5/14: Protecting pollinators; 'Sparking' inspiration through welding; The science behind "super-Earth" orbits

News for the Penn State community
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

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IN THIS ISSUE:

FEATURED ITEM:
-- Protecting pollinators: Penn Staters working to reverse bee population declines

TOP STORIES:
-- Penn College welding student 'sparks' inspiration
-- Gravitational forces in protoplanetary disks push super-Earths close to stars

RESEARCH:
-- Teachers' strikes a new social movement, researcher says
-- New research details increasing segregation in a transformed school population
-- Send us your best research photo!
-- Heard on Campus: Award-winning reporter speaks at Brown@65 National Symposium
-- 'Two farm kids' grow into their roles as community contributors
-- Penn College dedicates Wellsboro instructional facility
-- Call to service inspired these deputy sheriffs to help local communities
-- Graduate School names Preston associate dean for graduate educational equity
-- Office of Physical Plant names Mark Miller new assistant vice president

ACADEMICS:
-- Penn College receives NSF grant to combat manufacturing skills gap
-- Students travel to Nashville to volunteer with NFL Environmental Program

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FEATURED ITEM:

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, but Distinguished Professor of Entomology 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/snK3gmk1

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Penn College welding student 'sparks' inspiration
Bustling activity, bright lights and loud noises usually are disconcerting for Destiny R. Barto. But on this morning, like many of her days at Pennsylvania College of Technology, she has shelter from all distractions. The pink hood enveloping her head provides a sanctuary, as she grasps a welding rod and strikes an arc on a long piece of metal. Barto's achievements are built on a turbulent past that provided plenty of excuses to fail.

https://news.psu.edu/link/PGG6FmLP
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Gravitational forces in protoplanetary disks push super-Earths close to stars
New research led by Penn State astronomers improves understanding of why very large planets called super-Earths, with small, quick orbits, form so close to their host stars.

https://news.psu.edu/link/w1n8sp8w
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More: news.psu.edu/link/1PDgnzZH

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RESEARCH:

Teachers' strikes a new social movement, researcher says
With every social movement, there is a moment — an event or instance that sparks a time for change. With the recent rise of teachers striking across the United States, one Penn State researcher argues that, for the first time in decades, public education is seeing its own moment that's prompted a new movement.

https://news.psu.edu/link/QgLhc1dG
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New research details increasing segregation in a transformed school population
As the nation prepares to mark the 65th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling declaring segregation in public schools unconstitutional, the UCLA Civil Rights Project and the Penn State Center for Education and Civil Rights today (May 10) published new research detailing school enrollment patterns and segregation in the nation's schools. The findings are not cause for celebration, said the researchers.

https://news.psu.edu/link/pYJFh2G4
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Send us your best research photo!
"Research/Penn State" magazine is looking for a superb research-related image to be published on its "At Large" pages in the Fall 2019 issue.


https://news.psu.edu/link/HkbkGW69
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Heard on Campus: Award-winning reporter speaks at Brown@65 National Symposium
Nikole Hannah-Jones, an award-winning investigative reporter for The New York Times Magazine whose work focuses on civil rights and racial injustices, served as the keynote speaker at "Brown@65: National Symposium for the 65th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education," held May 10 at the Nittany Lion Inn.

https://news.psu.edu/link/XvkpSvTG
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'Two farm kids' grow into their roles as community contributors
Lam and Lina Hood grew up in farm families who subsisted on the basics, but they always found ways to enjoy various events and give back to their communities. The couple's volunteerism and unwavering support for the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State — as ushers for more than 20 years and members since the mid-2000s — earned the Hoods the center's 2019 Distinguished Service Award.

https://news.psu.edu/link/LCXYD9C_
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Penn College dedicates Wellsboro instructional facility
A facility gifted to Pennsylvania College of Technology by UPMC Susquehanna is serving a new purpose as a site for instruction in practical nursing, medical assistant and other health care careers, as well as customized training for business and industry.

https://news.psu.edu/link/7jFrkjv1
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Call to service inspired these deputy sheriffs to help local communities
The newest class of sheriff deputies will graduate from Pennsylvania's Sheriff and Deputy Sheriff Education and Training Program, which the Penn State Justice and Safety Institute administers, on Friday, May 17.

https://news.psu.edu/link/DHkhCssx
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Graduate School names Preston associate dean for graduate educational equity
Stephanie Danette Preston has been promoted to associate dean for graduate educational equity at Penn State, effective April 1. As associate dean for graduate educational equity, Preston serves on the Council of College Multicultural Leadership. She also serves as chief diversity officer for graduate education at Penn State and oversees the Office of Graduate Educational Equity Programs in the Graduate School.

https://news.psu.edu/link/WMVNfNsZ
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Office of Physical Plant names Mark Miller new assistant vice president
Mark Miller, associate vice president for facilities management at the University of Nebraska and a retired U.S. Air Force officer, has been named the new assistant vice president for Physical Plant at Penn State, and will begin his appointment on June 17.

https://news.psu.edu/link/npX_yxZH
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ACADEMICS:

Penn College receives NSF grant to combat manufacturing skills gap
Unfilled manufacturing jobs through 2028 may total 2.4 million, threatening the health of the industry and the U.S. economy. With help from a $591,924 grant from the National Science Foundation, Pennsylvania College of Technology is addressing the skills gap estimated by Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute.

https://news.psu.edu/link/QD57WB8y
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Students travel to Nashville to volunteer with NFL Environmental Program
Twenty-one Penn State students traveled to Nashville to team up with the NFL Environmental Program during the 2019 NFL Draft. Over three days, students engaged with visitors to help reduce waste through proper recycling and composting methods. The students also met with various NFL leaders for 'fireside chat' sessions to discuss career advice and opportunities.

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