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Dr. C. Daniel Frisbie

April 1, 2009

New Materials for Printed Polymer Electronics
The next wave in the microelectronics revolution may be the incorporation of flexible circuitry and displays onto the surfaces of many common items including magazines, books, gift cards, bandages, games, maps, or clothing. An important strategy for realizing flexible electronics is to employ solution-processable materials, such as semiconducting polymers, that can be directly printed and integrated into high performance electronic components on flexible substrates such as plastic, paper, or textiles. In this talk I will describe the goals of the emerging field of printed polymer electronics and discuss some recent progress on synthesis and characterization of new materials that provide enhanced performance for printed polymer electronics applications.

Dr. Donald Brown

March 2, 2009

Ethical Dimensions of Climate Change
Dr. Brown examines the political implications of climate change and their role in international diplomacy


Jonathan Helton & Steven Thomas

January 27, 2009

Saxophone/Cello duo


Gabeba Baderoon

November 5, 2008

Gabeba Baderoon, a widely-published poet and Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies at University Park will deliver a the George Tseo Memorial Lecture and present a reading of her original poetry. The title of her presentation is: “A hundred silences.”


Dr. Martin Kushmerick

October 7, 2008

Dr. Martin Kushmerick, will present “Humans Adapting to Space Travel .” Dr. Kushmerick is Professor. of Radiology, Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Washington and will describe how scientists learn about the human body by studying its reaction to low-gravity environments.


Lee Rainie

September 17, 2008

Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Internet and American Life Project will deliver a lecture entitled: “The Internet's Growing Power in American Politics.” Lee will be delivering our Constitution Day Lecture by focusing on the legal and political implications of Internet use in modern America.


Dr. Raymond Smullyan, Mathematician and Logician

April 17, 2007

Dr. Raymond Smullyan

Raymond M. Smullyan is a Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Indiana University in Bloomington.  Smullyan's publications include two books on retrograde analysis chess problems, a series of popular puzzle books, and some books on the foundations of mathematics and mathematical logic.  Apart from writing about and teaching logic, Smullyan released a recording of his favorite classical piano pieces by composers such as Bach, Scarlatti, and Schubert. He has also written an autobiography titled “Some Interesting Memories: A Paradoxical Life.”  Dr. Smullyan discussed topics from his book “Satan, Cantor, and Infinity: And Other Mind-Boggling Puzzles.”


Robert May, Film Producer

April 12, 2007

Robert May

Film producer Robert May visited Penn State Hazleton, to screen and discuss his documentary The War Tapes--the first war movie filmed by soldiers themselves. The soldiers–Sergeant Steve Pink, Sergeant Zack Bazzi and Specialist Mike Moriarty–and others captured over 800 hours of footage, providing a glimpse of their lives in the midst of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  May’s other producer credits include the Oscar winning documentary, The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara as well as The Station Agent and Stevie, Most recently, May produced 2006’s Bonneville, a feature film starring Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates and Joan Allen.  May formed SenArt Films in August of 2000 and was a former president of a nationally recognized security firm.


Jon Nese, Meteorologist

March 26, 2007

Jon Nese

Dr. Jon Nese presented our annual Mylar Giri Lecture [link to Mylar Giri lecture] in the Natural Sciences in honor of the late campus physics professor.  Nese is a meteorologist and senior lecturer at Penn State's University Park.  He has also been an on-air storm analyst for the Weather Channel and a meteorologist for WBRE television, and he served as chief meteorologist at the historic Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia from 1998 to 2002. He is the author of two books: “A World of Weather: Fundamentals of Meteorology,” an introductory level college textbook, and “The Philadelphia Area Weather Book” which received the 2005 Louis J. Battan Author’s Award from the American Meteorological Society.  His topic, “Mediarology,” explored the variety of ways that humans have altered the weather and climate, from city to global scales, the dialogue (or lack thereof) that has accompanied the changes, and the role of media in characterizing the discussion--both from a scientific and entertainment perspective. 


David Chin, English Professor and Poet

October 11, 2006

David Chin was the speaker for the first Annual George Tseo Multicultural Lecture. Dr. Chin’s presentation, titled "Chinese-American Family Histories and the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act" described "one of the earliest laws to use race as the sole basis for excluding an immigrant group to America, will be discussed in terms of the challenges and opportunities I have discovered through my ongoing research into my own past,” as Dr. Chin explained.

Dr. Chin received his MFA from Columbia University and Ph.D. from Binghamton University. He teaches creative writing, rhetoric, and literature at Penn State Wilkes-Barre.  His poems explore childhood, family, working life, and identity.  His service and teaching have been recognized with a Hayfield Innovation Award, a Clyde Birth Memorial Award, and a Collaborative Instruction and Curricular Innovation Award.


