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LER's Center on Global Workers Rights (CGWR) Releases First Research Report

LER's CGWR has just issued its first Research Report.  Issued in conjunction with the Workers' Rights Consortium (of which Penn State is a member), the report focuses on the brutal and violent measures being used to suppress workers' rights and human rights in El Salvador.  The report is co-authored by Professor and Center Director Mark Anner and provides evidence that employers are using fear, intimidation, corruption, and even violent street gangs, against labor leaders and activists trying to exercise their legal rights to organize unions. 

The report will be released this week and we are hopeful it will receive significant media coverage and draw attention to this human rights crisis.  The report is available at http://lser.la.psu.edu/gwr/documents/UnholyAlliances_January2015.pdf

World Campus launches master's degree in psychology of leadership

A new Penn State online master’s degree will help current and aspiring business and organizational leaders learn leadership skills to enhance the motivation, attitudes and performance of their employees. The Master of Professional Studies in psychology of leadership at work is offered by the Department of Psychology in the Penn State College of the Liberal Arts and delivered online by Penn State World Campus. Click here for the full story.

Roger Finke named Distinguished Professor

Congratulations to Dr. Roger Finke, who was named Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies. He will be honored at a ceremony later this year. Please join us in congratulating Roger! Click here for the full list of new Distinguished Professors. Click here for Roger's profile.

 

Sociologist helps measure 'missing' population in immigration

Few of the national surveys on immigrant populations ask respondents about their legal status and insurance coverage, leaving gaps in the current understanding of, for example, the number of undocumented immigrants in the country. Jennifer Van Hook, professor of sociology and demography and director of the Population Research Institute, is part of a team of sociologists and statisticians who developed a process to substitute data for the missing information to estimate these numbers.Click here for the full story.

New senior faculty to join Philosophy department

This summer, the Department of Philosophy in the College of the Liberal Arts will welcome Dr. Amy Allen, currently chair of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Dartmouth, as the new head of the department and Dr. Eduardo Mendieta, professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy at Stony Brook University.  Click here for the full story.

New Mellon grant supports expansion of Public Philosophy journal

Penn State has been awarded $549,000 by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for an additional two years of development for the Public Philosophy Journal, an online space for accessible and rigorous scholarly discourse on issues of public concern. The project is a collaborative endeavor between the Department of Philosophy at Penn State and the Matrix Center for Digital Humanities & Social Sciences at Michigan State University. Click here for the full story.

Upgraded scanner provides state-of-art tools for research

Penn State will soon have one of the most technologically advanced scanners in the country. The upgrade will give researchers access to a clearer and more detailed picture of the human brain and its functions as well as other bodily structures. Michele Diaz, director of human imaging and associate professor of psychology, says "The Prisma Fit expands the research capabilities of most investigators just by acquiring detailed images faster.” Click here for the full story.

World Campus ranked no. 1

Penn State is ranked No. 1 for the best online bachelor programs in the country in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 “Best Online Programs,” the highest-ever ranking for the University. The College of the Liberal Arts is a major partner and provider of over a dozen degrees plus certificates and general education courses to thousands of World Campus students. Among the most popular degrees: psychology, labor and employment relations, and organizational leadership. Click here for full story.

Anthropology researcher studies humans, physical activity

Timothy M. Ryan, associate professor of anthropology and information science and technology, is part of an international team of researchers who analyzed bone structure of early and modern humans, and modern primates. Click here for the full story.

Psychology Paterno Fellow named student marshal

Whitney Moore, a Penn State psychology major from Pittsburgh, Pa., was selected to be the student marshal representing the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State's Fall 2014 commencement ceremony at the University Park campus. She will be escorted by faculty marshal Rick Jacobs, professor of psychology, College of the Liberal Arts; distinguished honors faculty, Schreyer Honors College; and senior fellow, Justice and Safety Institute. Click here for the full story.

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