Stream magazine explores how IT drives discovery at Penn State

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A new online magazine, called Stream, showcases the ways in which people at Penn State use information technology to drive innovation and discovery. The publication explores the role technology plays in teaching, research and service, through human-interest stories, personal perspectives, rich graphics and video.

The magazine is produced by Penn State's Office of the Vice Provost for Information Technology.

From food, sustainability and forensics to the transformation of our national archives and libraries -- Stream offers readers a unique, behind-the-scenes look at the many ways students, faculty and staff are using technology at Penn State. The latest issue of Stream features a conversation between the dean of University Libraries and the senior director of Digital Library Technologies, and profiles Evan Pugh Professor Robert D. Hume. It also dissects the University's disability technology efforts, the evolution of archival preservation, and offers reflections from a maps librarian, an academic architect, and much more. Earlier Stream issues delve into topics such as the IT behind Penn State's world-famous Berkey Creamery ice cream; researchers’ efforts to solve global food insecurity; and the emergence of PennREN, a new research "super network" in Pennsylvania.

"Because information technology has become so deeply embedded in our day to day lives, we sometimes forget the critical role it plays in the important work of the University in research and learning,” said Kevin Morooney, vice provost for information technology. "Oftentimes, IT at Penn State plays an incredibly important role in ways most people might never consider. Right now, for example, University scientists are using virtual reality technology to detect cognitive changes in the brains of athletes – and IT plays a crucial role in our researchers' nationally prominent work toward a solution to the global honeybee crisis."

As universities around the world continue to find innovative ways to apply IT in unique and exciting ways, Stream offers a window into the stories of Penn State researchers, faculty and students working with technology every day. To read the current and past issues of Stream, visit To subscribe to stream, go to

Last Updated September 11, 2012