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Liberal arts faculty, staff honored by University

Congratulations to Rich Carlson, Richard Doyle, and Dana Seballos on their accomplishments!

The Undergraduate Program Leadership Award: Richard (Rich) A. Carlson, associate head and director of undergraduate studies and professor of psychology, The College of the Liberal Arts

The Alumni/Student Award for Excellence in Teaching (2015 Penn State Teaching Fellows): Jane C. Charlton, professor of astronomy and astrophysics, Eberly College of Science; Richard Doyle, Liberal Arts Research Professor of English, The College of the Liberal Arts; and Allen Larson, associate professor of communications, Penn State New Kensington

The Dr. James Robinson Equal Opportunity Award: Danna Jayne M. Seballos, assistant director for the World in Conversation Center, College of the Liberal Arts

Public radio explores course on Ferguson issues

NPR One and WPSU public radio broadcast a story on the African American studies course "The Fire This Time" analyzing the many issues surrounding Ferguson, Missouri, incidents. Click here for the radio story.  An earlier release on the course is here.  Faculty video interviews for the course can be viewed at this site.

Psychology, sociology ranks high in NSF rankings

In the most recent institutional rankings released by the National Science Foundation of total research expenditures for science and engineering, Penn State stands second in the nation, behind only Johns Hopkins and tied with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in the number of fields in which it is ranked in the top ten.

Psychology and sociology ranked the top 3 of their fields. Click here for the full story.

Criminology, international politics major excels in academics, athletics

Congratulations to criminology and international politics major Matt Brown who was recently honored by Penn State with the Ernest McCoy Memorial Award for senior athletes with athletics success and academic excellence. And, he won a national NCAA wrestling championship as well! Full story at: http://news.psu.edu/…/…/brown-grant-honored-2015-mccoy-award

Women's studies to expand name

The Department of Women’s Studies will change its name to the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies to better reflect the scope of its academic and research expertise. The Board of Trustees recently approved the change, which would be in name only and would not change the relationship of the department to its home, the College of the Liberal Arts, or with other departments at the University.

The department offers bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees in women’s studies, minors in women’s studies and in sexuality and gender studies, and dual-title master’s and doctoral degrees with nine partners in five colleges. The name change is expected to make the department and its academic offerings more attractive to a broader range of students and also will provide a stronger institutional home to the sexuality and gender studies minor. Click here for the full story.

English graduate student wins University teaching award

Kyle King was among ten winners of the 2015 Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award. “I approach my teaching with the same presumption that the training of athletes and the training of students have similarities. After all, some of the ancient Greeks' rhetorical training took place in the same gymnasia where they learned to grapple and spar,” King said. Click here for full story.

LER courses part of curriculum for Marine Corps site

Penn State will begin offering select courses this fall at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego with the goal of giving military personnel more access to a college degree. The site will be the University’s first classroom on a military base.  The courses, from defense- or business-related academic programs, will be taught in a dedicated Penn State classroom at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot via Penn State World Campus, the University’s online campus. Select courses from four degree programs including the B.S. in labor and employment relations and the M.P.S. in human resources and employment relations will be taught through the Marine Corps Recruit Depot classroom.  Click here for the full story.

Eye-tracking technology developed for psychology research

Koraly Perez-Edgar, the McCourtney Family Early Career Professor of Psychology, and her team are creating an eye-tracking visor that is wearable, less expensive and mobile. The initial idea for using a mobile visor came from Phil Galinsky, a research technologist in the College of the Liberal Arts, who built a DIY version of the device. He has recently been working on adding face detection and emotion recognition capabilities to the software.Click here for the full story.

Alumni Mentor Program helps students to network

The Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program is a valuable resource for students in the College of the Liberal Arts who are interested in connecting with Penn State alumni. As of this spring semester, there are more than 300 pairs of alumni and students working together, and talking and sharing information in person or electronically. Each student in the program is matched with an alumnus or alumna who helps with a range of career preparation subjects: resume review, internship and career exploration, job shadowing, interview preparation, networking and career advice. The program is designed for all students enrolled in the College of the Liberal Arts. Applications for summer 2015 are available starting March 15, with the deadline on April 15. To be eligible for the program, students must have at least one major in the Liberal Arts, create a Network Simplicity account, complete an application and attend an orientation session.

Above are Meghan Stouter, a junior in labor and employment relations, and her mentor Lynn Flayhart, a liberal arts and counseling graduate, and current consultant in the Washington, D.C., area. Click here for the full story.

Course explores Ferguson events through many perspectives

Penn State's Department of African American Studies and the College of the Liberal Arts are bringing a multidisciplinary perspective to bear as they study last summer’s events in Ferguson, Missouri. Penn State students enrolled in the African American studies course “The Fire This Time: Understanding Ferguson” will examine the historical context, the fatal interaction between police officer and citizen, and the resulting legal proceedings and protests. The course meets weekly on Monday evenings for five weeks throughout March and April, and involves faculty from a variety of departments and disciplines. The participation of many faculty will help students learn to bring diverse perspectives to bear on the events in Ferguson and on other important issues. 

Department chair Paul C. Taylor said "The main goal is to help students put themselves in a position to engage productively with issues like the ones raised in Ferguson. This takes work, and that's the work we mean to do in the course."  Click here for the full story.

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