It’s always inspiring to meet someone smart, talented and driven. And when you meet hundreds of people like that in a single day, it’s worth celebrating. Today we marked the beginning of the academic year by welcoming more than 700 new undergraduate students to the College of Public Health at Temple’s 2016 Convocation. They join a diverse group of 167 faculty members and over 4000 current students, who together represent one of the most innovative institutions of public health education and research in the country.
A new direction in movement research
How do we learn and control movement? That might sound like a basic question, but as the students graduating from the College of Public Health’s new neuromotor science program will tell you, the answers are anything but simple. The new graduate program brings together top faculty from across the college to uncover those answers—and in the process, it places Temple at the forefront of human movement science.
Yoga classes. Granola-making. Scrapbooking. It might make you think of a childhood summer camp. But take a look around Camp Discovery and you’ll see that things are different. Each of the participants is an adult woman—and each is here because she is recovering from or living with cancer.
Never underestimate the power of a social work degree. That’s according to Chong-suk Han, an alumnus of Temple’s Master of Social Work program and associate professor of sociology at Middlebury College in Vermont. Han’s roots in social work remain strong, and he says hardly a day goes by when he doesn’t use the skills he learned in his Temple MSW courses.
“An MSW provides you with real skills in terms of how you deal with people, read a situation, learn to anticipate an environment and how people interact within that environment,” says Han. “It’s a phenomenally flexible degree.”
College of Public Health and College of Liberal Arts researchers selected for pilot funding
Temple University’s College of Public Health (CPH) has announced recipients of pilot grants related to Community Driven Research Day (CDRD), an annual event held this past February.
At The Mathematics, Civics and Sciences Charter School (MCSCS) in Philadelphia, every student starts the morning with a pledge. In one colorful classroom, twenty third-graders stand and begin reciting. “I’m 100% committed to my education,” they say in unison. “I believe in myself and my ability to do my best at all times. I am powerful beyond measure. I will learn.”
It’s not your average school pledge. But neither is this an average school.
Today in the U.S., nearly 100,000 people are waiting for a kidney. Another 600,000 have end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and live on dialysis—and as rates of obesity, diabetes, and hypertension rise and the Baby Boomer generation ages, that number is expected to hit 900,000 by 2030.
In an opinion piece in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Jacqueline Warr-Williams discusses the need to refocus attention on "the unbelievable hate that still exists for gay and transgender individuals." Warr-Williams is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in providing mental health services to LGBTQ+ youth and teaches clinical courses including institutional racism within Temple's School of Social Work. Read the opinion piece here.
Two Temple researchers are part of a White House effort to establish a national clearinghouse of educational resources about kidney transplant and living donation. Heather Traino, associate professor in the College of Public Health, and Avrum Gillespie, assistant professor in the Lewis Katz School of Medicine, are part of the initiative which will allow patients, living donors, and the interested public to access information that was previously privately-held, and which will help them make informed decisions about kidney transplants and donation.
Philadelphia is poised to make history as the first major city in the country to tax sugar-sweetened beverages. David Sarwer, Associate Dean of Research at the College of Public Health and Director of Temple’s