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New York City
November 2001
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Are Our Children In Danger?

Anthrax: Disease of the Past Becomes Terror of the Present By Herman Rosen, M.D.
Until recently, anthrax was an uncommon disease in the United States. Prior to 2001, the last person to die of anthrax in the U.S. was a home weaver who inhaled anthrax spores introduced by infected Pakistani yarn in 1976. (more)

Gilda’s Clubs Would Have Made Gilda Proud By Pola Rosen, Ed.D.
When Gene Wilder’s wife, comedienne Gilda Radnor died prematurely of ovarian cancer, the decision was made to found a club where cancer patients and their families could find repose, a haven to seek solace and a shared compassion with others who were going through similar trying times. There are now 14 clubs nationwide that are free and open to the public. (more)

Freedom vs. Security: Challenge to Educators By Sybil Maimin
As the nation enters a new kind of war in its efforts to end international terrorism, the question of finding a balance between security and freedom promises to be both daunting and contentious. An early voice in the debate was the broadcast at the First Amendment Center of WNYC’s “On the Line,” hosted by Brian Lehrer, which tackled Defending Freedom In Its Hour of Maximum Danger: A Challenge to Educators. (more)

Opening Channels for Expression By Matilda Raffa Cuomo and Deborah E. Lans
In a group of 21 7-13 year olds, working with their mentors (judges, lawyers and other court personnel), picture book stories about family, friends, trips, summer vacations and school prevail. But one girl, 8 years old, creates a book about the twin towers and the destruction there. (more)

National Education Summit Reaffirms Educational Commitment By Marylena Mantas
Governors, educators and CEOs attended the 2001 National Education Summit recently reaffirming their commitment to education at a time when the country faces growing security concerns since the events of September 11th. (more)

The Everett Children’s Adventure Garden at The New York Botanical Garden (more)

Geography Corner By Chris Rowan (more)

Conference Addresses Needs of Grandparents Raising Children
Nearly 300 grandparents and professional experts gathered at the Fordham University Lincoln Center campus recently to attend a conference addressing problems faced by older New Yorkers who have assumed the responsibility of raising their children’s children. (more)

Bank Street President Speaks on HBO Series By Tom Kertes
In the new HBO reality series Kindergarten, filmmakers Kirk Simon and Karen Goodman let their camera tell the story of an Upper Nyack kindergarten class of five and six year olds over the course of a full school year. (more)

No Longer In Their Infancy: Centers Provide The Best of Education By Tom Kertes
Infancy centers are becoming an increasingly sizable slice of American life. “It’s one thing to say that, in an ideal world, mothers should stay at home and raise their babies,” said Nancy Wiener, Educational Director of Upper Manhattan’s The House of Little People (HLP). (more)

November in history Compiled by Chris Rowan (more)

View from the Top By Jill Levy
In the early morning of April 1, 1946 there was an earthquake in the Aleutian Islands. Almost five hours later the largest and most destructive tsunami waves ever recorded struck the Hawaiian Islands. There was no warning. Waves of water 54 feet high penetrated more than half a mile into the Big Island. (more)

Half of NY State School Principals to Retire in Five Years: Survey Confirms Crisis
An independent survey released recently reveals that 48 percent of the state’s current school principals intend to retire by the year 2006 and 74 percent by 2011, validating education leaders’ concerns of the looming crisis facing the schools and communities of New York State. (more)

NY State Test Results Released
The New York State Department of Education released recently the results of the standardized Math and English Language Arts (ELA) tests taken last May by fourth and eighth grade students across New York State. (more)

Barnard Summit: Women, Leadership, and the Future By Jessica Shi
Barnard College recently held a day-long summit which aimed to address the importance of women as leaders in our society and the challenges women face in achieving gender equality. The venue of the summit seemed to fit perfectly with Barnard’s reputation as one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges for women. It is affiliated with Columbia University. (more)

November 2001: In Brief (more)

Jaffe-Ruiz in Nursing Hall of Fame (more)

Secrets to Beating the Cost of College By David Michaels (more)

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons: Dean Gerald Fischbach By Jacob M. Appel
If good marriages depend upon a combination of something old and something new, then the match between recently appointed Dean Gerald D. Fischbach and Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons seems promising. (more)

