12/17: New Year's resolutions; $1.25 million gift to EMS; new background checks law

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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IN THIS ISSUE:

FEATURED ITEM:
-- Story: New Year's resolutions: The Penn State way

STORIES:
-- $1.25 million gift establishes industrial chair in Earth and Mineral Sciences
-- New law ushers in expanded background checks, reporting requirements
-- Penn State Altoona alum's book among NPR's best books of 2014
-- Modern Language Association prize goes to author of book on 'Global Englishes'
-- Squid supplies blueprint for printable thermoplastics
-- Main reason for lifespan variability between races not cause of death
-- Receptor may be key to treating nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
-- Berks students release two new publications
-- New philosophy book offers digital forums for readers to discuss ideas

PHOTO GALLERIES:
-- Scenes from State

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

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FEATURED ITEM:

Story: New Year's resolutions: The Penn State way
It's almost that time of year again when individuals vow to turn over a new leaf and shed old habits -- and sometimes some pounds. We call them New Year's resolutions, and many focus on embracing new routines to improve our health and well-being. The good news is that resources abound in the Penn State community to help faculty, staff and students stick with these New Year's resolutions.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/zNy26XXZ

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TOP STORIES:

$1.25 million gift establishes industrial chair in Earth and Mineral Sciences
The CMG Reservoir Simulation Foundation (Foundation CMG) recently gave funds to establish a new industrial chair in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences' John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering. The five-year, $1.25 million gift will be used to fund the Foundation CMG Industrial Chair in Fluid Behavior and Rock Interactions.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/c5DLr69_
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New law ushers in expanded background checks, reporting requirements
A new Pennsylvania law that goes into effect on Dec. 31 has changed the definition of child abuse, expanded the definition of who should report abuse and now includes institutions of higher education in its definition of "school" requiring Penn State to alter its child abuse reporting and training and expand its background checks.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/ZQ3wdJrK
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Penn State Altoona alum's book among NPR's best books of 2014
Penn State Altoona alumnus Cameron Conaway's book, "Malaria, Poems," is one of five poetry collections to make NPR's Best Books of 2014 list.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/Njzs5QGF
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Modern Language Association prize goes to author of book on 'Global Englishes'
Suresh Canagarajah, the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor in Applied Linguistics, English and Asian Studies, will receive the 33rd Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize from the Modern Language Association for his book "Translingual Practice: Global Englishes and Cosmopolitan Relations." The award is a major literary prize for an outstanding work on language, culture, literature or literacy with strong application to the teaching of English.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/BbHH7DGm
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Squid supplies blueprint for printable thermoplastics
Squid, what is it good for? You can eat it and you can make ink or dye from it, and now a Penn State team of researchers is using it to make a thermoplastic that can be used in 3-D printing.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/Kg57pf6m
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Main reason for lifespan variability between races not cause of death
Eliminating health disparities between races is a goal of many groups and organizations, but a team of sociologists suggests that finding the reasons for the differences in the timing of black and white deaths may be trickier than once thought.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/39ShSg_F
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Receptor may be key to treating nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
Inhibiting a nuclear receptor in the gut could lead to a treatment for a liver disorder that affects almost 30 percent of the Western world's adult population, according to an international team of researchers.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/By5GnLjX
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Berks students release two new publications
Two new student publications made their editorial debut at Penn State Berks this week. Shadows of Birds, a student literary magazine featuring creative writing and artwork, and Berks Beat, a news and lifestyle magazine published by students, which will create greater opportunities for students to write longer feature pieces while continuing to build the skills required for hard news writing.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/X_D3Chqj
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New philosophy book offers digital forums for readers to discuss ideas
A Penn State philosopher and the Cambridge University Press have published an innovative scholarly monograph with an enhanced digital version using the latest digital technology. Christopher Long, professor of philosophy and classics, is author of "Socratic and Platonic Political Philosophy: Practicing a Politics of Reading," published in print and enhanced digital editions. Students, faculty and the public can read the book online and discuss the ideas in the book publicly or with other people in a digital forum.

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

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PHOTO GALLERIES:

Scenes from State
Photojournalism students in the College of Communications share some of their photo-essay images from the fall semester.

View photos: https://news.psu.edu/link/J73zp3bY

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AROUND CAMPUS:

Study break
Penn State seniors Soufieh Hakimzadeh and Ben Colasante took a relaxation break while studying for finals recently at Pattee-Paterno Library.

More: https://news.psu.edu/link/RPKz3dSk

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EVENTS:

Penn State student films to air Dec. 20 across Pennsylvania on PCN
More than a dozen Penn State student films will be featured on a special Pennsylvania Cable Network television show which will air across Pennsylvania at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20.

https://news.psu.edu/link/BgDY1XTX

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Penn Staters encouraged to share graduation moments through social media
More than 5,000 diplomas will be awarded to Penn State students Dec. 18-20 at ceremonies on Penn State campuses around the Commonwealth. Penn State's Office of Social Media once again wants graduates and their families and friends to share the momentous occasion by using #PSUgrad with cap-and-gown, ceremony and celebration photos.

https://news.psu.edu/link/Ww_xNpQk
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Penn Stater magazine seeks stories of college job memories
Countless Penn Staters worked their way through their college years. The Penn Stater magazine wants to hear their stories—whether it's about working as a lifeguard or librarian, a barista or bouncer, a firefighter or fry cook. Stories about maniacal bosses, memorable coworkers, miserable schedules—whatever stands out years after graduation—all are possibilities for submission.

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

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PENN STATE IN THE NEWS:

CBSNews.com - Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014
How will Putin respond to this economic crisis?
Professor Barry Ickes, a non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution, believes it won't change what Putin thinks is in Russia's national security interests.

https://news.psu.edu/link/VxdYL4hS
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The Washington Post - Monday, Dec. 15, 2014
3-D printers could squirt squid-inspired plastics
In a new study, researchers lead by Penn State professor of engineering science and mechanics Melik C. Demirel successfully synthesized thermoplastics from SRT proteins.

https://news.psu.edu/link/pR7WNM6N
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