Request for Proposals: Freiburg-Penn State Collaboration Development Program

Penn State University and the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) at the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg are seeking proposals to foster collaborative, sustainable, self-supporting research programs. The Collaboration Development Program has been created to provide seed monies to faculty teams to develop plans for long-term programs integrating students and faculty from both universities. Proposals are expected to focus upon program development to enable future collaborative efforts, including work on preliminary research ideas to demonstrate proof-of-concept. The program supports research stays, joint conferences, virtual seminars and activities for younger researchers.

This program is open to faculty members affiliated with the University of Freiburg and Penn State in all disciplines. The application should include between 1 to 4 researchers from both sides. Successful teams will be those which will (i) demonstrate a clear potential to be sustainable through external funding sources and (ii) will involve a clear collaborative effort between faculty members on both Freiburg and Penn State sides.

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Free Presentation: Speech and Expression on Campus

Guest speaker Tom Sullivan, president of the University of Vermont, will present a free talk titled “Speech and Expression on Campus” on Friday, September 29, at 1:00 p.m. in Sutliff Auditorium, Lewis Katz Building. A reception will follow at 2:00 p.m. To attend, please register online at Registration for Speech and Expression on Campus Presentation.

COE Faculty: The 3D-VR Task Force Needs Your Input!

Dear College of Engineering Faculty,

Do you have an interest in Virtual Reality (VR) or Augmented Reality (AR) or use it in your research? Do you foresee assigning classes work that would require VR? Could the Penn State University Libraries help with your VR/AR needs?

The 3-D and Virtual Reality Services Task Force of the University Libraries would love to hear from you. We are currently in the brainstorming and needs-assessment phase of a plan to support VR/AR through the University Libraries at University Park, and are looking for user input to inform our efforts.

Many other university libraries have begun taking steps toward VR/AR, and your feedback will ensure that Penn State Libraries’ capabilities are well-suited for the needs of you and your students.

Please send feedback and potential uses of this technology to Beth Thomsett-Scott, Engineering Library Head, at

Contact Liaison Librarians Angela Davis (ard21) or Vanessa Eyer (vld5011), Staff Assistant/task force member Harlan Ritchey (jhr109), or Beth with comments or questions.

Many thanks in advance for your input,

Beth Thomsett-Scott
Head, Engineering Library
325 Hammond

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