5/31: More alike than different; Academic All-Big Ten honors; Medical Minute

News for the Penn State community
Friday, May 31, 2019

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IN THIS ISSUE:

FEATURED ITEM:
-- Video: More alike than different: Penn State researcher shifting understanding of race

TOP STORIES:
-- Record 368 Penn State student-athletes earn Academic All-Big Ten honors
-- Can trust in social media news be improved?
-- The Medical Minute: The pitfalls of too much screen time
-- Two new scholarships support LGBTQA+ community in engineering and the arts

RESEARCH:
-- Scientific evidence boosts action for activists, decreases action for scientists
-- New algorithm may help people store more pictures, share videos faster
-- Exploring the science of decision-making
-- New records show spread of parasitic deer flies across the US
-- Penn State launches Center for Critical Minerals

ACADEMICS:
-- All four Penn State Goldwater candidates earn scholarships
-- Landscape architecture student named National Olmsted Scholar
-- Business management foundations certificate provides core skills for many fields
-- Walt Disney World student-engagement trip offers 'magical' experience
-- Six named 2019-20 Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program Fellows
-- Big Ten Academic Alliance Department Executive Officer Fellows named for 2019-20

IMPACT:
-- First-year medical students provide hands-on care to people of Panama
-- Students work to break the stigma around mental health

CAMPUS LIFE:
-- Clay courts provide unique tennis-playing experience for students

Also in this issue: Announcements and Events.

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FEATURED ITEM:

Video: More alike than different: Penn State researcher shifting understanding of race
Penn State anthropologist Nina Jablonski, through her research on skin color, is shifting our understanding of race to prove we're more alike than we are different. "I'm hoping this research gives people the appreciation that their bodies are the products of evolution," said Jablonski. "We've undergone evolutionary change just like the bodies of other creatures. And this evolution has implications for our health." To learn how Jablonski is reimagining how we look at skin color, visit https://tinyurl.com/y6fck26c.

Watch video: https://news.psu.edu/link/wDymN6WT

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TOP STORIES:

Record 368 Penn State student-athletes earn Academic All-Big Ten honors
A school-record 183 Nittany Lion students from the spring/at-large sports lifted Penn State Athletics to a record 368 Academic All-Big Ten selections in 2018-19. The previous high among the spring/at-large sports was 166 and the previous yearly mark was 360, both of which were set in 2017-18.

https://news.psu.edu/link/KMTvs9vq
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Can trust in social media news be improved?
More than two-thirds of Americans get their news from social media sites, according to a 2018 Pew Research Center study. But more than half who read news on social media expect it to be inaccurate. Penn State researchers are working to improve the prediction of people's trust in what they read online. In a new project, they'll advance state-of-the-art machine learning methods to model the psychological phenomenon known as memory illusion.

https://news.psu.edu/link/TygWr9Gh
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The Medical Minute: The pitfalls of too much screen time
Too much screen time can cause health problems for an adult. Mix it with the turmoil of teen years — or the plasticity of a preschooler's brain — and it can lead to conditions ranging from obesity to mental health disorders.

https://news.psu.edu/link/nJcJQbkk
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Two new scholarships support LGBTQA+ community in engineering and the arts
Two new scholarships are providing financial support for the LGBTQA+ community in the College of Engineering and the College of Arts and Architecture.

https://news.psu.edu/link/PSGBYzsH
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RESEARCH:

Scientific evidence boosts action for activists, decreases action for scientists
When a proposed policy has the backing of scientific evidence, it may boost the likelihood that activists will get involved with the issue. However, references to scientific evidence seem to dampen the activism of scientific experts, according to researchers.

https://news.psu.edu/link/wwDGb6Rj
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New algorithm may help people store more pictures, share videos faster
An algorithm that uses a machine learning technique based on the human brain could ease that data clog by reducing the size of multimedia files, such as videos and images, and restoring them without losing much quality or information.

https://news.psu.edu/link/kk8NvD9n
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Exploring the science of decision-making
Researchers found that when study participants faced complex choices, they often showed a burst of exploration before settling into preferred options of higher value. This strategy may be one way that people can conserve their cognitive resources and solve problems that exceed their working memory capacity.

https://news.psu.edu/link/kytCLKCf
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New records show spread of parasitic deer flies across the US
With flattened bodies, grabbing forelegs and deciduous wings, deer keds do not look like your typical fly. These parasites of deer — which occasionally bite humans — are more widely distributed across the U.S. than previously thought, according to Penn State entomologists, who caution that deer keds may transmit disease-causing bacteria.

https://news.psu.edu/link/9rgBBXTX
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Penn State launches Center for Critical Minerals
The new Center for Critical Minerals will leverage Penn State's existing faculty, facilities and research strengths in an effort to make the University the go-to resource for critical minerals research and technical support for industry.

