2/14: A Four Diamonds child's journey; Abington study abroad love story; Multi-year concussion study

News for the Penn State community
Friday, February 14, 2020

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IN THIS ISSUE:

FEATURED ITEM:
-- Photo Gallery: Photo gallery: Penn State Centre Stage's "Angels in America"

TOP STORIES:
-- How far a donation can go: A Four Diamonds child's journey to medical school
-- Multi-year concussion research study underway
-- They 'met cute': Abington study abroad experience leads to engagement

RESEARCH:
-- Forest soils release more carbon dioxide than expected in rainy season
-- Researchers track dust pollution, health to spot dangers in West Africa
-- Engineering professor named director of the Penn State Center for Biodevices
-- Twenty teams funded to develop 'AI for Good' in the Nittany AI Challenge
-- Student-produced work earns honors at national BEA Festival
-- Hard work leads to national recognition for Bellisario College student
-- Introducing girls to engineering

EDITOR'S PICKS:
-- Things to Do at Penn State: Feb. 13-20
-- The Medical Minute: 'Swiper's thumb?' Explore some common tech-related injuries

Also in this issue: Announcements and Events.

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FEATURED ITEM:

Photo Gallery: Photo gallery: Penn State Centre Stage's "Angels in America"
A look behind the scenes of Penn State Centre Stage's presentation of 'Angels in America,' opening Feb. 25 at the Playhouse Theatre on the University Park campus.

View photos: https://news.psu.edu/link/1tFQSBxX

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TOP STORIES:

How far a donation can go: A Four Diamonds child's journey to medical school
Colin Hayes has known since arriving at the Penn State College of Medicine that he wanted to be a pediatric oncologist. He was diagnosed with bone cancer in 2011 and, after his first THON, decided he wanted to give back.

https://news.psu.edu/link/67fyxdC7
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Multi-year concussion research study underway
Professor of Kinesiology Semyon Slobounov is leading a novel multi-year research study examining the consequences of head acceleration events. The study also seeks to identify any critical threshold between subconcussive blows with those of full-blown concussive injury to more accurately measure the effects of subconcussive injuries throughout an athletic season.

https://news.psu.edu/link/jLQrmyjF
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They 'met cute': Abington study abroad experience leads to engagement
Penn State Abington alumnus James Gavin expected that studying in Japan during the 2018 spring semester would be life-changing — and it was, but not for the reasons one might think.

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

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RESEARCH:

Forest soils release more carbon dioxide than expected in rainy season
Current carbon cycle models may underestimate the amount of carbon dioxide released from the soil during rainy seasons in temperate forests like those found in the northeast United States, according to Penn State researchers.

https://news.psu.edu/link/s_CjGFC3
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Researchers track dust pollution, health to spot dangers in West Africa
Comparing dust simulations and health data for Senegal, an international team of researchers found dust to be responsible for poor air quality, which is followed by a rise in poor health outcomes.

https://news.psu.edu/link/tG3Jq8RK
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Engineering professor named director of the Penn State Center for Biodevices
Mary Frecker, professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering at Penn State, has been named the Riess Chair in the College of Engineering.

https://news.psu.edu/link/TG8dbsTD
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Twenty teams funded to develop 'AI for Good' in the Nittany AI Challenge
Twenty teams have been awarded $500 to pursue their ideas to use artificial intelligence for good in the 2020 Nittany AI Challenge to improve the world by providing solutions for problems within the areas of education, health, humanitarian challenges, sustainability and climate change.

https://news.psu.edu/link/rtW46w68
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Student-produced work earns honors at national BEA Festival
Seven entries produced by Penn State students earned recognition in the annual Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts competition.

https://news.psu.edu/link/zdbZp2Jg
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Hard work leads to national recognition for Bellisario College student
Zoë Martin, an advertising/public relations major in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, was recently named one of five finalists for PRWeek's prestigious Outstanding Student Award. The winner will be announced during the PRWeek Awards, a gala event in March in New York City.

https://news.psu.edu/link/HRvSgmtJ
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Introducing girls to engineering
Building on the success of previous years, the Penn State School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science will host two week-long summer camps geared toward girls in middle and high school.

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

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EDITOR'S PICKS:

Things to Do at Penn State: Feb. 13-20
Penn State Centre Stage's "The Lucky Boy," the President's Concert at Carnegie Hall in New York, TEDxPSU and a "Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure" at Eisenhower Auditorium are among the cultural highlights at Penn State this weekend and next week.

https://news.psu.edu/link/j_bWfx6_
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The Medical Minute: 'Swiper's thumb?' Explore some common tech-related injuries
Thanks to society's fondness for electronic gadgets, so-called tech-related injuries are on the rise. Learn how to ease the pain - or even prevent it in the first place.

https://news.psu.edu/link/2451VCYf
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More: news.psu.edu/link/Wpc2nQTT

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Registration open for awareness event on preventing child neglect
Child maltreatment can take many forms, but the most common cases nationwide are that of child neglect. This is why Penn State's Child Maltreatment Solutions Network is holding the event "Preventing Child Neglect", being held April 4 in the Ballroom of the Nittany Lion Inn.

https://news.psu.edu/link/6zJ7vVF2

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EVENTS:

Africana Research Center lectures to examine the impacts of racism
The Africana Research Center in the College of the Liberal Arts will host presentations by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor Feb. 27 and Ibram X. Kendi March 19. Both events will begin at 6 p.m. in Paterno Library's Foster Auditorium.

https://news.psu.edu/link/cgk58pKg
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Penn State Centre Stage presents 'Angels in America'
Penn State Centre Stage will present Tony Kushner's "Angels in America, Millennium Approaches," directed by Rick Lombardo, Feb. 25 to March 5, at the Playhouse Theatre, on the University Park campus.
A quarter-century after stunning the theatre world, one of the greatest theatrical journeys of our time celebrates its 25th anniversary.

https://news.psu.edu/link/QpNXTV4F

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