January 29, 1998......Volume 27, Issue 18

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Lectures

"Genetics of Human
Behavior" examined

"The Human Brain and the Human Mind" is the topic of the spring semester 1998 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science. 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 the Kern Graduate Center auditorium on the University Park campus.

"Genetics of Human Behavior" is the title of the fourth lecture in the series, which will be given on Jan. 31, by Gerald E. McClearn, Evan Pugh professor of health and human development and director of the Penn State Center for Developmental and Health Genetics. McClearn's recent research has concerned the relative roles of genetic and environmental factors in the huge differences that exist among people in the rates and patterns of aging.

During his lecture, which he will illustrate with results from his study of elderly Swedish twins, McClearn will present the concept that genes and environment must be viewed as complementary, rather than alternative, factors that influence intellectual capabilities during aging.

The Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science are sponsored by the Penn State Eberly College of Science.

For more information about this or upcoming lectures in this series, call (814) 863-8453 or visit the Web at http://www.science.psu.edu/.

Spring colloquia to focus
on numerous aspects of aging

The Gerontology Center at Penn State and the Geriatric Education Center of Pennsylvania are co-sponsoring a spring colloquia on a number of topics relating to aging. The spring 1998 colloquium schedule follows. All talks will be held in the Living Center, Room 110 Henderson Building on the University Park campus, on Wednesdays from 4-5 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

* Feb. 4: "Falls and Functional Independence Among Older Adults: A Social Cognitive Perspective," Shannon Mihalko, assistant professor of kinesiology, Penn State;

* Feb. 11: "Risk Factors for Unsafe Driving Among Elderly Adults," George Rebok, Johns Hopkins University, School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore;

* Feb. 18: "Failure to Regulate Food Intake and Body Weight with Age," Rebecca Corwin, assistant professor of ingestive behavior, Department of Nutrition, Penn State;

* Feb. 25: "The Emerging Role of Physical Activity in Preventive Gerontology," Douglas R. Seals, professor, human cardiovascular research laboratory, Center for Physical Activity, Disease Prevention and Aging, University of Colorado at Boulder, Colo.;

* March 4: "Facilitating Mobility of Travelers with Special Needs Using Intelligent Transportation Systems," Paul P. Jovanis, department head of civil and environmental engineering, Penn State;

* March 18: "Enhancing Quality of Life for Nursing Home Residents with Dementia: Program Evaluation and Implementation," Kimberly S. Van Haitsma, staff trainer for nursing and social service staff, Philadelphia Geriatric Center; faculty for Summer Series on Aging, American Society on Aging, Philadelphia;

* March 25: "Correlates and Sequelae of Exchange Between Generations: Interfamilial Differences in Intrafamilial Support," Adam Davey, assistant professor, Department of Child and Family Development, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.;

* April 1: "Do Good Nursing Homes Achieve Good Resident Outcomes? Project Overview," Diane Brannon, head and professor of health policy and administration, Penn State;

* April 8: " Do Good Nursing Homes Achieve Good Resident Outcomes? Preliminary Finding," panel discussion with Vincent Mor, professor and chair of Department of Community Medicine and director of the Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research, Brown University, Providence, R.I.; Jackie Zinn, associate professor of health policy and management, Temple University; Diane Brannon, head and professor of health policy and administration, Penn State;

* April 15: "Unraveling the Mystery of Disability in the Oldest Old," Elia Femia, project coordinator, adult day care study, Penn State; and

* April 22: On a topic to be announced, Caryn Goodman, research associate, The Lighthouse Inc., New York, N.Y.

Land-grant universities'
future course topic of forum

C. Peter Magrath, president of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC), will present "The Kellogg Commission: Charting the Future of the Land-Grant University in the 21st Century," at the Penn State Forum from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5, in The Nittany Lion Inn Ballroom.

