New Temple Library To Get Huge Green Roof

The green roof atop Temple's new library will combine functionality with beauty. Rendering | Snøhetta

The green roof atop Temple’s new library will combine functionality with beauty. Rendering | Snøhetta

Thanks to a low-interest loan from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the new Temple University Library will have an eco-friendly place for browsers through its one floor of open book stacks to relax and read.

The university announced yesterday (May 3) that it has received $6.7 million in financing from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) that will allow it to install a green roof, permeable paving, rainwater harvesting cisterns and stormwater piping on top of the library. This infrastructure will keep water from flowing into North Philadelphia’s already overburdened sewer system when rain or storms pass through the area. Read more »

Temple Tosses Ceremonial Dirt to Formally Launch New Library Construction

Temple University's new main library as it will appear from a new campus green to be built across 13th Street from it. All renderings | Snøhetta

Temple University’s new main library as it will appear from a new campus green to be built across 13th Street from it. All renderings | Snøhetta

As the huge hole taking up almost an entire half city block in the center of the Temple University campus attested, ground had long since been broken for the construction of the university’s new main library. But even though this afternoon’s formal groundbreaking was strictly for the benefit of the assembled dignitaries, onlookers and media, it was nonetheless fraught with significance, for as all who spoke at the event noted, Temple’s new library is a groundbreaking project in just about every way. Read more »

Temple Names Architect for Proposed Football Stadium

Curtis J. Moody

Curtis J. Moody, founder of Moody Nolan (photo via Temple University)

Temple University has hired the architecture firm of Moody Nolan to design the proposed on-campus football stadium, as well as new retail that would be constructed alongside it.

“Moody Nolan is regarded as a national leader in designing beautiful sports and recreation facilities that not only fit their purpose but also fit the communities in which they exist,” Temple President Neil D. Theobald said in a statement. “We are excited to partner with such an outstanding architectural firm.” Read more »

Insomnia Cookies Adding Storefronts to Drexel and Temple’s Campuses

insomnia cookies 940Insomnia Cookies has been feeding college students cookies and even cold milk since 2003. Starting out as a food truck, they now have locations in almost two-dozen states and two storefronts in Center City Philadelphia. Now they’re adding brick-and-mortar locations where a couple of the original food trucks were located. This spring, Drexel and Temple Universities will be getting their own storefronts that will be able to offer Insomina’s full menu including ice cream, brownies, Cookie Cakes and Bigwiches.

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Honeygrow Coming to Temple’s Campus

Morgan Hall at Broad and Cecil B. Moore | Temple.edu

Morgan Hall will house a Honeygrow at Broad & Cecil B. Moore | Temple.edu

Honeygrow founder Justin Rosenberg, a alumnus of Temple’s Fox School of Business is bringing a Honeygrow to the southeast corner of Broad and Cecil B. Moore on Temple’s campus. The store will be located at the base of Morgan Hall, a residence hall and will have 50 seats.

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Big News: Temple University Researchers Make Another Breakthrough in Hunt for AIDS Cure

It’s not every day that I get to deliver news this cool: Back in 2014, researchers at Temple University developed the technology to edit human cells and “snip out” HIV DNA. Now, in a new study published in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers at Temple have taken that technology even further, honing in on CD4+ T-cells, the cells that serve as the primary hosts for HIV-1 DNA. Using blood from human patients infected with HIV, they found that their technology not only eliminated the virus from CD4+ T-cells but also protected the cells against reinfection. And it did all of this without causing any damage to the cells.

Excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor. Read more »

Are Liberal Bosses Better for Women?

Brad Greenwood, Temple University

Brad Greenwood, Temple University

It’s easier for women to get opportunities and promotions at law firms led by liberals, according to a new paper co-written by a Temple University researcher.

Brad Greenwood, an assistant professor of management information systems at Temple’s Fox School of Business, joined Seth Carnahan, an assistant professor at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, in determining that women are at a disadvantage in offices where bosses make more political contributions to Republican candidates.

“Findings suggest that liberal male law partners are more likely than moderate partners to serve on diversity committees and to select female associates for training and development opportunities, while conservative partners are less likely to do so,” the pair wrote. “We also find that associates have larger gender disparities in promotion and turnover when partners in their practice area are more conservative.” Read more »

WATCH: Tina Fey Announces Temple Scholarship, Shouts Out Philly on Fallon

Tina Fey announced a Temple University School of Media and Communication scholarship honoring her late father, Donald Fey, last night on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

“My dad served in Korea and he also was a journalist at the beginning of his career,” Fey said in the announcement. “After he came back from Korea, he went to Temple University — Philly! Right? – Temple University School of Journalism.” The Roots cheered the hometown shout-out.

Donald Fey, who died in October, studied journalism at Temple in the 1960s after returning from military service in Korea. The Donald H. Fey Memorial Scholarship is for returning veterans who want to study journalism.  Read more »

Temple Having Students-Only Meeting to Discuss Proposed Stadium

The Temple Owl mascot leads the team onto the field during an October 10, 2015, game against Tulane at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Temple Owl mascot leads the team onto the field during an October 10, 2015, game against Tulane at Lincoln Financial Field.

Temple University President Neil Theobald will take questions this afternoon at a students-only discussion of a proposed on-campus football stadium.

The meeting, sponsored by Temple Student Government, is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the Howard Gittis Student Center. Protests, which have greeted most public gatherings on the topic, are expected at this event — though organizers said signs will not be allowed. Read more »

Snøhetta Drops Stunning Renderings of the New Temple University Library

The main entrance to the new Temple University Library | ©MIR & Snøhetta

The main entrance to the new Temple University Library | ©MIR & Snøhetta

Snøhetta has a thing for designing spectacular libray buildings all around the globe, and it just so happens that one such building will soon rise from the ground on the campus of Temple University. If we can gather anything from the tantalizing renderings released today, the new “social core” of campus is going to be a stunner.

The design, as you may recall, received glowing support during the Civic Design Review process in the fall; even inspiring Philly’s own starchitect and CDR board member, Cecil Baker, to near poetry.  “I see your project and I get filled with hope,” Baker said, of Snøhetta’s work.

The new Temple University Library will be located on Liacouras Walk at the former site of Barton Hall and adjacent to the upcoming Quad, an expansive green space in the heart of campus. The project is expected to be completed by fall 2018.

More from Snøhetta, who collaborated with Stantec on the overall design: “This new library will put Temple University at the forefront of progressive research institutions. Acting as a new social, cultural, and intellectual hub for the university and surrounding community, the design serves the contemporary needs of a world-class research facility and its students.

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