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Penn State Beaver Faculty Publications and Grants are Announced

8/11/2011 —

Penn State Beaver faculty publications and grants were announced recently.

Dr. Cassandra Miller-Butterworth, assistant professor of biology, received a $28,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Game Commission to assist her ongoing research of the little brown bat and conservation genetics.

“Optimistic Bias About Intimate Partner Violence Among Medical Personnel,” an article written by Dr. John Chapin, professor of communications, was published in Family Medicine, June 2011.

Dr. Rajen Mookerjee, associate professor of economics, coauthored two publications. “Banking services, transaction costs and international remittance flows” appeared in Applied Economics Letters, 2011, and “Availability of financial services and income inequality: The evidence from many countries” was published in Emerging Markets Review 11 (2010).

Dr. Mari B. Pierce, assistant professor of administration of justice, coauthored “Assessing the Influence of Familial Paternalism on Child Neglect Sentencing Decisions” which appeared online in June in the American Journal of Criminal Justice. In addition, Pierce received an $1,100 grant from the Penn State Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence to support her attendance this summer at the Lilly-East Conference on College and University Teaching in Washington, D.C.

“Cold War Crusader: Arthur Bliss Lane and the Private Committee to Investigate the Katyn Massacre, 1949-1952” was written by Dr. Robert Szymczak, associate professor of history, and appeared in Polish American Studies: A Journal of Polish American History and Culture.

The Penn State Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence awarded a $1,750 grant to Dr. Matthew Grunstra, assistant professor of earth and mineral sciences, in support of his proposal, “Increasing Participation in Larger Classrooms through Creative Use of Technology.”

Miller-Butterworth holds a doctoral degree in zoology from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and Chapin holds a Ph.D. in communication, information, and library studies from Rutgers University. Mookerjee received his Ph.D. in economics from Northeastern University, and Pierce earned a doctorate in criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Szymczak holds a doctorate in history from Carnegie Mellon University, and Grunstra received a doctorate in environmental science and engineering from the University of Texas at San Antonio.


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