In 1992, Magrath assumed the presidency of NASULGC, the nation's oldest higher education association. Magrath represents member institutions on national education issues in Washington, D.C., and around the country. A political scientist with a Ph.D. from Cornell University, he is the past president of the University of Missouri System, the University of Minnesota and the State University of New York at Binghamton, and served on the Commission on the Future of the National Science Foundation.

Magrath's presentation will focus on the need for land-grant universities to adapt to changing circumstances and seek opportunities to put the knowledge of universities into service for the public.

The Penn State Forum is a lunchtime speakers series sponsored by the Penn State Faculty Staff Club and the Penn State Bookstore. Tickets are $10 and include lunch. Tables of 10 may be reserved in advance and tickets will be sold at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by the presentation at noon. For more information, call (814) 865-7590.

Physics colloquia to be
held February through April

The Department of Physics is holding a free colloquium series during spring. Unless noted otherwise, all colloquia -- which are open to the public -- will begin at 3:30 p.m. Thursdays in 101 Osmond Laboratory on the University Park campus. Refreshments will be served at 3 p.m. in the Davey/Osmond Overpass. More information can be obtained by calling Tammy Accordino at (814) 865-7534 or sending e-mail to tammy@phys.psu.edu

* Feb. 5: Professor David Campbell, University of Illinois, will discuss "Nonlinear Science: From Paradigms to Practicalities."

* Feb. 11 and 12: Distinguished Materials Physics Lectures by Donald Eigler from IBM, Almaden Research Center. On Feb. 11, Eigler will discuss "Atoms Where You Want Them;" room and time will be announced. On Feb. 12 at 3:30 p.m., Eigler will discuss "Atomic Scale Perspective of Condensed Matter Science: A New View from a Cold STM," in 101 Osmond Lab.

* Feb. 19: Anthony Johnson, New Jersey Institute of Technology, will talk about "Ultrafast Optical Phenomena."

* Feb. 26: To be announced.

* March 5: Professor Rainer Weiss from MIT will discuss "Gravitational Waves Detection."

* March 26: To be announced.

* April 2 and 3: Mueller Lecture featuring Akira Tonomura from the Hitachi Research Laboratory. On April 2 at 8 p.m. in 104 Keller Building, Tonomura will focus his talk on "The Microscopic World Unveiled by Electron Waves;" On April 3 at 11 a.m. in S5 Osmond Laboratory, "Real-Time Observation of Magnetic Vortices in Superconductors Using Electron Waves," will be the topic.

* April 9: Whitfield Lecture with Professor A.L. Fetter, Stanford University. Fetter will discuss "Bose-Einstein Condensation in a Trap."

* April 16: Professor John Clarke from the University of California, Berkeley, will talk on a topic to be announced.

* April 20, 21, 22 and 23: The Marker Lectures featuring Professor Douglas Osheroff of Stanford University -- April 20, 8 p.m., 112 Kern Building, "The Discovery;" April 21, 3pm, 101 Osmond Laboratory, "The Next Three Years;"April 22, 3 p.m., S5 Osmond Laboratory, "Nuclear Spin Ordering in Solid 3He: A Model Magnetic System;" and April 23, 3 p.m., 101 Osmond Laboratory, "The Importance of Interactions Between Active Defects in Glasses at Low T."

* April 29: John Schwarz from Caltech will talk about "The Second Superstring Revolution."

* April 30: Professor Michael Peskin, Stanford University/
SLAC, "Superspectroscopy: The Next Frontier in Elementary Particle Physics."

"Behrend Reads!" night to be Feb. 4

Members of the creative writing faculty at Penn State Erie, Behrend College, will read from their works at the college's third annual "Behrend Reads!" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, in the college's Studio Theatre. Published authors of fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction will come together in this celebration of creative writing on campus. Their presentation continues the 1997-98 Creative Writers Speaker Series.

Featured writers and readers include Pulitzer Prize nominee Diana Hume George, professor of English and women's studies and co-director of the creative writing program. Alan Michael Parker, assistant professor of English and creative writing, will read from his recently published collection of poetry, Days Like Prose, which was named a "Notable Book from 1997" by the National Book Critics Circle. Melissa Bender, lecturer of English and coordinator of women's/gender studies, will read from her short stories and poetry, which have appeared in a variety of publications. Yesho Atil, assistant professor of English, will read from her poetry and fiction.

