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  • Mark Leitch, a student leader of the ORION Wilderness Experience program, with first-year students at Little Flat Fire Tower in Rothrock State Forest.

    Fresh Starts; Lasting Memories

    Three unique Penn State programs offer first-year students from campuses across Pennsylvania adventurous entrances into college life.

  • The lion sits with two smiling students on a campus bench.

    Get Ready, Get Set, Let's Go!

    Watch the video to see Penn State gearing up for the arrival of our favorite people: our students. See the preparation behind the anticipation of a new school year. Welcome!

  • Dr. Lynch and a student inspect a corn field.

    Ground-Breaking Roots

    The U.N. estimates that one in every seven people around the world is hungry. Jonathan Lynch and the Roots Lab use information technology to get to the root of this problem.

  • John Hoenig, doctoral candidate in Penn State's Department of History, holds ripe tomatoes.

    America's Tomato Crush

    Historian John Hoenig says our love affair with tomatoes is about more than taste; it's about our successful quest to eat them all year long.

  • Dr. David Lee watches a behavioral therapy session between a young boy and a woman. The boy is holding an iPad.

    Creating Momentum of Success

    David Lee, associate professor of education, is refining strategies that can help children diagnosed with emotional behavioral disorders thrive both in the classroom and in the world.

Vinita Yadav and Ayusman Sen

Novel nanoparticles developed to deliver healing drugs directly to bone cracks


A novel method for finding and delivering healing drugs to newly formed microcracks in bones has been invented by a team of chemists and bioengineers at Penn State and Boston University. The method involves the targeted delivery of the drugs, directly to the cracks, on the backs of tiny self-powered nanoparticles. The energy that revs the motors of the nanoparticles and sends them rushing toward the crack comes from a surprising source -- the crack itself.

Faculty, students coordinate marathon reading of '100 Years of Solitude' novel


"One Hundred Years of Solitude" is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel that chronicles the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendia family and the tragicomedy of humankind. The Penn State College of the Liberal Arts and various departments and centers are organizing a marathon 24-hour reading of the novel, beginning at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, on the lawn in front of Pattee and Paterno Libraries.

It's rocket science at Penn State's Applied Research Lab


Rocket engines will soon be blazing away in a series of tests at Penn State's University Park campus, enabling students to gain a better understanding of rocket performance and share some of their knowledge with NASA, according to an agreement reached between the University's Applied Research Laboratory and NASA's Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center.