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News for the Penn State community

Friday, July 19, 2019

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Old Main in the sun

Extreme heat expected through Sunday in central Pennsylvania

High heat and humidity are expected across central Pennsylvania starting today (July 19) and lasting through July 21, with temperatures at University Park topping out in the mid-90s and heat index values exceeding 100 degrees. Penn State community members are reminded to take precautions to stay cool and safe during the hot weather.  Full story

Campus Life



Fake news

What makes a piece of news fake?

Social media exposes users to a myriad of misinformation including fake news, or news stories with intentionally false information. In fact, during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, fake news engaged more people than real news, according to a BuzzFeed News analysis. A team of researchers is working to help explain why a piece of news is detected as being false.  Full story

Busy intersection

Using deep learning to improve traffic signal performance

Traffic signals serve to regulate the worst bottlenecks in highly populated areas but are not always very effective. Penn State researchers are hoping to use deep reinforcement learning to improve traffic signal efficiency in urban areas, thanks to a one-year, $22,443 Penn State Institute for CyberScience Seed Grant.  Full story


Engineer Your Future graphic

New online master of engineering degree to be offered through World Campus

Today’s engineers need to be equipped to meet the ever-changing demands of a modern society and to understand how to innovate and better streamline processes. In order to meet these needs, Penn State will offer a new online degree beginning this fall to meet these requirements: a master of engineering in industrial engineering.  Full story

Board of Trustees

University-wide SIMBA project is on time and on budget

The project to launch Penn State’s new System for Integrated Management, Budgeting and Accounting (SIMBA) is tracking on time and on budget in anticipation of a July 2020 launch, according to SIMBA project sponsors Mary Lou Ortiz, University budget officer, and Joseph Doncsecz, associate vice president for finance and corporate controller.  Full story




Randy Houston-Kelley Lynch

Alumni Association welcomes new volunteer leadership

On July 1, the Penn State Alumni Association welcomed Randy Houston as the 81st president in the history of the organization. Kelley Lynch started as vice president the same day, and both are longtime volunteer leaders for the Alumni Association and Penn State.   Full story