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Students honored at annual Undergraduate Research Fair

Twenty-three Penn State Beaver students participated in the Tenth Annual Undergraduate Research Fair held April 6 on campus. Students were required to work with a faculty mentor in researching their topic and preparing an oral and/or poster presentation. Presentations were made in a variety of academic areas, including chemistry, psychology, philosophy, information sciences and technology, and biology.

The winners were:
Oral Presentation
First Place: Raja Jasper, junior, information sciences and technology major, Sewickley, and Edward Knotek, junior, information sciences and technology major, Coraopolis
Topic: ‘Penn State Beaver BLT Fact Application for Android’
Faculty mentor: Kay Wijekumar, associate professor of information sciences and technology

Oral Presentation
Second Place: Joel Rosenstern, senior, letters, arts, and sciences major, Aliquippa
Topic: ‘The Impact of the Allegheny Front on Genetic Diversity of Little Brown Bats, and on the Spread of White Nose Syndrome in Pennsylvania’
Faculty mentor: Cassandra Miller-Butterworth, assistant professor of biology

Poster Presentation
First Place: Thomas Crawford, senior, psychology major, New Brighton
Topic: ‘Examining the Relation Between Trait Aggression and Violence-Rated Player Versus Player Style Video Games’
Faculty mentor: Minhnoi Wroble Biglan, assistant professor of psychology

Poster Presentation
Second Place: Katie Ann Jezewski, freshman, agriculture major, Freedom
Topic: ‘Undermining Natural Order?’
Faculty mentor: Irene Wolf, senior instructor in philosophy

The 2011 Undergraduate Research Fair Planning Committee members were:
Chair, Clare Conry-Murray, assistant professor of psychology
Zhongyuan Che, associate professor of mathematics;
JoAnn Chirico, senior instructor in sociology;
Talha Harcar, associate professor of business;
Carol Schafer, associate professor of theatre, integrative arts, and women’s studies, and
Irene Wolf, senior instructor in philosophy.

Poster presentation judges were:
Peter Deutsch, associate professor of physics
Jaime Kincaid, therapist, Women’s Center of Beaver County
Terrie Krukenberg, senior vice president of business development, ESB Bank, and Penn State Beaver Advisory Board member
Luke Taiclet, director of finance and business

Oral presentation judges were:
John Feraco, manufacturing team leader, NOVA Chemicals, and president of the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board
Angela Fishman, instructor in mathematics and coordinator, Center for Academic Excellence
Kate Lichus, SCA administrator, Beaver County Behavioral Health

Alternate judges were:
Carleen Dinello, assistant director of academic affairs, and senior instructor in reading and English
Carol Schafer, associate professor of theatre, integrative arts, and women’s studies
Beth Theobald, reference librarian

For information about the Undergraduate Research Fair, contact Clare Conry-Murray at cec23@psu.edu or 724-773-3862.

Beaver alumnus will speak at spring commencement

Penn State Beaver alumnus Patrick McGivern will speak at the campus’ spring commencement, 7 p.m., Friday, May 13, in the auditorium of the Student Union Building.

McGivern, an aerospace engineer with Lockheed Martin, attended Beaver for two years, then moved to Penn State University Park where he graduated with an engineering degree in 1990. He received his master’s degree in engineering from Penn State in 2000.

McGivern is involved with top-level government projects at Lockheed Martin and, with the support of the company, has donated more than $250,000 to Penn State, including $100,000 to establish the Audrey J. McGivern Trustee Endowed Scholarship at Penn State Beaver to honor his mother. He is a member of Penn State's prestigious Mount Nittany Society.

For information about commencement, contact the Office of Academic Affairs at djm5@psu.edu or 724-773-3571.

Film about hate, hope draws more than 200 from campus, community

More than 200 Penn State Beaver students, faculty, and staff, as well as members of the public, gathered on campus last week for a free evening screening of the award-winning documentary, ‘The Anatomy of Hate – A Dialogue to Hope,’ directed by Michael Ramsdell. The 90-minute film was followed by an informal discussion and Q & S session with the audience and Ramsdell.

For six years, Ramsdell worked with unprecedented access to some of the most venomous ideologies and violent conflicts of our time -- including the White Supremacy movement, Christian fundamentalism as an anti-gay platform, Muslim extremism, the Palestinian Intifada, Israeli settlers and soldiers, and United States military forces in Iraq.
‘The film weaves a tapestry that reveals both the emotional and biological mechanisms which make all of us susceptible to acts and ideologies of hate,’ said Ramsdell. ‘It demonstrates how these very same traits make us equally capable of overcoming them.’ The documentary juxtaposes film footage with interviews from experts in the fields of psychology, neurology, and sociology and intersperses stories of redemption told by former participants in hate ideologies.
‘The Anatomy of Hate’ was named Best Political Documentary at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival in 2009 and won the Audience Choice Award at the Atlanta DocuFest. The documentary also was an official selection for the Boston International Film Festival, the Cinema City Film Festival, and the Saratoga Fringe Festival.

The event was coordinated by Robin Schreck, coordinator of student activities/residence life, and sponsored by the Campus Climate and Diversity Committee.

For information, contact Schreck at 724-773-3947 or ras62@psu.edu.

Panorama is available on campus

The spring edition of ‘Panorama,’ Penn State Beaver’s Journal of the Arts, is available for free to the public. Copies of the publication are now available in the campus library, Student Activity Suite, Center for Academic Achievement, the Brodhead Bistro, and the lobbies of the Student Union Building and the Ross Administration Building.

‘Panorama’ features a variety of original artwork, photography, writing, poetry, and essays submitted by campus students, faculty, and staff.

