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A Nobel prize-winning chemist will come to Penn State today to lead a workshop with up to 250 children from Pennsylvania elementary schools.

Sir Harold Kroto will teach students from the Philipsburg-Osceola Area and Harrisburg School Districts about the C60 — carbon — molecule at the workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the HUB-Robeson Center’s Heritage Hall, Penn State CarbonEARTH conference organizer Seth Wilberding said. The students will also build models of the molecule, Wilberding said.

Kroto and two other scientists won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1996 for their discovery of C60.

CEOs, honorary doctorate recipients and one member of Penn State’s Board of Trustees will offer final words of wisdom to graduating seniors during this year’s commencement ceremonies.

Ronald Tomalis will speak at the College of Education’s commencement ceremony.

In 2011, Gov. Tom Corbett nominated Tomalis to be the Secretary of Education and the Pennsylvania Senate later confirmed him with a unanimous vote of 50-0.

In a country that prides itself on being the "land of equality," we are not all equal. Not even close.

Now, I support the proactive role that Occupy Wall Street has taken throughout the last few months. It's about time someone started to express the distaste Corporate America has left in the mouths of many. But at the end of the day, Occupy Wall Street is not where we should be putting our time and energy.

Occupy Wall Street is misguided in their efforts for reforming the system.

By the end of May, Penn State will have awarded 12,873 diplomas to undergraduate and graduate students university-wide at more than 35 commencement ceremonies.

At University Park, about 8,600 degrees will be handed out to students at 13 ceremonies. Commencement speakers for 2010 include many alumni and three honorary degree recipients. The three honorary degree recipients will speak at Eberly College of Science, College of Communications and College of Liberal Arts commencement ceremonies. The degrees have been given to alumni and other people who have risen to a high position in their field or career, but have not actually earned doctorate degrees, said Kathy Mulberger, assistant to College of Communications Dean Doug Anderson.

Graduating senior Lindsay Chew says she isn't concerned about having a "big" name as the commencement speaker, only that they have been successful in their field.

Award-winning author Toni Morrison will speak at Penn State for the first time tonight in Eisenhower Auditorium, where she will receive a medal for her contributions to the arts and humanities.

Morrison, who has received the Nobel and Pulitzer prizes for her literature, will be awarded the 2010 Medal for Distinguished Contributions to the Arts and Humanities by Penn State's Institute for the Arts and Humanities (IAH) at 8 tonight.

Some of her novels include "Song of Solomon," "Paradise" and "Beloved," which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and was later made into a film in 1998. Globally celebrated, Morrison also became the first black woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993.

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Award-winning author Toni Morrison will speak at 8 p.m. on April 7 in the Eisenhower Auditorium, hosted by the Paterno Fellows program.

Morrison, author of novels including "Beloved," "The Bluest Eye" and "Song of Solomon," won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988 and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993.

Former CIA agent Kent Clizbe sent letters to 27 Penn State faculty members last week, hoping to find a whistleblower in the "Climategate" controversy involving Penn State meteorology professor Michael Mann.

"As an intelligence collector targeting foreign or enemy government, we recruit an insider," said Clizbe, who sent the e-mails last week. "I'm attempting to recruit an insider to tell us what's really going on."

Mann was thrust into the spotlight when hundreds of e-mails, including ones that he had written and received, were leaked from a private server in the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in England on Nov. 21.

Regarding the Oct. 12 column "Nobel Prize awarded properly," I have to disagree with my friend, and columnist, Julie Wolf regarding the Nobel Peace Prize.

I am not arguing from the conventional partisan divide on this issue. Rather, I think it is worth mentioning that within our country's political system, no American President can fit the award's definition.

President Obama has continued to allow rendition of terror suspects, has only played into the oil-based friendship with Saudi Arabia and will be at the very least maintaining, not reducing war efforts in Afghanistan.

In response to the Oct. 5 column "Nobel Prize awarded properly," I couldn't disagree more with the opinion of the columnist. The Peace Prize has never been awarded to someone who has yet to accomplish anything. Attempting to put Martin Luther King Jr.'s accomplishments as little more than raising consciousness to the civil rights movement and therefore comparable to Obama's "accomplishments" is a dishonor to a man who by 1964 had accomplished quite a bit.

By the time he won the award, MLK had already helped boycott the discriminatory practices in Alabama, not to mention having delivered the most important and influential speech of the 20th century.

As part of the Penn State Forum Speaker Series, Dr. Ben Carson spoke to a sold-out crowd Tuesday afternoon about the importance of pursuing an education, remaining healthy and living life to the fullest.

Carson, chief of pediatric neurosurgery at The Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore, Md., spoke to several hundred people in the President's Hall at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel as part of the year-long series. Carson's speech was the third event in a row to sell out, the latest in a series popular with faculty members.

Along with many other medical achievements, Carson made history when he successfully separated conjoined twins attached at the head in South Africa without the advanced medical equipment found in the United States. He also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, in 2008 from President George W. Bush.