"Behrend Reads!" is free to the public. For more information, call (814) 898-6108.

Jewish Experience Project events set

Penn State Berks has a variety of events planned as part of "The Modern Jewish Experience Project." All events are free to the public.

Scheduled events are:

* Sunday, Feb. 8, 1-3 p.m.: Public reception for the Arie Galles exhibition "Fourteen Stations: A Journey in Progress," Freyberger Gallery, Perkins Student Center.

* Monday, Feb. 9, 1-2:15 p.m.: Lecture by Arie Galles, artist exhibiting "Fourteen Stations: A Journey in Progress," Perkins Student Center Theatre.

* Wednesday, Feb. 11: Poetry reading on the Holocaust by Michael Riley, associate professor of English, 7:30 p.m., and concert by the Old World Folk Band, 8 p.m., both in the Perkins Student Center.

* Tuesday, Feb. 17, noon-1 p.m.: Director's talk on Arie Galles exhibit "Fourteen Stations: A Journey in Progress," Freyberger Gallery, Perkins Student Center.

* Monday, Feb. 23, noon-1 p.m.: Lecture on "One Day in a Death Camp" by Margit Golomb, visiting scholar from Israel, Freyberger Gallery, Perkins Student Center.

* Thursday, April 30, 6 p.m.: Lecture on "Jewish and Christian Interpretations of Eve: Genesis 1-4" by Rochelle Millen, associate professor at Wittenberg University, Forum Room, Perkins Student Center.

CQI expo to be held at Penn Stater

"Integrating Quality: Building Blocks for Excellence," a conference and team expo that will bring together people from colleges and universities to share their experiences with continuous quality improvement on many levels, will be held on April 21-22, at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel and The Nittany Lion Inn, University Park. The conference is sponsored by Penn State's Continuing Education, the Center for Quality and Planning, the University Council on Continuous Quality Improvement and the student chapter of the American Society for Quality. Sessions will emphasize leadership's role in gaining institutional support for quality initiatives, data-driven decision making and creating an environment for teams. David Ward, chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will present the plenary address.

For more information or to register, call (814) 863-5120, e-mail: ConferenceInfo1@cde.psu.edu or visit the Web site at http://www.cde.psu.edu/C&I/QualityC&E.

Proposed bankruptcy code changes explored Feb. 5-6

Bankruptcy experts from around the country will converge on The Dickinson School of Law on Feb. 5 and 6 to discuss proposed changes to the United States bankruptcy code.

A major symposium, "The National Bankruptcy Review Commission Report: A Commentary on the Proposed Changes," will be sponsored by the Dickinson Law Review and will feature a comprehensive review of changes proposed by an October report of the Bankruptcy Review Commission.

Pennsylvania attorneys will be able to receive seven hours of substantive continuing legal education credit from the symposium.

Symposium speakers, among the nations leading bankruptcy scholars and practitioners, will include the Hon. Ray Graves, bankruptcy judge from the Eastern District of Michigan, and the Hon. George W. Gekas, the Pennsylvania congressman who chairs the House subcommittee with jurisdiction over bankruptcy. Gekas and his staff are drafting legislation in response to the report that is expected to be introduced in early February.

For more information on the symposium and the various other speakers it will include, call the communications office at (717) 240-5202. For information on CLE credit, call (717) 241-3520.

Students in crisis to be discussed Feb. 6

"Recognizing and Referring Students in Crisis" will be the topic of the next Division of Undergraduate Studies brown-bag lunch, noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, in 305 HUB on the University Park campus. The discussion will be led by Joyce Illfelder-Kaye, associate director, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), and Jennifer Harp, pre-doctoral intern in professional psychology.

