July 8, 2016
ISSUE | BREXIT Triumph of ignorance The United Kingdom's "Brexit" vote was an example of why social studies (history, economics, geography, and civics education) is crucial ("Independence or isolation?" Sunday). People knowledgeable about history would have recognized the dangers of a divided, competitive Europe. Economics demonstrates the benefits of free trade among nations. A basic grasp of geography would have revealed the falsity of the implication that hordes of Syrian refugees pose a direct threat to the British Isles.
August 11, 2014 |
Stephen Klasko is the new president and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and the Jefferson Health System. A fan of Star Trek , he wants to push Jefferson forward into the next century - steering away from health care's traditional model of big-edifice hospitals and real estate and instead toward localized medical offices. Jefferson's new offices in Fairmount will aim to do just that. The health-care giant will lease 12,000 square feet at developer Neal Rodin's new project, Rodin Square, putting Jefferson doctors in the same building as apartment dwellers.
July 5, 2014
ISSUE | STAYING SAFE Leave it to the pros The increase in fireworks-related injuries is easily explained, and I speak from experience as a commander for nine years of the Police Department bomb squad ("Fireworks-related injuries zoomed last year," July 2). Laws regarding who can purchase and use fireworks in Pennsylvania are as murky as the Schuylkill, making fireworks too accessible. That often puts them in the hands of individuals who have been drinking. Most disturbing, some adults allow children to use fireworks.
November 27, 2013 |
When I opened The Geography of Memory (Center/Hachette, 320 pages, $22), by Jeanne Murray Walker, I expected beautiful writing. After all, she is a local poet and playwright whose work I knew and admired. I knew the book was a memoir of her care for her mother, Erna Murray Kelley, through the frustrations and losses of Alzheimer's disease. Erna started to show symptoms in the late 1990s ("but the thing is, you don't know what it is at first," says Jeanne by phone). By 2000, it became clear she would have to move from her apartment into assisted living.
September 7, 2013 |
In 18th-century Philadelphia, a map in your hand would have been the high-tech GPS that answered all your questions. Not just for sailors and surveyors, maps gave young students and their parents a window on the larger world. "Common Destinations: Maps in the American Experience," Winterthur's exhibition through Jan. 5, puts on display more than 100 rarely seen items dating from the 1750s to the 1870s. In addition to traditional maps and globes, there are ceramics, playing cards, puzzles, and powder horns decorated with cartographic designs.
July 20, 2013 |
ATLANTA - If you're 65 and living in Hawaii, here's some good news: Odds are you'll live another 21 years. And for all but five of those years, you'll likely be in pretty good health. Hawaii tops the charts in the government's first state-by-state look at how long Americans age 65 can expect to live, on average, and how many of the remaining years will be healthy ones. Retirement-age Mississippians fared worst, with about 171/2 more years remaining and nearly seven of them in poorer health.
June 16, 2013
By Dr. Christopher C. Chang, a pediatric allergist at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Alfred I. du Pont Hospital for Children, in Wilmington. Children born outside the United States have significantly lower odds of developing allergic disorders, including asthma, eczema, hay fever, and food allergies, researchers reported recently. Their study, in JAMA Pediatrics, also found that kids born outside the U.S. who have lived here longer than 10 years had significantly higher odds of developing any allergic disorders, including eczema and hay fever, than those who resided here for only 0 to 2 years.
January 30, 2013 |
THE BIG TEN might put more emphasis on geography when shuffling divisions after eastern schools Maryland and Rutgers join the Midwest-centric league by 2014. Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner said officials within the league have had several discussions over the phone about potential divisional alignments. "I have a feeling it will be more geography-based," Joyner said. "There seems to be a lot of sentiment for that. " It would be especially helpful, Joyner said, to ease travel issues and funding for travel, especially for Olympic sports.
April 12, 2012 |
BUZZ: HEY, Marnie, my brother gave me a bottle of ice wine. I think it's from Alaska. Marnie: I doubt that, Buzz. Vines die if they freeze solid in winter. Wine grapes grow in "temperate" climates from 30 to 50 degrees in latitude. Buzz: OK, but if ice wine isn't from Alaska, I bet it comes from Chile. Chile, get it? Marnie: Good one. Funny you mention Chile — it stretches through all those latitudes and makes diverse wines as a result. Geography has a huge impact on wine style.
July 20, 2011 |
CHICAGO - Ask a group of 12th graders how the Great Lakes formed, and only about half can pinpoint the primary cause: glaciations. Quiz eighth-grade students about the geography of the Southwest, and a third identify the arid conditions that make water a scarce public resource. Such responses to a national exam released Tuesday reveal the tenuous command that many U.S. schoolchildren have on basic geography, including knowledge of the natural environment, how it shapes society and other cultures and countries.