More than 130 members of the Penn State and State College communities traveled to Washington, D.C., last month to take part in the March for Science, a nonpartisan event organized to rally support for science.
The science advocacy group WE ARE for Science, started by two graduate students, organized three buses to take 150 people to the March for Science on April 22 in Washington, D.C. The group seeks to promote science diversity, outreach and policy.
In response to increased industry demand for experts in the growing field of additive manufacturing, Penn State will offer residential and online master’s degrees in additive manufacturing and design beginning in fall 2017.
Incoming Penn State freshman Teniola Idowu, is one of the 1,000 students to receive the honor of being named as a 2016 Gates Millennium Scholar, the last class of the program, and one of 29 students named to the fourth cohort of Penn State Millennium Scholars.
Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman will always have Paris, and Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks had their meeting at the top of the Empire State Building in New York. But the part cities play in relationships has begun to change, according to Penn State researchers who are studying how cities — and State College specifically — play a role in modern romances.
“Sonifications of the Universe (and more),” a research project by Mark Ballora, associate professor of music technology, is on display in the Borland Project Space, 125 Borland Building, through Dec. 12.
“Slingfest,” a scientific symposium featuring talks on landscape evolution, sedimentary processes, geomorphology and quantitative sedimentology, will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in 26 Hosler Building. The symposium is hosted by the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ Department of Geosciences and is free and open to the public.
The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences will host an open discussion and talks by authors Russell Gold and Seamus McGraw about the fracking industry, climate change, and the Marcellus Shale from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 13 in the Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum, located on the ground floor of Deike Building on the University Park campus.
A general education course at Penn State has been revamped to include interactive videos designed to teach students about conservation and sustainability. The course, Global Parks and Sustainability (GEOG 001), will be taught online in spring 2016 by Erica Smithwick, associate professor of geography in Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, and will satisfy students’ social and behavioral science general education (GS) and international cultures (IL) requirements.
The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences is hosting its first-ever International Culture Night from 5:45 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 15. The event is designed to welcome all international Penn State students, regardless of major. Attendees can sample a variety of appetizers from local international food retailers, see performances by members from cultural student organizations, and meet with students from an array of cultural backgrounds. The event is free and open to the public.
Fifty-four paintings from Penn State’s Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum & Art Gallery’s Steidle Collection of American industrial art are on display in an exhibition, “Iron and Coal, Petroleum and Steel: Industrial Art from the Steidle Collection,” at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, through Oct. 25. As part of the exhibition, Snider will present a special guest lecture, titled “Steidle’s Vision: Art as Education,” from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sept. 29 at the Michener Art Museum.
The flexibility of online education is ideal for many adults who want to learn when and where it's convenient to them, and especially beneficial to active-duty military service members deployed in a war zone or where Internet access is limited. Since Penn State's World Campus launched 15 years ago, enrollment by active-duty military service members and veterans has grown steadily -- and more than 120 percent in the last four years.
"Although they are vastly different today, millions of years ago, Antarctica and Australia had very similar ecosystems because they used to be connected."
--Peter Wilf, associate professor of geosciences, at the Research Unplugged discussion on Wednesday, April 7. Research Unplugged is an informal lecture series hosted by Penn State's Office of Research Publications and held at noon Wednesdays in Penn State's Downtown Theatre Center. The afternoon begins with a brief introduction of the topic, followed by an open floor for questions, comments and discussion. The event is free to the public. Complimentary coffee and light refreshments are served. For information, visit http://www.rps.psu.edu/unplugged/.