Posted December 4, 2014

Highlights from recent stories about Temple in the media

Fly in 4 program and President Theobald in Chronicle of Higher Education
Temple President Neil D. Theobald participated in a panel in Miami to discuss a new report on the financial consequences of delaying college completion. Media coverage included descriptions of Fly in 4, Temple’s program to keep students on track to graduate. Students who graduate in six years have nearly double the debt of those who graduate in four, Theobald told The Chronicle. “The money you’re borrowing is more than you’re earning during those extra years,” he said he tells students. “Let’s take that money and get you to graduate so that you’re not working at the mall—you’re out working as an accountant or teacher.”
The Chronicle of Higher Education, The New York Times, The Washington Post, more | Dec. 1, 2014

The new science of adolescence: Steinberg interviewed on NPR’s “Here & Now”
Temple psychologist Laurence Steinberg says new brain science is revealing why adolescence is now lasting through the mid-20s. Steinberg joined “Here & Now” to discuss his latest book, Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence (excerpted as part of the “Here & Now” report). “If we look at the average age of puberty now in the United States, girls are starting puberty around 11 or 12 years old. If you look at when young women are getting married in the U.S., the average age is 27 or 28 years old. So we’re talking about a pretty long span of time.” Steinberg points out that this period is one of tremendous brain plasticity, and he urges us to capitalize on that by supporting young people during this period by influencing them toward positive growth.
National Public Radio | Dec. 1, 2014

Temple Law’s Spiro explains scale of Obama immigration reform to NYT
President Obama’s action to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation and grant them work permits opens a new front in the debate over the scope of presidential authority. He isn’t breaking new ground—Eisenhower, Reagan and George H. W. Bush all used executive powers to carve out a quasi-legal status for certain categories of unauthorized immigrants—but Obama’s decision will affect more lives. “The magnitude and the formality of it is arguably unprecedented,” said Peter J. Spiro of the Beasley School of Law. “It’s fair to say that we have never seen anything quite like this before in terms of the scale.”
The New York Times | Nov. 20, 2014

Theobald, Kaiser and Temple alumni win PBJ Most Admired CEO awards
Neil D. Theobald
, Temple’s president, and Larry R. Kaiser, president and CEO of Temple Health, dean of the School of Medicine and senior executive vice president for the health sciences, were among those voted the region’s Most Admired CEOs by Philadelphia Business Journal readers. Theobald received the most votes in the education category, earning him the Public Choice award. Kaiser was the Public Choice winner in healthcare. Trustee Jay H. Shah, LAW ‘95, FOX ‘95, was named a Most Admired CEO in real estate. Alumni Stephen Starr, SMC ‘76, and Abe Reich, LAW ‘74, were also honored.
Philadelphia Business Journal | Dec. 3, 2014

Temple archaeology students unearth African-American history in New Jersey
Temple archaeology students have unearthed more than 15,000 artifacts at Timbuctoo, a buried village of freed and runaway slaves along Rancocas Creek in New Jersey. “This site fits in with a larger narrative. … It was part of the slaves’ journey, a violent and difficult journey, to freedom,” said Patricia Markert, CLA '10, a Temple student who helped manage Temple’s field project in 2010 and 2011. Christopher Barton, CLA '14, who supervised Temple’s digs as a graduate student, said historical deeds and research show Timbuctoo may have encompassed 40 acres. “The dig at the site is not complete by any stretch of the imagination,” he said.
The Philadelphia Inquirer | Dec. 1, 2014