Penn State Intercom......October 31, 2002

Academy scientist to present Mueller Lecture

John L. Hall, a senior scientist at JILA (formerly called the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics), will present the 2002 E.W. Mueller Memorial Lectures in Physics on Nov. 7 and 8 on the University Park campus.

The series of two lectures is sponsored by the Department of Physics and the Eberly College of Science.

The first lecture, titled "Optical Frequency Standards, Measurements and Their Applications," is intended for a general audience and is free to the public. It is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in 117 Osmond Laboratory.

The second lecture, "High Sensitivity, Simple and Accurate Frequency Measurement, and Low Timing-Jitter: Tools for Spectroscopic Fun" is scheduled to begin at noon Friday, Nov. 8, in S-5 Osmond Laboratory.

At JILA, an interdisciplinary institute for research and graduate education in the physical sciences operated jointly by the University of Colorado and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Hall has been responsible for a number of major innovations and developments dealing with laser technology.

'Granny D' to talk about civic engagement, reform

Doris Haddock, the 92-year-old New Hampshire woman who walked across the United States as "Granny D" to raise awareness of election campaign reform as a public issue, will speak at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, in 100 Thomas Building on the University Park campus.

The event is free to the public.

Her visit is sponsored by the Center for Public Speaking and Civic Engagement, the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences and the College of the Liberal Arts. Undergraduate students also will speak about the effect reading Haddock's book has had on their lives. Haddock's book, Granny D: Walking Across America in my 90th Year, tells the story of her 1999-2000 walk from California to Washington, D.C.

For information, call Rosa Eberly at (814) 863-0867 or e-mail rhosa@psu.edu.

For information about Granny D, see http://grannyd.com/speeches.htm.

Huddle lecture to outline habitat management

Most professionals in the fisheries industry agree that good habitats are instrumental in establishing and maintaining good fisheries.

Paola Ferreri, associate professor of fisheries management and director of the School of Forest Resources, will highlight some of her recent studies investigating the link between habitat and fisheries in the next lecture in the Huddle with the Faculty series. "Habitat Management: Setting the Stage for Productive Fisheries," will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at The Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus.

Ferreri's research focuses on understanding the links between habitat, management decisions and fisheries. She co-edited a book on Great Lakes fisheries' policy and management.

Huddle with the Faculty is an outreach program of the Penn State Alumni Association, the Penn State Bookstore, the Penn State Press and The Nittany Lion Inn. Huddle is a football-Saturday morning lecture series that is free to the public. A complimentary continental breakfast is served at 8:30 a.m. and parking in the Nittany Deck is free for Huddle participants.

For more information about this lecture series or other Alumni Outreach opportunities, contact Alumni Outreach at (814) 865-LION (5466).

Pasture plant species examined in agronomy talk

Ellen Seconi, master of science candidate in agronomy in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, will give a presentation from 3:35 to 4:25 p.m. Nov. 1 in 101 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building on the University Park campus.

The topic is "Effects of Pasture Plant Species and Their Fatty Acid Content on Healthy Fats in Milk From Grazing Dairy Cows." The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences is the host for the event.

For information, call (814) 863-1601.

Network topic is allocating, prioritizing resources

"Allocating Resources to Meet Priorities: Generating Cost Savings and Efficiencies" will be the topic for the Quality Advocates' Network meeting at from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15, in 404 Old Main on the University Park campus.

The informal discussion will feature representatives of two teams -- Bob Fantaske and Sue Wiedemer from Finance and Business Expenditures and Operational Efficiencies Team; and Jeff Smith, leader of the Outreach $UCCE$$ team.

The event is open to all faculty, staff and administrators. To attend, call the Center for Quality and Planning at (814) 863-8721 or e-mail psucqp@psu.edu by Tuesday, Nov. 12.

Campus colleges interested in participating via PicTel should contact the Center for Quality and Planning.

Journalist visits as part of cultural celebration

Dorreen Yellow Bird, a community journalist and columnist for the Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald, will visit the University Park campus in November to present a free public lecture and work with students as part of celebrations for Cultural Heritage Month in the College of Communications.

Yellow Bird will present "Media Perspectives of a Native American Journalist" at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, in Carnegie Cinema (113 Carnegie Building).

The evening's events, which also include a performance by Silent Praise, will continue until 9:30 p.m.

Abraham is Comparative Literature topic

The Comparative Literature Luncheon, a weekly informal lunchtime gathering of students, faculty and other members of the University community, has announced the next speaker in this semester's series.

Claire Katz, assistant professor of philosophy and Jewish studies, will discuss "Abraham -- A Drag Queen? Or, Levinas and The Question of Maternity" on Monday, Nov. 4.

The events begin with lunch from 12:15 to 12:40 p.m. in 102 Kern Building on the University Park campus. Participants may bring their own lunch or buy something in Kern Cafeteria. Coffee and tea are provided. The speaker will begin at about 12:40 p.m. The events are free to the public.

For information, e-mail Daniel Walden at dxw8@psu.edu.

Alumni to share wisdom at Hintz Center event

The inaugural gathering and reception of "The Wisdom Connection" is scheduled to take place at the Hintz Family Alumni Center's Robb Hall from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 8. This first-time event is open to all Penn State alumni.

This program is designed to break new ground in forming Alumni-University relationships. The idea, conceived by Rustum Roy, Evan Pugh professor emeritus and founding director of the Materials Research Laboratory, is to pass wisdom and experience from one generation to the next.

Topic for the event is "Restoring the Uni to the University: How can we restore integrative learning and interdisciplinarity to its central role?"

Roy is moderator for the event. Panel members are: Fletcher Byrom ('40 EMS), former CEO of Koppers Co. and former Penn State trustee; Paul Weisz, visiting professor of chemical engineering and former chief scientist of Mobil Corp.; and Robert R. Edwards, former director of the Institute for Arts and Humanistic Studies.

There is no cost for the event, but due to room size, those planning to attend should contact Deborah Marron at (814) 863-1862 or Bob Booz at (814) 863-6311.

Global market trends to be examined

Distinguished Alumnus Hiroshi Honda will speak on "Trends of the Global Market: Challenges and Opportunities for Students and Young Professionals" from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, in 129 Waring Hall on the University Park campus.

Trends of the global market in commodity, technology, energy, human resource and educational sectors will be discussed from the lecturer's perspectives. Discussion also will extend to overall professional opportunities; teaching opportunities at schools; graduate study; and research opportunities at universities in and around Japan, referring to cases for Penn State alumni and other American and international professionals.

Honda became internationally recognized for his research on the strength of racks for jack-up units for offshore drilling rigs.

Lecture examines mysterious lights, crop circles

Mysterious lights and crop circles will be discussed during a slide- and video-illustrated lecture by Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker and author Linda Moulton Howe at Penn State Worthington Scranton at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, in the Study Learning Center. The event is free to the public.

Howe is author of several books, including Mysterious Lights and Crop Circles, second edition, about eyewitness accounts and scientific research of biophysical and biochemical changes in affected cereal crops by complex energy systems.

For more information, call (570) 963-2700.