Amina Grant has spent much of her time as a Penn State undergraduate studying sustainability in the U.S., Jamaica and Peru, and using that research to make a positive impact on communities. And, other times, she has made a difference just by dressing as a superhero.
A Penn State professor is researching the trickle-down effects that melting tropical glaciers have on food security and biodiversity, and what regional communities, like Cusco and Huaraz in Peru, can do about it.
Adam Phoebe, a 2012 Penn State energy engineering graduate, is director of global operations for the Global Renewable Energy Education Network or GREEN program, a position he obtained after first becoming a student ambassador for the program.
Deep in the temperate rainforest of southeast Alaska, 12 undergraduates from Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Science, along with faculty, navigated boot-sucking muskegs to collect methane and peat samples that will provide carbon storage and emission information about wetlands in landscapes with retreating glaciers. The students were on the front lines researching climate change this summer as part of the college’s 2016 Center for Advanced Undergraduate Studies course.
Julio Urbina, associate professor of electrical engineering at Penn State, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship.
Penn State Lehigh Valley has expanded the number of spring break travel opportunities offered this year. During spring break (March 9-15), Lehigh Valley campus faculty and staff are leading more than 75 students on trips to Great Britain, Ireland, Mexico, and Peru, as well as Massachusetts and West Virginia.
The benefits of a global experience during a student's college career are being stressed more and more. Fortunately for students, these opportunities are becoming more and more accessible with a variety of short-term course-embedded trips that provide not only a potentially life-changing travel experience, but also college credit. Opportunities for scholarships to cover some of the trip costs are also helping to eliminate some of the financial obstacles of participating in a global experience.
Penn State Lehigh Valley faculty are collaborating to offer a number of short-term study abroad options in a range of subject areas for the 2013-14 academic year. Opportunities are open to all Penn State students
Early on a Monday morning, high in the Andes of Peru, I stood sleepy-eyed at the edge of a small plot, watching half a dozen men swing pickaxes to loosen knobby, golden potatoes from clumps of earth. Women followed behind the men, gathering the potatoes and rubbing them clean with their quick fingers. They made piles in the centers of handwoven blankets spread on the ground. I squatted beside one of the women and sifted soil through my fingers, keeping my head low to avoid the arc of a falling ax.
The village lies at 10,800 feet above sea level, an hour's hike up a dirt path from the Cusco-to-Pisac road: A cluster of adobe houses with straw, tile, or corrugated metal roofs; a chapel, a community center, a shared storage barn; the "27th of November" playing field; the cemetery. Creeks fence it. A canal cuts its lower edge. The mountains known as "Old" and "Young" Picol, Machu Picol andHuayna Picol in the local Quechua language, define its horizons and give it a name.