In Happy Valley, you don’t have to be a kid to play in the sandbox.
The men’s and women’s NCAA basketball tournaments just began, and we’ve already seen plenty of surprises. For the Big Ten, some of those have been pleasant (Indiana) and others not so much (Michigan State).
How are you spending this weekend? If your answer to that question is dancing without stopping for two straight days, there’s a good chance you’re a Penn State student participating in the giant annual dance marathon — a.k.a, THON — to raise awareness of and funding for treatment of children’s cancer.
The histories of African-Americans and the universities of the Big Ten have intertwined for decades, centuries even. And they continue to move forward together, blazing new trails in areas ranging from the social sciences to social equality.
The universities of the Big Ten Conference are known for being trailblazers in higher education, but their achievements aren’t limited to the lecture hall. They also fund a vast array of research and are home to groundbreaking entrepreneurial centers.
When we say the students, faculty and staff, and alumni of the universities of the Big Ten Conference “live big,” we aren’t overstating our case. Last year, we reported stories that took our readers from exotic locales like Sri Lanka and Uganda to galaxies far, far away. Whether it’s on-campus or in outer space, the Big Ten community is innovating, inspiring and improving.
Wanted: Recent college grad for a job that involves working with very large and somewhat scary-looking birds. Position entails having to more or less live outdoors. Some perks included, but pay comes out to less than minimum wage.
Throughout his football-playing days, former Penn State standout Michael Robinson tucked away a number underneath his pads that was different from the one on his jersey. It was his way of preserving the memory of a good friend whose bright future in the game was cut tragically short.
Leonardo da Vinci’s wide-ranging work influenced many scientists and artists who came after him. But Penn State art professor B. Stephen Carpenter II is probably one of a few who was especially inspired by the work the great Italian thinker did on the wrong side of the law.
One of the hardest things for children with autism to do is something most of us take for granted: clearly communicate thoughts and feelings. And Dr. Nimisha Muttiah, a speech pathologist, advocate, teacher and Penn State graduate, has traveled the world to give these kids the ability and confidence to express themselves.
South Florida and Cuba are separated by about 90 miles of water and 1,000 miles of culture. Penn State professor and professional trombone player Mark Lusk found that to be the case when he brought a group from the United States to the island nation for the first time in 2014.
Most people who went to college probably felt overwhelmed to some degree when they arrived on campus for the first time and tried to get their bearings as they sought certain streets, buildings and classrooms.
Carolyn McDonald doesn’t have what you’d call a typical commute.
An ever-present symbol of Penn State University, Mount Nittany also serves as a gateway of sorts to a mountain wilderness that covers much of central Pennsylvania.
Penn State alum Josh Blair knows how hard it can be to squeeze time for serving others into a busy schedule. As a single father working a demanding corporate job, it was always a challenge to find even a couple of hours for charity work, even though it was one of his passions.
Students at Big Ten universities aren’t waiting until they get out into the “real world” to make a difference. Find out how they’re working together to create positive, meaningful change in this BTN LiveBIG series: the Student Section.
Inspired by their experiences in college and elsewhere, these Pathfinders are passing by the typical, well-trod career paths and blazing their own trails. We’ll explore the unconventional approaches these Big Ten alums are taking to work.
Sarah Owusu, a doctoral candidate in physiology at Penn State University, uses a “circle of life” analogy when she explains why she’s returning to her native Ghana and giving the gift of science to high school students there.
Coming out of the Enlightenment and Scientific Revolution of the 18th century, scholars understood two things their predecessors hadn’t known about the universe: It’s incredibly vast, and the Earth isn’t at the center of it. Together, these realizations started a new vein of inquiry in the sciences and beyond, one that boiled down to a single question — is there life out there?
More than 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, and a new case emerges in this country at a rate of nearly once per minute. The upsurge in this illness has sparked a desire to fight back — especially among those who have lost loved ones affected by the disease and want to find a cure.
For nearly 70 years now, the Fulbright Program has given scholarships, international exposure and professional opportunities to some of the brightest minds among university students and faculty the world over.