Temple employee goes to bat for bats

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Brenda Malinics, director of alumni relations at Temple's School of Pharmacy, says bats are misunderstood animals, thanks in large part to their portrayal in movies. She recently hosted an "All about Bats" program at Ridley Creek State Park to dispel some of the myths surrounding the flying mammals. "The misconceptions come from Hollywood," she said, adding that they're quite vulnerable: Due to habitat loss, lack of food and a fungal infection epidemic, "bats may disappear from Pennsylvania in the next 10 years," she said.