6/25: Genes that affect brain and brawn; Helping educators help students; Palmer Museum virtual programs

News for the Penn State community
Thursday, June 25, 2020

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IN THIS ISSUE:

RESEARCH:
-- Genes affecting brains and brawn?
-- Marching for change: 2017 Women's March met with mostly positive support online
-- Consumers can distinguish between bitter tastes in beer -- doesn't alter liking
-- Palmer Museum of Art begins summer of expansive virtual programs
-- Ten Penn State research teams earn Manufacturing PA Innovation grants
-- June 22 virtual Town Halls archived and online

ACADEMICS:
-- From research to outreach: Tool tests students' readiness for public engagement

Also in this issue: Announcements.

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RESEARCH:

Genes affecting brains and brawn?
Genes located in "copy number variants" — parts of chromosomes that are missing in some individuals and duplicated in others — that are associated with neurodevelopmental disorders affect more than just brain development.

https://news.psu.edu/link/7P2XxKb4
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Marching for change: 2017 Women's March met with mostly positive support online
Large protest events can be divisive, spurring an outpouring of both support and opposition. But new Penn State research found that the 2017 Women's March, which championed goals in support of women and human rights, was met with mostly positive support on social media, with relatively few negative messages.

https://news.psu.edu/link/hh3cKcpJ
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Consumers can distinguish between bitter tastes in beer -- doesn't alter liking
Although most beer consumers can distinguish between different bitter tastes in beer, this does not appear to influence which beer they like. It seems they just like beer, regardless of the source of the bitterness.

https://news.psu.edu/link/TZn1tmMm
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Palmer Museum of Art begins summer of expansive virtual programs
The Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State has announced a full slate of engaging virtual programs for the summer. The online gallery talks and art-making activities are among the latest digital and educational initiatives offered by the museum as it prepares to reopen in the fall.

https://news.psu.edu/link/NCgr3d89
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Ten Penn State research teams earn Manufacturing PA Innovation grants
Penn State was awarded 10 grants through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Manufacturing PA initiative. The initiative awarded $2.8 million, across 43 grants in total, and will bring together government, industry, and higher education in holistic collaboration to spur new technologies and processes in the manufacturing sector.

https://news.psu.edu/link/295yVhDs
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June 22 virtual Town Halls archived and online
The June 22 virtual Town Hall events hosted by Penn State President Eric Barron and University leadership to discuss return to work and the resumption of in-person classes this fall are now available to view online at https://liveevents.psu.edu/. Viewers are also encouraged to fill out a survey.

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

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ACADEMICS:

From research to outreach: Tool tests students' readiness for public engagement
A new online resource developed by faculty at Penn State can help educators better identify students who need additional support in honing the communication skills they need when interacting with the communities they hope to improve.

https://news.psu.edu/link/tFM3xPXp
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More: news.psu.edu/link/_zjkBgqn

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

COVID-19 signage available for display across Penn State campuses
In preparation for a phased return to campus, a collection of consistent COVID-19 signage is now available for units to display in buildings and spaces across Penn State's campuses to help inform students, faculty, staff and visitors about expectations for healthy living and a safe return to campus.

https://news.psu.edu/link/NhqfF9Bq
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New products available at Penn State Berkey Creamery
The Penn State Berkey Creamery is offering new items that are guaranteed to make summer, or any season, much cooler.

https://news.psu.edu/link/NSQQ5YZ6
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Physical Plant issues 2019 annual Water Quality Report
Penn State's Office of Physical Plant issued its Annual Water Quality Report on June 9, which found the University drinking water system met all federal and state drinking water quality requirements in 2019. The full report can be viewed at https://opp.psu.edu/unit/potable-water.

https://news.psu.edu/link/74G2mgtQ

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