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Science Journal 2022 Issue 2

The Sustainability Issue

Supporting the long-term coexistence of humans and the planet.

A message from the Dean

Tracy Langkilde

About the cover

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Charlie Anderson examines plants

Scientist sees Penn State as a “living lab” for climate action

Plant biologist Charlie Anderson is advancing the cause of a greener, more-sustainable future through research and advocacy.

Sustainability research in Eberly

How research across the college aligns with the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals.

UN SDG icons in wheel

Teaching general math and chemistry using sustainability

Using sustainability to make introductory STEM course material meaningful. 

Russ deForest stands and gestures while students sit at desks

Protecting biodiversity with seed grant funding

The Maskalick Biodiversity Healthcare Seed Grant Fund promotes the protection of biodiversity on Earth.

Coral reef

Connecting math with green advocacy

Graduate student Raymond Friend advances sustainability, including through the college’s first-ever greenhouse gas inventory.

Raymond Friend outside

Bringing sustainability to student council

Biology major Fiona McConnell also advances sustainability in the college, including as the Eberly Student Council's first sustainability chair.

Fiona McConnell in front of her poster

Biology grads win Global Frog Discovery Challenge

A team of graduate students from biology created a winning model to predict distribution and abundance of frogs, which can indicate the environmental health of ecosystems.

The team stands outside the Millennium Sciences Building
group gathers in front of huge tree in Costa Rica
Study abroad makes its big return
A first-year Penn State student in the Prehealth Summer Bridge Program smiles during a Lunch & Learn session with the Eberly College of Science's associate deans
Prehealth Summer Bridge Program gives incoming students a leg up
Science U campers stand with their molecule
In-person summer activities return to Eberly

From Science-U to a symposium on the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, the college community returned to campus this summer.

text logo for the astrostats course

Students from more than 30 countries gathered for two virtual summer schools on astrostatistics and astroinformatics this year.

Summer learning for grad students in astrostatistics and astroinformatics
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Bringing science into the community

Eberly alumna Jayatri Das works with the Franklin Institute to bring science to the Philadelphia community, wherever they are.

Schlegels Endow Early Career Professorship in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Retired Penn State faculty Robert and Peggy Schlegel have endowed an early career professorship to attract researchers and teachers to the college.

Bob and Peggy Schlegal among trees with fall leaves

Reflecting on the Unversity's campaign, "A Greater Penn State"

After six years, the University has concluded its latest fundraising campaign, which has supported the college community and mission.

Greater Penn State logo

Penn State microbiologist’s estate gift to establish new chair and lectureship

In conjunction with his retirement after 41 years at Penn State, professor Donald Bryant has established an endowed chair and lectureship.

Don Bryant
Alumni Awards logo and artistic rendering of Nittany Lion statue.
2022 Alumni Achievement Awards

Eberly alumna Therese Jones was recognized by the Penn State Alumni Association.

Old Main

Eberly alumni Wanda Jones and Ala Stanford were honored by the Penn State Alumni Association.

2022 Alumni Fellows