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    SEPTEMBER 16, 2004
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Academic calendars online
The 2004-05 and 2005-06 academic calendars are available at www.temple.edu/registrar/acad_cals_4~5.html. Registration for the spring semester begins Monday, Oct. 18.

Tourism/hospitality major launched at Temple Japan
Temple University Japan introduced its new tourism and hospitality management major in time for summer semester 2004. The major’s two courses were taught by Ira Shapiro, of the Main Campus.
“It was both a privilege and a pleasure to have contributed to the introduction of the new major in tourism and hospitality management at TUJ,” Shapiro said. “Seven students have already chosen to become majors, and a number of other students have indicated high interest in majoring in the new program. In addition, TUJ has received encouragement and support from various leaders in the industry for this program. These industry leaders, who represent transportation, lodging, food and beverage, and tourist attractions, wish to serve as mentors, to create internship opportunities, and to assist with placement of graduates. The future is bright!”

Temple names Scalessa men’s, women’s track coach
Stefanie Scalessa, an associate head track coach at Monmouth University for the past two years, has been named the head men’s and women’s track and field coach. The first woman to serve as a head coach for a men’s sport in the 110-year history of Temple athletics and believed to be one of only eight women coaching men’s Division I track and field in the nation, Scalessa replaces George Phillips, who resigned during the summer.
“I am excited at the challenge of coaching the Temple’s men and women’s track program,” Scalessa said. “I have only ever coached collegiate men and women together, so I feel as though I am entering familiar territory.  I believe that all athletes, men and women, have a common goal to excel, and just want a coach who believes in them.”
Before her time at Monmouth, Scalessa served two years as an assistant men’s and women’s track coach at the University of Delaware, where she was responsible for the development of the Blue Hens’ hurdlers, jumpers and sprinters. Scalessa began her coaching career as the head indoor track and field coach and assistant outdoor track and field coach at Ursuline (Del.) Academy in 1994. A 1990 graduate of Villanova University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Scalessa was a four-year member of the Wildcats track and field program.

Former Owl named women’s basketball director of operations
Natalia Isaac, a former women’s basketball player, has been named director of women’s basketball operations. Isaac was the Owls’ leading scorer in 2001-02 at 12.9 points per game, guiding Temple to its first Atlantic 10 title, which it won on its home floor. Isaac also holds the Liacouras Center single-game scoring record for a women’s player, and she was one of two Owls who were invited to try out for the WNBA.
Isaac served as an assistant coach at Southern University during the 2002-03 season. She also played with the West Coast All-Stars, a collection of former college players that specialized in playing exhibitions against college teams, in 2003. She holds a degree in sport and recreation management from Temple.


Rebecca Davis, a 2004 summa cum laude graduate of The Fox School, received a mention in the Philadelphia Business Journal last month. Davis, a “great ambassador for Temple, The Fox School of Business, and the Philadelphia region,” according to Innovation Philadelphia president/CEO Richard A. Bendis, discussed her entrepreneurial venture, The Rebecca Davis Dance Company, and the impact she hopes to have on Philadelphia. Davis’ story also appears in IP Links.
In “The Power of No,” a Newsweek cover story on overindulged children, Laurence Steinberg, professor of psychology, stresses that parents need to set limits and boundaries for their kids. Steinberg is the author of the new book The Ten Basic Principles of Good Parenting.
Jay Rappaport, an AIDS researcher in the Center for Neurovirology and Cancer Biology, received notice in the Philadelphia Business Journal for his efforts toward keeping an inventory of chemicals and biological agents through a prototype database and software.
Ariel Silverstone, Temple’s chief information security officer, was quoted in an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education that detailed problems with a patch to Microsoft’s Windows XP operating system.


Physics professor emeritus Jerrold Franklin has written a new textbook, Classical Electromagnetism. Published by Pearson Benjamin Cummings, the foremost science publisher in higher education, the book is aimed at first-year graduate students taking an advanced course on the theory of electricity and magnetism. It is tentatively scheduled to be available in January 2005.
Brian Goldstein, associate professor of communication sciences in the College of Health Professions, served as editor for a recently published book that helps speech language pathologists and researchers better understand the linguistic development of Spanish-English speaking children between the ages of 3 and 12. The book, Bilingual Language Development and Disorders in Spanish-English Speakers, presents chapters written by more than a dozen top researchers on the most effective and up-to-date developmental information, assessment practices and intervention approaches surrounding this growing population in America.

College of Health Professions Dean Ronald T. Brown recently presented a study involving 60 female breast cancer survivors and their children at the eighth International Congress of Behavioral Medicine in Mainz, Germany. Brown’s team examined the psychological adjustment of these children and their families. The study revealed that although the mothers did have some minor difficulty adjusting to life with a terminal illness, the children fared well, with few adjustment problems. Brown and his colleagues attributed their results to the resiliency of children in adverse circumstances.

Julie Press, assistant professor of sociology, received a $52,000 grant from the Ford Foundation to support her study of the effects that problems in child care have on mothers at work. Her study also analyzes the similiarities and differences of these effects on families in poor and non-poor neighborhoods.
Adrienne T. Cooper of the civil and environmental engineering department received a $75,544 grant from the National Science Foundation to aid in her investigation into using waste biomaterials as the source of the enzyme in enzymatic synthesis.
Michelle Masucci of the Center for Public Policy received a three-year, $896,942 grant from the National Science Foundation to use information technology as a means of urban renewal in distressed North Philadelphia neighborhoods. The program will expose 90 at-risk high school students per year to information technology through the construction of a community “Geographic Information System.”
Nora Newcombe, professor of psychology, received a $99,900 grant from the National Science Foundation, with possible further support of $50,000 pending the availability of federal research funds, to probe the nature and development of spatial reasoning skills in infants and children.
Tomasz Skorski, co-director of the Center for Biotechnology, received a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Army Medical Research Office to study the possibility that self-mutagenesis in the BCR/ABL gene accounts for the increase in resistance of BCR/ABL-positive leukemias to the cancer treatment drug imatinib mesylate.