Colloquium Schedule 2017 



The Penn State Center Philadelphia

675 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA


Thursday October 12, 2017, 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.


8:30 am – 9:00 am Registration & Coffee

9:00 am – 9:15 am Welcome, Introductions, and Organizing Purpose

9:15 am - 9:45 am Feature Remarks


Lorina Marshall-Blake


Independence Blue Cross Foundation

To help inspire our thinking, Lorena Marshall-Blake, President of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation and long-time public scholar in the Philadelphia region, will provide featured remarks on the role foundations can play in catalyzing public scholarship.  Lorena will talk about her own experience in public scholarship and help each of us understand how connecting with foundations as partners can help us to address the most pressing public issues of our time, while sharing that knowledge to better others across communities.


9:45 am – 10:45 am Public Scholarship Presentations, Session 1


STEM based community service project: Embed controlled indoor gardening.

Gerri Light, Jorge Santiago-Aviles, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA

and Baretta Massey, Science Teacher, LEA public school, Philadelphia, PA


Philadelphia Bee Research as a Vehicle for Ecological Citizenship and Public Scholarship

Doug Sponsler

Department of Entomology

Penn State University


Protecting the Public from Scholars: Institutional Review Boards in Public Scholarship

Murylo Batista, B.A.

IRB Coordinator and Compliance Officer

Public Health Management Corporation


The Opioid Crisis as a Vehicle for Academic and Law Enforcement Partnership

Glenn Sterner

Justice Center for Research, Department of Sociology and Criminology

Penn State University


10:45 am – 11:00 am Break

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Public Scholarship Presentations, Session 2


Data Collection for Public Health Action in the Somerset Neighborhood of Kensington, Philadelphia

Russell McIntire, Andrew Goodman, Shawn Sheu, Terezia Urban, and Tess Donie

Jefferson College of Population Health

Thomas Jefferson University


Reducing the Ill Effects of Urbanization: A Community Effort to Cultivate Healthy Lifestyles

Michelle C. Lawson

Thomas Jefferson University


The Diabetes Epidemic: Scholarly Community Outreach for Disease Prevention

Janice. M. Beitz

Professor of Nursing, WOCNEP Director

School of Nursing-Camden, Rutgers University


A Story: Invasive Rabbit Management in Australia

Ted Alter

Professor of Agricultural, Environmental, and Agricultural Economics

Co-Director, Center for Economic and Community Development

Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

Penn State University


12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Networking Lunch

1:15 pm – 3:30 pm Round Table Discussions on Public Scholarship

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Closing and Discussion of Next Day Activities


Friday October 13, 2017, 8:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.


8:00 am – 8:30 am Arrive at Penn State Center Philadelphia, Continental Breakfast

8:30 am – 9:00 am Summary of Previous Day and Purpose of Day 2

9:00 am – 10:15 am Public Scholarship in Action:  A Conversation with Derek Pitts


This session will feature Derek Pitts, Chief Astronomer at The Franklin Institute.  Derek is dedicated to engaging the public in science, with a career filled with public engagement that is inspiring, intentional, and impactful.  During this conversation, hosted by John Byrnes of the Penn State Center Philadelphia, we will hear Derek’s story of how he became interested in being a public scholar, and how he works diligently each day to connect the community with science and The Franklin Institute.


Derek Pitts, Hon. D.

Chief Astronomer

Director of the Fels Planetarium

The Franklin Institute


10:15 am – 10:30 am Coffee Break

10:30 am – 12:00 pm Panel of Local Public Scholars

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch Discussion on Involving Students in Public Scholarship

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Outlining the Consortium for Public Scholars – Work Session

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Wrap Up and Next Steps