With the introduction of location-based games such as "Ingress" or, more recently, "Pokemon Go," an influx of gamers equipped with mobile devices appeared around the country. While the primary focus of players is catching Pokemon or capturing portals, new research conducted by Dr. Anthony Buccitelli, professor of American studies and communications at Penn State Harrisburg, suggests that gamers are doing more than just playing -- they’re building communities and connecting with their local cultural heritage.
Dr. Troy Thomas, associate professor of art history and humanities in Penn State Harrisburg’s School of Humanities, recently had his book, “Caravaggio and the Creation of Modernity,” published by Reaktion Books, London, UK (October, 2016, 256 pages).
Book publication: Dr. Glen Mazis, professor of humanities and philosophy, has published a book titled “Merleau-Ponty and the Face of the World: Silence, Ethics, Imagination, and Poetic Ontology.” This is the culmination of Dr. Mazis's many decades of research on the work of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, French phenomenologist, and on the subject of the interplay of imagination and perception, and the poetic expressiveness at the heart of language. It is also a critique of traditional rule-based and of traditional philosophical approaches to ontology.
The president of the United States can have a profound impact on funding for scientific research. Dr. Susannah Gal, associate dean for research and outreach at Penn State Harrisburg, knows that from her years as program officer for the National Science Foundation, where she walked past a portrait of the president every day.
Lisa Allen, grants and contracts administrator, in Penn State Harrisburg’s Office of Research and Outreach, is the 2016 recipient of the Penn State Administrative Committee on Research (ACOR) Outstanding Service Award. Allen received the award at the ACOR annual retreat in August. It recognizes her efforts that go above and beyond to support the research enterprise at Penn State Harrisburg.
Penn State Harrisburg School of Public Affairs researchers, Dr. Jonathan Lee and Dr. Jennifer Gibbs, both assistant professors of criminal justice, say that for police to forge better relationships with the communities they serve, they must decrease “social distance.”
Penn State Harrisburg will present an Academic Perspective panel titled “Police and Community Relations: Academic and Practitioner Perspectives” on Tuesday, September 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Olmsted Building Gallery Lounge on campus.
Recent research updates include faculty-authored articles and other contributions, presentations, and the award of a highly competitive dissertation fellowship to a Penn State Harrisburg Ph.D. candidate.