The Penn Stater Daily — Sept. 23, 2013

September 23, 2013 at 12:48 pm Leave a comment

From news to features, your daily dose of everything Penn State.

All sorts of science: Penn State researchers are making news in disparate and fascinating ways. Postdoctoral fellow Angela Brant is credited with the hunch that has led to new findings about the brain’s ability to learn new skills well into adolescence; Nobel Prize-winning glaciologist Richard Alley has co-authored a study confirming the discovery of an estuary—the first of its kind—under the Antarctic ice sheet; and Ph.D. candidate Joshua Stevens has come up with a pretty cool map showing nearly a century of Bigfoot sightings across North America.

Watch the door: The university announced plans over the weekend to install approximately 450 surveillance cameras in campus residence halls and commons areas.

#OneTeam, eight wins: A ground-churning rushing game and Sam Ficken’s 54-yard field goal were highlights of the Nittany Lions’ 34-0 victory Saturday over Kent State, a result that typified Penn State’s weekend sports success. Freshman Mark Wadid scored his third game-winner of the season in the men’s soccer team’s 1-0 defeat of Duquesne; the women’s soccer team came back from a late 2-0 deficit to record a thrilling 3-2 overtime win in its Big Ten opener against Northwestern; the field hockey team won a pair of weekend matches by a combined 8-0; and the women’s volleyball team posted three straight sweeps in rolling through the Penn State Classic.

Flying into jobs: Penn State tops a list of “preferred suppliers of talent” for the aerospace and defense industry in a recent survey by Aerospace Week & Space Technology. We’re also one of eight universities “most valued by employees” looking to land jobs or promotions.

Harsh reality: Ryan Buell ’06, star of the hit A&E series Paranormal State, was diagnosed last year with pancreatic cancer. He has kept a low profile since his diagnosis became public, but he spoke recently with about pushing forward with other projects while he fights for his life.

Happy Birthday, Fran: Longtime Penn State broadcaster and all-around class act Fran Fisher is celebrating his 90th birthday. Mike Poorman ’82 of and Neil Rudel ’78 of the Altoona Mirror paid tribute to their friend.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

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