5/17: What if bees disappeared; The Medical Minute; Interactive map reveals extent of lynchings

News for the Penn State community
Friday, May 17, 2019

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IN THIS ISSUE:

FEATURED ITEM:
-- Video: What if bees disappeared?

TOP STORIES:
-- The Medical Minute: Protecting against measles
-- Map reveals that lynching extended far beyond the deep South
-- Penn State to celebrate naming of building after science pioneer

RESEARCH:
-- Tech-savvy people more likely to trust digital doctors
-- Native forest plants rebound when invasive shrubs are removed
-- Helping 911 call takers identify actionable information on Twitter
-- 3D-printed Mars habitat team has breakthrough, finishes second in NASA challenge
-- High-tech simulators (and fishing bait) help students train for nursing work
-- Penn State Center for the Study of Higher Education marks 50th anniversary
-- Annual Penn State Quarter Horse sale shatters records, draws large crowd
-- Next on WPSU's 'Digging Deeper': A look at the renovated Shaver's Creek

IMPACT:
-- Highmark Health, Penn State Health combat opioid crisis in central PA
-- $2.5M gift to create the Pollock Center for Addiction Outreach and Research
-- Protecting pollinators: Penn Staters working to reverse bee population declines
-- Introducing Beescape: A new online tool and community to support bees

Also in this issue: Events.

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FEATURED ITEM:

Video: What if bees disappeared?
In the United States, honey bees and wild bees contribute $20 billion each to agriculture and industries that depend on agriculture, meaning that fewer bees could lead to smaller harvests and increased food prices. Penn State's Christina Grozinger is leading an interdisciplinary team of faculty and students researching and creating solutions to help honey bees thrive. To learn how Penn State is helping to protect pollinators, visit http://tiny.cc/grst6y.

Watch video: https://news.psu.edu/link/tM2LwvYw

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TOP STORIES:

The Medical Minute: Protecting against measles
"The only way to prevent measles reliably is to get vaccinated," said Dr. Catharine Paules, an infectious diseases physician at Penn State Health.

https://news.psu.edu/link/V53fb4ZV
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Map reveals that lynching extended far beyond the deep South
While most people tend to thinking of lynchings as something that mostly happened in the South, mob violence was widespread in the United States from 1883 to 1941, and its victims included nearly all races and ethnicities, according to researchers. An interactive map shows the extent of this particularly brutal form of violence.

https://news.psu.edu/link/_Dxqc67W
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Penn State to celebrate naming of building after science pioneer
Acclaimed climate science pioneer Warren Washington made history at Penn State in 1964 by becoming the second African-American to earn a doctorate in meteorology nationwide. It's only fitting that his name adorn a building at Penn State's Innovation Park, the first to be named for a University innovator and pioneer.

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RESEARCH:

Tech-savvy people more likely to trust digital doctors
Would you trust a robot to diagnose your cancer? According to researchers at Penn State, people with high confidence in machine performance and also in their own technological capabilities are more likely to accept and use digital healthcare services and providers.

https://news.psu.edu/link/_6SvBQZv
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Native forest plants rebound when invasive shrubs are removed
Removing invasive shrubs to restore native forest habitat brings a surprising result, according to Penn State researchers, who say desired native understory plants display an unexpected ability and vigor to recolonize open spots.

https://news.psu.edu/link/V2L56JZ6
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Helping 911 call takers identify actionable information on Twitter
A team of researchers, including several from Penn State, is working to refine a coding scheme to identify social media messages that could be useful to emergency responders.

https://news.psu.edu/link/jvwxCFrV
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3D-printed Mars habitat team has breakthrough, finishes second in NASA challenge
During NASA's 3D-Printed Mars Habitat Challenge in Peoria, Illinois, in early May, Penn State fell just short of besting its friendly rival AI SpaceFactory. But in the process, the team engineered a breakthrough that moves forward 3D-printing construction research and pushes the team closer to the goal of creating sustainable housing on Earth.

https://news.psu.edu/link/rQ654bc3
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High-tech simulators (and fishing bait) help students train for nursing work
The high-fidelity patient mannequins in Penn State Behrend's nursing labs can mimic almost any medical emergency. Instructors use wigs, crushed leaves and tissue-paper chicken pox to make the scenarios even more realistic.