Rita Kaplan Fights For What She Believes In: Honored at NYU School of Medicine By Pola Rosen, Ed.D.
It was a grand turn-out for "Tea with Our Doctors," an innovative approach to disseminating information about women's health, honoring an individual whose contributions to medicine have been outstanding and raising money for the New York University School of Medicine, one of the oldest and most venerable in the nation. (more)

HealthWise Tips for Travelers By Louise Merriman, MS, RD
In order to begin your trip feeling more energetic, try eliminating or at least limiting alcohol and caffeine-containing beverages for two or three days before your flight. Both alcohol and caffeine are diuretics which can dehydrate you and make you feel less alert. Also, alcohol and caffeine can interrupt your normal sleep pattern. (more)

Should We Celebrate Holidays in School? By Diana Musa and Heather Prince-Clarke
There are several factors that influence how we celebrate holidays at the Bank Street Family Center. Our overaching philosophy of inclusion dictates that we find ways for every member of our community to be included in our daily classroom activities. Ours is a community rich in cultural and family diversity. (more)

New Roles And Possibilities For Our Schools By Dr. Carole G. Hankin with Randi T. Sachs
On September 11, when our nation was devastated by the sudden attack by terrorists, our schools were in session. It has been over 50 years since we experienced such an assault on our country and the safety of our children was paramount in the minds of every teacher and administrator in our schools. (more)

If you ask Dr. McCune… About Children and Tragedy
Our children have experienced a terrible change in the context of their daily lives. Some have witnessed events first hand that no one should have to see or remember. Others have lost a parent in a sudden and difficult manner, leaving the remaining parent to cope, explain, and rear the child without their loving partner. (more)

Logos Bookstore’s Recommendations By H. HARRIS HEALY, III, (more)

Books Shedding Light On Terrorism By Merri Rosenberg
Try, if you can, to get past the sentence, “the twin towers stand proud,” with the almost unbearable use of the present tense early in the first chapter, without breaking down in tears as I did, unable to continue reading for nearly an hour. (more)

Bumps on the Road to Higher Education: Riding in Cars with Boys By Marie Holmes
Drew Barrymore heads a talented cast in Riding in Cars with Boys, based on the life story of Beverly Donofrio as told in her memoir of the same name, published in 1990. The film, directed by Penny Marshall, spans 20 years of Donofrio’s life, recording her transformation from a boy-crazy teenager to a young mother struggling to hold onto dreams of going to college and becoming a writer. (more)

Guggenheim Opens Sackler Center for Arts Education By Marie Holmes
The Guggenheim has undergone a number of renovations recently, and they go beyond the black paint which now covers the museum’s ramps. Beneath the dramatic lighting and the monumental Baroque altarpiece in the rotunda–a highlight of the recently-opened Brazil: Body and Soul exhibition–the museum has installed the facilities that comprise the Sackler Center for Arts Education. (more)

Degas Comes To Life At The Joffrey Ballet School By Marylena Mantas
Some admirers of Degas’ impressionist painting The Dance Class argue that the realism of the image allows viewers to sense that they have “walked into” the painting. Yet, a few miles south of the Metropolitan Museum of Art the experience of “walking into” The Dance Class transcends that of oil on canvas. (more)

Chess Makes Children Blossom at Brooklyn’s League School By Jason Gorbel
I had no idea how my students would react to chess when I suggested we start a team. I teach at a school for children with a classification of serious emotional disturbances who are too impaired to attend Board of Education schools. (more)

A Successful Day Treatment Program at Young Adult institute (YAI) By Stephen E. Freeman
One only had to step outside YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities’ Manhattan Day Treatment Program on West 13th Street and look downtown to see the devastation at the World Trade Center. (more)

A Cyclone Over Brooklyn By Tom Kertes
A scant few months back, when the Cyclones were not even born yet, everyone who’s anyone in (and outside of) baseball was already predicting a sorrowfully brief lifespan for Brooklyn’s novice baseball team. “Minor league baseball is nothing,” the theory went. “Especially after what the Dodgers did–leaving Brooklyn high and dry 44 years ago–Brooklyn deserves a major league team.” (more)

Dr. Alan Kay: Father Of The PC By Tom Kertes
“Children are the messages we send to the future,” said Dr. Alan C. Kay in his intensely inspirational Lynford Lecture at Polytechnic University. “So whenever we’re talking about the real future, we must talk about kids. Because what they learn, and what they consider to be normal, becomes most of what humanity winds up doing.” (more)


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