The president of the United States can have a profound impact on funding for scientific research. Susannah Gal, associate dean for research and outreach at Penn State Harrisburg, knows this from her years as program officer for the National Science Foundation, where she walked past a portrait of the president every day.
U.S. Senator and Democratic Party vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine will visit Penn State’s University Park campus on Friday, Oct. 21. Kaine will speak in Alumni Hall in the HUB-Robeson Center. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m., with the program set to begin at 2:30 p.m.
Coverage of four networks’ U.S. presidential debates and the vice presidential debate will be available for viewing in the News and Microforms Library on the ground floor of West Pattee Library. Both closed captioned broadcasts and broadcasts with audio will be available for the four 90-minute, commercial-free events Sept. 26, Oct. 4, Oct. 9, and Oct. 19.
A panel of experts including members of the legal and media communities will examine enforcement of new voter identification laws across the nation, the myths and realities of voter fraud, and the allegations that voter ID laws contribute to voter disenfranchisement at Penn State Law on Oct. 19 from 9:30 a.m. until noon, in the Greg Sutliff Auditorium in the Lewis Katz Building in University Park, Pa.
In less than 40 days, citizens will head to the polls for the U.S. presidential election. Penn State Law Professor Samuel C. Thompson Jr. wants to be sure voters understand the economic policies of the candidates which he sets out in his new book "The Obama vs. Romney Debate on Economic Growth: A Citizen's Guide to the Issues." His goal is to rise above the posturing and distortion and provide a tool to help voters make an informed decision.
Three respected journalists and an award-winning journalism critic will visit the University Park campus and discuss "The Press and the Presidential Election: How the News Media Covered the 2008 Campaign" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, in the HUB-Robeson Center Auditorium.
The election of the first African-American president will be the focus of a panel discussion at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10, in 113 IST Building, University Park campus. Sponsored by the Black Graduate Student Association and the NAACP, the panel will feature Penn State faculty and is free to the public.
As the race for the White House enters its final, crucial days, results of the second Big Ten Battleground Poll detailing the attitudes of voters in the eight-state Big Ten region, including Pennsylvania, will be released on Thursday, Oct. 23.
Penn State's Center for Democratic Deliberation, along with Democracy Matters and the Liberal Arts Undergraduate Council, will host two Debate Watches at 9 p.m. Oct. 7 and again at 9 p.m. Oct. 15 in 102 Thomas Building on the University Park campus. These events will bring together Penn State students and faculty to watch and discuss the presidential debates between candidates John McCain and Barack Obama. All participants will have the opportunity to take part in a voluntary pre- and post-debate survey, administered by the Center for Democratic Deliberation. Participants also can sign up to participate in an Internet survey on the 2008 election and have a chance to win an iTunes gift card. Students can take part in a post-debate focus group discussion where they will receive pizza and a gift certificate for ice cream at the Berkey Creamery.
Roughly 4,000 people packed into the Penn State Fayette Community Center on Monday evening to hear presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speak. Penn State welcomed the Clinton campaign to campus as part of the University's effort to expose students to the 2008 presidential campaign and is part of an open-door policy for the campaigns of both parties' presidential candidates. Most of the event's attendees were able to fit into the building's gym, although about 400 watched a live video feed from an auditorium in the building. Penn State Fayette Chancellor Emmanuel Osagie welcomed the crowd at the start of the event. Speakers included Sheriff Gary Brownfield, Fayette County Commissioner Vince Vicites, Fayette County Commissioner Vince Zapotosky, state Sen. Richard Kasunic, U.S. Rep. John Murtha, and Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell. Clinton spoke about the economy, health-care, the home mortgage crisis, the high cost of higher education and student loans, the No Child Left Behind Act, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, among other issues. For photos from the event, visit http://live.psu.edu/stilllife/1615 online.