1/13: Penn State by the numbers; $30M NASA grant; Steam emergency test event

News for the Penn State community
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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IN THIS ISSUE:

FEATURED ITEM:
-- Story: Penn State by the numbers: Growth shows institution's reputational health

STORIES:
-- NASA awards $30M grant to Penn State to help answer climate questions
-- Emergency testing to impact building temperatures at University Park campus today
-- University Staff Advisory Council announces new communications initiative
-- Communications students ready to go 46 LIVE during THON webcast
-- Commit to financial resolutions for 2015
-- Early FAFSA submission can help students financially
-- New grant tests next-generation DNA sequencing tools for crime laboratories
-- Penn State in fourth place in Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings

Also in this issue: Events.

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FEATURED ITEM:

Story: Penn State by the numbers: Growth shows institution's reputational health
Whether it's student enrollment, alumni association membership, philanthropic giving, research investments or other key indicators of a university's health, Penn State continues to shine as an institution of higher education. What follows is a look at how the University is faring on a number of fronts -- from the increasingly diverse student population to the record-setting number of alumni donors.

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

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TOP STORIES:

NASA awards $30M grant to Penn State to help answer climate questions
Penn State will lead a five-year, $30 million mission to improve quantification of present-day carbon-related greenhouse gas sources and sinks. An improved understanding of these gases will help scientists better predict and manage future climate change.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/G7rHMbYJ
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Emergency testing to impact building temperatures at University Park campus today
Penn State will conduct a Steam Emergency Event Test from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today (Jan. 13). During this time all noncritical spaces, including offices, classrooms, conference rooms and other public spaces, will be set to unoccupied and heating set points will be reduced to 50 degrees for about 90 minutes.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/kzVdkZ56
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University Staff Advisory Council announces new communications initiative
Beginning this semester, the University Staff Advisory Council is partnering with Penn State Today to highlight regular updates pertinent to staff.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/dv1PrVxc
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Communications students ready to go 46 LIVE during THON webcast
With more than a month until the debut of a re-branded and revamped webcast of the Penn State Intrafraternity Council/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, students in charge of the broadcast have already completed hundreds of hours of work in preparation for what they envision as a more interactive experience for viewers around the world.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/TT7Dt3T7
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Commit to financial resolutions for 2015
It's the time of the year for students to make reflections and look ahead. Business Liaison Librarian Lauren Reiter has some advice to share with students on how to make financial resolutions for the new year.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/bhPYvMFQ
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Early FAFSA submission can help students financially
Daad Rizk, Penn State's financial literacy coordinator, has a New Year's financial resolution for students and parents to set them on the right track for the rest of the year: Students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, early in 2015.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/jy2Dw6KK
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New grant tests next-generation DNA sequencing tools for crime laboratories
The University'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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Penn State in fourth place in Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings
Penn State Athletics is off to another strong start in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup, earning the No. 4 spot in the first rankings for 2014-15.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/Wn6nr_vD
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More stories: https://news.psu.edu/link/RGC83gQQ

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CAMPUS SPOTLIGHT: BRANDYWINE:

From Brandywine to Italy: Graduate conducts cross-cultural research
Megan Griffith took advantage of every opportunity to do research during her career as a psychology major at Penn State Brandywine. Griffth, alongside Assistant Professor of Psychology Dana Martin, completed a cross-cultural research study that delves into the representation of women in the media in the United States and Italy.

More: https://news.psu.edu/link/nGn4QHKk

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EVENTS:

Exhibition to feature graphic designer, alumnus Kidd's archives
"Everything Not Made by Nature Is Design," an exhibition from the Chip Kidd Archives, on display Jan. 12 through April 24 in The Eberly Family Special Collections Library, features the archives of award-winning graphic designer and Penn State Distinguished Alumnus Charles "Chip" Kidd.

https://news.psu.edu/link/ghzM2bzk
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Free minicourse to look for new science from Einstein's greatest discovery
New science from Einstein's greatest discovery is the theme of the 2015 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science.

https://news.psu.edu/link/KCXdKGYj

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