Posts tagged ‘Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk’

The Penn Stater Daily — April 21, 2014

Smile, you’re in Beaver Stadium: Security is a major priority in the second-largest stadium in North America, and as our buddy Bill DiFilippo writes in today’s CDT, that means lots and lots and lots of cameras in the most prominent building on campus. Penn State’s director of physical security, Scotty Eble, says there are “approximately” 63 cameras in the stadium, a number he says is “constantly changing.” That of course doesn’t count the 100,000 or so phones and handhelds in the building seven Saturdays each fall.

The winds (and drought, and flooding…) of war: Retired Navy Rear Admiral David Titley arrived on campus last fall to direct the Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk, and as this story from Slate reinforces, there’s a very real impetus for his and the Center’s work: the growing threat of political instability caused or exacerbated by a warming planet. The story includes a Q&A with Titley in which he talks about striving not to politicize the climate change discussion while emphasizing that it’s not “just an environmental issue; it’s a technology, water, food, population issue.”

On the bench, and off: A couple of cool behind-the-scenes features on Penn State sports from student media outlets: The Collegian profiles Dwayne Anderson, a Nittany Lion basketball assistant coach who earned the respect and admiration of Pat Chambers when Chambers was an assistant, and Anderson a player, at Villanova; and Onward State introduces us to the women of Penn State’s nationally competitive club power-lifting team.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

April 21, 2014 at 12:10 pm Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Sept. 24, 2013

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

Party like it’s 1996: General public tickets for December’s “Return to Rec” basketball game vs. Princeton went on sale today at 10 a.m. With all the buzz surrounding the event, it’s safe to assume the notoriously rowdy venue will live up to its reputation. Also likely: Ryan Jones ’95 will try to relive his college days and show up in Zubaz. Call 1-800-NITTANY for ticket info.

Weather or not: Opened in late August, the Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk will give Penn State’s meteorology department “a competitive advantage,” says director David Titley in an article from today’s Centre Daily Times. According to Titley, the new weather center’s technology can predict natural disasters and other weather risks with “very high confidence.”

So good, so good: Rain-soaked fans rejoiced Saturday when Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” played in Beaver Stadium for the first time since 2011. The surprisingly controversial song was rumored to have been cut post-Sandusky scandal because of potentially inappropriate lyrics, which Penn State officials denied.

Au Bon Painless: As a proponent of the local food movement, I was disappointed to learn last June that Otto’s Cafe, the cute little coffee bar in the Kern Graduate Building, would be replaced by national chain and airport favorite Au Bon Pain. Well, ABP opened earlier this month, and I’ve not only eaten my words, but about 32-and-half Waldorf Turkey Wraps since. The food selection is fantastic (and fresh!), and the staff is super friendly, handling the weekday-morning crush without breaking a sweat. Way to go, ABP. You’ve won me over.

Mary Murphy, associate editor

September 24, 2013 at 10:59 am Leave a comment

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