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    OCTOBER 14, 2004
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In its coverage of the Sept. 30 presidential debate, Newsday reported that “A recent poll by Temple University [the Institute for Public Affairs’ Temple/Inquirer Poll] in the swing state of Pennsylvania found that attitudes on Iraq were among the most reliable indicators of where voters aligned on the presidential race.”

Michael Hagen, director of the Temple’s new Institute for Public Affairs, is quoted in the Toronto Globe and Mail about voter turnout. Hagen told the Canadian national newspaper that “high turnout would be good for Mr. Kerry since much of the voter registration drive is fueled by anger against Mr. Bush.”

Research conducted by College of Health Professions nursing professor Karen M. Schaefer about women with fibromyalgia and the problems that they have with breast-feeding was covered by WebMD. Schaefer’s study suggests how support and relaxation may make breast-feeding easier for sufferers of this chronic condition.

As Mount St. Helens showed signs of a major eruption, geology’s Gene Ulmer was an in-studio guest on Fox 29’s “Good Day Philadelphia.” A volcano expert, Ulmer talked about the situation in Washington state, as well as the volcano sensor being jointly developed by researchers at Temple, Princeton and Penn State universities. He also answered questions as the featured expert in The Metro’s daily “60 Seconds” column.

In an article in The Christian Science Monitor on the tightened grip being kept on campaign protesters, history professor Ralph Young comments on the lessons learned from the demonstrations of the ’60s. “They’ve [Secret Service agents and local authorities] learned how to use restraint and still be very effective.” Young’s two-volume Dissent in America was published this summer.

Medical students are now required to pass tests on their clinical skills, or “bedside manner.” In a report airing on WPVI-TV Channel 6, Medical School professor Elie Kelepouris explained the importance of clinical skills, and medical students Jim Lim and Melissa Ritterman demonstrated how they learn the skills by working with standardized patients, actors trained to portray a patient with a specific illness or condition.

Valerie V. Gay, director of development in the College of Education, is featured in a story in The Philadelphia Inquirer about a National Urban League Young Professionals program to teach sound financial strategies to young African Americans. “People invest in just about anything they do. … People interested in moving themselves forward and their families forward can do it very simply,” she said.

The Mayors’ Technology Summit on Homeland Security, Safety and Economic Development, sponsored by the Center for Competitive Government at The Fox School of Business and Management in cooperation with Washington Mayor Anthony Williams, was covered in the
Oct. 8 Washington Times. The article cited experts at the summit who explained that officials who provide too much detailed information on their community’s Web sites may facilitate terrorist attacks. The two-day summit was attended by about 25 mayors, 30 chief information officers and other city officials.