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John Leri

Answering the Toughest Question: Why?

Why do people act the way they do? Curious to find out for himself, student John Leri decided to study the behavior of humans ... and zebrafish.
Man running on track.

New Penn State center to examine sports in society

Leveraging dozens of faculty with an academic and research interest in sports, Penn State on Nov. 14 announced the creation of the Center for the Study of Sports in Society. The center will be charged with supporting research, teaching, public programs and service across Penn State related to the study of sport and its cultural, economic and social impact.


Sarah B. Shear's talk will look at the representations of indigenous peoples in K-12 curriculums.  

Kenneth Womack


Ken Womack, professor of English and Integrative Arts at Penn State Altoona, was the guest speaker at the March 6 Penn State Forum Speaker Series event held at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel. Womack, the 2013-14 Penn State Laureate, is an expert of popular culture, most notably of The Beatles.