Penn State Intercom......March 20, 2003

Author to discuss his civil rights memoirs

Mark Naison, author of White Boy: A Memoir, will speak from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, in the Morrison Gallery of the Library at Penn State Harrisburg

The presentation is part of the Cultural Speakers Series. The book is Naison's chronicle of his involvement with civil rights through friends and relationships in the 1960s.

Naison is professor of African-American studies and history as well as director of urban studies at Fordham University.

The event is free to the public. For information, call (717) 948-6180.

Conference features Pulitzer-winning journalist

A free public forum featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Steve Twomey will highlight the Foster Conference of Distinguished Writers at Penn State, University Park.

The two-day event on the University Park campus begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, when Twomey answers questions from a College of Communications moderator and audience members during a session in Kern Auditorium. A second session, featuring Alicia Shepard, senior writer for American Journalism Review, concludes the conference at 10:10 a.m. Wednesday, March 26, in Foster Auditorium of Pattee Library.

Watershed analysis topic for resource seminar

Christine Shoemaker, Joseph P. Ripley professor of engineering in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University, will give a presentation from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Friday, March 21, in 202 Hammond Building, University Park.

Her presentation, "Pollution Transport in Watersheds: Modeling, Calibration and Uncertainty Analysis," is being made as part of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering's Water Resource Seminar Series.

This talk will discuss methodology for data analysis, modeling and optimization in complex watersheds, and describe the application of this methodology to the Cannonsville Reservoir, which is one of the City of New York's drinking water reservoirs.

Global terrorism expert to lecture at Shenango

Peter Bergen, authority on global terrorism, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, in the Penn State Theatre on the Penn State Shenango campus.

Bergen is the author of Holy War Inc.: Inside the Secret World of Osama bin Laden. His speech represents the fifth annual Greenberger Family Memorial Lectureship.

The event is free to the public; however, tickets are required for admission. Tickets will be available to faculty and staff from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, March 24; to students from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, March 25 and 26; and to the public from 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Thursday, March 27, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, March 28.

Accelerating universe to be explored in talk

A free presentation, "Beauty in the Accelerating Universe," will be given at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in 100 Thomas Building on the University Park campus.

The speaker is Mario Livio, head of the Science Division of the Space Telescope Science Institute, which conducts the scientific program of the Hubble Space Telescope. This event is part of the 2002-2003 Fried-man Public Lecture Series in Astronomy.

The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics is the host for the event. A book-signing event and public reception will follow the talk.

Artist to lecture at Palmer Museum of Art

Sheila Pepe, artist and visiting professor at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, will lecture at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, at the Palmer Lipcon Auditorium in the Palmer Museum of Art on the University Park campus.

The lecture is part of the School of Visual Arts Anderson Endowment Lecture Series.

Political cartoonist is next Forum speaker

Tony Auth, political cartoonist for The Philadelphia Inquirer, will deliver the Penn State Forum lecture at noon Tuesday, April 1, at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel on the University Park campus.

The topic of his presentation is "Sacred Cows Make the Best Hamburgers."

The Penn State Forum is a lunchtime speaker series offered by the Faculty Staff Club and is sponsored in part by the Penn State Bookstore. It is open to the public. Tickets are $10 for members and $12 for non-members and include lunch. Reservations can be made by mail or by stopping by the Faculty Staff Club office at 103 HUB-Robeson Center. 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 information call (814) 865-7590.

Instructor targets job hunting in down market

Ron Johnson, an instructor for graduate programs in the College of Engineering and Smeal College of Business Administration, will discuss job-hunting strategies in "Break Out From the Pack: Alternative Methods for Landing a Job You Want in a Down Market" from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday, March 24, in Foster Auditorium, 101 Pattee Library, University Park.

The event is free to the public. For information, call Diane Zabel at (814) 865-1013 or e-mail dxz2@psu.edu.

'Republic of Desire' topic for literature luncheon

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.

