Intercom Online......May 4, 2000

Penn Staters

Dr. Joanna M. Cain, professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the College of Medicine and The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, was inducted as the new president of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO). Cain will be the first woman to serve as president for APGO, the national medical organization devoted to medical education in academic and teaching institutions.

Dr. Christopher J. Carey, professor and vice chair of obstetrics and gynecology in the College of Medicine and The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, was presented with a reward of research excellence at a recent meeting of the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine for his paper, "Metronidazole therapy increases the risk of preterm birth in asymptomatic women with trichomonas." The study was selected as the best plenary paper from more than 1,000 presented at the meeting.

Myrna A. Covington, instructor of education and academic adviser, and Tineke Cunning, assistant to the vice provost and dean in the Office of Undergraduate Education, have been awarded Gerald Howard Read Scholarships from Phi Delta Kappa, an international organization for professional educators formed to promote quality education. These competitive awards are granted to allow recipients an opportunity to travel for professional development purposes. Only 50 such awards have been granted in this round.

Matt Davies, assistant professor of political science at Penn State Erie, presented "Henri Lefebvre and Global Politics: Everyday Struggles and Spatial Practices," at the 41st Annual Convention of the International Studies Association. Davies also was elected vice chair of the Global Development Section of the International Studies Association.

Charles Ghilani, associate professor and program chair for the B.S. surveying and A.S. surveying technology programs at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, was elected a Fellow of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping.
Fellowship is bestowed upon individuals who have displayed outstanding accomplishments in the field of surveying and mapping and Ghilani was recognized for his contributions to the society and profession.

Ian R. Harrison, professor of polymer science in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, will be a co-recipient of a 2000 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Society of Plastics Engineers. The award comes from the society's Thermoplastics Materials and Foam Division for Harrison's pioneering work on polymer characterization with temperature-rising elution fractionation technology. Harrison's earliest work on the topic was done in cooperation with Les Wild, formerly of Quantum Chemical Corp., who will be the other co-recipient of the award. The researchers will serve as keynote speakers during a technical session on polymer foams at the society's annual technical conference in Orlando, Fla.

Dale Jacquette, professor of philosophy, presented a paper, "Of Time and the River in Kant's Refutation of Idealism," at the Ninth International Kant Congress at Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany.

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