March 12, 2014 |
A plan by the University of Pennsylvania to cut back on two of its branch libraries - one for engineering and the other for math, physics, and astronomy - has yielded an outcry from students and professors who say the books are critical to their studies and research. Both libraries are housed within the same campus buildings as their departments, and are heavily used by undergraduates and graduate students alike. Mathematics students, in particular, said many of the books and materials they need are not available electronically, and they must browse the library to find what they need.
March 12, 2014 |
If a simple blood test could predict whether you would develop Alzheimer's disease within three years, would you take it? That hypothetical question got a bit closer to reality with a study published Sunday in the journal Nature Medicine. A team of researchers reported that they had developed just such a test, and that it was 90 percent accurate in determining the neurological fate of 30 men and women ages 70 and up, based on the level of fatty molecules in their blood. The authors, led by a Georgetown University physician scientist, acknowledged that their patient sample was small and said the results need to be reproduced by other labs to make sure they are as promising as they seem.
March 8, 2014 |
Sydney Weiss, 86, formerly of Melrose Park, longtime principal of Kensington High School for Girls, died Tuesday, March 4, of Type 1 diabetes at a nursing facility in Clearwater, Fla. From 1971 to 1990, Mr. Weiss was principal of Kensington High School for Girls. In that role, he encouraged students from humble beginnings, much like his own, to work hard and lift themselves out of poverty by daring to go to college. An Inquirer reporter wrote in 1989 that Mr. Weiss "beams like a proud father" when he talks about his students' achievements and college dreams.
March 6, 2014
Rightsizing Ukraine Ever since independence, Ukraine's ethnic Russians have blocked ethnic Ukrainians in the western part of the country from achieving their dream of integration into the European community or NATO. They swayed elections so that pro-Russian dictators like Viktor Yanukovych were elected, leaders who in turn jailed the democratic opposition. If any of Ukraine is to have a democratic, pro-Western future, it must shed the destabilizing force of the pro-Russian south and east.
March 6, 2014 |
George E. Moore, 67, of Northern Liberties, longtime legal counsel for Temple University, died Sunday, March 2, of cancer at his home. Mr. Moore had been Temple's attorney since 1989 and secretary to the school's board of trustees since 1992. He was appointed senior vice president in 2007. Mr. Moore oversaw all of the legal affairs of the university and its subsidiaries. He advised officials on corporate governance, policy development, employment, and labor issues. "Simply put, George's dedication to Temple was without equal.
March 4, 2014
P HILADELPHIA Magazine got its butt kicked last March after publishing the infamous cover story, "Being White in Philly: Whites, race, class, and the things that never get said. " Mayor Nutter blasted the story, which relied on anonymous interviews with white residents from Fairmount about their run-ins with blacks and the residents' perceptions about race. Not a single African-American was quoted by writer Robert Huber, who began the poorly conceived story by discussing the safety of his son, a Temple University student.
March 1, 2014
Sometimes it takes guts and money to reverse a controversial decision. Temple University's board of trustees needed ample helpings of both to reinstate the men's and women's crew teams this week. Now it needs to similarly figure out how to save other sports programs. Collegiate athletic competition provides students with valuable lessons in sportsmanship while instilling a sense of community among students, alumni, and fans. That community stepped up to save Temple's crew program, which has been operating out of tents ever since its boathouse, the city-owned East Park Canoe House, was condemned in 2008.