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  • Is conversation the answer to what divides us? On May 21, 2018 We’ve all been there: A family dinner or other event where the conversation turns toward a topic will lead to disagreement. Maybe it’s politics, or perhaps it’s something else entirely. Either way, it seems like it’s not even worth trying to have a conversation. Laurie Mulvey, executive director of Penn State’s World in Conversation project, offered insight into how to handle those situations — and why it’s important to do so — on the latest episode of the McCourtney Institute for Democracy’s Democracy Works podcast.
  • Human Health and the Environment seed grant recipients announced On May 21, 2018 Human Health and the Environment seed grants for 2018 have been awarded to eight interdisciplinary teams of Penn State researchers. The seed grants were funded through a collaboration of Penn State Institutes and the College of Medicine, which collectively contributed more than $400,000.
  • Students learn about international human resource management in Sweden On May 21, 2018 School of Labor and Employment Relations students in the combined LER 499/HPA 499 course, Human Resource Management and Healthcare in a Social Welfare Context: The Swedish Experience, spent the past week in Sweden immersing themselves in the culture of the country while learning valuable lessons on international human resource management and health care.
  • College of the Liberal Arts elevates four faculty to named professorships On May 21, 2018 Four faculty members in the College of the Liberal Arts have been awarded named professorships in the college, effective July 1, 2018.
  • English professor shortlisted for Caribbean’s top literary award On May 18, 2018 Poet and Penn State Liberal Arts Professor of English Shara McCallum received the Poetry Prize at the Bocas LitFest in Port of Spain, Trinidad. McCallum is a celebrated Jamaican poet and was also one of two finalists named to the short list of the 2018 OCM Bocas Prize, the Caribbean’s top literary award.
  • College of the Liberal Arts Staff Newsletter – May On May 18, 2018 This month's staff newsletter includes the Staff Advisory Committee’s new officers, three You Rock Award winners, a reminder about the college-wide staff meeting, a welcome to new staff members and more.
  • New research to identify what makes conversations supportive On May 18, 2018 Researchers from Penn State, the University of Mississippi and the University of Minnesota aim to clarify how conversations about everyday stressors convey support and how they lead to different emotional outcomes in a new three-year project funded by the National Science Foundation.
  • Lynn Liben named Evan Pugh Professor On May 17, 2018 Lynn Liben, McCourtney Professor of Child Studies and Psychology, has been named an Evan Pugh Professor by Penn State.
  • New public policy program receives boost from Hyde-McCourtney professorship On May 17, 2018 Jeff (1977, pre-law and education; 1980g, law) and Sharon (1982g, law) Hyde recently made a $500,000 estate commitment to establish the Jeffrey L. Hyde and Sharon D. Hyde McCourtney Endowed Career Development Professorship in the College of the Liberal Arts.
  • Black selected as 2018 Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Award winner On May 16, 2018 The Penn State University Libraries presented the 2018 Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis award and two finalists to Schreyer Scholars Benjamin Black, Sumit Pareek and Nicholas Capri, who received their awards in a May 3 ceremony. The annual competition included a review of the submitted theses by a faculty jury and a public oral presentation by the three finalists.
  • Center for Global Studies presents faculty, students with awards On May 16, 2018 The Center for Global Studies recently presented $73,800 in awards to faculty members and students whose work advances research and projects in global studies.
  • Christina Snyder receives Society of American Historians' Francis Parkman Prize On May 15, 2018 Christina Snyder, McCabe Greer Professor of History at Penn State, has received the 2018 Francis Parkman Prize from the Society of American Historians (SAH).
  • Penn State delegation advocates for social sciences in Washington, DC On May 15, 2018 A group of Penn State researchers recently attended the Consortium of Social Science Association’s (COSSA) 2018 Science Policy Conference and Social Science Advocacy Day in Washington, DC.
  • You're invited: 5 reasons to attend We Are Weekend On May 15, 2018 Penn Staters are encouraged to return to University Park for a summer celebration. We Are Weekend is your opportunity to create lasting memories with family, friends and classmates during a Penn State comeback weekend June 1–3.
  • WPSU to provide special primary election night coverage on May 15 On May 14, 2018 WPSU Penn State will provide special primary election night coverage beginning at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, on WPSU-FM and online at

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