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Brooke Doerfler undergraduate exhibition

Check the map

Beaver psychology professor Kevin Bennett used existing data and research to create a map of our country’s psychology.
John Chapin and two students look at a computer screen.

John Chapin

Penn State Beaver Professor of Communications John Chapin's childhood experiences drive his violence prevention and anti-bullying research.

John Chapin and two students look at a computer screen.

Communications professor's early life drives violence prevention, anti-bullying research

When John Chapin was in middle school, he got pulled out of class in order to appear in court and testify about his abusive father. It was an experience that shaped his life and his work.
Associate Professor Mari Pierce lectures to a class.

Mari Pierce teaching

Beaver AOJ Associate Professor Mari Pierce is examining capital case transcripts to gain insight on jury decisions.

Associate Professor Mari Pierce lectures to a class.

Re-examining the death penalty

Penn State Beaver Associate Professor Mari Pierce is studying the transcripts of every death-eligible case in the state of Oregon from 2000 to 2010 to see if and how juries are influenced. Her findings could change the way capital cases are tried.
Associate Professor Mari Pierce lectures to a class.

Mari Pierce

Associate Professor of Administration of Justice and the 2016 Faculty Excellence in Research Award winner Mari Pierce is studying capital cases in Oregon for insight into how the juries decided on death.

Mari Pierce speaks with a student while judging his research project.

Re-examining the death penalty

Associate Professor of Administration of Justice Mari Pierce is examining capital case transcripts for insight on jury decisions, research that one day could affect how cases are tried and the future of the death penalty in the United States.

Communications professor authors article on perceptions of dating violence

John R. Chapin, professor of communications at Penn State Beaver, is the author of “I Know You Are, But What Am I? Adolescents’ Third-Person Perception Regarding Dating Violence,” an article recently published in The Journal of Educational Research.