October is LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) History Month, which includes National Coming Out Day on Monday, Oct. 11. Several events are scheduled at University Park and other campuses to recognize members of the LGBT and allied community and advocate on behalf of equal rights regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. In addition, Penn State has been recognized nationally as a gay-friendly school based in part on its resources available, and Penn Staters have offered recent Congressional testimony related to research findings of national report "2010 State of Higher Education for LGBT People."
The following is a transcript of the testimony given by Sue Rankin, research associate in the Center for the Study of Higher Education and associate professor of education in the College Student Affairs Program in Penn State's College of Education, and Penn State student Yvette Lerma as part of the Sept. 23 Campus Pride U.S. Congressional Policy Briefing in Washington, D.C. The policy briefing highlights findings from the report 2010 State of Higher Education for LGBT People: A National Study by the Q Research Institute for Higher Education.
A congressional health care caucus heard how Penn State University and the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center are transforming the delivery of health care through health information technology, highlighting delivery of emergency care through innovative use of health care information systems and patient flow engineering. Chris DeFlitch, the Medical Center's chief medical information officer and vice chair for emergency medicine, presented Sept. 15 as part of a congressional panel coordinated by the American Society for Quality (ASQ). The forum took place before the 21st Century Health Care Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives. Congressmen Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) and Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) co-chair the caucus.
Daniel W. Sieminski, associate vice president for finance and business at Penn State, testified Monday (June 22) on the topic of "Expanding Passenger Rail Service" before the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure's Subcommitee on Railroads, Piplelines and Hazardous Materials. Accompanying him was Teresa Davis, director of the University's Transportation Services. Following is a transcript of Sieminski's testimony.
John S. Nichols, professor and associate dean for graduate studies and research in the College of Communications, testified June 17 before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights and Oversight, chaired by Rep. Bill Delahunt (D-Mass.), regarding TV Marti, the television network created by the U.S. government in 1990 to provide programming to Cuba. Read the full story for a complete transcript of his testimony.
Rob Frieden, the Pioneers Chair and professor of telecommunications and law in the College of Communications, appeared June 17 before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, which is chaired by Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.). As part of his testimony, Frieden will address the practice of wireless carriers and their agents combining the sale of handsets and service agreements. He will compare that business model to government's regulation of wired telephones and televisions, where consumers may purchase the particular hardware (a telephone or television) without being tied to a specific service agreement or provider. Read the full story for a complete transcript of his testimony.