6/26: Barron to host Town Hall on race and bias; Penn State Laureate announced; The Medical Minute

News for the Penn State community
Friday, June 26, 2020

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IN THIS ISSUE:

FEATURED ITEM:
-- Story: Barron to host June 29 Town Hall on race and bias

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES:
-- Stay up to date on the latest coronavirus-related questions and answers
-- David Witwer, professor of American studies, named 2020-21 Penn State Laureate
-- The Medical Minute: Don't get lax with the mask

RESEARCH:
-- Professor earns NSF grant to configure wireless networks with machine learning
-- Sunnier but riskier
-- Impacts of big data on the coronavirus pandemic

ACADEMICS:
-- University Libraries' labor unions digitized collections project completed
-- 'Human Flourishing' course to support students during challenging times
-- Alumni memories featured in book about competing newspapers

Also in this issue: Events.

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FEATURED ITEM:

Story: Barron to host June 29 Town Hall on race and bias
Penn State President Eric Barron will host a virtual Town Hall event at 3 p.m. on Monday, June 29, at LiveEvents to highlight the elements outlined in his June 10 message and the University's planned efforts to fight ignorance and intolerance, model inclusivity and embrace diversity.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/3gW9QPmz

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CORONAVIRUS UPDATES:

Stay up to date on the latest coronavirus-related questions and answers
As the University and the world continue to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, readers can keep up with the latest information from Penn State by visiting the "latest updates" section of Penn State's comprehensive coronavirus FAQ. The section will be updated regularly with new or significantly revised questions and answers for students, faculty, staff and the community, at https://virusinfo.psu.edu/faq.

https://news.psu.edu/link/VCRrwNF4
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David Witwer, professor of American studies, named 2020-21 Penn State Laureate
David Witwer, professor of American studies in Penn State Harrisburg's School of Humanities, has been named Penn State Laureate for the 2020-21 academic year.

https://news.psu.edu/link/LVZGrmwJ
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The Medical Minute: Don't get lax with the mask
Since March, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we learn, work and socialize. Now, as nearly all of Pennsylvania is in the green phase of reopening, it is essential for people to remain vigilant by continuing to wear face masks and maintain proper social distancing.

https://news.psu.edu/link/M1gPJFXr
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More: news.psu.edu/link/Ss8br7p8

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RESEARCH:

Professor earns NSF grant to configure wireless networks with machine learning
Jing Yang, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Penn State, and Cong Shen, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at UVA, have earned a $550,000, three-year grant to pursue machine learning for wireless networking systems.

https://news.psu.edu/link/FMSsHYmL
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Sunnier but riskier
Conservation efforts that open up the canopy of overgrown habitat for threatened timber rattlesnakes are beneficial to snakes but could come at a cost, according to a new study by researchers at Penn State.

https://news.psu.edu/link/2jNChs_2
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Impacts of big data on the coronavirus pandemic
Big data means having real-time access to current and historical data from multiple sources and the ability to analyze those data in real time. Right now, big data could help identify potential clues about the impact of COVID-19, however it has largely been absent in our nation's response to the pandemic.

https://news.psu.edu/link/kZHMkbs4
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More: news.psu.edu/link/7kttk2Z5

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ACADEMICS:

University Libraries' labor unions digitized collections project completed
Following three years of digitization and preparation, Penn State University Libraries has made available a vast collection of archival materials documenting the 20th-century American working-class experience.

https://news.psu.edu/link/cKTVmPjZ
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'Human Flourishing' course to support students during challenging times
University students and educators alike are grappling with turbulent times, and Penn State's 3-credit general education course on the "Art and Science of Human Flourishing" is being fine-tuned to guide students in how to engage in compassionate dialogue about racism, COVID-19 and our social responsibilities to each other.

https://news.psu.edu/link/y9rd7MZ9
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Alumni memories featured in book about competing newspapers
A forthcoming book, "We Had Ink in Our Blood," features memories from those who worked at the Pennsylvania Mirror and the Centre Daily Times, many of whom were Penn State alumni.

https://news.psu.edu/link/3LMm9Lnw
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More: news.psu.edu/link/_zjkBgqn

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EVENTS:

History in flux: Schuylkill professor explores public memory and 'Outlander'
Valerie Schrader, associate professor of communication arts and sciences, will present a webinar on June 29, exploring her new book project, "Public Memory and the Television Series 'Outlander.'"

https://news.psu.edu/link/J3g2dJ5s

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