The discussion is open to all Penn State faculty and staff. For more information, call Laura Brown, 205 Grange Building, at (814) 865-7576 or e-mail lsb7@psu.edu.

Discover how racial conceptions are formed Feb. 9

Nado Aveling, lecturer in education at Murdoch University, Perth, Australia, will discuss "Australian Aborigines and the 'Construction of Race:' Some Lessons for Educationists, Sociologists and Just About Everyone Else" at 3:45 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9, in the Paul Robeson Cultural Center Conference Room on the University Park campus.

Aveling's research and writing parallel her teaching focus: Aboriginal, multicultural and gender education and sociology. The accent of this seminar is on how people, and especially adolescents, construct their racial conceptions -- how white Australians come to image Aborigines.

The seminar, which is open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Australia-New Zealand Studies Center, the University Office of International Programs, the Multicultural Resource Center and the Department of Women's Studies. For more information, contact Patricia Corbett at (814) 863-1603 or e-mail pac9@psu.edu.

Hazleton literature talks continue Feb. 16

Penn State Hazleton's literature discussion series "Great Books at Highacres" will continue with three installments scheduled for this spring.

Established last September, "Great Books" is a free program in which participants read a predetermined book and then meet to share their thoughts and ideas. Sponsored by Barnes and Noble Penn State Bookstores, each one-hour session is held in Chestnut Cottage and hosted by a Penn State Hazleton faculty or staff member. An informal reception with light refreshments follows each discussion.

The schedule for this semester follows:

* Monday, Feb. 16, 7 p.m.: "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" by Ken Kesey, hosted by Carol Ellis, lecturer in English;

* Monday, March 16, 7 p.m.: "Dubliners" by James Joyce, hosted by Judy O'Donnell, advising center coordinator; and

* Monday, April 20, 7 p.m.: "Ethan Frome" by Edith Wharton, hosted by Alan Price, professor of English.

For more information about "Great Books at Highacres," call (717) 450-3102.

Spring colloquia to cover work, gender and family

The Department of Labor Studies and Industrial Relations is sponsoring a spring colloquia on work, gender and family issues on the University Park campus from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on the dates noted below:

* Friday, March 16: Nancy Folbre, professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, will talk on "Some Call it Capital: Altruism, Trust and the Production of Human Capabilities," in 124 Sparks Building.

* Friday, March 27: Phyllis Moen, professor of sociology and director of the Careers and Life Course Center, and Shin-Kap Han, a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at Cornell University, will talk about "Interlocking Careers: Pathways through Work and Family for Men and Women," in 124 Sparks Building.

* Toby Parcell, professor of sociology and associate dean, College of Social and Behavioral Science at The Ohio State University, will discuss "From Welfare to Work: Implications for Children in the 21st Century." The location of this lecture has not been set.

For more information, contact Amy Dietz at (814) 865-5425.

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Black History Month

In memory

Jennifer Koszarsky, a member of the Our Lady of Victory Westminster Handbell Choir in State College, played the bells during a bell-ringing service in memory of Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 19 at Old Main on the University Park campus. Many campuses had events in January to honor King. In February, there are a variety of events scheduled to mark Black History Month.
Photo: Greg Grieco

Black History Month is an observance held during the month of February commemorating the past and present achievements of African Americans. Penn State sponsors a series of events for the campus/community throughout the month of February. Scheduled events to date follow:

ALTOONA

* African-American Film Festival

Penn State Altoona, in conjunction with the African-American Heritage Project of Blair County, will be presenting a film series to celebrate the history of African-American culture.

February's film will showcase the life of Bessie Smith and other blues and jazz performers; the film for March will be announced at a later time. Film showing dates are Feb. 19 and March 19.

The films are being held in conjunction with The History of Rock-and-Roll, a three-credit course being taught this semester at Penn State Altoona by Jerry Zolten, which showcases the cultural roots of American music. The film series also kicks off events and promotions for the Fourth Annual African-American Heritage Festival, which will be held Saturday, Aug. 29, at Penn State Altoona.

