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    APRIL 27, 2006
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On March 31 and April 1, Temple University Jazz Band won several awards at the Villanova Jazz Festival. In the Combo Competition, Temple came in first out of nine groups, and drummer Justin Leigh won the Outstanding Soloist Award. In the Jazz Band Competition, Temple Jazz Band came in first out of nine groups, and won Outstanding awards for Rhythm Section, Saxophone Section and Trombone Section. Temple Lab Band came in third place. Temple alto sax player Louis Taylor won the Outstanding Soloist Award and performed with jazz trumpeter Jon Faddis at the evening concert April 1.

The Liacouras Center was ranked No. 1 worldwide for total ticket revenue for venues its size for the month of March by Venues Today Magazine, an industry magazine covering public assembly facilities. In addition to hosting Temple men’s and women’s basketball games, the Liacouras Center hosted 20 non-basketball events with revenues exceeding $2.9 million, attracting more than 70,000 patrons. March marked the building’s most successful month in the nine-year history of the facility. The highlight of the month included 12 performances of Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes To Jail, which sold $2.5 million worth of tickets. Other shows in the run included the USA Gymnastics American Cup, Bill Gaither Homecoming Concert, the Harlem Globetrotters and Clyde Beatty Cole Brothers Circus.

2006 members of $1 Million Research Awards Club recognized

On April 6, Temple recognized the members of the 2006 $1 Million Research Awards Club with a reception at the Union League in Philadelphia.

Members are those Temple faculty who are principal investigators of externally funded research grants and contracts that equal or exceed $1 million during the time interval from July 1, 2001, to Dec. 31, 2005.

This year’s membership represents an increase from 76 to 93 total researchers, spanning nine schools and colleges, led by the School of Medicine with 60 members.

For a complete listing of current $1 Million Club members, go to www.research.temple.edu/ovpr/docs/2006_$1_M_Club_Members_for_ Research.xls or visit www.research.temple.edu.

Daly named Donahoo Professor of Surgery

John Daly, dean of the School of Medicine, was recently named the Harry C. Donahoo Professor of Surgery.

Daly, an internationally renowned surgeon whose clinical work and research interests are in the fields of surgical oncology, metabolism and nutrition, assumed the deanship in November 2002.

He is a 1973 graduate of the School of Medicine. Daly’s additional areas of expertise include physician competency and liability, credentialing and board certification, surgical education and research, public policy and long-range planning, and technology assessment.

This named chair recognizes Daly’s contributions as a clinician, researcher and scholar, teacher and leader in the surgery department and the School of Medicine.

- Tyana McAllister

Journalism’s MURL program awarded Knight Foundation grant

Temple’s Multimedia Urban Reporting Lab, directed by journalism professor Thomas Petner, has been awarded one of 10 Innovative Media Projects grants funded by the Knight Foundation.

Selected from 185 applications, MURL will receive $12,000 this year to start its Building Blocks project, and will be eligible for a $5,000 follow-up grant. MURL Building Blocks will partner Temple journalism students with WHYY-TV to push “hyperlocal” newscasts to Philadelphia’s largely Hispanic Fifth Street Corridor (between Lehigh and Hunting Park avenues) via WHYY’s experimental datacasting technology. The datacasts will use a discrete portion of WHYY’s digital broadcast signal to transmit information to desktop computers using small rooftop antennas.

Neighborhood residents will also receive disposable digital still and video cameras and low-end audio recorders to produce multimedia content and service news. All the content will also appear on the MURL and WHYY Web sites.

“We’re thrilled about the New Voices grant,” Petner said. “I think this raises MURL and the Temple journalism department’s profile. I also know that the folks at WHYY-TV are eager to help us make our neighborhood datacasting and Building Blocks project work over the coming year.”

J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism at the University of Maryland announced the award last week. For more information about the grant, visit www.j-newvoices.org. For information about MURL, including students’ reporting on Philadelphia neighborhoods, visit www.temple.edu/MURL.