https://news.psu.edu/link/j4yVVxnP
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Penn State Center for the Study of Higher Education marks 50th anniversary
The Center for the Study of Higher Education is marking its 50th anniversary and is honoring College of Education faculty past and present who have helped create and maintain one of the country's largest such research centers.

https://news.psu.edu/link/y5TGPRM5
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Annual Penn State Quarter Horse sale shatters records, draws large crowd
The 17th annual Penn State Equine Science Showcase and Quarter Horse Sale was the most successful in the equine program's history, bringing in just over $100,000, according to organizers.

https://news.psu.edu/link/jgDVV2Pk
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Next on WPSU's 'Digging Deeper': A look at the renovated Shaver's Creek
Penn State President Eric J. Barron will discuss the nearly completed renovations at Shaver's Creek Environmental Center and highlight what's happening there this summer during the next episode of WPSU Penn State's "Digging Deeper" at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, on WPSU-TV.

https://news.psu.edu/link/SVrW5FZp
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IMPACT:

Highmark Health, Penn State Health combat opioid crisis in central PA
Highmark Health and Penn State Health are making progress in addressing opioid misuse and addiction in central Pennsylvania, responding to the region's needs with an approach that emphasizes primary prevention, safe prescribing, high-quality and accessible treatment for substance use disorder, innovative research and medical education, and community supports.

https://news.psu.edu/link/JxgC2FpB
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$2.5M gift to create the Pollock Center for Addiction Outreach and Research
Penn State Harrisburg has received a gift of $2.5 million from the Douglas W. Pollock Foundation to establish the Douglas W. Pollock Center for Addiction Outreach and Research on its campus. The center will address two areas of the substance abuse problem within the central Pennsylvania region, while serving as a catalyst to enhance communications and align numerous agencies and organizations in efforts to combat substance abuse.

https://news.psu.edu/link/Kfdx4_Dp
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Protecting pollinators: Penn Staters working to reverse bee population declines
Within the past decade, beekeepers across the globe have observed massive declines in managed honey bee populations. Given their critical role in the nation's agricultural industry, Penn State's Christina Grozinger and the Center for Pollinator Research are implementing creative approaches to protecting bee populations in Pennsylvania and beyond.

https://news.psu.edu/link/fdh8g4v6
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Introducing Beescape: A new online tool and community to support bees
Beescape.org provides a tool for beekeepers, gardeners, growers and land managers to assess the quality of their landscapes for supporting managed honey bees and wild bees. It was developed through a partnership led by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, Center for Pollinator Research and Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences.

https://news.psu.edu/link/_nQ_VQFp
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PHOTO OF THE DAY:

Old Main bell tower renovations
A crew builds scaffolding to reach the iconic Old Main bell tower on the University Park campus as part of an ongoing restoration project that began this month. The project includes stone and brick masonry, limited stone replacement and waterproofing, and is expected to be completed by fall.



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EVENTS:

10th annual Penn State Day at Knoebels planned for May 18
On Saturday, May 18, eight Penn State organizations will co-sponsor the 10th annual Penn State Day at Knoebels Amusement Park in Elysburg. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. at Pavilion M. A program will begin at 11 a.m. and will include lunch, a performance by the Alumni Blue Band, an appearance by the Nittany Lion, and prize raffles.

https://news.psu.edu/link/TKnBMcYL
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Penn State Extension Master Gardeners present annual plant sale on May 18
Gardeners can learn new skills and choose from thousands of plants at the Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Centre County plant sale, on Saturday, May 18. The annual event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Penn State Ag Progress Days venue, nine miles southwest of State College on State Route 45.

https://news.psu.edu/link/Rs2PJCcg
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Penn State alumni return May 20 for 'One Night on Broadway'
Penn State Centre Stage will launch its return to professional summer theatre with "One Night on Broadway," a special benefit event, on May 20 at the Penn State Downtown Theatre.

https://news.psu.edu/link/K_pL2TzR
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Share Your Opioid Story: A Community Conversation at Schlow Library on May 30
The Share Your Opioid Story initiative is hosting a Community Conversation at the Schlow Centre Region Library in State College at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 30.

https://news.psu.edu/link/wJQykb73
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Inaugural Teaching and Learning with Technology Research Carnival on June 19
Come for the fun games and prizes; stay for the informative discussions with faculty who have engaged in teaching and learning research. The Teaching and Learning with Technology Research Carnival will be held from 9 a.m. to noon June 19, at The Dreamery, on the ground floor of the Shields Building on the University Park campus of Penn State.

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

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