Biology professor's nature photographs to be featured at Hard Freight Café

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 696 hits

Biology professor's nature photographs to be featured at Hard Freight Café

Photographs by Laura Palmer, associate professor of biology, will be featured in a slideshow during Penn State Altoona's Hard Freight Café on Feb. 21 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Titelman Study of the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts.

Palmer teaches a variety of courses involving cell biology, molecular biology, immunology, and genetics. Outside of the classroom, she is an avid nature photographer with a particular passion for photographing birds. She volunteers at Canoe Creek State Park in Hollidaysburg, PA, where she monitors Eastern Bluebird nest boxes during the spring and summer months. The data she collects is part of a larger national effort focused on the conservation of bluebirds and other native, cavity-nesting birds.

Selections from Palmer’s slideshow will be published as the Faculty/Staff Spotlight in the Spring 2017 issue of Hard Freight, Penn State Altoona’s online student literary magazine. These photographs, many of which were taken in Central Pennsylvania, represent a subset of works from a collection entitled “Symmetry.” Each photo reflects the basic biological concept of symmetry, a regularity in form or arrangement of component parts, which provides beautiful harmony and balance to our natural world.

Hard Freight Café is an open mic event. Attendees are invited to read or perform their own work or music, or share a favorite piece of poetry or prose. A sign-up sheet will be distributed at the beginning of the program. The event is sponsored by the English program and Hard Freight, Penn State Altoona’s online student literary magazine. It is free and open to the public.

Media contact:
Marissa Carney, Media Relations Coordinator, University Relations 814-949-5105

Web Contact:
Jonathan O'Harrow, Webmaster, University Relations 814-949-5105

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