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  • Africana Research Center welcomes 2017-18 Postdoctoral, Dissertation Fellows On Aug 22, 2017 Penn State's Africana Research Center recently announced its two Postdoctoral Fellows and one Dissertation Fellow for the 2017-18 academic year and held its orientation on Aug. 21. The program supports early-career scholars and junior faculty who conduct research centered on or related to Africa and the African Diaspora and assists them in establishing themselves in academia.
  • Institute for CyberScience launches CyberScience Seminar series On Aug 16, 2017 This fall a new, monthly seminar series from the Penn State Institute for CyberScience will explore the frontiers of cyberscience research. The seminars, presented by Penn State faculty who use computational and big data methods in their research, are free and open to the public.
  • Huddle with the Faculty series to kick off 25th year on Sept. 2 On Aug 14, 2017 The Penn State Alumni Association’s Huddle with the Faculty series will enlighten and inform alumni, friends and fans on home fall Saturdays this football season, the program’s 25th year.
  • College of the Liberal Arts names student marshal for summer 2017 commencement On Aug 08, 2017 Grace Davis, daughter of Charles and DeFord Davis of Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, has been selected as the student marshal representing the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State’s summer commencement ceremony, set for Aug. 12 at the Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus. A Schreyer Honors Scholar, Davis is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in statistics.
  • Maize from El Gigante Rock Shelter shows early transition to staple crop On Aug 07, 2017 Mid-summer corn on the cob is everywhere, but where did it all come from and how did it get to be the big, sweet, yellow ears we eat today? Some of the answers come from carbon dating ancient maize and other organic material from the El Gigante rock shelter in Honduras, according to a team of anthropologists who show that 4,300 years ago maize was sufficiently domesticated to serve as a staple crop in the Honduran highlands.
  • Rick Sokolov named chair of 'A Greater Penn State' fundraising campaign On Aug 07, 2017 As Penn State moves forward with "A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence," a fast-paced, five-year fundraising campaign that launched in July 2016, the University has named Richard “Rick” Sokolov as campaign chair. Sokolov will lead the University’s corps of fundraising volunteers and assist Penn State leadership in advancing the campaign goal of securing $1.6 billion.
  • Teen brains may not be as hardwired for crime as previously thought On Aug 07, 2017 Many researchers believed that because there was such a uniform spike in crime for teenagers that there must be something hardwired about criminal behavior in teens. Penn State criminologists, however, found that the age-crime patterns aren't so uniform in non-Western countries. In this study of Taiwan crime, for instance, there is no spike in crime for teenagers. The researchers suggest that several factors, including both biology and culture, affects age-crime patterns.
  • Sad! Drifting word meanings may be creating two different political languages On Jul 31, 2017 Penn State psychologists say that presidential candidates can use the same words, but can mean something completely different. They say the gap between words and meaning has never been this big — and that this gap is growing. They used computer algorithms to examine how presidential candidates' used words together — word association — in speeches and debates since 1999 to help determine the meaning of those words in the minds of the candidates. The researchers were also able to use algorithms to predict a person's political leanings and party affiliation based on their word associations.
  • College of the Liberal Arts Staff Newsletter – July On Jul 26, 2017 This month's staff newsletter includes information about the June You Rock Award winners, Office Olympics, a State College Spikes fundraiser, a volunteer opportunity, a welcome to new staff members and more.
  • Sending a 'We Are!' to these Penn Staters On Jul 24, 2017 This week, we recognize four people who go above and beyond what's asked of them in their work at the University. We're sending a "We Are!" to Penn Staters with the College of the Liberal Arts, the College of Engineering, Undergraduate Education and Penn State Harrisburg.
  • Alumni Association welcomes new leadership, enacts bylaws updates On Jul 18, 2017 Steve Wagman (1982 graduate) became the 80th president of the Penn State Alumni Association on July 1. Randy Houston (1991 graduate) was named vice president. Wagman and Houston will serve two-year terms.
  • NSF grant supports research into geospatial intelligence during civil rights era On Jul 18, 2017 During the civil rights movement, activist groups such as the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) used geography and geospatial intelligence to identify protest sites and to plan civil rights protests. A new $373,000 National Science Foundation grant is letting researchers dig into those geospatial tactics to see what can be learned about patterns of racial inequality and how the SNCC collected and leveraged geospatial intelligence data to bolster its activist efforts.
  • Twitter data changing future of population research On Jul 17, 2017 Guangqing Chi, associate professor of rural sociology and demography and public health sciences in Penn State's Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education and director of the Computational and Spatial Analysis (CSA) Core in the Social Science Research Institute, and his team have collected over 30 terabytes of geo-tagged tweets over the last four years.
  • Stuckey named Distinguished Scholar by National Communication Association On Jul 14, 2017 Mary E. Stuckey, who recently joined Penn State as professor of communication arts and sciences, has been named a 2017 Distinguished Scholar by the National Communication Association.
  • Mellon Foundation maintains support for Rock Ethics Institute summer program On Jul 12, 2017 A three-year, $660,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the American Philosophical Association (APA) will enable the Rock Ethics Institute to continue offering the Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute (PIKSI) program until at least 2020.

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