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

Penn Staters

James G. Beierlein, professor of agricultural economics, has been named editor of International Food and Agribusiness Management Review. This journal is the official publication of the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association, the largest association of food industry practitioners and researchers in the world dedicated to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the worldwide food and agribusiness system.

William C. Ellis, associate professor of English at Penn State Hazleton and president of the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research, led a roundtable discussion on the history and nature of contemporary legends, also known as urban legends, at the society's 16th conference in Innsbruck, Austria. Ellis also presented the paper, "From Bavaria with Love: The Illuminati in American Conspiracy Lore."

Randall M. German, Brush Chair professor of engineering science and mechanics, was recognized as a lifetime fellow of APMI International, the professional society for powder metallurgy. The lifetime fellow award is presented to leaders in the field of powder metallurgy and particulate materials in recognition of their professional, technical and scientific achievements. German was honored for his significant contributions to the powder metallurgy industry through his research, teaching, technology transfer, professional leadership and process development.

Richard Nichols, professor of theatre arts, was selected as one of 16 faculty from across the United States to participate in an S.E. Asia Field Study program sponsored by the East-West Center and the University of Hawaii. Participants spent July visiting major historical/cultural sites throughout Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia and Indonesia.

Steven H. Zarit, professor of human development and assistant director of the Gerontology Center, gave a presidential address for the Clinical Geropsychology Section of the American Psychological Association in San Francisco. The presentation was titled "The Final Frontier: Perspectives on the Oldest Old."

Roger Ware, professor of mathematics, recently was a guest professor in Germany at the University of Konstanz, where he presented a series of lectures on "Quadratic Forms, Brauer Groups and Galois Cohomology."

While in Germany, he presented a paper, "Quaternionic Galois Extensions over Formally Real Fields," at a meeting on the Arithmetic of Fields at the Institute for Mathematical Studies in Oberwolfach, Germany, and gave invited colloquiums titled "Solvable Absolute Galois Groups" at the University of Dortmund and "Quaternion Group as Galois Group" at the University of Konstanz.

Xumu Zhang, assistant professor of chemistry, presented the invited lecture "Developing a Chiral Toolbox for Asymmetric Catalytic Reactions" at the Second Sipsy's Symposium on New Frontiers in Asymmetric Synthesis, held at the Museum of Modern Art in Nice, France.

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