Faculty/Staff News: Lectures Feb. 19, 2004

February 19, 2004

Lecture looks at effects on properties of soils
Alexander Neaman, research associate in the Department of Horticulture, will give a presentation from 12:20 to 1:10 p.m. Feb. 20 in 101 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building on the University Park campus.

The topic is "the effects of palygorskite on chemical and physico-chemical properties of soils." For information about the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences event, call (814) 863-1615.

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Lecturer looks at human aging and longevity

Robert B. Mitchell, professor of biology and director of the premedicine program, will give a free public lecture from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 21 in 100 Thomas Building, University Park.

Mitchell's topic is "Time, Human Aging and Longevity: How Long Can a Person Live?"

This event is the fourth weekly lecture in the 2004 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science, an annual series designed as a free minicourse for the enjoyment and education of residents in Central Pennsylvania communities. The theme this year is "It's About Time."
During this lecture, Mitchell will describe the kinds of physiological changes in various body systems that one can expect to occur during the normal aging process. He will discuss various cellular and biochemical theories that attempt to explain the mechanisms of aging, and he will suggest how one might have some control over the rate of aging.

Click on the Web link at http://www.science.psu.edu/alert/frontiers for more information.

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Speaker to explore theatre in South Africa

The Comparative Literature Luncheon, a weekly, informal lunchtime gathering of students, faculty and other members of the University community, has announced the next speaker in this semester's series.

Charles Dumas, associate professor of theatre, will discuss "The Theatre in the New South Africa" Monday, Feb. 23.

The events begin with lunch from 12:15 to 12:40 p.m. in 102 Kern Building on the University Park campus. Participants may bring their own lunch or buy something in Kern Cafeteria. Coffee and tea are provided. The speaker will begin at about 12:40 p.m.

The events are free to the public.

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State Republican deputy chair to visit University

Renee Amoore, deputy chair of the Pennsylvania Republican State Committee and Philadelphia business entrepreneur, will attend an open question-and-answer lunch at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, in 129A-B HUB-Robeson Center, University Park.

The entrepreneur and community leader also will meet with University administrators, student groups and a sociology class.

She is founder and president of The Amoore Group, which includes Amoore Health Systems Inc., 521 Management Group Inc. and Ramsey Educational and Development Institute Inc. Amoore has been appointed to the National Museum of African-American History and Culture Commission and the President's Committee on 21st Century Skills Gaps.

In addition, Amoore is chair of the Governor's Advisory Committee on African-American Affairs in Pennsylvania. She is a guest host on a community-service oriented talk radio show on WHAT-FM in Philadelphia.

California artist Adia Millett to present a talk
California artist Adia Millett, who creates large room-size installations as well as miniature doll houses, will give a lecture at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, in the Palmer Lipcon Auditorium of the Palmer Museum of Art, University Park.

Her lecture is part of the School of Visual Arts' John M. Anderson Endowment Lecture Series. The event is free to the public.

Millett's work has been shown in London and throughout the United States and is included in the Studio Museum, the Norton Family Collection and the SEI Collection.

Visit http://www.emitto.net/nav_live.html for information on the Anderson Lecture Series.

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Investigators to report on executive function

A meeting/workshop on "Measurement of Executive Cognitive Function in Young Children" will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, March 1, at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel on the University Park campus.

Mark Greenberg, professor, and Clancy Blair, assistant professor, in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, along with Phil Zelazo of the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto, will be the hosts for the event.

The meeting is to comprehensively discuss what different investigators are doing in the study of the early development of executive function and to consider which measures and measurement approaches look promising.

Invited presentations have been prepared by: Zelazo; Adele Diamond, University of Massachusetts; Kimberly Espy, Southern Illinois University; Stephanie Carlson, University of Washington; Claire Hughes, Cambridge University, United Kingdom; and Charo Rueda, University of Oregon. The presentations will be followed by open discussion and question-and-answer periods.

There is no registration fee for the meeting, but those interested in participating must register with Anne Stokes by e-mailing astokes@psu.edu. Registration will be limited to 100 participants.

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Judy Shepard shares legacy of her son Matthew

"The Legacy of Matthew Shepard," a lecture by his mother Judy Shepard, will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center in York.

In October 1998, Shepard, a 21-year-old student at the University of Wyoming, was abducted, robbed, beaten and left to die on a fence post on the prairie in Laramie, Wyo., because he was gay. The incident sparked nationwide vigils and campaigns for the adoption of anti-hate legislation across the United States.

Speaking from a mother's perspective, Judy Shepard has made the prevention of hate crimes the focus of her efforts and urges her audiences to make their schools and communities safer for everyone, regardless of their race, sex, religion or sexual orientation.

Tickets for the event are free and may be picked up at the Student Affairs Office at Penn State York.

Panel to explore ethics in business world

The Smeal College of Business Administration will hold a panel discussion on the importance of communicating ethical values in the business world from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, in the auditorium of the HUB-Robeson Center, University Park.

Panelists include: Martha Jordan, managing partner, Latham & Watkins, Los Angeles; Jeffery Leininger, vice chairman, Mellon Bank, N.A.; John P. Surma Jr., president and chief operating officer, U.S. Steel Corp.; Lloyd "Buzz" G. Waterhouse, chief executive officer, chairman and president, The Reynolds and Reynolds Co.; and Linda Trevino, discussant, professor of organizational behavior, Franklin H. Cook Fellow in Business Ethics, Smeal College of Business Administration. University Provost Rod Erickson is the moderator.

The event is free to the public.

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