6/14: Giving a voice to the voiceless; Mike Reid's "The Last Day"; Supporting LGBTQ nondiscrimination

News for the Penn State community
Friday, June 14, 2019

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IN THIS ISSUE:

FEATURED ITEM:
-- Video: What if we could give a voice to those without one?

TOP STORIES:
-- Edgy new musical 'The Last Day' adds another chapter to Reid's Penn State story
-- Penn State pledges support for Commonwealth's LGBT nondiscrimination law
-- President Barron to lead national discussion on university research impact
-- Penn State physician leads medical team at 2019 Special Olympics World Games
-- A voice for all: Penn State research program opening new doors for communication
-- 'Art of Discovery' booth combines science and art at this year's Arts Fest

RESEARCH:
-- Report: Pa. employment strong, but job growth leaves regions, industries behind
-- Sensing food textures is a matter of pressure
-- Smoking may impair body's blood pressure autocorrect system
-- The Medical Minute: Erectile dysfunction both common and treatable
-- Students' class project comes to life on FOX Sports during Women's World Cup
-- Penn State EnvironMentors team wins first place in national competition
-- Project turns into award-winning public service advertisement for recent grad

CAMPUS LIFE:
-- Student-run Cafe Laura offering themed fine dining experiences in June
-- Human Resources launches new effort to enhance job recruitment, hiring
-- Teacher's life work inspires $100,000 endowment for Shaver's Creek
-- Kevin Black named interim dean for the College of Medicine

ATHLETICS:
-- Fans boost Penn State to nation's best in 2018-19 home attendance survey
-- Behrend baseball player crushes NCAA Division III record for career doubles

Also in this issue: Announcements and Events.

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FEATURED ITEM:

Video: What if we could give a voice to those without one?
At Penn State, Janice Light's research program is helping to build a world where everyone can communicate. "Communication is the essence of human life," said Light. "Yet 4 million people in the U.S. and 97 million worldwide live with complex communication needs and don't have a voice." To learn how Light's work is helping those without a voice be heard, visit http://tiny.cc/z5v87y.

Watch video: https://news.psu.edu/link/KC5PgFkT

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TOP STORIES:

Edgy new musical 'The Last Day' adds another chapter to Reid's Penn State story
"The Last Day," written by former Nittany Lion and Cincinnati Bengal football star Mike Reid, is an ambitious musical theater piece that tackles issues relevant to today's youth, including mental health and substance abuse among college students.

https://news.psu.edu/link/XLgPy_SS
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Penn State pledges support for Commonwealth's LGBT nondiscrimination law
Penn State is one of more than a dozen Pennsylvania institutions of higher education to sign on in support of the "Pennsylvania Values" campaign, which urges the Commonwealth to update the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act of 1955 to explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

https://news.psu.edu/link/Z5QdK75J
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President Barron to lead national discussion on university research impact
Penn State President Eric J. Barron will host higher education leaders from across the country next week as part of the Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities (APLU) 2019 joint summer meeting for the Commission on Economic & Community Engagement (CECE) and Council on Research (CoR).

https://news.psu.edu/link/TqFsC2zp
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Penn State physician leads medical team at 2019 Special Olympics World Games
Dr. Peter Seidenberg, a Penn State Health family and sports medicine physician in State College, Pennsylvania, proudly served as chief medical officer for the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

https://news.psu.edu/link/C_3pxb4H
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A voice for all: Penn State research program opening new doors for communication
For millions of people with conditions that make speech difficult or nearly impossible, it's challenging to get an education, perform a job, or build the personal relationships that enrich our lives. That's why Janice Light has spent more than 30 years building a program at Penn State that helps people with conditions like autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, and Down syndrome learn to communicate despite troubles with speech.

https://news.psu.edu/link/Hmxgp4Fc
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'Art of Discovery' booth combines science and art at this year's Arts Fest
From Thursday, July 11, through Saturday, July 13, Penn State's Art of Discovery booth at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts will feature free, hands-on activities and demonstrations that explore where science and art meet.

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

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RESEARCH:

Report: Pa. employment strong, but job growth leaves regions, industries behind
With the U.S. economy on track for potentially the longest expansion on record after the Great Recession of 2008-09, employment in Pennsylvania overall is strong. But the rosy statewide job numbers can mask persistent decline in various industries and regions across the state, according to economists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

https://news.psu.edu/link/pSmq72HK
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Sensing food textures is a matter of pressure
Food's texture affects whether it is eaten, liked or rejected, according to Penn State researchers, who say some people are better at detecting even minor differences in consistency because their tongues can perceive particle sizes.

https://news.psu.edu/link/1L6xX9cp
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Smoking may impair body's blood pressure autocorrect system
Smokers may be at a higher risk for developing hypertension, and an overactive response to normal drops in blood pressure may help explain why, according to researchers.

