Penn State Philadelphia Region news

Philadelphia Region edition
Monday, May 3, 2021

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IN THIS ISSUE:

STORIES:
-- Brandywine to hold in-person commencement ceremony on May 8
-- Road to Commencement: Victor Ficarra
-- New Abington graduate wins Smith humanities award
-- Brandywine receives funding to support innovation and entrepreneurship
-- Penn State Brandywine celebrates student leadership with annual awards
-- Nature Narratives writing contest celebrates the natural world
-- Gene therapy co-op caps off student's stellar academic career
-- Project brings wireless coverage to select parking lots at Penn State campuses
-- Students urged to upload COVID-19 vaccination record through myUHS
-- Lavender Recognition to be held on April 30
-- Send us your best research photo
-- Libraries announces circus-themed Short Stories contest winners
-- Students use The Lion's Pantry as a prototype to help fight hunger nationwide
-- Penn State Go mobile app surpasses 100,000 downloads
-- The Medical Minute: When is a visit to a pediatric cardiologist in order?

GALLERIES:
-- Penn State Brandywine Spring 2021 Student Leadership Awards

Also in this issue: Events.

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STORIES:

Brandywine to hold in-person commencement ceremony on May 8
Penn State Brandywine will celebrate the achievements of its spring 2021 graduates with an in-person commencement ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 8, on the campus lawn. In the case of inclement weather, two ceremonies will be held in the campus' Commons/Athletic Center gymnasium at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., with graduates divided among the two events.

https://news.psu.edu/link/_Gt4R69q
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Road to Commencement: Victor Ficarra
Penn State Brandywine's Road to Commencement features seniors and recent graduates sharing their Brandywine experience and journey to graduation day.

https://news.psu.edu/link/PzGdJpT2
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New Abington graduate wins Smith humanities award
Penn State Abington senior Ariel Hooks is a Schreyer Honors College scholar and, on May 7, will graduate a year early with dual degrees in English and history.

https://news.psu.edu/link/fqr1NpL7
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Brandywine receives funding to support innovation and entrepreneurship
Penn State Brandywine has received a grant from the Ethel Sergeant Clark Smith Memorial Fund to expand its local innovation and entrepreneurship support and programming through its planned Brandywine LaunchBox, powered by Penn State, slated to be available this summer.

https://news.psu.edu/link/KQTnMFDG
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Penn State Brandywine celebrates student leadership with annual awards
Penn State Brandywine students who have impacted the campus through their leadership and service were honored at a ceremony on April 29. The annual leadership awards program highlights the achievements of students involved with clubs, student government and campus programs.

https://news.psu.edu/link/bcXPtTvB
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Nature Narratives writing contest celebrates the natural world
With world affairs consumed by a global pandemic, Penn State Brandywine's annual Nature Narratives writing competition had to pivot and change to a virtual awards ceremony. The pandemic didn't stop the beauty and awe of nature nor did it stop people from enjoying it.

https://news.psu.edu/link/M9R46XrS
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Gene therapy co-op caps off student's stellar academic career
Penn State Abington senior Toma Lazars boasts a 4.0 grade-point average and recently completed a nine-month co-op in the pharmaceutical industry.

https://news.psu.edu/link/Swn7Kqhz
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Project brings wireless coverage to select parking lots at Penn State campuses
Penn State IT worked with the Office of Physical Plant to determine locations for adding wireless coverage at select parking lots across the campuses last summer. This allowed commuter students access to work safely between classes while following social distancing protocols.

https://news.psu.edu/link/kFn485sK
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Students urged to upload COVID-19 vaccination record through myUHS
Students at University Park and all Commonwealth Campus locations are strongly encouraged to upload their COVID-19 vaccination records through myUHS after receiving their final dose — either two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine or one dose of Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.

https://news.psu.edu/link/kYVW985h
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Lavender Recognition to be held on April 30
2021 marks the 20th celebration of LGBTQ+ graduates during the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity's Lavender Recognition ceremony.

https://news.psu.edu/link/K_3T9KtF
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Send us your best research photo
The staff of Research/Penn State magazine has announced a contest to find a superb research-related image to be published on its "At Large" pages in the Fall 2021 issue. The winning photographer will receive a high-quality print of the image, suitable for framing.

https://news.psu.edu/link/9D4k12nW
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Libraries announces circus-themed Short Stories contest winners
The winning writers of Penn State University Libraries Short Stories' "A Night at the Circus" spring 2021 contest have been announced. Representing five Penn State campuses, the latest writing contest encouraged students, faculty and staff across the commonwealth to submit their best circus-themed creative writing in the form of short stories or poetry.

https://news.psu.edu/link/t8ZSh9g7
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Students use The Lion's Pantry as a prototype to help fight hunger nationwide
For some students on the Penn State University Park campus, hunger is a primary concern each day. The Lion's Pantry was created to address this concern by providing food and supplies to students so they can shift their attention from food insecurity to being a student. This semester, two teams of students brought together by the Nittany AI Challenge are taking that strategy a bit further to include a plan to balance nutritional needs of students while eliminating food waste in the community. They are making this vision a reality by combining their efforts with The Lion's Pantry to design prototypes that can assist food banks on a national scale to further serve their clients and communities.

https://news.psu.edu/link/1g2d2Ljg
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Penn State Go mobile app surpasses 100,000 downloads
Since launching in January 2020, the Penn State Go mobile app has reached a milestone achievement of more than 100,000 downloads. The app includes popular features such as Canvas, Penn State email, LionPATH, LionCash+, library services, Starfish academic advising, Penn State Eats and more.

https://news.psu.edu/link/ggQTMVHY
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The Medical Minute: When is a visit to a pediatric cardiologist in order?
Parents shouldn't ignore sometimes subtle warning signs of a structural heart defect or heart condition. Dr. Stephen Cyran, pediatric cardiologist with Penn State Health Children's Heart Group, explains in this Medical Minute.

https://news.psu.edu/link/bFVnDY8y

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GALLERIES:

Penn State Brandywine Spring 2021 Student Leadership Awards
Penn State Brandywine students who have impacted the campus through their leadership and service were honored at a ceremony on April 29.



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

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EVENTS:

Great Valley
'Building an Entrepreneurial Operating System'
4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 29

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Coronavirus updates
Stay up-to-date on the latest information from Penn State regarding the global coronavirus outbreak.
https://news.psu.edu/link/G4GMMkF1

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