cover of May/June 2023 issue of Penn Stater Magazine
May / June 2023

Alumni Brewers on Tap • Q&A with a New Grad School Dean


Tools for Cultivating a Warming World

Penn State entomologist David Hughes gained acclaim with his research into “zombie ants,” but his heart and soul are in PlantVillage, a transformational initiative to help farmers in Africa and elsewhere adapt and survive in the face of climate change.
Savita Iyer

Pouring a Glass for Everyone

The alumni couple behind Hot Plate Brewing Co. looks to combine great craft beer with a uniquely inclusive experience.
Amy Strauss Downey '04 Lib

Campus Life

Taco the Town

Shawn Carter feeds his longtime dream by feeding the State College community with creative, international fare.
Jeff Rice '03 Com


Q&A: Toby Ezeonu

The Nittany Lions’ 6-7 middle blocker draws inspiration from his family.
Jeff Rice '03 Com

Remembering 'Blu'

In memory of Matthew Rice, a starting defensive end on the Lions’ 2005 Big Ten championship team.
Jeff Rice '03 Com

Heating Up

Led by another dominant performance from the wrestling team, Penn State made postseason noise in several winter sports.  
Jeff Rice '03 Com

What a Run

Longtime field hockey coach Char Morett-Curtiss retired in February after building one of Penn State’s most perennially successful programs.
Jeff Rice '03 Com

Smooth Transition

Lisa Bervinchak Love '89 H&HD will be Penn State Field Hockey's sixth head coach beginning in August.
Jeff Rice '03 Com

Worth the Weight

The founders of Penn State’s Lift For Life look back on the event that launched a fundraising phenomenon.
Jeff Rice '03 Com


Crafty Alums

Hot Plate and Boal City are just the latest alumni-owned breweries—from L.A. to New England, Penn Staters are brewing all over the map. 
Robyn Rydzy '95 Com

Local Flavor

From the owners to the brewer to the guy behind the bar, newly opened Boal City Brewing has deep roots in Happy Valley.
Ryan Jones '95 Com

Faculty Expertise

AI in the Sky

Engineering professor Chaopeng Shen’s AI-based hydrological models helped PlantVillage teams in Africa combat a powerful locust plague and save the crops of thousands of farmers.
Savita Iyer

From the Archives

Tombstones: The Stuff of Life

From the March 1973 Penn Stater: Legendary physicist Erwin Mueller shares stories of his scientific inventions, his introduction to Penn State, and how he used science to turn tombstones to bread in post–World War II Germany.

From the Editor

My Thoughts Exactly

Association News