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  • Alumni Association welcomes new leadership, enacts bylaws updates On Jul 18, 2017 Steve Wagman (1982 graduate) became the 80th president of the Penn State Alumni Association on July 1. Randy Houston (1991 graduate) was named vice president. Wagman and Houston will serve two-year terms.
  • NSF grant supports research into geospatial intelligence during civil rights era On Jul 18, 2017 During the civil rights movement, activist groups such as the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) used geography and geospatial intelligence to identify protest sites and to plan civil rights protests. A new $373,000 National Science Foundation grant is letting researchers dig into those geospatial tactics to see what can be learned about patterns of racial inequality and how the SNCC collected and leveraged geospatial intelligence data to bolster its activist efforts.
  • Twitter data changing future of population research On Jul 17, 2017 Guangqing Chi, associate professor of rural sociology and demography and public health sciences in Penn State's Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education and director of the Computational and Spatial Analysis (CSA) Core in the Social Science Research Institute, and his team have collected over 30 terabytes of geo-tagged tweets over the last four years.
  • Stuckey named Distinguished Scholar by National Communication Association On Jul 14, 2017 Mary E. Stuckey, who recently joined Penn State as professor of communication arts and sciences, has been named a 2017 Distinguished Scholar by the National Communication Association.
  • Mellon Foundation maintains support for Rock Ethics Institute summer program On Jul 12, 2017 A three-year, $660,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the American Philosophical Association (APA) will enable the Rock Ethics Institute to continue offering the Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute (PIKSI) program until at least 2020.
  • Four named Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program Fellows On Jul 12, 2017 The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) Academic Leadership Program has gained four additional Fellows from the Penn State ranks. The BTAA is the academic consortium of the Big Ten universities. Through its leadership program, participants who have demonstrated exceptional ability and administrative promise are aided in further developing their leadership and managerial skills.
  • Student creative writing award honors recently retired professor On Jul 12, 2017 Alumni and friends of the Creative Writing Program in the Penn State Department of English recently established an award to honor Robin Becker, who recently retired as liberal arts research professor of English and women’s gender, and sexuality studies.
  • Task force strengthens Penn State’s focus on academic integrity issues On Jul 10, 2017 Penn State Executive Vice President and Provost Nick Jones advanced the University’s focus on academic integrity earlier this year by creating a task force to assess the current process and structure used to manage academic integrity cases and strengthen a culture of integrity.
  • Recipients of 2017 Human Health and the Environment seed grants announced On Jul 05, 2017 The Human Health and the Environment seed grants for 2017 have been awarded to a pool of interdisciplinary researchers at Penn State. These seed grants were funded by eight separate Penn State research entities and institutes, which collectively contributed more than $500,000. “We had an exceptional pool of proposals from faculty across the university,” Tom Richard, director of the Institutes of Energy and the Environment, said. “The projects address emerging contaminants well as legacy environmental problems that seriously impact human health.”
  • Modern and Contemporary Studies Initiative holds inaugural summer institute On Jul 03, 2017 Eight departments in the College of the Liberal Arts hosted the inaugural Modern and Contemporary Studies Initiative summer institute in June. The collaborative project brought together faculty and students to showcase what these departments do and to build partnerships with other scholars in humanities scholarship across fields and disciplines.
  • Center for Online Innovation in Learning announces spring 2017 grant recipients On Jun 23, 2017 The Center for Online Innovation in Learning at Penn State has announced it will fund four new projects through its Research Initiation Grant Program. The goal of the COIL grant program is to provide seed money for Penn State researchers to gather preliminary evidence to pursue external funding for larger studies that enhance teaching and learning through online innovation.
  • Young American Latinos report the most discrimination On Jun 22, 2017 A recent study by Penn State researchers found that undocumented Latino immigrants are not the most likely group to report discrimination.
  • Hennessey, Theiss named new executive directors of development On Jun 21, 2017 Tina Hennessey and Mark Theiss have been selected to fill executive director positions in Penn State’s Division of Development and Alumni Relations.
  • Faculty member's book tells story of sacred city through architecture On Jun 20, 2017 Madhuri Desai, associate professor of art history and Asian studies at Penn State, recently published the book "Banaras Reconstructed: Architecture and Sacred Space in a Hindu City." The book addresses Banaras, the Hindu center of northern India, and its evolution through architecture and urbanism.
  • College of the Liberal Arts Staff Newsletter – June On Jun 16, 2017 This month's staff newsletter includes information about an upcoming staff coffee hour, an apparel order, a State College Spikes fundraiser, a welcome to new staff members and more.

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