Penn State faculty kick off free home football lecture series Sept. 1

August 14, 2007

University Park, Pa. -- Football Saturday mornings at Penn State are for more than just tailgating. Before heading over to Beaver Stadium, alumni and friends can catch a quick breakfast and some food for thought at "Huddle with the Faculty," the popular lecture series that begins Sept. 1 at The Nittany Lion Inn with a presentation on the mystery of the disappearing bees.

Diana Cox-Foster, professor of entomology, will kick off the free lecture series at 9 a.m. with her Huddle lecture entitled "What's the Buzz? The Mystery of the Disappearing Bees." The disappearance of an alarming number of honeybees -- between 55 percent and 100 percent of entire colonies -- is shocking beekeepers and confounding scientists. Cox-Foster will share some of the cutting-edge research she and other scientists are conducting to find the source of the extensive bee losses, and will discuss the important role honeybees play in the world and its food production.

The rest of the "Huddle with the Faculty" lineup features a wide range of topics from a look at the evolution and cultural history of skin to the ins and outs of Penn State Sports Medicine:

-- Sept. 8: "Your Skin, Warts and All: The Evolution and Cultural History of Human Skin" with Nina Jablonski, professor and department head of anthropology; 10 a.m. start.

-- Sept. 15: "Wake Up and Smell the Coffee -- Race and Ethnicity Issues in Academia and Beyond" with Andrew Jackson, senior academic adviser; 9 a.m. start.

-- Oct. 6: "Who Makes a Masterpiece? Brush Strokes and Spin Doctors Since the Renaissance" with Charlotte M. Houghton, associate professor of art history and 2007 Alumni Teaching Fellow; start time to be announced.

-- Oct. 13: "Climate Change Deja vu: The Lessons of Southwest Archaeology" with Dean Snow, professor of anthropology and president of the Society for American Archaeology; 10 a.m. start.

-- Oct. 27: "Penn State Sports Medicine: Never a Dull Moment" with Wayne Sebastianelli, Kalenak professor of orthopedics and rehabilitation and director of athletic medicine; 10 a.m. start, followed by a tour of Penn State's new physical therapy and rehabilitation center.

-- Nov. 3: "The Future of Bioethics: From the Microscope to the Macroscopic" with Jonathan H. Marks, associate professor of bioethics, humanities and law, and director of the Bioethics and Medical Humanities Program at University Park; start time to be announced.

The start time for the one-hour "Huddle with the Faculty" on each home football Saturday is 9 a.m., but is pushed back to 10 a.m. when the football game kicks off later than 3 p.m. Each "Huddle with the Faculty" also features a complimentary continental breakfast beginning one half-hour before the lecture start time as well as free parking at the Nittany Parking Deck, adjacent to The Nittany Lion Inn.

"Huddle with the Faculty" is sponsored and organized by the Penn State Alumni Association and co-sponsored by The Nittany Lion Inn, Penn State Bookstore and Penn State Press. For more detailed descriptions of each "Huddle with the Faculty" and specific start times go to or call the Alumni Association at (800) 548-LION.

The Penn State Alumni Association is the largest dues-paying alumni association in the world with more than 159,000 members. Established in 1870, the Alumni Association strives to connect alumni to the University and to each other, provide valuable benefits to members and support the University's mission of teaching, research and service. "Huddle with the Faculty" is just one of hundreds of annual events and programs, organized by the Penn State Alumni Association, designed to inform, involve and inspire Penn State alumni. For more information on the Alumni Association, go to online.

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