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Jeff Catchmark

New biomaterial could replace plastic laminates, greatly reduce pollution

An inexpensive biomaterial that can be used to sustainably replace plastic barrier coatings in packaging and many other applications has been developed by Penn State researchers, who predict its adoption would greatly reduce pollution.
New Zealand Mud Snails gathered around a dime

Ed Levri works to track progress of invasive snails

Ed Levri is part of a small research group that received a grant to track the progress of New Zealand mud snails in PA and NY.
Right-of-way at State Game Land 33

Altoona professor leads group in maintaining the right-of-way in the right way

A group of faculty, students, energy providers, and vegetation-management companies are looking at how to best maintain right-of-ways under utilities to protect those utilities and promote wildlife at the same time.
Birding Classic photo

Birding Classic puts funds to good use

For the second year in a row the Earth Day Birding Classic was held at Penn State Altoona as teams competed to identify by sight or sound as many species of birds as possible in 24 hours in Blair and nearby counties.
Two male students conduct research

Two Penn State students honored with NIST-SURF Fellowship

Two Penn State students, Michael Bichnevicius and Cassandra Carrick, have been honored by the National Institute of Standards (NIST) and Technology’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF). Bichnevicius and Carrick will both gain valuable hands-on research experience and work with cutting-edge technology in the Washington, D.C., area this summer.

Corien Bakermans to speak at Korean Polar Research Institute

Corien Bakermans will speak at the twenty-third annual International Symposium on Polar Sciences hosted by the Korea Polar Research Institute in Incheon, Republic of Korea.
Peltier device

Altoona professor, students look to solve complex ozone layer problem

Depletion of the ozone layer has been a major source of environmental concern for decades. Penn State Altoona professor Kofi Adu and his students are researching ways to heat and cool the earth without using dangerous substances.
Angela Spagnoli and her son Anthony

Unbreakable Bond

Mother and son tag team through college, life

Angela Spagnoli: Undergraduate Research at Penn State Altoona

Environmental Studies student Angela Spagnoli shares her Penn State Altoona undergraduate research experience.