6/28: Solving Earth's problems off-world; State appropriation increase; Central PA 4th Fest

News for the Penn State community
Friday, June 28, 2019

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IN THIS ISSUE:

FEATURED ITEM:
-- Video: What if Earth's problems weren't solved on Earth?

TOP STORIES:
-- Penn State's appropriation increases as General Assembly adopts 2019-20 budget
-- 4th Fest fireworks will 'explode' onto Penn State campus July 4
-- Climate warming could increase malaria risk in cooler regions
-- The Medical Minute: Don't make your own sunscreen
-- Penn State scientists expanding work to help farmers learn about industrial hemp

RESEARCH:
-- Researchers look to unlock post-traumatic stress disorder puzzle
-- Game theory shows why stigmatization may not make sense in modern society
-- Older adults can serve communities as engines of everyday innovation
-- Partnership allows for the launch of the Pa. Civil War Deserters Database
-- Stuckeman student's design selected for new East Coast Music Hall of Fame Museum
-- Penn College, NJ Institute of Technology receive nearly $8M for apprenticeships
-- Alumni couple establishes chair in real estate at Smeal College of Business
-- Fulbright program announces call for 2020-21 applications
-- LGBTQA Student Resource Center changes name for better inclusivity
-- Office of Physical Plant issues annual University Park water-quality report

Also in this issue: Announcements.

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FEATURED ITEM:

Video: What if Earth's problems weren't solved on Earth?
A team of Penn State researchers is reimagining construction technology to 3D print homes on Mars — technology that could create sustainable housing options on Earth, too. To learn how the team's work has the potential to revolutionize the construction industry and address larger societal issues, visit http://tiny.cc/zpfx8y.

Watch video: https://news.psu.edu/link/P8jcD2j8

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TOP STORIES:

Penn State's appropriation increases as General Assembly adopts 2019-20 budget
Penn State's 2019-20 general support appropriation from the Commonwealth increased by 2%, or approximately $4.75 million, as the University's non-preferred appropriations bill passed the General Assembly today (June 27) as part of Pennsylvania's $34 billion budget package, which is expected to be signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf.

https://news.psu.edu/link/GV_xLxyN
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4th Fest fireworks will 'explode' onto Penn State campus July 4
Fireworks will once again light up the night sky on July 4 as part of the Central PA 4th Fest on Penn State's University Park campus.

https://news.psu.edu/link/G5DhDJ74
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Climate warming could increase malaria risk in cooler regions
Malaria parasites develop faster in mosquitoes at lower temperatures than previously thought, according to researchers at Penn State and the University of Exeter. The findings suggest that even slight climate warming could increase malaria risk to hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people — including travelers — in areas that are currently too cold for malaria parasites to complete their development.

https://news.psu.edu/link/Rj6Lcgt3
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The Medical Minute: Don't make your own sunscreen
While some do-it-yourselfers make their own sunscreen to avoid chemicals used to make those found at stores, a surgical oncologist and skin cancer specialist at Penn State Health says that's a bad idea.

https://news.psu.edu/link/XgKjPHQt
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Penn State scientists expanding work to help farmers learn about industrial hemp
With the passage of the 2018 farm bill and new regulations that allow the crop to be grown for sale for a range of uses, hemp production in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania has taken off, with more than 300 permits approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture this year. Even before hemp was green-lighted by the federal government, Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences was at the forefront of industrial hemp research in Pennsylvania.

https://news.psu.edu/link/BPZkjx5Y
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More: news.psu.edu/link/1PDgnzZH

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RESEARCH:

Researchers look to unlock post-traumatic stress disorder puzzle
A team of Penn State and University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine researchers is attempting to answer a question that has long puzzled experts: Why do some individuals suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after experiencing trauma, and others do not?

https://news.psu.edu/link/CKfdqpjf
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Game theory shows why stigmatization may not make sense in modern society
Game theory can help researchers understand how stigmatizing infected people affects the spread of the disease. In this study, the researchers found that the availability to modern healthcare now makes stigmatization a less effective strategy for dealing with disease spread.

https://news.psu.edu/link/HqZVGsYB
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Older adults can serve communities as engines of everyday innovation
Researchers found that older adults are often leaders in innovation, coupling their knowledge and creativity to, among other things, revitalize communities, improve the environment, and pass on skills and hobbies.

https://news.psu.edu/link/KGVwmJZW
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Partnership allows for the launch of the Pa. Civil War Deserters Database
After years of development, Penn State University Libraries, in partnership with the Richards Civil War Era Center, has launched the Pennsylvania Civil War Deserters Database. Containing more than 24,000 individual records of soldiers, the interactive database allows users to search the compiled records for individual solders by name, but also identify groups of soldiers by specific criteria.

https://news.psu.edu/link/vXfPskM3
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Stuckeman student's design selected for new East Coast Music Hall of Fame Museum
A design by Penn State architecture student Nicholas Fudali has been selected to become the look of the new East Coast Music Hall of Fame Museum in Wildwood, New Jersey.

https://news.psu.edu/link/2_hrnCG3
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Penn College, NJ Institute of Technology receive nearly $8M for apprenticeships
Pennsylvania College of Technology and New Jersey Institute of Technology have been awarded a nearly $8 million federal grant to develop industry-driven strategies for apprenticeships in advanced manufacturing fields.

https://news.psu.edu/link/_FYG4VfN
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Alumni couple establishes chair in real estate at Smeal College of Business
Recognizing the importance of real estate in their lives, Jason Borrelli and his wife, Julie, a fellow Penn State graduate, recently made a $2 million commitment to Penn State to endow the Jason and Julie Borrelli Faculty Chair in Real Estate in the Smeal College of Business.

https://news.psu.edu/link/y7hTRfPk
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Fulbright program announces call for 2020-21 applications
Applications for the 2020-21 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Core Competition are now open. The deadline for submission is Sept. 16.

https://news.psu.edu/link/jQmRZhPN
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LGBTQA Student Resource Center changes name for better inclusivity
The LGBTQA Student Resource Center will change its name to the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity on July 1 to better serve the growing diversity within the LGBTQ+ community and to maximize inclusivity.

https://news.psu.edu/link/R_RcBvfz
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Office of Physical Plant issues annual University Park water-quality report
Penn State's Office of Physical Plant issued its annual drinking water quality report June 6, which found that the University's water system successfully met every federal and state regulatory requirement in 2018. The Office of Physical Plant routinely monitors the University's drinking water, and the full report can be viewed at https://opp.psu.edu/unit/potable-water.

https://news.psu.edu/link/7cdb5tYF
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More: news.psu.edu/link/7kttk2Z5

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

LionPATH will be offline July 4-7 for upgrades
LionPATH, Penn State's student information system, is undergoing an upgrade over the Fourth of July weekend and will be unavailable to users from 9 a.m. ET on Thursday, July 4, through noon ET on Sunday, July 7.

https://news.psu.edu/link/P7mHvd7V
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Enterprise Active Directory adoption project reaches halfway milestone
The University-wide, Enterprise Active Directory adoption project, now halfway complete, will provide a single, central authentication service to better manage users' "digital credentials" while reducing the University's threat surface for cyberattacks.

https://news.psu.edu/link/CdxrvjLG
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Reserved hours to change at select campus parking lots beginning July 1
In tandem with the previously announced expansion of fee hours at the East, HUB, and Nittany parking decks, select parking areas at Penn State's University Park campus will be reserved for permit holders 24 hours a day, seven days a week, beginning July 1.

https://news.psu.edu/link/XY9vmTwQ

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