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K. Warner Schaie, Evan Pugh professor of health and human development and director of the Penn State Gerontology Center, will speak on "Intellectual Development Throughout the Adult Life Span" at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, in the Kern Graduate Center auditorium on the University Park campus. The lecture is the third in the 1998 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science series, which this spring deal with the topic "The Human Brain and the Human Mind."
Schaie is well known for his longitudinal studies of intellectual abilities from young adulthood to old age and for advances in research designs for studying human development. He will discuss changes in cognitive function throughout the life span, including the role of intelligence in higher cognitive processes, the methods scientists use to measure changes in intellectual abilities, age-related differences in intellectual performance and whether the process of intellectual aging can be slowed. Schaie also will discuss some public-policy consequences of his research findings.
Designed for the enjoyment and education of central Pennsylvania residents, the free lectures take place on eight consecutive Saturday mornings from 11 a.m. to about 12:30 p.m. in Kern.
Remaining events in the series include:
* Jan. 31: "Genetics of Human Behavior," by Gerald E. McClearn, Evan Pugh professor of health and human development and director of the Penn State Center for Developmental and Health Genetics;
* Feb. 7: "Genetics of Human Diseases," by Ellen Hess, assistant professor of neuroscience and anatomy;
* Feb. 14: "Attention Deficit Disorders," by Robert E. Kennedy, clinical psychologist and neuropsychological consultant at Centre Community Hospital;
* Feb. 21: "Schizophrenia," by Anthony A. Grace, professor of neuroscience and psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh; and
* Feb. 28: "Medicines for the Mind," by Joan M. Lakoski, associate professor of pharmacology and anesthesia.
The Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science are sponsored by the Eberly College of Science. For more information, call (814) 863-8453 or (814) 863-4682, e-mail email@example.com or follow the links at http://www.science.psu.edu/ on the Web.
A new lecture series exploring the lives of astronomers, musicians, justices, kings and other intriguing people continues Jan. 23 with a discussion by Kenneth Silverman on the life of Harry Houdini at 8 p.m. in the Palmer Museum of Art on the University Park campus.
"LIVES!" -- the name of the biography lecture series sponsored by the Institute for the Arts and Humanistic Studies -- begins the spring semester with "Unmasking Houdini." Other talks scheduled for this semester follow:
* Feb. 14-15: "Beethoven's Lives: Interlocking Perspectives," a colloquium and recital presented by Scott Burnham of Princeton University and William Kinderman from Victoria University in Canada. A piano recital on Saturday, Feb. 14, by Kinderman in the Recital Hall of the Music Building is planned, as well as an 8 p.m. talk on "The Four Views of Beethoven: Perspectives from the Memorial Years 1827, 1870, 1927, 1970," by Burnham; and Kinderman's discussion on "Beethoven's Creative Process: The Relationship of Life and Art."
* On Sunday, Feb. 15, a panel discussion on "The Life in Music: Perspectives on Beethoven's Piano Sonata in E Major, Op. 109" will be held at 1 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge of The Nittany Lion Inn.
* Monday, Feb. 23: "Manet's 'Son,'" given by George Mauner, an emeritus Fellow of the institute.
* Monday, March 23: James L. West III, distinguished professor of English at Penn State, Nancy Tischler, professor emerita of English, and Rhoda Sirlin will discuss "Being Boswell: Writing the Life of William Styron," at 8 p.m. in the Palmer Museum of Art.
* Thursday, April 2: At 12:15 p.m. in 102 Weaver building, Laura Knoppers, associate professor of English, will talk about "'Like a King:' The Death and Burial of Oliver Cromwell."
* Thursday, April 30: "Heisenberg: Deception, Self-Deception and Nazi Atomic Bomb," from Paul Lawrence Rose, who holds the Mitrani Professorship in Jewish life and literature in the College of the Liberal Arts.
Renowned anthropologist, literary critic and linguist Ivan Van Sertima will speak at Penn State Erie, Behrend College, on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Reed Union Building Commons. Van Sertima's presentation, "Blacks in Science: Ancient and Modern," will explore the expanding awareness of African science before the discovery of the Americas.
Van Sertima is the author of They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America, which was published in 1977 and is now in its 16th printing. In his award-winning work, Van Sertima notes evidence for an African astronomical observatory in existence in 300 B.C. and for African steel production in the fifth century. He cites linguistic and botanical evidence of African journeys to the Americas between 1312 and 1492, and even notes that Columbus himself reported seeing black people among the Native Americans.
