Happy Valley is a hotspot for food-based startups

by Holly Riddle For its size, Happy Valley boasts an impressive food scene. There’s a wealth of locally owned restaurants, a wide variety of international cuisine, and a thriving farm-to-table focus spurred by the county’s abundant agricultural resources. Not to mention, just when you think you’ve tried every eatery Happy Valley has to offer, another […]


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Penn State Research Impacting the World's Biggest Issues, Right Now

Photo Credit: Patrick Mansell Penn State’s research expertise is undeniable. Last year, the university’s research expenditures exceeded $1 billion and, according to the National Science Foundation, Penn State surpasses all other universities in the country when it comes to research expenditures by key fields and subfields. Last year’s funding came from a variety of sources, […]

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QuantumBio Helps Pharma Companies Determine Which Drugs Will Help, and Which Could Harm

While you’re reading this, pharmaceutical companies are testing and developing over 400 different drugs and vaccines to fight infectious diseases ranging from HIV to tuberculous to COVID-19. Many of these drugs you will not hear about for another decade. During this early testing phase—years before these drugs are ready for the public or even ready […]

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Why Here: A Competitive Ecosystem Built on Rich Resources and Top Talent

When Happy Valley started making national news in rankings, many of its accolades were around lifestyle. The area was named “Least Stressful Town in the U.S.” by Psychology Today in 1988 and since then has been heaped with praise for safety, health, walkability, music scene and adventure culture. More recently, recognition has reflected the innovation and resource-rich […]

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Engineers create bio-inspired sensors for smarter robotics

A Penn State professor has collaborated with researchers in China to develop an “electronic skin” sensor that mimics dynamic human motion, and their breakthrough could change the future for severely disabled people.  Huanyu “Larry” Cheng is Penn State’s Dorothy Quiggle Early Career Professor in engineering science and mechanics, and he’s been named on Forbes 30 […]

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Female-Led Med Tech Company Pushes Forward Amidst COVID-19

Actuated Medical is working hard to help specialized populations during COVID, as well as to continue serving the medical community in new ways, despite the pandemic. Actuated Medical, Inc. (AMI) has been busy this year, developing, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, face shields for industries and populations with various needs that can’t be met […]

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Breadth of Penn State’s Research Expertise Surpasses that of any University in the Country

The total puts Penn State even higher in elite rankings of national research universities Penn State’s research expenditures exceeded $1 billion during the 2019-20 fiscal year. The total figure of $1.01 billion reflects the interdisciplinary strength that the university has been building over the past three decades, and puts Penn State even higher in its […]

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