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Mid-Atlantic Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments consortium formed

11/11/2016

 UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grant for $3.6 million over five years will support formation of MARISA (Mid-Atlantic Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments), a consortium of NOAA, The RAND Corporation, Penn State, Johns Hopkins University and Cornell University.

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Project explores how virtual reality can help students learn

11/10/2016

 UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Any Trekkie (a fan of Star Trek) knows what the fictional holodeck is: a virtual reality space where people can experience representations of real or imaginary environments and situations for recreation, training, or solving problems. At Penn State, researchers are offering prototype versions of immersive Virtual Reality (iVR) lessons in three courses this fall and spring to engage students in the advantages and promises that such learning offers.

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Patagonian fossil leaves reveal rapid recovery from dinosaur extinction event

11/8/2016

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Ancient feeding marks from hungry insects in South American leaf fossils are shedding new light on the mass extinction that wiped out the dinosaurs.

Scientists analyzed insect feeding damage to thousands of leaf fossils from Patagonia, Argentina, over the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary, and found evidence that ecosystems there recovered twice as fast as in the United States.

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