January 11, 2015 |
Some of the autistic children Connor Kerns works with have odd fears: exposed pipes, bubbles on pizza, a microwave's beep. These may seem innocuous to many people, but for someone with autism, they can trigger a wave of worry and anxiety. About 40 percent to 60 percent of people with autism have a diagnosable anxiety disorder or an atypical anxiety driven by irregular fears or unusual social anxiety, said Kerns, assistant professor at the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute. Anxiety is a common concern for the parents of autistic children and adults on the spectrum.
January 9, 2015 |
TERESA SCOTT SOUFAS, dean of Temple University's College of Liberal Arts, resigned effective immediately yesterday for health reasons, according to Temple Provost Hai-Lung Dai. Following a sabbatical, Soufas will return to teach, complete a book on Spanish literature and work to launch a research center for global studies, Dai wrote in an email sent to the CLA faculty and staff yesterday. Dai wrote that Soufas, who had led one of the largest of the schools and colleges at Temple since July 2007, "has made it a priority to support an environment of cross-disciplinary collaboration.
January 8, 2015 |
Constance K. Dean, 94, of Gladwyne, a journalist who later became a publicist, died Tuesday, Dec. 30, of influenza at Lankenau Hospital. An Overbrook native, Mrs. Dean graduated from Overbrook High School in 1938 and earned a bachelor of science degree in commerce from Temple University's School of Communications in 1942. Mrs. Dean began her career by working for International News Service, founded by publisher William Randolph Hearst. She was based in Philadelphia, from which her news and feature stories went out on the wire and appeared in newspapers, journals and periodicals.
December 30, 2014
ISSUE | LIBRARIES Shelving print Temple University's announcement of plans for a new library is no cause for celebration ("Temple's new library must go digital," Dec. 12). A major research university requires a large circulating print collection that is browsable and open. Computerized databases cannot replace the discovery process of exploring the stacks, nor have they been proven to have the same value and life span as a traditional bound book. It is a disservice to Temple's students and scholars to sacrifice such a necessity to make room for flavor-of-the-month gadgetry.
December 29, 2014 |
The head of Temple University's theater department and his wife, a theater professor at Villanova University, were seriously injured Christmas Day when they were struck by a police officer's motorcycle in Puerto Rico. Robert Hedley, 78, and Harriet Power, 64, of Bala Cynwyd, suffered fractures and head injuries and were in stable condition at Centro Medico de Rio Piedras in San Juan. Puerto Rican authorities said the two were accidentally run over in San Juan by a police officer assigned to protect the U.S. territory's governor.
December 24, 2014 |
The case of a Temple University student who sued her parents for tuition - after more than a year of courtroom drama that featured shouting matches between lawyers and a tearful plea from the mother - is headed for a new venue. The Appellate Division of New Jersey's Superior Court will take up Caitlyn Ricci's case, which until Monday had been heard by two Camden County judges. "This is a very difficult case," Judge Donald Stein said before sending the case to the appeals court. "I've really never seen a family torn apart the way this family is torn apart, and it's a tragedy.
December 19, 2014 |
The report crackled over Lt. Russell Moody Jr.'s handheld police radio: Armed males had just committed a home-invasion robbery mere blocks from Temple University's main campus. Moody rushed in an unmarked police SUV to the crime scene: a house near 17th and Diamond Streets where, it turned out, five female Temple students lived. One of the university's worst fears - students being the victims of violent crimes - yielded on a recent weekend to a story of personal betrayal. What really happened was a burglary - set up, allegedly, by a best friend of one of the housemates.
December 13, 2014 |
Alvin "Bud" Plumer was "one of the most respected, trusted, honorable Realtors" in the Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors, Allan Domb, the group's president, said. "Not only was he a nice guy," Domb said Thursday, he was "a pleasure to do business with. " Mr. Plumer was, Domb said, "a Philadelphia real estate icon in the eyes of our 2,000 members, but also in the Philadelphia community which he served. " Mr. Domb, head of the Philadelphia firm Allan Domb Real Estate, said Mr. Plumer "mentored hundreds of Realtors who went on to become successful in their real estate careers.
December 12, 2014 |
Moses Walker was 40 and a Philadelphia police officer for 19 years. But as he walked to a bus stop shortly before 6 a.m. on Aug. 18, 2012 - in shorts, athletic jacket, and baseball cap, carrying a backpack, and wearing earphones - he could have passed for a student from nearby Temple University. That's what his alleged killers thought he was. The alleged accomplice of accused killer Rafael Jones testified Wednesday they targeted Walker because he looked like a college student: "Someone who looked easy, someone who wouldn't put up a fight.