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Three Generations of Penn Staters Meet Up at Taiwan Conference on Elder Education

Posted: May 12, 2014

For three professors with deep roots in Penn State University’s Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education (AESE), an unexpected reunion took place on March 7, 2014 in Taipei, Taiwan, during the International Conference of Elder Education and Intergenerational Learning.
Hsiu-Mei Tsai (left), Matt Kaplan (center) and Shih-Tsen (“Nike”) Liu (right).

Hsiu-Mei Tsai (left), Matt Kaplan (center) and Shih-Tsen (“Nike”) Liu (right).

Dr. Tsai, Associate Professor and Chair of the Adult and Continuing Education Department at the National Chung Cheng University, graduated from Penn State (Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology) in 1988. Her advisor was Prof. Rex H. Warland (Professor of Rural Sociology); dissertation title: “Socio-psychological Model of Food Behavior: An Examination of Sodium Intake.” Dr. Kaplan, on the AESE faculty, is Professor of Intergenerational Programs and Aging. Dr. Liu, Associate Professor in the Master’s Program of Environmental Education and Management at the National Taichung University of Education and Chief Secretary of the Chinese Society for Environmental Education, graduated from Penn State (Agricultural and Extension Education) in 2004. Her advisor was Prof. Kaplan; dissertation title: “Effectiveness of an Intergenerational Approach for Enhancing Knowledge and Improving Attitudes toward the Environment.” Following this conference, Dr. Lai conducted a multi-city study tour of intergenerational programs in Taiwan for an international group of scholars and practitioners. 

[For more information on the study tour, see the preceding article by Dr. Lori Yancura.]