7/2: Forecasting infectious diseases; Arts Fest coming to town; American remain patriotic despite divisions

News for the Penn State community
Tuesday, July 2, 2019

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IN THIS ISSUE:

FEATURED ITEM:
-- Forecasting infectious diseases: Improved prediction could transform treatment

TOP STORIES:
-- What if weather forecasting could be applied to disease?
-- Arts festival, area's largest annual town-gown event, begins July 10
-- Penn State part of $4 million National Science Foundation big data grant
-- McHugh and Nickal selected Penn State Student-Athletes of the Year
-- Traveling Smithsonian exhibit celebrates 'Hometown Teams'

RESEARCH:
-- Though politically divided, Americans remain patriotic
-- 'Planting green' cover-crop strategy may help farmers deal with wet springs
-- Penn State-led Nittany Radiance team refines infrared-signal detection
-- Researchers find genes that could help create more resilient chickens
-- 4th Fest fireworks will 'explode' onto Penn State campus July 4
-- 'Hoof it on out' to the Equine Experience at Ag Progress Days, Aug. 13-15
-- Penn State celebrates Apollo 11 anniversary with rocket launch, family event
-- Penn State team supports implementation of novel Pennsylvania Rural Health Model

ACADEMICS:
-- Alumni looking to create 'buzz' with lifestyle app
-- Wafa Family Open Doors Scholarship established at Scranton campus
-- Penn College welding faculty members prep to be pioneers

Also in this issue: Announcements.

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FEATURED ITEM:

Forecasting infectious diseases: Improved prediction could transform treatment
By applying the same predictive strategies used in weather forecasting, Penn State's Steven Schiff is changing the way we approach treatment of infectious diseases worldwide.

https://news.psu.edu/link/ycPQbX24

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TOP STORIES:

What if weather forecasting could be applied to disease?
Penn State's Steven Schiff is building predictive models for developing countries so doctors can prepare and create personalized treatments where they're needed most. To learn how Schiff's work is helping to change the way we approach treatment of infectious diseases worldwide, visit impact.psu.edu. 

https://news.psu.edu/link/QsKncrJn
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Arts festival, area's largest annual town-gown event, begins July 10
The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts — the largest annual town-gown event between Penn State and the neighboring town of State College — will begin on July 10 and conclude July 14.

https://news.psu.edu/link/1CNNcg9Z
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Penn State part of $4 million National Science Foundation big data grant
Penn State is part of a $4 million multi-institution grant aimed at identifying innovative solutions for societal, scientific and industry challenges through strategic data science partnerships. As part of the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub, Penn State will continue to collaborate on big data projects that are too large and complex for individual organizations to manage independently.

https://news.psu.edu/link/G5hqtqf1
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McHugh and Nickal selected Penn State Student-Athletes of the Year
Penn State Athletics has announced its Female and Male Student-Athletes of the Year, with NCAA champions Ally McHugh (women's swimming and diving) and Bo Nickal (wrestling) earning the honors for the highly successful 2018-19 academic year.

https://news.psu.edu/link/C3QPZSTP
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Traveling Smithsonian exhibit celebrates 'Hometown Teams'
Nowhere do Americans more intimately connect to sports than in their hometowns. Penn College's Madigan Library, in cooperation with the World of Little League Museum, will celebrate that connection as it hosts "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America" from June 30 through Sept. 8.

https://news.psu.edu/link/hB8w1RS1
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More: news.psu.edu/link/1PDgnzZH

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RESEARCH:

Though politically divided, Americans remain patriotic
Despite increasing polarization, people across the political spectrum appear to be largely united on what it means to be patriotic, according to new findings from the McCourtney Institute for Democracy's Mood of the Nation Poll.

https://news.psu.edu/link/sFNFWYDz
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'Planting green' cover-crop strategy may help farmers deal with wet springs
Allowing cover crops to grow two weeks longer in the spring and planting corn and soybean crops into them before termination is a strategy that may help no-till farmers deal with wet springs, according to Penn State researchers.

https://news.psu.edu/link/2VYwjbwW
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Penn State-led Nittany Radiance team refines infrared-signal detection
Every object in the universe above negative 459 degrees Fahrenheit emits a unique heat signature in the form of infrared light, or longwave radiation. Scientists use remote sensing to capture these measurements and identify objects, and now a Penn State-led research team is further developing these techniques to better identify infrared signals.

