Exhibit highlights Penn State research milestones

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- "Research Milestones: We are…innovative" is the theme of an exhibit on display through Jan. 15, 2013, in the Hintz Family Alumni Center's Robb Hall on Penn State's University Park campus.

By focusing on the accomplishments of 32 Penn State faculty researchers, the exhibit documents more than 150 years of distinguished faculty research and creative achievements. Topics span the gamut of scholarly inquiry and creativity, and are as diverse as art education, computer technology, the Penn State Heart, legal forensics, dementia and cinematography.

Photographs of the researchers and caption information are drawn from the extensive archival and manuscript collections of the Penn State University Archives, within the Eberly Family Special Collections Library.

Research at the University dates to its first president, Evan Pugh, who had earned international repute as a chemist prior to accepting the challenge of leading Penn State in 1859. Pugh proved that plants absorbed nitrogen from the soil, not from the air as many scientists had previously believed.

As Penn State's president for five years, Pugh also served as a professor of chemistry, scientific agriculture and mineralogy, and conducted investigations that focused on the composition of commercial fertilizers.

The exhibit is open to the public during the Hintz Family Alumni Center's regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Weekend hours vary; call 814-865-6516 for more information.

"Research Milestones: We are…innovative" also will be featured as a virtual exhibit on the Alumni Library page at alumni.libraries.psu.edu for two months beginning Nov. 1.

For more information about this exhibit or to conduct your own research into Penn State history, contact Jackie Esposito, University archivist, jxe2@psu.edu or 814-863-3791.

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Last Updated October 18, 2012