Sergei Horujy, Literary Scholar

September 27 and 28, 2007

Dr. Sergei Horujy speaking at a podium

Dr. Horujy, theologian, philosopher, mathematician and theoretical physicist, is a literary critic, with particular focus on the works of James Joyce. He holds a Ph.D. in physics and an M.A. degree in physics from the Department of Physics of Moscow State University. He has held several academic positions including director of the Institute of Synergetic Anthropology, member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, professor of mathematical physics at the Steklov Mathematical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, professor of philosophy at the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and UNESCO Professor of Comparative Studies of Religious Traditions.  He was instrumental in founding the Department of Synergetic Anthropology in the Institute of Human Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Interdisciplinary Research School, and the Institute of Synergetic Anthropology.  His published work in the areas of philosophy, theology, physics, mathematics, and literary criticism includes more than 13 books and nearly 200 articles, many of which have been translated into English and several other languages other languages, including Serbian, Hungarian, Chinese and Korean.

The theme for Dr. Horujy's first lecture was events relating to James Joyce’s presence on the Soviet scene, the circumstances behind the events, public figures and the phenomena in Russian culture found in Joyce’s work or influenced by it.  The following evening, Dr. Horujy spoke about Synergetic Anthropology, a study of the dynamics of the human condition through an understanding of the full nature of energy and the existence of a special type of spirituality rooted in askesis (the practice of severe self discipline) and hesychasm (the tradition of contemplative prayer).


Ron Clavier, Psychologist

September 21, 2006
Co-sponsored with Serento Gardens Alcoholism and Drug Services

Ron Clavier

A 1969 graduate of McGill University with a bachelor of science degree in psychology, Dr. Clavier completed both his master of arts degree in psychology and doctoral  and his doctorate in physiological and experimental psychology from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. 

Dr. Clavier specializes in general adult and adolescent psychotherapy, and addictions.  He has over 30 scientific publications, and over 150 invited national and international addresses.  A research consultant in psychiatry at the University of Toronto from 1981-1986, Dr. Clavier was a drug education consultant for the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry in Toronto from 1982-1984, and worked at The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health from 1984-1986. Additionally, he has worked with the Council on Drug Abuse since 1986.

Dr. Clavier's new television series, Adolescence: The Stormy Decade, has been aired on Canadian Learning Television and Vision TV, and his book, Teen Brain: Teen Mind,  helps parents understand their kids’ behavior in terms of the brain changes that occur during adolescence.  In his presentation, Dr. Clavier addressed how a clear understanding of the developing brain is the key to the age-old mysteries of why teens and pre-teens act the way they act and think the way they think.


Constitution Day

September 12, 2006

Four panelists with ties to Penn State Hazleton and the community will be on-hand to share their views on different aspects of this most important American document:

  • Justin Nordstrom, Ph.D. spoke about Daniel Shay and the making of the Constitution.  Shay, a virtually unknown Massachusetts farmer, led an uprising only three years after American independence, using traditions of popular protest common in the revolutionary era, but ultimately strengthened the government they had meant to challenge, inspiring the Constitution itself.  Nordstrom is an assistant professor of history at Penn State Hazleton, where he teaches courses in American and world history. 
  • David Sosar, Ph.D. spoke on challenges to the Constitution in present Day America, covering some of the issues of privacy, presidential elections, and the never-ending conflict in the separation of powers.  A teacher in the Hazleton Area School District for 32 years, Sosar served as a part-time instructor in political science at Penn State Hazleton. For the past four years, he’s served as an assistant professor of political science at King's College, teaching courses in public policy and public administration.
  • David Smith, Ph.D. spoke about Abraham Lincoln and the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment.  The Philadelphia Convention, faced with the threat of secession from the states of the Deep South, had given tacit approval to the institution of slavery, but Lincoln was convinced that by the passage of an amendment abolishing slavery his generation could redeem the sins of the Fathers.  David Smith is an instructor in English at Penn State Hazleton. 
  • Correale Stevens, J.D. discussed the Fourth Amendment with regard to encounters between police and citizens.  What is the proper balance between the need for law enforcement to search people and places and the need to protect civil liberties?  Superior Court Judge Stevens teaches American government and criminal justice courses at Penn State Hazleton. 


Dr. Glenn Palmer

September 17, 2007

"The Effects of Domestic Politics in Democracies: Choosing, Winning and Losing Wars"
Author and Penn State professor, Glenn Palmer, will discuss the politics of foreign policy and international conflict and the impact on democratic societies.


Maria Jacketti

October 18, 2007

George Tseo Memorial Lecture: "Children of Coal in the Americas"
Maria Jacketti will discuss her translation of the famous Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, and present readings of her original work in fiction and poetry. 



Pat Brogan

November 6, 2007

Dystonia Documentary
Former basketball coach, Pat Brogan, shares his affliction with dystonia through dialogue and screening of "Twisted," the PBS documentary chronicling his experiences and scientists studying dystonia and neurology.


Art Chadwick

February 26, 2008

Dr. Chadwick, professor of geology and biology at Southwestern Adventist University, will present a talk on paleontology and using computer models for archeological research.


Judith Giri

March  27, 2008

Mylar Giri Memorial Lecture in the Natural Sciences
The twentieth anniversary of this series will be commemorated with Dr. Judith Giri, renowned cancer and medical researcher at the Medical College of Georgia and widow of Dr. Mylar Giri.


Doris Schattschneider

April 8, 2008

Dr. Doris Shattschneider, professor emerita of mathematics, Moravian College, will present a talk on "Mathematics and the Art of M. C. Escher."