Penn State is embarking on a transformative effort to establish itself as a leader in interdisciplinary ethics research and ethical literacy, with plans to make 12 tenure-track appointments across an array of academic disciplines over three years. The positions will be co-funded by the University and the academic colleges. Nick Jones, executive vice president and provost, said “This work is critical to our goal to produce the next generation of thought leaders. Penn State has a strong record of accomplishment in ethics education and research, and these new recruitments will further position the University as a leader in this arena.”
All appointees will work primarily in their home departments but have partial appointments in the Penn State Rock Ethics Institute. The goal will be to integrate ethics into research projects in the sciences, engineering, humanities, and social sciences, to integrate ethical analyses into policy-relevant research, and to enhance collaborations with colleges to advance the integration of ethics into the curriculum at all levels, including graduate and postdoctoral mentoring in research ethics. Click here for the full story.
We are pleased to announce the call for applications for the BDSS IGERT program traineeships, 2014-2016 Cohort. Information can be found at the program website (http://bdss.psu.edu/apply) for requirements and the application form. Faculty and advisors - please feel free to share this information with students who may be interested in applying. All application materials are due by 5:00p on Dec. 18th to Kristy Boob (email@example.com). If you have questions, please contact the program coordinator, Dee Bagshaw (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Migration and Language Conference will be held Nov. 22, 2013, in the Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library.The conference is organized by the Migration Studies Project, Penn State University, and co-sponsored by University Libraries, Penn State, and The Worldwide Universities Network. Among the speakers are faculty from The Chinese University of Hong Kong; University of York, UK; Boston University; University of Pittsburgh; University of Leeds, UK; and University of Wisconsin.
Farewell to Dan Walden, Professor Emeritus of English, American studies, and comparative literature, and a long-time affiliate faculty member in Jewish studies, who died Nov. 8, 2013. He was a pioneer in establishing Jewish studies as a field of study, both at Penn State and nationally. He also established African American studies as a disciplinary field at Penn State. Click here for the full obituary.
The Penn State Democracy Institute announces a call for nominations for the inaugural Penn State Democracy Medal to recognize exceptional innovations that advance the design and practice of democracy. The goal is to celebrate and publicize each year the best work being done by individuals or groups to advance democracy in the United States or throughout the world. Medal recipients also will receive a $5,000 award. Nominations are being accepted now through Dec. 10, 2013.
There will be two categories: practical innovations, and democratic concepts and ideas, alternating the winner from one category each year. Starting in 2014, the Democracy Institute will select a medal recipient based on practical innovations, such as new institutions, laws, technologies or movements that advance democracy. Starting in 2015, the award will celebrate advances in democratic theory that provide richer philosophical or empirical conceptions of democracy. Click here for the full story.
The Thanksgiving holiday will be on Thursday, Nov. 28. Friday, Nov. 29 should be noted on staff time cards as “Official Campus Closure” (per President Erickson, the University will be closed).
This year, Dec. 25 will fall on a Wednesday, as will January 1, 2014. The official University holiday period begins Monday, Dec. 23 and ends Wednesday, Jan. 1. Weekdays during that period are official University holidays – with the notable exception, however, of Tuesday, Dec. 31, which is not a University holiday.
In order to provide a generally more desirable and efficient application of time off, University offices and facilities, except for essential services, will be closed Dec. 31 as well. Staff will need to account for the time appropriately, e.g., with vacation or no pay. Therefore, the University will be closed from the end of normal operations on Friday, Dec. 20 and will reopen on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014.
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Kenneth Levy, associate professor of psychology at Penn State, joined former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, Vice President Joe Biden, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Chelsea Clinton to celebrate the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s Community Mental Health Act at the inaugural meeting of the Kennedy Forum last month in Boston.
Working with Congressman Kennedy, Levy, a noted treatment and psychotherapy researcher, has been consulting on the implications of the existing mental health treatment data for the provision of mental health services. He said he "looks forward to future collaboration with Congressman Patrick Kennedy in working to establish parity guidelines that will assure those suffering from psychological difficulties receive the quality mental health care that they both need and deserve." Click here for full story.
The Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State is seeking nominations for its seventh annual Stand-Up Awards in recognition of undergraduate students at Penn State’s campuses who have demonstrated ethical leadership in taking a stand for a person, cause or belief. The goal of the award is to recognize courageous individuals and to inform the entire Penn State community of how often the extraordinary act is possible in ordinary circumstances. Selected honorees will receive an award of $1,000 each, will be recognized at a spring 2014 ceremony and in a short video, and will be highlighted in traditional and digital publicity throughout the University.
