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

The Counseling Psychology Program in the department of counselor education, counseling psychology and rehabilitation services received the Suinn Multicultural Achievement Award at the 2000 American Psychological Association annual meeting. Beverly Vandiver, Bob Slaney, Jeff Hayes and Kathy Bieschke accepted a sculpture in honor of the achievement. Bieschke also received the Fritz and Linn Kuder Award from Division 17 of the association.

Several extension members received awards at the 2000 National Epsilon Sigma Phi Professional Conference in Salt Lake City. Cathy Bowen, assistant professor of agricultural and extension education, received a gold award for Outstanding Programs of Excellence. Marilyn Corbin, state program leader for children, youth and families; Claudia Mincemoyer, assistant professor of agricultural and extension education; Jack Watson, state program leader for agriculture and natural resources; and Jan Scholl, associate professor in agricultural and extension education, won silver awards for Outstanding Programs of Excellence. Fay Strickler, senior extension agent in Berks County, was elected president-elect of National Epsilon Sigma Phi. Newly elected officers for Pennsylvania Chapter Alpha Omicron of Epsilon Sigma Phi include Mincemoyer, president; Nancy Crago, senior extension agent in Allegheny County, vice president; Duane Stevenson, extension agent in Schuylkill County, secretary; and Nancy Stevens, senior extension agent in Montgomery County, treasurer.

Milton Cole, distinguished professor of physics, has been selected as the recipient of the 2001 National Academy of Sciences Award for Scientific Reviewing. He was honored for his reviews and a monograph, which have critically assessed and inspired novel research concerning electrons and films at surfaces in the field of materials science.

Alan Cameron, professor of entomology, presented an invited paper on "Management vs. Mitigation of Damage: Can We Do Better in the 21st Century?" as the capstone presentation in the symposium, "Management of Forest Defoliators in the 21st Century," at the recent 20th International Congress of Entomology in Iguassu Falls, Brazil.

Anthony Cutler, research professor of art history, delivered the plenary paper, "Diverting the Current: The Impact of Sense Perception on the Course of Byzantine Art," at an interdisciplinary congress at the National Institute for Research in Athens, Greece. The theme of the congress was "The Development of the Senses and Personal Feeling in Byzantium, 11th-15th Centuries."

The Daily Collegian, the student newspaper at University Park, earned three awards at the National College Media Convention. The paper won the 2000 College Media Advisers Diversity Award for both its diversity within the organization and the quality of diversity issues covered; the 1999-2000 Newspaper Finalist Award for "recognition of general excellence and outstanding achievement in a college newspaper in a national competition;" and the 2000 U-Wire Savvy Award for excellence in college newspaper Web sites. U-Wire is a syndicated wire service for college newspapers. The convention was sponsored by the Associated Collegiate Press and College Media Advisers.

Chitaranjan Das, professor of computer science and engineering, has been elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. The grade of Fellow is conferred upon individuals who have made important contributions in the field of electrical and information technologies and sciences. Das was honored for his contributions to the dependability and performance evaluation of multiprocessor interconnection networks.

Gordon F. De Jong, distinguished professor of sociology and demography and director of the graduate program in demography, presented a lecture on "Expectations, Gender and Norms in Migration Decision-Making," and developed a collaborative research project on internal migration with researchers of the Population and Development Program of the Government of South Africa's Human Sciences Research Council, Pretoria, South Africa.

Henry Giroux, Waterbury Chair professor in secondary education in the College of Education, has been named the 2001 recipient of the Faculty of Humanities' H.L. Hooker Distinguished Visiting Professor Award at McMaster University, Canada.

William L. Grenoble, executive director and senior research associate for the Center for Logistics Research in the Smeal College of Business Administration, has been elected as Education Chair of the Supply Chain Council Inc. The council, which is based in Pittsburgh, is a not-for-profit, trade association organized to serve the interests of companies wishing to improve their competitiveness by implementing best practice supply-chain management techniques.

