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Penn State's Mission to the Moon

April 12, 2013

Science Engineering

Michael Paul,

Michael Paul is a space systems engineer with experience on systems flown to the innermost planet, Mercury, to Earth orbit and out to the farther reaches of our solar system. Michael is the leader of Penn State's Google Lunar X Prize team, the Lunar Lion, directing Penn State's first mission to anot...

It Will Take Imagination Not Image To Elect The First Woman President

May 28, 2013

Politics Gender Issues

Nichola Gutgold,

Nichola D. Gutgold is a professor of communication arts and sciences and in July will become associate dean of academic affairs of Schreyer Honors College.
She is author or co-author of a number of books that examine women's communication in male dominated fields including: : The Rhetoric of Suprem...

Let There Be Light

December 17, 2012

Christian Brady,

Dr. Christian M. M. Brady, Dean of the Schreyer Honors College, served as host for TEDxPSU. He came to Penn State in August 2006, from Tulane University, where he directed the honors program and previously directed the university's Jewish studies program. Brady holds two advanced degrees from the Un...

The robotic paradox

April 21, 2014

John M. Jordan

Given the recent acceleration in the capabilities of robots -- especially given DARPA research and Google's investments in this field -- it's time to talk seriously about the place of robots in health care, warfare, work, and social interaction. The paradox derives from the role of science fiction i...

Cool head, warm heart: math, love and sustainability

May 04, 2015

Sustainability Science Environmentalism

John Roe,

John Roe talks about the insights math can bring as we think about the transition to a sustainable future.
John Roe is a professor in Penn State's department of mathematics. Born and educated in England, John came to PSU in 1998 where he has helped invent new kinds of mathematics, taught inspiring ...

From petty to purpose

May 04, 2015

Xavier D'Leau

Are you a petty person? Xavier D'Leau examines through funny personal anecdotes how we can work through our defense mechanisms to ultimately find our true life's purpose.
Xavier D’Leau is a blogger and digital content creator from New York City by way of the San Francisco Bay Area. He writes and vl...

PlantVillage: using smartphones and smart crowds for food security

May 04, 2015

David Hughes

People need food and to grow that they need knowledge. Too often knowledge on plant health is inaccessible to growers around the world. Here I describe a new approach, using cell phones, to fundamentally transform the way knowledge on plant health is shared. Through the power of the crowd, our platf...

Walk in your God shoes

April 30, 2015

Ethics Spirituality LGBT Issues

Jeannine Gramick,

We all need to engage in the process of making an informed conscience decision if we want to grow in character, personal integrity, and moral development. We need to speak our truth, even if no one is listening, even if our speech is opposed, even if we walk alone, even if we are afraid. We need to ...

Why does it take so long to grow up today?

April 28, 2015

Jeffrey Jensen Arnett

It takes so long to “grow up” today—finish education, find a stable job, get married—that it makes sense to think of it as a new life stage, emerging adulthood, in between adolescence and young adulthood. But why? Four revolutions of the 1960s and ‘70s explain it: the Technology Revolution that chan...

When artists get together they talk about real estate

May 04, 2015


Jane Richlovsky,

As cities across the nation contend with the displacement of culture by rising real estate prices, the conversation seems to be stuck on the idea of artists as hapless victims in this struggle. Artist Jane Richlovsky's eviction from her studio by the Department of Transportation inspired her to rewr...


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