Posted September 11, 2014

Highlights from recent stories about Temple in the media

Tyler's Drueding explains how graphic design major has changed since first U.S. News rankings
When U.S.News & World Report released its inaugural college rankings in 1983, many of today's most popular majors were already in demand. The content of some of these degree programs has changed, but their core missions are the same. Before computers were a common tool of the profession, students studying graphic design created everything by hand, said Alice Drueding, head of graphic and interactive design at Temple's Tyler School of Art. "The computer, in some ways, has empowered our imaginations," said Drueding. Today's graphic designers are putting their experience with digital media to work in industries such as film and advertising.
U.S.News & World Report | Sept. 9, 2014

USA Today: TUJ sociologist Cleveland on bleak job prospects for Japan's young people
Last year, only about two-thirds of Japanese college graduates found full-time jobs, according to Japan's Education Ministry. "Job prospects for young people throughout Japan today are really awful," said sociologist Kyle Cleveland, associate director of the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies at Temple University Japan. "The system of lifetime employment and economic security has broken down. You now have a system in which young people are the weakest link. It's just part-time or temporary work. That puts them in a situation of chronic marginal employment with no real hope of economic security."
USA Today | Sept. 7, 2014

CHPSW's Butcher-Poffley on the inner psychological world of the football kicker
All professional athletes face pressure, but few face as much intense, focused pressure as NFL and college football kickers. They have also earned a reputation as the sport's oddballs. Sports psychologist Lois Butcher-Poffley of Temple's Department of Kinesiology has counseled college kickers for more than a decade. A specialized role in a particular sport sometimes can attract "a quirky kind of person," she said. "You hear all the time, 'Kickers are head cases.' No, they're not," Butcher-Poffley said. "They're just in a unique position. It's like a pro golfer with a putt. If they take in too much information, they'll tank it."
The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Sacramento Bee | Sept. 4, 2014

Campus bicycle registration program continues; thefts down 50 percent
Temple is offering a free bicycle registration program to students. Student Margarita Hoelper participated by filling out an online form. “I just gave the make and model," she said. "You can upload a picture. It’s really pretty simple.” Bikes get two stickers. “One that is conspicuous says it has been registered by our department, and one underneath with a special number,” said Charles Leone, Temple's executive director of Campus Safety Services. “So if we or the Philadelphia police see it, because we partner with Philly, they can check to see if it’s one of the bikes that is registered with us.” Students also receive a free U-lock. Leone said bicycle theft has gone down 50 percent from August of last year, when the program started.
KYW Newsradio | Sept. 9, 2014

SMC's Harper on media, NFL and domestic violence incident
"Even though he played football just up the road from the media epicenter of the world, Ray Rice’s off-the-field crimes went virtually uncovered until the self-described gossip and entertainment website came up with a videotape showing Rice knocking out his then-fiancee," wrote Temple Journalism's Christopher Harper. "Why didn’t the heavy hitters of sports journalism get the surveillance video? The four big television networks pay roughly $5 billion a year to broadcast NFL games. CBS, Fox and NBC also operate major news divisions; Disney owns ESPN and also ABC News. Journalists from these outlets venture into investigating football stars and the game at some significant risk."
The Washington Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer | Sept. 10, 2014

Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame opens at Beasley School of Law
The Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame opened this week at Temple's Beasley School of Law. The hall was founded in 2009 by The Trial Lawyer magazine but hasn't had a physical home until now. Its goal: to honor trial lawyers "who have left an indelible mark on the American legal tradition through a lifetime of service to the American public, the Constitution and the American trial bar." The hall, which was funded by donations, is free and open to the public. "We chose Philadelphia because it's the seat of democracy," said Howard Nations, a hall inductee and Houston trial lawyer. Temple Law's trial advocacy programs are ranked No. 2 in the nation by U.S. News.
Philadelphia Daily News, WHYY/NewsWorks | Sept. 10, 2014

Steinberg on the teen brain: Wired for risk and responsive to an audience
Many of us believe if we arm our teens with enough facts they won’t drink and drive, smoke pot, or have unsafe sex. And despite the U.S. spending billions on educating teens on the dangers, those behaviors persist. In a new book, Age of Opportunity: Lessons From the New Science of Adolescence, Temple psychologist Laurence Steinberg explains that teens know the risks as adults do. What they don’t have is the self-control and self-regulation. That is due, he said, to their developing brains. “Risk taking is a natural, hardwired and evolutionarily understandable feature of adolescence. Heightened risk raking during adolescence is normal and, to some extent, inevitable.”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Sept. 5, 2014

Is Congressional approval needed for ISIS action? Political scientist Yom's take
Does President Obama need authority from Congress to launch additional military action against the terror group known as ISIS? Temple political scientist Sean Yom said President Obama's need for Congressional approval depends on how he frames the military action. “If what he calls for is a long-term military engagement in Syria and Iraq, that may someday require boots on the ground in addition to air strikes against ISIS targets," Yom said. "He will, I think, find demand for Congressional approval rising not only from his own party but among the Republicans and the public, as well."
KYW Newsradio | Sept. 10, 2014

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