Research Unplugged Returns to Schlow Library
March 30, 2014 3:45 PM
by Gazette Staff
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Research Unplugged, the Penn State series that brings together a broad range of University researchers and the State College community for lively public discussions, returns this spring at Schlow Centre Region Library.

On April 3, a special Research Unplugged event will feature Dr. Wayne Sebastianelli. This event will take place in the Pegula Club Room at the Pegula Ice Arena. Sebastianelli is the Kalanek Professor in Orthopedics and director of athletic medicine at Penn State. His talk, “Heads Up! Kids and Sports-Related Brain Injuries,” is about increasing awareness of how to better prevent and treat sports-related concussions among kids and teens.

James Kasting, professor of geosciences, will give a talk on April 10, “4th Rock From the Sun: Exploring the Mysteries of Mars.” Kasting, a renowned planetary scientist, researches the physical conditions that allow planets to sustain life. He was chairman of NASA’s ongoing Exoplanet Exploration Program Analysis Group, and authored the book “How to Find a Habitable Planet.”

On April 17, celebrate Earth Day with a talk titled “Ancient Flowers: The Search for Earth’s First Flowering Plants” by Professor of Biology Claude dePamphilis. Recognized internationally for his groundbreaking work on the evolutionary genomics of flowers and The Floral Genome Project, dePamphilis will help us explore the mystery that has long puzzled plant biologists: why flowers suddenly appeared in the fossil record over 100 million years ago.

The season will conclude on April 24 by observing National Poetry Month with “Once Upon a Line,” a poetry reading and talk with award-winning poet Erin Murphy. Murphy is an associate professor of English and creative writing at Penn State Altoona. Her poems give voice to these siblings, servants and spouses to celebrate and elevate the background characters.

Research Unplugged is made possible with the support of the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Office of Strategic Communications and Schlow Centre Region Library.

For additional information, contact series coordinator Melissa Beattie Moss at (814) 865-2614 or email

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