5/24: Economic revitalization through innovation; Students serving students; Penn State Law wins international competition

News for the Penn State community
Friday, May 24, 2019

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IN THIS ISSUE:

FEATURED ITEM:
-- Economic revitalization: A collaborative effort underway in New Kensington

TOP STORIES:
-- Students Serving Students
-- Penn State Law claims world championship at international moot court competition
-- The Medical Minute: Keeping your teen safe behind the wheel
-- Policy changes to allow for earlier intervention to support student success
-- Rating agencies give Penn State stable outlooks
-- Penn State DuBois takes second consecutive World Series Championship

RESEARCH:
-- Net carbon-negative electricity source may offer economical alternative to China
-- Location and brand affect people's trust in cloud services
-- Measuring methane from coal and gas in Pennsylvania informative
-- Retiring EMS museum director Graham 'loved it' for 42 years
-- Penn State offering new online master's degree in marketing analytics
-- Penn College graphic design alum finishes first season with NHL team
-- Probing question about online learners leads doctoral student to develop app
-- International town-gown conference focused on strengthening communities
-- Penn State participates in Social Science Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C.

CAMPUS LIFE:
-- Five Penn Staters to receive the Honorary Alumni Award
-- AAUW State College Used Book Sale generates record $154,000 in sales
-- Stone Valley Recreation Area is a 'breathtaking' getaway from State College

Also in this issue: Announcements and Events.

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FEATURED ITEM:

Economic revitalization: A collaborative effort underway in New Kensington
Through entrepreneurship and innovation, Penn State is helping to revitalize the community of New Kensington and prepare its workforce for the digital age.



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TOP STORIES:

Students Serving Students
Lion's Pantry, Penn State's student food bank, is helping provide sustenance to students in need while also offering opportunities for leadership and professional development. "This issue hits me personally because last year I was one of the students who used the food pantry to make sure I was eating every day," said Tiana Williams, Lion's Pantry president.



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Penn State Law claims world championship at international moot court competition
Penn State won a world championship this spring. And while it took the same kind of practice, stamina, dedication, teamwork, strength of spirit and mental toughness you might expect with any collegiate victory, it didn't happen on a field, court, rink or mat. It happened at the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna, Austria.

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The Medical Minute: Keeping your teen safe behind the wheel
A tragic trio of inexperience, strong emotions and distractions combines to make vehicle crashes the leading cause of death and disability among American teenagers.

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Policy changes to allow for earlier intervention to support student success
A policy change is set to take effect this summer outlining how Penn State intervenes when students encounter academic difficulty, with the hope of providing better routes to recovery.

https://news.psu.edu/link/wwPwCmRf
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Rating agencies give Penn State stable outlooks
Recent reports issued by Moody's Investors Service and S&P Global Ratings provided stable outlooks for Penn State.

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Penn State DuBois takes second consecutive World Series Championship
The Penn State DuBois Lions bested Bryant & Stratton (Albany) 12-6 to claim their second consecutive United States Collegiate Athletic Association Small College World Series title.

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RESEARCH:

Net carbon-negative electricity source may offer economical alternative to China
Researchers say burning a mixture of coal and crop residue biomass might provide a cost-effective, net carbon-negative electricity source that can be scaled to commercial levels in China in order to meet global temperature objectives by mid-century.

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Location and brand affect people's trust in cloud services
People's stereotypes regarding different locations around the world influence whether they feel secure in storing their data in cloud service centers in those locations, according to researchers at Penn State, who also found that stereotypes regarding brand authority influence people's trust in cloud services.

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Measuring methane from coal and gas in Pennsylvania informative
While methane pollution caused by natural gas production in Pennsylvania is underestimated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, natural gas still has half the carbon footprint of underground coal mining, according to an international team of researchers.

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Retiring EMS museum director Graham 'loved it' for 42 years
When people think of museums, they think of the artwork, the collections and the interactive displays. But little is known about the behind-the-scenes work that led to these exhibits. The same can be said for the careers of museum directors. Take Russell Graham, who oversaw the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences' EMS Museum and Art Gallery for the past 15 years, a career that closes when he officially retires May 31.

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Penn State offering new online master's degree in marketing analytics
A new master's degree in marketing from Penn State has been designed to help marketers leverage their company's data to make the best business decisions.

https://news.psu.edu/link/z8vchNPd
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Penn College graphic design alum finishes first season with NHL team
A 2018 graduate of Pennsylvania College of Technology's graphic design major is putting his creative talents to work in the National Hockey League. Austin L. Fulton, originally from Montoursville, is a graphic designer for the Florida Panthers.

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Probing question about online learners leads doctoral student to develop app
In an effort to address the low retention rates of online learners, education student Nicole Wang developed SPOT, a web-based application that allows for students to interact in an online classroom while remaining anonymous.

https://news.psu.edu/link/Yv3tH2Br
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International town-gown conference focused on strengthening communities
Penn State and State College borough welcomed more than 350 higher education and municipal government professionals from around the world this week for the 2019 International Town & Gown Association's City and University Relations Conference. The four-day conference focused on helping attendees build partnerships and address opportunities and challenges between higher education institutions and the communities in which they reside.

https://news.psu.edu/link/H6wh6Cb7
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Penn State participates in Social Science Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C.
Penn State researchers recently attended the Consortium of Social Science Association's 2019 Social Science Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., taking part in a full schedule of events to bring awareness to social and behavioral sciences.

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CAMPUS LIFE:

Five Penn Staters to receive the Honorary Alumni Award
Five longtime Penn State champions and benefactors will be recognized by the Penn State Alumni Association and receive the Honorary Alumni Award.

https://news.psu.edu/link/wzqsTjy9
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AAUW State College Used Book Sale generates record $154,000 in sales
From the generous donations of books from community members throughout the year and incredible support from volunteers and shoppers, the State College branch of the American Association of University Women finished its annual Used Book Sale, held May 11-14 at University Park, with record gross sales of $154,589 — a 5 percent increase over last year's event.

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Stone Valley Recreation Area is a 'breathtaking' getaway from State College
Tucked in between the mountains of Central Pennsylvania are acres of impeccable nature serving the State College region with a remarkable retreat, the Stone Valley Recreation Area. Operated under Penn State Campus Recreation, Stone Valley has various offerings, including cabin and boat rentals, walking paths, and a high ropes course, available to all students, staff and faculty.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Human Resources to host presentations for those preparing to retire
Penn State Human Resources' benefits team is hosting presentations to help inform employees of their insurance options upon retirement.

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Memorial Day holiday delays Penn State Today
Due to the Memorial Day holiday, the next issue of Penn State Today will be published on Wednesday, May 29.

https://news.psu.edu/link/ZnYSGw2k

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EVENTS:

Libraries' Special Collections to offer genealogy-themed Research Coffee Hour
Join us in Special Collections for an overview of the library's family history and genealogy resources, as well as a lively discussion between researchers who use our collections and those who are just getting started on genealogy research. Share your research challenges and gain ideas from others at an interactive gathering at 10-11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 29 in 103 Paterno Library.

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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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