7/9: Using A.I. to predict severe weather; Enhancing Arts Fest through technology; Center for Performing Arts announces upcoming season

News for the Penn State community
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

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IN THIS ISSUE:

FEATURED ITEM:
-- Story: Using artificial intelligence to better predict severe weather

TOP STORIES:
-- A Shared Curiosity
-- Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State announces 2019-20 season
-- Key early steps for origin of life occur under a variety of conditions
-- IST researchers use mobile technology to enhance Arts Festival experience
-- Professor awarded Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

ADMINISTRATION:
-- Longtime Penn State leader Peter Weiler remembered by University

RESEARCH:
-- Some green ash trees show some resistance to emerald ash borers
-- Cholesterol that is too low may boost risk for hemorrhagic stroke
-- Sense of smell, pollution and neurological disease connection explored

ACADEMICS:
-- 'Geodesigning' solutions for the future of Yellowstone National Park
-- College of IST launches new bachelor's degree for aspiring software developers
-- Penn State announces promotions in nontenure-line faculty, effective July 1
-- Penn State, University of Auckland seek faculty engagement
-- Anghelescu named Penn State women's tennis head coach
-- NCAA champion wrestler Bo Nickal named Big Ten Male Athlete of the Year
-- Nittany Lions earn 20th top-15 finish in Learfield IMG College Directors' Cup

CAMPUS LIFE:
-- Behind the Scenes with cast and crew of 'A Year with Frog and Toad'
-- Palmer Museum of Art receives major work by William Louis Sonntag
-- 'Nittany Lion: Eco-Mascot' on display through Sept. 12 in HUB-Robeson Galleries

Also in this issue: Announcements and Events.

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FEATURED ITEM:

Story: Using artificial intelligence to better predict severe weather
With increasingly expanding weather data sets and looming deadlines, it is nearly impossible for meteorologists to monitor all storm formations in real time. Now, there is a computer model that can help forecasters recognize potential severe storms more quickly and accurately, thanks to a team of researchers.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/NVsX7_Cp

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TOP STORIES:

A Shared Curiosity
As one of the largest astronomy programs in the country, the Penn State Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics tackles some of science's most fundamental questions while offering students unique opportunities to become involved in cross-disciplinary research and outreach within the community.



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Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State announces 2019-20 season
The Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State has announced its 2019-2020 season, which includes a seven-performance Centre County premiere of the multiple award-winning Broadway musical "The Book of Mormon."

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Key early steps for origin of life occur under a variety of conditions
Potential precursors to life on Earth form from a variety of complex mixtures, according to a team of scientists who say this could point to the development of building blocks crucial to forming genetic molecules for the origins of life on Earth.

https://news.psu.edu/link/HBr6DCtq
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IST researchers use mobile technology to enhance Arts Festival experience
For the 11th consecutive year, researchers from Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology are assisting to enrich the community experience for Arts Festival attendees through technology. This year, the researchers hope to facilitate a connection between the festival and community that evokes emotion in festivalgoers through a mobile scavenger hunt game.

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Professor awarded Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
Tak-Sing Wong, the Wormley Early Career Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Penn State, has been named a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers — the highest honor bestowed by the United States government to outstanding early-career scientists and engineers — by President Donald Trump.

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ADMINISTRATION:

Longtime Penn State leader Peter Weiler remembered by University
Former Vice President for Development Peter B. Weiler, a longtime leader of the University's fundraising and alumni relations team, died on Wednesday, July 3.

https://news.psu.edu/link/3xvTSMgy

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RESEARCH:

Some green ash trees show some resistance to emerald ash borers
Genes in green ash trees that may confer some resistance to attacks by the emerald ash borer express themselves only once the tree detects the invasive beetle's feeding, according to Penn State researchers.

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Cholesterol that is too low may boost risk for hemorrhagic stroke
Current guidelines recommend lowering cholesterol for heart disease risk reduction. New findings from a Penn State-led study indicate that if cholesterol dips too low, it may boost the risk of hemorrhagic stroke, according to researchers.

https://news.psu.edu/link/2HrWDrfn
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Sense of smell, pollution and neurological disease connection explored
A consensus is building that air pollution can cause neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease, but how fine, sooty particles cause problems in the brain is still an unanswered question. Now a team of Penn State researchers, using mice, have found a possible way, but more research is still needed.

