Penn State Intercom......January 25, 2001

Future of education
topic of Feb. 1 Forum

Allan E. Goodman, president and chief executive officer of the Institute of International Education, will talk on "I Sell Goats: The Future of Education in a Borderless World" on Thursday, Feb. 1, in the Ballroom at The Nittany Lion Inn, University Park.

Goodman was formerly executive dean of the School of Foreign Service and professor of international affairs at Georgetown University, where he built the graduate program into one of the top programs in the country for advanced training in diplomacy, leadership and international relations. While at Georgetown, he also founded the "Women in Foreign Service Program," for which he recruited Madeleine Albright as director.

Tickets to the forum are $11 for non-members and $9 for members, and include lunch. Reservations can be made by mail or by stopping by the Faculty Staff Club office at 103 HUB-Robeson Center, University Park. Tickets will be on sale at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by the speech and a question-and-answer session at noon. For more information call (814) 865-7590.

Genetically modified
food is topic of lecture

A lecture titled "Monsters or Miracles? Genetically Modified Organisms in Our Food" will be presented by Nina Fedoroff, professor of biology, the Verne M. Willaman Chair in Life Sciences, director of the Life Sciences Consortium and director of the Biotechnology Institute, from 11 a.m. to about 12:30 p.m. Jan. 27 in 100 Thomas Building on the University Park campus.

The lecture is the third of six scheduled during the 2001 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science, organized under the theme of "Decoding Life's Instruction Book: Genetics and Genomics."

Fedoroff will focus on genetic modifications and their promise for improving crop plants and our food supply.

For more information, call (814) 863-8453, e-mail science@psu.edu or check the Web at http://www.science.psu.edu/alert/news.html.

Penn College to be host
for rural issues forum

Pennsylvania College of Technology's North Campus will serve as one of 11 host locations statewide for the next Pennsylvania Rural Development Council Rural Issues Forum, which will use a new Web-based format to address the rural "digital divide" and related telecommunications issues.

The live Webcast will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon Friday, Jan. 26, in Room 117 at the North Campus. Sign-in begins at 9 a.m.

The quarterly Rural Development Council meetings offer participants the opportunity to learn about issues important to rural Pennsylvania and to meet with others across the state to discuss solutions using interactive technologies.

The Webcast is free to the public; however, seating is limited, and registration is encouraged. To register or for more information, call (570) 724-7703 or (717) 772-9030, or check the Web at http://www.pct.edu .

Former Sudanese slave
to speak Jan. 26

Francis Bok, a 21-year-old college student who was a slave in the Sudan from the ages of 7 to 17, will discuss his experiences during a talk at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, in 105 Forum Building on the University Park campus.

When Bok was 7 years old, raiders from northern Sudan came into his town, massacred all the adults, captured some children and took them away as slaves. Bok managed to escape when he was 17, and he is now working with the American Anti-Slavery Group.

For more information, check the Web at http://www.anti-slavery.org/

Networking conference
will be held Feb. 4

The Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Institute, with funding from the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium, will sponsor VOICES 2001, an annual networking conference for female graduate students in science and engineering, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, at The Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus. The conference also is open to students, faculty and professionals to network and interact with peers and colleagues in science and engineering.

The conference will begin with a brunch and keynote panel on "Technology and the Changing Workforce." Also offered will be "Graduate School: Is it Right for Me?"

For more information on the conference or to request a brochure or registration form, call Katie Rung at (814) 865-3342 or e-mail cxg1@psu.edu.

Spring Conversations
at Kern begin Feb. 1

The Graduate School will kick off its Spring 2001 Conversations at Kern Series Thursday, Feb. 1, with the first get-together titled "Going Global? Preparing for International Employment."

Judi W. Wakhungu, director of the Women in the Sciences and Engineering Institute and associate professor of science, technology and society, will lead the conversation. Wakhungu will share her international experience by discussing the necessary "credentials" to prepare for international employment; the importance of understanding the culture and immigration laws; and ways to learn more about international employment opportunities.

Three Conversations at Kern are planned for the spring semester, all held from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. in 112 Kern Graduate Building, University Park. Refreshments will be available at 5 p.m. Registration is not required.

Dates and topics for future Conversations at Kern can be found on The Graduate School Web site at http://www.gradsch.psu.edu/calendar/.

Documentary focuses
on modern hate crimes

"Journey to a Hate Free Millennium," a documentary by Los Angeles filmmakers Brent Scarpo and Martin Bedogne, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, in Schwab Auditorium, University Park.

The duo's documentary centers on many of the recent hate crimes that have captured national attention and features interviews with family and friends of many of the victims. This is the only project in which the family of University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard has agreed to participate.

The event is free to the public.

Lecture on invisible
landscapes set for Feb. 1

John Tallmadge, core professor in literature and environmental studies at the Union Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio, and author of Meeting the Tree of Life: A Teacher's Path, will deliver a lecture/workshop at 4 p.m. Feb. 1 in 104 Thomas Building on the University Park campus.

Tallmadge's presentation, "Invisible Landscapes: Learning from Nature in the City," is part of a yearlong series of workshops and lectures devoted to the topic of nature and culture. Tallmadge will follow his talk with an interpretive walk around the University Park campus. Those who wish to participate in the walk should meet at 8 a.m. Feb. 2 on the steps of Pattee Library (mall side).

For more information on upcoming speakers in the series, call Bob Burkholder at (814) 865-7105.

Technical Service Workshop
is planned for Feb. 21

The seventh annual Commission for Women Technical Service Workshop will be held Feb. 21 at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel on the University Park campus. This year's theme is "Making Choices, Setting Priorities ... Women in Control."

The program will feature two morning sessions that are repeated in the afternoon. The luncheon will feature Janis Jacobs, vice president for administration, as the keynote speaker. This free workshop is open to all female technical service employees.

For more information, call Carolyn Fisher at (814) 863-4017 or e-mail ckf1@psu.edu; or e-mail Laura Maney at lxm16@psu.edu.

Demonstration explores
buildings Web site

A demonstration of "Penn State University Archives' Historic Penn State Buildings and Physical Plant Web Site" is scheduled for 3-4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 1, in the Foster Auditorium, 101 Pattee Library, University Park. The presentation will be given by Lee J. Stout, University archivist, and Dan Kovachik, archives scanning technician and Web developer.

The Web site, using historic photographs, maps and reports, details the history of building development at Penn State. Funded by a grant from the Office of Undergraduate Education, the Web site, which is currently under construction, is intended for use by Penn State faculty and students in appropriate classes.

To register, call Jackie Esposito at (814) 865-7931, or e-mail jxe2@psu.edu.

Guerrilla Girls to speak
at 2 campus events

The School of Visual Arts in the College of Arts and Architecture and Womyn's Concerns are sponsoring an informal question and answer session with the Guerrilla Girls at noon Thursday, Feb. 1, in the Java Café on the first floor of the Visual Arts building on the University Park campus.

The Guerrilla Girls also will give a lecture and performance the evening before their visit to the School of Visual Arts at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, in Heritage Hall, the HUB-Robeson Center. Both events are free to the public.

The Guerrilla Girls are a group of anonymous female activists who originally came together in the spring of 1985 to protest an exhibit at New York's Museum of Modern Art. Donning their trademark gorilla masks, they grabbed the attention of the New York art establishment and protested the lack of representation of female artists.

For more information on the question and answer session, call (814) 865-0444.