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Doug Charles, associate professor of history

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Doug Charles, associate professor of History, recently discussed his research in a talk given at Penn State Behrend.   

He also contributed to a documentary released by Yahoo News.  Investigative correspondent Michael Isikoff produced the documentary, "Uniquely Nasty: The U.S. Government's War on Gays," in anticipation of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage. In an accompanying article, Charles explained why the "war" metaphor was appropriate in regard to government actions and the consequences to individuals. (See the article here.)

Charles regularly uses his Twitter account @DouglasMCharles to educate the public, filling in glaring gaps in history. 

Charles is an historian of the United States (broadly speaking) who researches and publishes on the history of the FBI and its intersections with gay and lesbian history, obscenity regulation, and American politics and diplomacy.  He has published multiple books and numerous articles and has appeared on C-SPAN, the History Channel, and in a Yahoo News documentary. He has also given talks across the United States and in Europe. Charles has been referenced in the New York Times, Le Parisien Magazine, NBC News, Yahoo News, Time Magazine, and PBS News Hour while contributing multiple OpEd and historical pieces as a public scholar to illuminate popular understanding of contemporary events.

Charles has won the Penn State Greater Allegheny Excellence in Research Award (2015) and was the first winner of the Penn State Commission on LGBT Equity Academic Achievement Award (2015).  He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh, a Master of Arts degree from Marquette University, and a bachelor of arts from Penn State.



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Lori Hepner, whose artwork is featured in "Doubt," an art exhibit running Feb. 10 through March 26 at SPACE Gallery in Pittsburgh.

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Associate Professor of Integrative Arts Lori Hepner’s work is featured in Doubt, an art exhibition at SPACE Gallery in Pittsburgh.  The exhibit runs Friday, February 10 through March 26.  The exhibit was featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Hepner’s work has also been featured in Time Magazine’s Lightbox blog, UK-based Next Level Magazine, and in Wired Magazine and has been exhibited in places such as the Houston Center for Photography, the Carnegie Museum of Art, Duke University, the Brooklyn Museum. One of her Twitter portraits from Status Symbols will be sent to the moon by CMU’s entry into the Google Lunar X Prize sometime in 2017.   

Hepner earned a master’s degree in fine arts in digital media from the Rhode Island School of Design and a bachelor’s of fine art in fine art photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology.




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Liz Mazur

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Associate Professor of Psychology Elizabeth Mazur has begun blogging for Psychology Today.  Her recent posts discuss information on dating with a disability, how to deal with children asking questions, and building a positive disability identity.  

Mazur was also recently quoted in the Washington Post.  The article, "What is It Like to Date While Blind?" was written by Alexandra E. Petri, a writer for National Geographic Traveler, examines the challenges of dating, particularly online dating, with a disability.

Mazur received her B.A. from  Amherst College, Massachusetts, and her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Michigan. Her research has focused on family stress and coping, especially as regards to physical disability, emotional disability, and parenting, and her current projects address emerging adulthood, online dating for persons with disabilities, and elderly persons online.  She has published studies on adolescents and emerging adults’ social interaction on the Internet. She is currently in her third year as a member of the Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology of the American Psychological Association and chairs the Instructional Resources Award Committee of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (APA, Division 2).


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Millie Mickle

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Associate Professor of English Mildred R. Mickle recently edited a book, Maya Angelou: Critical Insights.  The book includes a biographical sketch of Angelou by Mickle that features an overview of the poet's life, accomplishments, and more. 

In addition, four of Mickle's paintings are included in a showing at the John A. Hermann Museum. The exhibit will be up until April 30, 2017.  

Mickle is also Co-Head of Letters, Arts, and Sciences; Head of African and African American Studies; and Coordinator of Theatre, the Creative Writing Certificate, and the Africana Certificate Programs at Penn State Greater Allegheny.  Her areas of expertise are African-American studies and creative writing. She has published two books and several essays on a variety of African American literary topics and is a published poet.