Scholar’s Program offers discussion opportunities for Black History Month

Program highlights scholarship by faculty members of African descent

The Black History Month PSU Scholar’s Program will take place from Feb. 16 to 22. Credit: Penn StateCreative Commons

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Alliance for Education, Science, Engineering and Development in Africa (AESEDA) and the Department of African American Studies at Penn State are sponsoring the Black History Month PSU Scholar’s Program.

Four panel discussions, highlighting scholarship by Penn State faculty members of African descent, will take place from Feb. 16 to 22 in Foster Auditorium of Pattee Library on the University Park campus.

Each panelist will share their research, followed by a question-and-answer period. Students are encouraged to come to the panel sessions and ask questions.

The programs also will be live-streamed to the Commonwealth Campuses.

The first session will be 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16, with the following panelists and topics:

  • Rhonda BeLue, associate professor of health policy and administration science, “Diabetes in Senegal”
  • Gregory Jenkins, professor of meteorology and atmospheric science, “Connecting the Environment to Respiratory Disease in West Africa”
  • Kwadwo Osseo-Asare, distinguished professor of material sciences and engineering and of energy and geo-environmental engineering, “Zewuze torkornu wokpoe le — The bigger of two pots can only be determined at the riverside: Adventures in research, teaching and learning in aqueous systems”

Future panelists will include:

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 1:30-3 p.m.

— Anthony Didlake, assistant professor of meteorology; Paris vonLockette, associate professor of mechanical engineering; and Kofi Adu, professor of physics at Penn State Altoona

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 10-11:30 a.m.

— Wanda Knight, associate professor of art education and women's studies; Ashley Patterson, assistant professor in language, culture and society; and Cynthia Young, associate professor and department head of African-American studies

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 4-5:30 p.m.

— Nicole Webster, associate professor of youth and international development; Marc Miller, assistant professor of architecture and landscape architecture; and Squire Booker, professor of chemistry and of biochemistry and molecular biology

For more information, contact Gregory Jenkins at or Cynthia Young at

Last Updated February 10, 2017