Posted September 25, 2014

Highlights from recent stories about Temple in the media

The Wall Street Journal features glass art by Tyler instructor and alumna
A WSJ story on collectible art glass prominently featured the work of Tyler School of Art instructor and alumna Amber Cowan, a sculptor who uses glass as her primary medium. "There was a time when glass was a craft," wrote Peter Green, "but in recent years it has become something more: an established art form, and an attractive—and affordable—investment. ... There are newer artists whose pieces fetch prices from $5,000 to $15,000, including Amber Cowan, whose floral hangings use recycled mid-century pressed glass." A photograph of Cowan's work illustrated the story.
The Wall Street Journal | Sept. 21, 2014

Steinberg makes case for "delayed adulthood" in The New York Times
"One of the most notable demographic trends of the last two decades has been the delayed entry of young people into adulthood," wrote Temple psychologist Laurence Steinberg, author of the new book Age of Opportunity: Lessons From the New Science of Adolescence, in the NYT's "Sunday Review." "Postponing the settled, responsible patterns of adulthood is seen as a bad thing," he argued. "This is too pessimistic. Prolonged adolescence, in the right circumstances, is actually a good thing, for it fosters novelty-seeking and the acquisition of new skills."
The New York Times | Sept. 22, 2014

New Temple Health project sees medical crisis as catalyst for drug treatment
Hospitals, especially in poor urban areas, tend to see a small group of patients who are constantly in and out of their facility. To provide better care for these patients, cut costs and avoid penalties for high readmission rates, Temple Health is trying a new approach: connecting at-risk patients to drug treatment. "We have 80 patients that account for 400 admissions a year—80 patients, that's huge," said Steven Carson of the Institute for Population Health. Many of their patients have substance abuse problems, "so they are in and out of our emergency room, they are sicker with their chronic conditions."

WHYY/NewsWorks | Sept. 22, 2014

Would U.S. have right of "hot pursuit" in Syria? Spiro's analysis
Secretary of State John Kerry has raised the idea of a "right of hot pursuit" across borders—a concept with little grounding in international law—as a basis for attacks on Islamic State militants and an al-Qaida affiliate in Syria. In a widely distributed Associated Press story, Peter J. Spiro of Temple's Beasley School of Law said the hot-pursuit doctrine is well-established in criminal law. It's used to justify U.S. law enforcement pursuit of an armed fugitive across state lines. But "without some justification or U.N. National Security Council authorization, any use of force will comprise a violation of Syrian sovereignty," he said.
ABC News, Fox News, Yahoo! News, Stars and Stripes, Chicago Sun-Times, Washington Times, San Francisco Chronicle, many more | Sept. 23, 2014

Temple Health's Herrine discusses national breast-feeding push on NPR
Philadelphia's major birthing hospitals—including Temple University Hospital—have stopped giving formula bags to new mothers. It's part of a nationwide effort to encourage breast-feeding. "We anticipated patients would be disappointed in not receiving the bags, and there was often discussion over the years about if we get rid of the bags, then patients will go to other hospitals to get the bag," said Gail M. Herrine, medical director of TUH's Postpartum Unit, on NPR's Here & Now. "So the fact that all the hospitals together got rid of the bags makes it so that there's no competition. We're all in this together."
National Public Radio | Sept. 1, 2014

Sociologist Levine on Philadelphia poverty trends
According to recent U.S. Census Bureau estimates, the number of poor people in Philadelphia dropped slightly between 2012 and 2013. The slight improvement in Philadelphia's poverty rate can't mask a persistent problem: The number of residents living in deep poverty (income 50 percent or less of the federal poverty level) remained virtually static. This "core of deeply disadvantaged people are nowhere near leaving poverty," said Temple sociologist Judith Levine, a poverty expert. And even though poverty fell somewhat, "it's not a huge difference," she said. "We're a long way from celebrating."
The Philadelphia Inquirer | Sept. 19, 2014

Coltrane birthday and record release celebrated at Paley Library, on WRTI
Sept. 23, would have been John Coltrane's 88th birthday. Temple Libraries honored the day with a Coltrane panel at Paley Library moderated by WRTI-FM's J. Michael Harrison. But there was more than a birthday to celebrate. There's a just released recording of a legendary Coltrane concert at Temple's Mitten Hall that was recorded by Temple students working at WRTI in 1966, eight months before his death. Offering: Live at Temple University restores an often bootlegged recording of the saxophone colossus and onetime Philly resident at his spiritual and improvisational peak.
The Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, WRTI-FM, Rolling Stone, and many more | Sept. 22-23, 2014

Temple Law's Caine on First Amendment and SEPTA's refusal of controversial ads
When an anti-Islamic group approached transit authorities in New York, Washington and Philadelphia about advertising on buses, officials in all three cities disapproved. Yet only SEPTA officials decided to reject the controversial ads. "The most fundamental principle of the First Amendment is that you may never bar any message based upon the content of the message," said Burton Caine of Temple's Beasley School of Law. "This is absolutely prohibited, what SEPTA is doing. The whole point of the First Amendment is to protect speech that offends. No exceptions."
Philadelphia Daily News | Sept. 23, 2014

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