Hammering Out a Propulsion Problem

Space—so much a part of our lives even though the vast majority of us will never experience it. But we benefit from past exploration every day; just use your cellphone and you are utilizing satellites that came from our efforts in space exploration. To get those satellites into space requires … Continue reading

Global-centric Theater

“Theater classes”—traditionally seen as not serious, lightweight, most definitely non-academic. But anyone who subscribes to those stereotypes should take a peek into Associate Professor of Theater Arts Robin Reese’s Theater 208: Theater in Diverse Cultures class. You’re as likely to hear “Aristotle” as “Ibsen” in class, as likely to discuss … Continue reading

Birding Classic Funds Put to Good Use

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Two research projects took flight with money raised during the inaugural Earth Day Birding Classic at Penn State Altoona in 2016. A total of $1,245.50 was divided between the Juniata Valley Audubon Society (JVAS) and Penn State Altoona’s Sustainability Council. In the past year that money has benefited both a … Continue reading

Using Research to Defeat Disease

Type 1 diabetes—a life-threatening condition—occurs when the pancreas does not produce sufficient amounts of insulin to keep the body functioning. According to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), incidence of Type 1 is on the rise—1.25 million Americans have been diagnosed, and that number is expected to grow to 5 … Continue reading

An Inquiring Mind

Why do people behave in the way they do? Put three people in the same situation and there is no guarantee that all three will react in the same manner. Coming upon a car accident, one might stop, maybe grabbing a blanket out of the car to help the injured. … Continue reading

Showcasing Talent

At the end of each fall and spring semester Penn State Altoona holds the Student Showcase, an event that gives students an opportunity to present their work to the local business community and the public. At the December Showcase Judges for the Pechter Business Plan Competition named five student groups … Continue reading

A Stellar Stadium

Super Bowl LI (2017) is being held at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. The stadium, which opened in 2002, sits right next to a far more storied structure, the Houston Astrodome or, as some call it, the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” Decades of history—architectural, sports, cultural—reside in this … Continue reading

The Sounds of History

A phone call “right out of the blue,” Jerry Zolten says, and next thing he knew he was working as a consultant and ultimately co-producer on a documentary about gospel singers, “especially quartets, postwar and into the 1950s” that would be a major influence on doo-wop, R&B, and soul. And … Continue reading