Penn State Tumblr blog collects bold science images, news for teens

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A Penn State Tumblr blog launched this winter showcases for a young audience the University's research and teaching in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

Big Black Glasses gears its content and design to a pre-college crowd. With a name that highlights Tumblr-trending topics such as "geek chic" and "nerdy swag," the blog features University research in a boldly visual manner. Regularly updated with current material, it uses dynamic images, short animations and intriguing STEM subjects that intersect with pop culture.

Drawing from the rich resources of Penn State research, Big Black Glasses also features NASA, Scientific American, Wired Magazine and other scientific sources. It aggregates news and information about STEM subjects for the teen crowd, which is among Tumblr's largest demographics, but appeals to people of all ages with content ranging from whimsical tidbits to explanations of complex research.

Big Black Glasses uses people-on-the-street (or in-the-lab) photos and videos of Penn State's own young scientists, links to other resources to encourage women and men in the STEM subjects and highlights ongoing research on campus, around the nation and abroad. The blog, which currently has more than 3,000 followers, recently has chronicled the adventures of Matt Geske, a Penn State physics graduate student on location in Antarctica retrieving data from a cosmic ray emission collector. Followers can learn more about his research and daily life in the field from photos and excerpts of Geske’s e-mails.

To check out more, visit bbglasses.tumblr.com.

 

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Last Updated March 22, 2012