Dr. Kalavar is a Professor of Human Development & Family Studies at Penn State University. She has also completed her M.A. in Sanskrit and is an active volunteer with Samskrita Bharati ( www.samskritabharatiusa.org ). She has taught spoken Sanskrit at over a dozen camps and weekend workshops within the United States. Recently, she has completed all four exams on the ‘Bhagavadgeeta’ conducted by Samskrita Bharati. Combining her interest in gerontology and Sanskrit, Dr. Kalavar has been working on integrating the two for a project on the "Hindu view of aging."