Joan T. Richtsmeier, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Penn State, and her team looked at two sets of mice, each having a different mutation that causes Apert Syndrome in humans and causes similar cranial problems in the mice. Click here for the full story.
Kimberly Foecke, a senior in archaeological science, was one of 18 students highlighted for their accomplishments by Business Insider, a U.S. business and technology news web site. She is a research fellow at Smithsonian's Museum Conservation Institute. Click here for the full story.
Penn State alumni Larry and Lynne Brown have made a leadership gift to endow a new award that recognizes an outstanding individual, organization or a group of individuals for exceptional innovation in the advancement of democracy in the United States or around the world. The award will be coordinated by the Penn State Institute for Democracy. Each year, the award recipient or a representative of the honored organization will present a fall lecture series and interact with students at Penn State, with the lecture eventually being published for future study and teaching by scholars and students.
The Laurence and Lynne Brown Democracy Medal spotlights and honors the best work being done to advance democracy here and internationally. Under the award program, the Penn State Institute for Democracy will recognize practical innovations, such as new institutions, laws, technologies or movements that advance the cause of democracy. In addition, future awards will highlight advances in democratic theory that enrich philosophical or empirical conceptions of democracy.
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In March and April students who meet with their advisers in an appointment will have the opportunity to share what they learned in that meeting through a half-page survey. The survey will be anonymous and is intended to give advisers information about how well they are answering students' questions and conveying information that students need when developing an academic plan. Advisers will use the feedback to better prepare for future student appointments and to provide the resources that students need most. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey when you visit your adviser in March or April.
In a recent issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education, Dean Susan Welch and Associate Dean Chris Long shared findings from their survey of Ph.D. placements across 16 graduate programs in the humanities and social sciences since 1996. There are now records on nearly 1,600 of Ph.D.’s from the College of the Liberal Arts.The College began collecting the data in a quest to measure one important indicator of the success of a Ph.D. program. Over the years, these data, among others, have informed the College's financial decisions about graduate education and whether to decrease or increase the size of specific programs.
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Robert C. Marshall, Department of Economics, and Joan T. Richtsmeier, Department of Anthropology, recently were named Distinguished Professors by Penn State. Distinguished professors have demonstrated significant leadership in raising the standards of the University with respect to teaching, research or creative activity, and service; and contributed significantly to the education of students who subsequently have achieved recognition of excellence in their fields.
Bob is Head of the Department of Economics and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Auctions, Procurements, and Competition Policy at Penn State. He is a recognized leader in the areas of industrial organization, collusion, applied game theory, auctions, and procurements. His 2011 Michigan Law Review paper, “Plus Factors in Agreements in Antitrust Law” won the Jerry S. Cohen Memorial Fund Writing Award for best antitrust scholarship of 2011.
His book co-authored with Leslie M. Marx is titled The Economics of Collusion: Cartels and Bidding Rings (MIT Press, 2012). He has served on two panels for the National Research Council and he is on the editorial board of the Journal of Antitrust Enforcement.
Joan is a leading biological anthropologist in the U.S. She has authored a book , “Statistical Analysis of Shapes” with her collaborator Subhash Lele and conducts cutting-edge research in genetics and developmental biology, with a focus on the genetic bases of craniosynostosis and Down syndrome. Her work with mouse models of these diseases has led to discoveries of how changes at the cellular level contribute to craniofacial dysmorphology. She also holds faculty appointments in the Graduate Program in Genetics and the IBIOS Graduate Program Option in Bioinformatics and Genomics of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences.
Joan is an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Physical Anthropology; a standing member of the National Institutes of Health Skeletal Biology and Developmental Disorders Study section, Center for Scientific Review; and President of the Society for Craniofacial Genetics and Developmental Biology.
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Burrowes Building, one of Penn State's landmark buildings on the Pattee Mall, is scheduled for renovation starting in mid to late February. After two years of careful planning and the recent authorization by the Board of Trustees, the project will begin construction to update electrical, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems as well as reconfigure office and classroom space for greater efficiency and access.
Burrowes is home to the Department of English and the School of Languages and Literatures, which recently moved to temporary spaces on campus and downtown State College.
“This project has been a very successful collaboration with the engineers, architects and specialists from the Office of Physical Plant and two planning committees involving our faculty and staff in the college,” said Susan Welch, the Susan Welch Dean of the College of the Liberal Arts. “Once completed, the project will transform the space for greater learning and scholarship by our faculty and students, will preserve the central building’s historic appearance and will improve Burrowes’ face on the mall by redesigning the connectors.”
