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  • Dudley and Lingzi Xiaoli, a visiting scientist in the Department of Food Science, examine the genome sequence of a foodborne pathogen.

    Food Safety Pioneers

    Penn State is one of the first universities in the country to join the FDA's GenomeTrakr project, a vast network of labs using genome sequencing to prevent and speed investigations of foodborne illnesses.

  • 2017 College of Education Penn State graduates at their spring commencement

    Looking Forward

    More than 13,000 students earned their diplomas this May, leaving the Penn State family more than 800,000 strong!

  • Colombian farmers watch an instructor demonstrate cacao cultivation.

    Cacao for Peace

    VIDEO: As Colombia emerges from 50 years of violence, Penn State experts are helping poor farmers switch from growing coca, the stuff of cocaine, to growing cacao, the principal ingredient in chocolate.

  • Black and white image of man with goggles and glove reaching for cereal box. Goggles, glove and box are in color.

    Third Eye

    Penn State researchers are leading the effort to create machines that can interpret a complex visual scene as much as the human brain does. The result? A wearable device that could help visually impaired people do their grocery shopping.

  • Ecologist and associate professor of geography, Erica Smithwick does research in the forests of South Africa.

    Women in Science

    Erica Smithwick, ecologist and associate professor of geography, is among four women profiled who inspire students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.