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Doctoral student Debora Verniz uses a virtual-reality headset to ""visit" the favela Santa Marta in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Flying down to Rio
09/05/2017

In the Rio Studio, advanced architecture and landscape architecture students used digital technology, including virtual reality, to explore design solutions for a Brazilian favela. Jose Duarte, Stuckeman Chair in Design Innovation at Penn State, has long been interested in how these unplanned communities take shape, and how they evolve. What are the hidden rules that underlie their emergence and growth? By decoding these rules, he says, we can both improve existing settlements and better face the design challenges of the future.


Virginia Marcon, a doctoral candidate in geosciences and co-president of the group WE ARE for Science, talks to children.
WE ARE for Science fields questions from inquiring kids, adults at Grange Fair
09/05/2017

As rows of tents dotted the countryside, the Grange Fair offered a chance to get back to more simple times. But for members of the group WE ARE for Science, it was a chance to shape the future of science policy, education and public outreach. About 40 members of the group recently spent a day at the fair fielding questions from kids and parents alike, in areas such as astronomy, entomology and geosciences at their "Ask a Scientist" event.


Michael P. Murphy Award winner
Farnsworth receives 2017 Michael P. Murphy Award in Geospatial Intelligence
07/25/2017

Robert J. Farnsworth, a retired U.S. Army reconnaissance engineer and Penn State alumnus, was selected to receive the 2017 Lt. Michael P. Murphy Award in Geospatial Intelligence. He was honored during the 2017 United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) Symposium in San Antonio on June 5.


Josh Inwood
NSF grant supports research into geospatial intelligence during civil rights era
07/19/2017

During the civil rights movement, activist groups such as the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) used geography and geospatial intelligence to identify protest sites and to plan civil rights protests. A new $373,000 National Science Foundation grant is letting researchers dig into those geospatial tactics to see what can be learned about patterns of racial inequality and how the SNCC collected and leveraged geospatial intelligence data to bolster its activist efforts.


Arts Fest
Penn State booth to highlight the art of science at Arts Festival
07/06/2017

At Penn State's Art of Discovery booth at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, festival visitors of all ages are invited to participate in free, hands-on workshops highlighting the art of science and the science of art. The booth will be located next to the Willard Building on campus and will be open for visitors from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 13-15. For a sneak peek, check out the full schedule of events.