March 20, 1997......Volume 26, Issue 24

News . . . . Arts . . . . Calendars . . . . Letters . . . . Links . . . . Deadlines . . . . Archive

Conference Center, Inn transforming
Engineering departments to merge
University starts process to guide development
Out in the cold
Volunteer effort opens door to Internet
Faculty Senate News
A message from the President
Call for proposals
Quality Expo in its fifth year
Fayette welcomes business development center
University news at your fingertips
Winter blast
Career Day
CEO for Shenango campus sought
Internal search for department head
National Service Week
For the Record
Grant funds available
Workshops for minority students planned
Faculty/Staff Alerts
News in Brief
Penn Staters
25-year Awards
Slavic Folk Festival
Graduate Research Exhibition
Chocolate Chase
Private Giving
It's on the Web
Penn State news bureau

Penn Staters

Subhash Chander, professor of mineral processing, has been elected a distinguished member of SME, the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration Inc.

Edward J. Danis, associate director of the Division of Undergraduate Studies, gave the opening address to the ARGE-Studienberatung Conference (the German Society of Academic Advisers), in Berlin, Germany. His address, "Academic Advising in the United States: What Can We Learn from Each Other?," represents the first formal meeting between academic advisers in the U.S. and on the European continent.

Hector E. Flores, professor of plant pathology and biotechnology and director of the Science, Technology and Society Program, presented an invited workshop on "Biological Literacy" at the World Summit on Science and Science Education. Flores also presented a series of invited lectures and gave a course on "The Biosynthetic Potential of Plants in the Coming Millennium," at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in Mexico City.

Alireza Haghighat, associate professor of nuclear engineering, and his graduate assistant, Glenn E. Sjoden, presented four invited papers at the international "3-D Deterministic Radiation Transport Computer Programs: Features, Applications and Perspectives," seminar in Paris. The papers all focused on PENTRAN (Parallel Environment Neutral-particle TRANsport), a new, 3-D parallel particle transport code which Haghighat and his assistant developed. The code can solve large, 3-D, real-life problems much faster than available "production" codes.

Richard Hogg, professor of mineral processing, has been selected to receive the Arthur F. Taggart Award of SME, the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration Inc. Hogg, who serves as chair of the Mineral Processing Section in the Department of Mineral Engineering and chair of the geo-environmental engineering program, is being honored for a series of papers in the area of flocculation and dewatering.

Austin J. Jaffe, holder of the Philip H. Sieg professorship of business administration, served as a visiting professor of real estate economics at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. While there, Jaffe, a faculty member in The Smeal College's Department of Insurance and Real Estate, taught a series of doctoral seminars on property rights issues in real estate markets.

James Kerlin, deputy senior director of the Center for Academic Computing, was invited by the government of the People's Republic of China to conduct a series of workshops on technology in education at the Hubei College of Education in Wuhan, China.

Sridhar Komarneni, professor of clay mineralogy in the Department of Agronomy and the Materials Research Laboratory, presented a paper on "Hydrothermal Synthesis for Novel Applications" at the Sixth Tohwa University International Symposium on Nanostructured Ceramics in Fukuoka, Japan. He gave two invited lectures, one on "Porous Materials and Synthesis of Ceramic Powder by Hydrothermal Method" at Saga Ceramics Lab, Saga, Japan, and another on "Conventional vs. Microwave Hydrothermal Processing of Ceramic Powders" at Yamaguchi University, Ube, Japan.

Clifford J. Lissenden, assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics, presented a paper at the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition. The presentation and accompanying paper, "Critique of Macro Flow/Damage Surface Representations for Metal Matrix Composites Using Micromechanics," examined various effects on the evolution of plastic flow in metal matrix composites.

Andrea Mastro, professor of microbiology and cell biology, was the invited speaker at the International Symposium on Hormones and Bioactive Substances in Milk held at Smolenice Castle in the Slovak Republic. The talk was titled "Prolactin in Milk and Immune Responses."

Peter I. Meszaros, professor and head of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Meszaros was cited "for valuable and influential contributions to the theory of radiation processes near magnetized neutron stars, gamma-ray burst sources, black holes and galaxy formation."

Lawrence Muller, professor of dairy science, addressed The British Grassland Society in Great Malvern, England on "Grass and Forage for Cattle of High Genetic Merit."

Richard Nichols, professor of theatre arts, was a guest artist in residence at the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing, where he directed a Chinese language theatre production of Eugene O'Neill's "Desire Under the Elms." Supported by a grant from the Asian Cultural Council, Nichols also lectured on contemporary American theatre and taught workshops in stage voice and speech, acting and directing.

William L. Petersen, associate professor of religious studies and classical and ancient Mediterranean studies, has received a fellowship from the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies (NIAS), the research arm of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences, and has been named director of a six-person international research team funded by NIAS for the 1997-98 academic year. The team will conduct research on "The Diatessaron's Text of the Gospel of John."

