5/21: Project Drawdown conference; Warren M. Washington building dedication; How opioids affect newborns

News for the Penn State community
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

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IN THIS ISSUE:

FEATURED ITEM:
-- Story: Penn State to host first international conference on Project Drawdown research

TOP STORIES:
-- The Warren M. Washington Building dedication ceremony
-- Hershey Medical Center unveils Emergency Department expansion
-- Shenango student entrepreneurs win grand prize in Inc.U Competition
-- PROSPER conference convenes experts and youth to help prevent substance abuse
-- Protecting pollinators: Penn Staters working to reverse bee population declines

RESEARCH:
-- Opioid-exposed newborns may react to pain differently after birth
-- NSF grant unites cross-campus researchers to study and optimize flying robots
-- New drug could help treat neonatal seizures
-- Penn State faculty receive Fulbright awards for 2019-20
-- Kentucky Derby the first in Triple Crown-working experience for recent graduate
-- Institutes of Energy and the Environment announces seed grant recipients
-- Registration ongoing for Arts Festival Alumni Weekend
-- Undergraduate Admissions prepares for 'Spend a Summer Day'

ATHLETICS:
-- No. 1 men's lacrosse advances to NCAA Final Four
-- DuBois sluggers mark 6-3 win, headed for World Series Championship

Also in this issue: Announcements and Events.

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FEATURED ITEM:

Story: Penn State to host first international conference on Project Drawdown research
Penn State, in partnership with Project Drawdown, will hold the first international conference to learn about and discuss the science underlying Drawdown's portfolio of 100 solutions aimed at reversing global warming.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/k5F2P9Sh

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TOP STORIES:

The Warren M. Washington Building dedication ceremony
Penn State officially changed the name of Building 328 at Innovation Park to the Warren M. Washington Building during a dedication ceremony held May 17. Washington, an internationally recognized expert in climate research, earned his doctorate in meteorology at Penn State in 1964.



https://news.psu.edu/link/kgRQ2cq3
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Hershey Medical Center unveils Emergency Department expansion
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is opening the first phase of an expansion to its Emergency Department, a project that began in November 2017.

https://news.psu.edu/link/ZQJH1hrT
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Shenango student entrepreneurs win grand prize in Inc.U Competition
Penn State Shenango student entrepreneurs Ali Izzo and Holly Masters won $15,000 during "The Investment," the finale of PennTAP's Inc.U Competition, which aired May 16 on WPSU-TV.

https://news.psu.edu/link/SYYkJ3w2
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PROSPER conference convenes experts and youth to help prevent substance abuse
"We are now addressing a generation that could become addicted if they take a pill a few times. Prevention is critical," said Steve Forzato, deputy chief of statewide drug initiatives for the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, to the audience assembled May 14 at the Ruth Pike Auditorium, for the 17th annual PROSPER statewide conference.

https://news.psu.edu/link/784XkXcF
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Protecting pollinators: Penn Staters working to reverse bee population declines
Within the past decade, beekeepers across the globe have observed massive declines in managed honey bee populations. Given their critical role in the nation's agricultural industry, Penn State's Christina Grozinger and the Center for Pollinator Research are implementing creative approaches to protecting bee populations in Pennsylvania and beyond.

https://news.psu.edu/link/fdh8g4v6
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More: news.psu.edu/link/1PDgnzZH

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RESEARCH:

Opioid-exposed newborns may react to pain differently after birth
Babies exposed to opioids while their mothers were pregnant with them may need special care even before they start to experience withdrawal symptoms, according to Penn State research.

https://news.psu.edu/link/b3scfSgd
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NSF grant unites cross-campus researchers to study and optimize flying robots
Researchers in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering recently received a $389,919 grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate, explore and innovate new flying mechanisms for micro air vehicles to better mimic the performance and agility of flying animals.

https://news.psu.edu/link/GYVHfjy5
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New drug could help treat neonatal seizures
A new drug that inhibits neonatal seizures in rodent models could open up new avenues for the treatment of epilepsy in human newborns.

https://news.psu.edu/link/fwqYyW_H
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Penn State faculty receive Fulbright awards for 2019-20
Penn State has a long tradition of Fulbright success. Nine Penn State faculty members have been awarded for the 2019-20 cycle.

https://news.psu.edu/link/JFftMjsz
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Kentucky Derby the first in Triple Crown-working experience for recent graduate
Recent Penn State graduate Katie Rowley worked as a talent and production assistant/stage manager for NBC Sports at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, on her graduation day. She'll also work the upcoming Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.

https://news.psu.edu/link/Tsn7jDmZ
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Institutes of Energy and the Environment announces seed grant recipients
The 2018-19 Institutes of Energy and the Environment seed grant recipients have been awarded to 18 groups of interdisciplinary researchers at Penn State.

https://news.psu.edu/link/zdGQxbVN
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Registration ongoing for Arts Festival Alumni Weekend
Registration for Arts Festival Alumni Weekend (July 10-14) includes free parking and other exclusive perks, such as an ice cream social.

https://news.psu.edu/link/JjKdcKWg
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Undergraduate Admissions prepares for 'Spend a Summer Day'
Penn State Undergraduate Admissions offers visit programs to prospective students throughout the summer, with Spend a Summer Day providing the best opportunity to explore Penn State's academics, student life and campus communities.

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

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ATHLETICS:

No. 1 men's lacrosse advances to NCAA Final Four
The No. 1 Penn State men's lacrosse team took down No. 8 Loyola Maryland, 21-14, in the NCAA Quarterfinal on Saturday afternoon on Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut, to advance to NCAA Championship Weekend for the first time in program history.

https://news.psu.edu/link/5cjqRFnq
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DuBois sluggers mark 6-3 win, headed for World Series Championship
The Penn State DuBois baseball team continues to collect wins on the way to another World Series victory, downing Apprentice School 6-3 on Wednesday afternoon at Showers Field.

https://news.psu.edu/link/T1cpc69V
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More: news.psu.edu/link/vLTnGWcR

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Voting now open for Penn State Alumni Association's Alumni Council
Voting for the Penn State Alumni Association's Alumni Council is open through May 31. Election instructions for the all-online election were emailed beginning on May 6 to all alumni members of the Alumni Association for whom there is an email address on file.

https://news.psu.edu/link/qV7DC3Tm
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Penn State, Monash University joint collaboration announces call for proposals
Proposals are now being accepted for a second round of grants offered by the partnership between Penn State and Monash University in Australia, on the topic of the intersection of health and the environment. The deadline for proposals is June 15.

https://news.psu.edu/link/zw3T8V4d

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EVENTS:

Getting back to our PA roots: Mushrooms, their genes and our health
At this month's Science on Tap event, Penn State researchers Margherita Cantorna and David Geiser will discuss their research on mushrooms and health with the public. The event will be held at 7 p.m. on May 21 at Federal Tap House in downtown State College.

https://news.psu.edu/link/6pDX2_kV
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'Stories of Tomorrow' film screening on May 21 to showcase sustainability
Penn State's Sustainability Institute will present a free film screening on May 21 at the State Theatre in downtown State College, showcasing an inspiring mix of documentary, drama, animation and slam-poetry films that relate to visions of the future and the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

https://news.psu.edu/link/1xhcDs62

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