12/19: Barron on upholding confidentiality; Women's volleyball heads to national title showdown; Year in review

News for the Penn State community
Friday, December 19, 2014

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IN THIS ISSUE:

FEATURED ITEM:
-- Story: Upholding the promise of confidentiality: why it's the right thing to do

STORIES:
-- Women's volleyball advances to national championship match
-- The year in review, in news and images: a look back at 2014 at Penn State
-- More than 70 Penn State student-athletes earn fall Academic All-Big Ten honors
-- Public comment period at Board meetings to be moved starting in January
-- Sexual assault, harassment task force work is nearing completion
-- New partnership increases college acceptance for Philadelphia students
-- Penn State, AccuWeather researchers collaborate on storm prediction system
-- Rolling lab tracks methane to its source
-- Gilliland part of team that wins Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics
-- The Medical Minute: Full health effects of 'vaping' still unknown
-- Schuylkill students and campus receive recognition for community service
-- School of Theatre professor relishes role in Golden Globe-nominated 'Boyhood'
-- Three musical theatre alumni currently starring on Broadway
-- Erie chamber music series lauded for Adventurous Programming
-- Milk bottle fundraiser drives Dairymen's Club
-- Young Professionals find their voice in making Penn State stronger

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

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FEATURED ITEM:

Story: Upholding the promise of confidentiality: why it's the right thing to do
A message from Penn State President Eric Barron to the community on the importance of confidentiality with regard to materials behind the Freeh Report.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/5q2f3jm4

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TOP STORIES:

Women's volleyball advances to national championship match
Penn State women's volleyball will play for its second consecutive national championship and seventh overall after defeating No. 1 Stanford, 3-1 (25-16, 23-25, 25-22, 25-21), in the NCAA semifinals Thursday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/_GWFCLWy
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The year in review, in news and images: a look back at 2014 at Penn State
As 2014 draws to a close, review a small, representative selection of achievements and visual reflections on the year at Penn State, from among the many University-wide accomplishments in academics, research, athletics, student life and public service. View a photo gallery and collection of news highlights at http://news.psu.edu/tag/2014-review.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/4ptMTk1_
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More than 70 Penn State student-athletes earn fall Academic All-Big Ten honors
Seventy-two Penn State student-athletes have earned Fall Academic All-Big Ten honors. Senior women's cross-country runner Katie Rodden is among the fall student-athletes with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/TGSKkZ3r
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Public comment period at Board meetings to be moved starting in January
To better accommodate student needs, encourage broader participation from the University community and have time prior to voting on a matter to consider public input, the public comment period of the Penn State Board of Trustees will now be held Friday morning, rather than at the end of their afternoon meeting. This change will take effect at the January 2015 Board meetings.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/n5Grp1wp
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Sexual assault, harassment task force work is nearing completion
Penn State has focused on sexual violence issues for more than three decades. Now a University-wide task force is concluding its review and recommendations to transform Penn State into a leader in sexual violence prevention, education and services.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/Gq1g7XPc
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New partnership increases college acceptance for Philadelphia students
A partnership to support students from Philadelphia's largest public high school as they apply to Penn State has yielded impressive results in just three years and now the University is expanding its efforts with a micro-scholarship program worth as much as $16,000.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/jfY9BY9t
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Penn State, AccuWeather researchers collaborate on storm prediction system
College of Information Sciences and Technology researchers, in partnership with weather forecasting company AccuWeather, are developing a prediction system that leverages satellite images and historical storm reports to more accurately predict severe storms.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/D1bYZfnm
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Rolling lab tracks methane to its source
Mobile measurements should give researchers a better understanding of where emissions come from — whether from natural gas production or other methane sources, such as cows, landfills, wetlands and natural seeps.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/k1NK1g5H
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Gilliland part of team that wins Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics
Ronald Gilliland, professor of practice in astronomy and astrophysics, is a member of a research team being recognized with the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, which honors major insights into the deepest questions of the universe.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/H6XQ2K1k
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The Medical Minute: Full health effects of 'vaping' still unknown
Cigarettes have been convicted of many crimes over the years. But the jury's still out on whether their younger, more fashionable cousins — electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes — will meet the same fate.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/ZYwzWG2x
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Schuylkill students and campus receive recognition for community service
For the second consecutive year, Penn State Schuykill has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the Corporation for National and Community Service recently announced.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/HcvGsR1N
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School of Theatre professor relishes role in Golden Globe-nominated 'Boyhood'
For most faculty members at Penn State, the Golden Globes are an awards show they might watch or read about the next day. For theater professor and actor Richard Robichaux, however, the 2015 awards mean much more. Robichaux appears in the critically lauded movie "Boyhood," which was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Picture.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/SNvT3ByK
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Three musical theatre alumni currently starring on Broadway
With the announcement that musical theatre alumna Caroline Bowman would take over the starring role of Elphaba in Broadway's Wicked, Penn State has three musical theatre alumni performing in leading roles in New York. Matthew Hydzik plays Buddy in Side Show, and Carly Hughes is performing the role of Leading Player in Pippin.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/HtxJbx28
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Erie chamber music series lauded for Adventurous Programming
A chamber music and performing arts series at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, has been named a recipient of the 2015 Chamber Music America and American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Award for Adventurous Programming, which recognizes ensembles and presenters for outstanding and innovative approaches to the programming of contemporary, classical, jazz and world chamber music.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/vyKpcLWT
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Milk bottle fundraiser drives Dairymen's Club
Fifteen years ago, the Penn State Dairymen's Club board of directors brainstormed how to boost the two scholarship programs the group supported. They decided on milk bottles.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/Ypxqdyb5
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Young Professionals find their voice in making Penn State stronger
Since 2012, the Penn State Young Professionals group has been building community among young employees at the University. Now the organization has set its sights on empowering up-and-coming members of the staff to grow in their positions and strengthen the University.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/jHYmfv3W
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More stories: https://news.psu.edu/link/RGC83gQQ

