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FILE - This Sept. 19, 2019, file photo, shows a spotted lanternfly at a vineyard in Kutztown, Pa. State agriculture officials have added 12 counties to the quarantine list, raising the total number of counties under quarantine to 26.
Matt Rourke / AP Photo

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, the invasive spotted lanternfly has made its way into 12 more counties. The counties that have been added to the quarantine zone where there are known infestations are: Allegheny, Beaver, Blair, Columbia, Cumberland, Huntingdon, Juniata, Luzerne, Mifflin, Northumberland, Perry, and York.

 

How Higher Education Can Make You Feel Low

May 25, 2018
Lego Grad Student has become popular among grad students because he addresses the mental hardships that many of them deal with.
Emily Reddy / WPSU

When Hillary was working on her PhD at Penn State, she realized it had become the only thing in her life.

“It feels like this pressure and anxiety to only strengthen the grad school side of yourself,” Hillary said. “I used to like writing I used to like doing all this other stuff. I had just completely erased it from my life. I felt like those parts of my personality, I wasn’t feeling like was worthy to bring into my graduate life and my graduate career.”

Hillary didn't want to use her last name because of the personal nature of her story.

BookMark: "Ice Mountain" By Dave Bonta

Mar 8, 2018

“Ice Mountain,” Dave Bonta’s most recent poetry collection, consists of short poems etched in an immediate present. Each poem is nine lines long, and carries a date as its title. The collection begins with a poem entitled “22 January, 2014”:

in the owl’s flight
as in the conifers it left
that late morning silence

and at the woods edge
the frozen carcass of a cow
pecked at by chickadees

bare trees like forks
the sky too is a dish
best served cold

Putting sensors on pland
photo by Kelly Tunney

Many of us talk to our houseplants, or play music for them.  But what if the plants could play music for us?  Actually, they can, thanks to a gadget called the “MIDI Sprout.”

Sam Cusumano, an audio engineer and experimental sound artists from Philadelphia, is the creator of that device. He paid a recent visit to Schlow Library in State College, and stopped by WPSU’s studios to talk about the MIDI sprout, and show us how it works.  We brought a big leafy plant to the studio for the demonstration.