1/14: Leukemia survivor gives back to THON; Urschel scholarship; expanded travel insurance for faculty, staff

News for the Penn State community
Wednesday, January 14, 2015

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IN THIS ISSUE:

FEATURED ITEM:
-- Story: Paying it forward: Clark draws from childhood leukemia experience to help THON

STORIES:
-- Heard on Campus: Cathy Willis Spraetz, CEO of Chimp Haven
-- Study finds lodging demand more stable in university towns
-- Conservative Supreme Court justices favor business, liberal ones favor investors
-- Researchers find few positives in Vermont's proposed educational reforms
-- Code for success: Sophomore excels in coveted Microsoft training program
-- New grad: 'Everlasting opportunities' at Abington key to his success
-- Undergraduate diversity institute in philosophy receives Mellon grant
-- Urschel, alumnus team up to create scholarship
-- An enigmatic career: Math alum is Wall Street Journal's puzzle guru
-- Vamos! Lion Chariot offers Happy Valley 'transportainment'

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

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FEATURED ITEM:

Story: Paying it forward: Clark draws from childhood leukemia experience to help THON
A survivor of childhood leukemia, first-year student Ryan Clark understands the mission of the Intrafraternity Council/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON) all too well. Now the Penn State Altoona student has the opportunity to help another generation of children as he raises money for THON 2015.

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

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TOP STORIES:

Heard on Campus: Cathy Willis Spraetz, CEO of Chimp Haven
"Many of these chimpanzees have spent literally decades in laboratories. And so their experience has been concrete and mesh, not grass, not dirt."

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/Zzgmxvb7
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Study finds lodging demand more stable in university towns
The demand for college and university lodging is more stable than the typical lodging demand, and markets dominated by a college are more stable in terms of not only occupancy rates, but also average room rates, according to Penn State researchers.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/2kvWHSDs
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Conservative Supreme Court justices favor business, liberal ones favor investors
Political ideology matters in decisions on financial regulation, according to research by two University faculty members.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/HFZPP3Cw
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Researchers find few positives in Vermont's proposed educational reforms
Recent proposed changes to Vermont's educational system are unlikely to produce projected results, according to a new policy brief released by Penn State's Center for Rural Education and Communities.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/r84m3TS1
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Code for success: Sophomore excels in coveted Microsoft training program
Reaching out to a recruiter on her own, computer science and engineering sophomore Ria Bhatia got a jump on her dream job: working at Microsoft.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/s7nYCy5D
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New grad: 'Everlasting opportunities' at Abington key to his success
Kemelbek Urmat Uulu recently graduated from Penn State Abington with three degrees and will pursue a career as a radiologist.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/TByzs8_6
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Undergraduate diversity institute in philosophy receives Mellon grant
The American Philosophical Association received a $600,000 grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support and expand undergraduate diversity institutes at universities such as Penn State.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/NZWB2w4t
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Urschel, alumnus team up to create scholarship
John Urschel, a two-time Penn State graduate, Academic All-American offensive lineman and math genius, has teamed with the Mathnasium of Roland Park, near the Baltimore Ravens' Maryland facility, on a new scholarship program, which will award six-month scholarships to area high school students.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/G8PJ1GJt
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An enigmatic career: Math alum is Wall Street Journal's puzzle guru
Penn State math alumnus Mike Shenk's love of puzzles has led him to become the crossword editor for The Wall Street Journal.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/N4qpCw_v
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Vamos! Lion Chariot offers Happy Valley 'transportainment'
Penn State alumnus Todd Miner is the owner of Vamos! Lion Chariot, State College's only pedicab touring service.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/4y2wJ2Dv
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More stories: https://news.psu.edu/link/RGC83gQQ

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EVENTS:

Blue & White Society to kick off semester with Winter Chill at Pegula Ice Arena
Winter Chill, the Blue & White Society's annual winter back-to-campus event, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, in the Pegula Ice Arena.

https://news.psu.edu/link/1x3327xH
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'Little Rock Central' film screening planned for Jan. 21
The Penn State Reads program will be sponsoring a showing of the documentary, "Little Rock Central: 50 Years Later," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, in the HUB Freeman Auditorium.

https://news.psu.edu/link/hjnjZ4ML

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Penn State expands traveler insurance for faculty, staff
Faculty and staff traveling overseas on any University-related business are now covered under the travelers' health and evacuation insurance plan Penn State has arranged.

https://news.psu.edu/link/786LG6dK
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Libraries offers $1,250 award for 2015 outstanding undergraduate thesis
The Penn State University Libraries announced its fourth annual competition for the Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis.

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

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PENN STATE IN THE NEWS:

York Dispatch - Monday, Jan. 12, 2015
Seeing the forest and the trees at Pa. Farm Show
"The timber industry has been large in Pennsylvania for over 150 years," said Chuck Ray, associate professor and a representative of Penn State Extension.

https://news.psu.edu/link/Rn4k7zFQ
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Campus Technology - Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015
Penn State leads ranking for top online bachelors
Penn State's World Campus gets the top nod for its 23 online bachelor's degree programs. The magazine reported that the program currently has about 4,400 students.

https://news.psu.edu/link/zyLrdz5r
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The Boston Globe - Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015
Security for Boston Olympics may need $1B
"It's the whole nation ponying up, I don't see any way around it," said Mark Dyreson, a sports historian and professor at Penn State.

https://news.psu.edu/link/Qr5LxTBS
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Newsweek.com - Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015
A plastic as strong as Kevlar, and eco-friendly
Engineering professor Melik Demirel and his team produced a thermoplastic that replicates a protein complex extracted from squid tentacles' suction cups.

https://news.psu.edu/link/rNN8F9nv
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