Intercom Online......August 19, 1999


Researchers can get
information at workshop

A free workshop for faculty and staff interested in searching for research funding opportunities, collaborating with colleagues worldwide or promoting their research activities will be held Friday, Sept. 24, at University Park.

The Penn State Industrial Research Office and the Office of Sponsored Programs are sponsoring the Community of Science Workshop in 101 Kern Graduate Building. The workshop features several sessions on funding services, advanced funding searches, patents and funded research, and a session on how to add your personal file to a global registry of scientists. The workshop also will provide in-depth training of Community of Science services.

The Community of Science, Inc. is a network of scientists and research organizations on the Web whose goal is to provide rapid, easy-to-use information about scientists and the funding of science and to bring colleagues from various disciplines together.

COS has been publishing on the Web since February 1994 and currently works with 200,000 scientists, 215 universities, leading R&D corporations, and government agencies.

General information about COS can be found at

A Web site at Penn State with information about the Community of Science can be found at

To register, call Patricia Prestach at (814) 863-4019. For more information, call Stephen McGregor at (814) 865-2879.

Merging of disciplines is topic
of international conference

An international conference focusing on interdisciplinarity -- the merging of disciplines -- will be held Aug. 30-31 at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel on the University Park campus. The conference will look at the successes and failures of various sectors, especially the academic sector, in achieving interdisciplinarity which has spread wide across academe and the industrial landscape.

The program, designed for academic leaders, government agency and foundation managers, industrial research leaders and materials researchers and teams, will look at the field of interdisciplinary materials research over the last 40 years as a case study of what has worked and what has failed in the movement toward interdisciplinary education and research. It also will examine barriers to change, as well as the movement's status worldwide.

For registration and program information, visit the Web at; call Kathy Moir at (814) 863-9983 or send her e-mail at

Women's health symposium at DuBois

"Hats Off to Women," a celebration of what it means to be a woman, a mother, a daughter, will be held Saturday, Sept. 25, at Penn State DuBois. It is the campus's second annual women's health symposium.

Nationally renowned lecturer and author Julie Kettle Gundlach will be the keynote speaker. Gundlach is author of My Mother Before Me: When Daughters Discover Mothers, which explores the unique mother-daughter relationship. Gundlach will follow her address with a session on how to improve communications between mothers and daughters.

In addition to the presentations by Gundlach, participants also will have the opportunity to attend four breakout sessions of their choice. The sessions will focus on a variety of topics, including travel tips for women; menopause, breast exams and other gynecological issues; disabilities and children; choosing an insurance plan; and more.

An exhibitors fair featuring informative displays from healthcare organizations and businesses will be held throughout the day and a luncheon buffet is planned.

The cost to attend the symposium is $25, which includes lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments and materials. The event begins at 8 a.m. and concludes at 4:30 p.m. Registration is required by Sept. 20. To receive a registration form and more information, call 375-INFO (4636) or toll free (888) 920-INFO.

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