Any faculty, staff, student or community member at any Penn State campus may nominate undergraduate students who are ethical leaders and have accomplished much during their time at Penn State. For example, in 2013, The Rock honored seniors Taryn Noll and Gizelle Studevent. Noll created a support group at the University Park campus to help students cope with family illnesses or crises. Studevent organized a group to help young people learn about and address the problem of bullying. Click here for the full story.
Do you use social media? Are you interested in the role of social media in politics? Then CAS 272: Political Communication & Technology is the course for you! Create video mashups and a campaign for a candidate or a non profit of your choice. Write blogs, tweet and talk about viral politics, cyberactivism, and smart mobs. Register for Spring 2014 now.
Jared Bernstein, Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policies Priorities and former economic adviser to U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, will speak on “Making Sense of the Budget Crisis” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library. His talk is part of the Penn State Democracy Institute’s lecture series. Co-sponsored by the University Libraries, the event is free and open to the public.
Bernstein will speak on the 2013 budget and deficit ceiling crises, as well as those that loom on the horizon for 2014. He will offer an analysis that draws on his experience as economic adviser and policy analyst in the Obama administration. An extended question-and-answer session will follow the talk.
Penn State Democracy Institute brings together the top faculty and graduate students in several disciplines to develop knowledge and training that will provide legislators, policymakers, voters and the public with better ways to improve debate, discussions and governing in our country. Click here for full story.
Penn State alumnus Richard (Dick) Lippin has made a gift of $150,000 to support the development of pioneering, new technology-based learning resources so that parents, teachers, and child care providers nationwide can help young children understand the how and why of acting ethically and morally.
The Lippin Family Fund provided the funding to promote moral development and ethical behavior in young children in the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State. The fund will support a partnership between the Rock Ethics Institute and the Child Study Center, both leading research centers based at Penn State, to create and test innovative resources that will promote the development of social and emotional management skills and moral and ethical behavior in children ages 3-7.
“There are few, if any, early childhood programs in the country that focus on children’s ethical learning,” Lippin said. “Existing programs focus primarily on enhancing academic skills such as reading and writing. There is a nationwide gap in current programs, and Penn State has the opportunity to fill that gap and become a national leader in nurturing children’s overall moral well-being. '' Click here for the full story.
Eric Silver, Penn State professor of sociology and criminology, will give a presentation titled “Elephants in the Classroom: How I Talk About Difficult Topics, and Why” as part of an annual lecture on outstanding teaching at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, in the Foster Auditorium, Pattee Library, on the University Park campus. Co-sponsored by the Social Sciences Library, the talk is free and open to the public. Silver is the inaugural recipient of the Malvin and Lea Bank Outstanding Teaching Award in the College of the Liberal Arts. The annual award was established with a generous gift by Mal and Lea Bank, who are alumni and longtime benefactors of the College of the Liberal Arts and Penn State.Click here for the full story.
Anne Norton, professor of political science and comparative literature at the University of Pennsylvania, will speak “On the Muslim Question” as part of the Penn State Democracy Institute’s lecture series. The talk will be held Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in 111 Wartik Building, on Penn State’s University Park campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Norton will discuss the compatibility between democracy, the West, and Islam, as well as challenge Islamophobia by focusing on the values of Western civilization, similar to the topic of her latest book “On the Muslim Question.” Her other books include Leo Strauss and the Politics of American Empire; 95 Theses on Politics, Culture, and Method; and Republic of Signs.
Based in the College of the Liberal Arts, the Penn State Democracy Institute brings together the top faculty and graduate students in several disciplines to develop knowledge and training that will provide legislators, policymakers, voters, and the public with better ways to improve debate, discussions, and governing in our country. Through teaching, creative research projects, and public programs, the Democracy Institute will explore better routes to deciding controversial issues, like healthcare and environmental regulation, and address how government can become more responsive to the people.
For more information on the Democracy Institute, go to http://democracyinstitute.la.psu.edu/
Penn State’s Department of African American Studies has launched a new dual-title doctoral degree program in African-American and diaspora studies, training future professors and scholars to teach about and study the history and culture of nearly 1 billion people of African descent in key regions around the world.
