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Media disaster training

Photo by Ryan S. Brandenberg/University Photography

Hurricane Katrina revealed the impact of poor communications on the public during an emergency: chaos, distress and alarm. As part of an ongoing initiative to improve risk and emergency communication in the Philadelphia area, Sarah Bass, assistant professor of public health in the College of Health Professions, along with others from Temple’s department of public health and the Center for Preparedness, Research, Education and Practice (C-PREP), recently held a daylong media preparedness and camera-readiness training program for local law enforcement and city public health professionals.

Alice Hausman (above right), chair of public health at the College of Health Professions, practiced camera skills while being questioned by reporters about a mock disaster.

“Effective communications during a disaster provides for people’s doubts,” Bass said. Local reporters Amy Caples and Cindy Hamill, along with broadcast telecommunications and mass media professor Elizabeth Leebron, offered participants a chance to learn what the media need in a crisis and how media and emergency responders can work together.

- Tyana McAllister

Architecture students display interactive installation

Photo by Betsy Manning/University Photography

For two weeks in late March and early April, 18 architecture students in the elective course “Architecture as Installation/Intervention”
displayed their collaborative, interactive installation piece at Sixth and Diamond streets.

The installation was part of the architecture program’s growing design/build initiative, in which students explore site-specific ideas and full-scale fabrication techniques.

“Students drew on their experiences as designers and their understanding of the neighborhood in creating the installation,” course instructor Diana Nicholas said.

Connecting the community to Medicare

Photo by Joseph V. Labolito/University Photography

The Liacouras Center opened its doors April 13 to seniors from the local community who were interested in the new Medicare drug benefit.

Encouraging them to register were U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao (standing left), and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Mike Leavitt (standing right).

Several hundred local residents took advantage of the opportunity to register for the Medicare Part D during the morning event.

EarthFest 2006

Photo courtesy Temple University Ambler
The Kids Grow Expo and Junior Flower Show are part of EarthFest at Ambler, offered by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. The Expo includes interactive events and exhibits promoting environmental awareness and the use of sustainable concepts, methods and practices to protect and preserve the environment.

This Friday, April 21, head up to Temple University Ambler’s leafy, flowering campus to celebrate Earth Day.

EarthFest at Ambler, held in partnership with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, is an outdoor (rain or shine!) educational celebration that will feature interactive exhibits, educational programs, and the PHS Kids Grow Expo, which includes the Junior Flower Show and artistic classes.

More than 6,000 elementary, middle, and high school students, in addition to visitors, are expected to visit EarthFest. Exhibitors this year include the Philadelphia Zoo, the Franklin Institute, New Jersey Academy for Aquatic Sciences, Elmwood Park Zoo, Delaware Valley Earth Force, Adventure Aquarium, children’s author Jane Kirkland, the state Department of Environmental Protection, and many others.

“We hope that all of our visitors will take this unique opportunity to learn about and interact with more than 70 exhibitors,” Ambler Dean James W. Hilty said. “We are very pleased to be continuing our partnership with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, EarthFest becomes bigger and better each year.”

EarthFest is hosted and sponsored by the Center for Sustainable Communities at Temple Ambler. For more information, visit www.ambler.temple.edu/earthfest or e-mail earthfest@temple.edu.

- James Duffy

Honoring Temple’s best

Photo by Joseph V. Labolito/University Photography

On Tuesday, April 11, Temple recognized its latest Great Teachers with its annual Faculty Convocation in Mitten Hall (from left): Stanley Whitney, Tyler School of Art, painting, drawing and sculpture department; Therese Dolan, Tyler School of Art, art history department; and John A. McClendon, Fox School of Business and Management, department of human resource management.

In addition to the Great Teachers, the event honored 10 winners of the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching from fall 2005 and spring of this year, as well as the winners of the University’s Research and Creative Achievement awards: the Creative Achievement Award, the Paul W. Eberman Faculty Research Award and the University Research Award.

Profiles of the award winners were in the April 6 and April 13 issues of the Temple Times, and conclude with this issue, on pages 4–5.

Visit www.temple.edu/temple_times/teaching_awards06.html for their stories.