December 20, 2018

We at Susquehanna know there are many interesting stories originating on our campus. In 2018, media from around the country and the world agreed.

Here is a sampling of the year’s top reported stories.

What’s Facebook worth to you?

Most of us are so addicted to the social network Facebook that we wouldn’t quit unless somebody paid us. So how does a thousand bucks sound? (The Boston Globe, Dec. 19, 2018)

News of the study’s findings has been reported by more than 100 other media outlets, including BBC World News, ABC News and Business Standard, a leading business publication in India. Business school dean and economics professor Matthew Rousu, a co-author of the study, is quoted.

Student Researchers Find Undiscovered Wild Trout

Students sampled 88 stream sites during the spring and summer of 2018 in their ongoing work for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s Unassessed Waters Initiative. (The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Dec. 6, 2018)

This story quotes Jonathan Niles, director of the Freshwater Research Initiative.

Don’t Stop Inviting Controversial Speakers. Just Prepare Prudently.

The Chronicle of Higher Education held Susquehanna up as an example for others to follow when hosting controversial speakers on campus. (The Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 7, 2018)

Sheep and Solar Panels Keeping Susquehanna University Green

Officials from Susquehanna University and WGL Energy Systems flipped the switch on the solar energy system. (WNEP, Oct. 17, 2018)

Questioning the value of a liberal arts degree? Wall St. isn’t

An editorial by Jonathan D. Green (The Patriot News, Sept. 7, 2018)

Why wine in cans ‘is not a fad’

The package more commonly associated with soft drinks has been increasing its shelf space in the wine section since about 2014. (The Washington Post, Sept. 7, 2018)

This research story received a lot of buzz across the country, including from Forbes and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Students help get struggling midstate drone business off the ground

Students in the Sigmund Weis School of Business helped an emerging business transform from concept to strategy. (WITF, June 11, 2018)

This story quotes Emma Fleck, associate professor of management.

How Older Widow Spiders Seduce Younger Males—And Eat Them

When it comes to wooing the ladies, male brown widow spiders don’t always make the best decisions. (National Geographic, March 19, 2018)

This story quotes biology professor and arachnologist Matthew Persons.

The Higher Education Legacy of Our Presidents—And How to Carry That Forward

An editorial by Jonathan D. Green (The Washington Post, Feb. 19, 2018)

Hunky Tory? Attractive People More Likely to be Rightwing, Study Finds

It is a finding unlikely to prove popular with Guardian readers, but a study has concluded that attractive people are more likely to be rightwing. (The Guardian, Jan. 30, 2018)

This story quotes study co-author Rolfe Peterson, assistant professor of political science.

This research received worldwide attention. It was reported by dozens of media outlets across the globe, including The London Times, The Daily Mail and the New York Post.