April 2, 1998......Volume 27, Issue 26

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Movies used to study behavior
Family pledges $5 million
Professor to teach from space
How many zeroes?!
Promotions
Obituaries
Faculty/Staff Alerts
Penn Staters
Asian American Month
Courses
CQI
Forum speaker 
Lectures
New at Penn State
Enforcing the rules
Appointment
Bookshelf
Let's go fly a kite
Penn State to hold CIC seminar
Student Affairs seeks AVP
Vanpooler
Awards
Partings
Research
Penn State news bureau

Lectures

New Zealand ambassador
to give seminar on April 8

John Wood, New Zealand ambassador to the United States, will hold a public seminar on "New Zealand's Influence on the United States: General Propositions and Personal Experiences" at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, in the Eisenhower Chapel Memorial Lounge on the University Park campus.

Wood, one of New Zealand's most senior and experienced diplomats, is completing his tour of duty as New Zealand's ambassador to Washington, where he earlier (1984-87) served as deputy chief of mission. His other overseas postings have included Tokyo, Bonn and Tehran, as ambassador to Iran. Before his current post, he was a deputy secretary at the Ministry of External Relations and Trade. He is a graduate of the University of Canterbury and of Oxford University.

The seminar is sponsored by the Australia-New Zealand Studies Center. For more information, e-mail Patricia Corbett at pac9@psu.edu or call (814) 863-1603.

CEO to deliver 1998
Shoemaker ethics talk

Gene A. Keluche, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of International Conference Resorts, will deliver the 1998 G. Albert Shoemaker Lecture in Business Ethics at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, in The Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus.

Titled "The Ethics of Ownership Versus Stewardship," Keluche's talk is the 10th in a series made possible in 1986 through the generosity of G. Albert Shoemaker, the late coal industry executive, and his wife, Mercedes.

International Conference Resorts manages the Cheyenne Mountain Conference Resort and Country Club of Colorado, Colorado Springs; the Scottsdale Conference Resort, Scottsdale, Ariz.; and the Graylyn International Conference Center at Wake Forest University. Keluche has directed the design, development and operation of numerous conference and training centers in New York, Connecticut, Illinois, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.

Before founding International Conference Resorts, Keluche was the executive vice president and a director of Basic Systems Inc. which specialized in applying the principles of behavioral science to the development of self-instructional educational materials and training systems. Following the firm's acquisition by Xerox Corp., Keluche was manager of Xerox Education Division's industrial and governmental operations. He also has been vice chairman of Agrigenetics Corp., a genetic research firm that was later acquired by the Lubrizol Corp.

In addition to his duties with International Conference Resorts, Keluche serves as vice chairman of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Foundation, is a trustee of the California School of Professional Psychology, and is co-chairman of the International Founders Council of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian.

Keluche holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a B.S. in applied engineering science from California State University.

Animal agriculture's
future to be discussed

Harold D. Hafs, professor and chair of the Department of Animal Science at Rutgers University, will present a seminar titled "Biotechnology: The Future of Animal Agriculture?" at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 8, in 101 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building on the University Park campus. The annual lecture is funded through an endowment established by Otto J. and Opal I. Hill. Hill received his master's degree in dairy science from Penn State in 1930.

Hafs obtained a B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1953 with a major in dairy science and minors in zoology, mathematics and botany. He earned his M.S. degree (1957) and Ph.D. degree (1959) in animal physiology from Cornell University, where he was a National Science Foundation predoctoral fellow.

In 1980, Hafs was appointed vice president for animal science research and development at Merck Sharp & Dohme Research Laboratories, Rahway, N.J. In this capacity, he led a team of nearly 300 people in discovery research, developmental research and regulatory affairs. Under his leadership 14 new products were approved, propelling Merck AgVet to the position of the world's largest animal pharmaceutical company. In 1990, he was named vice president for animal health and agricultural scientific affairs at Merck. Hafs retired from Merck in 1993, but stayed on as a consultant for a year. In 1994, he joined the faculty of Rutgers University as a visiting professor in the Department of Animal Science, and has served as professor and chair of that department since July 1995.

In the past, Hafs has held offices in a variety of national organizations. He was active in academic governance at Michigan State University, where he served as an assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor and then to professor, and was chairman of the Department of Dairy Science from 1976 to 1980.

In addition, Hafs has received many awards from scientific societies and professional honoraries.

Agriculture undersecretary
to talk about trade issues

August Schumacher Jr., undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will present the 1998 M.E. John Lecture, sponsored by the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology. Schumacher will discuss agricultural trade issues as they relate to growth opportunities for U.S. farm products and the problems we face as a result of the meltdown of the economies of Southeast Asia. The lecture is set for 11 a.m. Monday, April 13, in Ballroom D-E of The Nittany Lion Inn.

