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- Ask an Ethicist: Is it ethical to use robots to kill in a war? On Feb 24, 2017 The advent of self-controlled robots presents important new questions for those who study robotics and ethics. Most people who study these topics believe that recent advances in autonomous robots and artificial intelligence will fundamentally change warfare. Some scholars passionately argue that the use of robots to kill in war is unethical, while others suggest that using robots in warfare may actually be more ethical than not using robots.
- Call for applications for Center for Global Studies awards On Feb 22, 2017 The Center for Global Studies is now accepting applications from undergraduates, graduate students and junior faculty members for its various annual awards.
- College of the Liberal Arts Staff Newsletter – February On Feb 22, 2017 This month's staff newsletter includes announcements about the You Rock Awards and the upcoming Recycling and Composting Roadshow, resources related to Canvas and LionPATH, a welcome to new staff members, and more.
- Staff Advisory Committee now accepting You Rock Award nominations On Feb 22, 2017 The Liberal Arts Staff Advisory Committee is now accepting nominations for the You Rock Award. The award was created as a way to recognize and honor unusual dedication and outstanding contributions by staff members in the College of the Liberal Arts each month throughout the year. Staff may nominate other staff members from the College of the Liberal Arts.
- Medieval English and European literatures professor to give lecture Feb. 27 On Feb 22, 2017 Robert F. Yeager, professor of English at the University of West Florida, will present ”Amans the Memorious,” at 12:15 p.m., Feb. 27, in Room 102 of the Kern Building, as part of the weekly Comparative Literature Luncheon lecture series.
- Radiocarbon dating and DNA show ancient Puebloan leadership in the maternal line On Feb 21, 2017 Discovering who was a leader, or even if leaders existed, from the ruins of archaeological sites is difficult, but now a team of archaeologists and biological anthropologists, using a powerful combination of radiocarbon dating and ancient DNA, have shown that a matrilineal dynasty likely ruled Pueblo Bonito in New Mexico for more than 300 years.
- New center offers international Penn Staters advanced language, cultural support On Feb 20, 2017 The English for Professional Purposes Intercultural Center (EPPIC), a new service and research center located in the College of the Liberal Arts, has been created to provide advanced English language support to Penn State’s growing international population and to foster intercultural connections at Penn State in a way that promotes global citizenship and creates shared horizons.
- Black History Month Scholar's program highlights faculty research On Feb 20, 2017 Panelists will share their research in three panel discussions for the Black History Month PSU Scholar’s Program, highlighting scholarship by Penn State faculty members of African descent, Feb. 21 and 22 in Pattee Library's Foster Auditorium at University Park.
- Third annual Art+Feminism wiki-edit event March 17 seeks participants On Feb 17, 2017 Penn State University Libraries and the School of Visual Arts will host a wiki-edit-a-thon from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 17 as a part of Art + Feminism’s 2017 Wikipedia edit-a-thon initiative, which invites the public to increase the presence of women artists online.
- Researchers, Pennsylvania State Police collaborate on countering opioid epidemic On Feb 17, 2017 Researchers at the Justice Center, located in Penn State's College of the Liberal Arts, are exploring multiple options to combat the increasing rates of drug use. One current project is looking to identify distribution networks for illegal and prescription painkillers (opioids) using data from both the Pennsylvania State Police and individual communities, while another project will investigate ways to disrupt the flow of opioids through targeted police action, public outreach, and community partnerships.
- Measuring and improving the impact of parks on health On Feb 16, 2017 A team of Penn State researchers is working with the National Park Service to measure and improve its impact on people’s health.
- 'Human Rights/Human Rites' exhibition opens in Borland Project Space On Feb 16, 2017 "Human Rights/Human Rites," an exhibition by Serap Erincin, 2015-17 Institute for the Arts & Humanities (IAH) Postdoctoral Scholar, will be on display in the Borland Project Space, 125 Borland, from Tuesday, Feb. 21, to Thursday, March 23. As part of a residency project, Erincin will spend Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 2 to 6 p.m. working in the space, comprising a series of installations, video art and interactive performance work.
- Penn State Women’s Studies Graduate Organization conference set for Feb. 24-25 On Feb 16, 2017 A free conference presented by the Penn State Women’s Studies Graduate Organization, “Feminism, Race, and the Anthropocene,” on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Penn Stater Conference Center offers opportunities for academics, students and activists to gather and exchange ideas in feminist scholarship, collaboration, creativity and teaching across disciplines.
- Comparative Literature Luncheon: Porous Walls in Kafka, Coetzee, and Amos Kenan On Feb 15, 2017 At 12:15 pm Feb. 20, Nitzan Lebovic, associate professor of history and the Apter Chair of Holocaust Studies and Ethical Values at Lehigh University, will present ”Porous Walls in Kafka, Coetzee, and Amos Kenan” in Room 102 of the Kern Building.
- Penn State Brandywine will offer webcourse on African-American women writers On Feb 14, 2017 Penn State Brandywine will offer an online course via ANGEL focused on African-American women writers for Summer Session I.