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2014-01-08 23:24:46

Undergraduate and graduate programs delivered online through Penn State World Campus earned top spots in this year’s U.S. News & World Report rankings. University Park, Pa. (PRWEB) January 08, 2014 Penn State’s online campus, the World Campus, ranked in the Top 10 for its online undergraduate and graduate programs among the hundreds of higher education institutions included in U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 Best Online Programs rankings released today (Jan. 8). Penn State...

2013-12-03 23:28:25

Penn State's first wave of MOOC professors share their thoughts, experiences with online educators. University Park, PA (PRWEB) December 03, 2013 Kathryn Jablokow calls MOOCs “a really, really big experiment” and one she’s excited to be part of. Jablokow is one of three professors who recently taught a massive open online course offered by Penn State on “Creativity, Innovation and Change.” More than 150,000 students signed up for the class, which ended in November. Jablokow...

2013-11-21 14:23:43

Within the hospitality industry, manager support for fun is instrumental in reducing employee turnover, particularly for younger employees, according to a team of researchers. However, manager support for fun also reduces employee productivity, which can negatively impact sales performance. "In the hospitality industry, employee turnover is notoriously high because restaurant jobs are highly substitutable -- if you don't like your job at Chili's you can go to TGI Friday's down the street,"...

2013-10-07 23:26:36

Faculty who taught Penn State’s initial round of MOOCs, or massive online open courses, say their experiences will influence how they teach their regular classes. University Park, PA (PRWEB) October 07, 2013 Faculty who taught Penn State’s initial round of MOOCs, or massive online open courses, say their experiences will influence how they teach their regular classes. The five MOOCs offered by Penn State have attracted more than 300,000 enrollments so far. “I was overwhelmed by the...

Study Finds Walnuts Benefit Cardiovascular Health
2013-05-08 18:38:00

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Doctors have long considered many nuts to be quite heart healthy. The fatty acids found in nuts along with high doses of fiber and vitamins are thought to reduce the levels of LDL, or “bad” cholesterol in the blood. Now, a team of Penn State researchers are parroting other studies that have found walnuts to be one of the healthiest nuts there is. “We already know that eating walnuts in a heart-healthy diet...

Theory And Practice Is Key To Optimized Broadband, Low-loss Optical Metamaterials
2013-03-28 16:14:39

Penn State The union of theory and practice makes broadband, low-loss optical devices practical, which is why two groups of Penn State engineers collaborated to design optical metamaterials that have custom applications that are easily manufactured. Metamaterials are manufactured materials that derive their unusual properties from structure rather than only composition, and possess exotic properties not usually found in nature. Nanostructured metamaterials appear different for signals...

Decoys Could Prevent The Spread Of Ash-killing Beetles
2013-02-15 13:43:36

Penn State As the emerald ash borer ravages North American ash trees, threatening the trees' very survival, a team of entomologists and engineers may have found a way to prevent the spread of the pests. Emerald ash borers (EABs), a type of beetle native to Asia, first appeared in the U.S. about 20 years ago. They are now moving east from Michigan, killing ash trees on the Eastern Seaboard as far south as North Carolina. "Within 25 years, practically no ash trees may remain on either...

2011-09-01 12:37:18

Children who go through puberty at a faster rate are more likely to act out and to suffer from anxiety and depression, according to a study by researchers at Penn State, Duke University and the University of California, Davis. The results suggest that primary care providers, teachers and parents should look not only at the timing of puberty in relation to kids' behavior problems, but also at the tempo of puberty -- how fast or slow kids go through puberty. "Past work has examined the...

2011-02-15 08:00:00

NEWTOWN, Pa., Feb. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has collaborated with The Pennsylvania State University to develop a breakthrough material that can significantly improve the performance of spacecraft antennas. The electromagnetic metamaterial is considered to be the first commercially viable product of its kind and is one of the first practical implementations of electromagnetic metamaterials that improves a real-world device. Lockheed Martin's University Research...

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2010-12-06 11:05:00

Brand named hotels fare better than independently operated properties in economic downturns, according to a team of international researchers. A study of the performance of hotels during both economic recessions and expansions indicates that brand named hotels are more profitable than independent hotels under all economic conditions, but the difference is particularly significant during recessions, said John O'Neill, associate professor of hospitality management, Penn State. "There has been a...


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tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.