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  • Actors, informally dressed, stand on a darkened stage in spotlights. Some use cell phones. In the foreground are people in front of blue computer screens, running the performance. A grey box with the words "Penn State Lives Here" sits in the lower left corner.

    Theatre of Change

    The all-student cast of "Blood at the Root" aren't afraid to talk about the play's emotionally charged themes, and they're taking the conversation international.

  • A group of happy Penn State students gather in conversation in a bright studio classroom.

    Thanks for Believing in our Future

    "For the Future," a historic, University-wide fundraising effort for Penn State students, exceeds its goal, raising $2.158 billion in private support.

  • Three cheerleaders cheer for the Penn State football team on the sideline of Beaver Stadium.

    Blue-White Weekend 2014

    Spring has sprung in Beaver Stadium. The Blue-White contest is a game, a party, a reunion, and a thank-you to the NIttany Lion faithful.

  • A female student stands in front of a red and white table display of #ISTstarup materials. She's talking to another woman, who's back is to the camera. A blue box with white text reading "Penn State Lives Here" is in the lower left corner.

    Business Dreams; Start-up Reality

    On April 7, trailblazing entrepreneurs and innovators will converge on the University Park campus for IST Start-up Week, where they'll share strategies for success with Penn State students.

  • Two Penn State students in a workshop. The woman in the foreground is guiding a piece of metal through a saw as a man looks on. In the lower left is a dark gray box with white text reading "Penn State Lives Here."

    Lunar Lion: Blast-Off 2015

    VIDEO: Penn State faculty and students are making history as the only university-led team in the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition, a race to put the first spacecraft on the moon in 35 years.

2014 Stand Up Award winners posing for the camera.

Students receive the 2014 Stand Up Award for showing ethical leadership


Two Penn State students received the 2014 Stand Up Award for showing courage and fortitude and demonstrating ethical leadership through personal example. The Stand Up awards are sponsored by the Rock Ethics Institute in the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State. This year's honorees are Zachary Brubaker, a physics major and president of the Penn State Alliance of the Blind and Sighted, and Maggie Cardin, a childhood and early adolescent education major and President of Penn State’s chapter of Aevidum, an organization devoted to helping teachers recognize and respond to student mental illness.

chart comparing sizes of planets

Researchers solve mysteries of a nearby planetary system's dynamics


Mysteries of one of the most fascinating nearby planetary systems now have been solved, report authors of a scientific paper to be published by the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society in its early online edition April 22. The study, which presents the first viable model for the planetary system orbiting one the first stars discovered to have planets -- the star named 55 Cancri -- was led by Penn State graduate student Benjamin Nelson in collaboration with faculty at the Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds at Penn State and five astronomers at other institutions in the United States and Germany.