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Polar Day, a free public event celebrating the natural and cultural value of the Polar Regions, will be held from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Friday, March 27, in the McCoy Natatorium and from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the HUB-Robeson Center's Freeman Auditorium, both on the University Park campus of Penn State. Polar Day is sponsored by Penn State’s Polar Center. Joel Sartore, speaker, author, teacher and a 20-year contributor to National Geographic magazine, will give the keynote presentation at Penn State’s third annual Polar Day. Sartore, whose assignments have taken him to every continent and to the world’s most beautiful and challenging environments, from the High Arctic to the Antarctic, will present “Witnessing Change: Making Sense of Global Warming" at 12:45 p.m. in the HUB-Robeson Center's Freeman Auditorium.

Robust. If I had to describe the final meeting of the UPUA’s Ninth Assembly in one word, I’d call it robust, and that’s not just because it was President Anand Ganjam’s favorite buzzword over the course of his year in office.

Penn State announced last week that they had finalized plans and gotten approval for the funding for part two of their new data center plans.

Most of the discussion at the second annual UC Santa Cruz Climate & Policy Conference was not about how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but about how to plan for and adapt to the inevitable consequences of those emissions, which are already changing the climate.

Penn State’s chapter of Net Impact will host the Smeal Corporate Citizenship Conference later this month, bringing in nine major businesses and a keynote speaker to discuss integrity, sustainability, and corporate social responsibility (or CSR). Corporate citizenship is the idea that businesses should be socially responsible and aim to enrich communities in which they operate.

Are you longing to dig into the garden after this cold, snowy winter? If you are, this series of workshops is for you! Penn State Extension Bucks County is here to help both novice and seasoned gardeners with a series of four short gardening courses.

UNIVERSITY PARK When the humanitarian engineering and social entrepreneurship program at Penn State created what it thought was the perfect technology to aid farmers in Africa, all it needed was the right partner to help promote it.