10/27: University response to large student gatherings; Barron webinar on Oct. 29; Chadwell named dean of University Libraries

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

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IN THIS ISSUE:

FEATURED ITEM:
-- Story: University response to large student gatherings

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES:
-- Sims, Wolgast to join Barron for Oct. 29 webinar
-- Greenhouse effect of clouds instrumental in origin of tropical storms
-- Tailoring 2D materials to improve electronic and optical devices
-- Users don't understand computer explanations for image labeling errors
-- Malaria parasites hide out in humans when it's not mosquito season
-- 30 years of supporting nutrition research
-- Centre County, State College Borough to recognize military service in November
-- CATA introduces new higher-capacity buses to Blue Loop campus route

TOP STORIES:
-- Faye A. Chadwell named dean of Penn State University Libraries
-- Cold vibrations: Researchers to study the movement of thawing Arctic permafrost

ACADEMICS:
-- Journalism student earns first job months before commencement
-- Schreyer Institute offering registration grants to educators' conference

Also in this issue: Announcements and Events.

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FEATURED ITEM:

Story: University response to large student gatherings
In the wake of large gatherings of students at some off-campus apartment complexes in State College during the Penn State-Indiana University football game on Saturday, Penn State and the Borough of State College have announced joint planning, enforcement and outreach measures designed to help prevent similar gatherings during Saturday evening's home game against Ohio State and future games. Such large gatherings of mostly unmasked individuals not practicing social distancing risk spreading COVID-19, and are in violation of the State College Borough ordinance, which limits social gatherings to no more than 10 people.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/w1rQZPB1

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CORONAVIRUS UPDATES:

Sims, Wolgast to join Barron for Oct. 29 webinar
Penn State President Eric Barron's next live webinar will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29, to discuss the University's continuing response to the coronavirus and other related topics. Faculty and staff are encouraged to join online.

https://news.psu.edu/link/1hwpKHgt
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Greenhouse effect of clouds instrumental in origin of tropical storms
With the tropical storm season in the Atlantic Ocean underway and already well into the Greek alphabet for naming, better storm track prediction has allowed timely evacuations and preparations. However, the formation and intensification of these storms remains challenging to predict, according to an international team of researchers who are studying the origin of tropical cyclones.

https://news.psu.edu/link/bjb1d55L
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Tailoring 2D materials to improve electronic and optical devices
New possibilities for future developments in electronic and optical devices have been unlocked by recent advancements in two-dimensional materials, according to Penn State researchers.

https://news.psu.edu/link/5xz3j842
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Users don't understand computer explanations for image labeling errors
When images are uploaded to online platforms, they are often tagged with automatically generated labels that indicate what is shown, such as a dog, tree or car. While these labeling systems are often accurate, sometimes the computer makes a mistake. Providing explanations to users to interpret these mistakes can be helpful, or sometimes even necessary. However, researchers at Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology found that explaining why a computer makes certain mistakes is surprisingly difficult.

https://news.psu.edu/link/FSPq4b34
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Malaria parasites hide out in humans when it's not mosquito season
Malaria parasites survive the mosquito-free dry season by waiting silently in humans for the return of the rainy season that brings back with it mosquitoes.

https://news.psu.edu/link/tztbdLFq
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30 years of supporting nutrition research
For 30 years, Penn State's Diet Assessment Center has collected and analyzed high-quality dietary data in order to help researchers clearly understand what, how, and when people are eating. They have specialized in 24-hour dietary recall data, but they collaborate with researchers on a broad range of data collection and data analysis projects.

https://news.psu.edu/link/2RqfWv_1
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Centre County, State College Borough to recognize military service in November
State College Borough and Centre County will honor the service and sacrifice of military service members, veterans and their families with a pair of proclamations that will be announced in coordination with Penn State's Military Appreciation Week.

https://news.psu.edu/link/1z4jJ7kk
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CATA introduces new higher-capacity buses to Blue Loop campus route
The Centre Area Transportation Authority is adding new high-capacity buses to its no-fare Blue Loop campus transit service. The new 60-foot articulated buses can transport 55% more riders than standard buses, providing a greater ability to socially distance while riding.

https://news.psu.edu/link/Z7K2jN6N
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More: news.psu.edu/link/KwPMNdqG

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TOP STORIES:

Faye A. Chadwell named dean of Penn State University Libraries
Penn State has announced that Faye A. Chadwell, professor and Donald and Delpha Campbell University Librarian at Oregon State University, has been named dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications, effective March 1, 2021.

https://news.psu.edu/link/kBZyjCYk
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Cold vibrations: Researchers to study the movement of thawing Arctic permafrost
An interdisciplinary team of researchers received a $1.2 million National Science Foundation grant to use fiber-optic cables to study the thawing of Arctic permafrost.

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

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ACADEMICS:

Journalism student earns first job months before commencement
Journalism student turns typical college-commencement-career timetable on its head and secures his first job eight months before graduation.

https://news.psu.edu/link/6r8Pyv7x
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Schreyer Institute offering registration grants to educators' conference
The Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence is offering up to 300 grants to cover registration for the virtual International Teaching and Learning Cooperative Network Lilly Conference from Nov. 30 to Dec. 4.

https://news.psu.edu/link/CRzVCGHW
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More: news.psu.edu/link/_zjkBgqn

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Workshops offered on research reproducibility and data management using RStudio
Penn State University Libraries is presenting a series of free virtual workshops Nov. 3-17 on research reproducibility and data management using RStudio, for graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, staff and faculty.

https://news.psu.edu/link/fFtyfrSH
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Box cloud storage pre-migration resources now available
Penn State is in the process of retiring Box as a cloud storage and collaboration service and migrating users' data. Pre-migration resources are now available to help users with the transition.

https://news.psu.edu/link/Ns3D_qt6

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EVENTS:

Lead the Pride event to be virtually held on Nov. 7
The Office of Student Activities will host its annual Lead the Pride: A Student Leadership Experience virtually on Nov. 7. The event will run from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m.

https://news.psu.edu/link/RCWn52TH

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