August 28, 1997......Volume 27, Issue 2

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University ranked among most efficient
University speaks out on amusement tax
Sprucing up
Computing lab includes Internet 2
Obituary
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News in Brief
Evan Pugh Professorship nominations
What was that row number?
Lectures
Private Giving
Capturing natural beauty
Faculty/Staff Alerts
Libraries to offer search courses
Eight join staff focus panel
LGB commission new members
Alumni Fellows
Appointments
Partings
Research
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Alumni Fellows

Four given University's
highest alumni honor

 
Alvin H. Clemens

 
Alex Goldberg

Smeal names insurance CEO,
real estate holdings president

Executives Alvin H. Clemens and Alex Goldberg, graduates of The Smeal College of Business Administration, will be named Penn State Alumni Fellows, the highest distinction bestowed by the Penn State Alumni Association.

Both men will formally receive their honors in ceremonies to be held Sept. 4 in the Nittany Lion Inn.

Clemens, who earned his bachelor of science degree in 1959, is chair, chief executive officer and majority owner of the Norristown, Pa.-based insurance firm Provident American Corp. Goldberg, a two-time Penn State grad (B.S. '62, MBA '64), is president of the Ford Motor Land Services Corp., Dearborn, Mich.

Clemens, a resident of Villanova, Pa., is a long-time supporter of Penn State and The Smeal College. He established a professorship in entrepreneurial studies in the college and serves on its Board of Visitors. Earlier, he was a member of college's Alumni Society Board of Directors.

He is a member of the Penn State Board of Trustees, the Founders Society and the Atherton Society. He also is a member of the Mount Nittany Society, which recognizes the highest level of private support for the University. One of the leaders in the U.S. insurance industry, Clemens has led Provident American since 1989. Before assuming his current position, Clemens was owner, chair and CEO of Maine National Life Insurance Co. and Executive International Life. He was founder, president, director and executive committee chair of Academy Insurance Group and the Academy Life Insurance Co., and president and CEO of the Pension Life Insurance Co. of America.

Clemens' extensive knowledge of the insurance industry has resulted in his being named co-chair of the Insurance Task Force of the State of Pennsylvania IMPACCT Commission on Banking and Insurance, and being appointed by Gov. Tom Ridge to the Transition Team for Banking and Insurance in 1994. Clemens is listed in Who's Who in America and in Who's Who in Finance and Industry.

Born and reared in Altoona, Pa., Goldberg joined Ford's Dearborn Glass Plant in May 1964, shortly after earning his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and his MBA. Over the intervening years, he held various planning and financial management positions with the automaker both in the United States and Europe. He was controller of Powertrain Operations, Ford Automotive Operations, before being named executive vice president of the Ford Motor Land Services Corp. in 1995, and president a year later.

The operation he oversees is the real estate arm of Ford Motor and a wholly owned subsidiary of the company. Ford Motor Land Services acquires, constructs, manages, develops and disposes of all the firm's real estate holdings worldwide. Additionally, it is involved with major property developments such as Fairlane, a 2,360-acre planned residential and commercial community in Dearborn.

In addition to his duties at Ford, Goldberg is a board member of the Allegiance Corp., a hospital-physicians health service organization, and a member of the executive committee of the Michigan Jobs Commission. He also is a member of the International Development Research Council and the Corporate Real Estate Leaders Council.

Goldberg has been deeply involved in the founding of what will soon become The Smeal College MBA Affiliated Program Group (APG) and has assisted numerous graduates of the college with their career development plans. In addition, he has spearheaded corporate support for the MBA Minority Visitation Weekend, a capstone element in assuring continued diversity in The Smeal MBA program.


 
Mark B. Myers

 
Kermitt W. Walrond

EMS salutes vice president,
worldwide engineering manager

Two alumni of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences will visit University Park on Sept. 5 to be honored as Alumni Fellows: Mark B. Myers, senior vice president for worldwide research and technology at Xerox Corp., and Kermitt W. Walrond, worldwide manager of engineering in Amoco Corp.'s exploration and production sector. They will meet with faculty and students and receive the Alumni Fellow Award at the college's annual Obelisk Dinner at The Nittany Lion Inn.

The Alumni Fellow Award, sponsored by the Penn State Alumni Association, and administered in association with the colleges, is the most prestigious of the association's awards. The Board of Trustees has designated the title of Alumni Fellow as permanent and lifelong.

