Motivated to Research

“Going into my master’s I didn’t know I wanted to be a professor,” says Johannes Raabe, assistant professor of kinesiology at Penn State Altoona, when asked about his career direction. Originally from Germany, Raabe came to the University of Wyoming to work on his master’s in kinesiology and health and … Continue reading

Environmental Studies in Hawai’i

Penn State Altoona students have a unique opportunity in the Spring 2019 semester: taking an environmental studies class that starts in Altoona and ends with 12 days of study in the Hawaiian Islands. Carolyn Mahan, professor of biology and environmental studies, and Lisa Emili, associate professor of physical geography and … Continue reading

Student Expo 2018

Every semester end at Penn State Altoona means the Student Showcase, where students present the results of their research projects, mainly in the fields of business and engineering. And every spring brings the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Fair (URCAF), which includes a poster session on research projects, presentations of … Continue reading

The Benefits of a Summer of Research

Involving undergraduate students in research is an important part of the college experience. When they participate in university research projects, they learn how research happens, utilize critical-thinking and communication skills, and often are in contact with established businesses, which could lead to job opportunities upon graduation. The Multi-Campus Research Experience … Continue reading

ICSSA 2018–Seoul, South Korea

For the second year in a row, Penn State Altoona faculty and students participated in the International Conference on Software Security and Assurance, technically sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). The 2017 conference had been hosted by Penn State Altoona. In July 2018 the fourth annual … Continue reading

Hands-on History

The last summer—after high school, before college—carries so much meaning. A student might be working one last job to earn money, or spending the summer at the beach, or even squeezing in those last few hours with a high school sweetheart before parting in August. Some incoming freshmen at Penn … Continue reading

Virtual Assistance

Luke Skywalker had R2D2. Captain Picard had Data. And 2001: A Space Odyssey had the infamous HAL 9000. These beings were created to serve humans, and they usually did without question. In real life, though, having such a service, a device created to respond to voice commands with an action, … Continue reading

Continuing the Mission

“There’s something about putting a tree in the ground and making things right.” –overheard at the Flight 93 Memorial during preparation for Plant a Tree at Flight 93 weekend. Once again—as has happened for the past six years—Penn State Altoona students, faculty, and alumni participated in the annual Plant a … Continue reading