Posts tagged ‘TEDxPSU’

The Penn Stater Daily — March 3, 2014

A kinder, gentler State Patty’s Day: The combined efforts of the university, State College authorities, local businesses, and many student groups seem to be working, as the fallout from this year’s State Patty’s Day festivities was largely minimized. For the third year running, crime was down in the borough, with State College police saying it was “similar to a football weekend.” As late-winter traditions go, it was nice to see the student-run Day of Service back for a fourth year.

Courtesy of Onward State

Maggie Lucas cradles another Big Ten trophy. Courtesy of Onward State

Three for all: The women’s basketball team on Saturday claimed its third straight Big Ten championship, beating Michigan 77-62. The Lady Lions’ terrific senior class went out in style in its last regular-season home game, with Ariel Edwards, Talia East, Maggie Lucas, and Dara Taylor all posting double digits in the win.

And speaking of champs: The Penn State women edged Michigan over the weekend to claim the program’s third Big Ten Indoor championship. And Shane Ryan, just a sophomore, set the Penn State and Big Ten record in the 100 freestyle to earn Swimmer of the Big Ten Championships. He’s the first Nittany Lion so honored.

All aboard: Thirty-two alumni will vie for three open seats in this year’s Board of Trustees election. Our Lori Shontz ’91, ’13g has the scoop, including details about the Alumni Association voting guide, which we’ll publish within the next month.

Right said TED: The fourth annual TEDxPSU event was held Sunday at Schwab Auditorium. Onward State has the highlights.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

March 3, 2014 at 3:42 am Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Feb. 27, 2014

Lessons from crises: As president of Bank of New York Mellon and chairman of the Penn State Board of Trustees, Karen Peetz ’77 is familiar with crises. She reflects on both the financial crisis and the Sandusky scandal in a piece from today’s CNNMoney: Postcards blog and shares lessons learned from both ordeals. Among her remarks: “We have to show we understand that the world in which we operate has changed and that we embrace new ways of thinking and operating. In other words, we have to prove ourselves — prove ourselves worthy of trust.”

All the right moves: If you’ve got a couple free minutes, check out this video featuring a TedXPSU project from earlier this week. On Tuesday, the music school’s chamber orchestra set up shop in the HUB, and passersby were invited to conduct the group in a classical performance. Several students jumped right in—and delivered some surprisingly convincing performances.

More than hockey: We told you about ESPN‘s John Buccigross’s visit to Penn State a few weeks ago, when the famed sportscaster took in a men’s hockey game at Pegula. Buccigross talked more about his Penn State experience with the Centre County Gazette for this piece, posted this morning. A few of his favorite things about State College: Cafe 210, Damon’s mozzarella sticks, and the Pegula Ice Arena’s spacious urinals. Yes, you read that right.

Drop the bass: Ever found yourself wondering if Penn State has a student group for all the bass-fishing enthusiasts on campus? Well, here is your answer, courtesy of Onward State.

Mary Murphy, associate editor


February 27, 2014 at 12:42 pm 12 comments

Videogames in the Classroom? They Might Help Boys Learn

Every chair was taken, causing the staff at Schlow Memorial Library to quickly add a few more rows in the back of the room. But still, some people had to stand in the back of the room, and others peeked in through the doors.

They came to the spring’s first talk in the Research Unplugged series—which is designed to connect Penn State’s researchers with the State College community—to hear Alison Carr-Chellman, department head and professor instructional systems in the College of Education, discuss how the U.S. school system is failing boys. Looking out at the crowd, she said, “I do think the gender issue brings out lots of people.”

It certainly does. Carr-Chellman gave a talk about the issue at TEDxPSU in 2010, and since the video was posted on the main TED website, she’s received at least one email or phone call every day. She believes that a combination of Zero Tolerance policies (designed to stop bullying and violence) that are carried too far, a drop in the number of male elementary school teachers, and a collaborative learning culture that discourages competition and individualism are causing boys to tune out in the classroom—and eventually drop out.

She provided a lot of numbers to back up her position—check out The Boys Initiative or the 100 Girls Project, which has found, for instance, that for every 100 girls who are expelled from school, 325 boys are. And she talked about a provocative solution: incorporating videogames, even violent ones such as Call of Duty and World of Warcraft, into the classroom.

The way Carr-Chellman framed her talk was particularly clever. She asked, “What are boys like?” Then she showed a photo of her sons curled up together in a hammock, reading books—it was titled, “what we want them to be like.” She then showed a second photo—the same boys, outfitted for Halloween in full soldier regalia. “Halloween,” she said, laughing, “is all about, ‘Can I get a sword or an axe or a mace?’”

Just about everyone in the audience laughed knowingly.

Carr-Chellman understands that some teachers have reservations about using videogames, and she certainly doesn’t want to abolish Zero Tolerance programs. She’s also a feminist, and she doesn’t want to hinder girls’ progress at the expense of boys. But she wants policy makers and teachers to think about ways to keep boys engaged in the classroom. “This is a symptom of a larger problem,” she said. “They need to feel confident.”

The issue is complex, and it deserves a thorough treatment; we’re working on a story about Carr-Chellman and her research for an upcoming issue. In the meantime, you can check out her TEDxPSU talk here, and watch an excerpt from her Research Unplugged talk here.

And if you’re in the State College area on a Thursday between now and April 19, stop by Schlow Memorial Library, on the corner of Beaver Avenue and Allen Street, for additional speakers. The talks start at 12:15 p.m. and last for about an hour. They’re always worth the time.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

March 20, 2012 at 8:53 am 3 comments

Mark Your Calendars for TEDxPSU: 10/10/10

One of my mentors is Pam Maples, who was managing editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch when I was an assistant sports editor there, and one of the reasons she made such an impression on me was her enthusiasm. Pam wasn’t one of those managers who hovered above the rest of the staff. Just like the rest of us, she got excited when news broke, and she created an atmosphere that brought the best out of people.

Which is why I paid close attention when Pam returned from a conference and said it was among the the most inspiring events she’d ever attended. The conference, TED, was devoted to bringing innovators from various fields together to, essentially, inspire attendees to change the world.

Big talk, right? But I (more…)

September 24, 2010 at 3:38 pm Leave a comment

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