Myers received his Ph.D. in solid state science from Penn State in 1964. He is now a senior vice president at Xerox and has responsibility for corporate research centers and the company's advanced development. He is a director of Xerox Canada Inc. and SDL Inc., and a member of a six-person corporate committee that sets the company's strategic direction. Myers also plays an active role in scientific policy making and sustains great interest in education issues. He is a member of the National Research Council's Board on Engineering Education and its Board on Science, Technology and Economic Policy, and serves on the NRC Task Force on Engineering Education in the United States and Japan. He is a trustee of his alma mater Earlham College, Illinois, and serves on engineering or telecommunications advisory boards at Cornell, Illinois, Delaware and Stanford Universities. He has held visiting faculty positions at Stanford and Rochester.

Walrond received both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in petroleum and natural gas engineering from Penn State, and his B.Sc. (Hons.) from the University of Birmingham (UK). He has been with Amoco since 1972 and has served in a range of engineering and management positions in the United States, Trinidad and Norway.

Walrond has been actively involved in science and educational affairs in his native Trinidad. He taught courses in petroleum engineering at the University of the West Indies, and assisted in establishing the Petroleum Engineering School there in 1974. He also served as founding chair of the Trinidad and Tobago Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. From 1983-87, Walrond was a member of the Board of Governors of the National Institute of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology of Trinidad and Tobago. He is a past board member of the Caribbean Industrial Research Institute.

In 1988-89, Walrond served as a distinguished lecturer for the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and in 1991 was elected as a distinguished member of the society.

Myers and Walrond were among the outstanding alumni honored in 1996 as Centennial Fellows of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.

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Appointments

University Relations writer-editor
to focus on development support

Nannette Farrell has joined the Office of University Relations as a writer-editor. Working in cooperation with University Development personnel, she will concentrate on preparing major gift proposals, brochures, articles and other material in support of University-wide fund-raising efforts.

Most recently, Farrell taught courses in business writing and in rhetoric and composition for Penn State's English department, and worked as an office manager for Beneyfield & Farrell, a State College-based insulation firm, and Charles A. Farrell Real Estate.

A State College native, she received her bachelor's degree in English from Penn State in 1990, followed in 1992 by a master's degree in literature from The American University in Washington, D.C. She also has taught English at The American University and Juniata College, and worked as an art gallery and auction house assistant in Washington, D.C.

Professor named as inaugural
Josephine Berry Weiss chairholder

Guido Ruggiero has been appointed as the inaugural chairholder to the Josephine Berry Weiss Chair in the Humanities and is professor of Renaissance history in the Department of History, effective fall 1997. Ruggiero is internationally known for his extensive publications in the field of Italian Renaissance history and culture and most recently, in the early history of science.

Some of Ruggiero's books include Binding Passions: Tales of Magic, Marriage, and Power at the End of the Renaissance (Oxford University Press, 1993); and The Boundaries of Eros: Sex, Crime and Sexuality in Renaissance Venice, 1290-1500 (Oxford University Press, 1985 and 1989). He has co-edited a series of books with Edward Muir at Johns Hopkins University Press and is general editor of the Oxford University Press series, Studies in the History of Sexuality.

Ruggiero has held John Simon Guggenheim, NEH and American Philosophical Society fellowships and grants and has been in residence at the Insitute for Advanced Study, Princeton, among other research centers. Before his recent appointment, Ruggiero taught at the University of Miami, the University of Connecticut and the University of Cincinnati.

The Josephine Berry Weiss Chair in the Humanities was established in 1994 through an endowment of $1.5 million by alumni William L. and Josephine Berry Weiss of Chicago. The purpose of the chair is to provide a distinguished humanist in languages and literatures, philosophy or history in the College of the Liberal Arts.

Ruggerio received a bachelor's degree in 1966 from the University of Colorado, and a master's and doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1967 and 1972, respectively.

Mont Alto campus welcomes
new director of academic affairs

Lewis Jillings recently joined Penn State Mont Alto as director of academic affairs. Jillings comes to Mont Alto campus from University Park where he served as the special assistant to the vice provost and dean for undergraduate education and as the acting director of Summer Sessions. Before joining Penn State, Jillings taught German at the University of Stirling, Scotland, from 1968 to 1990, and held a number of administrative positions, most recently serving as the head of the Department of German. From 1991 to 1996, Jillings was a visiting member of the faculty in German and medieval studies at the University of California, Davis and at UCLA.

Jillings received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He also has completed course work in English, German and history at the University of Basel Switzerland, and gained his doctorate in German from the University of London.