As a literary critic, Van Sertima is the author of Caribbean Writers, a collection of critical essays on the Caribbean novel. He was honored for his work in the literary field by the Nobel Committee of the Swedish Academy, which invited him to nominate candidates for the Nobel Prize in Literature from 1976-1980. He was also invited to join UNESCO's International Commission for Rewriting the Scientific and Cultural History of Mankind.
Van Sertima is a professor of African studies at Rutgers University and is also a visiting professor at Princeton University. He is the editor of the Journal of African Civilizations. He holds degrees from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University and the Rutgers Graduate School.
Van Sertima's lecture continues the 1997-98 Penn State-Behrend Speaker Series, which is sponsored by the Penn State-Behrend Office of Student Affairs. His presentation will be broadcast live on the college's radio station, AM 1450/WPSE. For more information, please contact the Penn State-Behrend Office of Student Activities at (814) 898-6171.
The Cardinal Bernardin Catholic Faculty and Staff Fellowship continues this semester with several noontime talks by noted scholars. Held in 212 Eisenhower Chapel on the University Park campus, the talks focus on topics ranging from physician aid in dying to being Jewish. The schedule for the lectures which begin at noon follows:
* Tuesday, Feb. 3: "From the Vatican to the Monastery: Adventures of an Art Historian," by Jeanne Porter, associate professor of art history at Penn State;
* Monday, Feb. 16: "Physician Aid in Dying: A Faith Perspective," given by the Rev. Phil Bender, pastor of Good Shepherd Catholic Church in State College;
* Tuesday, March 3: "Being a Jewish Minority on Campus," presented by Tuvia Abramson, executive director of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life;
* Monday, March 16: The Rev. James F. Podlesny, associate professor of moral theology at St. Vincent Seminary, School of Theology, will give a talk on a subject yet to be announced;
* Tuesday, March 31: "Conversion and Reconciliation," presented by the Rev. Tom Carapella, associate campus minister at St. Francis College, Loretto, Pa.
* Monday, April 13: A tentatively scheduled talk by Sister Terese from Bethany Retreat House in Frenchville, Pa.
James Stewart, vice provost for educational equity, professor of labor and industrial relations, and professor of African and African American studies, will speak on "South Africa -- 1997 versus 1987: A Personal Perspective" from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Jan. 23, in 222 Boucke Building on the University Park campus.
The lecture is part of the University Office of International Programs Distinguished International Speakers Colloquium.
On Jan. 27 at Penn State Mont Alto, an interactive panel discussion, titled "Aging in a Technological, Diverse World," will be held at 7 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room, Multipurpose Activities Center. Panelists include: Doug McCullough, assistant professor of exercise and sports science and recreation, Penn State Mont Alto; Linda Monn, adult student and staff assistant, Penn State Mont Alto; Forest Myers, attorney, Shippensburg; and Jo Searles, professor emeritus, Penn State Altoona. The event is open to the community. Contact Laura Davis at (717) 749-6112 for more information.
For the second consecutive year, the National Association of Minorities in Communications (NAMIC) has chosen to hold its national Leadership Forum at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel on the University Park campus. The forum will run from Thursday, Jan. 29, through Sunday, Feb. 1.
Developed for presidents and vice presidents of NAMIC chapters throughout the country, the conference will bring together more than 40 leadership specialists, corporate executives, instructional designers and educational experts in the field of telecommunications. Topics will include planning and development, individual and group motivation, finance and budgets, marketing techniques, and chapter management issues. Featured speakers will include: Clayton Banks, NAMIC president and vice president of Sega Channel's eastern region; Linda Williams, human resources development manager for Time Warner Cable's National Division; and Djuna Barnes, marketing manager for BET Pay Per View's Northeast Region.
NAMIC, formed in 1980 to raise awareness, expand opportunities and shape the future for minorities in communications, seeks to educate the industry on marketing approaches, programming interest and operations strategies.
For more information about the forum, contact Joseph Selden, director of Multicultural Affairs for the College of Communications, at (814) 863-6081, or visit the college's Web site at http://www.psu.edu/dept/comm/news.
"Active Learning Environments," the theme of the spring semester lecture series offered by the Schreyer Institute for Innovation in Learning, the Leonhard Center and ECSEL, continues Thursday, Feb. 5, with a talk on interdisciplinary projects by Spiro Stefanou, professor of agricultural economics, and Swami Anantheswaran, associate professor of food science.
