Penn State alumni Frank and Janet Dudek committed $2.5 million yesterday to the University to support several academic units. The donation will help establish scholarships, support research and purchase laboratory equipment for the College of Agricultural Sciences, the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and the Eberly College of Science.
For all the successes that Penn State sports achieve, no team comes close to the continuing successes that the Penn State Fencing Team has had over the past 21 years. Since 1990, Penn State fencing has won total 12 national championships and the previous two. (Fun fact: Penn State Fencing's 12 NCAA National Championships equals the total number of championships of the second most successful Big Ten school's entire athletic department, Iowa.) Held in Columbus, Ohio the 2011 NCAA Fencing National championship saw the fencing team looking to channel their inner women's volleyball players and win their third consecutive national championship. Unfortunately for the Nittany Lions, it wasn't in the cards this weekend.
If you're a science nerd like I am, you've probably heard of Neil deGrasse Tyson. For the unenlightened, Tyson is an internationally known astrophysicist and director of the American Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium in New York City. Tyson is also host of the popular PBS television show NOVA ScienceNOW. A frequent fixture on television on and off of PBS, Dr. Tyson will be coming to Penn State to give the give the 2011 Arthur H. Waynick Memorial Lecture.
Following the successes of last October's TEDxPSU event, the executive committee set out to plan next year's event. They took a big step forward when they announced that Zach Zimbler will take over the post as curator for the event. Zimbler is currently a junior double majoring in Supply Chain Management and Information Sciences and Technology and served as the Official Student Liaison for TEDxPSU 2010.
“I’m elated to be working on such a fantastic event for the second year in a row and we’ll be looking to improve upon the event itself and the sustainability of the organization into the future,” said Zimbler in a press release.
The rest of the executive committee will be selected over the next 2 weeks and a general volunteer meeting will take place in mid-April.