2/12: Bioprinting facial tissues; Committing to sustainable business practices; Bringing an untranslated classic to English

News for the Penn State community
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

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IN THIS ISSUE:

TOP STORIES:
-- $2.8M grant to fund bioprinting for reconstruction of face, mouth, skull tissues
-- Recycled carpet plays large role in Penn State's commitment to sustainability
-- Professor of Italian to translate 500-year-old literary novel into English
-- Students Teaching Students begins this semester
-- Iranian artist challenges restrictions, preserves female vocal tradition
-- Delta Kappa Epsilon suspended pending investigation

RESEARCH:
-- Decreasing liver macrophages reduces inflammatory proteins in rats

EDITOR'S PICKS:
-- $15.5 million investment creates engineering scholars program at Penn State
-- Here's what you need to know if you're going to THON Weekend 2020
-- Creating "happier, healthier" lives through literacy

Also in this issue: Events.

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TOP STORIES:

$2.8M grant to fund bioprinting for reconstruction of face, mouth, skull tissues
Seamlessly correcting defects in the face, mouth and skull is highly challenging because it requires precise stacking of a variety of tissues including bone, muscle, fat and skin. Now, Penn State researchers are investigating methods to 3D bioprint and grow the appropriate tissues for craniomaxillofacial reconstruction.

https://news.psu.edu/link/RjdkGypd
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Recycled carpet plays large role in Penn State's commitment to sustainability
Carpet manufacturing is an energy intensive process that uses significant amounts of water and has a large carbon footprint. Penn State is doing its part to make this process more sustainable by developing carpet tile purchasing contracts designed to reduce the University's environmental impact with regards to carpet purchasing and installation.

https://news.psu.edu/link/zxYDdV1f
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Professor of Italian to translate 500-year-old literary novel into English
With grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts, Professor of Italian Sherry Roush will translate a popular 500-year-old novel from Italian into English.

https://news.psu.edu/link/NgV7DLRd
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Students Teaching Students begins this semester
Students Teaching Students, an undergraduate-developed program at Penn State, will pilot five courses this semester taught and developed by students and overseen by a faculty member.

https://news.psu.edu/link/F83rpztd
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Iranian artist challenges restrictions, preserves female vocal tradition
Beloved among world-music circles for her vocal perfection, Persian classical singer Mahsa Vahdat has been internationally recognized for raising awareness of freedom of expression for the female Iranian musical voice. In the face of Iran's restrictions on women in the arts, Vahdat's mission is to share with audiences worldwide her vocal expertise to keep classical Persian singing techniques alive for future generations — and to help bridge cultural divides. Vahdat will accompany Kronos Quartet at Penn State's Eisenhower Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18 for "Music for Change: The Banned Countries."

https://news.psu.edu/link/TJyxfXMP
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Delta Kappa Epsilon suspended pending investigation
The Penn State Office of Student Conduct has placed the Phi Rho chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon on interim suspension while it investigates multiple allegations of serious misconduct made against the fraternity.

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

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RESEARCH:

Decreasing liver macrophages reduces inflammatory proteins in rats
Certain white blood cells, called macrophages, occur in higher numbers in older individuals and contribute to inflammation and oxidative stress that accelerate the aging process, according to a team of researchers. New findings suggest that macrophages can be altered to become less inflammatory, which may aid in improving the life span of aged individuals.

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

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EDITOR'S PICKS:

$15.5 million investment creates engineering scholars program at Penn State
The A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation has committed $15.5 million to create the A. James Clark Scholars Program in the Penn State College of Engineering to support high-achieving engineering students with significant financial need.

https://news.psu.edu/link/hhZ8WLtb
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Here's what you need to know if you're going to THON Weekend 2020
The 2020 Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON) will be held at the Bryce Jordan Center from 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, through 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23. Here's what you need to know about entrance and access, public transportation and parking if you're planning to attend THON.

https://news.psu.edu/link/7SzkZ1rD
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Creating "happier, healthier" lives through literacy
The Mid-State Literacy Council and the Centre County United Way, with support from Penn State’s United Way campaign, are making a difference by helping community members lead happier, healthier lives through literacy classes and tutoring.

https://news.psu.edu/link/6NTgQnFL

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EVENTS:

Award-winning director and 17-year-old climate activist to visit Penn State
Between Feb. 12-15, Penn State will have an opportunity to build its awareness of climate justice through a series of events and workshops with Judith Helfand, award-winning director of "COOKED: Survival by Zip Code," and Isaac Vergun, a youth climate activist who is one of the 21 student plaintiffs in the case Juliana v. United States.

https://news.psu.edu/link/dC556c4v
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Controlled burn: EarthTalks examines fire as management tool in mid-Atlantic
Erica Smithwick, E. Willard and Ruby S. Miller Professor of Geography at Penn State, will discuss "burning" land management decisions and fire-related solutions at the next EarthTalks seminar at 4 p.m. Feb. 17 in 112 Walker Building at University Park.

https://news.psu.edu/link/vDDTb453
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An astronaut's journey: Bob Hines to give talk on Feb. 18
NASA astronaut Bob Hines will give a presentation about his journey to becoming an astronaut, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, in the HUB-Robeson Center's Heritage Hall.

https://news.psu.edu/link/MFB_zkP1

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