7/1: Roundtable explores race, campus climate; Course delivery details to continue evolving; University to purchase police body-worn cameras

News for the Penn State community
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

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IN THIS ISSUE:

FEATURED ITEM:
-- Story: Roundtable with Black University leadership explores race and campus climate

TOP STORIES:
-- Course delivery details will continue to evolve in the coming weeks
-- Following thorough review, Penn State to purchase police body-worn cameras
-- Impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on scientific field work
-- Podcast unpacks global, open-source PPE manufacturing and sterilization effort
-- Residents of some cities unwilling to comply with COVID-19 prevention behaviors
-- June 29 town hall on diversity, inclusion now archived to view online
-- Center for the Performing Arts to not present artists on campus this fall

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES:
-- Buildings analyzed for touch-free environments, classroom configurations
-- Undergraduates invited to participate in virtual research workshops

'WE ARE' STORIES:
-- Here but still 'there': Using virtual-reality field trips to enrich education

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FEATURED ITEM:

Story: Roundtable with Black University leadership explores race and campus climate
In the first event of a three-part series titled "Toward Racial Equity at Penn State: Social Difference, Social Equity and Social Change," Black members of University leadership explored the experiences of people of color and members of underrepresented racial and ethnic communities within predominately white classrooms.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/yS8gyqMd

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TOP STORIES:

Course delivery details will continue to evolve in the coming weeks
While a number of Penn State course selections are being displayed in LionPATH at this time, those courses and their delivery methods may change in the coming weeks as more information and analysis are conducted by the University and the schedule is updated.

https://news.psu.edu/link/hBxrWfHf
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Following thorough review, Penn State to purchase police body-worn cameras
After extensive research, Penn State will purchase body-worn cameras for all police officers at 22 campuses within University Police and Public Safety, with the goal of equipping officers with the cameras within the next year.

https://news.psu.edu/link/1HHvCxkz
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Impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on scientific field work
Penn State researcher Jon Nese provides informed commentary on the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on postponing or delaying scientific field campaigns, some involving Penn State meteorology and atmospheric science faculty members.

https://news.psu.edu/link/Ts5Rg2QN
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Podcast unpacks global, open-source PPE manufacturing and sterilization effort
A new episode of the Huck Institutes' Symbiotic Podcast explores a project that may have helped save lives. In the face of massive PPE shortages, Penn State's MASC Project self-organized to help fill gaps in global supply chains and extend the usefulness of N95 masks.

https://news.psu.edu/link/TJhvvBpC
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Residents of some cities unwilling to comply with COVID-19 prevention behaviors
Several U.S. cities may be at increased risk of surges in COVID-19 cases as they reopen their economies because their residents are unwilling to follow practices that reduce the spread of the disease, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers.

https://news.psu.edu/link/7sXzF8jq
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June 29 town hall on diversity, inclusion now archived to view online
Penn State President Eric Barron hosted a virtual Town Hall event on June 29, to highlight the University's planned efforts to fight ignorance and intolerance, model inclusivity and embrace diversity. The town hall is now archived and available to view online at https://liveevents.psu.edu/.

https://news.psu.edu/link/c9mt7Ygd
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Center for the Performing Arts to not present artists on campus this fall
Due to state and university limitations on large group gatherings, plus requirements for physical distancing and challenges faced by touring artists, the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State has decided to not present public performances by artists on the University Park campus during fall semester 2020.

https://news.psu.edu/link/NL8JZRX_
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More: news.psu.edu/link/1PDgnzZH

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CORONAVIRUS UPDATES:

Buildings analyzed for touch-free environments, classroom configurations
To get a better idea beyond cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces of what is being done at Penn State to address the risk of COVID-19 spread in classrooms, labs, offices and other campus spaces, view this informational video featuring William Sitzabee, Penn State's chief facilities officer.

https://news.psu.edu/link/xDt67NGk
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Undergraduates invited to participate in virtual research workshops
The Office for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships Mentoring and University Libraries are offering virtual workshops during Summer Session II to help undergraduates understand and explore the world of research at Penn State. Students from all academic disciplines and campuses are encouraged to attend.

https://news.psu.edu/link/dpqJZPj5
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More: news.psu.edu/link/Ss8br7p8

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'WE ARE' STORIES:

Here but still 'there': Using virtual-reality field trips to enrich education
Classes may have been held remotely during the previous spring semester, but Penn State faculty members found creative ways to bring field trips to their students, even when they couldn't necessarily bring students out into the field.

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