1/16: Recap of trustees committees' actions; Facebook sharing; Hershey breaks ground

News for the Penn State community
Friday, January 16, 2015

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IN THIS ISSUE:

FEATURED ITEM:
-- Story: Facebook sharing can boost involvement with news and information

STORIES:
-- Mosquitoes, malaria and Asian history
-- The Medical Minute: Lifestyle determines success after surgical weight loss
-- Performing Arts staff member combines skills, interests to save pollinators
-- Trustees' committee approves plan for Penn State Hershey, PinnacleHealth
-- Trustees support Penn State's sustainability successes, goals
-- Penn State Hershey breaks ground on University Technology Center
-- Trustees committee approves facilities improvement projects
-- Committee endorses design team for Lasch building renovations
-- Penn State Beaver's Michael Baker Building renovations set to begin in March
-- Penn State Brandywine Global Programs let students explore abroad
-- Molding her own college experience
-- Palmer Museum of Art lends works to Inaugural Exhibit of the Pennsylvania Arts

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

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FEATURED ITEM:

Story: Facebook sharing can boost involvement with news and information
People who share news on social media sites may connect more with that information -- and stay connected longer -- than people who casually read the news, according to a team of researchers.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/34bdnhDn

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TOP STORIES:

Mosquitoes, malaria and Asian history
Chinese rulers spent hundreds of years and sacrificed countless lives building a meandering 5,500-mile earth, stone, and brick wall along the country's northern border, designed to keep invaders from attacking the empire. Meanwhile, tiny germs and bugs were one brick in a wall that restrained China's own ambitions to conquer and incorporate parts of what is now called Vietnam and the empire's other southern neighbors.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/4HrjZyJ_
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The Medical Minute: Lifestyle determines success after surgical weight loss
With many people staring down New Year's resolutions related to losing weight, some may be wondering if surgical weight loss is right for them. Dr. Ann Rogers, director of Penn State Hershey Surgical Weight Loss, says surgery is only a long-term solution for patients who also resolve to enact some important lifestyle changes.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/nQLTLvjp
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Performing Arts staff member combines skills, interests to save pollinators
Center for the Performing Arts staff member Medora Ebersole is using her experience as an education and community programs manager to develop an interdisciplinary project aimed at increasing knowledge of pollinator behavior -- from bees and bats to birds and butterflies -- to benefit food production efforts and battle the use of pesticides worldwide.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/BJY_7fD9
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Trustees' committee approves plan for Penn State Hershey, PinnacleHealth
The Board of Trustees Committee on Finance, Business and Capital Planning yesterday (Jan. 15) approved a plan to bring Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and PinnacleHealth System together to form a new health enterprise. In doing so, the committee advanced a recommendation to the full Board of Trustees to approve the plan. It is anticipated that the board will consider a motion to approve the plan at its meeting March 20.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/jQqH6229
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Trustees support Penn State's sustainability successes, goals
The Board of Trustees Committee on Finance, Business and Capital Planning yesterday (Jan. 15) took steps to reduce the University's energy use through the approval of two design-build teams to handle energy conservation projects at the University.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/JtvH1bHn
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Penn State Hershey breaks ground on University Technology Center
Officials from Penn State Hershey held a ceremonial groundbreaking Jan. 14 for a 46,000-square-foot, $54-million data center on the medical center and College of Medicine campus.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/_qfLVz6v
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Trustees committee approves facilities improvement projects
The Board of Trustees Committee on Finance, Business and Capital Planning yesterday (Jan. 15) endorsed builders for projects that will improve the experience for students, faculty and staff working in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering and Housing and Food Services.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/f3tnj5yC
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Committee endorses design team for Lasch building renovations
A recommendation to appoint Populous of Kansas City, Missouri, to design an estimated $12 million renovation to the Mildred and Louis Lasch Football Building was approved yesterday (Jan. 15) by the Board of Trustees Committee on Finance, Business and Capital Planning, and will be forwarded to the full board today (Jan. 16) for a vote.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/VYh_Zk9H
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Penn State Beaver's Michael Baker Building renovations set to begin in March
The Penn State Board of Trustees' Finance, Business and Capital Planning Committee yesterday (Jan. 15) recommended approval of Penn State Beaver's Michael Baker Science and Engineering Building for renovation.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/NGmNS28S
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Penn State Brandywine Global Programs let students explore abroad
A week-long study abroad program offered through Penn State Brandywine recently gave students from across the University the opportunity to explore London. The program to Greece and France later this year.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/rqBjYJNc
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Molding her own college experience
Stephany Tang earned two Penn State bachelor's degrees than 18 months all the while thoughtfully combining her interests and talents to sculpt her own college experience and extend relationships and ventures beyond her time at Penn State Abington.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/MfB3k7Gd
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Palmer Museum of Art lends works to Inaugural Exhibit of the Pennsylvania Arts
Penn State's Palmer Museum of Art is one of several museums across the commonwealth to have been invited to lend works to an exhibition organized by Governor-elect Tom Wolf's Inaugural Committee.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/4Xd3fqL2
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PENN STATE FASTFACTS:

FastFact Snowfall
The record for January snowfall in State College was set in 1978, when 41.7 inches fell. That's compared with an average January snowfall of 11.7 inches, according to the Joel N. Myers Weather Center in the Department of Meteorology.

More: https://news.psu.edu/link/LYBy1g2J

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EVENTS:

Bilingualism Matters@Penn State to host public forum Jan. 19
A public forum about the importance of bilingualism and a discussion on language learning for people of all ages will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 19 in Schlow Centre Region Library's Downsbrough Community Room.

https://news.psu.edu/link/34QW6YNx
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Wind energy to be discussed on WPSU-TV's 'Conversations LIVE' Jan. 22
The United States produces enough electricity through wind energy to power nearly 16 million homes annually and generates more wind power than any other country except China, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

https://news.psu.edu/link/nnQk3CxQ
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Imago Theatre's 'Frogz' brings fanciful creatures to Eisenhower on Feb. 6
Imago Theatre's "Frogz" treats family audiences to human-sized sloths, escaped penguins, finicky frogs, red-eyed reptiles and other fanciful things. Five agile performers will conjure a carnival of the absurd at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 6 in Eisenhower Auditorium.

https://news.psu.edu/link/R6T9dypj
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Gunn, Cohen to speak at 2015 Web conference
TV personalities Tim Gunn and Andy Cohen will be keynote speakers at this year's Penn State Web conference, set for June 22-23.

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

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Summer program in Morocco offers lessons on Islamic culture
Penn State students of all majors interested in learning about Islamic culture in Morocco can apply for a two-week program offered in summer 2015 by the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences in the College of the Liberal Arts.

https://news.psu.edu/link/tCnK_5M3

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PENN STATE IN THE NEWS:

Times Tribune (Pakistan) - Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
Ways sitting all day deteriorates health
A Penn State study found that sitting without interruption for as little as four hours can cause compression of certain disks in your lower back.

https://news.psu.edu/link/SWxYHPhM
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Daily Mail (U.K.) - Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015
Driving trucks into boulders for science
Researchers at Penn State conducted experiments to help them model how pieces of rock are able to withstand collisions.

https://news.psu.edu/link/pY7sGHPt
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