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Economics PhD graduate receives top prize for young economists

Congrats to 2002 PhD economics graduate Roland Fryer for winning the John Bates Clark Award, the most prestigious award given to young economists. As the Robert Beren Professor of Economics at Harvard University, Roland was honored for his pioneering research on the economics of race and education.  Robert Marshall, Distinguished Professor of Economics and head of the Economics Department, served as faculty adviser to Roland.

"Penn State Economics provided me with the foundation for my career,” Roland Fryer said. “In all candor, I do not think there would have been a faculty or program anywhere in the country that would have benefited me more." Click here for the full story.

Associate Dean to head College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State

Congratulations to Chris Long, Associate Dean of Graduate and Undergraduate Education, and Professor of Philosophy and Classics! He has been recommended as the new dean of the College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State University, pending approval by the MSU Board of Trustees. We appreciate his innovative leadership and dedication to our students in the College and throughout the University! The full story is here.

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Center for Global Studies announces awards

The Center for Global Studies (CGS) at Penn State recently presented $142,950  in awards to faculty members and students whose work advances research and projects in global studies. The principal mission of the center is to “cross boundaries and build bridges” by linking themes of sustainability, social justice and ethical leadership within a global context. These awards are intended to encourage Penn State faculty and students to engage in cross-disciplinary teaching, outreach, and research that will allow for sustained and engaged dialogues on issues of vital importance to understanding key global issues facing all regions across the world. Click here for the full story.

College honors alumni accomplishments

The College of the Liberal Arts honored seven alumni with careers ranging from business to government and public advocacy for their recent accomplishments in their professions and their communities.

"Our alumni are an important component of our Liberal Arts community. Their achievements in their professional and personal lives are a testament to the importance of a liberal arts education. This year’s award winners have made a transformational difference in business, government, education, nonprofit organizations and in their communities," said Susan Welch, dean of the College of the Liberal Arts. Click here for full story.

Anthropology faculty to co-direct new carbon-14 dating lab

Douglas Kennett, professor of anthropology, and Katherine Freeman, Distinguished Professor of Geosciences, will head a new AMS Carbon-14 Laboratory, which is expected to be fully operational in early 2016. Archaeologists, environmental scientists, and other researchers produce thousands of potential AMS carbon-14 samples each year, but only two other high-precision AMS facilities exist in the United States, and access to them is limited. It can take up to six months to have a sample tested. The new Penn State lab, featuring a powerful Pelletron® accelerator built by the Wisconsin-based National Electrostatics Corporation, should ease that crunch considerably.

"This new facility will improve our ability to study human-environmental interactions where chronology is key," adds Kennett. "It will be helpful in areas where we really need to know the order of events." For example, mammoths went extinct near the end of the last Ice Age, but whether the changing climate, disease, humans, or a comet impact did them in is a matter of debate that might be resolved with more precise dating techniques.

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English professor details maritime culture on whaling ship

Penn State Associate Professor of English Hester Blum has posted an essay about her 18 hours last summer on a restored 19th-century wooden whaling ship as part of her research on and interest in maritime culture and nautical storytelling. In this essay, she explores the challenges of being an academic in the physically unfamiliar and challenging territory of sailors. Click here for the story.

History faculty named Penn State Laureate

Carol Reardon, the George Winfree Professor of American History, has been named the Penn State Laureate for the 2015-16 academic year. The Penn State Laureate, an honorary position established in 2008, is a full-time faculty member in the humanities or the arts who is assigned half-time for one academic year to bring an enhanced level of social, cultural, artistic and human perspective and awareness to a broad array of audiences.

“Carol’s scholarship and teaching on military history, Civil War strategy, and leadership have helped shape our nation’s understanding of military conflicts,” said Penn State President Eric Barron. “She is an engaging speaker with great stories about Gettysburg, Vietnam and other wars; she is sure to make a lasting impact on our community during her laureate year.”  Click here for the full story.

Spanish and linguistics professor receives honor

John M. Lipski, the Edwin Earle Sparks Professor of Spanish and Linguistics, received the Order of Don Quijote, the highest honor conferred by Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society.Click here for the full story.

Rock Ethics Institute honors 3 students with 2015 Stand Up Award

Penn State students Melissa McCleery, Carolyn McDonald and Parker Werns are being honored respectively for their work in helping to prevent sexual violence; poverty; and discrimination against the LGBT community. The Penn State Rock Ethics Institute created the Stand Up Award in 2008 to honor Penn State undergraduate students who have the courage and fortitude to take an ethical stand for a person, cause or belief and thereby demonstrate ethical leadership.

"With this award, we celebrate students who honor their convictions by standing up for what they believe is right," said Sarah Clark Miller, acting director of the Rock Ethics Institute. "Through their individual stories, they teach us all about the importance of ethical leaders who rise to the challenge of living and acting with everyday courage in an increasingly complicated world.” Click here for the full story.

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