The films will be shown at 7 p.m. in the movie theater of the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum, 1300 9th Ave. The new state-of-the-art theater seats 65, and admission is free. For more information, please call (814) 949-5281.

ABINGTON COLLEGE

* Scheduled for 11:50 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, is "Yorubaland: The Art and Culture of Western Nigeria," presented by Harriet B. Schiffer in 112 Woodland.

* On Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 12:15 to 1 p.m., a program from Jasiri, a two-time Apollo winner. Jasiri presents rhythmical theatre poetry filled with details of average people's views on the way the world affects them. To be held in 112 Woodland.

BEAVER

All events are free to the public.

* Tap Team Two & Company Inc., will present an innovative performance of dance at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, in the Study Learning Center auditorium. The dance troupe features the old form of hoofing (street tap dancing) brought anew with scuffs and bites.

* The five-piece jazz group INSYNK will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, in the Study Learning Center auditorium.

* The popular lecture circuit and television duo Lawrence Graham and Betsy Hart will present Affirmative Action Debate at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, in the Study Learning Center auditorium. Graham and Hart will offer opposing perspectives: An African American, liberal man who worked in the Carter White House and a white conservative woman who worked in the Reagan White House.

* The Curtis Lewis & Friends Choir from Aliquippa's Church will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Study Learning Center auditorium.

For more information, please call (412) 773-3953.

BEHREND COLLEGE

* Renowned anthropologist, literary critic and linguist Ivan Van Sertima will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, in the Reed Union Building Commons. His presentation is titled "Blacks in Science: Ancient and Modern."

BERKS

* Penn State Berks presents "Sisters with Voices," a live concert on Monday, Feb. 2, at 1 p.m. in the Perkins Student Center Theatre. From gospel to blues to jazz, the group features the music of such artists as Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner and many other matriarchs of Afro-American music past and present. Admission is free.

DELAWARE COUNTY

* Wednesday, Feb. 4, 12:30 p.m.: Local actors will illuminate the trials, tribulations and triumphs of a people across the African diaspora, through a dramatic presentation titled "Selected Scenes from the Life of a People." In the Student Lounge of the Main Building.

* Wednesday, Feb. 11, 12:30 p.m.: Valeria Harvell, professor of black studies at Penn State Abington, will broach topics as they relate to multi-culturalism, political correctness, leadership and the legacy of the civil rights movement in her presentation, "From Whence We've Come." In the Large Conference Room of the Commons Building.

* Wednesday, Feb. 18, 12:30 p.m.: In the program "Voices of Inspiration," the Black Student League will entertain with songs from various forms of African American music.

* Friday, Feb. 27, 12:30 p.m.: The Black Student League will host the "Community Feast and Fashion Show." A variety of dishes with origins in the African and African American communities will be served and contemporary and traditional ethnic fashions will be modeled. In the Student Lounge of the Main Building.

For more information, contact (610) 892-1202.

HAZLETON

* Penn State Hazleton will host a presentation of "A Dream to Fly: The Bessie Coleman Story" by Madeline McCray on Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. in room 1 of the Kostos Building. This one-woman performance is free.

The event examines the life of Bessie Mae Coleman, or "Queen Bess," a pioneer, aviator, sky diver and visionary, who was born in 1892 in Atlanta, Texas. She became the first black male or female to receive an international pilot's license; two years before Amelia Earhart did so.

For more information, contact Penn State Hazleton at (717) 450-3179.

MONT ALTO

* Through Feb. 27: An exhibit of portraits by Wendy Allen -- "An Increased Devotion: Portraits of Lincoln," in the Library.

* Feb. 5: Gabor Boritt, civil scholar and professor at Gettysburg College, will present "Quoting Mr. Lincoln" at 4 p.m., Library.

* Feb. 10: Jazz saxophonist Alfonzo Blackwell will perform at 8 p.m. in the General Studies Auditorium.

* Feb. 24: Richard Fields, classical pianist, will perform at 8 p.m. in the General Studies Auditorium.

