Penn State Intercom......March 20, 2003

W. LaMarr Kopp
International Achievement Awards

Staff Achievement Award goes to Behring

Deanna M. Behring, director of international programs in the College of Agricultural Sciences, is the recipient of the W. LaMarr Kopp Staff International Achievement Award.

This award honors staff members who have made vital contributions to the University's international mission.

Behring came to Penn State in September 2000, equipped with substantial international experience, including service with the International Affairs in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Central Intelligence Agency. Among her academic accomplishments had been to acquire a certificate in Chinese from Feng Chia University in Taichung, Taiwan, and a certificate in French from the Alliance Francaise in Paris.

In less than three years, she has reorganized and revitalized the international presence of the college. Among her significant achievements has been the designation of two Centers of Excellence to focus the college's attention on international activities. The Center of Excellence in Central and Eastern Europe builds on longstanding Cooperative Extension programs and a successful study abroad program with Moscow State Agricultural University. Recent additions to college programming under her leadership include another student exchange program with L'viv State Agricultural University in Ukraine, funded by the State Department and from the National Security Education Program. Similar emphasis now is being placed on a Center of Excellence in Latin America.

Behring established the Global Fund Awards to underwrite travel of faculty, staff and students to help develop promising international projects. Thanks to a donation from former Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Boyd Wolff, she also created GOTCHA, a "pass-it-on" fund to provide partial funding for students to travel abroad. She also instituted a program of Study Tour Grants to entice more faculty members to incorporate international activities into their coursework. Her office has produced an in-depth video presentation by students who have had international experiences.

Behring will donate her cash award to GOTCHA.

Gamble receives Kopp Faculty Award

John K. Gamble, professor of political science and international law at Penn State Erie, has been chosen to receive the W. LaMarr Kopp Faculty International Achievement Award.

Established in 1995, this annual award recognizes faculty members whose efforts in research, teaching and service have contributed significantly to the international mission of the University.

Gamble's academic specialties are the law of the sea, dispute settlement, the teaching of international law, the effects of new information technology on international law and international treaties. He co-authored the book, Introduction to Political Science, the first introductory political science undergraduate text to devote a chapter to international law and international organizations. This textbook contains an innovative game called the Political Process Exercise, which allows students to participate in the bargaining process that creates a treaty. Under the auspices of the American Society of International Law, of which he is vice president, he has written two books on teaching international law and is now acknowledged as a leading authority in that field.

With the indispensable help of a group of Schreyer Scholars, Gamble has attracted worldwide reputation with the Comprehensive Statistical Database of Multilateral Treaties (CSDMT). Started at Penn State in 1998, CSDMT permits the analysis of all 6,050 multilateral treaties enacted from 1648 to 1995. CSDMT already has been the basis of three honors theses and two law review articles on which five Erie students have been co-authors.

Gamble has lectured at many universities including Cambridge University, Peking University and the University of Iceland. Since 1998, he has coordinated the Erie Honors Program (230 students) and Erie's Schreyer Scholars Program (60 students). Gamble believes an international dimension is vital to honors programming and in fact to all undergraduate education. He noted, "The international component of education is more important than ever and also more difficult."

Back