Temple researchers Justin Shi, Nadine Martin and Emily Keshner recently received a $275,000 grant to develop a virtual speech therapist that will provide people with aphasia with more cost-effective access to repetition and practice exercises that are crucial to speech recovery.
May 1, 2013
Hosted by the College of Science and Technology (CST) Saturday as part of Alumni Weekend, TEDxTempleU explored how scientists investigate the world, embrace uncertainty and discover new knowledge. The event featured two CST students and six CST faculty members, including Assistant Professor of Chemistry Michael Zdilla, who demonstrated the Leidenfrost Effect by putting liquid nitrogen in his mouth during a talk on the uncertain path to renewable fuels.
April 22, 2013
Graduate students in "Criminal Intelligence," a course taught by Temple criminologist Jerry Ratcliffe, are tasked with performing a real strategic intelligence assessment for either the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It’s the first time either of the two agencies’ Philadelphia offices has partnered with a university on a semester-long, in-depth project aimed at helping students learn how to analyze data about a real crime problem in the city.
April 15, 2013
In her new book, “Marketing Schools, Marketing Cities: Who Wins and Who Loses When Schools Become Urban Amenities,” Maia Bloomfield Cucchiara, an urban education professor at Temple, explores the impact of the Center City Schools Initiative on inequality in the School District of Philadelphia.
For 16 years, Robert Stanley, associate professor of chemistry in Temple’s College of Science and Technology, has been studying an enzyme called DNA photolyase, which can repair damage caused by Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Now, through a four-year, $1.07 million grant from NASA, Stanley and his colleagues will explore how this process occurs at both extreme high and low temperatures.
In her forthcoming book, "Ain't No Trust: How Bosses, Boyfriends and Bureaucrats Fail Low-Income Mothers and Why it Matters," Temple sociologist Judith Levine argues that we cannot understand life in poverty without attention to the production and consequences of distrust. For the book, Levine interviewed 95 low-income women on the topics of raising children in poverty and trying to make ends meet. In every interview, she found that distrust was a major barrier to opportunity.
Through a five-year, $1.58 million R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health, Ho-Lun Wong, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences, is using nanoparticles as a delivery system to target the prostate cancer cells with an RNA-based drug.
An examination of 2009-11 Census Bureau data by the Philadelphia Inquirer and Temple Associate Professor of Sociology David Elesh revealed that Philadelphia has the highest rate of deep poverty — people with incomes below half of the poverty line — of any of the nation's 10 most populous cities. The analysis was published in an article in Wednesday's Inquirer that also quoted Assistant Professor of Sociology Judith Levine, who observed that those in deep poverty are more likely to stay mired in it long-term.
Temple’s Center for Neural Decision Making has earned a grant from the Advertising Research Foundation to evaluate responses to television ads in order predict their sales performance. Researchers will compare results from six neurophysiological exams — eye tracking, skin conductance response, heart rate, breathing and brain activity — with sales data to determine which measures best predict advertising performance.
Started five years ago with the support of alumnus Lonnie Moulder and his wife, Sharon, the Moulder Center for Drug Discovery Research in the School of Pharmacy has grown to become the Greater Philadelphia region’s only fully integrated academic drug discovery center.
As life expectancy continues to increase and greater numbers of people reach and surpass the century mark in age, Temple’s Department of Public Health Associate Professor Adam Davey and a group of researchers are using a new method to try to understand the cognitive changes that are part of extreme aging. They published their findings, “Profiles of Cognitive Functioning in a Population-Based Sample of Centenarians Using Factor Mixture Analysis,” in the journal Experimental Aging Research.
A study led by Elizabeth Gunderson, assistant professor of psychology at Temple, found that toddlers who receive parental praise directed at their efforts more than they receive personal praise have a more positive approach to challenges five years later. The study, “Parent Praise to 1-3 Year Olds Predicts Children’s Motivational Frameworks Five Years Later,” published this month in the journal Child Development, also found gender differences in the manner parents offer praise to their children.
A study led by Temple undergraduate student Mary Wolfe and Department of Geography and Urban Studies Associate Professor Jeremy Mennis found that well-maintained vegetation lowered the rates of certain types of crime, such as aggravated assault, robbery and burglary, in urban neighborhoods. The study was funded by a Temple CARAS (Creative Arts, Research And Scholarship) Program grant, established by the Provost’s Office to support undergraduate research.