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The Institute for the Arts and Humanities at Penn State is a member of the new Humanities Without Walls consortium, a consortium of 15 universities encompassing the following Committee on Institutional Cooperation institutions (Penn State, Michigan, Ohio State, Michigan State, Purdue, Indiana, Illinois,Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Northwestern and Chicago), as well as the University of Illinois at Chicago and Notre Dame. Founded in 1966, Penn State’s Institute for the Arts and Humanities is one of the oldest and most distinctive interdisciplinary centers in the nation and is one of a handful of universities whose interdisciplinary institute was designed from the outset to bring together innovative work in the arts and humanities– under one roof, across two colleges: the Liberal Arts and Arts and Architecture.
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Steven H. Brose, a 1969 political science graduate, was named a Penn State Distinguished Alumnus, which is the highest award given by the University in recognition of alumni who have achieved major accomplishments in their professions and made significant contributions to their communities.
Steve is a renowned attorney and partner with the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson in Washington, D.C., where he heads the Regulatory and Industry Affairs Department. He is a recognized leader in the field of energy regulation, particularly the oil and gas pipeline industry, and has served as lead counsel in a number of the most complex oil pipeline matters to come before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He has served on expert task forces for the World Bank and AID involving pipeline projects in other nations and is chair-elect of the American Bar Association’s Section on Public Utilities, Communication, and Transportation Law. He also is active in pro bono work for his law firm, currently helping a death row inmate to secure a new trial.
On behalf of Penn State and the College of the Liberal Arts, Steve has provided key leadership to the Grand Destiny Campaign and the current For the Future campaign. For example, he and his wife, Jan, endowed a distinguished lecture and book series in 1998 in the Richards Civil War Era Center. The original scholarship from the series has contributed to the Center’s growing reputation as a national leader. A pivotal member of the Board of Visitors, Steve and Jan also created a graduate scholarship for outstanding graduate students and an estate commitment for an endowed professorship in American history.
Steve has been a major inspiration to the Liberal Arts Development Council and the College of the Liberal Arts, especially through a national recession and the recent scandals. Under his leadership in this campaign, the College was the first college within its peer group to surpass their campaign goal by double of the amount raised in the last campaign.
The Distinguished Awards will be presented by Penn State at a ceremony in late spring 2014.
Congratulations to Hester Blum, Debra Hawhee, and Janina Safran for being awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships to continue their research projects. "NEH Fellowships awards reflect the exceptional scholarship that distinguishes the College of the Liberal Arts and the University as a world-class university," said Susan Welch, the Susan Welch Dean of the College of the Liberal Arts. ''Penn State undergraduates also benefit from this pursuit of new knowledge, which enriches the outstanding teaching being done by our faculty and their graduate students, and has the potential to provide undergraduate research opportunities.'' Click here for full story.
A memorial service for William Pencak, Penn State professor emeritus of American history and Jewish studies, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, in Eisenhower Chapel of the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, on the University Park campus. Bill passed away Dec. 9, 2013, following surgery. A great collaborator with friends and colleagues, he was well-known for his support of young historians, working with 30 Ph.D. students and directing seven students. More information can be found here.
Herman Cohen, professor emeritus of speech communication, died on Dec. 22, 2013 at age 88. For many years at Penn State, he served as professor and head of the Department of Speech Communication. In 1975, Herman was president of the Speech Communication Association. More information can be found here.
The College's Intensive English Communication Program collaborates with the Transition Partners Program to provide student mentors to international students attending a U.S. university. ICEP students work with peer student partners who provide practice speaking English, learn about American cultural traditions and practices and generally feel more at home while far from home. IECP is affiliated with the Department of Applied Linguistics, and Transition Partners Program is part of the Office of Global Programs. Click here for the full story.
Nicole A. Colón-Quintana, a psychology and journalism major, has been selected as the student marshal to represent the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State's Fall 2013 commencement ceremony, set for Dec. 21 at the Bryce Jordan Center. A resident of Aibonito, Puerto Rico, Nicole is the daughter of Hector Colon and Marta Quintana. The faculty marshal who will accompany her is Dr. Paola Giuli Dussias, Professor of Spanish, Linguistics, and Psychology.
Nicole will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. She plans to attend graduate school and obtain a PhD in clinical psychology. She hopes that her research can advance mental health services for the Latino population.
During her time at Penn State, Nicole was a member of the Presidential Leadership Academy, an Executive Committee Member for the Asian/Hispanic/African/Native American (AHANA) student organization, a Resident Assistant, and a volunteer with Global Medical Brigades. She founded the Oye! bilingual newsletter in 2010 and served as its Editor-in-Chief through 2012. Her numerous honors include The Evan Pugh Scholar Award, The President Sparks Award, and the President’s Freshman Award, all of which recognize the undergraduates with the highest academic achievements.
For more information on the Fall 2013 commencement ceremonies, visit the Commencement at University Park website.
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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