Marquette University News Release

‘Tis the season: Holiday story ideas from Marquette University

November 29, 2010

Blended families, noisy toys and more

As you develop news stories this holiday season, Marquette University offers the following ideas and related experts to assist you. Please feel free to contact any of these individuals directly; otherwise, contact Kate Venne in the Office of Marketing and Communication.

For additional holiday ideas see our 2008 and 2009 holiday advisories.   

Families and children:
Strategies for divorced or blended families to cope over the holidays
It’s estimated nearly 70 percent of all families are blended these days. How can you combine traditions, start new ones and alleviate some of the stress that your kids, significant other, and even you will feel over the holidays?  Ed de St. Aubin, an associate professor of psychology, specializes in family matters and can share some strategies with you.

Ed de St. Aubin
Associate Professor, Psychology
Office: (414) 288-2143
Home: (414) 861-1266

Noisy Toys
You may feel confident the toys you’re giving your children are not choking hazards, or are tested for their age group. But did you ever consider the danger to their ears?  Each year, the Sight & Hearing Association tests a variety of toys for potentially dangerous noise levels and compiles their list of the year’s noisiest toys. Ed Korabic, chair and professor of speech pathology and audiology, explains this is one list you should check twice.

Edward W. Korabic, Ph.D., CCC-A, FAAA
Speech Pathology and Audiology
Office: (414) 288-3428
Home: (414) 899-3517

Gifts that promote language and literacy
Yes, toys are fun. But they can teach your kids things too. Maura Moyle, co-director of the Wisconsin Reading Acquisition Project and assistant professor of speech pathology and audiology, has suggestions for your holiday shopping list that will be as educational as they are fun.

Maura Moyle
Assistant Professor, Speech Pathology and Audiology
Office: (414) 288-1408

Science of the season:
Perils and proper techniques of snow shoveling

Everyone dreams of a white Christmas, but it comes with a cost: shoveling. More than a simple annoyance, shoveling can put a lot of strain on the body and even cause serious injury if not done properly. Christopher Geiser, clinical assistant professor of exercise science, discusses how to prepare for the lifting and what to do when you wake up with that sore back.

Christopher Geiser
Clinical Assistant Professor, Exercise Science
Office: (414) 288-6210
Home: (414) 699-6160

Anatomy of a snowball
What kind of snow is the best for packing or sledding? Why is some snow heavier to shovel? What makes a snowball stick together? Christopher Stockdale, associate professor of physics, can analyze the consistency of the white stuff.

Christopher Stockdale
Associate Professor, Physics
Office: (414) 288-7069
Home: (414) 975-9634

Office of Marketing and Communication Contact:
Kate Venne
Director of University Communication
(414) 288-4181 — office
(414) 406-1476 — mobile


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