"The new waves of transnational migrations of black people from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa to the United States, Europe, and elsewhere have increasingly influenced the interdependent contemporary world and its diverse patterns and politics of representation," said Paul Taylor, head of the African American Studies Department and associate professor of philosophy. "These new population movements have compelled scholars to rethink conventional debates about freedom, citizenship, experience, and knowledge. Our new Ph.D. program will train students to teach and produce new knowledge on understanding the forces that shape and link the worlds of African descended populations, beginning with the U.S. and the broader Americas, but also in Europe and Asia." Click here for the full story.
Susan Welch, dean of the College of the Liberal Arts, and Alan Booth, distinguished professor of sociology, human development, and demography, have made new leadership gifts to Penn State to support outstanding graduate students, faculty, and staff in the college.
Over the past two decades, Susan and Alan established endowments to support current research and professional development activities for graduate students in the liberal arts and for graduate and undergraduate students in sociology. During the University’s current capital campaign, For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students, Susan and Alan have donated in excess of $500,000 in current and deferred gifts.
Alan will create a graduate student research fund in sociology through an estate commitment, which will fund the purchases of new technology or software, research travel, and support for graduate students. Susan will expand a graduate fund named in honor of her parents, which recognizes academic excellence by graduate students throughout the College of the Liberal Arts.
Through a multi-year commitment, Susan also is endowing a new staff recognition award, in honor of Ron Filippelli, retired associate dean and professor of labor studies and employment relations. The Filippelli Award will support a full-time member of the Liberal Arts staff who is pursuing a degree at Penn State. In addition, Susan is creating a new endowment to honor outstanding research in the social sciences by the faculty in the College of the Liberal Arts. This award will be named for Ray Lombra, special adviser to the dean and professor of economics. Ray served the College of the Liberal Arts as associate dean for more than 18 years.Click here for the full story.
On Oct. 22, Cambridge University Press will publish Volume 2: 1923-1925 of “The Letters of Ernest Hemingway,” edited by Penn State Professor of English Sandra Spanier, Albert J. DeFazio III and Robert W. Trogdon. Volume 2 chronicles a seminal period in Hemingway’s life and career: the Paris years. During this time, the author publishes his first three books, including “In Our Time” (1925), and discovers a lifelong passion for Spain and the bullfight, quickly transforming his experiences into fiction as "The Sun Also Rises" (1926). The newest book includes 242 letters and commentary by General Editor Sandra Spanier and her team of editors.
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Richard Blanco, the Presidential Inaugural Poet, will give the Emily Dickinson Lectureship in American Poetry on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library on Penn State's University Park campus.
The lecture is supported by Penn State alumni George and Barbara Kelly, the University Libraries, the Department of English, and the College of the Liberal Arts.
Blanco stands as the youngest, first Latino, and first openly gay person to serve as the Presidential inaugural poet. His acclaimed first book, City of a Hundred Fires, explores the yearnings and negotiation of cultural identity as a Cuban-American and received the prestigious Agnes Starrett Poetry Prize. His second book, Directions to The Beach of the Dead won the PEN American Beyond Margins Award for its continued exploration of the universal themes of place and homecoming. His third collection, Looking for The Gulf Motel, won the Patterson Poetry Prize and Thom Gunn Award from the Publishing Triangle.
He recently published commemorative chapbooks of One Today and Boston Strong with University of Pittsburg Press. Blanco is a Fellow of the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, recipient of two Florida Artist Fellowships, and is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. A builder of cities and poems, Blanco is also a professional civil engineer currently living in Bethel, Maine.
In partnership with Penn State World Campus, the College of the Liberal Arts will launch a new bachelor of arts degree in organization leadership this spring. Currently, the college offers a bachelor of science degree online, which had an enrollment of 520 students for 2012-2013. The core curriculum for both degrees is the same, but the B.A. offers more arts, humanities and other cultures course choices, as well as a language requirement.
“The study of leadership has become increasingly important in contemporary society, because of the complexity of the social, economic and political issues people face in our global environment,” said Dennis S. Gouran, professor-in-charge of Penn State’s organizational leadership program, and professor of labor and employment relations, and communication arts and sciences. Click here for the full story.
Penn State alumna Lynn Mack-Costello and her husband Joseph Costello have made a gift of $250,000 through life insurance to substantially expand their current fund supporting innovative educational opportunities for students and faculty in the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences in the College of the Liberal Arts.
