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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

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IN THIS ISSUE:

STORIES:
-- Emergency fund to support Penn State students amid coronavirus precautions
-- Penn State plans to offer prorated housing and meal plan reimbursements
-- Penn State tops NSF rankings for breadth of research expertise
-- Penn State ranks 15th nationally for producing Peace Corps volunteers
-- Penn State trustee election ballot positions announced
-- Trustees to meet via conference call on March 19
-- Contents of time capsule from 1949 show similarities in life at the University
-- Big Ten, Penn State cancel competition through end of academic year
-- THON 2020: The Big Reveal
-- Penn State responds: App aids UN efforts to control Africa's locust infestation
-- Penn State's Applied Research Laboratory celebrates 75th anniversary
-- Disrupting the sleep market was all in a day's work for alumnus JT Marino
-- Sorry, Einstein: Hard workers may make better role models than geniuses
-- Spot on: Efforts to stop spotted lanternfly are ongoing for Penn State, agencies
-- Committee recommends building to be named after astronaut engineering alumnus

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Emergency fund to support Penn State students amid coronavirus precautions
As Penn State continues to navigate the unprecedented challenge of the coronavirus (COVID-19), many community members have asked what they can do to support students adversely impacted by process changes and campus closures. Through a newly launched effort, gifts to the Student Care & Advocacy Emergency Fund will be made available to students in financial need across the commonwealth who apply for emergency assistance.

https://news.psu.edu/link/ZWLhtBJF
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Penn State plans to offer prorated housing and meal plan reimbursements
As the University is navigating unprecedented territory with the coronavirus pandemic, Penn State realizes this virtual period poses a financial strain for many, and a financial emergency for some. To help alleviate some of these concerns, the University is planning to issue prorated reimbursements for housing and meal plans in some form. Details will be determined in the near future as the University is now focusing time and resources on the immediate challenges presented by the pandemic.

https://news.psu.edu/link/w6srQzPL
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Penn State tops NSF rankings for breadth of research expertise
The breadth of Penn State's research expertise surpasses that of any university in the country, according to the latest National Science Foundation rankings of Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) research expenditures by key fields and subfields, released in November 2019.

https://news.psu.edu/link/3xBgNbCw
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Penn State ranks 15th nationally for producing Peace Corps volunteers
Penn State has been recognized by the Peace Corps as No. 15 nationally for volunteer-producing colleges and universities in 2020. This is the fourth consecutive year that Penn State has ranked among the top 25 large schools in the country.

https://news.psu.edu/link/JfnGWk8V
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Penn State trustee election ballot positions announced
Ballot positions for the 2020 election of trustees by alumni were determined on Feb. 28 by a drawing. Ballots for the trustee election will be available to Penn State alumni beginning on April 10.

https://news.psu.edu/link/dVbJtVmZ
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Trustees to meet via conference call on March 19
The Board of Trustees and the Committee on Finance, Business and Capital Planning will hold a special meeting at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 19, via conference call.

https://news.psu.edu/link/_NpPm9yp
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Contents of time capsule from 1949 show similarities in life at the University
A time capsule placed in 1949 and opened this week showed similarities across the decades for Penn State students and regarding the goals and operation of the University.

https://news.psu.edu/link/J7GtjfY1
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Big Ten, Penn State cancel competition through end of academic year
The Big Ten Conference and Penn State Athletics announced March 12 the cancellation of all conference and non-conference competitions through the end of the academic year, including spring sports that compete beyond the academic year. As such, Penn State Athletics teams will no longer compete for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year. In addition to the Big Ten's announcement today, Penn State Athletics is suspending athletically-related activities indefinitely. This will include the cancellation of the annual Blue-White game.

https://news.psu.edu/link/vkGqFQjT
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THON 2020: The Big Reveal
Penn State's 2020 THON has raised $11,696,942.38 for the Four Diamonds at Penn State Children's Hospital — adding to Penn State students' lasting impact in support of the fight against pediatric cancer.

https://news.psu.edu/link/JwB9pW7p
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Penn State responds: App aids UN efforts to control Africa's locust infestation
Billions of locusts are tearing across East Africa, destroying crops and putting some 19 million people at risk of severe food insecurity. The United Nations has called for a rapid response to this food-security threat. Through a memorandum of understanding with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N., David Hughes, Penn State professor of entomology and biology and creator of PlantVillage, an initiative to empower farmers with agricultural knowledge and technologies, is answering this call.

https://news.psu.edu/link/Jxb3HKsp
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Penn State's Applied Research Laboratory celebrates 75th anniversary
The Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State is celebrating 75 years of discovery and innovation in 2020.

https://news.psu.edu/link/S5S9mP9R
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Disrupting the sleep market was all in a day's work for alumnus JT Marino
Every parent knows college students like sleep. College of Engineering graduate John-Thomas "JT" Marino, however, committed all his energy to sleep after graduating in 2012 when he started Tuft & Needle — a direct-to-consumer online mattress retailer with a "bed in a box" concept — completely disrupting the way consumers purchase their beds.

https://news.psu.edu/link/7RdMGyFn
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Sorry, Einstein: Hard workers may make better role models than geniuses
Role models are important for aspiring scientists, but new Penn State research suggests that scientists who are known for their hard work — like Thomas Edison — are more motivating than scientists who are viewed as naturally brilliant, like Albert Einstein.

https://news.psu.edu/link/3cxr7GQR
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Spot on: Efforts to stop spotted lanternfly are ongoing for Penn State, agencies
For residents of southeastern Pennsylvania, winter provides a brief respite from the spotted lanternfly, an insect invader that has impeded their warm-weather enjoyment for the past several years. But for scientists, extension specialists and government regulatory officials, putting a stop to the pest is a year-round endeavor.

https://news.psu.edu/link/9_VSJkfz
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Committee recommends building to be named after astronaut engineering alumnus
A building at Innovation Park at Penn State was recommended to be named in honor of Dr. Guion S. Bluford Jr., Penn State aerospace engineering alumnus and internationally renowned astronaut and engineering leader. The Committee on Finance, Business and Capital Planning today (Feb. 20) recommended the proposed naming, which will be forwarded to the University's Board of Trustees on Friday.

https://news.psu.edu/link/r5KMVVB1

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