12/17: New Year's resolutions; $1.25 million gift to EMS; new background checks law

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

It’s almost that time of year again when individuals vow to turn over a new leaf and shed old habits -- and sometimes some pounds. We call them New Year’s resolutions, and many focus on embracing new routines to improve our health and well-being. The good news is that resources abound in the Penn State community to help faculty, staff and students stick with these New Year’s resolutions.



$1.25 million gift establishes industrial chair in Earth and Mineral Sciences

The CMG Reservoir Simulation Foundation (Foundation CMG) recently gave funds to establish a new industrial chair in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering. The five-year, $1.25 million gift will be used to fund the Foundation CMG Industrial Chair in Fluid Behavior and Rock Interactions.  Full story

New law ushers in expanded background checks, reporting requirements

A new Pennsylvania law that goes into effect on Dec. 31 has changed the definition of child abuse, expanded the definition of who should report abuse and now includes institutions of higher education in its definition of “school” requiring Penn State to alter its child abuse reporting and training and expand its background checks.  Full story

Modern Language Association prize goes to author of book on 'Global Englishes'

Suresh Canagarajah, the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor in Applied Linguistics, English and Asian Studies, will receive the 33rd Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize from the Modern Language Association for his book "Translingual Practice: Global Englishes and Cosmopolitan Relations." The award is a major literary prize for an outstanding work on language, culture, literature or literacy with strong application to the teaching of English.  Full story

Berks students release two new publications

Two new student publications made their editorial debut at Penn State Berks this week. Shadows of Birds, a student literary magazine featuring creative writing and artwork, and Berks Beat, a news and lifestyle magazine published by students, which will create greater opportunities for students to write longer feature pieces while continuing to build the skills required for hard news writing.   Full story

New philosophy book offers digital forums for readers to discuss ideas

A Penn State philosopher and the Cambridge University Press have published an innovative scholarly monograph with an enhanced digital version using the latest digital technology. Christopher Long, professor of philosophy and classics, is author of "Socratic and Platonic Political Philosophy: Practicing a Politics of Reading," published in print and enhanced digital editions. Students, faculty and the public can read the book online and discuss the ideas in the book publicly or with other people in a digital forum.  Full story

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