Intercom Online......September 10, 1998


Delve into memories,
history of the Civil War

In July 1998, more than 100,000 people watched re-enactments of the Battle of Gettysburg, including a full-scale re-enactment of Pickett's Charge.

Why is there still so much interest in an event that occurred 135 years ago?

Join Carol A. Reardon, associate professor of history, as she presents "America's Civil War in History and Memory" at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at The Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus.

Reardon's free presentation is part of this fall's Huddle with the Faculty, a Penn State Alumni Association outreach program that features presentations by top Penn State faculty before every home football game.

For more information on upcoming speakers in this year's Huddle with the Faculty series, contact Mary Jane Stout, Alumni Continuing Education, at (814) 865-5466.

Science Studies Program
lectures examine evolution

The Science Studies Program announces its fall 1998 lecture series. This year, the free series focuses on "Evolution: New Ideas, and Controversies." All lectures will be in 111 Forum Building on the University Park campus.

* The series will begin with a lecture by Peter Ward, professor of geosciences at the University of Washington, Seattle. Ward will deliver the paper, "The Once and Future Kingdoms: Mass Extinctions and the History of Life," at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14. Lee Smolin, professor of physics in the Eberly College of Science, will give commentary following Ward's lecture.

* Ward also will direct a seminar on "The Permian Extinction" at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, in 112 Walker Building. Ward, author of numerous books, including The Call of Distant Mammoths: Why the Ice Age Mammals Disappeared, is one of the leading theorists on the topic of mass extinctions.

* Svante Paabo will present a lecture, "Molecular Anthropology: Triumphs, Perils and Pitfalls," at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5. Robert Proctor, professor of the history of science, will give commentary following Paabo's talk.

In 1996, Paabo, a professor at the University of Munich, led a team of molecular biologists that sequenced a fragment of mitochondrial DNA from the upper arm bone of the original Neanderthal skeleton. The results appear to disprove the hypothesis of Homo sapiens' direct descent from Neanderthals.

* Lynn Margulis, professor of geosciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, will deliver a paper, "Gaia: Science of the Living Earth" at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16. Richard Doyle, assistant professor of English, will provide commentary following the lecture.

Margulis is internationally known for her research on the evolution of small forms of life, including the role of bacteria in influencing and regulating biological process and environmental conditions. Her 1981 book, Symbiogenesis in Cell Evolution, is considered a classic of 20th-century biology.

Symposium focus is women's health

DuBois Regional Medical Center and Penn State DuBois have come together to present an opportunity to explore the many dimensions of women's health in "Women's Health Symposium: Taking Charge of Your Life."

The daylong event is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at the campus.

The symposium is reportedly the first of its kind to be offered locally in a decade and was developed as a way to help women discover new roads to total wellness.

Speaker Marilyn Brooks, medical and science editor for Pittsburgh TV station WTAE, will open the day's activities as she talks from personal experience about how women can recognize and cope with stress in their lives. An audience participation session will follow.

The rest of the day will feature breakout sessions that address specific health concerns.

Admission to the keynote address, four breakout sessions, lunch, an afternoon break and all symposium materials are included in the $25 registration fee. Preregistration by Sept. 14 is suggested to reserve breakout seating. A symposium brochure including a registration form is available by calling the medical center HealthEd Line at (814) 375-INFO (4636) or toll-free at (888) 920-4636.

Magazine publisher opens Erie series

David Lauren, publisher and editor-in-chief of SWING magazine, will be the first presenter in the 1998-99 Speaker Series at Penn State Erie.

Lauren's free lecture, "SWING Generation," will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, in the Reed Union Building Commons at Penn State Erie.

Lauren, son of fashion designer Ralph Lauren, developed SWING while attending Duke University. His mission was to create an intelligent publication that focused on the interests and concerns of the twenty-something generation.

For more information about the Speaker Series, call the Penn State Erie switchboard at (814) 898-6000.

Olympic gold medalist to visit Altoona

Over the span of three Olympic games, the nation's hope for a gold medal in swimming rested squarely on the shoulders of a young Southern California dynamo named Janet Evans.

The drive and determination that fueled her success highlights Evans' appearance at Penn State Altoona at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24 in the Adler Athletic Complex. Evans appearance, "It Takes a Champion To Go The Distance," launches Penn State Altoona's Distinguished Speaker Series for the 1998-99 academic year.

As a high school senior, Evans not only fulfilled the nation's hope for a gold medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, but also smashed three of the oldest swimming records established in international competition. Evans was the only American woman to win gold medals that year and she did so in the 400- and 800-meter freestyle and in the 400-meter individual medley.

