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Penn State is a leader in higher education and carries out its mission of teaching, research, and service with pride and focus on the future.

Our leadership in administration, faculty, and staff make our mission come alive every day. The Board of Trustees reviews and approves the budget of the University and guides general goals, policies, and procedures from a big-picture perspective. The President’s office ensures that all aspects of the University are running smoothly and promotes overall principles that students, faculty, and staff abide by for the long term. The University Faculty Senate represents the Penn State faculty with legislative authority on all matters regarding the University's educational interests.

We strive to celebrate diversity in all aspects of our educational and operational activities. Our strategic plans are designed to result in ongoing improvements that help prepare future generations of leaders. Our budget is an integral part of our strategic process. 

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A team of Penn State researchers has identified the mode of action of viperin, a naturally occurring enzyme in humans and other mammals that is known to have antiviral effects on a wide variety of viruses, including West Nile, hepatitis C, rabies, and HIV.
When siblings felt more warmth toward each other in childhood, they were more likely to achieve similar levels of education, according to Penn State researchers.
Entomologists are devising a way to reduce burgeoning populations of stink bugs, which are damaging crops and aggravating people.
Students who think their parents are more accepting of drinking alcohol tend to drink more in college, according to researchers. 
Recent trends and popular advice telling moms not to sleep with their babies may make mothers who do choose to co-sleep with their infants more likely to feel depressed or judged, according to Penn State researchers.
Researchers have identified 15 genes that determine our facial features.
A Penn State research team has shown that it is possible to rapidly break down solid and liquid human waste to grow food with a series of microbial reactors.
The Penn State Evidence-based Prevention and Intervention Support Center (EPISCenter) is helping a state agency — which works to prevent violence, delinquency and substance abuse in youth — implement a model that shows which prevention programs provide the most cost-effective services to communities.
Two new Penn State projects are aiming to educate the public about opioids while utilizing partnerships with law enforcement and community organizations to identify and disrupt networks of opioid distribution.
A recent study suggests that people in the U.S. largely agree about what makes them feel loved, coming to a general consensus that it may be small gestures that matter most.