Schumacher, after being nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, has been undersecretary since August 1997. In this position, he oversees the Farm Service Agency, the Foreign Agricultural Service and the Risk Management Agency. These agencies administer farm commodity programs, farm operating and emergency loans, conservation and environmental programs as well as market development and domestic and international food assistance.

Before his appointment, Schumacher served as administrator of USDA's Foreign Agriculture Service. He also worked for the World Bank and served as Commissioner of Agriculture for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The M.E. John Lecture Series was established in the early 1980s in honor of M.E. John, faculty member and head of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology from 1946 to 1969. Its purpose is to focus on current social and economic issues of importance to faculty and students. The lecture is open to the University community.

Affirmative action debate set for April 13 at Beaver

Lecturers Betsy Hart and Kevin Powell will square off in an affirmative action debate set for 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 13, in the Study Learning Center auditorium at Penn State Beaver. The program is free to the public.

This debate will replace the postponed debate between Hart and Lawrence Otis Graham previously scheduled for February.

Hart is a white conservative woman who worked in the Reagan White House. She is co-authoring a book, He Says, She Says -- Black & White, with Graham.

Powell, a black liberal, is a senior writer at Vibe magazine and the host and producer of HBO's "Vibe Five," an entertainment news program.

For more information, call (724) 773-3953

Hands-on GIS demonstration planned April 3

Preetha R. Pulusani, vice president of government solutions at Intergraph Corp., will be featured at a hands-on demonstration of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and softcopy photogrammetry products from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, April 3, in 101 Kern Building on the University Park campus. Pulusani has been a leader in the systems development of government geographic information technologies for more than 17 years and has broad experience, including GIS software analyst, system developer, and mapping and GIS products line manager. All faculty, staff and classes may attend. For more information about the session, call Todd Bacastow at (814) 863-0049 or e-mail bacastow@gis.psu.edu.

Holocaust survivor to speak at Hazleton April 5

Holocaust survivor and nationally-known art historian Nelly S. Toll will give a talk at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 5, in room 115 of the Graham Academic Building at Penn State Hazleton. The public may attend this free event.

Toll came to the United States in 1951 after surviving World War II in Nazi-occupied Poland, during which time she and her mother were hidden in a small bedroom in the home of a non-Jewish couple for more than a year. To pass the time, Toll painted watercolors depicting a happy fantasy world of children, family and nature scenes, which were in stark contrast to the reality of the terror-filled world she actually experienced. The paintings form the basis of her enduring interest in art and are a central theme of her lecture.

An instructor in humanities at Rowan University, N.J., Toll received a baccalaureate degree in art therapy from Hahnemann University, a master's degree in art and art history from Rutgers University, and is currently pursuing a doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of a number of books, including Without Surrender: Art of the Holocaust and Behind the Secret Window, a memoir of her childhood. Her most recent publication, When Memory Speaks: The Holocaust in Art, has received outstanding reviews. Her paintings are displayed in the museum of Yad Vashem, Jerusalem and in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.

Learn how children perceived Nazi terror

A public lecture by Professor Barbara Bauer, chair for modern German literature, Philipps University in Marburg, Germany, will give a presentation on "Helpless Heroes in a Hostile World: How Children Perceived the Nazi Terror," at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, in 101 Kern Building on the University Park campus. Bauer recently organized a symposium that dealt with autobiographies of Holocaust survivors. Her lecture will focus on the problems children have with the integration of their experiences of absolute evil that people can inflict on others. The talk is sponsored by the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures.

Civil rights activist to speak on affirmative action

Civil rights activist and Proposition 209-campaign chairman Ward Connerly will speak at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, in Schwab Auditorium on the University Park campus. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Connerly will address one of the most controversial issues today -- affirmative action.

Connerly served as chairman of the California Civil Rights Initiative (Proposition 209) campaign, which ultimately ended affirmative action policies in the state of California. Connerly has gained national respect as an outspoken advocate of equal opportunity for everyone, regardless of race or sex. Connerly's views on preferences, set-asides and quotas have been well-documented by the international, national and California press. Connerly currently serves as chair of the American Civil Rights Institute.

For more information, call Christopher Gillott, vice chairman, Penn State Young Americans for Freedom, at (814) 867-4039.

Network communications president to speak April 8

The College of Communications will celebrate Asian American Heritage Month with guest speaker Susan C. Yee, president of Regional Network Communications Inc. (RNCI), on Wednesday, April 8. Yee, who founded RNCI in 1995, will present a lecture titled "Succeeding In Corporate America and the Internet Industry: An Asian American Perspective," at 5 p.m. in the Carnegie Cinema on the University Park campus. The event, which is free to the public, will be immediately followed by entertainment and a buffet of Asian food.

Yee graduated from Lehigh University in 1982 with a B.S. in finance and marketing and a minor in international relations. She began her career in the marketing department of Twin County Cable, and was later promoted to vice president of marketing for the company. In 1993, she was named chief operating officer, and helped lead the Pennsylvania Cable Television Association in developing its regulatory and legislative strategies to address issues at the state and national levels. She was actively involved in introducing cable television programming into Asia in the early 1990s.