The lunchtime talks, known as the VOICE Box series, are held twice a month and allow practitioners to discuss their experience with service learning, project-based learning, problem-based learning, interdisciplinary projects, integrated courses and authentic assessment. The discussions are held in 304 Rider Building II. Participants may bring their lunch and soft drinks are provided. The schedule for this spring follows:
* Feb 5: Spiro Stefanou and Swami Anantheswaran on interdisciplinary projects;
* Feb 19: John Lamancusa, associate professor of mechanical engineering, and a panel will discuss project-based learning;
* March 5: Chris Uhl, professor of biology, on service learning;
* March 20: Ann Hoag in the College of Communications will discuss problem-based learning;
* March 31: James Eisenstein, professor of political science, and Nabil Kallas, assistant professor of engineering, will talk about integrated courses; and
* April 15: Costas Moranas and Larry Duda, professor and department head, chemical engineering, on authentic assessment.
For more information or to have your name added to the e-mail notification list, contact the Schreyer Institute at (814) 865-8681 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Department of Architecture's Thursday Night Madness Series will focus on Penn State entries to the Stewardson Competition at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, in the Architecture Gallery on the second floor of Engineering Unit C on the University Park campus.
The Stewardson Competition is an annual statewide competition that began in 1898. A prize in excess of $6,500 is awarded as a traveling scholarship to the architecture student whose entry is selected by an independent jury. Penn State students have won top honors four out of the last five years, and the only other student to win received a four-year degree from Penn State before doing graduate work at another school.
The presentation will feature entries from fourth-year, fifth-year and graduate students from Penn State. Only a few of those presented will be forwarded to the jury for the final competition in March, but all submittals will be shown and discussed at the meeting.
Sponsored by Penn State's Department of Architecture, the Thursday Night Madness series is a free, weekly assembly where architecture professionals, academics and related individuals present lectures, critiques, films, discussions and reviews to students, faculty, staff and interested lay people.
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Raquel M. Arredondo, counselor at Penn State Delaware County.
Yakov Bernstein, senior applications programmer/analyst in Office of Budget and Resource Analysis.
Carolyn S. Boswell, director, community recruitment center in Office of the Vice Provost and Dean for Enrollment Management and Administration.
Lori-Lynn Bower, staff assistant V in Eberly College of Science.
Lula L. Brydon, staff assistant VII at Penn State Shenango.
Mark B. Crowley, supervisor, stores support in Office of Physical Plant.
Roxanne Daykon, staff assistant VII in Office of the Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education.
Edward C. Dumond, computer support specialist in College of Education.
Eldonna C. Eicher, manager, human resources at The Nittany Lion Inn.
Lisa D. Faust, assistant business manager in College of Arts and Architecture.
Amy L. Hensal, development assistant in Division of Development and Alumni Relations.
Ann M. Horvath, lead applications programmer/analyst in Office of the Vice Provost and Dean for Enrollment Management and Administration.
Marcella L. Immel, lead applications programmer/analyst in Office of the Vice Provost and Dean for Enrollment Management and Administration.
Edwin L. Johnston, business manager in Housing and Food Services.
Beth A. Kennedy, staff assistant V in Eberly College of Science.
Margaret N. Kimble, manager, ad hoc reporting in Office of Budget and Resource Analysis.
Rita M. Kline, administrative assistant III in College of Engineering.
Katherine L. Krinks, manager, assignment office in Housing and Food Services.
Katherine L. Lumley-Sapanski, supervisor, laboratory safety and environmental protection in University Safety.
Jean H. Lundy, research support assistant in College of the Liberal Arts.
Jodi L. Marshall, assistant extension agent in College of Agricultural Sciences.
Donna M. McGahan, training and support specialist in Continuing and Distance Education.
Naomi C. McNulty, administrative assistant I in College of the Liberal Arts.
Mary Alice Miller, manager, systems planning and design in Office of Budget and Resource Analysis.
Rebecca F. Miller, staff assistant VI in Student Affairs.
Brenda J. Wagner, administrative assistant IV in College of Engineering.
Linda J. Wheeland, staff assistant VII in College of Arts and Architecture.
Mark Wherley, instructional designer in College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.
Charles L. Yanoff, advanced engineering aide at Penn State New Kensington.
