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  • Crystal Sanders named director of the Africana Research Center On Jun 25, 2018 Crystal Sanders, associate professor of history and African-American studies at Penn State, has been named director of the Africana Research Center effective July 1.
  • Penn State announces fixed-term faculty promotions, effective July 1, 2018 On Jun 25, 2018 The following is a list of fixed-term faculty promotions at Penn State, effective July 1.
  • George Middlemas, alumnus and philanthropist, dies On Jun 25, 2018 George M. Middlemas Jr., a Penn State alumnus and generous University donor, particularly to the University Libraries, died June 14 in Bachelor Gulch, Colorado, two days after his 72nd birthday.
  • College of the Liberal Arts Staff Newsletter – June On Jun 22, 2018 This month's staff newsletter includes a staff spotlight, the new staff Facebook page, a welcome to new staff members and more.
  • Richards Center to host Emerging Scholars Summer Mentor Program On Jun 21, 2018 The George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center at Penn State will hold its third Summer Mentoring Program for doctoral study in history June 24-29. This annual event encourages students from underrepresented groups to explore a career as an academic scholar.
  • Biases may stoke victim blaming, or reduce it, no matter what the crime On Jun 20, 2018 General biases may be at work when people blame or criticize victims of crimes, including rape and robbery victims, according to criminologists. For example, about 80 percent of participants in two studies on the role biases play in victim blaming assigned some direct blame to victims of robbery, while about 43 percent of the participants leveled some direct blame at rape victims.
  • Penn State researchers hope website humanizes, helps others affected by opioids On Jun 19, 2018 “Share Your Opioid Story” is an initiative designed to raise public awareness of the impact of the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania and empower Pennsylvanians affected by the epidemic to talk openly about the effects of opioid addiction. Stories of individuals, family members and friends affected by the epidemic can be found — and shared — online at
  • College of the Liberal Arts signs MOU with University of Chile On Jun 15, 2018 Susan Welch, dean of the Penn State College of the Liberal Arts, recently finalized a memorandum of understanding with the University of Chile to collaborate through the Center for International Human Resource Studies and the School of Labor and Employment Relations.
  • Penn State alumnus named artistic producer of Alberta Theatre Projects On Jun 14, 2018 Penn State alumnus Darcy Evans has been named the new artistic producer of Alberta Theatre Projects. Evans has more than two decades of experience in theater across North America and received his master of fine arts in theater and his postbaccalaureate certificate in fundraising leadership at Penn State.
  • Data Center migrations help free up resources, improve security, monitoring On Jun 14, 2018 Six months after migrating its information technology (IT) infrastructure from the Moore Building to the new Data Center, the College of the Liberal Arts IT staff is seeing the benefits of moving its systems into the state-of-the-art facility that offers power, cooling, monitoring and security benefits.
  • Women take center stage at political science conference On Jun 14, 2018 The American Political Science Association State Politics and Policy conference brought together more than 100 political science scholars from around the U.S. to discuss issues surrounding state politics.
  • Retherford, Washington earn 2017-18 Big Ten Medal of Honor On Jun 13, 2018 Seniors Zain Retherford and Haleigh Washington, members of the University’s wrestling and women’s volleyball teams, respectively, have been selected as Penn State’s recipients for the prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor for 2017-18.
  • When the 'business of business' bleeds into politics On Jun 11, 2018 What does it mean for democracy when a company steps in where the government normally would? Forrest Briscoe, professor of management and organization in the Smeal College of Business, discusses the increasing intersections between business, government and civic life on the latest episode of the McCourtney Institute for Democracy’s Democracy Works podcast.
  • Life-changing text alert puts Penn State student on path to success On Jun 11, 2018 Brian Davis found out that he was accepted to Penn State while practicing parallel parking in his hometown of Philadelphia. This spring he graduated with a bachelor's degree in African-American studies, with minors in international studies, sociology, and civic and community engagement. “Penn State has impacted my life in so many ways,” he said.
  • Fighting for science in the era of 'fake news' On Jun 04, 2018 Michael Mann talks about the hockey stick graph and the future of expertise on Democracy Works podcast

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