Ben Franklin Technology Center
names president, chief executive

Victor F. Russo, director of China Programs, United Technologies Corp. Research Center, has been named president and chief executive officer of Penn State's Ben Franklin Technology Center of Central and Northern Pennsylvania, a subsidiary of the Corporation for Penn State.

He will succeed John E. Werner president and CEO since 1986, who will retire Sept. 30.

As head of the Ben Franklin Technology Center, Russo will be responsible for implementing Pennsylvania's Ben Franklin technology-based partnership program in a 37-county region. The center identifies technical capabilities in universities to partner with companies conducting applied development projects. The center also invests matching funds in the development of new or improved products and processes with start-up, small and medium-size Pennsylvania manufacturing and technology-based companies. The center's current total yearly project portfolio is about $20 million.

As director of China Programs at United Technologies Research Center, Russo was responsible for initiating and implementing strategic research and development partnerships with Chinese aviation industries and for supporting UTRC's commercial/industrial business units by establishing collaborative research/development agreements with universities and research institutes. He established the first foreign-owned research facility in China in March 1997.

In February 1997, he received United Technologie's Vice Presidents Science and Technology Award for his contributions to international programs. A Penn State alumnus, Russo earned his doctorate in physics in 1971. He earned his bachelor's degree, also in physics, at the University of New Hampshire. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's advanced management program in 1984.

Police officer appointed manager
of security and support services

Police Officer Stephen G. Shelow has been appointed manager of security and support services. As manager, Shelow is responsible for the Victim/Witness Advocate Program, the Escort Service, the Residence Hall Security Program, the Security and Traffic Unit and special event planning. One of his first duties will be to oversee the traffic and pedestrian flow to and from Beaver Stadium during the 1997 football season.

Shelow worked as a student officer for University Police Services for five years before becoming a full-time officer in 1988. He received a bachelor of science degree in administration of justice and a master of public administration degree from Penn State.

Faculty member named head
of Department of Geosciences

Rudy L. Slingerland has been named head of the Department of Geosciences, succeeding Michael A. Arthur, who is returning to full-time teaching and research after serving as head since 1991.

Slingerland received a B.S. from Dickinson College and both M.S. and Ph.D. in geology from Penn State. He has been a member of the department faculty since 1977, and served as chair of the University's Marine Sciences Program from 1981-83. He is an associate of the Earth System Science Center, where he received the Cray professorship award.

In the Department of Geosciences, Slingerland has taught a wide range of graduate and undergraduate courses, primarily in aspects of sedimentary geology and mathematical modeling. In 1996 he was a co-leader of the college's CAUSE project, an innovative undergraduate course on "Natural Hazards in New Zealand." He is co-author of the text Simulating Clastic Sedimentary Basins, published in 1993 by Prentice Hall.

In 1996, Slingerland was awarded the college's Wilson Research Award in recognition of his development of new techniques for the analysis of sedimentary basins. In the same year he was honored as the Ludwig Memorial Lecturer in the Department of Oceanography at Old Dominion University. He is active in professional organizations and is currently serving as an associate editor of Geology and of the Journal of Sedimentary Research, and as a member of the editorial board of Basin Research.

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Partings

Associate professor
retires with emerita rank

Patricia Farrell retired on June 30 as associate professor emerita of leisure studies in the College of Health and Human Development, marking the end of a 30-year career at Penn State.

Farrell joined the recreation and parks program in 1967 and was instrumental in building the University's leisure studies program and in other administrative activities of the University.

She received a bachelor's degree in recreation education from Penn State in 1956 and her master's degree at the University of Minnesota in 1958. She worked as a state recreation specialist and assistant professor for the University of New Hampshire, delivering extension services throughout New England and setting up a curriculum for a recreation and parks undergraduate major. She also worked as a recreation specialist in Detroit, at Northern Illinois University and in Harrisburg.

In 1967, she returned to University Park to study for her doctorate and join the team of recreation and parks faculty. In doing so, she became the third generation in her family to teach at Penn State. She was named associate professor in 1983.

Farrell's research interests are largely in leadership and programming, designing models and techniques for measuring the effectiveness of recreation programs. She has published two books and has been an active member of the professional community. She served as department chair of the recreation and park management department from 1976 to 1983. She was Penn State's first affirmative action officer, a position she held from 1973 to 1975; from 1984-85, she was chairperson of the Commission for Women; in 1986 she was the first Penn State Administrative Fellow, working in the office of the senior vice president for finance and operations.