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ACADEMICS:

'Geodesigning' solutions for the future of Yellowstone National Park
Penn State World Campus graduate students in the Rural/Regional Geodesign Challenges studio course were asked to apply their knowledge to help develop a large-scale recovery, restoration and sustainability plan for one of the most iconic and revered sites in the United States, Yellowstone National Park.

https://news.psu.edu/link/3pXW8csw
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College of IST launches new bachelor's degree for aspiring software developers
A new bachelor of science degree in human-centered design and development offered by Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology will focus on designing mobile and web applications that put the needs and priorities of people first.

https://news.psu.edu/link/V6scdP_f
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Penn State announces promotions in nontenure-line faculty, effective July 1
The following is a list of Penn State nontenure-line faculty promotions, effective July 1.

https://news.psu.edu/link/vq95Rrsj
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Penn State, University of Auckland seek faculty engagement
Penn State has recently reached an agreement with the University of Auckland in New Zealand to build towards a strategic partnership. Still in the beginning stages, the two universities are currently interested in developing and cultivating a community of faculty interested in collaborations. In addition, they are in the midst of creating a multi-year agreement which would provide resources - including financial resources - to foster these collaborations.

https://news.psu.edu/link/K57MD3QG
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Anghelescu named Penn State women's tennis head coach
Penn State Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Sandy Barbour has selected Alexandra Anghelescu as the 11th head coach of the women's tennis program. A former professional on the Women's Tennis Association Tour, Anghelescu spent the 2018-19 season as an assistant coach with the Nittany Lions.

https://news.psu.edu/link/sMzBZ14T
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NCAA champion wrestler Bo Nickal named Big Ten Male Athlete of the Year
Nittany Lion wrestler Bo Nickal has been named the 2019 Big Ten Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year. Nickal was honored from a field that featured each of the 14 Big Ten members' Male Athletes of the Year.

https://news.psu.edu/link/6x4mk3BP
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Nittany Lions earn 20th top-15 finish in Learfield IMG College Directors' Cup
The Nittany Lions placed No. 13 in the final 2018-19 Directors' Cup rankings, finishing in the top 15 for the ninth time in the past 10 years. Penn State remains one of only nine programs nationwide to have finished in the top 25 in all 26 Learfield Directors' Cup final standings.

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CAMPUS LIFE:

Behind the Scenes with cast and crew of 'A Year with Frog and Toad'
A look behind the scenes as cast and crew prepare for the July 10 opening of the popular children's theater production 'A Year with Frog and Toad' at Penn State's Playhouse Theatre.



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Palmer Museum of Art receives major work by William Louis Sonntag
The Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State has received "Autumn Landscape," a major work by American artist William Louis Sonntag (1822-1900), from Hilary Peery Vesell. Vesell donated the painting in honor of her late father, Dr. Elliot Vesell, who served for 32 years as the founding chair of pharmacology at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and 22 years as assistant dean of graduate studies at the Penn State College of Medicine.

https://news.psu.edu/link/cgP9gT2p
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'Nittany Lion: Eco-Mascot' on display through Sept. 12 in HUB-Robeson Galleries
"Nittany Lion: Eco-Mascot," a solo exhibition by Hannah Epstein, is currently on display through Sept. 12 in the HUB-Robeson Galleries on Penn State's University Park campus.

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HIDDEN GEMS AT PENN STATE:

Saxbys café and Experiential Learning Program
Saxbys café in the Business Building at University Park isn't just your average coffee shop. It's also a partner and experiential learning program with the Smeal College of Business, and is completely student run and managed. As student CEO and supply chain management major Rainier Foley-Defiore puts it, it's "a community of students, serving students."



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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

McCoy Natatorium outdoor pool closed for repairs
Penn State Student Affairs and Campus Recreation have announced that the McCoy Natatorium outdoor pool at University Park will remain closed indefinitely for maintenance and repairs.

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Center for Arts and Crafts offering adult summer art classes
The Center for Arts and Crafts at Penn State is now taking registrations for adult summer art classes, which begin the week of July 8. These noncredit classes are open to all Penn State faculty, staff and students.

https://news.psu.edu/link/84BqYDPm
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Penn State police to serve free refreshments to employees this summer
Penn State police officers across Pennsylvania will host events for Penn State employees this summer featuring a variety of refreshments, from free coffee to pizza to ice cream and more.

https://news.psu.edu/link/Jw4SPBtS

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EVENTS:

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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AstroFest set for four-night run July 10-13
Penn State's "AstroFest" program, a four-night festival of astronomy activities and stargazing, will welcome visitors for its 21st year from July 10 to 13. The program will run from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. each night during the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. Events are free and will occur rain or shine both in classrooms and in the planetarium located on the fifth floor of Davey Laboratory.

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Learn about retirement during July 16 webinar
The financial experts at the Sokolov-Miller Family Financial and Life Skills Center are offering a workshop focused on retirement planning from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 16.

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