Jonathan Phillips, professor of chemical engineering, was the keynote lecturer at the 1996 International Symposium on Industrial Applications of the Mössbauer Effect held in Johannesburg, South Africa. He gave a talk titled "Correct Determination of Particle Size Distribution and Phase from Relaxed Mössbauer Spectra." While in Johannesburg, Phillips also gave an invited lecture at Witswatersrand University on "Novel Multimetallic Spillover Catalysts for Olefin and Diolefin Processing."

Charles S. Prebish, associate professor of religious studies, has been awarded a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship in the humanities, and will spend the 1997-98 academic year at the Centre for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto, a host institution for this program. The focus of the institute will be "North American Religious Diversity and the Academic Study of Religion." Prebish will continue his ongoing research on American Buddhism.

Jean-Claude Vuillemin, associate professor of French literature, gave the invited lecture "Hypocondria, Illusion and Dramaturgy," at the Corneille International Colloquium in Rouen, France. Vuillemin also was elected vice president of the Pierre Corneille International Research Center.

James C. Wambold, professor emeritus of mechanical engineering, and John J. Henry, professor of mechanical engineering, have received the 1996 National Award for Transportation Science and Ethics. The award was given by the Alliance for Transportation Research for "outstanding scientific contribution to transportation, demonstrating a fundamental commitment to safety and the environment."

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25-year Awards

H. Ann Harpster
Hilary F. Kleckner
R. Thomas Kline
Bonnie Randolph
Peggy E. Repasky
Jack C. Shannon

Observing 25 years of service at the University are, from top left, H. Ann Harpster, operator A, Centralized Copy Center in the Office of Business Services; Hilary F. Kleckner, library assistant I, Pattee Library; R. Thomas Kline, environmental systems technician in the Office of Physical Plant; from bottom left, Bonnie Randolph, staff assistant VI in the math department, Eberly College of Science; Peggy E. Repasky, staff assistant VI in the Department of Education Policy Studies, College of Education; and Jack. C. Shannon, professor of plant physiology in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

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Slavic Folk Festival from April 11-13

The 19th Annual Penn State Slavic Folk Festival, showcasing cultural achievements of Pennsylvania's Slavic-Americans, will be held from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12; and from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 13, in the ballroom of Hetzel Union Building on the University Park campus.

The festival will feature exhibits, demonstrations of folk art and live performing groups. There will be book and artifact booths, an ethnic snack bar and special events for children from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, including a balalaika and accordion duo.

The evening performance on Friday, starting at 7 p.m., will feature the Polka Players. On Saturday, the Czechoslovak-Moravian Club Folk Dancers of Endicott, N.Y., will perform at 1 p.m.; the Slavjane Folk Ensemble from McKees Rocks and the Kazka Ukrainian Dancers also will be featured. The Saturday evening program will feature the Eastern European Ensemble playing music for listening and dancing, with a polka and a waltz contest.

The Sunday program will include the Original Byzantine Men's Choir, Polonia, Polish dancers, accordion melodies, as well as the Polka Revolution Band from Houtzdale, Pa., and a classical interlude.

The Ethnic Snack Bar will serve hot foods on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and from 5 until 7:30 p.m. A limited menu of hot foods will be available on Sunday from 12:30 until 3:30 p.m. Hot and cold beverages and pastries will be available throughout the festival.

The festival is sponsored by the Penn State Department of Slavic and East European Languages and the Penn State chapter of Dobro Slovo, the national Slavic studies honor society. There is no admission charge and programs are free.

A preliminary program of festival events is available from Toni Mooney, festival secretary, at (814) 865-1352.

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Graduate researcher

Cheryl Keller from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology explains her work, "Effects of Mis-expression of Nautilus on Mesodermal derivatives in Drosophila" to a curious onlooker at last year's Graduate Research Exhibition. This year's event, which features the research of more than 150 graduate students, will be held from March 21-22 in Kern Building on the University Park campus. For more information on the 12th annual exhibition, log into the Web at and click on "news and announcements."

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Chocolate Chase is looking for runners

Runners may now begin to register for the 19th annual Chocolate Chase, to be held at noon Saturday, April 12 in Hershey. Chocolate Chase is a 10K race beginning and ending at The Hershey Medical Center and winding through scenic, surrounding countryside. A one-mile fun run will be held afterward.

Proceeds from the race will benefit the Dr. Thomas V. N. Ballantine Memorial Scholarship fund for medical students. Ballantine, who died in 1990, was the founder and director of the race. Since the race began in 1978, it has raised approximately $90,000.

The Ballantine Trophy will be awarded to the top male and female finishers during an awards ceremony after the conclusion of the Fun Run. Competition classes by age group are: under 18, 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and over 60.

To pre-register by March 30, call (717) 531-2000, enter mailbox number 3300, and leave a message with your name and address. The first 600 pre-registrants are guaranteed T-shirts in exchange for their $10 entry fee. The race is sponsored by medical students and the Office of Student Affairs.

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