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Matt Swayne

Matt is a Research and Technology Information Officer at Penn State. He also is a Public Relations Manager and Adjunct Journalism Instructor at the university.

Articles by Matt Swayne

More School, More Challenging Assignments Add up to Higher IQ Scores More School, More Challenging Assignments Add up to Higher IQ Scores
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Matt Swayne
Researchers have struggled to explain why IQ scores for developed nations — and, now, developing nations — have increased so rapidly during the 20th century. Mean IQ test scores of American adults, for instance, have increased by about 25 points over the last 90 years. [Read More]
Two battles, one destiny: Penn State and Gettysburg during the Civil War Two battles, one destiny: Penn State and Gettysburg during the Civil War
94 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Matt Swayne
In 1860, an effigy of President-elect Abraham Lincoln was hung from a window of a partially completed Old Main, the only campus building worthy of a name at the time. Sometimes tension turned into outright violence, mirroring the dissent spreading across the country. [Read More]
Celebrating Graduate Research at Penn State
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Celebrating Graduate Research at Penn State
101 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Matt Swayne
The researchers found that people generally accepted the talking object, almost as much as a talking robot. This means that smart objects may have a place in our homes and offices and will pave the way for a web of intelligent and connected devices that experts are calling the Internet of Things. [Read More]
Creating a Research Community: How Penn State Researchers Impact Our Lives
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Creating a Research Community: How Penn State Researchers Impact Our Lives
106 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Matt Swayne
If you saw the stacks of research papers and books resting on any of my colleagues' desks at the Penn State Research Communications offices, might suggest we pitch a new reality show, maybe "Office Hoarders." [Read More]
Matt Swayne: On Research's Red Carpet
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Matt Swayne: On Research's Red Carpet
112 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Matt Swayne
What if the movie you produced won awards for the Best Actor, the Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, and Best Writer and – by the way – the academy also decided to throw in a Lifetime Achievement award? [Read More]
Matt Swayne: Penn State's Call of Duty
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Matt Swayne: Penn State's Call of Duty
116 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Matt Swayne
Research on how and why video game players immerse themselves in games can be a piece in a puzzle to help video game developers create products that are fun, but also help gamers interact and socialize, Matt Swayne writes. [Read More]
Research at Penn State: The Science of End-of-Year Top 10 Lists
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Research at Penn State: The Science of End-of-Year Top 10 Lists
120 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Matt Swayne
In science, uncertainty reigns. Even the most common assumptions are challenged. The predictable is rarely predictable. The obvious is often a veil for the complex. There is one exception. The end-of-year countdown and best-of lists are entirely certain and completely predictable. [Read More]
Research at Penn State: The Mayan Apocalypse or Just a Lack of Precipitation?
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Research at Penn State: The Mayan Apocalypse or Just a Lack of Precipitation?
125 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Matt Swayne
A few people probably have the date, Dec. 21, circled on their calendars as the end of the world as we know it. [Read More]
Matt Swayne: How Penn State Research is Helping Us Live Long and Prosper
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Matt Swayne: How Penn State Research is Helping Us Live Long and Prosper
128 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Matt Swayne
The world was a strange place 4 billion years ago -- and life was even stranger. Penn State researchers have developed a chemical model that mimics a possible step in the formation of cellular life on Earth 4 billion years ago, Matt Swayne writes. [Read More]
Mind and Matter, Research at Penn State: Fall Leaf Forecast Optimal . . . For Leaf Peeper Ulcers
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Mind and Matter, Research at Penn State: Fall Leaf Forecast Optimal . . . For Leaf Peeper Ulcers
133 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Matt Swayne
Like the smell of kettle corn sizzling at the arts-and-crafts festivals and the muffled roar of a couple hundred thousand football fans echoing across the valley, Penn State's autumn foliage forecast is one of the great traditions of this full-sensory season. [Read More]
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