7/16: Ancient life on Mars; Student helping to feed the world; New autism diagnostic indicator

News for the Penn State community
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

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IN THIS ISSUE:

FEATURED ITEM:
-- Story: Penn State researcher sees potential for ancient life on Martian surface

TOP STORIES:
-- PlantVillage gives undergraduate a chance to help feed the world via technology
-- Unusual eating behaviors may be a new diagnostic indicator for autism

RESEARCH:
-- Factors that shape facial variation: More than what meets the eye
-- Pig-Pen effect: Mixing skin oil and ozone can produce a personal pollution cloud
-- Milk: Best drink to reduce burn from chili peppers
-- Ag Progress Days tours showcase a variety of Penn State agricultural research
-- University Park students turn to wellness retreats to reduce stress
-- July 18 trustees meeting at Penn State Brandywine to be livestreamed
-- Applications open for #GivingTuesday fundraising campaigns
-- The 2019 Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts
-- School-record 117 student-athletes named Big Ten Distinguished Scholars

ACADEMICS:
-- Penn State Abington receives $125,000-plus for scholarships, food pantry
-- Students, professor build specialized scanner to bring paintings to life

Also in this issue: Events.

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FEATURED ITEM:

Story: Penn State researcher sees potential for ancient life on Martian surface
Photos taken by the Mars Curiosity rover may show a desolate rocky landscape to some — but to Christopher House, professor of geosciences and director of the NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium, the photos show potential for ancient life.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/gqV2L9hr

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TOP STORIES:

PlantVillage gives undergraduate a chance to help feed the world via technology
Coming from the small town of Limeport, near Allentown, a young Annalyse Kehs may not have thought much about international agriculture or feeding the world. But thanks to a project called PlantVillage, the Penn State rising senior not only is helping to address world hunger but is relishing the opportunity to travel to destinations such as Kenya and Rome to interact with farmers, researchers and policymakers.

https://news.psu.edu/link/MD4J4xpP
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Unusual eating behaviors may be a new diagnostic indicator for autism
Atypical eating behaviors may be a sign a child should be screened for autism, according to a new study from Penn State College of Medicine.

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

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RESEARCH:

Factors that shape facial variation: More than what meets the eye
Mark D. Shriver, professor of anthropology, wants to understand the factors that shape facial variation while accurately representing human diversity. Shriver has partnered with Disney Research for the Anthropometrics, DNA, and the Appearances and Perceptions of Traits 4 (ADAPT4) study, part of the Center for Human Evolution and Diversity's ADAPT study series.

https://news.psu.edu/link/zMZB84vr
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Pig-Pen effect: Mixing skin oil and ozone can produce a personal pollution cloud
When ozone and skin oils meet, the resulting reaction may help remove ozone from an indoor environment, but it can also produce a personal cloud of pollutants that affects indoor air quality.

https://news.psu.edu/link/vpsdyLFj
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Milk: Best drink to reduce burn from chili peppers
People who order their Buffalo wings especially spicy and sometimes find them to be too "hot," should choose milk to reduce the burn, according to Penn State researchers, who also suggest it does not matter if it is whole or skim.

https://news.psu.edu/link/nJ_rcpdP
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Ag Progress Days tours showcase a variety of Penn State agricultural research
Visitors at Penn State's annual Ag Progress Days expo — to be held this year Aug. 13-15 — will have an opportunity to get a closer view of the agricultural and conservation-related research conducted at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center by taking free bus tours covering portions of the more than 2,000-acre facility.

https://news.psu.edu/link/zTLTdzHZ
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University Park students turn to wellness retreats to reduce stress
Stress is something that everyone experiences, and it can impact an individual's emotional, physical and intellectual state, possibly leading to burnout. To help students alleviate stress, four wellness retreats have been hosted at Penn State's University Park campus since January, thanks to funding from Penn State LionPulse, an outreach effort of Penn State PRO Wellness.

https://news.psu.edu/link/VTrqpZ2f
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July 18 trustees meeting at Penn State Brandywine to be livestreamed
The Penn State Board of Trustees will hold its next public meeting July 18 at Penn State Brandywine. The full board meeting will be streamed live online at http://wpsu.org/trustees/.

https://news.psu.edu/link/wBYbJsrX
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Applications open for #GivingTuesday fundraising campaigns
Applications are now open for all Penn State campuses, colleges and programs interested in hosting a fundraising campaign during Penn State's #GivingTuesday.

https://news.psu.edu/link/gfTrjmRP
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The 2019 Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts
The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, which runs through July 14 in State College and on Penn State's University Park campus, brings thousands of visitors and dozens of artists from across the country to Happy Valley each year.

https://news.psu.edu/link/XX7QYKPs
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School-record 117 student-athletes named Big Ten Distinguished Scholars
Led by 15 students who earned a perfect 4.0 grade-point average, a school-record 117 Penn State student-athletes have garnered Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Awards for the 2018-19 academic year.

https://news.psu.edu/link/369tBfYr
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More: news.psu.edu/link/7kttk2Z5

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ACADEMICS:

Penn State Abington receives $125,000-plus for scholarships, food pantry
Four foundations awarded Penn State Abington more than $125,000 to support student scholarships and the LionShare food pantry.

https://news.psu.edu/link/nzPBY2p1
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Students, professor build specialized scanner to bring paintings to life
When Yi Yang, an assistant professor of electrical engineering at Penn State Abington, was a doctoral student, he frequented art museums but grew frustrated with the inability of patrons to closely examine paintings and the artists' techniques. After some thought, he realized that a laser imaging system like the one in his lab could be used to capture the 3D surface profiles of artwork.

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EVENTS:

How to restore Puerto Rico's power and empower sustainable energy globally
Cecilio Ortiz Garcia and Marla Perez-Lugo, co-founders of the University of Puerto Rico's National Institute of Energy and Island Sustainability, will speak about the effort to reform electricity access on the island following Hurricane Maria at this month's Science on Tap event, which will take place at 7 p.m. July 16 at Federal Tap House in downtown State College.

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

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