Glenna R. Young, administrative assistant IV in College of Engineering.
Michael E. Boonie, lead technician-environmental systems in Office of Physical Plant.
Ronald K. Burfield, maintenance worker-utility at Penn State Erie, Behrend College.
Brian E. Butler, residence hall-utility worker in Housing and Food Services.
Todd E. Dobson, dining hall worker A in Housing and Food Services.
Michael C. Edmondson, food preparer A in Housing and Food Services.
Suzanne R. Foltz, dining hall worker A in Housing and Food Services.
Penny L. Grove, janitorial worker in Office of Physical Plant.
Vicki A. Hardy, janitorial worker in Office of Physical Plant.
James E. Harper, farm machinery operator C in College of Agricultural Sciences.
Devereux Hunter, dining hall worker A in Housing and Food Services.
Catherine A. Jury, food preparer B in Housing and Food Services.
Robert E. Lewis, maintenance worker-general B at Penn State Altoona.
Harry R. Loose, area facilities maintenance worker in Housing and Food Services.
Tammy S. Mertiff, residence hall-utility worker in Housing and Food Services.
Kenneth E. Mickley, orchard worker and machine operator A in College of Agricultural Sciences.
Richard F. Shawley, maintenance worker-plumbing and piping in Office of Physical Plant.
John J. Sprankle, dining hall worker A in Housing and Food Services.
Roger A. Walk, maintenance worker-utility in Office of Physical Plant.
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As the the spring 1998 semester begins, one of Penn State Hazleton's most enduring and respected figures is at home making plans for fly-fishing rather than in his office devising ideas for term paper assignments.
After 31 years of service to the campus and the University, Michael A. Santulli, associate professor of philosophy, has retired. An avid fisherman, Santulli will no doubt relish the added time retirement will allow him to spend casting his line for a fresh catch.
After receiving a bachelor's degree in chemistry from St. Francis College, Brooklyn, N.Y., and a master's in philosophy from Fordham University, Santulli joined the Penn State Hazleton faculty as an assistant professor in 1962. He earned his doctorate from Penn State and returned to the local campus in 1972. Since then he has enjoyed a tenure filled with honors, accolades and achievements.
The fact that students have voted him Teacher of the Year nine times, including four out of the last five years, is indicative of his popularity on the campus. In 1987, he won the AMOCO Foundation Outstanding Teaching Award. He donated the $1,500 award honorarium to Penn State Hazleton's fund for a new academic center, the Graham Academic Building.
Chair of the Penn State Hazleton philosophy department, Santulli has served on more than a dozen campus and University committees, and been active in several community and civic groups. He authored the book The Artist and the Audience, and has either written or contributed to a number of diverse publications, as well as several instructional video and audio tapes. He will return to Penn State Hazleton in the spring as the main speaker at the campus' annual Honors Convocation.
A New York native, Santulli currently resides in Mountaintop with his wife, Odile. About teaching, Santulli said, "I've always been impressed by teachers who have the vision and commitment to overcome enormous obstacles to realize the promise and potential that young people have, and live with the frustrations and joys such an enterprise entails."
Hubert L. Barnes, distinguished professor of geochemistry and director of the Ore Deposits Research Section of the Department of Geosciences, has retired from the faculty after 37 years of service.
Barnes is known internationally for his research into the geochemistry, thermodynamics and kinetics of hydrothermal processes, particularly the formation of ore deposits and the characteristics of geothermal systems. He developed an experimental system for measuring hydrothermal kinetics and a theory for interpreting the data for geochemical purposes.
Barnes has published about 150 articles and books on his research, and edited Geochemistry of Hydrothermal Ore Deposits, published by John Wiley & Sons, which is the standard text in the field. He holds several patents.
Barnes received a B.S. in geology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1950 and his Ph.D. in economic geology from Columbia University in 1958. He served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Carnegie Institution of Washington from 1956 to 1960, when he joined Penn State as an assistant professor of geochemistry. He was promoted to associate professor in 1963, professor in 1966 and, in 1990, distinguished professor of geochemistry. In 1969, he was appointed director of the Ore Deposits Research Section. He has been honored with a Senior Humboldt Prize and as a Guggenheim Fellow. He has served as a National Academy of Sciences exchange scientist and as a visiting professor at universities in China, Australia, Europe, Japan, India and the Soviet Union, and as distinguished lecturer at many institutions around the world.
