Spring Faculty Speakers Series is announced

January 20, 2012

The Penn State Beaver Faculty Speakers Series will launch its spring program with a presentation by Neelam Dwivedi, instructor in information sciences and technology, Wednesday, Feb. 22. Her topic will be "Sustaining the Innovative Edge." LaVarr McBride, instructor in administration of justice, will present "How to Avoid the Harms of Social Media," Wednesday, March 14. Both programs are free and open to the public and will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in room 16, Student Union Building.

Dwivedi will present research findings from the fields of innovation and creativity that, when compiled, will help to form a path to assist individuals in finding a fulfilling career. The information will help people identify and focus on their niche in life, channel their creativity and discover innovations they can use.

McBride serves as program coordinator and internship supervisor for the administration of justice program at Beaver campus as well as Penn State New Kensington and Penn State Shenango. He will discuss the potential dangers of modern technology and social media, including sharing personal information and photos on the Internet, Facebook, Twitter, texting, cyber bullying, and cell phone use. He also will discuss the importance of personal responsibility in protecting ourselves and others with the proper use of social media.

Dwivedi holds a master's degree in information technology from Carnegie Mellon University, a master’s degree in engineering/computer science from BITS Pilani, India, and a bachelor's degree in technology (computer science) from I.E.T. Lucknow, India.

McBride received a master’s degree in sociology from Utah State University and a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Weber State University.

For more information, Dwivedi can be contacted at nxd22@psu.edu or 724-773-3894, and McBride can be reached at lwm13@psu.edu or 724-773-3866.


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