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Whether they were on the radio, your favorite podcast app, broadcast TV or in print, Saint Joseph's faculty spent the last year sharing their expertise on hot topics in the media.
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“We’re living in a very different world now with the Supreme Court. These are not arguments about how to interpret the constitution. The majority opinion is a political opinion that’s been giftwrapped in history that provides examples.”

Susan Liebell, PhD, Dirk Warren ’50 Sesquicentennial Chair and professor of political science, joined KYW Newsradio’s "In Depth" podcast to discuss the Supreme Court’s gun control ruling. 

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“Recognizing the Jewishness of Jesus (as) a historical fact invalidates claims that Christians must oppose Jews and Judaism. The fact that Jesus’ own spirituality was thoroughly Jewish contradicts the idea that the Old Testament is obsolete. That is why it is part of the Christian Bible. There doesn’t need to be an adversarial relationship, where one side has to be right and the other side has to be wrong."

Philip A. Cunningham, PhD, director of Saint Joseph’s Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations, was featured in Detroit Catholic for commentary on the national antisemitism crisis.

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“Estimates suggest that only 10% of childcare centers meet the quality requirements shown to lead to positive outcomes for children. ... Early childhood educators need to be paid livable wages because without them there is no programming and families will continue to struggle.”

Kaitlin Moran, PhD, assistant professor of teacher education, was featured on Viewpoints Radio discussing the growing early childcare gap in the U.S. and why bettering the sector starts with valuing these workers more.

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“During my career in law enforcement, making an arrest was the way to deal with the problem, but what I know now is that we just can’t arrest our way out of this crisis. We have to address addiction in a different way.”

Steve Forzato, director of the Center for Addiction and Recovery Education (CARE) and 30-year-plus former Montgomery County detective, was featured in Delaware County Times’ coverage of CARE’s first-responder training program. 

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“If you’re designing a new version of a classical hallucinogen, the first thing you’re doing is looking at its interaction with that receptor.” 

Jason Wallach, PhD, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences, was interviewed by Wired magazine to weigh in on the discussion about engineering new psychedelic drugs. 

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“The grain costs more to feed [turkeys], the fuel costs more to deliver them, the electric costs more to freeze them. Basically, all the costs went up and unfortunately, it gets passed on to the consumer."

John Stanton, PhD, professor and chair of food, pharma and healthcare, spoke to 6ABC about difficulties in shopping for Thanksgiving dinner staples as the country experienced drastic inflation. 

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“We aren’t just looking at a teacher shortage. It’s bus drivers, advisors, referees. [Additionally] students are experiencing a serious social gap, which is being carried over from the shutdowns during the pandemic. All of these things are compounding into a very serious situation for our students and our country. ... One thing that gives me hope is the community school movement here in Philadelphia. Community schools provide funding for the holistic needs of students and their surrounding community. That’s a really bright spot to me.”

Aimee LaPointe Terosky, EdD, professor of educational leadership and the director of the interdisciplinary doctor of education program for educational leaders, joined PHL17's "In Focus" to discuss the current teacher shortage and other education issues.