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PENN STATE HOLIDAY GREETING 2014:

Happy Holidays!
Watch the Nittany Lion mascot find a way to bring the Penn State family together for the holidays.

More: https://news.psu.edu/link/7FyCwT5W

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Task force seeks community feedback on gen ed curriculum prototypes
The Gen Ed Task Force tasked with revising Penn State's general education program has posted two curriculum prototypes online for feedback from the University community.

https://news.psu.edu/link/XzD65Fgz
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Dec. 19 marks final issue of Penn State Today for 2014
Friday, Dec. 19, marks the final day of publication for Penn State Today for 2014. The Penn State News website will be updated throughout the holiday. Penn State Today will resume publication on Jan. 12.

https://news.psu.edu/link/b_YpKSfH
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Parking office announces parking changes for winter break
Due to the reduction of CATA bus service during Penn State's winter break, the University's parking office has announced a number of parking adjustments.

https://news.psu.edu/link/fN5vjgzD
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Energy conservation urged over holiday break
With the upcoming holiday break the University is urging students, faculty and staff to follow a quick energy-saving list before checking out of offices and residence halls.

https://news.psu.edu/link/XwY9_15W
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Crow relocation bangers and screamers to begin Tuesday night
The Office of Physical Plant crow relocation program will begin Dec. 8 with crews using pyrotechnic bangers and screamers to relocate the birds.

https://news.psu.edu/link/X9tQSGyM

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EVENTS:

Leader Launch prepares students, alumni for careers in the workplace
A Penn State initiative to provide a professional conference for students seeking jobs and internships is set for Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh. The program, "Journey to Success in the West," is a leadership and career conference for Penn State students from the western campuses.

https://news.psu.edu/link/BJ2Hmjdx

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PENN STATE IN THE NEWS:

The New York Times' The New Old Age blog - Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
Questionable remedies for eye disease
Penn State Hershey ophthalmologist Ingrid Scott and her colleagues recently reviewed eye-health supplement ingredients and found reasons to proceed with caution.

https://news.psu.edu/link/Cp_5f419
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Campus Technology - Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
An 'easy button' for video production
At Penn State, students and faculty can record high-quality video with the push of a single button by using the One Button Studio.

https://news.psu.edu/link/nHNyCRzp
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Campus Technology - Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
What to change about teaching and learning in 2015
Kyle Bowen, director of Education Technology Services, is a leader in technology development for the enhancement of teaching and learning and shared his insights.

https://news.psu.edu/link/yFcVK2G9
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