Edgar Allan Poe is considered the inventor of the modern detective story, and like Poe's fictional detective Dupin, Richard Kopley's tireless and focused investigations have uncovered innovative discoveries about Poe the writer, and Poe the man. Kopley, distinguished professor of English at Penn State DuBois, presents a concentrated and original view of the timeless works of Edgar Allan Poe. Author of the book "Edgar Allan Poe and the Dupin Mysteries," Kopley's understanding of Poe is the result of years of diligent research and analysis. His work reveals some unique insights about Poe's sources of inspiration and his creative process.
Iliana Baums, an assistant professor of biology at Penn State, dons scuba gear for work. She studies coral reef ecosystems, the "forests of the oceans," diverse habitats that are vital to many species of ocean life. Warming ocean temperatures disrupt that ecosystem and cause episodes of coral bleaching, which, over time, can kill coral and the life supported by it. Watch a video as Baums explains her research conducted under the sea.
Designed, modified, and built on site, this one-of-a-kind treadmill allows Penn State researcher and Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Jinger Gottschall and her team to explore how we adjust our stride during everyday walking, and what can be done to reduce stress and discomfort. The goal: keeping the pace and walking pain-free.
While some move to a place like the Village at Penn State to slow down, Bill Fuchs (pronounced "Foosh") has a different take on living after retirement. At 91 years old, Fuchs is a member of Penn State's Class of 1941 and has been doing what he loves for almost a lifetime, but in his case, that amounts to nearly seven decades up, up and away.
A Pulitzer Prize winning artist and cartoonist, Rube Goldberg was best known for his "invention" cartoons depicting overly complex devices that perform everyday tasks. In the words of Goldberg, his machines were "a symbol of man's capacity for exerting maximum effort to achieve minimal results." At Penn State's fifth annual "Rube Goldberg Machine contest", four teams of students presented contraptions that captured the spirit of Goldberg's art. Each machine -- required to dispense an appropriate amount of hand sanitizer into a hand in 20 or more steps --was judged by a panel of Penn State engineering alumni on theme, flow, success ratio and creativity. This year's winner -- an Indiana Jones-inspired concept by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) team-- moves on to Purdue University for the national competition.
Wildlife resources expert Margaret Brittingham has partnered with Penn State's Office of Physical Plant to help relocate and manage the extremely large crow population living on the University Park campus. The goal of the "crow relocation" program is to coax thousands of crows away from vehicles, sidewalks and populated spots, and guide them to a place where they can roost and not make life quite so messy. To view this IN MOTION feature story, visit http://www.youtube.com/user/PennState#p/a/u/1/HSwoRCl1aUU online.
Throughout the year, University Police officers and staff are busy keeping Penn State students, faculty and staff safe through their regular shifts of patrols, personal safety programs and public awareness campaigns, among other tasks. During the Nittany Lions' football season, however, they become the central part of a much larger network of police officers from across Pennsylvania that works beyond the regular call of duty. University Police directs hundreds of officers who come to protect more than 100,000 college football fans as they converge on Happy Valley for home games at Beaver Stadium. Follow officers behind the scenes during a typical Penn State home football game day.
Coming soon to Penn State Live, we talk turkeys with Mike Hulet, Penn State associate professor of poultry science, to find out more about what was almost America's national bird and still is a central part of our nation's Thanksgiving celebrations.
Go behind the scenes with the Penn State Sports Network. This "In Motion" video produced by Patrick Mansell provides a rare look at the voices of Penn State football as they describe the action. Veteran play-by-play announcer Steve Jones partners with former Penn State All-American and NFL Hall of Famer Jack Ham to set the stage, give unmatched expert analysis and paint the on-field picture for listeners on a 54-station network.
While you're enjoying the game at Beaver Stadium, it's a good bet you've found yourself looking up to the video boards above each end zone, either to check out some live action, or to view an inspiring video. Now you can see what goes into making that part of the Penn State football experience happen.
Through the 20th century, the world relied on fossil fuels, most notably oil and coal, to supply its growing energy needs. Now, while the world ponders its energy future, coal remains a plentiful and a reliable means to meet much of today's energy demands. Rather than oil, this other "dark fuel" -- if burned more efficiently and cleanly -- just may be the bridge needed to usher the world fully into the next generation of energy technology.
Anthropology students at Penn State get rare hands-on experience at a 19th-century dig site -- unearthing the past while learning how to document and preserve their findings. Watch Penn State anthropology students at work by viewing the video at http://live.psu.edu/video/572 online.
Doug and Colleen Gibson's youngest child Conner, was born with autism, a communication disorder that affects one in every 150 kids today. See how the research of a Penn State professor Janice Light helped the family reach out to Conner by viewing the video at http://live.psu.edu/video/569
Charlie and Tony Pittman both enjoyed successful careers playing football for Joe Paterno. Both father and son apply life lessons learned on and off the gridiron to their successful careers today, and they share their story in a new book and this In Motion video.