More “Penn State Abington Presents at Rydal Park” free talks by accomplished faculty announced

December 04, 2014

Upcoming presentations scheduled for Dec. 16, Jan. 27 & Feb. 24 in Jenkintown

JENKINTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA (DECEMBER 2, 2014): Accomplished faculty members from Penn State Abington are giving free scholarly talks at nearby Rydal Park continuing care retirement community, intended for both residents of Rydal Park and members of the local community. “Penn State Abington Presents at Rydal Park” is a new series of monthly presentations on a variety of engaging and enlightening topics, with these upcoming talks scheduled for December, January and February:

Tues., Dec. 16, 1:30 p.m.:  Asteroids Up Close and Personal

Dr. Ann Schmiedekamp, Professor of Physics and Division Head for Science and Engineering, and NASA Solar System Ambassador

NASA space missions are allowing us to image some of the asteroids in our solar system, some of whom are closer than you may think. A current mission is on its way to meet our closest dwarf planet which is in the asteroid belt. Come meet asteroids up close and find out why one has recently received the distinction of “dwarf planet”.

Tues., Jan. 27, 1:30 p.m.: An Inside Look at THON

A group of current Penn State Abington students will show a DVD and talk about THON, the annual Penn State Panhellenic Dance Marathon held in February, and their ongoing fundraising and awareness campaign for the fight against pediatric cancer for which Penn State students have raised more than $114 million since 1977.

Tues., Feb. 24, 1:30 p.m.: The Need for Nature: Research on the Health and Cognitive Benefits of Nature

Dr. Jacob Benfield, Asst. Professor of Psychology

An overview of research on the benefits of interacting with natural environments such as gardens, parks and wilderness areas, and a look at recent work at Penn State Abington highlighting the importance of sounds within nature related to health and wellbeing.

“Penn State Abington Presents at Rydal Park” talks are held at Rydal Park in Jenkintown, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. They are free via RSVP by email to or by calling 1-877-933-6699. Rydal Park is located at 1515 The Fairway in Jenkintown, PA 19046 (next to Whole Foods).

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NOTE: Speaker photos and interviews are available. Media are invited to attend talks. Please contact Elise Brown,, phone 215-825-9644

About Rydal Park

Opened in 1974 and located on a scenic 20-acre campus in Abington Township, Montgomery County, Rydal Park is a full continuing care retirement community that offers independent living across four contiguous apartment home buildings, as well as personal care, skilled nursing and rehabilitative care. Known for its exceptional location and amenities, Rydal Park has become synonymous with healthy, elegant and quality retirement living. In total, Rydal Park offers 509 accommodations. Its website is

About Penn State Abington

Penn State Abington, a distinguished baccalaureate college within a world-class, land-grant research university, creates transformative educational experiences that empower students to forge their own success as productive, responsible, and discerning citizens of a global society. In a multicultural and student-centered setting, the Abington College provides multiple educational options for degree choice, campus location, learning strategies, disciplinary and interdisciplinary studies, experiential and public scholarship, leadership, and civic commitment, culminating in the integration of academic learning with life experiences. The website is