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Philadelphia Region edition

Philadelphia Region edition

Monday, December 7, 2020


David M. and Marjorie Rosenberg

Couple makes estate gift to the Center for Ethics and Civic Engagement

David M. and Marjorie Rosenberg, friends of Penn State Brandywine, have pledged an estate gift of $250,000 to the campus’ Center for Ethics and Civic Engagement, which seeks to develop pathways for students to become socially responsible leaders and citizens who are prepared to create positive change in the world.  Full story

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Impacts of the pandemic on anticipatory grief

Receiving a diagnosis from a doctor that explains your previously unexplainable symptoms can often bring about feelings of relief. But this year, the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, and its diagnosis has offered its targets no such comfort. In this post, Penn State Abington’s Abigail Akande discusses experiences with anticipatory grief, and explains how they can vary just as widely as the experiences with typical grief.  Full story

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COVID-19 and the potential costs of social isolation

The COVID-19 pandemic continues across the globe and in the United States. Currently, science and medicine offer clear methods on how to reduce the risk of transmission — including social distancing. Yet this behavior comes with a potential cost of reduced social connections and research has shown that losing social connections can be dangerous to both physical and psychological well-being, said Michael Bernstein, professor of psychology at Penn State Abington.  Full story

Remote Innovation Grants

Student Engagement Network grant applications deadline extended to Dec. 18

The deadline to apply for a Student Engagement Network Remote Innovation Grant has been extended to Dec. 18. The grant covers costs for projects during the spring 2021 semester. Undergraduate students from all Penn State campuses are invited to apply for a grant, which is designed to support expenses related to completing an experience in the spirit of remote or in-person living and learning.  Full story

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Spring symposium, seed grants to promote transdisciplinary biodiversity research

The Sustainability Institute at Penn State is hosting transdisciplinary symposia on biodiversity throughout the spring 2021 semester. The virtual series, "Mainstreaming Biodiversity in the Decade of Action," aims to expand collaborative networks and to inspire creative strategies to promote biodiversity in urban, agricultural and natural areas in order to improve human and ecological health and well-being.  Full story