Take Note: Former Penn State Research VP Pens Children's Book

Oct 4, 2019

Eva Pell was senior vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School at Penn State and served as under secretary for science at the Smithsonian Institution. "ResQ and the Baby Orangutan" is her first children's book in a series.
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After working at Penn State for 36 years and then retiring as undersecretary for science at the Smithsonian Institution, Eva Pell is writing children’s books. Pell was the senior vice president for research at Penn State and dean of the Graduate School, and a professor of plant pathology. Now, she is taking her background in science and bringing it to the first in a series of books focused on 11- and 12-year-old cousins who, along with their grandmother, use their intellect and passion to rescue animals. Pell spoke with WPSU's Anne Danahy about the book “ResQ and the Baby Orangutan," the science behind it and the importance of conservation.