“As a graduate of and a current instructor in the department, I recognize the outstanding value of its degree and the very practical application and benefits the departmental courses offer for all Penn State students,” said Lynn Mack-Costello. “I am passionate about informed civic engagement, and we feel our gift will enhance the department’s abilities to respond to ongoing and changing needs of faculty and students and to sustain innovative initiatives such as the Penn State Democracy Institute and the Center for Democratic Deliberation."
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Bilingual speakers can switch languages seamlessly, likely developing a higher level of mental flexibility than monolinguals, according to Penn State linguistic researchers. "In the past, bilinguals were looked down upon," said Judith F. Kroll, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Linguistics and Women's Studies. "Not only is bilingualism not bad for you, it may be really good. When you're switching languages all the time it strengthens your mental muscle and your executive function becomes enhanced."
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Nina Jablonski, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, was part of an international team of scientists who discovered the cranium of a fossil ape from Shuitangba, a Miocene site in Yunnan Province, China. The juvenile cranium of the fossil ape Lufengpithecus is significant, according to the research team.
The researchers noted that juvenile crania of apes and hominins are extremely rare in the fossil record, especially those of infants and young juveniles. This cranium is only the second relatively complete cranium of a young juvenile in the entire Miocene -- 23 million to 5 million years ago -- record of fossil apes throughout the Old World, and both were discovered from the late Miocene of Yunnan Province.
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Penn State alumna Virginia Todd Chapel and her husband, John, have made a leadership gift of $1 million to support premium internships, particularly in the private sector, for Liberal Arts students who excel academically and who seek high-quality career development opportunities. Their newest gift will create The Virginia Todd Chapel Executive Internship Program, in partnership with a student enrichment fund established by the Chapels with an earlier gift of $1 million. When fully funded, the $2 million endowment will provide $5,000 internship awards to nearly 20 students each year, under the direction of the Career Enrichment Network, in the College of the Liberal Arts.
Susan Welch, the Susan Welch Dean of the College of the Liberal Arts, said, "Jinnie and John’s magnanimous gift will greatly enrich the educational experiences of many of our students. The changes in the U.S. and global economies have demonstrated the need for our students to pursue internships and other career-development experiences in order to land that first job in a very competitive market. We’re very grateful for the Chapels’ visionary leadership and commitment to the future success of the most promising students in our College.”
Jinnie Chapel is a 1965 graduate with a degree in English and a member of the Liberal Arts Development Council. She had a successful career with the management consulting firm of Booz Allen Hamilton and later became a partner in LeapFrog Solutions, a marketing communications management firm, based in Fairfax, VA. John Chapel is President and CEO of White Hall Capital LLC, a Northern Virginia-based private equity investment firm.
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One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel that chronicles the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendia family, and the tragicomedy of humankind. The College of the Liberal Arts and various departments and centers are organizing a marathon 24-hour reading of the novel, beginning on Thursday Sept. 5, at 1 p.m., on the lawn in front of Pattee and Paterno Libraries.
The event is free and open to the public to attend and to participate in the reading of the masterpiece by novelist Gabriel García Márquez.. Students and faculty are invited to camp out overnight and bring appropriate equipment. Pizza and breakfast will be provided by event sponsors.
Select readers will take turns reading aloud for approximately five minutes each throughout the event. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, and community residents are invited to sign up to read aloud by emailing email@example.com. But it is not necessary to make a reservation in order to read. Some participants will read aloud in Spanish, and organizers also will have available translations in French, German, and Chinese for anyone versed in those languages. Penn State Distinguished Alumna Sue Paterno will begin reading at 1 p.m.,Thursday, followed by State College Mayor Elizabeth Goreham, and senior University administrators. Women’s basketball coaches will wrap up the event on Friday.
“This event was a tremendous success last year, bringing together dozens of students, faculty, and community members in a public space and showcasing the power of ideas, discussion, and learning,” said Christopher Reed, professor of English and visual culture, and a key organizer. “We launched the Marathon Reading last year with Catch-22, which has origins on the Penn State campus, but this year, we chose One Hundred Years of Solitude to celebrate Penn State’s commitment to diversity and international perspectives. Many people consider the novel's opening line as one of the greatest first lines in literature: `Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendia was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.' "
Sponsors are the College of the Liberal Arts, School of Languages and Literatures, Department of English, Department of Comparative Literature, Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese, Department of French and Francophone Studies, Paterno Fellows Program, Center for Democratic Deliberation, and Center for American Literary Studies.
