2/18: Provost shares coronavirus message; Socially responsible AI; National Endowment for the Humanities grants

News for the Penn State community
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

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IN THIS ISSUE:

TOP STORIES:
-- Provost shares message with community amid ongoing global coronavirus outbreak
-- New research center will focus on socially responsible artificial intelligence
-- Sick individuals urged not to attend THON

RESEARCH:
-- Liberal Arts faculty receive National Endowment for the Humanities grants
-- Huck Institutes' HITS fund will support scientific risk-takers
-- College of Arts and Architecture to host first Sustainability Symposium March 18
-- Heard on Campus: Penn State Laureate William Doan on art and mental health
-- Penn State Mont Alto extends THON to reach across the Atlantic Ocean
-- Students ready for annual THON webcast
-- Registration open for We Are Weekend

ACADEMICS:
-- Professor's research using motion capture lab supports orthopedic medicine

ADMINISTRATION:
-- SIMBA team recognized for excellence
-- Hey, students! We need 15 minutes of your time
-- Feb. 21 Board of Trustees meeting to be livestreamed
-- Penn State Abington coat drive nets more than 500 coats for kids in need

Also in this issue: Announcements and Events.

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TOP STORIES:

Provost shares message with community amid ongoing global coronavirus outbreak
Nicholas P. Jones, executive vice president and provost, has shared a message and key resources with the University community amidst the ongoing global outbreak of novel coronavirus.

https://news.psu.edu/link/yVt1DNsV
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New research center will focus on socially responsible artificial intelligence
Penn State has launched the Center for Socially Responsible Artificial Intelligence, a multi-unit research center that promotes the thoughtful development and application of AI and studies its impact on all areas of human endeavor.

https://news.psu.edu/link/XS5CD4St
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Sick individuals urged not to attend THON
University Health Services strongly recommends that any individual displaying symptoms of the flu not attend THON, as children and other individuals with compromised immune symptoms will be present at the event.

https://news.psu.edu/link/KLZ79Nkw
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More: news.psu.edu/link/1PDgnzZH

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RESEARCH:

Liberal Arts faculty receive National Endowment for the Humanities grants
Three faculty members in the College of the Liberal Arts have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities grants.

https://news.psu.edu/link/9TdvKPXf
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Huck Institutes' HITS fund will support scientific risk-takers
Penn State's Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences has relaunched a program to encourage more risk-taking across Penn State's scientific community. Dubbed the Huck Innovative and Transformational Seed Fund — or HITS — the initiative will provide financial support for bold ideas that promise a high-return if successful, but which appear too unorthodox to attract traditional sources of funding.

https://news.psu.edu/link/Jpfk9JdV
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College of Arts and Architecture to host first Sustainability Symposium March 18
Penn State's College of Arts and Architecture will host its first Sustainability Symposium from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, in 233AB HUB-Robeson Center on the University Park campus.

https://news.psu.edu/link/rb1BYk5V
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Heard on Campus: Penn State Laureate William Doan on art and mental health
William Doan, Penn State Laureate, professor of theater in the College of Arts and Architecture and artist-in-residence in the College of Nursing, gave a talked titled "The Anxiety Project: An Artist's Look at Mental Health and Wellness" at the Penn State Forum Speaker Series on Feb. 17.

https://news.psu.edu/link/zr2jQkGQ
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Penn State Mont Alto extends THON to reach across the Atlantic Ocean
Thousands of miles and the Atlantic Ocean can't keep Penn State students from dancing together to fight against cancer.

https://news.psu.edu/link/99wPdmfq
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Students ready for annual THON webcast
The webcast of THON, produced by Bellisario College students through 46 LIVE, begins at 5 p.m. Feb. 21, one hour before the event begins, and runs until its conclusion at 4 p.m. Feb. 23.

https://news.psu.edu/link/dvTXgPbZ
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Registration open for We Are Weekend
Penn State alumni and friends of all generations are invited to We Are Weekend, a blue-and-white celebration set for June 19-21.

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ACADEMICS:

Professor's research using motion capture lab supports orthopedic medicine
Penn State Brandywine's Associate Teaching Professor of Physics Timothy Niiler is conducting research on human motion that supports orthopedic medicine.

https://news.psu.edu/link/Jf7FBdyM
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More: news.psu.edu/link/_zjkBgqn

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ADMINISTRATION:

SIMBA team recognized for excellence
The SIMBA project team, responsible for launching SAP S/4HANA at Penn State, recently won an Excellence Award from the SAP Enterprise Support Advisory Council (ESAC). The recognition is specifically awarded for outstanding collaboration between the University and SAP.

https://news.psu.edu/link/p2yDpP1C
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Hey, students! We need 15 minutes of your time
There's still time to take the Penn State Community Survey. We want to hear what you think about diversity, equity and inclusion. By responding to the confidential survey, you have a chance to win an Amazon or Starbucks gift card.

https://news.psu.edu/link/Ynwg3Ky2
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Feb. 21 Board of Trustees meeting to be livestreamed
The Penn State Board of Trustees will hold its next public meeting Feb. 20-21 at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center at University Park. The meeting of the full board will be livestreamed at http://wpsu.org/trustees/.

https://news.psu.edu/link/CzBBjzQZ
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Penn State Abington coat drive nets more than 500 coats for kids in need
Penn State Abington students majoring in elementary and early childhood education led a campus-wide drive that netted more than 500 winter coats for children in need at its partnership school in North Philadelphia.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Feb. 26 advising seminar to provide answers to grade forgiveness questions
The next noontime advising session on Feb. 26, "Supporting Student Success Through Important Policy and Procedural Changes," will cover Penn State's new policies regarding grade forgiveness and academic difficulty and recovery. All faculty and staff are welcome to attend.

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

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EVENTS:

Penn State Centre Stage Off-Centre presents Kirsten Childs' 'The Lucky Boy'
Penn State Centre Stage Off-Centre presents "The Lucky Boy," Feb. 18-22, at the Penn State Downtown Theatre, with book, music and lyrics by Kirsten Childs. John Simpkins directs, with musical direction by Jennifer Peacock, and choreography by Dario Natarelli.

https://news.psu.edu/link/4f92bkZh
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2020 census panel discussion with Gisele Fetterman: Every Pennsylvanian counts
Pennsylvania Second Lady Gisele Fetterman will host a panel discussion around the 2020 Census from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 19, in the Freeman Auditorium, HUB-Robeson Center, on Penn State's University Park campus.

https://news.psu.edu/link/72yvFhKF
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'Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure' multimedia show comes to Eisenhower on Feb. 20
Erth Visual & Physical Inc. and Red Tail Entertainment will present Erth's "Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure," a multimedia family show to be performed at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 in Eisenhower Auditorium. Created in Australia, the show features a giant theatrical aquarium and explores the "unknown" ocean depths, unlocking the mystery of "the dinosaurs of the deep."

https://news.psu.edu/link/7hgK9qhg

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