Plant a Tree at Flight 93

The 8th annual Plant a Tree at Flight 93 event at the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, PA, is happening this weekend. And once again Penn State Altoona participated, working with the National Park Service employees and high school students from Tyrone to prepare the buckets of seedlings to be … Continue reading

Time in the Woods

Talk to poet Todd Davis for any length of time and the conversation is going to turn to nature—specifically, the place of humans in nature in the twenty-first century and where we are going. His sixth book of poetry, Native Species (Michigan State Press, 2019), continues the themes of nature … Continue reading

Chesapeake Bay Field Trip 2019

Carolyn Mahan, professor of biology and environmental studies, and Laura Palmer, associate professor of biology, took Penn State Altoona environmental studies and biology students on a weekend field trip to the Chesapeake Bay, where they stayed at the Karen Noonan Center and explored the surrounding marsh. Mahan has been taking … Continue reading

Cutting-Edge Automation

Cutting metal is a major component of many manufacturing methods. To cut steel, in what is known as oxy-fuel cutting, a stream of pure oxygen burns the steel in order to create the required cut, a process first developed in the early 1900s. Of course, the cutting has to be … Continue reading

Nature Conserved, History Preserved

“The aim or objective of a true conservationist is the stewardship of our natural resources, air, water, and land.” —Maurice K. Goddard Nature doesn’t get any prettier than Pennsylvania any season of the year. In the southeast a portion of the Appalachian Trail is available for hiking; there’s whitewater rafting … Continue reading