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Political Science Newsletter- December 2012

THIS MONTH'S HEADLINES:

GRADUATING SENIORS

FACULTY IN THE NEWS

STUDENT GROUP NEWS

STUDENT RESEARCH

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

 

GRADUATING SENIORS

If they complete all course requirements, four Penn State Behrend political science majors and four Penn State Behrend political science minors are scheduled to graduate this month. The four majors include Nyok John, Casey Graml, who is a double major in history, Devin Pierre, who is a double major in economics, and Erik Huet, who is a double major in psychology at the Penn State Harrisburg campus. The four minors include Jason Kirklin, a marketing major, Emily Kotermanski, an accounting major, Christal Lepak, a history major, and Kristan Russell, a psychology major.

Among the majors, Nyok is applying to graduate school, and Casey and Devin are thinking about graduate school for the future, while looking for work related to their majors in the meantime. Devin will be looking in locations like Philadelphia and Washington, while Casey has applied for a number of opportunities.

We wish all our graduating seniors best wishes for the future and are confident that they will join our large group of political science alumni with successful and rewarding careers.

FACULTY IN THE NEWS

Dr. Kilic Kanat has published three columns in Turkish newspapers in the past month: one about President Obama's visit to Burma/Myanmar and one about the Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, both published in Star, and one about the foreign policy outcomes of the US election, published in Zaman. In addition, Dr. Kanat gave a lecture about Turkish-Israeli relations at Syracuse University, presented a paper on the transformation of Turkish foreign policy at a Conference on the Tenth Anniversary of the Justice and Development Party at New York University, and is about to present another paper on China's foreign policy toward Central Asia at The George Washington University.

STUDENT GROUP NEWS

Penn State Behrend student groups are planning their Spring Semesters.

The Mock Trial Team will become an active campus organization next semester. They will be meeting regularly and will be looking over a mock case and building attorney teams within Behrend that will compete against each other at the end of the semester in a Behrend Mock Trial tournament, where local attorneys who serve on the Behrend Political Science Advisory Board will be among the judges. For more information contact President Zhihang (Woodrow) Dong at zzd5031@psu.edu or Vice President Adam Terragnoli at alt5295@psu.edu.

The College Republicans will be selling t-shirts next semester with a blue outline of President Nixon on the front and a Nixon quote on the back that says "I played by the rules of politics as I found them." The group will also be working with the Erie County Republican Committee to bring speakers to campus, For more information or to join, contact CR President Nick Loukides at njl5091@psu.edu.

The College Democrats is thinking up ideas for next semester. For more information or to join, contact CD President Ayodele Osibodu at aqo5025@psu.edu.

The Political Science Society will be organizing current events discussion forums and forums about internships and graduate school opportunities. For more information or to join, contact PSS President Katrina Cowart at kfc5040@psu.edu.

STUDENT RESEARCH

Nick Loukides and Lauren Kolb are both working on their honors thesis topics. Nick will be researching and writing about the evolving parenthood of the European Economic Community in its treaty-making powers. He will discuss the evolution of the EEC/EU in its ability to sign treaties on behalf of its member states, its evolution in quantity of treaties signed, and its evolution in types of treaties signed. Lauren will be researching and writing about the treatment of women's issues in international law. She will describe international feminist theory, and relate this to patterns in multilateral treaty making through use of the Comprehensive Statistical Database of Multilateral Treaties. She hopes to understand/explain these patterns and their importance and possibly make realistic suggestions about future action to further a more global acceptance of gender equality and the security of basic rights for women.

Political science major Chris Marchini and Management major Jess Scutella are preparing research on the relationship between Republican held seats, in both the legislative and executive branch, to demonstrate their effects on defense sector market shares. The purpose is to analyze what influence party politics have in regards to any increase or decrease with defense sector market share compared to the general market. They are hoping to present their findings at a research conference next semester.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

We wish you all good luck with your final exams, a happy holiday season, and an enjoyable (though short) two-week break!

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