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Science Journal Spotlight: Embracing education and research at a distance

10 November 2021

The Summer 2021 issue of the Science Journal is now available online. In this issue, we explore how the Eberly College of Science uses remote technologies as part of its teaching and research endeavors. Guest editor Julia Kregenow, teaching professor of astronomy and astrophysics, provides important context for our theme of “remote.” Here, we highlight several notable efforts by the college to adapt to challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Tracy Langkilde

A Message from the Dean.
Verne M. Willaman Dean Tracy Langkilde highlights how the college has continued to meet and expand on its missions of education, research, and outreach over the last year. 


Julia Kregenow, teaching professor of astronomy and astrophysics, delivers an introductory astronomy lecture in the Bryce Jordan Center during thespring 2021 semester. Credit: Nate Follmer

Our Community, Shining Through It All.
This feature article describes how the college community stepped up to face the unprecedented challenge of COVID-19 to support its students.


Seth Ragin

Graduating During a Time of Pandemic: The Experiences of a 2021 Graduate.
Recent graduate Seth Ragin reflects on taking an accelerated path to complete his degree in mathematics during the pandemic.


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Grad School: The Pandemic Year.
BMMB graduate student Molly Rathbun describes how working remotely has shaped the research and lives of Penn State graduate students.


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Dean’s Special Awards for Extraordinary Efforts During COVID-19.
Dean Langkilde recognizes Matthew Ferrari and Melissa Hicks, who went above and beyond at the onset of the pandemic to support the college community.

View the rest of this issue at the Science Journal web page.