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Faculty publications and grants are announced

5/16/2011 —

Three Penn State Beaver faculty members have been honored for recent publications and grants.

Rajen Mookerjee, associate professor of economics, is the co-author of two publications. "Banking services, transaction costs and international remittance flows" appeared in Applied Economics Letters, 2011, 18, 199-205,’ and "Availability of financial services and income inequality: The evidence from many countries" was published in Emerging Markets Review 11 (2010) 404-408.

Cassandra Miller-Butterworth, assistant professor of biology, is the recipient of a $28,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The funds were awarded to assist her in continuing her research of the little brown bat and conducting research on conservation genetics, which involves using DNA-based techniques to study wildlife. She is researching the fungus that causes white nose syndrome in bats, a disease that is killing more than 75 percent of bats in colonies, and working with the Game Commission to determine where the fungus will strike next.

Mari Pierce, assistant professor of administration of justice, is a recipient of a $1,100 grant from the Penn State Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence. The funds will allow Pierce to attend the Lilly-East Conference on College and University Teaching, June 2 to 5, in Washington, D.C. This year’s conference theme is "Evidence-Based Learning and Teaching," and is designed to attract faculty in a variety of disciplines and at various stages of their academic careers from the United States and abroad.

Mookerjee received the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board/Bayer MaterialScience, LLC Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award in 2009 and served as a University Faculty Senator for the 2010-2011 Penn State University Faculty Senate. He holds a doctorate and a master's degree in economics from Northeastern University and a bachelor's degree in economics from Wittenberg University.

Miller-Butterworth holds doctoral and bachelor's degrees in zoology from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and has conducted post-doctoral research in the Laboratory of Genomic Diversity at Maryland's National Cancer Institute as well as in the Department of Human Genetics in the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health.

Pierce began teaching in the new bachelor’s degree in administration of justice at Beaver campus last fall. She holds a doctorate in criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in criminal justice from New Mexico State University, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Whitman College.

Mookerjee can be contacted at rxm24@psu.edu or 724-773-3896, Miller-Butterworth can be reached at cmm48@psu.edu or 724-773-3527 and Pierce can be contacted at mbp16@psu.edu or 724-773-3549.

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