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Trish Alexander, Associate Director of Grants and Contracts, will receive the 2013 Career Achievement from the Penn State Administrative Committee on Research.The award is presented to an individual who has made significant and sustained contributions throughout their career to the field of research administration at Penn State.
A statement from former Associate Deans for Research Ray Lombra and Denise Solomon and current Associate Dean for Research Eric Silver, notes:
"When Ray joined the dean's office as associate dean for research and graduate studies in 1991, Trish was already playing a key role in supporting Liberal Arts faculty in their quest for external funding. Needless to say, this was true for Denise in 2008, and for Eric this past July. Each of us could see immediately how dedicated and hard working she was and how her patience and knowledge base regarding agencies and surrounding regulations were invaluable. Under the strong mentoring provided by colleagues in the various offices of sponsored programs, and research administrators in liberal arts and other colleges, Trish became the College’s "go to" person on a wide range of issues that come up all the time and can be frustrating and difficult to deal with."
"Always greeting everyone with a smile, even when we were there to pile more work on, she became the lead staffer in grants and contracts, and presided over the astounding growth in research expenditures in Liberal Arts from $5 million in the early 1990's to over $30 million today. The numerous training sessions she led, for both faculty and staff, the opportunities for funding she identified, the proposals she cleaned up and got out the door, sometimes with minutes to spare before firm deadlines -- all this and more-- including the recruitment and training and motivating of her team in the college, is what makes Trish the ideal recipient of this wonderful award," according to the deans.
They concluded: "Trish richly deserves the Career Achievement Award from the Penn State Administrative Committee on Research. We join all of you in congratulating her for her long, dedicated, unselfish and high quality service in support of so many."
Penn State's Africana Research Center (ARC) recently announced its five fellows for the 2013-14 year and held its orientation on Aug. 28. The program supports early career scholars and junior faculty who conduct research centered on or related to Africa and the African Diaspora and assists them in establishing themselves in academia.
The ARC Fellows are housed in departments within the College of the Liberal Arts. During their residency, fellows have opportunities to showcase their research and scholarship, as well as to engage with noted scholars in their respective fields. Click here for full story.
David Puts, Associate Professor of Anthropology, received the 2013 Early Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contribution from the Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES). This award recognizes excellent young scientists who have made distinguished theoretical and/or empirical contributions to the study of evolution and human behavior.
HBES is an international organization of scientists studying the evolution of human behavior. David was previously recognized by HBES in 2011 with the Margo Wilson Award for the best paper published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior, and in 2004 with the New Investigator Award for the best paper by a graduate student. His research focuses on the neuroendocrine and evolutionary bases of human behavior, especially on human sexuality and sex differences.
David earned a B.A. in anthropology from Kenyon College, M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh, and conducted his postdoctoral research in neuroscience at Michigan State University.
Women are less likely to take part in corporate crime and fraud even though more women now work in corporations and serve at higher levels of those organizations, according to a team of sociologists.The researchers examined a database of recent corporate frauds and found that women typically were not part of the conspiracy. The team comprised Darrell Steffensmeier, professor of sociology and criminology; Jennifer Schwartz, associate professor of sociology, Washington State University and Michael Roche, a graduate student in clinical psychology, at Penn State. Click here for the full story.
The Global Japan Project, sponsored by the Japan Foundation, is pleased to announce the Global Japan Impact Awards for inclusion of Japan-related materials in courses by faculty who are not affiliated with the Asian Studies Program.
The project will provide professional development funding for instructors of any rank (e.g. graduate student teachers, instructors, lecturers, and professors) who are not yet affiliated with the Asian Studies Program to develop and include substantial work on Japan in their courses. This year we are offering twelve $1000 grants to be paid as research funds for the documented incorporation of Japan-centered materials in courses beyond those currently associated with Asian Studies. The Global Japan Project, in conjunction with the Center for Global Studies, will offer Impact Awards for up to twelve courses with lesson plans that engage with Japan.
This opportunity is open to credit-bearing courses in all disciplines, delivery modes, and locations at Penn State. Courses including Japan-centered units lasting one week or longer, and courses to be taught more than once will be given priority. Courses should be offered by the proposing instructor during the 2013-14 academic year.
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Nine teams competed in the College of the Liberal Arts Office Olympics and raised nearly $8,000 to benefit the United Way. The Liberal Arts United Way Committee announced the teams shattered the previous fundraising total of $5,500 and were able to donate $7,952 back to local communities.
