News in Brief
Penn State Intercom......September 13, 2001

Volunteer opportunity

The Personal Relationships lab on the University Park campus needs people ages 25 to 45 to participate in a research study of relationships of grown children and their parents. The study consists of a one-hour phone interview at a time of convenience for the participant. Questions cover the close and problematic aspects of grown children's ties to their mothers and fathers. Participants will be paid for their time.

For information or to participate, send an e-mail message to Karen Fingerman at or leave a phone message at the Personal Relationships lab at (814) 863-1834.

Nutrition study

The Department of Nutrition is recruiting subjects for a study to investigate the effects of "good fats" such as sunflower oil on blood cholesterol levels. Researchers are recruiting non-smoking men and women between the ages of 24 and 67 who are not taking any cholesterol-lowering or anti-inflammatory medications and who do not have diabetes, uncontrolled high blood pressure or other serious health conditions.

All foods will be provided during the study along with lab results and monetary compensation. There are study groups starting in October. For more information, call (814) 863-3168.

CLGBT events

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, The Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equity is holding two events: a banquet on Oct. 12 and a conference, "To Make You Feel Proud: Gender and Sexuality Studies at Penn State," on Oct. 13. Both events are open to all members of the University community.

For registration information, call the commission office at (814) 863-7696. Deadline for registration is Sept. 21.

Lunch invitation

"Take Your Professor to Lunch" will return to the University Park campus Sept. 24 to Oct. 12, offering faculty and students in large classes an opportunity to spend time learning more about each other outside the classroom.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching and the USG Academic Assembly since 1997, the free lunch program is designed to help break down the barriers of anonymity in classes where remembering names is a challenge and student invisibility is an obstacle to learning.

Although only those in classes of 60 or more are eligible to participate, sponsors hope the program will serve as a catalyst for more friendly and frequent communication among all students and faculty. Meal cards are provided for eligible students who make arrangements with their instructor and four to eight classmates to have lunch together on campus. Web registration is required.

Details and complete registration information are found at


The closing date for receipt of Evan Pugh professorship nominating materials is Monday, Oct. 22. All nominations must be submitted in accordance with Policy HR87 and established guidelines and should be sent to the dean of the academic college in which the nominee is appointed.

Current nomination guidelines may be obtained by calling (814) 863-9580, by e-mail to, or by stopping in 304 Old Main, University Park.

Library database changes

The University Libraries' UnCover database, an index of articles from thousands of journals deliverable to home or office, recently merged with the United Kingdom-based company Ingenta to become the Ingenta Library Gateway. Consequently, Ingenta now requires a Penn State Access ID to log on instead of the Social Security number used in UnCover.

Ingenta's article delivery is available free of charge to current faculty, staff and students who are registered Libraries patrons. All other Libraries patrons may search Ingenta but must pay for ordered articles.

The database can be found at or through the Fast Track in LIAS (the Library Information Access System) under "UnCover (Ingenta)."

For information, call (814) 863-1367.

GURU access

GURU resources now can be accessed by University employees from anywhere in the world. Certain information and resources on GURU are for Penn State use only and are not available to the general public. Previously, employees had to use computers within the Penn State network in order to have access to those resources.

Now, anyone with an access account userid and password can use GURU from home, while traveling, or from remote Penn State locations that do not have a direct Penn State network connection.

GURU automatically detects if an individual is connecting from within or outside the network and will prompt users for an access userid and password if they are accessing GURU from outside the network.