Work/Family Seminar Series
begins with talk on policies
The Penn State Work/Family Seminar Series
begins Friday, Sept. 22, with a presentation by Susan Eaton on "If You
Can Use Them: Work/Family Policies and Work Outcomes." Eaton will speak
from noon to 1 p.m. in 102 Weaver Building on the University Park campus,
with a brown bag lunch from 11:30 a.m. to noon.
Eaton, assistant professor of public
policy, completed her Ph.D. in industrial relations and organization studies
at the Sloan School of Management at MIT. Her research interests include
work organization and human resource management, healthcare management
and quality issues, work-family practices and policy, gender theory and
Eaton worked 12 years as a union
organizer, negotiator, trainer and top-level manager for the Service Employees
International Union, AFL-CIO and CLC. She is an editor of the Civic
The other talk in the series will
be led by Ellen Ernst Kossek, professor of human resource management and
organizational behavior at Michigan State University's Graduate School
of Labor and Industrial Relations.
Kossek will discuss "Caregiving Decisions,
Well-Being and Performance: The Effects of Place and Provider as a Function
of Dependent Type and Work-Family Climates," from noon to 1 p.m. Friday,
Nov. 10, in 102 Weaver Building on the University Park campus, with a
brown bag lunch from 11:30 a.m. to noon.
The series is sponsored by the Department
of Labor Studies and Industrial Relations, the College of the Liberal
Arts and the Department of Human Development and Family Studies.
For more information, check the Web
call Robert Drago at (814) 865-0751 or e-mail Drago@psu.edu.
topic of Sept. 12 life
Dr. Ronald McKay, chief of the Laboratory
of Molecular Biology in the Basic Neuroscience Program of the National
Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of
Health (NIH), will speak on "From Stem Cells to Synapses in the Brain"
in the Life Sciences Consortium's Sept. 12 Colloquium.
The colloquium will be videoconferenced
from Lecture Room D at the Hershey Medical Center to 108 Wartik Laboratory,
University Park, at
Before his position at NIH, McKay
was at MIT, Oxford University and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. He received
his Ph.D. for work in nucleic acid chemistry at the University of Edinburgh.
His recent work has focused on the stem cells of the central nervous system.
In a 1988 paper, McKay provided the
first clear proof that neuronal precursors could be identified. These
studies have generated a series of important insights into the properties
of stem cells in the developing and adult nervous system. They challenge
the textbook view that the differences between brain regions are irreversibly
imprinted on cells.
Stem cell biology is currently a
major research area in neuroscience. McKay has consistently brought new
methods and concepts to this field.
Mars exploration chief to
speak at Erie
Engineer and educator Donna Shirley will
discuss her experiences as manager of the Mars Exploration Program at
a presentation at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, in the Reed Union Building
Commons at Penn State Erie. Her presentation is the first in the 2000-2001
"American Dream in the New Millennium" Speaker Series at the campus.
Shirley has an M.S. in aerospace
engineering from the University of Southern California, a B.S. in aerospace
engineering from the University of Oklahoma and a B.A. in journalism,
also from the University of Oklahoma.
She has 30 years of experience in
aerospace and civil systems, including 20 years in management. Shirley
served as the manager of the Mars Exploration Program and leader of the
team that built the Sojourner Rover, and recently completed her autobiography
about the experiences.
All speaker series presentations
are free to the public. For more information, call (814) 898-6000.
Talk to help guide
success of initiatives
Anna Griswold, assistant vice provost,
Division of Enrollment Management and Administration, will lead a Quality
Advocates' Network discussion on how administrators can help ensure the
success of improvement initiatives in their units. The discussion will
take place from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15, in 404 Old Main on the
University Park campus.
Griswold has served as both a team
sponsor and team leader, and sponsors continuous improvement initiatives
in the Office of Student Aid. Effective team sponsorship is one of the
most critical factors supporting the successful outcome of an improvement
initiative. Team sponsors typically work to initiate the improvement of
a process, support the team, implement the team's solutions and recognize
the team's accomplishments.
To participate in the Sept. 15 meeting,
register by Monday, Sept. 11, by calling the Center for Quality and Planning
at (814) 863-8721 or sending e-mail to email@example.com.
The Quality Advocates' Network is
an informal, bi-monthly gathering of those interested in improvement and
change, providing an opportunity to exchange information and experiences.
To participate via PicTel, call or e-mail the Center for Quality and Planning.
Textual scholar to kick off
David C. Greetham, distinguished professor
of English and interdisciplinary studies at the City University of New
York Graduate School, will give a lecture on electronic textuality at
4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, in the Lawrence G. and Ellen Foster Auditorium
in Pattee Library on the University Park campus.
His talk, based on his paper "Genderblending,
Metalising, Talkboxing, Timewarping and Other Electronic Identity Crises,"
kicks off a new series devoted to issues in electronic textuality co-sponsored
by the University Libraries and the Department of English.
Greetham is founder of the Society
for Textual Scholarship and a former editor of TEXT: An Interdisciplinary
Annual of Textual Studies. He also is the author of Textual Scholarship:
An Introduction, Textual Transgressions: Essays Toward the Construction
of a Bibliography and Theories of the Text.
The lecture is free to the public.
For more information, call Robin Schulze at (814) 865-9932 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inaugural Rio Preisner
lecture to be Sept. 18
As part of the annual Delta Phi Alpha national
German Student Honors Society initiation ceremony, Peter Demetz, Sterling
Professor emeritus, Yale University, will deliver the first Rio Preisner
Lecture at 4 p.m. Sept. 18 in The Nittany Lion Inn Alumni Fireside Lounge
on the University Park
The lecture, which is honoring Rio
Preisner, former Fellow of the Institute for the Arts and Humanistic Studies
and professor emeritus of German, will focus on "Prague and Its Poets"
and is open to the public.
For more information, call Gerhard
F. Strasser at (814) 865-5481 or e-mail email@example.com.