Farrell has been recognized for her work within the University and serving the local community. In 1975, she received the McKay Donkin Award for her contributions to the economic, physical, mental and social welfare of the University faculty; in 1991, she was awarded the Barash Award for Human Services, recognizing her local public service activities. Among the many local organizations where she has been active are the Centre County Community Foundation, the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, Art in Public Places, the State College Choral Society, the Pattee Library Advisory Board, the Girl Scouts and the State College Presbyterian Church. The Pennsylvania Recreation and Parks Society honored her for professional contributions in 1990 with the Fred M. Coombs Honor Award.

Her retirement plans include a bicycle trip from the Pacific to the Atlantic, which she began in August and expects to complete this November. She expects to spend more time enjoying her hobbies which include singing with several State College choral groups, golf, skiing and gardening. She also intends to work with Habitat for Humanity.

Assistant director served for 37 years

R. Donald Adam, assistant director for budget administration in the Office of Budget and Resource Analysis, retired in June after 37 years of service at Penn State.

After earning his bachelor's degree in business at Juniata College and serving in the Army for a brief term, Adam arrived at Penn State as an accounting trainee in the Corporate Controller's Office. He has held his current position, in which he reports to the budget officer of the University, since 1981.

As assistant director for budget administration, Adam was responsible for administering the process by which the University's budget is implemented and operated. He monitored and analyzed the budget, including monthly and quarterly budget reports and annual reports for the Board of Trustees. He monitored budget transactions in cooperation with the director of financial officers. Adam also served as the office financial officer, the human resources representative and as a liaison of the budget staff in the design and development of the University's computer-based business information systems.

During his career, Adam assisted in various enhancements to the operations of the Office of Budget and Resource Analysis. In July 1986, he helped design an online system to enter changes to the annual budget electronically rather than manually. He also assisted in the development of the electronic budget amendment form, part of the Integrated Business Information System (IBIS). More recently, Adam helped enhance the salary increase process with computer generated reports.

While at Penn State, Adam served on several IBIS committees, the Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) committee and the employment compensation sub-committee.

Adam is active in church and Masonic activities. His plans for retirement include traveling and volunteer work.

Technology center
president to retire Sept. 30

John E. Werner, president and chief executive officer of Penn State's Ben Franklin Technology Center of Central and Northern Pennsylvania, will retire Sept. 30. He will be succeeded by Victor F. Russo. (Please see the appointment story on page 9.)

Werner joined the University in 1986 to head up the technology center, which serves a 37-county region by identifying technical capabilities in universities to partner with companies conducting applied development projects. The center also invests matching funds in the development of new or improved products and processes.

Previously, Werner was director of research at the Bethlehem Steel Corp., where he had served in positions of increasing responsibility from 1954, the year he earned his bachelor's degree in metallurgy from Penn State. Werner also holds a Penn State master's degree in metallurgy earned in 1960.

Active in professional and technical organizations throughout his career, he currently serves on the boards of directors of the Industrial Modernization Center of Central Pennsylvania; Associated Bio-Engineers and Consultants; CoreStates Bank West; and is vice chairman of Tri-County Habitat for Humanity.

Werner was honored recently as Entrepreneur of the Year in the Supporter of Entrepreneurship category in the 1997 Central Pennsylvania Entrepreneur of the Year awards program. He also has won ASM International (The Materials Information Society) chapter awards; the Bradley Stoughton Award and the David Ford McFarland Award for outstanding contributions and achievements in metallurgy; and is a Penn State Centennial Fellow of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.

Libraries assistant manager
ends long University career

Daniel Brooks, assistant manager of Audiovisual Services, has retired from the University Libraries after 33 years of service.

Brooks began at Penn State in 1963 in Food Services at the Hetzel Union Building on the University Park campus. After two years, he moved to Accounting Operations, where he operated a printing press. In 1967, he began his tenure with Audiovisual Services, starting as a driver/dispatcher. Over the years, he also has served as campus coordinator for equipment and services, group leader for daily operations and supervisor of Instructional Support Services.

He is a member of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology and the Consortium of College and University Media Centers. He was the Teamsters Union steward for 10 years beginning in 1978.

