A day at the zoo
Photo by Robert Cabello
In an unusual collaboration, Sean Harbison, associate professor of surgery at the School of Medicine, recently operated on Demba, (right), a 34-year-old gorilla at the Philadelphia Zoo.
Harbison, a friend of the zoo’s veterinarian, was asked to assist in removing a large mass in Demba’s abdomen. Primates are anatomically very similar to humans, Harbison said.
According to a Philadelphia Inquirer story, the zoo needed someone who “knew primate anatomy and who could deal with anything.”
While surgery at the zoo is not rare, it is infrequent, especially on gorillas.
- Eryn Jelesiewicz
Student-athletes coached on alcohol use
Mike Green, founder and president of Collegiate Consultants on Drugs and Alcohol, made a presentation on the realities of alcohol use and abuse to nearly 540 Temple student-athletes on Jan. 24 at McGonigle Hall.
Green, a former NCAA athlete and football coach, led an interactive workshop to educate the students about the effects of drugs and alcohol consumption on campus and provide strategies for personal accountability and responsible decision-making.
A recognized leader in the field of drug and alcohol awareness, Green has spoken at more than 2,000 campuses nationwide over the past 18 years in an effort to make drug and alcohol awareness and education an integral part of student life.
Grounds crews answer call after snow
The grounds department, a division of Facilities Management’s division of support services, spun into motion during late January’s snowstorm to keep Temple’s campuses safe and operational.
Grounds staff and employees from housekeeping, service operations, and trade (at the Health Sciences Center) departments, with support from contractors, coordinate to remove snow and ice from Temple’s campuses each winter. They use more than 100 pieces of snow removal equipment ranging from snow throwers and salt spreaders to front-end loaders. The department also subscribes to year-round custom weather forecasting for the Philadelphia and suburban campuses through AccuWeather.