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

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Friday, June 26, 2020

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.

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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.  Full story


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Conservation efforts come with benefits and risks to rattlesnakes

Threatened timber rattlesnakes produce venom used in anticoagulants and other medical treatments. According to a new study, conservation efforts that open up forest canopies to help these animals reach necessary body temperatures for breeding, but may expose them to riskier predators like hawks and bobcats.  Full story

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Impacts of big data on the coronavirus pandemic

Having real-time access to current and historical data from multiple sources and the ability to analyze it in real time could help identify potential clues about the impact of COVID-19, but researchers say that big data has been largely absent in the nation’s response to the pandemic.  Full story