6/22: Trustees appoint oversight group on racism, bias; Diversity roundtable discussion on June 30; Plans for students who must remain home

News for the Penn State community
Monday, June 22, 2020

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IN THIS ISSUE:

TOP STORIES:
-- Board of Trustees appoints oversight group on racism, bias and community safety
-- Diversity roundtable to explore race, campus and workplace climate
-- Asian giant hornets currently not a concern for Pa., eastern North America
-- New Hemingway letters reveal friendships and feuds with other famous writers
-- Impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on air quality
-- In 'Stay Woke,' Penn State faculty member examines racism and anti-racism
-- Five named to Big Ten Academic Alliance Department Executive Officers program
-- Virtual Town Hall events to address questions around return to campus, work

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES:
-- Students who remain home in fall will have opportunities to keep learning
-- Penn State Centre Stage Virtual's 'Coleridge Interrupted' moved to June 26

"WE ARE" STORIES:
-- Penn State health sciences librarian volunteers for WHO Librarian Reserve Corps

Also in this issue: Events.

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TOP STORIES:

Board of Trustees appoints oversight group on racism, bias and community safety
In support of Penn State President Eric Barron's commitment to address both the immediate issues and longstanding problems of racism, bias and intolerance, the Board of Trustees will establish an oversight group whose charge will be to hear regular updates from the newly formed Select Penn State Presidential Commission on Racism, Bias and Community Safety.

https://news.psu.edu/link/BhZLp6XG
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Diversity roundtable to explore race, campus and workplace climate
In a new series of roundtable conversations titled "Toward Racial Equity at Penn State: Social Difference, Social Equity and Social Change," University leaders aim to engage the Penn State community in dialogue to advance greater equity and inclusion for students, faculty and staff from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.

https://news.psu.edu/link/N7C3HPJQ
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Asian giant hornets currently not a concern for Pa., eastern North America
Recent alarming news reports aside, Asian giant hornets — sometimes referred to, hyperbolically, as "murder hornets" — are not an immediate concern in the Northeast, nor are they likely to be for a long time, if ever, according to an entomologist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

https://news.psu.edu/link/WPMByCP8
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New Hemingway letters reveal friendships and feuds with other famous writers
A world-famous author by the early 1930s, Ernest Hemingway was no stranger to the literary elite. A new volume of his letters reveals details about his friendships with fellow writers like F. Scott Fitzgerald, as well as bitter feuds with former mentor Gertrude Stein and literary critic Max Eastman.

https://news.psu.edu/link/XjPrcSgv
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Impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on air quality
Penn State researchers provide informed commentary on the impacts of the coronavrus pandemic on improvements in air quality. With a decline in travel due to COVID-19 restrictions, the atmosphere has responded with significant short-term improvements in air quality.

https://news.psu.edu/link/4PKKg9cn
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In 'Stay Woke,' Penn State faculty member examines racism and anti-racism
Candis Watts Smith, associate professor of political science and African American studies, recently joined the Democracy Works podcast to discuss her book "Stay Woke: A People's Guide to Making All Black Lives Matter," co-authored with Tehama Lopez Bunyasi, assistant professor of conflict resolution and analysis at George Mason University.

https://news.psu.edu/link/MDFv3qhg
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Five named to Big Ten Academic Alliance Department Executive Officers program
The Big Ten Academic Alliance Department Executive Officers program has gained five additional fellows from the Penn State ranks.

https://news.psu.edu/link/1JH9MVWJ
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Virtual Town Hall events to address questions around return to campus, work
Penn State President Eric Barron will host a pair of virtual Town Hall events on June 22 to answer questions from the campus community surrounding today's announcement on returning to campus and the status of fall classes.

https://news.psu.edu/link/ryyQ8t3v

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CORONAVIRUS UPDATES:

Students who remain home in fall will have opportunities to keep learning
As the University prepares to welcome students back to its campuses in August, Penn State has also developed plans to enable students who must remain home to move forward uninterrupted with their Penn State education.

https://news.psu.edu/link/zTBHXL9H
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Penn State Centre Stage Virtual's 'Coleridge Interrupted' moved to June 26
Penn State Centre Stage Virtual will present "Coleridge Interrupted," a whimsical comedy by Dan Carter, at 8 p.m. Friday, June 26. PSCS Virtual presentations are free and donations benefit the School of Theatre Future Fund. The live performance can be viewed at sites.psu.edu/pscsvirtual.


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"WE ARE" STORIES:

Penn State health sciences librarian volunteers for WHO Librarian Reserve Corps
When the World Health Organization called for a network of global volunteers to help manage the surge of COVID-19-related research information, a Penn State embedded health sciences librarian knew he had to join.

https://news.psu.edu/link/kz4HS96T
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More: news.psu.edu/link/Lwyb7FD3

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EVENTS:

Virtual Penn's Woods Music Festival features live talks and encore performances
Penn's Woods Music Festival is going virtual for 2020, with the broadcast of four encore performances from 2019. Tune in at 7:30 p.m. on June 20, 24, 26 and 27 at sites.psu.edu/pwmf for a live conversation with Maestro Geraldo Edelstein and special guests each night, followed by a performance.

https://news.psu.edu/link/BT53wV4S
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Virtual speaker series to focus on career development and leadership skills
Penn State's School of Public Policy is hosting a virtual professional development series, "Strategies for Career and Leadership Success," once each month beginning June 24. The series will provide career and leadership skills for students, recent graduates and current professionals.

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

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