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Day: May 13, 2011

Board of Trustees Votes to Eliminate STS

The Penn State Board of Trustees voted this afternoon to discontinue the Science, Technology, and Society program, a cost-saving measure recommended by the Core Council this winter. The program will be discontinued effective June 30, 2012.

Championed by professor emeritus Rustum Roy about forty years ago, the program was one of the first of its kind and unique in its operation.

The STS minor will be discontinued, as will a number of courses housed in the program. Two other minors managed by the program -- the Bioethics and Medical Humanities minor and the Disability Studies minor -- will be relocated to the College of the Liberal Arts.

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Spanier: Penn State Weighing New Center for Natural Gas Engineering

President Graham Spanier told the Board of Trustees this morning of his vision for a a new Center for Natural Gas Engineering, one that would fit along with the university’s mission to support the development of the Marcellus Shale.

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Pittsburgh’s Todd Graham in Favor of Renewal of Penn State-Pitt Series

Pittsburgh football coach Todd Graham wants to renew the Penn State-Pittsburgh rivalry, but he hasn’t talked to JoePa about it yet.

Penn State Board of Trustees Meets on Campus

The Penn State Board of Trustees will convene in the Nittany Lion Inn later this morning. Onward State and our partner will be providing live coverage from the meeting.

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Penn State Trustees to Discuss Program Trims, Budget Issues

The Penn State Board of Trustees will convene in the Nittany Lion Inn this morning to discuss the closure of the Science, Technology, and Society program among other topics.

Penn State Names Abington Professor Laureate

Penn State announced this morning that Linda Patterson Miller was named the 2011-12 Penn State laureate, succeeding current laureate Robin Becker. Miller, a professor of English at Penn State Abington, is the fourth laureate and the first to come from a campus other than University Park.

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