Posted November 13, 2014

Highlights from recent stories about Temple in the media

Feinstein Center’s Free to Be event on front page of Inquirer
In 1974, Marlo Thomas created Free to Be…You and Me, the seminal album, book and TV special that introduced ideas about feminism and gender to a generation of children. Temple’s Feinstein Center for American Jewish History co-hosted an event celebrating Free to Be’s legacy. "It's an album that opened up questions of multiculturalism," said Temple historian Lila Corwin Berman, director of the center and an event panelist. "There had been, for many decades, a reluctance on Jews’ parts to be public about being different. The goal had been to fit in. Then there was a shift in the ’60s. …This album is all about enshrining difference with a stamp of American-ness."
The Philadelphia Inquirer | Nov. 2, 2014

Historian Bailey tells New York Times why Army cuts hit career soldiers hard
For the first time since the end of the Cold War in the 1990s, the Army is shrinking. Faced with declining budgets, the largest of the services cut its force this year by 22,000 soldiers. “They recruit with all kinds of promises, whether it’s career benefits or something more amorphous like being part of something bigger,” said Temple historian Beth Bailey, who studies the Army. “They support families in a way that makes it a whole lifestyle. People become part of an insulated Army culture. For that to suddenly be taken away, I’m not surprised they feel betrayed.”
The New York Times | Nov. 12, 2014

Philadelphia magazine Q&A on HIV research with Medicine’s Khalili
Philadelphia magazine’s “Conversation Issue”—a special issue highlighted by discussions with “the 50 most intriguing people in Philly”—included an interview with Kamel Khalili, chair of the School of Medicine’s Department of Neuroscience, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Carl June. Khalili, who led a research team that successfully eliminated HIV-1 from cultured human cells for the first time, was asked if he believes a cure is now possible. “See, about 10 years ago, even five years ago, we couldn’t talk about a cure,” he said. “Now, you can talk about it. So yes, I would say in public that there’s a possibility for curing HIV. I really believe that.”
Philadelphia magazine | November 2014

LA Times op-ed by psychologist Steinberg: Should 16-year-olds vote?
Temple psychologist Laurence Steinberg argued that 16-year-olds are mature enough to vote—an opinion he backed up with research. “This election day, more than 8 million Americans who are perfectly capable of making informed and reasoned political decisions will be denied the privilege of voting. I'm talking about 16- and 17-year-olds,” he wrote. “Most aspects of emotional and intellectual maturity reach adult levels sometime between 15 and 22. Adolescents’ judgment in situations that permit measured decision-making and consultation with others—what psychologists call ‘cold cognition’—is just as mature as that of adults by 16.”
Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer | Nov. 3–9, 2014

WHYY-FM profiles Medicine’s Guy, robotic surgeon
In its weekly “Recap” segment, WHYY-FM visited with T. Sloane Guy, associate professor in the School of Medicine and chief of both cardiovascular surgery and robotic surgery at Temple University Hospital. Guy gave listeners a summary of a week in his life as a heart surgeon. “People might think that we’re just technicians that technically perform procedures, but we’re involved extensively in the preoperative management of these patients before surgery and the postoperative management,” he said. “But all of it is basically focused on one goal, and that is to improve the care of patients.”
WHYY/NewsWorks | Nov. 6, 2014

Spiro comments in AP story on striking down of Arizona immigration law
Arizona’s experiment in immigration enforcement is falling apart in the courts. A recent ruling that struck down the state's 2005 immigrant smuggling law marks the latest in a string of restrictions placed by the courts on Arizona's effort to get local police to take action on illegal immigration. "There may be some broad sympathy within a constituency for these laws, but that constituency isn't enough to overcome the problems those laws pose," said Peter Spiro, an immigration law expert at Temple’s Beasley School of Law, in a widely distributed Associated Press story.
ABC News, CBS News, Miami Herald, The Denver Post, The Charlotte Observer, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Houston Chronicle, The Washington Times, Yahoo News, many more | Nov. 2–14, 2014

Temple pulmonologist: How to cover your coughs and sneezes
Flu season is creeping closer with every passing day; do you know the right way to prevent the spread of germs that can make you and others sick? It turns out the most routine and habitual way of using your hands to cover up isn’t the best choice when dealing with your respiratory issues. "You should sneeze into a tissue or paper towel," said School of Medicine Associate Professor A. James Mamary, MED ’99, a pulmonologist at the Temple Lung Center. "If you don't have those with you, you can sneeze into the crook of your elbow. Just make sure you put that clothing into the wash at night." | Oct. 30, 2014

CPH’s Fisher explains the mysteries of picky eaters to Huff Post readers
It's hard for parents to understand how toddlers can go from eating everything to barely touching their meals and why some kids are so reluctant to try new foods. One of the experts with tips for parents is Jennifer Orlet Fisher of the College of Public Health. Parents, she said, need to know that fear of new foods is biological. “The thinking is that food neophobia, the fear of new foods, has evolved to protect kids as they become more mobile and are able to ingest foods," she said, adding that some foods are just easier to like. "Children have evolved to like sweet foods. That's why fruits are highly acceptable and easy to like while vegetables are the least preferred."
Huffington Post | Nov. 12, 2014

SMC’s Gluck on CBS News’ new experiment with streaming
One of the nation’s leading broadcast news operations is joining the cord-cutting trend. CBS News is now streaming 24/7—most of it live, anchored coverage. The digital network is called CBSN, and it’s available on internet-connected screens from smartphones to computers and televisions. “I think it’s quite shrewd positioning to be able to distribute your product on many platforms—and engender new audiences as you do it,” said Paul Gluck, SMC ’76, associate professor of media studies and production at Temple. “I think they’re encouraging so-called cord-cutters to cut costs, but also to be able to find the same content that they enjoy.”
KYW Newsradio | Nov. 7, 2014

Temple’s Strengths-based Family Workers program featured in Virginia media
After graduating from Temple’s Credential for Strengths-based Family Workers (SFW) program offered at the Monticello Area Community Action Agency (MACAA), 10 workers in the Charlottesville, Virginia, area are now certified in a new approach to help families in need. “We're from the beginning talking to the family, getting to know them, getting trust developed between us so the family can really open up and feel like they're in a safe place,” said MACAA course teacher Lindell Chavis. SFW, which is led by Myka Piatt, is offered nationally through Temple University Harrisburg in conjunction with professional partner organizations in 13 states.
NBC29 (Charlottesville, Virginia) | Oct. 31, 2014

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