https://news.psu.edu/link/m4MGrLGp
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The Medical Minute: Erectile dysfunction both common and treatable
By age 50, nearly half of men experience some degree of erectile dysfunction. The good news: Several treatment options are available.

https://news.psu.edu/link/tbTnjn_1
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Students' class project comes to life on FOX Sports during Women's World Cup
A public service announcement conceived as part of a Penn State class will debut this month and be seen by millions of viewers watching FOX, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2 during the Women's World Cup soccer tournament and other programming.

https://news.psu.edu/link/Qw8LHm72
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Penn State EnvironMentors team wins first place in national competition
A team of Penn State faculty, students and local high schoolers took first place at the 2019 EnvironMentors National Science Fair in Washington, D.C. EnvironMentors is a program that pairs university faculty and undergraduates with underrepresented high schoolers who want to gain research experience before college.

https://news.psu.edu/link/rTHSCmfr
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Project turns into award-winning public service advertisement for recent grad
Amanda Baird, who graduated in May with degrees in advertising/public relations and political science, took first place in the 2019 Project Yellow Light college radio competition. The contest calls for students to create a TV, radio or billboard public service advertisement to educate their peers about the dangers of distracted driving, including the dangers of smartphone distracted driving.

https://news.psu.edu/link/QSYrzbq6
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More: news.psu.edu/link/7kttk2Z5

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CAMPUS LIFE:

Student-run Cafe Laura offering themed fine dining experiences in June
Cafe Laura, a fine-dining restaurant entirely run by Penn State hospitality students, is offering four special dinners in June themed around stand-up comedy, the "Godfather" films, tango music and the popular fantasy TV show "Game of Thrones."

https://news.psu.edu/link/NPPqTb1H
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Human Resources launches new effort to enhance job recruitment, hiring
The goal of Workday Recruiting is to replace the current Electronic Job Management System, refine the University's recruiting processes, and move toward a strategic talent acquisition model.

https://news.psu.edu/link/J9rpxzqX
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Teacher's life work inspires $100,000 endowment for Shaver's Creek
Joan Turns' relationship with Shaver's Creek Environmental Center goes back 30 years as a patron, volunteer and employee. She and her husband, Steve, decided to turn that passion into a financial commitment to the center.

https://news.psu.edu/link/xxnp6WP_
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Kevin Black named interim dean for the College of Medicine
Dr. Kevin Black, vice dean of the College of Medicine's University Park Regional Medical Campus and the C. McCollister Evarts Chair and Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, has been named the interim dean of the College of Medicine, effective July 1.

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ATHLETICS:

Fans boost Penn State to nation's best in 2018-19 home attendance survey
In a survey of NCAA attendance figures for 17 sports during 2018-19, eight Penn State teams ranked in the top 10 in average home attendance, the most of any Division I institution nationally. Three Nittany Lion squads ranked No. 2 nationally in average home attendance.

https://news.psu.edu/link/QvDyCKf_
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Behrend baseball player crushes NCAA Division III record for career doubles
In April, Scott Sada, who graduated from Penn State Behrend with a plastics engineering technology degree, hit his 82nd double against Medaille to become the NCAA Division III all-time leader in career doubles. He would add eight more before the season ended.

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PHOTO GALLERY:

Behind the scenes of 'The Last Day'
A look behind the scenes during rehearsal as the School of Musical Theatre prepared for the opening of 'The Last Day' at the Penn State Downtown Theatre.



More: https://news.psu.edu/link/3mNq4PJZ

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Lengthy travel delays expected on U.S. Route 322 through Potters Mills
PennDOT is alerting motorists of possible longer delays along U.S. Route 322 through Potters Mills from June 17 to 28 as part of the Potters Mills Gap Transportation Project. Delays could be lengthy due to traffic volumes and drivers should consider alternate routes.

https://news.psu.edu/link/QYXLmLjT
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New two-factor authentication prompt arrives June 18
On June 18, an update to the two-factor authentication (2FA) system will trigger a new 2FA prompt, increase security, and allow for new features to be enabled.

https://news.psu.edu/link/3RBqSZ9Y
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Faculty and staff encouraged to reduce electrical usage for June 20 load test
From 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, Penn State will conduct its annual test of University Park's capability to reduce its electricity load when called upon during national or regional power emergencies.

https://news.psu.edu/link/8_skf8qW
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Penn State Learning reopens for summer tutoring, workshops
Penn State Learning reopened its doors for tutoring on Monday, June 10, at its lab in 220 Boucke Building, with workshops to be held over three days in July.

https://news.psu.edu/link/rqVYbgc7

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EVENTS:

Jonas Brothers' 'Happiness Begins' tour coming to Bryce Jordan Center on Sept. 4
The Jonas Brothers will return to Happy Valley at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4, with the Bryce Jordan Center serving as one of five stops recently added to the band's upcoming "Happiness Begins" tour due to overwhelming fan demand and sellouts across the country.

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