Coffee Hour with Alberto Cervone | Search for human security and global ethics faculty position | Living wage calculator


octocopter hovers

A successful test flight

The Octocopter hovers successfully as Courtney Jackson and Alexander Savelyev (not pictured)  learn and test programming the flightpath of the UAV  for Guido Cervone’s research project on the use of UAVs and Social Media to assess environmental hazards.




September 26 Coffee Hour: Alberto Cervone “International Migration and its management. A problematic conflict of interests, fears, and humanitarian concerns”

  • 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Refreshments are offered in 319 Walker Building at 3:30 p.m.
  • The lecture begins in 112 Walker Building at 4:00 p.m.
  • Coffee Hour To Go

International migration is one of the top concerns for the public and the governments of most countries. It is an unavoidable component of globalization, largely beneficial to sending and receiving nations, but it also exports to developed countries the insecurities of the developing world and challenges the persistence in their essential character of the receiving societies, producing big fears.

Next Week: Marcus Shaffer

Search underway for tenure track faculty position in human security and global ethics
The Department of Geography at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a tenure track faculty position at the assistant or associate professor rank. We seek a geographer, or a scholar working in closely related fields, whose research focuses on human security and global ethics. We will consider candidates with expertise in people-centered approaches to human security and who address societal challenges such as human health, environmental and climatic change, conflict, poverty reduction, and development. This position will also contribute to ongoing departmental initiatives on justice, equity and fair distributions of risks. It is expected that the new faculty member will combine cutting-edge theoretical expertise and a strong commitment to teaching with engagement in research that is well positioned for extramural funding. We seek candidates that adhere to Penn State’s tripartite mission of excellence in research, teaching and service.

Meet the woman behind Ikea’s living wage calculator
Scandinavian furniture store Ikea recently announced it will adopt a new, higher wage structure at its U.S. stores in 2015. The company says its average hourly minimum wage will go up to $10.76, an increase of 17 percent. That’s big news, but there was a footnote to that announcement that’s worth pausing on. In this new wage structure, Ikea’s lowest wages will be based on something called the MIT Living Wage Calculator. How did one MIT professor’s research project become a tool that will affect the wages of thousands of American workers? The story begins with Amy Glasmeier, a professor of economic geography and regional planning at MIT.

Living Wage Calculator:

Video: Deike’s ability to play bugle inspires formation of predecessor to Blue Band
The Pennsylvania State College Cadet Band eventually  grew into what we all know as the Penn State Blue Band. What many don’t know is that a chance encounter between cadet George Deike and his commandant during an inspection, would actually become the seed that would start a Penn State tradition that remains strong until this day. The Blue Band precursor is pictured in this photo before members wore blue uniforms.

University fall holidays and closures
The Thanksgiving holiday will be observed on Thursday, November 27 and the University will remain closed on Friday, November 28. Winter break: University offices and operations, except for essential services, will close at the normal end-of-business times on Tuesday, December 23, and will resume at normal starting times on Monday, January 5.



The previous mystery dog was Tigger, companion to Susan Lechtanski (B.S. ‘97). Send a photo of your dog for our mystery dog of the week!

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