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Doctoral student earns dissertation award for emerging field of plasmonics

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Parivash Moradifar, a doctoral candidate in materials science and engineering (MatSE), earned the Alumni Association Dissertation Award from the Graduate School for research related to plasmonics, an emerging field between electronics and photonics.

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College of Ag Sciences honors Student Diversity Achievement Award winners

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Ryley Lehew and Tyler Jones received the Dr. William Henson Student Diversity Achievement Award from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, an honor that recognizes distinctive and outstanding teaching, research, extension or creative work that advances diversity in the college.

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Materials science and engineering graduate student named Sloan Scholar

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Alex Molina, a fourth-year doctoral student in materials science and engineering, was recently named a Sloan Scholar.

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Digital technology helps online master’s students build a sense of community

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Allie Goldstein, assistant professor of education in the College of Education’s Department of Education Policy Studies (EPS), utilizes digital technology to help her online master’s students further their careers as well as build a sense of community.

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Addressing climate change, promoting sustainability through design

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

After nearly 18 months of planning, several production hurdles and a worldwide pandemic that shut down international travel, not to mention all of Italy, architect and 2007 Penn State alumna Gillean Denny and a group of students, faculty and research assistants in the Stuckeman School are celebrating the virtual unveiling of a “Living Chapel” they designed to promote environmental consciousness as part of Global Catholic Climate Movement activities in Rome from May 16-24 and United Nations World Environment Day on June 5.

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Materials science student Bolotsky earns Graduate School alumni scholarship

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Adam Bolotsky, a doctoral student in materials science and engineering, was awarded the Penn State Alumni Association Scholarship for Penn State Alumni in the Graduate School from the Graduate School.

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This alumna's job: Getting protective equipment to agencies during the pandemic

Monday, May 18, 2020

Since March, Labriola-Cuffe has worked on supply logistics for the Westchester County Department of Emergency Services in New York as it responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. “I love helping people. I always have – it’s just something in my blood,” she said. “I feel if we didn’t come in to work, people would suffer.”

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Physics graduate student coordinates hundreds of local mask makers

Thursday, May 14, 2020

The State College Mask Makers group, which is led by physics graduate student Rachael Huxford and contains more than 50 members of the Penn State community, has donated more than 2,500 cloth masks to families and small businesses in Centre County during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Faculty, grad students come together to help Centre County residents in need

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

In a true grass roots effort, Penn State faculty and graduate students, along with other residents of Centre County, joined forces to create Centre County COVID-19 Community Response -- a community organization that aims to connect people who need help with friends and neighbors ready to offer it.

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Medical students support community, health system amid pandemic

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Thanks to the efforts of both faculty and students at Penn State College of Medicine, learning has continued and even expanded – in several ways – during the pandemic.

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