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

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News for the Penn State community

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

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Destiny Barto, Penn College student

Penn College welding student 'sparks' inspiration

When Destiny Barto discovered her love of welding in her junior year of high school, it was a catalyst that helped her overcome bullying from her peers, the loss of her adoptive father and the challenges of living with undiagnosed autism — but she's not looking back at what she's overcome. She's looking forward to what she has yet to do.  Full story


LA Teachers rally May 2019

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 public education is seeing its own moment that has prompted a new movement for the first time in decades.  Full story


NSF grant to help Penn College address manufacturing skills gap

Penn College receives NSF grant to combat manufacturing skills gap

Unfilled manufacturing jobs may total 2.4 million by 2028, threatening the health of the industry and the U.S. economy. With help from a National Science Foundation grant, the Pennsylvania College of Technology aims to address this skills gap by dispelling misinformation and misconceptions about manufacturing careers and offering pathways to obtain advanced technical skills.  Full story

Campus Life

Nikole Hannah-Jones

Heard on Campus: Award-winning reporter speaks at Brown@65 National Symposium

"Ten years before I was born, it was legal to deny somebody like me housing simply because I descended from slaves," said Nikole Hannah-Jones, an award-winning investigative reporter whose work focuses on civil rights and racial injustices, during her remarks as the keynote speaker at "Brown@65: National Symposium for the 65th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education."  Full story



Penn State helps prepare Pennsylvania sheriffs to serve their communities

A new class of 29 deputy sheriffs is expected to graduate this month from Pennsylvania’s Sheriff and Deputy Sheriff Education and Training Program, which is run by the Penn State Justice and Safety Institute. All sheriffs and deputy sheriffs from the state’s 67 counties must complete the Penn State-run academy before beginning active duty.  Full story


Stephanie Danette Preston

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. 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.  Full story