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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.

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.

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