Patreese Ingram, assistant professor of agricultural and extension education in the College of Agricultural Sciences, received the USDA Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service's National Annual Award for Diversity for her leadership in diversity education. Ingram's programs are designed to increase people's awareness and appreciation of differences, as well as their ability to communicate and relate effectively with diverse populations. The National Diversity Award is sponsored by the Subcommittee on Extension Diversity, a national subcommittee of the Personnel and Organization Development Committee of the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service.

Akhlesh Lakhtakia, professor of engineering science and mechanics, delivered an invited lecture, "Sculptured thin films and bioluminescence sensors," at ELECTRO-2001, a Symposium on Advances in Electronics, held at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India. He also delivered a seminar, "Sculptured thin films for optoelectronics and sensors," at the Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehra Dun, India.

Peter Mészáros, distinguished professor and head of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, presented the 2001 Bruno Rossi Prize lecture, titled "Gamma-Ray Bursts: Origins and Consequences," at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society in San Diego. Mészáros was one of three astrophysicists jointly awarded this year's Bruno Rossi Prize by the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the society. Mészáros and his colleagues, Bohdan Paczynski of Princeton University and Martin Rees of the Royal Observatories in England, were honored for their development of theoretical models of gamma-ray bursts years before observational scientists had adequate tools to study the phenomena.

The University's advising publication, The Mentor: An Academic Advising Journal,, has received an Outstanding Publication Award in the electronic category from the National Academic Advising Association. This award was accepted by Michael Leonard and Diane Greenfield during the association's national conference in Orlando, Fla. The publication was selected as one of 21 publications in competition.

Barbara Pennypacker, associate professor of agronomy, gave an invited talk on "A Regulatory Role for Carbon Flux in Quantitative Resistance" at the "Durable Resistance: Key to Sustainable Agriculture Symposium" in Wageningen, The Netherlands.

James H. Ryan, vice president for Outreach and Cooperative Extension, has been elected to serve a two-year term on the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. Ryan is the only representative of Pennsylvania's four-year and graduate universities to serve on the board this term.

Earle Ryba, associate professor of metallurgy, was an invited co-instructor for the International Centre for Diffraction Data's Workshop on X-ray Powder Diffraction at the Seventh Latin-American Seminar on Analysis for X-ray Technicians in Sao Pedro, Brazil.

Jan Scholl, associate professor in agricultural and extension education, presented the paper "Curriculum Materials to Help Young People Rent their First Home" at the European Conference "Home Economics in the New Millennium" at the University College of Akershus in Baerum, Norway.

The School of Nursing in the College of Health and Human Development received the 2000 Award for Exceptional Baccalaureate Curriculum in Gerontologic Nursing, presented by the John A. Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University (Hartford Institute) in collaboration with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Susan Clare Scott, assistant professor of art history, attended the international conference of the British Society for 18th-Century Studies, held at St. John's College of Oxford University in England. She presented a paper, "The Chinese Scholar's Pavilion in the 18th Century: From Philosophical Topos to Decoration," for a conference session titled, "East and West Interchanges."

Victor W. Sparrow, associate professor of acoustics, was elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering, a nonprofit professional organization dedicated to promoting engineering solutions to environmental noise problems.

Don Thompson, professor of food science, gave invited presentations at the University of Hong Kong and the East China University of Science and Technology. In addition, he and Ramaswamy Anantheswaran, associate professor of food science, presented talks at the Fourth International Conference of Food Science and Technology in Wuxi, China.

Brent Wilson, professor of art education in the School of Visual Arts, gave the keynote address at the Asia-Pacific Art Education Conference, "Regional Experiences and Prospects in the New Century." The conference was held in the Hong Kong Institute of Education and the Hong Kong Heritage Museum.

James Ziegenfuss, professor of management and health care systems at Penn State Harrisburg, was recently awarded the second prize in an international monograph competition. The competition was part of the 14th conference in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, organized by the Center for Latin American Development in Venezuela and was sponsored by 25 nations, the United Nations and other groups.