The Penn Stater Daily — Nov. 27, 2013
To the moon! We hope you read about Lunar Lion, the team of Penn State faculty, students, and alumni working to land a spacecraft on the moon by 2015, in our Nov./Dec. issue. The program announced a milestone this week: It has paid its launch reservation fee to Team Phoenicia LLC, which Bobby Chen of Onward State, who does a nice job translating science for lay readers, calls “basically a carpooling service for rockets.” This saves money for Lunar Lion, and the team’s leader, Michael Paul, explained: “Now we only have to target a fraction of that cost for launch and can apply our energy and funding to other areas of the mission.”
Boon for law students: Penn State Dickinson School of Law announced this week a new program called the Commonwealth Scholars Program, which will provide renewable annual grants of $20,000 to law students whose primary residence is Pennsylvania. Onward State called the announcement “incredible news” and noted the law school’s recent accomplishments and recognitions, while the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette noted that a decline in law-school applications likely factored into the program. The grant is renewable for all three years of law school—a potential savings of $60,000—and Commonwealth Scholars are still eligible for other grants and financial aid.
“American underdog vs. America’s team:” The underdog in this ESPN.com headline is none other than Matt McGloin ’12, who will be starting at quarterback for the Oakland Raiders on Thanksgiving against the Dallas Cowboys—i.e., America’s Team. His amazing journey from walk-on at Penn State to undrafted rookie to starting NFL quarterback continues. I had to laugh at this line in the piece: “You have to wonder if the moment will be too big for him.” Yeah, I don’t think so. I guess the national media is still learning what we’ve found out over the past couple of years: Never, ever count out Matt McGloin. Maybe this game will raise McGloin’s profile a little more so that broadcasters such as Mike Francesca can get his name right.
And, of course, turkey tips: There’s “one thing you don’t want to share on Thanksgiving,” the College of Agricultural Science reminds us: “pathogenic bacteria.” Martin Bucknavage, a food-safety specialist for Penn State extension, weighs in with tips on how to clean, prepare, and cook your Thanksgiving turkey:
Enjoy your holidays! We’ll be back Monday, Dec. 2.
Lori Shontz, senior editor