Communications and history faculty publications are announced

May 27, 2011

Publications by Penn State Beaver faculty members were recently announced by the Office of Academic Affairs.

"Optimistic Bias About Intimate Partner Violence Among Medical Personnel" was written by John Chapin, associate professor of communications, and published in Family Medicine, Vol. 43, No. 6, June 2011. "Cold War Crusader: Arthur Bliss Lane and the Private Committee to Investigate the Katyn Massacre, 1949-1952" was written by Robert Szymczak, associate professor of history, and appeared in Polish American Studies: A Journal of Polish American History and Culture, Vol. LXVII, No. 2, Autumn 2010.

Chapin’s research contributes to the optimistic bias literature by studying the perceptual bias among medical personnel with the context of intimate partner violence. More than 300 medical students, residents, and nurses were surveyed.

Chapin holds a doctorate in communication, information and library studies from Rutgers University, a master’s degree in communication studies and mass media from Shippensburg University, and a bachelor’s degree in education from Bloomsburg University.

Szymczak’s publication explores the issues and aftermath of the slaughter of thousands of Polish military personnel in the Katyn Forest during World War II.

Szymczak holds a doctorate in history from Carnegie Mellon University, a master’s degree in history and a bachelor’s degree in history and education from West Virginia University, a master’s degree in liberal studies from Duquesne University, and a Certificate of Study from Jagiellonian University, Krakow.

Contact Chapin at or 724-773-3877 and Szymczak at or 724-773-3895.


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