For more information about the Asian American Heritage Month Celebration, call Joseph Selden, director of Multicultural Affairs for the College of Communications, at (814) 863-6081.

Sustainability lectures planned for April 14-15

The Center for Sustainability at Penn State is offering two lectures on the University Park campus that deal with the concept of permaculture, the design of cultivated garden plots that undergo natural resource cycling. Permaculture design allows these garden plots to have the diversity, stability and resilience of a natural ecosystem. The lectures follow:

* Tuesday, April 14, at 4 p.m. -- Daniel Frey, owner of Three Sisters Permaculture Design, will discuss "Ecology, Design and Sustainability" in 351 Willard Building.

* Wednesday, April 15, at 4 p.m. -- Registered architect and permaculture designer Monica Kuhn will present "Rooftop Gardens" in 165 Willard Building.

For more information, call Barbara Siebert at (814) 865-2223.

Distinguished Statisticians Lecture set for April 16

John Kettenring, executive director of software technology at Bellcore, will deliver the 1998 Distinguished Statisticians Lecture at Penn State Harrisburg. The lecture, titled "Statistics in Industry: Experiences and Examples," will be April 16 at 1 p.m. in the Capital Union Building.

Bellcore, with headquarters in New Jersey, creates innovative business solutions that make information technology work for telecommunications carriers, businesses and governments throughout the world. Kettenring explains that "statistics has played a substantial role in industry for much of the 20th century ... this is especially true in the telecommunications sector."

The heart of Ketternring's talk will consist of a series of examples of work at Bellcore in areas such as information retrieval, network traffic analysis, data reconciliation and software engineering, that illustrate the types of opportunities ahead for statistics in industry.

Kettenring holds bachelor's and master's degrees in statistics from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in statistics from the University of North Carolina.

Satellite videoconference on nutrition planned April 16

The 1998 Current Issues in Nutrition Satellite Videoconference "Nutritional Supplements," originating from Iowa State University, will be downlinked to the University Park campus and six Cooperative Extension locations across the state. The satellite videoconference is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4:55 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in the Agricultural Administration Building at University Park.

Participants will learn how the Dietary Supplements Health Education Act regulates the nutritional supplements industry and how this might impact the consumer. The conference will provide an opportunity to learn if, how and why nutritional supplements may enhance exercise, prevent disease and promote health. Continuing education units are available for nurses, nursing home administrators, registered dietitians, dietetic technicians, dietary managers and certified home economists.

For more information about the satellite videoconference and other downlink locations, contact J. Lynne Brown at (814) 863-6132 or by e-mail at f9a@psu.edu. Anyone interested in registering for the University Park satellite downlink videoconference should contact Peggy Hoover at (814) 863-2212.

Health conference focuses on concerns for black women

African American women will have an opportunity to learn more about health issues facing them, prevention strategies and ways to improve their health and the health of their communities during the Second Health Empowerment and Black Women Conference planned for April 18 at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel on the University Park campus.

The conference will provide a forum to discuss health care issues specific to black women. Topics to be covered include depression, sexually transmitted diseases, arthritis and mid-life women, are for the single woman, stress management, massage therapy and a special keynote address. The conference will offer a wellness marketplace that includes free health screenings, exhibits, poster and book displays.

The conference is designed to be informal, and dress will be casual.

For more information, call Dee Frisque at (814) 865-7679 or visit the Web at http://www.cde.psu.edu/C&I/HealthEmpowerment.

Explore connections of literacy and consumerism

Louise L. Stevenson, professor of history and American studies at Franklin and Marshall College, will discuss "Women and Reading in 19th-Century America" in the Penn State Harrisburg Gallery Lounge at 7 p.m. Monday, April 20.

A member of the F&M faculty since 1982 and currently chair of its women's studies program, Stevenson will explore the connections of growing literacy and consumerism among women in the 19th century. She will examine the ways home and reading were viewed for American women.

Her teaching and research interests center on 19th-century cultural and intellectual history, including women's history. Recent research by Stevenson includes the soon-to-be-released The Home, Books and Reading in an Age of Commerce, published by Cambridge University Press. Stevenson earned her doctorate in American and New England studies from Boston University, her master's in history from New York University and her bachelor's in American studies from Barnard College.

"Secrets of the Rainforest"

Penn State Berks will present world-renowned photographer Gerry Ellis' lecture, "Secrets of the Rainforest," at 1 p.m. Monday, April 20, in the Perkins Student Center Theatre.

Few environmental issues have dominated world headlines as have discoveries within and destruction of the Earth's rainforests. Working with such respected organizations as the Rainforest Alliance and the World Wildlife Fund, Ellis has spent years documenting the secrets of life within the tropical rainforests.

Admission is free. For more information, call Doreen Fisher at (610) 396-6067.

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