Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Food Science Building -- Alternative View

Exit the East Parking Deck, turn right, walk 10 yards and at a certain time in the morning you'll see this view of the Food Science Building at Penn State. This view passes quickly.

I made this image with my iPhone using the Camera+ app. Amazing the kind of things you can produce with it. And best of all, it's almost always at hand.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


The Hort Club provides flower arrangements to a variety of locations on campus. This is the current on in the lobby of Ag Administration Building. A lovely reminder that spring and a new season of growth is not far off.

I'll post new pictures as new arrangements arrive. For more information visit the Horticulture Club or follow the club on Facebook.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A New Day

Morning on the University Park campus. Students are away on spring break. The sun shines through the cold air. Beaver Stadium and Mount Nittany stand watch in the distance. A new day. I came to work knowing that Governor Corbett would be announcing his budget later in the day. News reports characterized it as a "day of reckoning". At the end of the day Penn State faced a $182 million reduction in state funding.

I shot this picture on the way to the office knowing the college would have to change direction in response to the cuts. What I didn't know was how much. Penn State responded in a news release about the devastating extent of the cuts.

Pitt, Temple, and Lincoln Universities, the other state-related institutions also received similar news. Mark Nordenberg, chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh shared his reaction to the cuts.

It's too early to know exactly what Penn State and the college will look like after these budget realities are implemented. Regardless, the college has a long tradition of stepping up to tackle challenges.

The bell is ringing again.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Penn State Trees

For years this Platanus occidentalis (a Sycamore tree) has watched silently as I passed by on my way to my office. It is a majestic tree standing between Henning Building and Ag Administration Building. Only recently have I been formally introduced and learned this tree has a name -- C464. I also know it is 44 inches in diameter, has a spread of 72 feet, and is 77 feet tall.

I came across this information quite by accident when my daughter showed me the Trees of Penn State site. Maintained by the Office of Physical Plant this site shows the location, history, and relevant details of every tree on the University Park campus. And the site has news, fun facts, and a lot of other tree trivia.

Make sure you explore the Search by Location link. It will show a map viewer with tools to find all kinds of information about the trees.

Check out the planting of the first elm trees at old Old Main.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Science for Your Life

Spencer Malloy, agroecology major, talks with student writer Natalie Jeanne Plumb last night in the Ag Sciences and Industries Building lobby. Malloy is answering questions for the Hall Talk feature in the college's Science for Your Life newspaper.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Anthracnose Disease in Sorghum

Walking across campus I was struck by the play of light from inside and outside the greenhouse. As the temperature drops and winter continues research in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences continues.

Surinder Chopra, associate professor of maize genetics, was recently awarded a $1 million grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture for his investigation of anthracnose disease in sorghum.

Just one part of the college's research program.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Evening Sunset

Walking home this evening and I see a familiar Sycamore tree illuminated with warm light. Another reminder that spring is not far off. This tree grows in the area between Henning Building and Ag Administration Building.

Campus slows as students and faculty head home for dinner, a quiet time before evening events begin.