6/23: University leaders answer questions on return to campus; Nittany Lion Inn to remain closed; Boosting semiconductor performance

News for the Penn State community
Tuesday, June 23, 2020

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IN THIS ISSUE:

TOP STORIES:
-- University leaders answer employee questions ahead of return to work, campus
-- Penn State leaders answer student questions in preparation for return to campus
-- Nittany Lion Inn to remain closed, used as isolation space as needed

RESEARCH:
-- Design method may boost semiconductor performance by better handling heat
-- New Argentine fossils uncover history of celebrated conifer group
-- Penn State and University of Auckland announce 2020 joint collaboration projects
-- Students bring virtual talent show to nursing home residents amid COVID-19
-- Orientation leaders extend virtual welcome to incoming students

ACADEMICS:
-- From research to community, EnvironMentors program continues to grow
-- Penn State Learning offers new resources and programming
-- Trustees to meet via conference call on June 23

Also in this issue: Announcements.

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TOP STORIES:

University leaders answer employee questions ahead of return to work, campus
Penn State President Eric Barron and University leaders hosted a virtual Town Hall event today (June 22) to answer questions from faculty and staff regarding Penn State's announcement on the return to work and plans to hold in-person classes this fall.

https://news.psu.edu/link/j4Hq6bVR
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Penn State leaders answer student questions in preparation for return to campus
Penn State leaders hosted a virtual town hall today (June 22) to answer questions from graduate and undergraduate students and families about the 'Back to State' plans announced last week, providing additional information on how to prepare and what to expect when classes resume in-person this fall.

https://news.psu.edu/link/25scJcWW
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Nittany Lion Inn to remain closed, used as isolation space as needed
The Nittany Lion Inn, closed since mid-March, will remain closed and the hotel's 223 guestrooms will be used as isolation spaces during the coronavirus pandemic, Penn State officials announced June 22.

https://news.psu.edu/link/GLJm_W9y
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More: news.psu.edu/link/1PDgnzZH

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RESEARCH:

Design method may boost semiconductor performance by better handling heat
In a study, the researchers used supercomputers to test a design that inserts nanometer-sized holes into a silicon semiconductor and found that the resulting model, which consists of evenly distributed spherical-shaped inclusions could dramatically influence the ability to channel heat via atomic vibrations called phonons.

https://news.psu.edu/link/rT4PpnYJ
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New Argentine fossils uncover history of celebrated conifer group
Newly unearthed, surprisingly well-preserved conifer fossils from Patagonia, Argentina, show that an endangered and celebrated group of tropical West Pacific trees has roots in the ancient supercontinent that once comprised Australia, Antarctica and South America, according to an international team of researchers.

https://news.psu.edu/link/DrVy84dL
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Penn State and University of Auckland announce 2020 joint collaboration projects
In late 2019, Penn State and the University of Auckland launched the Joint Collaboration Development Program, a jointly financed seed-fund program with the aim to foster collaborative research and educational projects. The Office of Global Programs has announced that eight projects have been funded and will officially commence in June.

https://news.psu.edu/link/sD5yQZnS
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Students bring virtual talent show to nursing home residents amid COVID-19
Penn State's community ambassadors wanted to find a way to spread cheer in their community during the pandemic. The result is a cross between a greeting card and a virtual talent show, featuring everything from musical performances to dancing to creating crochet gnomes.

https://news.psu.edu/link/4P3M1YHG
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Orientation leaders extend virtual welcome to incoming students
This summer, given the restrictions of COVID-19, incoming Penn Staters are experiencing orientation virtually, and the Penn State students who serve as orientation leaders are more important than ever.

https://news.psu.edu/link/X3cdrQrf
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More: news.psu.edu/link/7kttk2Z5

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ACADEMICS:

From research to community, EnvironMentors program continues to grow
As the Penn State EnvironMentors wrapped up its second year, the students and faculty look back at a program that continues to grow in size and impact.

https://news.psu.edu/link/Hp1Gj9cL
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Penn State Learning offers new resources and programming
Penn State Learning, which offers tuition-supported tutoring, has published several new website features and expanded one program to summer sessions.

https://news.psu.edu/link/2hxrFt64
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Trustees to meet via conference call on June 23
The Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. on June 23 via conference call.

https://news.psu.edu/link/5cDVbZLf
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More: news.psu.edu/link/_zjkBgqn

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Penn State, University of Freiburg to participate in live talk
Zoubeida Ounaies, professor of mechanical engineering and newly appointed director of the Convergence Center for Living Multifunctional Material Systems, and Jürgen Rühe, professor for chemistry and physics of interfaces at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg and spokesman for the Cluster of Excellence for Living, Adaptive and Energy-autonomous Materials Systems, will participate in a live talk on June 24 focused on the continued development of international partnerships during COVID-19.

https://news.psu.edu/link/NN1PKHsq

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