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Tuesday, March 17, 2020


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.  Full story

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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.  Full story

Researchers in neural engineering

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.  Full story

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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.  Full story

After 46 hours of no sleeping or sitting, THON dancers celebrate raising $11,696,942.38 to help kids with pediatric cancer and their families at the THON 2020 final numbers reveal.

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.   Full story

Desert locusts in Africa

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.   Full story

Tuft & Needle co-founder JT Marino speaking with students.

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.  Full story

Dr. Guion S. Bluford Jr. headshot

Building to be named after astronaut engineering alumnus

A building at Innovation Park at Penn State will be named in honor of Dr. Guion S. Bluford Jr., a Penn State aerospace engineering alumnus and internationally renowned astronaut and engineering leader, as approved by the University’s Board of Trustees on Feb. 21.  Full story