy, even before the pandemic started, and they've just been magnified by this crisis. says Professor Chris Borick. Read More


British Medical Journal Podcast, May 01, 2020

Public Health vs the Economy

Kathleen Bachynski, assistant professor of public health at Muhlenberg College, is a guest on the program. Read More


Wnpv Radio, May 01, 2020

President's Approval Ratings Down

Chris Borick, Director of the Institute of Public Opinion, discusses how the pandemic is impacting presidential politics. Listen Now


WFMZ, May 01, 2020

Some health experts say standards for deciding when to open Pa. back up are problematic

Not enough testing and a lack of continuity in testing means we don't know our true infection rate, according to Chrysan Cronin, director of Muhlenberg's public health program. Read More


Mckinsey, May 01, 2020

Getting the next phase of remote learning right in higher education

At Muhlenberg, eight digital learning assistants-students with expertise in digital technologies and practices-are holding remote drop-in hours for four hours a day. Read More


Other News, May 01, 2020

Sunlight and Hot Temperatures Do Not Prevent the Coronavirus

Studies show other coronaviruses are temperature sensitive, says Chrysan Cronin, director of public health, but it doesn't look like that's the case with COVID-19. Read More


Washington Post, May 01, 2020

As protesters swarm state capitols, much of the coronavirus backlash is coming from within

The showdown in Pennsylvania-perhaps the nation's ultimate swing state-depends on the nature of the virus and on Gov. Tom Wolf's ability to make his case, says Professor Chris Borick. Read More


Forks Over Knives, May 01, 2020

Tips for Safer Grocery Shopping During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Bottom line: The riskiest part of the grocery shopping experience is being around other people, says Director of Public Health Chrysan Cronin. Read More


Washington Times, May 01, 2020

Inslee endorses Biden presidential campaign

Governor Inslee's comments reflect what many see as a Biden strength - an empathy that helps paper over some of the ideological differences in the Democratic Party, says Professor Chris Borick. Read More


WLVT-PBS 39, May 01, 2020

A Special Birthday Surprise

The Muhlenberg College student-run organization Magical Memories is sending inspiring messages to children across the country. Read More


WLVT-PBS 39, April 24, 2020

Creating a Safe Virtual Space for Students

Robin Riley-Casey and Kiyaana-Cox Jones, of the Office of Multicultural Life, are featured in a segment about helping students hold brave conversations. Read More


Forks Over Knives, April 24, 2020

Tips for Safer Grocery Shopping During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Bottom line: The riskiest part of the grocery shopping experience is being around other people, not your groceries, says Director of Public Health Chrysan Cronin. Read More


Easton Express-Times, April 24, 2020

Quarantined seniors serenaded by local singer in Lopatcong Township

Muhlenberg's Rachael Horun did some "window singing" for local senior citizens. Read More


The Daily Item, April 24, 2020

Film festival goes digital

Muhlenberg College will be represented at The Bucknell Intercollegiate Film Festival on April 25, available through a livestream on the festival site. Read More


Washington Times, April 24, 2020

Inslee endorses Biden presidential campaign

Governor Inslee's comments reflect what many see as a Biden strength - an empathy that helps paper over some of the ideological differences in the Democratic Party, says Chris Borick, director of the Institute of Public Opinion. Read More


Scoirinc, April 24, 2020

Inside College Admission: Conversations with Admissions Leaders about Matters Affecting the College-Going Process

Rob Springall, vice president for enrollment management, is a featured guest. Listen Now


Other News, April 24, 2020

4 Coronavirus Myths People Are Spreading About Ordering Takeout

Director of Public Health Chrysan Cronin explains the truth about COVID-19 and to-go food. Read More


Washington Post, April 24, 2020

As protesters swarm state capitols, much of the coronavirus backlash is coming from within

The showdown in Pennsylvania-perhaps the nation's ultimate swing state-depends on the nature of the virus and on Gov. Tom Wolf's ability to make his case, says Professor Chris Borick. Read More


CBS, April 17, 2020

Stanford Blood Center Collecting Plasma From Recovered Coronavirus Patients

Chief Medical Officer for Stanford Blood Center and Muhlenberg alumnus Suchi Pandey discusses plasma as a potential treatment of COVID-19. Watch Now


Harrisburg Patriot News, April 17, 2020

Pa. remains key battleground but COVID-19 radically changes 2020 election

One constant: Pennsylvania will be an epicenter of the campaign, said Professor Chris Borick. Read More


British Medical Journal Podcast, April 17, 2020

The Public Health Response to COVID-19

A lot of the public health policy and decision-making power lies in the United States at the state and local level rather than at the federal level, says Muhlenberg College's Kathleen Bachynski. Listen Now


New Books In Anthropology Podcast, April 17, 2020

"The Archive of Loss: Lively Ruination in Mill Land Mumbai"

Maura Finkelstein, assistant professor of anthropology is interviewed about her new book. Listen Now


To Koyti, April 17, 2020

What Should We Do With Super Market Shopping?

Publications around the world have been sharing Muhlenberg Professor Chrysan Cronin's COVID19 grocery shopping tips, first published by Mens Health. The latest, from Greece. Read More


The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 17, 2020

Pennsylvania Legislature Making Few Cuts, No Promises to Tap Hefty Reserves

It's a little tone deaf, said Political Science Professor Christopher Borick. Read More


The Morning Call, April 17, 2020

Lehigh Valley above state average when it comes to staying at home amid coronavirus

In the Lehigh Valley, we've flattened the curve so the illness is manageable by our health care facilities -- but we can't let our guard down yet, says Professor Chrysan Cronin. Read More


WFMZ, April 17, 2020

Experts weigh in on what a transition period to opening economy back up might look like

The timetable will be a balancing act of weighing the impacts on public health, including death, the economy, and people's mental well-being, says Chrysan Cronin, Director of Public Health. Read More


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