The Penn Stater Daily — Jan. 31, 2014

January 31, 2014 at 10:53 am 1 comment

The wet stuff: Do you like water? Is it something you find useful in your daily life? If so—and we’re guessing this probably applies to you—you’ll want to set your DVR for Water Blues, Green Solutions, a new documentary produced by Penn State Public Media. The hour-long film looks at the very serious issues facing America’s water supply—from aging infrastructure to record droughts—and highlights solutions being developed around the country. (That’s Mark Stitzer from Penn State Public Media filming construction on the San Antonio River in the photo below). It’s already debuted on a handful of PBS stations, and is airing soon on more affiliates nationwide, including on our own WPSU on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. Check the complete schedule here.

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Legendary linebackers sign on: A couple of guys who’ve starred at Penn State’s signature position have signed on for the Nittany Lions’ “Signature Event.” LaVar Arrington ’00 and Michael Mauti ’13 will be in the building next Wednesday when James Franklin and his staff host their celebration of national signing day at the BJC. Admission is free for students, and tickets (which you can order here) are $5 for everyone else. Should be fun.

Coming up for a look: The Super Bowl isn’t the only event the world will be watching on Sunday—Feb. 2 is, of course, Groundhog Day, and Stam Zervanos is here to shed some scientific light on the popular legend. A professor emeritus of biology at Penn State Berks, Zervanos studies the hibernation patterns of groundhogs, so he understands the real reasons why Punxsutawney Phil will (or won’t) pop out of that hole. For more, read on.

Road warrior: It’s possible that most Pennsylvanians hadn’t heard Barry Schoch’s name before last May, when the state secretary of transportation stepped into the spotlight to address the media about a tanker explosion that closed Interstate 81 and snarled traffic in the center of the state. His efficient handling of the situation earned Schock ’82 praise, and his reputation grew even more after he led the successful fight to pass a $2.3 billion transportation bill meant to address the state’s crumbling transportation infrastructure. The Philadelphia Inquirer has a great feature on the unassuming secretary’s quiet success in Harrisburg.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

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