Special Double Issue!

February 27, 2013


Experts debunk obesity myths

CBS News

"You're always advised not to lose a lot of weight too fast -- that it's going to be bad for you," said Dr. Diana Thomas, a professor at Montclair State University. "In fact, that doesn't appear to be true."

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Voices of Valor

Associated Press

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A pilot program, called Voices of Valor, has veterans work as a group to synthesize their experiences into musical lyrics. The program is currently under way at Montclair State University, where students participate through the school's veteran affairs program.

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Montclair State women rout College of NJ, 76-47, to complete undefeated regular season

The Star-Ledger

Montclair State’s pioneering past ushered in the new gatekeepers of the school’s proud women’s basketball tradition as Joan Ficke and Carol Blazejowski watched the Red Hawks complete a record-setting undefeated season before a boisterous crowd at Montclair’s Panzer Athletic Center.

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Infusing a grim subject with color and whimsy

The New York Times

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To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising, the George Segal Gallery will put on display a freshly restored cache of Israel Bernbaum’s paintings and murals.

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Super Bowl: The Harbaugh's sibling rivalry sheds light on the intricacies of playing against family

The Star-Ledger

Professor Jon Caspi says sibling combos like Ravens coach John Harbaugh, and his younger brother, Jim, the 49ers coach, each high achieving in the same field, are a striking rarity, like the Williams sisters of tennis and the football Mannings.

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At Montclair State, Iraq veteran speaks out against 'Don't ask don't tell'

Passaic Valley Today

Daniel Choi, a former U.S. Army lieutenant who served as a translator in Iraq, speaks to a class of Montclair State University students about revealing himself as gay to the Army.

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North Jersey journalists, computer coders team up to create news tools

The Record

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There were more than 70 participants in "Hack Jersey," a competition to create software projects that aimed to find “transformational” ways for New Jersey residents to consume news and information. The competition was hosted by Montclair State University.

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Looking for love in all the right places in New Jersey

The Star-Ledger

“After the recession, men lost their jobs and many moved back home. But women are strongly entrenched now in the economy," says Yasemin Besen-Cassino, an associate professor of sociology at Montclair State University.

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Students embrace 'Harlem Shake' meme videos

USA Today, College

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Michele Knobel, a professor at Montclair State University, has studied memes and how they change while traversing across the Internet. She says that the concept of memes predate the Web and hold “units of cultural meaning.”

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Also In This Issue

Women's Basketball Makes History

Living up to tradition started by Montclair State trailblazers (The Record) - From her courtside vantage point, staring into a human landscape of celebrating bodies, head coach Karin Harvey could feel the intoxicating mix of joy and relief spreading through her Montclair State gym.

At 25-0, Montclair State women's basketball a surprise juggernaut (Montclair Times) - For this group, winning has become routine in a matter of months. And while the last regular season game was no exception on the scoreboard, in reality, these players recognize that there's nothing routine about what is happening on the hardwood at Montclair State.

New Exclusive Series: Professor Talk

What attracts us to certain foods? (Montclair Patch) - The reasons we eat the foods we do is more complex than we think. Debra Zellner, a professor of psychology at Montclair State University, has been conducting research on food and looking at why people are drawn to the foods they eat every day. 

Common myths about weight loss debunked (Montclair Patch) - Montclair State University professor Diana Thomas, involved in the Center for Quantitative Obesity Research at the university, recently participated in a study to debunk common myths about weight loss, which appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine. 

Super Bowl XLVII and Sibling Rivalries (Montclair Patch) - Jonathan Caspi, Ph.D., of Montclair State University's Family and Child Studies program, specializes in sibling relationships, aggression and sibling abuse. Caspi speaks about how the sibling relationship could affect the big game.

In Other News...

Universities serve as class act for NJ as it builds its brand globally (NJBiz) - Montclair State University president Susan Cole said the school is developing "intense, multilevel relationships" with institutions around the globe.

Montclair State marks Shoa milestone (New Jersey Jewish News) - An exhibit of artworks by a Warsaw-born survivor will be the centerpiece of a semester-long, multi-disciplinary examination of the Holocaust on display at Montclair State University.

Montclair State to administer program to help NJ kids develop coping, social skills (Passaic Valley Today) - In their latest effort, the Todd Ouida Children's Foundation teamed up with Novartis and Montclair State to offer teachers training in Zippy's Friends.

5 Questions: Montclair State expert on Christie's 'tame' speech, savvy N.J. voters (Star-Ledger) - Brigid Callahan Harrison, professor at Montclair State University, discusses Governor Christie's State of the State address.

Boomer parents enjoy close relationship with grown kids (NJ 101.5 FM) - A new study finds the “sandwich generation,” baby boomers, who are taking care of an elderly parent as well as financially helping a grown child, are under increased financial stress. Montclair State Sociology professor Dr. Yasemin Besen-Cassino says this is part of a culture shift.

MSU professors named in "Education Week" national rankings (The Jersey Tomato Press) - Education Week, a leading national education publication, recently released the 2013 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Presence rankings and Montclair State University College of Education and Human Services professors Katrina Bulkley and Zoë Burkholder have been named to the list.

Appealing a college financial aid award - what you can do, what you can expect (CollegeUp.org) - James Anderson, director of Financial Aid at Montclair State University, discusses options for parents and students in need of more college financial aid.

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