5/29: The evolution of skin color; Climate change marches may impact belief; Mental health and the LGBT community

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

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IN THIS ISSUE:

FEATURED ITEM:
-- The evolution of skin color

TOP STORIES:
-- Marching for climate change may sway people's beliefs and actions
-- Special Olympics seeking volunteers for Summer Games at Penn State
-- Penn State researcher explores mental health and the LGBT community
-- Software and scheduling combine to improve HVAC efficiency at Penn State
-- Panera Bread coming this fall to Penn State's University Park campus
-- New scholarship will help adult learners at Penn State Behrend

RESEARCH:
-- Eastern forests shaped more by Native Americans' burning than climate change
-- Exercise may help teens sleep longer, more efficiently
-- Plant pathology, environmental microbiology doctoral student receives NSF award
-- Students lead another strong finish in 'Pulitzers of college journalism'
-- Penn State students take a global look at sustainable agriculture in Costa Rica

Also in this issue: Announcements and Events.

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FEATURED ITEM:

The evolution of skin color
We inherit our skin color from our ancestors, but what brought about such a diversity of human skin colors? And how can the natural history of skin inform questions surrounding societal notions of skin color and our health? These are questions that form the basis for what Penn State anthropologist Nina Jablonski calls an explanatory framework of the evolution of skin pigmentation.

https://news.psu.edu/link/qnr1K4Mj

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TOP STORIES:

Marching for climate change may sway people's beliefs and actions
Americans have a long tradition of taking to the streets to protest or to advocate for things they believe in. New research suggests that when it comes to climate change, these marches may indeed have a positive effect on the public.

https://news.psu.edu/link/BZWZwq3C
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Special Olympics seeking volunteers for Summer Games at Penn State
The Special Olympics Pennsylvania Summer Games, to be held on Penn State's University Park campus June 6-8, is seeking volunteers from the local community to help make the event a success.

https://news.psu.edu/link/P9GBQJMs
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Penn State researcher explores mental health and the LGBT community
With May being Mental Health Awareness Month, Penn State researcher and assistant professor Britney Wardecker stresses the importance of not only raising general awareness of mental health but also recognizing how different groups are affected by mental health issues in unique ways.

https://news.psu.edu/link/kzfFYjV5
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Software and scheduling combine to improve HVAC efficiency at Penn State
A new scheduling software is being implemented across the University Park campus that makes buildings more energy efficient. Buildings across campus have heating, ventilation, and air conditioning technology (HVAC) to make indoor spaces more comfortable and they often run at all times of the day. The software works directly with HVAC technology to ensure indoor building spaces are only heated and cooled when in use, reducing buildings' energy needs.

https://news.psu.edu/link/j2jkzYPG
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Panera Bread coming this fall to Penn State's University Park campus
Changes in campus retail dining are on the horizon for the fall 2019 semester, as Panera Bread will replace Au Bon Pain at four University Park locations.

https://news.psu.edu/link/hpcpSs9g
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New scholarship will help adult learners at Penn State Behrend
James Schlaudecker worked in an auto garage for $1 an hour. Then he enrolled at Penn State Behrend. He and his wife recently created a new scholarship for adult learners at the college.

https://news.psu.edu/link/PCgxG1Qd
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More: news.psu.edu/link/1PDgnzZH

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RESEARCH:

Eastern forests shaped more by Native Americans' burning than climate change
Native Americans' use of fire to manage vegetation in what is now the Eastern United States was more profound than previously believed, according to a Penn State researcher who determined that forest composition change in the region was caused more by land use than climate change.

https://news.psu.edu/link/NY359kb1
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Exercise may help teens sleep longer, more efficiently
Getting more exercise than normal — or being more sedentary than usual — for one day may be enough to affect sleep later that night, according to a new study led by Penn State.

https://news.psu.edu/link/dLXdZqDb
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Plant pathology, environmental microbiology doctoral student receives NSF award
Laura Kaminsky, a doctoral student in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, will be able to advance her research interests in plant pathology after receiving a grant from the National Science Foundation.

https://news.psu.edu/link/nHWy16ym
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Students lead another strong finish in 'Pulitzers of college journalism'
Penn State finished third overall — the best performance by any school in the Big Ten Conference or Northeast — in the Hearst Journalism Awards Program, often referred to as "the Pulitzers of college journalism."

https://news.psu.edu/link/_Lcv7f4W
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Penn State students take a global look at sustainable agriculture in Costa Rica
A group of Penn State students explored a different type of classroom when they traveled to the tropics over spring break as part of the embedded course "Environmental Resource Management 499: Costa Rica Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resources," offered in the College of Agricultural Sciences.


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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Human Resources to host presentations for those preparing to retire
Penn State Human Resources' benefits team is hosting presentations to help inform employees of their insurance options upon retirement.

https://news.psu.edu/link/Jv9LVQBg

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EVENTS:

Share Your Opioid Story: A Community Conversation at Schlow Library on May 30
The Share Your Opioid Story initiative is hosting a Community Conversation at the Schlow Centre Region Library in State College at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 30.

https://news.psu.edu/link/wJQykb73
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We Are Weekend includes free concert, giveaways, and much more
There are plenty of reasons to return to University Park for We Are Weekend, set for May 31 to June 2. We Are Weekend features events, giveaways, and plenty of chances to find out what's new at Penn State while enjoying time-honored traditional favorites.

https://news.psu.edu/link/HCyMpH9k
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'Hundred Dresses Project' at Penn College features layers of art outreach
With extra layers of art outreach, The Gallery at Penn College is hosting a unique exhibit titled "The Hundred Dresses Project: We Are All in This Together," set for June 4 through July 23.

https://news.psu.edu/link/DV5vkgL6

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