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Penn State announces spring 2017 commencement events and speakers

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 11:39
This spring Penn State expects to award 13,894 diplomas to students University-wide who are completing 226 associate, 11,435 baccalaureate, 1,590 master’s, 262 law, 244 doctoral and 137 medical degrees. Following is a compilation of commencement ceremonies and speaker information for Penn State’s 24 locations.
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13 graduate students receive the Alumni Association Dissertation Award

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 11:09
Thirteen graduate students received the Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Award, Distinguished Doctoral Scholar Medal, in recognition of their outstanding professional accomplishment and achievement in scholarly research in any of the disciplinary areas of fine arts and humanities; social sciences — applied and basic; physical and computational sciences — applied and basic; life and health sciences; and engineering. The graduate students were honored during the Graduate Student Awards Luncheon held on April 18 at the Nittany Lion Inn.
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Professor invited to discuss combating climate change at national TED talk

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 10:53
David Titley, professor of international affairs and of practice in the Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science at Penn State, will discuss the role the military could play in combating climate change during the TED 2017 conference. Titley will join seven other speakers from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. April 26 for Session 6: Planet, Protection, hosted by Chris Anderson, the owner of TED, a nonprofit organization that provides idea-based talks.
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National Academy of Engineering's Alton Romig to give EMS commencement address

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 13:43
Alton D. Romig Jr., executive officer of the National Academy of Engineering, will deliver the address for the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) baccalaureate degree commencement ceremony, to be held at 8 p.m. May 5 in Pegula Ice Arena on Penn State’s University Park campus.
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Office for General Education announces Integrative Studies Seed Grant awards

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 10:43
The Integrative Studies Seed Grant Program, offered through the Penn State Office for General Education, will support 71 different course development projects this summer. In response to the large volume of highly qualified proposals, the budget was generously increased by more than 50 percent by the Office of the Provost and the Office of Undergraduate Education.
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Global Programs announces 2017 Travel Grants awards

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 10:54
Spring 2017 produced a record-breaking number of applications for Global Programs Travel Grants.
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McNair Scholar researches sustainability abroad, inspires children locally

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 08:05
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.
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Five EMS graduate students win awards at annual Penn State Graduate Exhibition

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 14:31
Five graduate students in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences were recognized for their research and presentation skills during the 32nd annual Graduate Exhibition, held March 24 and 26 on Penn State's University Park campus.
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'WE ARE for Science' advocates for science policy, communications and diversity

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 13:34
The science advocacy group WE ARE for Science, started by two graduate students, is organizing three buses to take 150 people to the March for Science on Saturday in Washington D.C. The group seeks to promote science diversity, outreach and policy.
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When using the phrase ‘human rights’ hinders human-rights initiatives

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 10:16
Penn State geography doctoral student A. Marie Ranjbar's research explores the language of human justice in Iran: how certain phrases have become politicized and in some ways dangerous to use, and how some residents deal with this conundrum as they seek ways to speak up for themselves.
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Rapid screening machine can read and separate protein sequences

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 09:39
The structural properties of proteins that could eventually become important materials for manufacturing and medicine are revealed by a novel optical technique that works rapidly to sort through amino acid sequences even inside living bacteria, according to a team of engineers.
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Robert Crane named associate vice provost for Global Programs

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 11:02
After a national search for an associate vice provost for Global Programs, Robert G. Crane, director of Strategic Initiatives within Global Programs at Penn State, has been named to the post.
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New Zealand trip offers different perspective on renewable energy practices

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 12:42
Ten Penn State students taking a special three-credit course offered by Derek Elsworth, professor of energy and geo-environmental engineering, spent spring break touring the iconic landscape of New Zealand while surveying measures it has taken to power itself using about 80 percent renewable energy.
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Additive manufacturing and design master’s degrees to be offered in fall 2017

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 11:38
In response to increased industry demand for experts in the growing field of additive manufacturing, Penn State will offer residential and online master’s degrees in additive manufacturing and design beginning in fall 2017.
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College of Engineering Research Symposium winners announced

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 08:42
The Engineering Graduate Student Council has announced the winners of the 14th annual College of Engineering Research Symposium, held on Tuesday, April 4, at the Nittany Lion Inn.
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Institute for CyberScience announces 2017 ICS Seed Grant recipients

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 13:29
The Institute for CyberScience (ICS) has announced that 20 Penn State faculty are recipients of 2017 ICS Seed Grant Program awards. The awards, ranging from $4,000 to $25,000, support researchers doing innovative interdisciplinary research, laying the groundwork needed to apply for large external funding awards.
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Sending a 'We Are!' and thank you to these Penn Staters

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 10:50
This week, we recognize six people and members of staff who go above and beyond what's asked of them in their work at the University. We're sending a "We Are!" to Penn Staters with the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Penn State Harrisburg, Penn State DuBois and Penn State Hazleton.
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Method improves semiconductor fiber optics, paves way for developing devices

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 11:16
A new method to improve semiconductor fiber optics may lead to a material structure that might one day revolutionize the global transmission of data, according to an interdisciplinary team of researchers.
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Public invited to become fans of research at Blue-White Science Expo

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 14:59
Blue-White Weekend attendees and the general public are invited to the Penn State Blue-White Science Expo, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, in the HUB. The expo offers the community a chance to show their support for research while learning about the newest work from 17 of Penn State’s research faculty. A complete schedule and registration form for tickets is available at
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Three materials professors awarded NSF Early Career Awards

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 10:59
When a faculty member is granted an Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation, it’s an honor for their career and department. But, when three members earn that distinction, as faculty in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering did this year, it’s three times the accolades for the department.
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