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Alexis Arra, sophomore in the graphic design program at Penn State, has won the Betreff Gentner Prize at the 2015 “Water is Life” International Student Poster Competition in Berlin. Arra received a 1,500 Euro prize for her design. There were over 4,800 entries from 81 countries and only five prizes awarded in total.

The Nile Project, which uses music to raise awareness of the cultural and environmental challenges along Africa’s mighty river, comes to Penn State for a residency the week of April 20. The highlight of the visit is a concert by musicians from 11 countries at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in Eisenhower Auditorium.

Both Earth Day and Arbor Day will be celebrated next week. For anyone interested in home horticulture, these two days are of great significance.

Your lawn may not be as green as you think.

Sure, the grass might be manicured and free of weeds. The flowers might be colorful. But a thriving lawn and garden isn’t automatically an environmental boon.

Harsh chemicals used in many fertilizers and smoke belching from gas-powered lawnmowers are just two reasons a well-maintained lawn can harm the environment more than it helps.

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.