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Two professors present on early childhood education at Pa. state capitol

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College of Liberal Arts professors Marsha Weinraub and Anne Shlay joined with state legislators and researchers to present a workshop June 14 on early childhood education at the Capitol Building in Harrisburg.

“Early Childhood Education: Universal Pre-K and Other Alternatives” was a policy workshop presented by Speaker of the House John M. Perzel (R-Philadelphia), the Universities Children’s Policy Collaborative (UCPC) and the Legislative Office for Research Liason.

The event included some of the nation’s top early childhood education experts, who discussed the effectiveness of university pre-kindergarten education.

Weinraub, the University’s Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology, and Shlay, a professor of sociology and geography and urban studies, are both members of the UCPC, a collaboration of leading researchers from Temple, Pitt and Penn State. The group provides research-based information to help improve child and family policy and programs in Pennsylvania.During the workshop, Weinraub and Shlay presented information on voluntary, universal pre-kindergarten programs developed in Florida and Oklahoma and outlined some of the types of programs Pennsylvania lawmakers might consider.

- Barbara Baals

 

Temple Faculty Present at the American Thoracic Society International Conference
A number of faculty members and post-doctoral fellows from the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine and the Fels Institute of Cancer Research in the School of Medicine gave oral or poster presentations at the 2005 American Thoracic Society (ATS) International Conference in San Diego in May.

  • Gerard J. Criner, professor of medicine anddirector of pulmonary and critical care medicine, the medical intensive care unit and ventilator rehabilitation, was part of a research team that presented the following studies: “Multidimensional Index Predicts Mortality in Severe Emphysema”; “Women with Severe Emphysema Experience Worse Breathlessness and Health Status Than Men”; The Extent and Distribution of Emphysema Differs in Women with Severe COPD”; and “Spirometric Bronchoreversiblity (SBR) in Emphysema Patients.”
  • Jeremy Falk, post-doctoral fellow, division of pulmonary and critical care medicine, presented the poster“Morphometric Analysis of Small Pulmonary Arteries in Severe Emphysema.”
  • Trivikram Gaddapara, research technician, FelsInstitute for Cancer Research, presented the posters “The Acute Effects of Cigarette Smoke Extract on the Release of CXC Chemokines and Matrix Metalloproteinases (MMP) by Human Airway Epithelial Cells.”
  • Rong Ji, post-doctoral fellow, division of pulmonary and critical care medicine, presented the poster “Inhibition of CXCR3 Expression in Non-Small Lung Cancer by RNA Intereference.”
  • Victor Kim, post-doctoral fellow, division of pulmonary and critical care medicine, presented the posters “Small Airway Structure in African American and Caucasian Patients with Advanced Emphysema” and “Small Airway Inflammation and Morphometry in Patients with Advanced Emphysema.”
  • Srikant Kondapaneni, post-doctoral fellow, division of pulmonary and critical care medicine, presented the poster “Factors Affecting Mortality in Chronic Ventilated Patients.”
  • Albert J. Mamary, post-doctoral fellow, division of pulmonary and critical care medicine, presented the poster “Quality of Life and Functional Status after Chronic Ventilation.”
  • Nathaniel Marchetti, post-doctoral fellow, division of pulmonary and critical care medicine, presented the poster “Effect of Air Directed to the Face on Diaphragm Electromyographic Activity During Hypercapnic Challenge.”
  • Edmund Moon, post-doctoral fellow, division of pulmonary and critical care medicine, presented the poster “Pulmonary Vessel Density in Patients with Advanced Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.”
  • P. Janardhan Reddy, a post-doctoral fellow, presented the poster “Differential Regulation of IP-10 and IL-8 Chemokine Expression by Glucocorticosteroids in Human Airway Epithelial Cells.” Co-authors included Mark O. Aksoy, Yi Yang, Rong Ji and Steven G. Kelsen.
  • Syed Shahabuddin, assistant professor of medicine, presented the poster “Signal Transduction Pathways Involved in CXCR3-Mediated Chemotaxis of Normal Human Bronchial Epithelial Cells.”
  • Ping Wang, post-doctoral fellow, division of pulmonary and critical care medicine, presented the posters “Evaluation of CT Grading System by Pulmonologists in the Evaluation of Severe Emphysema” and “Regulation of CXCR3 Expression and Function in Human Airway Epithelial Cells (HAEC).”
  • Michael Weinstein, post-doctoral fellow, division of pulmonary and critical care medicine, led two mini-symposiums: “Morbidity and Mortality of LVRS Versus Transplant in COPD” and “Complications of Tracheotomy Noted on Airway Inspection Prior to Decannulation.”

Other research team members include: Heba Abdallah, Mark O. Aksoy , G. Bardi, M.D.; Kevin C. Carney, Wissam Chatila, Katharine Criner, Michael Couturie, Satoshi Furukawa, John Gaughan, Thomas Grookett, Steven G. Kelsen, Anne Marie Kuzma, Clement M. Lee, Melissa Q. Lee, Ubaldo J. Martin, Chris D. Platsoucas, David Sestili, Sayed A. Shah, Charalambos Solomides, C. Subbe, Alexander E. Swift, John M. Travaline, Gwendolyn B. Vance and Yi Yang.

- Tyana McAllister

 

 


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