To obtain a copy of Panorama through the mail, contact Carol Schafer, associate professor of theatre, integrative arts, and women’s studies, at cas33@psu.edu or 724-773-3591.

Basketball team members receive post-season PSUAC honors

The Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) announced post-season honors for the men’s 2010-11 basketball season. Two players were recognized along with Head Coach Marcess Williams.
Senior David McGarry (Poland Seminary/Poland, OH) earned PSUAC First Team All-Conference honors.  Team captain and senior Billy Stoughton (Slippery Rock High School/Slippery Rock, PA) earned PSUAC Honorable Mention All-Conference honors.

Williams was named PSUAC Coach of the Year for the third consecutive year. Williams was an impressive 20-11 as he led the team to its third consecutive PSUAC Division title, third consecutive PSUAC regular season title, and third consecutive PSUAC Championship.

Williams also led the Nittany Lions to a third place finish in the USCAA National Tournament. He owns a 93-78 career record after completing his sixth season at the helm for Penn State Beaver. This year marked the men’s third consecutive 20-win season.

For information about Penn State Beaver athletics, visit www.beaver.psu.edu or contact ack121@psu.edu or apd12@psu.edu.

Beaver Lady Lions honored by PSUAC
The Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) announced post-season honors for the Penn State Beaver Lady Lions 2010-11 basketball season.

Senior Jasmine Green (Orange High School/Jersey City, NJ) earned First Team All-Conference honors, including being named the PSUAC Player of the Year for the third time in her college career. She was also the 2010 PSUAC Player of the Year and named Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year during her freshman year in 2008. She leaves Penn State Beaver as its all-time leader in points, rebounds, assists and steals. Green was a three-time USCAA First Team All-American (2011, 2010, 2008) and earned USCAA Honorable Mention All-American in 2009.
Senior Heather Sandusky (New Brighton High School/New Brighton, PA) was also named to the PSUAC All-Conference First Team for the fourth time in her career. Sandusky was named the PSUAC Player of the Year in 2009, a USCAA First Team All-American in 2011 and 2010, and a USCAA Honorable Mention All-American in her 2009 and 2008 seasons.

Junior Shelby Parks (Center High School/Aliquippa, PA) was named a PSUAC All-Conference Honorable Mention for the first time in her career.

For information about Penn State Beaver athletics, visit www.beaver.psu.edu or contact ack121@psu.edu or apd12@psu.edu.

Beaver will offer STEM-related summer camps for youth

The Penn State Beaver Office of Continuing Education will offer four summer camps related to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) initiative. The nation-wide emphasis on STEM is designed to provide children and adults with an increased understanding of career and development opportunities in the science and math fields.

The Continuing Education will offer these STEM-related camps:

Crime Scene Investigation, 9 a.m. to noon, July 11 to 15, ages 9-13
Campers become investigators involved in a simulated crime scene. Playing roles of forensic scientists and detectives, the students will work in cooperative teams, using chemistry and biology skills as well as forensic techniques to collect, analyze, and interpret evidence discovered at the scene.

Rockets Away, 9 a.m. to noon, July 18 to 22, ages 9-14
Students will explore the basics of rocketry through a variety of hands-on experiments, including designing, constructing, and launching model rocket creation. In addition, participants will be introduced to rocket science and space flight through scientific inquiry and introductory physics.

Robotics, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 18 to 22, ages 11 and up
Using a Lego Mindstorms Robotics Invention Kit, teams of campers will design and build robots that will use RCX programming code, a powerful but simple code used in robotics. Used by Lego, this programming language was developed in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab. At the end of the course, teams will compete in a fun obstacle course competition to test the robots they've built.

Digital Video and Movie Production, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 18 to 22, ages 11 and up
Campers will be ‘hands-on’ in learning the basics of movie production, including storyboarding, types of video equipment and software required, composition of shots, camera angles, and how to do basic movie editing using Microsoft Movie Maker. Campers will write, direct, shoot, and edit a short film using techniques learned in class.

To register for STEM-related camps or to obtain a complete listing of this summer’s academic and sports camps, contact the Office of Continuing Education at BeaverCE@psu.edu or 724-773-3700, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

New Young Entrepreneurs camp will be offered in July

Penn State Beaver will launch a Young Entrepreneurs Camp for high school sophomores and juniors, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 25-29. Students will meet with Beaver campus faculty and student mentors to design a business, conduct research, create a trade booth show, and a Power Point presentation. Campers will also visit local companies to see how business is conducted and, on the last day of camp, will meet with a panel of judges to determine which team has designed the most successful business.

A maximum of 25 students will be permitted to enroll. To register, contact the Office of Continuing Education at beaverCE@psu.edu or 724-773-3700, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: April 4-10, 2011

Monday, April 4
Softball – Penn State Beaver v. Grove City College – Postponed
Tuesday, April 5
Softball – Penn State Beaver v. Penn State New Kensington – Postponed
Wednesday, April 6
Baseball – Point Park University 10, Penn State Beaver 3
Thursday, April 7
Softball – Penn State Beaver 13, Franciscan University 0
Saturday, April 9
Baseball – Penn State Beaver 16, Penn State Worthington Scranton 0
Softball – Penn State Beaver 14, Penn State Worthington Scranton 1
Sunday, April 10
Baseball – Penn State Beaver 13, Penn State Hazleton 2
Softball – Penn State Beaver 9, Penn State Hazleton 1

For continuous updates or information about Beaver varsity and intramural sports, visit www.beaver.psu.edu, or contact the athletic department at ack121@psu.edu, apd12@psu.edu, or 724-773-3826.

 

 

 

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