Penn State recently released its annual research report and, in contrast to almost everything else these days, the numbers are trending up.
According to the report, Penn State has seen a 74% increase in research expenditures since 2000 and last year totaled a record $765 million cold hard clams for research purposes. Federal agencies contribute $445 million which is a 95% increase since entering into the new millennium.
The numbers have fallen slightly in terms of industry funded research, which the report blames on the bad economy, but Penn State is still ranked #3 nationally in that category. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania contributes exactly $83,765,000 to Penn State’s research funds.
The number of applicants to Penn State’s Graduate School hit the highest number it has reached in the last 10 years with 17,071 applicants in 2009. This is compared to the only 13,101 who applied in 2000.
Another part of the report included an article on the study of turning waste water into a renewable form of hydrogen. Read on to find out how!
Congratulations to the following kindhearted alumni, who have won the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award for their selfless contributions to Penn State:
Joan Amble(1975) Executive Vice President and Corporate Comptroller for American Express.
Gen. C. Robert Kehler (1974) Commander, Air Force Space Command
Daniel S. Mead (undergrad: 1975, grad: 1977) Chief Operating Officer for Verizon Wireless
Karen B. Peetz (1977) Chief Executive Officer of Financial Markets and Treasury Services at The Bank of New York Mellon
Richard L. Trumka (1971) President of the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)
Dr. Johannes D. Veldhuis (1974) Professor of Medicine at Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education
This award is issued annually by the Penn State Board of Trustees, and it serves as the “University’s highest award for an individual.”
Some of these fine individuals may be partially responsible for the highest single month of donations on record in December 2009 (over $58 million).
The awards both shed light on our faithful supporters and encourage said donors to maybe, perhaps, possibly cough up a few more bucks in the future… please? It’s going to a good cause… us!
In January, US Representative Glenn Thompson from Pennsylvania’s 5th District announced that he would be accepting applications from his district, which includes the Penn State community, for federal appropriations for projects.
“I am promoting an open and transparent process and will conduct a review of each project on a competitive basis,” said Thompson.
Emphasis on “competitive.” The site says their are a large number of requests submitted to the government each year and with the economy the way it is, the budget for such projects may be tighter and project applications may be more competitive.
The 2010 Census is upon us, and five Penn State students are determined to count every man, woman, and child in Centre County.
Laura Peck, Jennifer Wallington, Emily Franklin, Kate Wiedie, and Emily Simmons formed “Count Centre County” to compete in this year’s Public Relations Student Society of America’s National Bateman Competition. They’re especially targeting groups with low return rates, namely rural populations and college students.
Count Centre County, a community outreach organization, will host informative events during the month of February to maximize the county’s participation in the Census this year. The group will make appearances in the HUB and residence halls, so be sure to participate.
Students comprise roughly three quarters of State College, so a lack of Census participation on our part could drastically alter the results for Centre County.
Check out the group’s Facebook and Twitter pages for more details.
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This is probably a long shot but I feel the need to address what happened today.
I appreciate that you found my book and called the number to give it back to me. When I saw you walking up with it I was awestruck by your beauty. Usually I don’t run away from beautiful girls but.. I just couldn’t control my reaction. I’m sorry I turned and ran away, subsequently falling down a staircase. I also am aware it may look like I soiled myself shortly after falling down the stairs but this was not the case, I was carrying Hershey’s chocolate bars in my back pocket and became very sweaty and hot when I saw you and they were probably crushed while I fell down the stairs. This is the best explanation.. of course the other is that I actually did soil myself which is not entirely impossible but it’s been a few weeks since that’s happened otherwise so it seems unlikely.
Er.. anyway, I really do need my book back. I promise if you meet up to give it to me I won’t run away or shit all over the place this time.
If not can you please email me questions 2 – 15 and question 17 for Chapter 1? Thanks.
I totally feel for you man, this is how I react every time I see an attractive girl on campus. Like a deranged lemming, I just make a beeline for the nearest stairwell and throw myself down it.