Team Moore United (Psychology Department) was crowned the 2013 Office Olympics Champion after raising $3,606 and just beating Luellen’s Pirates (Alumni and Development), a very close second at $3,235.
Congratulations as well to all of the medalists in our five Olympic games, according to Amanda Goble, 2013 Office Olympics and Liberal Arts United Way Committee Chair. For some great photos of the events, please visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lausatpsu/sets/72157635095262019/
Garrett Fagan has earned a reputation as a leading expert on ancient warfare and as an engaging teacher -- a scholar who approaches classical studies in a manner that helps us reflect on our own cultural issues.Click here to learn more about this Professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and History.
The anthropology department has offered important training opportunities each summer for college students through Penn State's Archaeological Field School. For the past four years, students have dug up Colonial-era artifacts while learning the scientific methods for excavating an archaeological sites, at Fort Shirley in Huntingdon County, Pa. The frontier stockade was built in 1755 during the French and Indian War. This summer, 11 Penn State and other college students focused on defining the southwest corner of the fort and finding other walls of the fort’s defenses and perimeters. Click here for the full story.
We congratulate Sara Carter, an International Politics major with a minor in Spanish, for being selected as the student marshal presenting the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State's summer commencement ceremony. Also, best wishes to all of our graduates and thanks to their supportive families and friends. Click here for more information.
Associate Professor of Psychology Rick Gilmore will co-lead a team of researchers in developing the largest open-source video-data sharing project of its kind: Databrary, a web-based video-data library sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.
Databrary will enable researchers to store and openly share videos and related information about the studies. Researchers and clinicians can use Databrary to browse, download and re-analyze video data. The goal is to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery and make more efficient use of public investments in scientific research.Video data sharing marks a ground-breaking approach to "big data" efforts in scientific behavioral research.
The Databrary team is led by Karen Adolph, professor of psychology and neural science at New York University; Gilmore of Penn State; and David Millman, director of Digital Library Technology Services at NYU.
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The College has named Christopher Long, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, to the position of Associate Dean for Graduate and Undergraduate Education. In addition, Eric Silver, professor of sociology and criminology and associate head of the department, has been named Associate Dean for Research.
Long and Silver will assume the responsibilities formerly held by Denise Solomon, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, who is returning to full-time teaching and research in the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences after completing her five-year term.
``Denise has done a superb job of managing and helping to grow our research portfolio, increasing the College’s resources to support graduate students, and refining processes and programs to recruit, educate, and help place in jobs, our master’s and Ph.D. graduates,’’ said Susan Welch, the Susan Welch Dean of the College of the Liberal Arts. “I know that Chris and Eric will provide leadership to continue our tremendous momentum in graduate education and research. Eric will also work with faculty to develop further opportunities for undergraduate research too.”
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The Penn State Board of Trustees recently approved a proposal to establish a School of Labor and Employment Relations. Formerly the Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, the new school will continue to reside in Penn State’s College of the Liberal Arts.
The name change reflects the growth in the size and national reputation of the program, which is regarded as one of the top labor and employment relations and human resources programs in the U.S. The School offers seven residential undergraduate and graduate degree programs at the University Park campus. It is also the leading provider of online courses and degrees in its field, offering six fully online undergraduate and graduate degree programs through Penn State’s World Campus.
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Young people -- both male and female -- are the most likely targets of rape and other sexual assaults, according to research published by Richard Felson, professor of criminology and sociology, and doctoral student Patrick Cundiff. The most frequent victims of those assaults are 15 years old, regardless of gender, or the age of the offender, said the researchers. They published their findings recently in an online edition of the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior. Click here for the full story.
Alumni Mal and Lea Bank, who are longtime benefactors of the College and Penn State, made a generous gift to establish The Malvin and Lea Bank Outstanding Teaching Award for the College of the Liberal Arts. The inaugural award was bestowed on Eric Silver, professor of sociology and crime, law and justice. He combines a talent for teaching with a passion to enrich students’ experiences at Penn State. Click here for the full story.
In recognition of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, Bill Blair and Carol Reardon, professors of American history at Penn State and faculty in the Richards Civil War Era Center, offer key insights into the forces that coalesced to make the Battle of Gettysburg one of the most important in U.S. military history. In addition, they talk about the impact of the war on Penn State students during that time. Click here for various stories and videos with Professors Blair and Reardon that will be posted in the weeks up to the anniversary celebrations from July 1-3, 2013.