HARRISBURG

* On Feb. 17 at 7 p.m., the college will host Victor Vega, associate professor of human development and adjunct professor of African American studies at Middlesex College in Edison, N.J. Vega uses the historical experiences of both the African and Latino cultures in order to advance practical, technical and emancipatory knowledge and development. Vega is also the founder and executive officer of the National Latino African Federation, a leadership vehicle for higher education alumni and students. His appearance in the Penn State Harrisburg Capital Union Building is free.

* Richard Fields, the American prize winner of the Viotti International Piano Competition in Italy, comes to the Gallery Lounge for a free concert of "musical perspectives of Black History Month" at noon, Monday, Feb. 23.

NEW KENSINGTON

* Feb. 1 - 28: Student and Faculty Art Exhibit in the art gallery of the Pittsburgh High School for the Performing Arts. Hours are Monday -Friday, 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon-5 p.m.

* Wednesday, Feb. 4: African American Read-In Chain, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Theater Lobby -- Faculty, staff and students may participate in this event by reading works by African American writers.

* Wednesday, Feb. 18: "I Am That I Am: Woman, Black" featuring Adilah Barnes, an actress who has appeared in movies, on television and stage, 12:30 p.m. in the Forum Theater. Barnes' nationally touring one-woman show honors African American women through a journey into the lives of seven African American women. Barnes concludes her show with a post-performance audience discussion.

* Wednesday, Feb. 25: The film "The Tuskegee Airmen" featuring Lawrence Fishburne, Malcom-Jamal Warner and John Lithgow, will be shown at 1:15 p.m. in the Cat's Pause Cafe.

PENN COLLEGE

The Pennsylvania College of Technology will be marking February as Black History Month with a number of movies and performances. The observance is coordinated by Student Activities.

* Movies to be shown include:

-- "A Raisin in the Sun," Tuesday, Feb. 3, at
9 p.m.;

-- "Get on the Bus," Thursday, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.; and

-- "Rosewood," Thursday, Feb. 26, at 2 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

The movies will be shown in Penn's Inn in the Alvin C. Bush Campus Center.

* On Thursday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m., Victor Vega will address the audience in the George S. Klump Academic Center Auditorium. Vega uses the historical experiences of both the African and Latino cultures in order to advance practical, technical and emancipatory knowledge and development. Vega is a tenured associate professor of human development and adjunct professor of African American studies at Middlesex College in Edison, N.J.

* The reggae band "One People" will perform on Friday, Feb. 6, at 9 p.m., in the Campus Center's Penn's Inn.

* Wednesday, Feb. 18: "WorldColor," an ensemble featuring a flutist, guitarist and actress/singer, will perform in the Academic Center Auditorium at 8 p.m.

* The only African American improv comedy troupe in the country, "Oui Be Negroes," will perform on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 8 p.m. in the Academic Center Auditorium.

All activities are free to the public, except for the reggae band performance. For that event, individuals need to be pay an admission fee of $3 and be accompanied by a Penn College student. For more information on Penn College's observance of Black History Month, contact Student Activities at (717) 327-4763.

SHENANGO

* Thursday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m.: Adilah Barnes (Theatre) Shenango Auditorium

* Friday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m.: African American Art Show Competition, Shenango Forum.

UNIVERSITY PARK

* Debra L. Lee, president and chief operating officer of Black Entertainment Television (BET) Holdings Inc., will speak at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, in Ballrooms D & E of The Nittany Lion Inn. The United Soul Ensemble will also offer a special performance. This event is co-sponsored by The Smeal College of Business Administration and the College of Communications.

* Saturday, Feb. 7, 8 p.m.: the Mingus Big Band will perform interpretations of the diverse musical legacy of the late, great bassist and composer Charles Mingus. This event is presented by The Center for the Performing Arts. For tickets or more information, call (814) 863-0255.

