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We're partnering against disease...

Penn State researcher shakes hand with a Maasai woman.


Researchers plan to work with the Maasai to better understand the ways in which they currently respond to disease risk and climate adaptation, and then use that knowledge to introduce culturally relevant innovations to reduce vector-borne infections.

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With the help of a grant from the World Health Organization, scientists from Penn State's Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences will collaborate with the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology to investigate the impact of climate and land-use changes on infectious diseases, such as malaria and sleeping sickness, in Tanzania's Maasai Steppe.

And rescuing honey bee hives...

Two female scientists examine a honey bee hive in a lab.

Examining a honey bee hive

“Pollinator decline not only has alarmed the scientific community but has gained prominence in the popular press, raising the public's awareness about threats to our ecosystem.”—Christina Grozinger

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Honey bee colonies are collapsing in record numbers. A multidisciplinary team, made up of Penn State faculty and students, is looking at a number of different systems, including honey bee genomics, bioinformatics, and insect physiology, all with one goal in mind: to help the honey bee grow and thrive in the face of this crisis.

Shooting for the moon...

Lunar Lion Team 3-D model being assembled

Assembling 3-D model of the Lunar Lion spacecraft

Penn State freshman and aerospace engineering major Ben Garelick assembled a printed 3-D model of the Penn State Lunar Lion team's spacecraft during a team meeting. The Lunar Lion team brings together multiple disciplines and expertise from a variety of students to design and create a robotic spacecraft that could land on the Moon by 2015.

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Penn State students and faculty in engineering, physics, astronomy, geoscience, journalism, and business are competing against the world’s rising stars in space exploration to win the Google Lunar X PRIZE and to send their Lunar Lion spacecraft to the moon. 

And rebuilding stormwater systems in Philadelphia.

Penn State Extension is leading students in rebuilding green infrastructure sites in Philadelphia: a rain garden and a stormwater bump-out. These features are intended to capture and absorb stormwater, decreasing polluted runoff while also beautifying the cityscape.