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Science Journal Spotlight: Sustainability in the Eberly College of Science

1 November 2022

Issue 2 of the 2022 Science Journal—the Sustainability Issue—is now available online. In this issue, we explore several college initiatives related to sustainability, highlight several research projects that align with the United Nation’s Sustainability Development Goals, and describe how sustainability is used to make introductory STEM courses more meaningful to students. Here, we highlight several of these efforts.

Tracy Langkilde photo as dean for the Eberly College of Science.

A Message from the Dean.

Verne M. Willaman Dean Tracy Langkilde reflects on her two years as dean and discusses ongoing efforts to make the college more inclusive and sustainable.

Charlie Anderson examines plants

Scientist Sees Penn State As a “Living Lab” for Climate Action.

Plant biologist Charlie Anderson works to advance a greener, more-sustainable future through research and advocacy.

UN SDG icons in wheel

Sustainability Research in Eberly.

In this feature article, we highlight several of the many research projects across the college align with the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals

Russ deForest stands and gestures while students sit at desks

Teaching general math and chemistry using sustainability.

Two Penn State professors are using sustainability to make introductory STEM course material meaningful. 

Coral reef

Maskalick seed grants support research on biodiversity.

The college's new Maskalick Biodiversity Healthcare Seed Grant Fund promotes the protection of biodiversity on Earth.

Raymond Friend outside

Graduate Student Connects Math with Green Advocacy.

Among other efforts, mathematics graduate student Raymond Friend conducted the college’s first-ever greenhouse gas inventory.

Fiona McConnell in front of her poster

Biology major brings sustainability to college council.

When not in class or pursuing research in the lab, undergraduate Fiona McConnell serves as the first sustainability chair for the college’s Student Council.

View the rest of this issue at the Science Journal web page.