Category Archives: Research|Penn State magazine

Dig that clam! And enter our new contest.

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The winner of the latest At Large photo contest is Todd LaJeunesse, an associate professor of biology at Penn State. His image is a stunning abstract of the mantle of a giant clam in the waters off Palau. The photo (above) is prominently featured in the October 2015 issue of Research|Penn State. In addition to publication of his photo, Todd will receive a high-quality print of the At Large spread, suitable for framing.  Continue reading Dig that clam! And enter our new contest.

Keeping the end user in mind

[Note added July 8: If you’re having trouble getting the video to run on this page, try it at the full story on the Third Eye project, here. We’re sorry for the inconvenience–]

Lesson number one for those who design high-tech devices: Make sure they actually fit the needs of the people who will be using them.

Penn State video producer Curtis Parker recently visited Jack Carroll, Distinguished Professor of Information Sciences and Technology, and Penn State IT consultant Michelle McManus, who is visually impaired, to talk about designing for end users with a disability.

Carroll is part of a research team that is designing a “smart glove” that can help visually impaired people do their grocery shopping. It recognizes items on the store shelves and guides the shopper to pick up items he or she wants to buy. The glove is part of a massive, multi-institutional project called “Visual Cortex on Silicon.”

Read the full story about this work in the April issue of Research/Penn State (available around campus) or online here.

 

Readers weigh in

Crop residue—the leftover stalks of a previous crop—acts as a mulch to conserve water and protect the soil from eroding away. Photo by Gene Alexander/USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Crop residue—the leftover stalks of a previous crop—acts as a mulch to conserve water and protect the soil from eroding away. Photo by Gene Alexander/USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Every now and then, we get notes or calls from readers of Research/Penn State about something that ran in the magazine. Sometimes the message is a thank you or a compliment; other times it’s more critical. Either way, it’s good to know that a reader cared enough about one of our stories or images to get in touch with us about it. Continue reading Readers weigh in

At Large Winner—and New Contest

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We have a winner!

The winner of our first At Large photo contest is Bernardo Niño, whose close-up shot of honey bees at their hive is so vivid that it makes us hear the buzzing and taste the honey.  Bernardo’s photo appears in the spring issue of Research|Penn State, which will arrive on campus in mid-April. In addition to publication of his photo in Research|Penn State, Bernardo will receive a high-quality print of the At Large spread, suitable for framing. Continue reading At Large Winner—and New Contest

See your research photo in Research|Penn State!

We are looking for superb research-related photos to run as our “At Large” feature in Research|Penn State magazine. As you can see from the two examples here, each photo fills a full two-page spread, is visually compelling, and will be accompanied by a very short description of how the image relates to research being done by a Penn State scientist or student. (We’ll write the description, with help from you.) You can see these images in print on pages 8-9 of our spring and fall 2014 issues, which are available around campus. Give me a call if you can’t find one.

Here are the specs:

• Images must be strong horizontals so one shot can completely fill a two-page spread.
• Images must relate to research being conducted by someone at Penn State.
• Images can be scenics, close-ups, or micrographs. They can be realistic or abstract (a patterned structure, for example), color or black & white. Archival shots will also be considered.
• We do not use portraits. When we use a shot with a person in it, the person is small within the frame.
• Images must be available at high resolution.

Please send your photos to me, Cherie Winner, at clw43@psu.edu. Lo-res versions are fine at this stage. If we select your image, we’ll ask for the hi-res version. Deadline for submission is Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. For more information, use the contact form below or call me at 3-4750.

At Large, Fall 2014

At Large, Spring 2014