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Taking Back the Yard: Dealing with Invasive Plants

06/12/2013

There’s nothing more frustrating for gardeners than discovering that their well-planned plots or rolling lawns have been infiltrated by invasive plant species, the perennial marauders of the back yard set.


The New, Adult Face of Autism

04/04/2013

As awareness of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) rises, so too have the number of diagnoses — and not just among children. The number of adults who are living with autism is growing rapidly, according to Michelle Rowe, Ph.D., executive director of the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.


Papal Profiling: Who will be the Next Pontiff?

02/14/2013

Speculation regarding the profile of the next leader of the Catholic Church is mounting in the days since Pope Benedict XVI’s surprising resignation. William Madges, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of theology, warns that speculation is just that until the conclave actually meets, but notes some obvious considerations.


Saint Joseph’s Experts Available to Comment on Pope’s Resignation

02/11/2013

Pope Benedict XVI made a surprise announcement on Monday, Feb. 11, that he would resign the Holy See on Feb. 28. A new pope will be named after Easter. Saint Joseph’s University experts are available to comment on this historic development.


Catholic Schools Week Arrives Amidst More Changes for Philadelphia Archdiocese

01/25/2013

As parishes across the region prepare to celebrate Catholic Schools Week, more changes are affecting Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. New initiatives have recently been announced aimed at reviving Catholic education and ensuring its sustainability.


Popular Music Adds Screen Time to the Big Game

01/29/2013

What could spark more interest than the Super Bowl XLVII game this year is the eagerly anticipated halftime performance of Grammy Award winner Beyoncé.


New Credit Card Surcharge OK for Some, Surprises Others

01/29/2013

For years, card issuers have been making money off the fees they charge retailers for the convenience of using a credit card at checkout. Beginning Jan. 27, however, retailers are now permitted to pass this cost onto customers in a big way as a U.S. District Court has decided that merchants can add a surcharge of up to 4 percent onto a customer's bill if they pay with a credit card.


Violent Crime Doesn’t Fit in the Autism Puzzle

12/20/2012

As investigators begin to piece together a profile of Connecticut school massacre gunman Adam Lanza, much is being speculated about his possible Asperger’s Syndrome diagnosis.


Mobile Shoppers, an Opportunity for Retail?

12/06/2012

Consumer shopping patterns this holiday season point to a very clear trend: mobile shopping is increasing in popularity. In the past, mobile and online shopping have been viewed as a threat to traditional brick-and mortar stores, but Brent Smith, Ph.D., associate professor of marketing at Saint Joseph's University, sees an opportunity for retailers to connect with tech-savvy consumers through their mobile devices.


Good Deal vs. Good Cause: Meaningful Holiday Shopping

12/06/2012

Many consumers sacrificed their Thanksgiving dinners this year to grab that ultimate pre-Black Friday deal that they can spend the rest of the season bragging about. But according to Saint Joseph’s University sociologist Keith Brown, Ph.D., more and more shoppers are seeking something greater than saving a buck.

Brown has been studying what he calls an ethical turn in markets that has consumers looking to make purchases that make an impact, or can even change the world.


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