Abington faculty share expertise through public discussion series

Abington broadens community partnerships
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Members of Penn State Abington THON will discuss on Jan. 27 their mission to raise money to cure pediatric cancer during a new public discussion series.

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ABINGTON, Pa. -- Penn State Abington continues to expand its area partnerships by collaborating with the Rydal Park continuing care retirement community to host a public discussion series featuring Abington faculty.

Faculty add insight to popular topics and demystify others, drawing from their original research in the arts, humanities, science, engineering and social sciences.

“We are presenting our accomplished faculty to a new audience and giving the greater Abington community unique content and programming,” said Chuck Marsh, director of university relations at Abington.

The free events are held at 1:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month, at Rydal Park, 1515 The Fairway, Jenkintown. RSVP to [email protected] or call 877-933-6699.

Upcoming speakers for Penn State Presents at Rydal Park include:

Dec. 16 -- Asteroids: Up Close and Personal

Ann Schmiedekamp, division head for Science and Engineering and NASA Solar System Ambassador, will talk about NASA space missions, including a current one on its way to meet our closest dwarf planet. 

Jan. 27 -- Inside THON

Abington students will share the joy of THON, the largest student run philanthropy in the world. The annual Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon has raised more than $114 million since 1973 to fight pediatric cancer.

Feb. 24 -- The Need for Nature: Research on its Health and Cognitive Benefits

Jacob Benfield, assistant professor of psychology, will offer an overview on the benefits of interacting with natural environments and will discuss recent work at Abington highlighting the importance of sounds within nature for health and well being.