Posted March 20, 2014

Highlights from recent stories about Temple in the media

Inquirer Business front page: Temple twins' entrepreneurial venture helps Philabundance
Share the fruit you wear. That's the motto behind Fruitstrology, a budding new business of screenprinted tank tops and T-shirts designed by two Temple business students, sisters Rachel and Sarah Stanton. For every shirt sold, fresh fruit is donated through Philabundance to Philadelphia-area children in so-called food deserts, where supermarkets are scarce. The twins, from Bristol, started marketing their shirts in September. “We’re always thinking about the triple bottom line: people, planet and profit,” Rachel Stanton said, citing the creed of the sustainable business movement.

Philadelphia Inquirer | March 18, 2014

What types of students can benefit from an eMBA? Fox's Aaronson explains in U.S. News
While an MBA often appeals to people wanting to switch industries, an executive MBA can attract those who simply want to switch offices. Students often “feel that they need this to move up the ladder and take the next step,” says Bill Aaronson, associate dean for graduate programs in Temple’s Fox School of Business. At Fox, eMBA students come from a range of industries, but there is one that stands out: healthcare. About 20 percent of eMBA classes, which typically have between 25 and 30 people at Fox, come from this field, Aaronson says. “They want to learn more about the business of their industry,” he said.
U.S.News &  World Report | March 20, 2014

New York Times: Kathy Hirsh-Pasek on electronics and child-parent interactions
Temple psychologist Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, author of Einstein Never Used Flashcards, has studied the use of e-books and other electronics by parents and children. She believes the lesson of many recent studies on electronics and the parent-child relationship is that what really matters is the back-and-forth relationship. Parents should “look for something that's active, engaging, meaningful and interactive,” she said. “The bad news and the good news is, you can’t outsource learning to an app, but the good news is there’s really room for us, two minutes of time, five minutes of time, look into our children’s eyes, have the conversation.”
New York Times, Minneapolis StarTribune | March 20, 2014

Remembering Edward Ohlbaum, "at heart a trial lawyer and teacher"
Despite the titles he held and the awards he won, Temple Professor of Law Edward Ohlbaum was a trial lawyer and teacher at heart. An expert on evidence, an advocate for the American justice system, a defender of children's rights and the author of three books, Ohlbaum died March 13 after battling cancer. He kept his condition private and continued working until the day before he died. He spent nearly 30 years on the Temple faculty, during which he conceived, built and sustained a trial advocacy program that has drawn national accolades. “He didn’t care about honors and awards,” said Beasley School of Law Dean JoAnne Epps. “He cared about standing up for people who needed representation, and training our students to do the same.”
Philadelphia Inquirer | March 16, 2014

Temple research: Chronic sleep deprivation may trigger Alzheimer's
Forget the myth that you need less sleep as you get older. In fact, sleep may be even more important later in life than previously believed. Researchers in Temple's School of Medicine believe chronic sleep disturbances could speed up the onset of Alzheimer’s disease in older adults. Researchers studied two groups of mice in an eight-week preclinical study. One group was kept on an adequate sleep schedule while the other received excess light hours, reducing their sleep time. “When we tested the mice for memory, the group which had the reduced sleep demonstrated significant impairment in their working and retention memory, as well as their learning ability,” researcher Domenico Praticò said.
Huffington Post, PsychCentral, University Herald, Medical News Today, Voice of Russia, more | March 18-19, 2014

Inquirer front page: Temple Contemporary's "Funeral For a Home" project
It promises to be the grandest of funerals, with clergy leading a procession through the streets of Mantua, hymns sung by a gospel choir and eulogies delivered by neighbors and friends. But the honored dead is not a person. It is an old, empty, two-story rowhouse with a failing roof. The home’s funeral in May is the conception of a team of artists, historians and civic leaders led by the Tyler School of Art's Temple Contemporary. “We wanted to talk about family, families that lived in that home, how that’s reflective of the broader neighborhood's history,” said Patrick Grossi, a Temple doctoral student and project manager for “Funeral for a Home.”
Philadelphia Inquirer | March 16, 2014

TUJ scholar's research on post-3/11 Fukushima radiation in media spotlight
When the USS Ronald Reagan arrived off the coast of Japan in March 2011, it was greeted by radiation levels that far exceeded what Navy leadership had been told to expect by the Japanese government, according to a new report in the Asia-Pacific Journal by sociologist Kyle Cleveland of Temple University, Japan Campus. “I’ve interviewed some 160 people, including diplomats and diplomatic staff and people within the various nuclear agencies,” Cleveland said. “There was a great deal of disagreement and a great deal of debate backstage about just how bad this was.”
Stars and Stripes, RT (Russia), Al Jazeera, Democracy Now!, many more | March 19-23, 2014

Temple sociologist explores pop culture in new media book
“Philly makes you get used to being in lots of rooms with lots of different people,” says Temple University sociologist Dustin Kidd. “When I walk into a new room, whether it’s a classroom [on campus], a hall in a museum, a weight room at the gym, I always ask myself, ‘Where are the women? Are they in the room? Are they doing the same things as men or different things?’ Asking that question quickly lends itself to asking lots of similar questions.” Kidd asks those questions and more in his new book, Pop Culture Freaks: Identity, Mass Media, and Society. An exploration of the role social identity has on its perceptions in pop culture, Kidd’s book serves as a catalyst to start discussions of very serious topics in not-so-serious ways.
Philadelphia Weekly | March 18, 2014

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