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HASS Colloquium Series to resume Jan. 28, 2013

The Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) Colloquium Series will kick-off the semester with two presentations: “Fertility on Ice” and “Online Social Support and Its Impact on the Quality of Life of Those Living with Lupus” on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at 1 p.m. in room 104, Franco Building. This event is open to the campus community and light refreshments will be served.

Dr. Lauren Martin, assistant professor of Sociology, will present "Fertility on Ice." She will reveal the preliminary findings of her current research project, involving interviews with women without children. Martin examines how the real or imagined "biological clock" intersects, influences, or interferes with career, educational, and relationship goals as these women contemplate whether and when to have children.

Dr. Kesha Morant Williams, assistant professor of Communication Arts and Sciences, will discuss “Online Social Support and Its Impact on the Quality of Life of Those Living with Lupus.” Williams will share a case study—based on a private online social support group—that uses in-depth description and explores the self-reported experiences of African American women living with lupus. Through online group discussions, answers to questions, open-ended surveys, and participant responses, this educational communication tool provides an online support group and promotes the health and well-being of those living with lupus.

The HASS Colloquium Series features informal presentations that serve as opportunities for HASS faculty to share their completed or in-progress research. Faculty will discuss their research in an approximately 15-minute presentation that welcomes dialogue, discussion, and questions.

For more information on the HASS Colloquium Series, contact Holly Ryan, assistant professor of English and coordinator of the Writing Center, at HLR14@psu.edu

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