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    SEPTEMBER 30, 2004
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In a Sept. 27 New York Times story about extensive faculty recruitment at New York University and other universities nationwide, including Temple, President David Adamany said, “A clear advantage of hiring so many professors at once is the ‘bandwagon effect.’ The word gets out that you are recruiting aggressively, that you are building. Other faculty members who have a reason to move look at your institution.” In an article in The Atlantic Monthly noting the high pressure for top students to get into elite schools but also the narrowing gap between top schools and the next tier down, Adamany said, “The child who is rejected at Harvard will probably go on to receive a superior education and will have an outstanding college experience at any of dozens of other places, but start off feeling inadequate and burdened by the sense of disappointing his or her parents.”

Philadelphia Inquirer economy columnist Andrew Cassel asks, “Is it just me, or does Temple have some extra electricity running through it these days?” In his Sunday, Sept. 26, column, Cassel cites the growing numbers of students and faculty and more than $400 million in construction projects — “about as much as one of the city’s new stadiums, but with considerably more economic potential.”

“The adult criminal justice system is entirely inappropriate for young people,” Provost Ira Schwartz told youth reporters writing about criminal justice for The Indianapolis Star. Instead, Schwartz said, the key to curbing juvenile crime is improving the child welfare system.

A New York Times obituary about James E. Beasley, one of Temple’s foremost benefactors for whom the Beasley School of Law is named, said: “Mr. Beasley was widely regarded as one of the most effective litigators. His court appearances drew young lawyers wishing to learn from his presentations and arguments.” In a Sept. 23 column titled “Jim Beasley, the people’s lawyer,” Philadelphia Daily News columnist Michael Smerconish wrote about one of Temple’s best-known alumni: “For 50 years, he reigned as the pre-eminent litigator in all of Pennsylvania. … Beasley gave a voice to ordinary people who otherwise would never have had the ability to take on large insurance companies and Fortune 500 corporations.” Beasley died of cancer Sept. 18 at age 78.

Civil and environmental engineering associate professor David Kargbo was quoted by The Seattle Times in a story on lead contamination levels in drinking water at some Seattle public schools. Kargbo, a former research scientist for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, commented on the theory behind preliminary test results last spring that showed higher lead levels in samples taken from pipes that had not been in use for nearly five months.

In a Sept. 21 interview on National Public Radio’s “Tavis Smiley” show about the controversy over reporting by CBS News on President Bush’s National Guard service, College of Liberal Arts Dean Susan Herbst said: “Consumers of media need to be more critical of what they see. We’re not just sponges out there who soak up investigative journalism or not. We need to be active questioners in terms of the news. That’s what we teach our students here at Temple, and I hope that everybody else can be as critical as we are.”

School of Pharmacy Dean Peter Doukas, Assistant Dean Marquette Cannon-Babb and student Theresa Anderson were interviewed for a front-page article in The Philadelphia Inquirer on the high demand for pharmacy school grads. This demand has translated into a sharp increase in applicants to pharmacy schools. At Temple, the number of applicants has increased 61 percent since 1998.

Research conducted by College of Health Professions nursing professor Karen M. Schaefer about women with fibromyalgia and the problems that they have with breast-feeding was covered by WebMD. Schaefer’s study suggests how support and relaxation may make breast-feeding easier for sufferers of this chronic condition.