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    DECEMBER 8, 2005
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Protecting kids from lead poisoning

Photo by Kelly & Massa

Temple Health Connection recently co-sponsored the “Keeping Our Children Lead-Free” ceremony at the Norris Homes Community Center, located adjacent to Main Campus.

The event celebrated Philadelphia’s efforts to prevent lead poisoning in children. During the event, infants and toddlers were tested for lead, and Health Connection director Nancy Rothman, professor of nursing at the College of Health Professions (at right), spoke with families about the National Nursing Centers Consortium’s Lead Safe Babies program, in which Temple Health Connection is an active participant.

Co-sponsors included the Environmental Protection Agency and the Philadelphia Department of Health.

- Tyana McAllister

Biology major wins conference award


Richard Fandino, a senior biology major, placed second in the poster competition at the Alliance for Minority Participation’s ninth annual Philadelphia Research Symposium and Mentoring Conference, held at the University of Delaware in early November.

Fandino, who has worked in the lab of biology professor Jacqueline Tanaka (center) for the past two years, has been involved in exploring mutations in the photoreceptor ion channels that convert light information into electrical signals that are transferred into the visual processing centers of the brain, along with co-investigator Gulseher Sirin (right), a junior biochemistry major.

Earlier this year, Fandino co-authored a paper with Tanaka and Jannette Carey, a chemistry faculty member at Princeton University. The paper was published in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science. Fandino plans to attend graduate school in environmental science.

- Preston M. Moretz

Drop-in tutorials

Bob Lannon, an Honors student who tutors at the Russell Conwell Center, helps Thanhlang Vo with an assignment in the tutoring center’s office at 1700 N. Broad St.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day through Dec. 16, students can drop by the Russell Conwell Center at 1700 N. Broad, room 200, for study support and fortification through coffee and doughnuts.

Tutorial center staff will help students to prepare for final exams and papers.

For more information, contact the Russell Conwell Center at 215-204-1251, or visit www.temple.edu/rcc.



Club to tackle banned book


Temple Book Club follows past discussions of Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being and Elizabeth Graver’s The Honey Thief with the coming-of-age novel Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky.

Since its release in 1999, Perks has become a bestseller — and a target for criticism of its portrayals of teen sexuality and drug use.

It was listed by the American Library Association as being one of the Top Banned Books in the United States in 2004.

Join the book club Wednesday, Dec. 14, 1–2 p.m. Paley Library, ground floor, Paley Lecture Hall.
Bring your lunch. Beverages and light snacks are provided.

If you would like to be added to the book club’s Listserv or would like more information, contact Margaret Jerrido at mj@temple.edu or 215-204-6639.