* Monday, Feb. 9: The Department of African and African American Studies will sponsor a talk by sociologist Colin Beckles, assistant professor at Washington State University, on "PanAfrican Sites of Resistance: Black Bookstores, Cyberspace and Beyond." Beckles will discuss his UCLA doctoral research on the political, cultural and social functions of these bookstores and his fieldwork as a participant-observer in world renowned stores located in Kingston, London and Los Angeles. He also will examine the role of the Internet in the development of ethnic, multiethnic and ethnic-supremacist communities of consciousness. This presentation will be a brown-bag seminar from 11:15 am -1:10 pm in 119 Osmond Laboratory. For more information, contact (814) 863-4243.

Beckles is currently finishing a book for Sage Press titled Cyber Race Wars: Race and Power in Cyberspace.

* Saturday, Feb. 14, 8 p.m.: Street Sounds, an a cappella quintet, will perform traditional and contemporary songs embodying the influence of African music on the world. Street Sounds also will be in residence before the performance for a variety of educational and outreach activities. This event is presented by The Center for the Performing Arts. For tickets or more information, call (814) 863-0255.

* The Penn State Minority Engineering Program will be sponsoring the annual Multicultural Day on Feb. 16. Faculty, staff and students bring their favorite ethnic dish to Kunkle Lounge (between Hammond and Sackett) from noon to 1 p.m. Contact Roni Francke at rdodo@engr.psu.edu to RSVP.

* Eighth Annual Malcolm X Lecture on Feb. 18 featuring William Sales, head of African American studies at Seton Hall University and author of the book From Civil Rights to Black Liberation: Malcolm X and the Organization of Afro-American Unity. The talk, sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Religious Affairs and the Black Caucus, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Paul Robeson Cultural Center.

WILKES-BARRE

* Penn State Wilkes-Barre will present The Nommo Performing Arts Company on Monday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. in Hayfield House. The Nommo players, made up of more than 30 Penn State students, will present an hourlong, free performance of images from traditional African and contemporary African American life, integrating the art forms of dance, theatre and music.

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Outreach

Telehealth to make health
monitoring easier for diabetics

Diabetics in the Philadelphia area will be able to provide their blood sugar levels, pulse measurement and temperature directly from their homes to home health care nurses in their offices with the help of an innovative technology called Telehealth.

A new, 24-month Penn State research project will evaluate the use of the technology as a supplement to ongoing home health visits for people with diabetes. Nationally, diabetes accounts for almost 15 percent of the nation's health care costs and affects 8.4 million people in the United States; in the Philadelphia metro area, more than 200,000 people have diabetes.

The home health research project is funded in part by a grant of $603,610 from the Telecommunications and Information Infrastructure Assistance Program, U.S. Department of Commerce. It will be led by Kathryn Dansky, assistant professor of health policy and administration in the College of Health and Human Development.

The University will partner with the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia for the evaluation. While there is increasing use of telecommunications technology in health care, it has been slow to move into home care, the fastest growing sector of the health care industry, according to Dansky. The Telehealth technology will allow the Philadelphia Visiting Nurse Association to engage in interactive video, voice and data communications with 200 to 250 of their clients using patient stations which will be placed in the home for 60 days.

The Telehealth system captures and transmits vital medical data while providing remote visual and aural interactive assessment of the patient. The nurse station will allow for direct communication with the patient and will display vital sign readings. Nurses can transmit videos or teach patients about self-care through the system. The system will be used in addition to actual home visits; researchers will then compare outcomes for Telehealth patients and traditional home health patients.

Co-investigator on the Telehealth project is Dennis Shea, associate professor of health policy and administration. Shea will evaluate the cost-effectiveness of the technology. Paul Hallacher, director of program development at the Research and Technology Transfer Organization, will manage a workshop on technology transfer as part of the project to help other health care organizations acquire and use similar technology. The project continues through September 1999.

The grant is part of $20.9 million in federal matching grants awarded by the Department of Commerce at the end of September to bring the benefits of technology to Americans living in rural and underserved inner city areas. The federal funds will be matched locally.

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