Evans added to her three-gold-medal performance four years later in Barcelona with a gold-medal performance in the 800-meter-freestyle and a silver medal in the 400-meter-freestyle. Following her second dominating performance in an Olympic venue, Evans was dubbed America's best female distance swimmer in history. Her legacy includes 45 U.S. national titles and six American records. She is the only woman to hold three world records concurrently.

Evans finished her string of Olympic appearances after the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

The Distinguished Speaker Series is free to the public.

Fellowship speaker lineup set for fall

A full schedule of speakers is planned for this fall's Cardinal Bernardin Faculty Staff Fellowship. All events will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in 212 Eisenhower Chapel on the University Park campus.

The schedule follows:

* Sept. 29: A. Rose, associate professor of history and religious studies, topic to be announced.

* Oct. 12: The Rev. M. Becker, director of vocations, Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, "Early Catholic Missions in the Alleghenies: The Life of Prince Gallitzin."

* Oct. 27: Rene Portland, head coach, Penn State Lady Lions basketball team, topic to be announced.

* Nov. 9: Sister Mary Parks, communications director, Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, topic to be announced.

Alternative learning styles conference
set for Sept. 29 at Penn State Beaver

The second annual conference on Students with Alternative Learning Styles will be presented at Penn State Beaver from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, in the Study Learning Center Auditorium.

The theme for the conference is "Curing Cerebral Stiffness and Hardening of the Attitudes: Strategies for those with L.D. (Learning Differently)."

Keynote speaker for the conference will be DonnaIrene McKinley, an educational consultant with the Pennsylvania Department of Education/Bureau of Special Education, Western Instructional Support Center in Gibsonia.

While the conference is geared toward teachers and school health professionals, it is applicable to parents, psychologists, mental health professionals, speech and language pathologists, and anyone with an interest in learning disabilities.

Advance registration is required by Sept. 21. Cost for the conference is $45 per person. For more information or to register, call Carleen Dinello at (724) 773-3824 or Stacy Koutoulakis at (724) 773-3882.

Gerontology Center lectures
to feature numerous experts

The Gerontology Center, with support from the Geriatric Education Center of Pennsylvania, has planned numerous talks as part of its fall 1998 colloquia on the University Park campus. The discussions, to be held in the Living Center in 110 Henderson Building, feature national and international scholars and experts.

All talks will be held on Wednesdays from 4-5 p.m., unless otherwise noted:

* Sept. 16: "The Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987: Did it Work?" to be presented by Michael A. Smyer, dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and associate vice president for research, Boston College.

* Sept. 23: "The Age-related Motor Handicap: Underlying Mechanisms at the Skeletal Muscle, Motor Unit, Muscle Cell and Motor Protein Level," presented by Lars Larsson, Noll professor of physiology and clinical neurophysiology, Penn State.

* Oct. 8: "Mental Health Services Research and Aging: The Challenges of Managed Care and Long-term Care Reform," by Stephen J. Bartels, associate professor of psychiatry and director of Aging Services Research at Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center.

* Oct. 12-13: Social Structures Conference, "Societal Impact on the Aging Self," Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel.

* Oct. 21: "The ACTIVE Project: A Clinical Trial in Cognitive Aging," by Sherry Willis, professor of human development, Penn State.

* Oct. 28: "Fashioning Agehood: Lifestyle Imagery and the Commercial Spirit of Seniors Culture," presented by Stephen Katz, associate professor, Department of Sociology, Trent University, Canada.

* Nov. 4: "Aging and Motor Performance," to be given by Karl M. Newell, professor and head of the Department of Kinesiology, Penn State.

* Nov. 11: John P. Kirwan, assistant professor of physiology and kinesiology, Penn State.

* Dec. 2: "Individual Differences in Aging Among African Americans," to be given by Keith E. Whitfield, assistant professor of biobehavioral health, Penn State.

Workshop planned to help
those who counsel youths

A workshop to assist professionals in better understanding the needs of youths who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) will be held Oct. 2 at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel on the University Park campus.

"Understanding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youths" is an intensive, one-day workshop for school personnel, mental health professionals and others who counsel adolescents.

Several nationally known authorities in sexual orientation and adolescence will discuss research findings about LGBT youths and will address the most effective ways of working with them.

The $99 course fee covers instruction, course notes, program materials, lunch and refreshments.

To register, call (800) 778-8632 or print a registration form from the conference Web site:

For more information on program content, call Anthony R. D'Augelli at (814) 865-2649 or e-mail

For more information on registration, call Mark Bernhard at (814) 863-5100.

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