William Easterling, dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, recently sat down for a Q&A to discuss his keynote address at Research Penn State 2016, a showcase for the University’s five interdisciplinary research institutes.
The staff of Research/Penn State magazine is looking for research images to run as part of the publication’s “At Large” feature. The winning photographer will receive a high-quality print of the image used in the magazine, suitable for framing. Runners-up may be featured on Penn State social media channels.
Research Unplugged concludes its fall series of community conversations with Penn State faculty this week with a program on Thursday, Nov. 15, by Anthony Leach and members of the acclaimed Penn State School of Music choral group Essence of Joy.
As Penn State celebrates 150 years of graduate education, Research Unplugged featured a graduate student researcher at the third talk in its six-event series. Food science doctoral candidate Nadia Byrnes and her faculty mentor, John Hayes, presented "Some Like it Hot: The Science Behind Our Food Preferences." Hayes is assistant professor of food science and director of the University's Sensory Evaluation Center. A video excerpt from Byrnes and Hayes' talk examines the components that combine to result in a food's flavor.
Research Unplugged continues its line-up of lively community discussions with a presentation on Nov. 8 by Simon Bronner, who will discuss "Campus Traditions: Folklore from the Old-Time College to the Modern University." Bronner, Distinguished Professor of American Studies and Folklore and chair of the American Studies program at Penn State Harrisburg, is the author or editor of more than 30 books on American folklore and tradition. His recent book, Campus Traditions: Folklore from the Old-Time College to the Modern Mega-University, examines student traditions in college culture, including hazing, cheating, drugs and alcohol abuse, sports and extreme college rivalries, and sexuality, and tracks their changes over time.
In this last of three dispatches from Northeast Brazil, Todd LaJuenesse and colleagues dive for coral in in Joao Pessoa. Researchers at Penn State, the University of Georgia and Universidade Federal de Campina Grande are embarking on a quest to document the uniqueness of Brazil's coral species by studying the symbiotic algae that they require to survive. In addition, they will investigate the evolutionary biology of the coral-algal symbiosis to see if they can uncover secrets about the organisms' ancient histories and their potential to withstand the ravages of climate change.
Join Todd LaJeunesse, assistant professor of biology at Penn State, and his colleagues from University of Georgia and Universidade Federal de Campina Grande as they collect coral and algae samples at Praia do Forte beach in Salvador, Brazil. Their goal: to uncover secrets about the organisms' ancient histories and their potential to withstand the ravages of climate change. Part 2 of a 3-part series.