6/4: Clean water, cleaner energy; Special Olympics 50th; Predicting heart disease risk

News for the Penn State community
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

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IN THIS ISSUE:

FEATURED ITEM:
-- Clean water, cleaner energy: Penn State powering renewable energy technologies

TOP STORIES:
-- Special Olympics Pennsylvania to celebrate 50 years of Summer Games on June 6-8
-- Celebrating 50 years of the Special Olympics Pennsylvania Summer Games
-- Seven key health measures may help predict future risk of heart disease

RESEARCH:
-- For many, friends and family, not doctors, serve as a gateway to opioid misuse
-- Professor of climate dynamics named Project Drawdown Senior Fellow
-- Richtsmeier receives anatomist's science award
-- Struggles with mental health united these two Penn State World Campus students
-- Students receive 2019 Whiting Indigenous Knowledge Student Research Awards
-- Global Faculty Fellow builds toward partnerships, impact in Africa
-- National security course helps Penn State Law students build leadership skills

CAMPUS LIFE:
-- Pasto Agricultural Museum to host Forestry Merit Badge workshop
-- Student Farm to host Summer Solstice Celebration on June 21

GIVING:
-- Stephen Taub honored as Penn State's Philanthropist of the Year

Also in this issue: Announcements.

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FEATURED ITEM:

Clean water, cleaner energy: Penn State powering renewable energy technologies
Among renewable sources of energy, humans have long recognized the power of water. At the places where freshwater and saltwater meet, for example, there are vast amounts of potential energy to be tapped — enough, in theory, to supply 40 percent of global electricity needs. The process is called salinity gradient energy, and it's a new area of focus for environmental engineer Bruce Logan. But it's also a continuation of the work he's been doing at Penn State for 20 years.



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TOP STORIES:

Special Olympics Pennsylvania to celebrate 50 years of Summer Games on June 6-8
Special Olympics Pennsylvania will return to Penn State's University Park campus on June 6-8 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the annual Summer Games. Over 2,000 athletes from across the state will come together to compete across eight sports in a celebration of half a century of empowering athletes with intellectual disabilities. Penn State has hosted the event on campus for 32 consecutive years.

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Celebrating 50 years of the Special Olympics Pennsylvania Summer Games
This summer, the Special Olympics Pennsylvania Summer Games celebrates its 50th anniversary of supporting and empowering athletes with intellectual disabilities, as well as the 32nd consecutive year of partnering with Penn State to host the games on the University Park campus.



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Seven key health measures may help predict future risk of heart disease
Seven key measures of heart health may help predict future risk of cardiovascular disease, according to researchers. They added that improving these measures also may help decrease the risk of CVD in the future.

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RESEARCH:

For many, friends and family, not doctors, serve as a gateway to opioid misuse
Nonmedical opioid users were more likely to say they began abusing opioids after friends and family members offered them the drugs, according to researchers. About 56 percent of the interviewees said they began using the painkillers recreationally first.

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Professor of climate dynamics named Project Drawdown Senior Fellow
Chris Forest, professor of climate dynamics at Penn State, has been named a Senior Fellow for Project Drawdown. Senior Fellows are "systems thinkers, experts in their field and Drawdown Ambassadors to the world." He is the first Penn Stater to receive the honor.

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Richtsmeier receives anatomist's science award
Joan Richtsmeier, distinguished professor of anthropology, is the recipient of the American Association of Anatomists' 2019 Henry Gray Scientific Achievement Award.

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Struggles with mental health united these two Penn State World Campus students
Personal struggles with their mental health helped bring two Penn State World Campus students closer together, and their college education is opening doors they never thought possible.

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Students receive 2019 Whiting Indigenous Knowledge Student Research Awards
The Interinstitutional Center for Indigenous Knowledge has selected the winners of its 2019 Whiting Indigenous Knowledge Student Research Awards, funded by the M. G. Whiting Endowment for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledge. Applicants must be Penn State students planning to conduct research related to an approved topic for an undergraduate capstone course, honors thesis topic, master's or doctoral thesis, or similar.

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Global Faculty Fellow builds toward partnerships, impact in Africa
The Global Faculty Fellowship program's mission is to provide fellows with a greater understanding of the University's strategic goals for internationalization and the role the office of Global Programs plays as the coordinating unit for implementation. In turn, the fellows provide faculty and academic unit perspective on internationalization initiatives. Esther Obonyo, originally from Kenya, was the first Global Faculty Fellow, and she immediately saw the potential of working with African partners on impactful scientific issues.

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National security course helps Penn State Law students build leadership skills
Penn State Law students enrolled in the course Leadership in Crisis Simulation participate in a series of simulations designed to replicate the policies, politics and processes familiar to practicing national security lawyers.

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CAMPUS LIFE:

Pasto Agricultural Museum to host Forestry Merit Badge workshop
Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum will be the site of June 8 programming aimed at helping Boy Scouts earn a Forestry Merit Badge. The event is being held during the 2019 Pennsylvania Timber Show.

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Student Farm to host Summer Solstice Celebration on June 21
The Penn State Student Farm will host its third annual Summer Solstice Celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. on June 21. The event will have local food trucks selling dishes made with produce grown at the farm. Aside from food trucks, there are several activities for guests to engage in, including live music, face painting, corn hole and planting. The celebration is open to the public and there is no cost to attend.


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GIVING:

Stephen Taub honored as Penn State's Philanthropist of the Year
Penn State has named Stephen Taub, a former Penn State Abington student and a 1973 graduate of the University Park campus, as its 2019 Philanthropist of the Year.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Special Olympics seeking volunteers for Summer Games at Penn State
The Special Olympics Pennsylvania Summer Games, to be held on Penn State's University Park campus June 6-8, is seeking volunteers from the local community to help make the event a success.

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Webinar to focus on women's financial literacy
The Sokolov-Miller Family Financial and Life Skills Center is partnering with an industry expert for a special financial literacy webinar geared toward women.

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