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News for the Penn State community
Friday, January 9, 2015

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IN THIS ISSUE:

FEATURED ITEM:
-- Story: Invent Penn State: Let's turn great discoveries into a great economy, together

STORIES:
-- In case you missed it: Top news from the holiday break
-- Penn State online bachelor's programs ranked No. 1 by U.S. News and World Report
-- An avocado a day keeps the cardiologist away
-- Research at the nanoscale: Penn State center receives $15 million NSF award
-- Farm Show visitors to learn gardening from the 'masters'
-- Alumna plays key role in inaugural College Football Playoff
-- Bite into Volumetrics to lose the pounds; weight-loss book ranks No. 6
-- New grant tests next-generation DNA sequencing tools for crime laboratories
-- High-tech MRI scanner means a better view of the human brain
-- State designates Penn State Hershey as Ebola Treatment Center
-- New Smeal major aligns with 'culture of entrepreneurship' at Penn State

Also in this issue: Announcements, Events and Penn State in the News.

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FEATURED ITEM:

Story: Invent Penn State: Let's turn great discoveries into a great economy, together
A message from President Eric Barron highlights Penn State's new $30 million investment in economic development and student career success.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/9xjM35FN

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TOP STORIES:

In case you missed it: Top news from the holiday break
The women's volleyball team's 7th national title, commencement and the Lions' thrilling overtime victory over Boston College in the Pinstripe Bowl are just a few of the news highlights from the holiday break.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/xgvfcnJp
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Penn State online bachelor's programs ranked No. 1 by U.S. News and World Report
Penn State World Campus was ranked highly in U.S. News & World Report's 2015 Best Online Programs, including No. 1 for best online bachelor's programs.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/wCxQ1tDk
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An avocado a day keeps the cardiologist away
Adding an avocado to your daily diet may help lower bad cholesterol, in turn reducing risk for heart disease, according to health researchers.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/7q_Dp5mz
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Research at the nanoscale: Penn State center receives $15 million NSF award
The Center for Nanoscale Science at Penn State has been awarded a six-year, $15 million grant to continue research on materials at the nanoscale.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/DGjGLXsg
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Farm Show visitors to learn gardening from the 'masters'
If you enjoy gardening and then preserving the fruits of your labor for consumption year-round, you may want to visit the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences exhibit at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, Jan. 10-17 in Harrisburg. The college will offer a series of daily presentations, many featuring the expertise of Penn State Master Gardeners, who will offer tips and advice for maximizing the productivity of vegetable and flower gardens.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/cXwqjcPP
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Alumna plays key role in inaugural College Football Playoff
Penn State graduate and former student-athlete Laila Brock serves as director of team operations and logistics for the inaugural College Football Playoff. That means she is in charge of everything from hotel accommodations, transportation, practice sites, hospitality rooms and entertainment for the student athletes from the time they arrive in North Texas until the time they leave.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/QjDQNf8W
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Bite into Volumetrics to lose the pounds; weight-loss book ranks No. 6
Barbara Rolls' Volumetrics received the No. 6 spot for best overall diets by U.S. News and World Report for 2015. The Volumetrics approach focuses on feeling full on fewer calories, with food divided into four categories based on energy density. Volumetrics has made the U.S. News & World Report's top 10 diet lists since 2011.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/F7x1dTzR
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New grant tests next-generation DNA sequencing tools for crime laboratories
Penn State's Forensic Science program is a partner on a new National Institute of Justice grant that will test DNA investigative tools that utilize next-generation sequencing technology.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/CLx2F3dw
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High-tech MRI scanner means a better view of the human brain
With a recent upgrade to the 3-Tesla (3-T) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner, Penn State will soon have one of the most technologically advanced scanners in the country. The upgrade will give researchers access to a clearer and more detailed picture of the human brain and its functions, as well as other bodily structures.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/xTwgQXx1
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State designates Penn State Hershey as Ebola Treatment Center
Penn State Hershey is one of only four hospitals in Pennsylvania that is prepared to provide comprehensive care to patients with a suspected or confirmed Ebola diagnosis.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/S2q8dcY3
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New Smeal major aligns with 'culture of entrepreneurship' at Penn State
The Penn State Smeal College of Business will add to its roster of majors for undergraduate students and expand its portfolio of entrepreneurship-related initiatives with the launch this semester of a new corporate innovation and entrepreneurship major.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/xBThQ1bs
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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Dates for your calendar: Spring 2015
May 1: Withdrawal deadline
May 1: Classes end
May 2 to May 3: Study days
May 4 to May 8: Final exams
May 8 to May 10: Commencement

https://news.psu.edu/link/7JtmB195

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EVENTS:

Diavolo dance company performs 'architecture in motion' Jan. 27 at Eisenhower
Diavolo, a dance-theater company that performs works it calls "architecture in motion," combines movement, ballet, contemporary dance, acrobatics, gymnastics, martial arts and hip-hop. The Los Angeles company performs two works, "Fluid Infinities" and "Transit Space," at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, in Penn State's Eisenhower Auditorium on the University Park campus.

https://news.psu.edu/link/VHmJDTJv
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Zap Mama and Antibalas to perform world music celebration Feb. 3 at Eisenhower
The powerhouse musicians of Zap Mama and Antibalas bring international vocal harmonies and polyrhythmic funk to a Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, in Eisenhower Auditorium.

https://news.psu.edu/link/V6F7jB9R
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Penn College Centennial documentary to premiere in January on WVIA-TV
A one-hour documentary about the Pennsylvania College of Technology will air throughout northeastern and northcentral Pennsylvania in January on WVIA-TV. "Working Class: 100 Years of Hands-On Education" will premiere on the PBS-member station at 7 p.m. Jan. 13.

https://news.psu.edu/link/926Z2jq8

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PENN STATE IN THE NEWS:

Christian Science Monitor - Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015
Why Western satire riles some nations, groups
"Rather than see the satire as an effort to open up debate on a sensitive topic, they do everything in their power to shut it down," explains Professor Sophia McClennen.

https://news.psu.edu/link/w8V3mQcj
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015
A volleyball dynasty is going largely unnoticed
Russ Rose and his women's volleyball team took the floor inside Oklahoma City's Chesapeake Energy Arena and came away with an exclusive place in that sport's history.

https://news.psu.edu/link/66G8r9tR
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Reuters - Friday, Jan. 2, 2015
End of life planning does not make patients anxious
For a small group of advanced cancer patients, using an online tool for learning about end-of-life medical decisions did not lead to psychological distress.

https://news.psu.edu/link/gsGB1Q_F
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Campus Technology - Monday, Jan. 5, 2015
Penn State students launch online marketplace
Students at Penn State Behrend have developed a new online marketplace, based on a class project, to buy, sell and trade textbooks, appliances, furniture and supplies.

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