https://news.psu.edu/link/fkKc9B_t
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Researchers find genes that could help create more resilient chickens
An international team, led by Penn State researchers, may have identified genes that could help farmers, especially ones in low- and middle-income countries, breed chickens that can resist one of the biggest disease threats facing poultry today.

https://news.psu.edu/link/98Y9ZQbr
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4th Fest fireworks will 'explode' onto Penn State campus July 4
Fireworks will once again light up the night sky on July 4 as part of the Central PA 4th Fest on Penn State's University Park campus.

https://news.psu.edu/link/G5DhDJ74
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'Hoof it on out' to the Equine Experience at Ag Progress Days, Aug. 13-15
The Equine Experience at Penn State's Ag Progress Days is a highlight for equestrians of all ages and disciplines. During the three-day event, Aug. 13-15, visitors can attend breed demonstrations and clinics, interact with Penn State Equine Science faculty and staff, and learn more about horse health and care.


https://news.psu.edu/link/9PccK_wZ
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Penn State celebrates Apollo 11 anniversary with rocket launch, family event
NASA took "one giant leap" 50 years ago with the Apollo 11 mission that landed the first astronauts on the moon. To celebrate the anniversary of the mission's launch, on July 16 Penn State will support an attempt by the U.S. Space and Rocket Center to break the Guinness World Record for most model rockets launched simultaneously. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at the Ag Progress Days site, the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center.

https://news.psu.edu/link/v_pzwgP7
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Penn State team supports implementation of novel Pennsylvania Rural Health Model
A multi-disciplinary team at Penn State is working with the Pennsylvania Department of Health to support the implementation of the Pennsylvania Rural Health Model — a novel alternative payment program focused on rural hospitals, with an emphasis on containing health care spending and transforming care to better meet community needs.

https://news.psu.edu/link/sY3mVHVX
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More: news.psu.edu/link/7kttk2Z5

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ACADEMICS:

Alumni looking to create 'buzz' with lifestyle app
A team of former Penn State students has created Beemia, an app that is a platform for what they call "a community-fed information network."

https://news.psu.edu/link/BSrT3XPh
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Wafa Family Open Doors Scholarship established at Scranton campus
Penn State Scranton Chancellor Marwan A. Wafa and his wife, Sahar Al Masri, have further solidified their commitment to the campus by establishing the Wafa Family Open Doors Scholarship for campus students.


https://news.psu.edu/link/fwwr4wTd
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Penn College welding faculty members prep to be pioneers
A week after the spring semester ended, six welding faculty at Pennsylvania College of Technology went back to school — as students. That preparation will equip them to be pioneers this fall when the college becomes the first U.S. educational institution to feature an electron beam welder.

https://news.psu.edu/link/x5rrMjnk
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More: news.psu.edu/link/_zjkBgqn

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Nominations sought for 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award
The Distinguished Alumni Award, Penn State's highest honor presented to its alumni, recognizes the achievements of outstanding alumni whose "personal lives, professional achievements, and community service exemplify the objectives of their alma mater." The deadline to submit completed nominations for the 2020 award is Sept. 13.

https://news.psu.edu/link/6bMLMPQh
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No Penn State Today on July 5
Due to the University closure for the Independence Day holiday, Penn State Today will not be published on July 5. Normal summer publication will resume with the July 9 edition.

https://news.psu.edu/link/CchBqctY
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Atherton Street construction to turn off pedestrian signal at Park Avenue
PennDOT has issued an update on the North Atherton Street project, which will include turning off the pedestrian signal at Park Avenue and North Atherton Street on July 1. Pedestrians will be detoured to cross Atherton at Curtin Road.

https://news.psu.edu/link/TdKFx4ZJ
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LionPATH will be offline July 4-7 for upgrades
LionPATH, Penn State's student information system, is undergoing an upgrade over the Fourth of July weekend and will be unavailable to users from 9 a.m. ET on Thursday, July 4, through noon ET on Sunday, July 7.

https://news.psu.edu/link/P7mHvd7V
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Reserved hours to change at select campus parking lots beginning July 1
In tandem with the previously announced expansion of fee hours at the East, HUB, and Nittany parking decks, select parking areas at Penn State's University Park campus will be reserved for permit holders 24 hours a day, seven days a week, beginning July 1.

https://news.psu.edu/link/XY9vmTwQ

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