Penn State is planting the seeds of STEM in young women's minds.
It started as an undergraduate thesis. Now, it may help rebuild New Orleans. In fall 2012, Aaron Wertman was a fifth-year student in Penn State’s Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. His undergraduate thesis challenged him to identify an issue and solve it with an architectural solution involving a 20,000 square foot building. Wertman studied the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans and evaluated how architecture could improve one of the most-damaged areas from 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. Upon starting his Master of Architecture studies at Penn State, Wertman, 24, questioned the extent of his thesis. (Wertman’s master’s thesis is
How many times have educators told their students to “shoot for the moon?” At Penn State, a select group of students are doing just that. Led by former NASA engineer Michael Paul, the students are building a lunar spacecraft that will be sent to the moon, and once there, will be able to move 500 meters. If they accomplish this task, and they do so in a manner deemed superior to those of 18 other teams pursuing the same goal, they could earn $30 million. That’s right – students at Penn State are building a lunar landing module that could
At Penn State, the annual dance-a-thon (aka THON) is arguably the biggest campus event of the school year. As is the case at Indiana – who we featured earlier this fall – THON raises an enormous amount of money in support of pediatric cancer patients and the search for a cure. Last year, THON raised $12.37 million. Throughout the year, students come up with creative ways to raise money. And one of those unique opportunities is happening this week. The women’s hockey team at Penn State has six authentic pink hockey jerseys up for auction, with the proceeds benefitting THON.
Recently, a former Penn State football player was inducted into a hall of fame in Ohio, but it had little to do with his athletic ability. After a standout career as a Nittany Lion defensive lineman, Anthony “Spice” Adams was selected in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. He played for the ‘Niners and Chicago Bears from 2003 to 2011, but didn’t “officially” retire from the game until earlier this year. Adams decided to announce his retirement in a creative fashion, filming a parody YouTube video at a White Castle. The video quickly
In late October, “Frontline” aired an alarming report titled “Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria.” A couple weeks later, research being done at Penn State to combat this problem won an international competition. Sarah Ades, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State, was named a winner of the 2013 Discovery Fast Track competition by GlaxoSmithKline PLC (GSK), a science-led global healthcare company that researches and develops a broad range of innovative medicines. The competition, which is sponsored by GSK’s Discovery Partnerships with Academia team, is designed to accelerate the translation of academic research into novel medical therapies. “It’s a great opportunity for
Tonight on Monday Night Football, the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers renew their epic rivalry. For almost a full decade, Chicago kicker Robbie Gould has been in the middle of one of the most heated match-ups in the NFL. After spending four years at Penn State, Gould wasn’t on anyone’s short list for the NFL Draft. He wasn’t drafted in 2005, but nine years later he ranks second in Chicago Bears’ history in scoring, is one of the most accurate kickers in NFL history, and has been to a Pro Bowl and a Super Bowl. Now, Gould is using