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Research

 

 
Luke Jones helps himself to a glass of milk with his nutritious lunch, above. Jeannie McKenzie, research associate, right, has shown that children ages 4 to 10 can safely reduce the fat in their diets without risking poor nutrition. The key, she said is to follow the Food Pyramid.
Photos: Greg Grieco

Low-fat diet safe for children

By Barbara Hale
Public Information

Children 4 to 10 years old who cut the amount of fat in their meals and snacks to lower their cholesterol are as well-nourished as those on unmodified diets, a Penn State-led team has shown.

"Our results indicate that you can safely feed a 4- to 10-year-old child a diet in which only 30 percent of the calories come from fat as long as you follow the guidelines on the Food Pyramid," said Jeannie McKenzie, research associate and lead author of the team's recent report.

"Parents can be reassured that, if they follow the Dietary Guidelines for Americans as illustrated by the Food Pyramid, they will not be compromising their child's growth or other nutritional factors to deal with cardiovascular risk through a fat-modified diet," she said.

Most of the children in the study had moderately elevated levels of low-density-lipoprotein (LDL), sometimes called "bad" cholesterol, in their blood. Health professionals often recommend low fat diets for such children to lower their risk of heart disease when they get older by decreasing their blood lipid levels.

The 303 children, all of whom came from families in the suburbs north of Philadelphia, were divided into four groups. One group received face-to-face counseling once from a registered dietitian and took home print materials for themselves and their parents. Another group received a home-based education program that involved parent and child in 10 weekly "talking book" lessons, follow up paper-and-pencil activities and a manual for parents. The remaining two groups were controls, one group with elevated blood lipids and one without. The controls received no educational program, counseling or printed materials.

Both groups of children who received intervention, either from a dietitian or the home-based education program, reduced their LDL blood levels after three months. However, the group that received home-based education reduced their blood lipid levels faster and showed a greater decline in "bad" cholesterol.

The children in the two intervention groups achieved their lower blood lipid levels by consuming fewer servings of high-fat meats, dairy products, fats/oils and desserts and more servings of lower-fat foods.

"It's significant to note that the children did not stop eating meats, dairy products, fats/oils and desserts but rather modified their choices within those food groups by choosing fewer servings or lower-fat alternatives," McKenzie said.

As a result, despite the lower number of servings from some food groups, the children on modified diets had, on average, adequate intakes of all nutrients, defined as greater than 67 percent of the Recommended Daily Allowance, the same as the kids on the unmodified diets.

"It's possible that some well-meaning parent could become overly restrictive toward their child's diet and compromise the child's nutritional status. But if the adult follows the Food Pyramid guidelines and the child also receives some counseling or education, it's safe to feed a 4- to 10-year-old child a diet in which 30 percent of the calories come from fat," McKenzie said.

Barbara Shannon, professor of nutrition and dean of the College of Health and Human Development, led the team that designed and tested the interventions and analyzed the children's diets. The team also included Helen Smiciklas-Wright, professor of nutrition; Diane Mitchell, research assistant in the Penn State Nutrition Center; Lori Beth Dixon, who earned her doctorate at Penn State while participating on the project; and Andrew Tershakovec, assistant professor of pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Liquid crystal fibers
are able to protect eyes

The airplane cockpit's heads-up display suddenly blazes white and the pilot, blinded by the laser flash, doesn't see that all the optical sensors are fried.

At this point in a futuristic novel, the computer or the inexperienced passenger takes over, but in the real world, an engineer has developed an optical switch that would automatically prevent overload.

"These optical fibers made from liquid crystals will allow low levels of laser light to pass through," said I.C. Khoo, professor of electrical engineering. "But once the intensity reaches a set level, the fibers automatically absorb the light." The liquid crystal acts as a limiting switch, because it absorbs light differently than most light absorbers.

Conventional light limiters, whether for sunglasses, windshields or other uses, only absorb very specific wavelengths -- colors -- of light and only the percentage of light they were created to absorb. A pair of yellow sunglasses manufactured to absorb 50 percent of the light, will absorb half the green light at dusk and half the green light at noon, independent of the intensity of the light. The liquid crystal fibers absorb all colors of light and react non-linearly to intensity.

"As the intensity of the light increases, the liquid crystal absorbs higher and higher percentages of the light," said Khoo. "As a result, the material actually allows very little light to pass through."

While direct application of liquid crystal fibers in glasses to protect the eyes is a possibility, the more useful application is directly in the optical circuit. A piece of optical fiber placed before the sensors in the telescope or in the remote viewing apparatus for a tank, submarine or aircraft, would automatically prevent sensor burnout and protect human eyes. One of the nice properties of this limiting switch is that it is completely non-electronic and has no moving parts.

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