In 1996 he was appointed honorary professor and distinguished visiting Fellow of the University of Wales, that institution's highest honor. Barnes has served on a number of National Research Council committees for the geosciences including appointments as chairman of the U. S. National Committee for Geochemistry, as a member of the governing board of the American Geological Institute and charter member of the Geochemical Society. In addition, he has chaired N.A.T.O. and National Science Foundation Advanced Study institutes in Spain and Brazil.
He is continuing his extensive research program in retirement.
The following individuals have earned emeritus rank from the University for their longstanding and productive years of service:
Alan Davis, professor of geology in College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, from Jan. 1, 1973, to Nov. 1, 1997.
David P. Gold, professor of geology in College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, from July 1, 1964, to Jan. 1.
Shirley Marchalonis, professor of English and women's studies at Penn State Berks-Lehigh Valley, from Sept. 1, 1974, to Jan. 1.
Albert N. Skomra, campus executive officer/associate professor of English at Penn State Shenango, from Sept. 1, 1966, to Nov. 15, 1997.
Joel D. Carter, associate director for administration and utilization in Continuing and Distance Education, from July 14, 1969, to Sept. 1, 1997.
John D. Connor, professor of pharmacology at The Hershey Medical Center, from June 1, 1969, to Dec. 1, 1997.
Gale G. Gregory, assistant professor of English at Penn State Wilkes Barre, from Sept. 1, 1965, to June 30, 1997.
John N. Grode, assistant professor of engineering at Penn State Erie, Behrend College, from Sept. 16, 1966, to June 30, 1997.
Thomas D. Hewitt, admissions officer at Penn State DuBois, from Feb. 19, 1968, to July 1, 1997.
Edith A. Johnson, staff assistant VIII in College of Education, from July 1, 1967, to June 30, 1997.
Donald L. Leaphart, assistant professor of business at Penn State Fayette, from Sept. 1, 1966, to June 30, 1997.
Lorraine Mrackoski, financial aide and veteran's aide at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, from March 6, 1967, to July 1, 1997.
Mary Ann Mudrow, staff assistant IV in University Libraries, from Oct. 11, 1966, to June 30, 1997.
Robert S. Paranich, assistant professor of engineering at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, from Sept. 1, 1966, to July 1, 1997.
John J. Parnay, community service officer in University Safety, from April 13, 1970, to June 30, 1997.
Ronald A. Petak, campus Registrar at Penn State Altoona, from Aug. 1, 1968, to Aug. 30, 1997.
Franklin Platts, associate professor of general engineering at Penn State Schuylkill, from Sept. 1, 1957, to June 30, 1997.
Lynn A. Poole, research associate in Applied Research Laboratory, from Aug. 1, 1967, to June 28, 1997.
Charles R. Poust, service desk coordinator in Office of Physical Plant, from Dec. 9, 1970, to June 28, 1997.
Sandra M. Ranio, administrative assistant I in College of the Liberal Arts, from Dec. 1, 1962, to June 30, 1997.
Ruth E. Raycroft, assistant professor of microbiology in CES Central, from Sept. 1, 1963, to June 30, 1997.
Richard F. Reynolds, assistant professor of mathematics at Penn State McKeesport, from Sept. 1, 1966, to June 28, 1997.
Delores Rockey, food service worker in Housing and Food Service, from Feb. 14, 1969, to May 13, 1997.
Charlotte L. Saylor, staff assistant VII in Office of the Corporate Controller, from Oct. 1, 1967, to June 30, 1997.
Rebecca Schreffler, staff assistant VI in College of the Liberal Arts, from Sept. 1, 1963, to June 30, 1997.
Wayne C. Smith, electronic technician A in University Libraries, from Oct. 1, 1967, to June 30, 1997.
Janet S. Snyder, administrative assistant II in Research and Graduate Studies, from Jan. 19, 1970, to June 28, 1997.
Eileen M. Spotts, staff assistant VIII in Eberly College of Science, from Aug. 14, 1967, to Oct. 1, 1997.
Paul E. Stamm, police services officer in University Safety, from June 7, 1971, to June 30, 1997.
Leonard L. Szpara, advising program coordinator at Penn State Worthington Scranton, from Sept. 1, 1968, to July 1, 1997.
Kandiah K. Thanigsalam, assistant professor of mathematics at Penn State Beaver, from Sept. 1, 1971, to June 30, 1997.
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