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Penn State Intercom......March 28, 2002

Dinesh Agrawal, professor of materials and director of the Microwave Processing and Engineering Center, presented invited talks at Industrial Technology Research Institute, National Cheng Kung University and AVX, TPC Ferrite Taiwan Ltd., Taiwan, on "Recent Developments on Microwave Processing of Ceramics, Composites and Metallic Materials." He also gave an invited talk at the fifth International Refractory Congress held at Bhubaneswar, India, on "Microwave Processing of Refractory Ceramics and Metals."

Robin Becker, professor of English and women's studies, won the annual Prairie Schooner Strousse Award for a group of poems published in the fall 2001 issue of Prairie Schooner magazine. The national magazine is published by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of English and the University of Nebraska Press.

Jean-Marc Bollag, professor of soil biochemistry and director of the Center for Bioremediation and Detoxification, presented three invited lectures at the Huazhong Agricultural University in Wuhan, Hubei, China. The titles were: "Use of enzymes and plant tissues in bioremediation;" "Analytical methods to determine the mechanisms of pollutant retention in soil;" and "The role of phenoloxidases in the transformation of pesticides in soil." He also gave a lecture at the China Agricultural University in Beijing on "Bioremediation of contaminated environmental sites." Bollag was an invited keynote speaker at an international Bioavailability Workshop held in Adelaide, Australia, where he presented "Novel analytical approach using NMR spectrometry to determine adsorption, sequestration or chemical binding of organic xenobiotics in the soil."

The Penn State Worthington Scranton Alumni Society has recognized Peter L. Bordi, assistant professor of hotel, restaurant and institutional management, as its most recent Alumnus of the Year. Bordi attended the Worthington Scranton campus from 1972 to 1974.

Heather Cecil, associate professor of psychology at Penn State Harrisburg, has been invited to join the editorial board of Psychological Assessment. Cecil also has been asked to join the editorial board for the Journal of Sex Research and has been elected to serve a two-year council position in the HIV/AIDS section of the American Public Health Association.

Martha T. Conklin, associate professor of hotel, restaurant and recreation management, has been appointed by the speaker of the American Dietetic Association House of Delegates to serve on that organization's Research Task Force. The task force will help the organization establish its research agenda for the next three to five years.

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy G. Thompson has appointed Mona M. Counts, Elouise Ross Eberly professor of nursing in the College of Health and Human Development, as a 2002 Primary Health Care Policy Fellow. The fellowship, created in 1991, brings together a multidisciplinary group of international primary health-care leaders with top government and private sector health-care officials to address issues related to the cost, quality and delivery of primary health-care services to all Americans.

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission has recognized work by Ronald Foflygen, an engineer with the Facilities Engineering Institute. In a resolution, the group praised Foflygen's consulting efforts in installing and maintaining the commission's fire and security systems throughout its historic sites and museums. He worked with the commission for three years. Foflygen received the honor during the commission's meeting in Cornwall Furnace.

Peter Forster, associate director of academic programs at the World Campus, made a presentation on the successes and challenges of delivering educational programs via distance learning to representatives of 10 countries at Bulgaria's G.S. Rakovsky Defense and Staff College in Sofia. Forster was invited by NATO'S Consortium of Defense Academies and Security Studies Institutes. He is a member of the Institute for Policy Research and Evaluation which is under the Social Science Research Institute.

Richard M. Foxx, professor of psychology at Penn State Harrisburg, was named an Eden Institute Princeton University Lecture fellow. The award includes a monetary prize and a public lecture delivered at Princeton.

Hershey Medical Center's Anticoagulation Clinic received the HeartFirst* Clinic Recognition Award from Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. The national award recognizes hospitals and health systems that have taken significant and specific steps to enhance the quality of patient care and patient safety.

Martin J. Kilduff, professor of organizational behavior and interim associate dean for research and doctoral/master's programs in The Smeal College of Business Administration, was appointed associate editor of The Academy of Management Review. His three-year appointment begins July 1.

Sridhar Komarneni, professor of clay mineralogy in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences and Materials Research Institute, was the lead co-organizer of a symposium titled "Nanophase and Nanocomposite Materials IV" at the 2001 fall meeting of the Materials Research Society in Boston.

John M. Mason Jr., associate dean for graduate studies and research, has been appointed to one of the Transportation Research Board committees of the National Research Council. Mason, a civil engineering professor, will serve as a member of the Committee on Future Surface Transportation Agency Human Resource Needs: Strategies for Recruiting, Training and Retaining Personnel. Mason's appointment with the committee lasts through April 2003.

Raj Mittra, professor in electrical engineering, has been selected as the recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' Antennas and Propagation Society. The award honors him for "many and varied accomplishments in electromagnetics and education."

Carol Nechemias, associate professor public policy at Penn State Harrisburg, was co-presenter at a discussion on "Women's Political Activism and Post-Soviet Gender Culture in Russia" at the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

Pennsylvania College of Technology earned a Crystal Award of Excellence in the "Multi-Media/Interactive CD-ROM" category of the Communicator Awards 2001 for a CD-ROM it produced. The CD-ROM, "This is the Real World," featured on-screen testimonials by Penn College students and is used by the college in a variety of recruiting efforts. Working on concept and program development for the CD-ROM were Fred Gilmour, who retired recently as director of instructional technology and distance learning; Steven T. McDonald, coordinator of instructional technology/media services; and Elaine J. Lambert, director of college information and community relations. The graphic design was provided by Alex P. Bierly, multimedia development specialist, with support from college information and community relations staff. Digital engineering and video were provided by Bruce E. Huffman, coordinator of digital media production; and Christopher J. Leigh, digital media production specialist.

The Penn State Adviser, a Division of Undergraduate Studies publication, has been selected as an Outstanding Publication Award winner by the National Academic Advising Association. The award was presented at the association's national conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Authors are Joyce B. Buck, Division of Undergraduate Studies programs coordinator for the College of Arts and Architecture; John W. Moore, associate professor of English and comparative literature; Marion Schwartz, Division of Undergraduate Studies programs coordinator; and Stan Supon, administrative director, Undergraduate Programs, and Division of Undergraduate Studies programs coordinator for the School of Information Sciences and Technology.

Charles S. Prebish, professor of religious studies, was a featured speaker at a conference on "Religion in the Japanese-American Community," sponsored by the UCLA Center for Japanese Studies. His presentation was titled "Japanese-American Buddhism and Its Role in the Western Buddhist Community."

Samuel H. Smith, former dean of the University's College of Agricultural Sciences and president emeritus of Washington State University, was honored by that university, which named its newest building for him. The Samuel H. Smith Center for Undergraduate Education opened at Washington State University in January and will be dedicated in May.

Three art education faculty and one doctoral student in art education were invited speakers at the Arts, Humanity, Technology International Society for Education Through Art's Asian Regional Congress in Taiwan. Brent Wilson, professor of art education, gave a paper titled "Cyborgian Children: Stretching the Limits of Art and Humanity;" Charles Garoian, professor of art education and director of the School of Visual Arts, presented "Performing a Pedagogy of Endurance;" Mary Ann Stankiewicz, associate professor of art education, presented "Technology and Art Education: Means, Metaphors and Meaning;" and Ching-Fang Lee, doctoral student in art education, presented "The Educational Transformation of the Art Museum: From Places and Objects to Performed Spaces and Humanity."