Posted October 16, 2014

Highlights from recent stories about Temple in the media

Diamond Marching Band “making big noise nationally”
The Diamond Marching Band (DMB) has been on a roll. They have doubled in size, performed in movies, and earned praise from USA Today, Rolling Stone and the pop artists they cover. "A lot of good things have been happening around here that have helped: new instruments, new uniforms, the football team doing better," said Boyer College of Music and Dance faculty member Matthew Brunner, DMB’s director. DMB has been a national leader in using technology—apps, tablets and smartphones—to learn complex drills and music. "There's this feeling in your heart when you're playing that's indescribable," said freshman Daphne Saatchi. The story includes a photo gallery and a performance video.
The Philadelphia Inquirer | Oct. 12, 2014

Temple study: Relationship stress puts teen girls at depression risk
Teen girls have more relationship-related stress than boys, which puts them at greater risk for depression, a new study finds. "These findings draw our focus to the important role of stress as a potential causal factor in the development of vulnerabilities to depression, particularly among girls, and could change the way that we target risk for adolescent depression," said lead author Jessica Hamilton, a psychology graduate student at Temple. "Parents, educators and clinicians should understand that girls' greater exposure to [stress] places them at risk for vulnerability to depression and, ultimately, depression itself," she said.
U.S. News & World Report,, ScienceDaily, The Economic Times (India), many more | Oct. 8-16, 2014

“High-end dorm living”: Metropolis magazine feature story on Morgan Hall
The architecture magazine Metropolis published a handsome story on Mitchell and Hilarie Morgan Hall, which was designed by Dan Kelley, principal architect with MGA Partners. “The project, which comprises a 27-story tower and two adjacent housing blocks, is the fulcrum of Temple’s urban campus,” wrote author Anna Kats. “The tallest structure north of Center City, Morgan Hall’s tower is Temple’s definitive architectural object. Its curtain wall facade incorporates rhythmic bands of white tile, while the charcoal brick [that clads] the service core creates continuity with the area’s red-brick institutional buildings.”
Metropolis | October 2014

Medicine’s Farnon tells CBS News about challenges of managing Ebola patients
In Dallas, the investigation into the spread of Ebola from Liberian patient Thomas Eric Duncan to nurse Nina Pham is focusing on two areas: how protective garb was removed and the intensive medical procedures Duncan received. "Removing the equipment can really be the highest risk. You have to be extremely careful and have somebody watching you to make sure you remember all the steps," said Eileen Farnon of Temple’s School of Medicine, who formerly worked at the Centers for Disease Control and led teams investigating past Ebola outbreaks in Africa. "After every step, you usually would do hand hygiene.”
CBS News | Oct. 13, 2014

Blockson Collection curator Turner on local roots of “We Shall Overcome”
People worldwide are familiar with the civil rights anthem "We Shall Overcome," popularized by Pete Seeger and sung by striking workers in the South in the mid-1940s. But its roots go much deeper. "If you look at the songs from the civil rights movement, the core of that tradition goes back to Negro spirituals," said Diane Turner, curator of Temple Libraries’ Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection. The song is thought to have descended from a composition by Philadelphia African-American minister Charles Albert Tindley. "It was after W.E.B. Du Bois had written 'The Philadelphia Negro,’" said Turner. "Philadelphia was very important."
WHYY/NewsWorks | Oct. 16, 2014

Steinberg tells NYT why teens are “too young to know better” in interrogations
A study of videotaped police interrogations has added to the accumulating evidence that teenagers are psychologically vulnerable at the gateway to the criminal justice system. “Adolescents are more oriented to the present, so they are less likely than adults to be thinking about the future consequences of what they’re saying,” said Temple psychologist Laurence Steinberg. “The police often promise kids things in the present. ‘If you just tell me you did it, you can go see your mom.’ And because the brain’s reward systems are hypersensitive during adolescence, that immediate reward of confessing will trump the thinking of, ‘What will happen when I come back to court in a month?’”
The New York Times | Oct. 7, 2014

SMC’s Jaroff on Americans’ changing TV news consumption habits
A traditionalist would tell you HBO’s John Oliver ought not be mentioned in the same breath as Scott Pelley, David Muir or Brian Williams. In just a few years, however, traditionalists won’t be the people consuming the bulk of TV news. “The number of students in my department who watch TV news daily seems to be shrinking over the last few years,” noted Peter Jaroff, an assistant professor in Temple’s School of Media and Communication, who worked as a TV-news producer for 30 years. “Many have also relied on Jon Stewart, John Oliver or Stephen Colbert for their news, which is hilarious and disturbing at the same time.”
Variety | Oct. 13, 2014

How bankruptcy could help manage diocesan sex abuse lawsuits
If the Diocese of Winona in Minnesota files for bankruptcy, as a bishop warned the Vatican in March, it could help the diocese negotiate its growing liability from monetary awards in clergy sex abuse lawsuits. A filing would make the Winona diocese the first in the state—and at least the 12th in the nation—to seek bankruptcy protection. A contemplation of bankruptcy is not surprising for the diocese, said Jonathan Lipson of Temple’s Beasley School of Law, who has studied Catholic Church bankruptcies. "So many dioceses have found that bankruptcy is an effective way, or could be an effective way, to manage liability of this sort," he said.
Minnesota Public Radio | Oct. 7, 2014

Students at Tyler’s new design incubator create “beautiful” products
Temple’s new design incubator, the Hatchery, is bringing student designs to market, literally. People could buy the products the students designed and manufactured at the Hatchery’s first pop-up market during the citywide DesignPhiladelphia event. “We are turning projects into products and giving them life beyond student portfolios,” said Bryan Satalino, the Tyler School of Art faculty member who runs the incubator. Student products include a wooden iPhone case engraved with designer-friendly information, a minimalist chicken-shaped clock and an apparel line. The Hatchery was the brainchild of Stephanie Knopp, chair of Graphic and Interactive Design.
Technically Philly | Oct. 8, 2014

TUJ’s Kingston weighs in on Indonesian political climate
Joko Widodo hasn't even been sworn in as Indonesia's president yet, and already the young outsider is being painted as a failure by the old-school leader he defeated. The man who lost to Widodo in the July elections—former Suharto-era general Prabowo Subianto—at first refused to concede. Ever since, he's seemed bent on undercutting Widodo in any way he can. "[Widodo’s] style is far more appealing to Indonesians, and Prabowo is wearing out his welcome as a sore loser and spoiler," said Jeff Kingston of Temple University Japan. The new president, Kingston said, may just need to "get out of Prabowo's way as he alienates voters."
Bloomberg | Oct. 16, 2014

How does acetaminophen work? “We don’t know,” said Pharmacy’s Raffa
Acetaminophen, the pain-relieving and fever-reducing drug that’s the active ingredient in Tylenol, continues to defy categorization, said Robert B. Raffa of Temple’s School of Pharmacy. He and others have suggested that acetaminophen indirectly uses communication systems similar to those tapped by opioids such as morphine. Yet it’s neither an opioid nor a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. Experts studying acetaminophen each focus on questions that fit within their own small corners of expertise. “We’re only getting hints from each of the groups,” Raffa said. “If we could put it all together, I think we would have the whole story.”
Chemical & Engineering News | July 21, 2014

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