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The College of Engineering recently awarded six Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grants to faculty members, including one in partnership with the College of Health and Human Development and another with the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences.     Credit: Kelby Hochreither/Penn State College of Engineering. All Rights Reserved.

College of Engineering awards six Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grants

The Penn State College of Engineering recently awarded six Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grants to faculty members, including one in partnership with the College of Health and Human Development and another with the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences.

Representatives from Westinghouse and Penn State met at Westinghouse headquarters in Cranberry to sign a memorandum of understanding and enter a partnership focused on researching and developing micro-reactors for clean, sustainable energy. From left: Jason Beebe, director of the Global Transformation Office at Westinghouse; Michael Valore, senior director of advance reactor commercialization, Westinghouse; Mike Shaqqo, senior vice president of advanced reactors, Westinghouse; Lora Weiss, senior vice president for research at Penn State; Jean Paul Allain, head of the Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering; Geanie Umberger, associate vice president for research and director of industry research collaborations at Penn State; Saya Lee, assistant professor of nuclear engineering; Elia Merzari (back), associate professor of nuclear engineering; and Hilary Ruby, director of transformation for the Americas Operating Plant Services Business Unit at Westinghouse. Credit: Provided by Westinghouse. All Rights Reserved.

Westinghouse and Penn State to explore advancing sustainable micro-reactors

Penn State and Westinghouse announced that they will partner on research and development efforts focused on exploring and applying nuclear engineering and science innovations to societal needs. They will also begin discussions about siting Westinghouse’s eVinci micro-reactor, a next-generation, small modular reactor designed to address sustainable power needs from immediate use in large communities to decentralized remote applications, at University Park.

Recreational deer hunting is the primary tool that’s available to state wildlife agencies to manage the resource, and the states have relied on revenues from the sales of hunting licenses largely to pay for wildlife conservation for more than a century. With fewer hunters, the challenge will be to find new tools to achieve management goals, according to a leading deer researcher. Credit: Joe Kosack/Pennsylvania Game Commission. All Rights Reserved.

Future of deer management clouded by coming steep decline in hunter numbers

Because so many deer hunters are aging out of the sport — and new hunters are not being recruited to replace them — deer management strategies will need to change to manage populations of whitetails in many states.

Penn State Extension will offer a unique webinar series focusing on tick and Lyme disease education as it relates to the interactions people have with their animals, including working and hunting dogs, horses, and household pets. Credit: Joyce Sakamoto. All Rights Reserved.

It's tick season: Learn to protect yourself and your animals with free webinars

To educate the public about tick risk and tick bite prevention in these companion animals, Penn State Extension will offer the spring 2022 “Tick Webinar Series.” The vector-borne disease extension team will hold three webinars in May — Lyme Disease Awareness Month — at no cost to participants.