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Eberly College of Science ‘Impacting the World’ at Startup Week
As Penn State launched its first University wide Startup Week, the College of Information Sciences and Technology and nine other colleges came together to organize more than 85 events in six thematic tracks, five of which represented priorities of the University’s Strategic Plan for 2016 to 2020.
New associate dean for graduate education
Aleksandra Slavkovic was named associate dean for graduate education in the Eberly College of Science.
New associate dean for diversity and inclusion
Kristin Finch, associate dean for diversity and inclusion, joined the Eberly College of Science in November 2017.
The Eberly College of Science Dean’s Office welcomes a new communications director
Joel Ranck joined the Eberly College of Science’s Office of Communications in April 2017. Most recently, Ranck was the head of communications for the International Potato Center (CIP), an agriculture researchfor- development organization, based in Peru, with projects and offices in 20 countries throughout South America, Africa, and Asia.
The Eberly College of Science Dean's Office welcomes a new outreach director
Jessica Kim-Schmid has been the director of the Eberly College of Science’s Office of Science Outreach since April 2017. Before moving into her current role, Kim-Schmid served as an education program associate in the outreach office, collaborating with science faculty, staff, and community partners to plan and implement the Science-U summer camps program and other outreach events.
Haunting the community through science
At noon on October 29th, students began to file into 119 Osmond Laboratory, much as they do throughout the fall semester. Some of the braver individuals sat near the front of the room, in full view of the instructor, while others chose a seat closer to the back. The large lecture hall rang with chatter and laughter about the day’s events, but quickly fell silent once the instructor entered and started introducing the subject matter for the day. Everything was progressing smoothly until a ghost ran right through the room and out the back door. That’s when things got interesting.
The Arisian Lens
With their invention in the 16th century, microscopes revolutionized science, allowing researchers to study objects too small to see with the naked eye. Unfortunately, the technology that enables microscopes’ ultra-fine resolution also makes them expensive, bulky, fragile, and difficult to use, largely limiting their use to within research labs. But an exciting spinoff technology from the Eberly College of Science’s Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics may offer a new alternative to traditional microscopes.