Digging Deeper

Penn State President Eric Barron and guests on the set of Digging Deeper

In this monthly talk show, Penn State President Eric Barron explores how work being done at the University impacts the broader community. Penn State senior Robert Johnson serves as co-host and rounds out each episode by asking President Barron questions that are on the minds of students, faculty, staff, and community members. Learn about the latest research, services, and more on Digging Deeper!

About the Hosts

eric-barronEric J. Barron, Penn State’s 18th president, is a geologist at heart and a scientist who has studied the earth and its processes. In office since May 2014, he’s a rock solid leader for our ever-evolving great public research University. From day one, he has rolled up his sleeves to dig in deeper to the issues impacting Penn State.Read more at President Barron’s blog: Digging Deeper.

Robert JohnsonRobert Johnson is a junior who is passionate about friendly, engaged and informative storytelling. He seeks to provide clarity to often-puzzling issues. He practiced this while he was the student government reporter and a student mentor for The Daily Collegian. Known for his popular weather forecasts, Robert majors in Meteorology and Atmospheric Science at Penn State, one of the most prestigious meteorology programs in the nation. He spent time as a meteorology intern in his hometown of Philadelphia at FOX 29 (WTXF-TV) during summer 2017. He also enjoys being the lead host of 46 LIVE, the official webcast of the Penn State Dance MaraTHON, as he brings the trials and triumphs of Four Diamonds families to hundreds of thousands of viewers across the world.

Episodes

Eric Barron and guests on the set of Digging Deeper

Food Security

Posted on November 9, 2017

Scientists at the “Roots Lab” at Penn State are working on building sustainable sources of food and nutrition for the developing world. Continue »

 

Eric Barron and guests on the set of Digging Deeper

Fighting Antibiotic Resistance

Posted on October 24, 2017

A pair of Penn State professors discuss their research study on the effects of overusing antibiotics with Penn State President Eric Barron. Continue »

 

Eric Barron and guests on the set of Digging Deeper

Finding Your Roots

Posted on June 9, 2017

President talks with Penn State experts about the impact a summer camp can have on students’ attitudes towards science. Continue »

 

Eric Barrona and Shoba Sivaprasad on the set of Digging Deeper

Immigration

Posted on May 5, 2017

President talks with a Penn State expert about immigration policy and President Trump's executive orders. Continue »

 

Eric Barron and guests on the set of Digging Deeper

Winemaking

Posted on March 26, 2017

President Barron and Penn State experts discuss the fundamentals of growing grapes and making wine in Pennsylvania. Continue »

 

Penn State President Eric Barron and guests on the set of Digging Deeper

PlantVillage

Posted on September 14, 2016

President Barron explores how Penn State researches are using crowdsourcing and mobile technology to protect the world’s food supply. Continue »

 

Penn State President Eric Barron and guests on the set of higher education in focus

Evaluating Mental Health on Campus

Posted on April 21, 2016

The number of students seeking assistance through Penn State’s Counseling and Psychological Services, or CAPS, has increased 32 percent in the past five years. Penn State President Eric Barron and guests discuss mental health on campus. Continue »

 

Higher Education in Focus

Exploring Education Abroad

Posted on March 31, 2016

Penn State President Eric Barron and guests Michael Adewumi, vice provost for Global Programs, and Karan Sandhu and Nicole Bernstein, both Penn State students whom have studied abroad, discuss the benefits of international experiences. Continue »

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Eric Baron and guests on the set of Higher Education in Focus

Serving Student Veterans Part II

Posted on February 25, 2016

President Barron continues the discussion on serving student veterans with two representatives from the Office of Veterans Programs: Brian Clark, director of the Office and Renee Thornton-Roop, a counselor and chair of the Military and Veteran Support Services Committee. Continue »

 

Higher Education in Focus

Serving Student Veterans

Posted on January 21, 2016

Penn State President Eric Barron and guests discuss what the University can do to address the unique challenges veteran and active-duty military students face. Continue »

 

Sandy Barbour, Scott Radecic, and Eric Baron on the set of Higher Education in Focus

Tackling the Athletics Master Plan

Posted on December 17, 2015

Penn State President Eric Barron and guests Sandy Barbour, Penn State director of athletics, and Scott Radecic, senior principal at the architectural firm Populous, discuss what you need to know about Penn State Athletics’ facilities master plan. Continue »

 

Jonathan Alger and Timothy Sands with Eric Barron on the set of Higher Education in Focus

Engaged Scholarship

Posted on October 12, 2015

Join Penn State President Eric Barron and guests Jonathan Alger, president of James Madison University, and Timothy Sands, president of Virginia Tech, as they discuss how this so-called Engaged Scholarship is evolving. Continue »

 

Penn State President Eric Barron and guests on the set of Higher Education in Focus

Discover the Arts at Penn State

Posted on September 24, 2015

Penn State offers hundreds of musical and theatre performances, visual arts exhibitions and related events each year. Join Penn State President Eric Barron and guests as they discuss what makes Penn State one of the major cultural centers between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Continue »

 

Governor Tom with speaking with Penn State President Eric Barron

Governor Tom Wolf

Posted on May 21, 2015

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf joins Penn State President Eric J. Barron from the state capitol in this special edition. Continue »

 

Matt Brezina and Chris Fanini with host Eric Barron and Patty Satalia on the set of Higher Education in Focus

Student Entrepreneurship, Part 3

Posted on April 23, 2015

Penn State President Eric Barron and WPSU's Patty Satalia talk to a pair of Penn State alumni and entrepreneurs, Matt Brezina and Chris Fanini, about their successes and the Penn State Summer Founders Program. Continue »

 

Patty Satalia and Eric Barron on the set of Higher Education in Focus

Student Entrepreneurship, Part 2

Posted on March 19, 2015

WPSU's Patty Satalia talks one-on-one with Penn State President Eric Barron about converting Penn State research and innovation into an economic engine for the state. Continue »

 

Steve Sheetz, Loretta Zeth, Eric Baron and Patty Satalia on the set of Higher Education in Focus

Student Entrepreneurship

Posted on February 19, 2015

Join Patty Satalia, Penn State President Eric Barron and guests Steve Sheetz, chairman of the Sheetz Family Council, and Loretta Zeth, Penn State Altoona Business Student, as they talk about a new initiative called Invent Penn State, aimed at bolstering the state’s economy and promoting student career success. Continue »

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Renata S. Engel and David Christiansen with Eric Baron and Patty Satalia on the set of Higher Education in Focus

Making Education Accessible

Posted on January 15, 2015

Eric Barron and Patty Satalia talk to Renata S. Engel, associate vice provost for Online Programs, and David Christiansen, associate vice president for Commonwealth Campuses and senior dean for academic programs, about transforming education and access. Continue »

 

Set of Higher Ed in Focus featuring Penn State's Lunar Lion Team

Lunar Lion Team

Posted on November 20, 2014

Eric Barron and Patty Satalia talk to undergraduate students Gretchen Buttorff and Liam K. Neigh, members of Penn State's Lunar Lion Team. Continue »

 

Patty Satalia, Eric Baron and Sandy Barbour on the set of HIgher Education in Focus

Penn State Athletics

Posted on September 27, 2014

On the premiere episode of “Higher Education in Focus,” Penn State President Eric Barron and WPSU's Patty Satalia talk to Sandy Barbour, Penn State's new athletic director. Continue »