Aníbal González, Edwin Erle Sparks professor of Spanish, will discuss "The Republic of Desire: Miguel Barnet's Canción de Rachel (1969) and the New Sentimental Novel in Spanish America" on Monday, March 24.

The events begin with lunch from 12:15 p.m. 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.

Utopian literature explored in upcoming lecture

The University Libraries will sponsor a lecture by Lyman Tower Sargent, professor of political science at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, on "Utopian Literature and the Creation of Personal and National Identities" at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, in the Foster Auditorium, 101 Pattee Library, University Park.

The lecture commemorates the naming of the Arthur O. Lewis Jr. Utopia Collection in the Special Collections Library. Lewis is associate dean emeritus in the College of the Liberal Arts and professor emeritus in the Department of English. He is responsible for the creation of the University's Utopia Collection, which now numbers more than 2,700 titles.

For information, call Sandra Stelts at (814) 865-1793 or e-mail sks5@psulias.psu.edu.

Nobel laureate to give Marker Lecture in Physics

Philip W. Anderson, 1977 Nobel laureate in physics, will present the 2003 Russell Marker Lectures in Physics on March 26 and 27 on the University Park campus.

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

The series includes a lecture, "More Is Different," which is intended for a general audience, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, in 101 Thomas Building. This lecture is free to the public and will be followed by a social.

The second lecture is a colloquium for scientists given by the Department of Physics, "Resonating Valence Bond (RVB): the Plain-Vanilla Version," at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in 117 Osmond Laboratory. This lecture is preceded by tea in the second floor overpass connecting Davey and Osmond Laboratories.

Intraparticle mesoporosity explored in talk

Keith Goyne, doctoral-degree candidate in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, will make a presentation from 3:35 to 4:25 p.m. March 21 in 101 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building, University Park.

His presentation is titled "Influence of Intraparticle Mesoporosity on the Sorption of Organic Compounds to Alumnia and Silica."

The host for the event is the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences. For information, call (814) 863-1601.

Summit will explore scholarship of service learning

A Blueprint for the Public Scholarship of Service Learning, a summit designed for faculty, students and staff to explore the importance of public scholarship to academic research, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 29 Heritage Hall at the HUB-Robeson Center on the University Park campus. The term "public scholarship" was adopted by a group of faculty to recognize the importance of linking scholarship and service.

The day's events include a welcome from Provost Rod Erickson, a community forum, a student panel and poster session, and keynote addresses by Lakshman Yapa, professor of geography, and Constance Flanagan, professor of agricultural and extension education, will center attention on the question: "What would it take to focus the power of the University's discoveries and creative expression on the cultural, civic, enterprise and educational vitality of the community?"

According to Jeremy Cohen, associate vice provost for Undergraduate Education and conference chair, a goal of the conference is to develop a blueprint for a model of deepening student engagement.

Participants will receive a copy of A Blueprint for Public Scholarship at Penn State, a collection of 16 faculty and student essays edited by Cohen and Yapa.

The summit, which includes the booklet and lunch, is free, but is limited to the first 150 registrants. Registration must be completed by March 21 and is available online at http://constellation.scholars.psu.edu/pss.

For more information about the conference, which was developed by a coalition that includes the Office of Undergraduate Education, Educational Equity, Student Affairs, Faculty Public Scholarship Associates, Schreyer Honors College, Schreyer Institute and Pennsylvania Campus Compact, check the Web at http://www.psu.edu/oue/Blueprint.htm.

Greenberg to deliver lecture

Mark T. Greenberg, holder of the Edna Peterson Bennett endowed chair in prevention research and director of the Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development, will deliver this year's Pauline Schmitt Russell Research Lecture.

Greenberg's talk, "From the Classroom to the Policy Office: Implementing Prevention Programs Effectively," will begin at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, in the Bennett-Pierce Living Center, located in Henderson Building on the University Park campus. The event, sponsored by the College of Health and Human Development, is free to the public.