Intercom Online......May 4, 2000


Learning Colloquy aims to build
synergy between research, teaching

Learning Colloquy 2000, "Building Synergy Between Research and Teaching," will be held May 30 at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel at University Park.

The latest in the provost's series, Colloquy 2000 is part of a continuing effort to improve the quality of education and the integration of teaching, research and service at Penn State. The event will provide an opportunity for faculty to come together to talk about and celebrate excellence in teaching.

Through a series of structured discussions, participants will reflect on the potential for synergy between teaching and disciplinary research; the use of undergraduate and graduate student research as a learning activity; and the ways in which the latest research about learning and new learning environments can inform the teaching and learning process. They will have a chance to learn about the successes and failures of others, as well as to share their own stories.

The day will start with opening comments by Provost Rodney A. Erickson and continue with the structured discussions.

Previous colloquies have provided faculty with an opportunity to explore issues and share ideas about how to more effectively engage students in the learning process. Colloquy 2000 will continue that scholarly dialogue. It also is hoped that these discussions will frame and help shape fruitful ongoing discussions in departments, colleges and elsewhere throughout the coming year.

Registration for the event will continue through May 10. Anyone who would like to register, has questions or is seeking more information should call the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) at (814) 863-2599 or e-mail

Institute for Editors is May 21-24

Newspaper editors will have the opportunity to develop vital skills urgently needed in today's newsrooms when Penn State holds its Institute for Editors Sunday, May 21, through Wednesday, May 24, at The Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus.

This year's institute will benefit veteran and fledgling editors alike, featuring tracks for supervising editors as well as copy editors. Supervising editors will learn how to become better coaches and mentors to their professional colleagues, while copy editors will benefit from refreshers in editing techniques. Combined instruction on topics of mutual interest to both groups also will be provided.

According to Gene Foreman, Foster professor of communications and director of the institute, this year's program was designed based on feedback received from participants in last year's institute. In addition to Foreman, featured speakers are Carl Sessions Stepp, associate professor of journalism at the University of Maryland and senior editor of American Journalism Review, and John McIntyre, copy desk chief for the Baltimore Sun, as well as several members of the College of Communications faculty.

The Institute for Editors is an outreach program of the College of Communications, and is co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, the Pennsylvania Society of Newspaper Editors and the American Copy Editors Society.

For more information, check the Web at

For information regarding registration, call Christopher Dufour at (814) 863-5100 or send e-mail to

"Wavelets in Statistics" topic of talk

A free public workshop titled "Wavelets in Statistics" will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 6, in 201 Thomas Building, University Park.

Presentations include: "Introduction to Wavelets;" "Multiresolution Analysis of Wavelets;" "Wavelet-based Curve Estimation-1;" "Recent Work on Wavelets in Statistics-2;" "Wavelet-based Curve Estimation-2;" and "An Application of Wavelets in Manufacturing."

The workshop is organized by the Center for Multivariate Analysis in the Department of Statistics in memory of Paruchuri R. Krish-naiah, the founding director of the Penn State Center for Multivariate Analysis.

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