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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

Two battles, one destiny: Penn State and Gettysburg during the Civil War Two battles, one destiny: Penn State and Gettysburg during the Civil War
70 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
77 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
82 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
88 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
92 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
96 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?
101 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
104 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
109 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]
Minds and Matters: Ag Research on the Farm — and Beyond
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Minds and Matters: Ag Research on the Farm — and Beyond
113 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Matt Swayne
I had a chance to visit Ag Progress Days at the College of Agricultural Sciences' Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs in August. [Read More]
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