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

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ACADEMICS:

All four Penn State Goldwater candidates earn scholarships
For just the second time in Penn State history, all four University candidates to the Goldwater Scholarship program were named as awardees.

https://news.psu.edu/link/dwF_S9fJ
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Landscape architecture student named National Olmsted Scholar
Penn State landscape architecture student Anjelyque Easley has been selected as the undergraduate 2019 Landscape Architecture Foundation National Olmsted Scholar. She is the first Penn State student to receive the recognition, which is considered the highest honor for students in landscape architecture.

https://news.psu.edu/link/x18cDRc2
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Business management foundations certificate provides core skills for many fields
A new graduate business certificate offers students and professionals in any field the opportunity to earn a Penn State credential in core business management skills.

https://news.psu.edu/link/QrFNZ4sj
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Walt Disney World student-engagement trip offers 'magical' experience
Nineteen students from various majors, including architecture, landscape architecture, graphic design, theater, engineering, risk management, communications and IST, attended workshops created with the goal of analyzing leadership, design and production within the Walt Disney theme parks.

https://news.psu.edu/link/SmNsHDJ1
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Six named 2019-20 Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program Fellows
The Big Ten Academic Alliance's Academic Leadership Program will include six new Fellows from Penn State in 2019-20. The program focuses on addressing the challenges of academic administration at major research universities. Through the program, participants who have demonstrated exceptional ability and administrative promise can further develop their leadership and managerial skills.


https://news.psu.edu/link/FDgCTZY5
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Big Ten Academic Alliance Department Executive Officer Fellows named for 2019-20
The Big Ten Academic Alliance's Department Executive Officers Program has gained five additional Fellows from the Penn State ranks. Through the program, participants who have demonstrated exceptional ability through University administrative assignments or other significant positions in public, private or professional organizations, are aided in further developing their leadership and managerial skills.

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IMPACT:

First-year medical students provide hands-on care to people of Panama
Twenty first-year medical students at Penn State College of Medicine who completed their primary care preceptorship on the remote islands of Panama's Bocas del Toro province.

https://news.psu.edu/link/P_wdFkKT
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Students work to break the stigma around mental health
Since 1949, Mental Health America has dedicated May as Mental Health Month. Two master of health administration students, Carly Frisby and Holly Frick are working to help break the stigma around mental health with the Quell Foundation.

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More: news.psu.edu/link/Wpc2nQTT

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CAMPUS LIFE:

Clay courts provide unique tennis-playing experience for students
Spring classes may be over at University Park but Campus Recreation is still in full swing. One fact that people may not know about Campus Recreation is that the Tennis Center has some of the few collegiate clay tennis courts in the nation.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Special Olympics seeking volunteers for Summer Games at Penn State
The Special Olympics Pennsylvania Summer Games, to be held on Penn State's University Park campus June 6-8, is seeking volunteers from the local community to help make the event a success.

https://news.psu.edu/link/P9GBQJMs
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Schreyer Institute holding Teaching + Learning + Scholarship Institute on June 4
The Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence will present the Teaching + Learning + Scholarship Institute from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, in 315 Rider Building at University Park.

https://news.psu.edu/link/sLDsHX97
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Access to 'legacy' voicemail messages to end as of June 1
Voicemail users at Penn State will be able to access the legacy voicemail system through May 31, with access ending on June 1.

https://news.psu.edu/link/VPy9MjdB

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EVENTS:

We Are Weekend includes free concert, giveaways, and much more
There are plenty of reasons to return to University Park for We Are Weekend, set for May 31 to June 2. We Are Weekend features events, giveaways, and plenty of chances to find out what's new at Penn State while enjoying time-honored traditional favorites.

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Palmer announces two summer exhibitions that highlight the spirit of Mexico
The Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State has announced the openings of two remarkable summer exhibitions that bring the rich visual culture of 20th-century Mexico to life. "Under the Mexican Sky: A Revolution in Modern Photography," will be on view June 1 through July 28, and "Myth Meets Modernism: The Manuel Álvarez Bravo Portfolio," will run June 11 through Aug. 4.

https://news.psu.edu/link/KSmJXP_k
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Third annual Fore the Blue Band Golf Tournament scheduled for June 22
The third annual Fore the Blue Band Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, June 22, at the Penn State Golf Courses. Fore the Blue Band raises funds for the Penn State Marching Blue Band's Legacy Fund.

https://news.psu.edu/link/hnzmD15W

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