Posted October 2, 2014

Highlights from recent stories about Temple in the media

PBJ cover story: Temple’s community college partnerships
A Temple degree “has always been my goal,” said Ashley Caldwell. But she wasn’t sure if she could afford it, so she turned to Delaware County Community College. This fall, Caldwell transferred to Temple’s School of Media and Communication. She’s one of many students taking advantage of partnerships between community colleges and four-year institutions. Temple President Neil D. Theobald said community college is an affordable way to access a world-class Temple education. “The big issue in transferring from community college is transferring your credits. ... So we make sure we work very closely with the faculty at community colleges.”
Philadelphia Business Journal | Oct. 2, 2014

Morgan Hall highlighted in story about residence hall trends
More freshmen hope to live alone these days. At Temple's Mitchell and Hilarie Morgan Hall, students choose from various floor plans that include singles. Freshman Dionysius Nugin-Waites wanted a single, but ended up in a five-person suite that included a one-person bedroom. "I love it," she said. She has free rein to decorate her room (a large photo accompanies the article), and when she wants company, she walks out to join her suite mates. Temple limits the number of private beds, said Kevin W. Williams, director of residential life. "Our fundamental belief here is that our first-year students learn better, build better connections and are more engaged if they have to interact with people."
The Philadelphia Inquirer | Oct. 1, 2014

Better state regulation of dietary supplements needed, CHPSW study finds
A public-health lawyer at Temple’s College of Health Professions and Social Work said states need to step in in an area where the federal government has failed—regulating the marketing of supplements sold for weight loss and muscle building. Jennifer Pomeranz said state attorneys general have the power to challenge the claims of supplement makers. "They could urge marketers in their states to prove—with scientific evidence—that their claims are, in fact, valid. State governments also conduct laboratory testing. ... They could ban products; they can institute safety warnings and education for their consumers," she said.
WHYY/NewsWorks | Sept. 29, 2014

New “smart” catheters help Temple doctors navigate the heart
Joshua M. Cooper
, a professor at Temple’s School of Medicine, inserted a catheter through a vein in a patient’s groin and into her heart. His delicate task: detect heart cells that had gone rogue and destroy them. The procedure has become quite safe in the hands of a skilled practitioner. But it’s not always effective in patients with atrial fibrillation, a type of abnormal heart rhythm. That’s why Cooper uses a new kind of "smart" catheter that tells whether he is making good contact inside the heart so he can disable the cells that trigger erratic rhythms. "You want to give exactly the right amount of energy at each specific spot,” he said. “Too little, and you lose effectiveness. Too much, and you could potentially damage an adjacent structure."
The Philadelphia Inquirer | Sept. 28, 2014

Philadelphia magazine story on “red hot” Temple
Philadelphia magazine’s October issue includes a feature story on Temple, Temple Athletics and President Neil D. Theobald. The article highlights the university’s momentum in areas ranging from facilities to research, access and admissions. “We had 27,000 applications for 4,500 slots this past year,” Theobald said. Temple benefits from a number of national trends, writes the author. “Urban schools are hot right now—they provide access to better internships and research projects, not to mention nightlife. And Temple is a poster child for campus diversity.” Others quoted include football Coach Matt Rhule, Faculty Senate President Mark Rahdert, Vice President and Director of Athletics Kevin Clark, and Vice President for Strategic Marketing and Communications Karen Clarke.
Philadelphia magazine | October 2014

CLA’s Simon explains how Starbucks’ cups became icons
Starbucks’ disposable coffee cups—with the company’s distinctive mermaid logo—have become commercial and cultural touchstones. Temple historian Bryant Simon, author of Everything but the Coffee: Learning About America From Starbucks, relates the folklore of how Madison Avenue interns used to splurge on a $5 Starbucks latte, drink it and then carry the empty cup around for the remainder of the week. “They wanted people to see them with the cup,” he said. “Through the intervention of users, Starbucks was able to make that cup shorthand for someone who was discerning, sophisticated and had enough money to waste on coffee.”
Adweek | Sept. 29, 2014

Media outlets come to Temple to cover SMC’s Lew Klein Awards
The School of Media and Communication’s annual presentation of the Lew Klein Awards earned a broad range of media attention. The star of the day was NBC’s Brian Williams, who received the Lew Klein Excellence in the Media Award in Mitten Hall before joining Temple students in Annenberg Hall for a spirited question-and-answer session. Winners of 2014 Lew Klein Alumni in the Media awards included NBC10’s Tracy Davidson and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Oates (the subject of a WHYY/NewsWorks story), as well as Gerhart Klein, Larry Margasak, Claire Smith and Meredith Avakian-Hardaway.
NBC10, WHYY/NewsWorks, KYW News Radio, 6ABC, CBS3, The Philadelphia Inquirer, many more | Sept. 26-27, 2014

Steinberg on Radio Times: A new way to think about adolescence
Temple psychologist Laurence Steinberg, author of Age of Opportunity: Lessons From the New Science of Adolescence, wants to change the way we think about adolescence. Instead of looking at teenagers’ lives as a problem waiting to happen, we should consider that time in life as one filled with opportunity. Steinberg joined Radio Times to discuss his research and his new book. Adolescents are hard-wired to take risks, he told host Marty Moss-Coane, yet parents and society at large can help adolescents be more self-conscious and aware of the implications of their behavior.
WHYY-FM’s Radio Times | Sept. 22, 2014

SMC’s Novak analyzes Eric Frein’s emerging cult status in social media
Eric Frein, the man accused of killing state police Cpl. Bryon Dickson, is being celebrated in some corners of social media. Alison Novak, an assistant professor in Temple's School of Media and Communication, said some may be intrigued by Frein's "technique and ability" in eluding trained trackers. But it is a mistake to think people who are curious about Frein are necessarily supporting him. "Most of the time this digital content—YouTube videos, Facebook and Twitter posts—is a way for the public to vent their frustrations and anxieties about the possibility that someone can commit a terrible crime and avoid punishment," she said.
Allentown Morning Call | Sept. 30, 2014

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