6/25: Designing sustainable homes on Mars and Earth; Nittany Lions at Children's Hospital; New African American life and culture faculty hires

News for the Penn State community
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

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IN THIS ISSUE:

FEATURED ITEM:
-- Designing sustainable homes on Mars and Earth

TOP STORIES:
-- Nittany Lions stop by Children's Hospital to spend time with patients
-- African American life and culture hiring effort results in nine new faculty
-- LionPATH will be offline July 4-7 for upgrades
-- Men's basketball standout agrees to two-way contract with NBA's Dallas Mavericks

RESEARCH:
-- Strategic plan seed grant supports green stormwater infrastructure research
-- Penn State College of Medicine will collaborate for medical marijuana research
-- Vanilla makes milk beverages seem sweeter
-- Partnership between College of Education, South African universities flourishes
-- Penn State team places first in Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition
-- Penn State faculty receive Fulbright awards for 2019-20
-- Penn State New Kensington helping community garden grow
-- 'Little Free Library' sites promote book-sharing at Penn State Behrend
-- Renovated Sbarro coming to University Park campus for fall 2019 semester
-- Penn State-led national coalition bringing prevention science to life

Also in this issue: Events.

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FEATURED ITEM:

Designing sustainable homes on Mars and Earth
Penn State researchers are developing 3D-printed building technology that could be used for NASA's space exploration projects and impact the future of housing on Earth.

https://news.psu.edu/link/rxKQ8_hX

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TOP STORIES:

Nittany Lions stop by Children's Hospital to spend time with patients
For the sixth consecutive year, dozens of players, staff and Head Coach James Franklin made the trip from State College to spend time with young patients.

https://news.psu.edu/link/F5wBbWdD
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African American life and culture hiring effort results in nine new faculty
The Penn State College of the Liberal Arts will significantly enhance the diversity of its faculty and strengthen its scholarly expertise in African American and African Diaspora life and culture when it welcomes nine new faculty members to its ranks on July 1.

https://news.psu.edu/link/m9Dw8xMd
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LionPATH will be offline July 4-7 for upgrades
LionPATH, Penn State's student information system, is undergoing an upgrade over the Fourth of July weekend and will be unavailable to users from 9 a.m. ET on Thursday, July 4, through noon ET on Sunday, July 7.

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Men's basketball standout agrees to two-way contract with NBA's Dallas Mavericks
Former Penn State men's basketball guard and 2019 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Josh Reaves has agreed to a two-way contract to join the Dallas Mavericks.

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RESEARCH:

Strategic plan seed grant supports green stormwater infrastructure research
A proposal that will support the development of a living laboratory for green stormwater infrastructure research, education and innovation at Penn State is among the latest initiatives to receive funding through the University's Strategic Plan Seed Grant program.

https://news.psu.edu/link/6m3hfgWC
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Penn State College of Medicine will collaborate for medical marijuana research
Penn State College of Medicine and PA Options for Wellness will work together to investigate the potential benefits and risks of using marijuana extracts to treat a variety of health issues.

https://news.psu.edu/link/sx5B3RQR
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Vanilla makes milk beverages seem sweeter
Adding vanilla to sweetened milk makes consumers think the beverage is sweeter, allowing the amount of added sugar to be reduced, according to Penn State researchers, who will use the concept to develop a reduced-sugar chocolate milk for the National School Lunch Program.

https://news.psu.edu/link/Z8xtpFm7
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Partnership between College of Education, South African universities flourishes
A project to dramatically bolster the number of doctoral degrees awarded in South Africa is in full swing, and academic leaders from three of that country's universities are working with Penn State higher education faculty members to bring about its success.

https://news.psu.edu/link/HWTBDMq6
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Penn State team places first in Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition
An interdisciplinary team of 17 Penn State students recently placed first overall in the 2019 Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition, a contest designed to challenge undergraduate students to create unique solutions to complex wind energy projects. This is Penn State's fourth victory in the competition in the last six years.

https://news.psu.edu/link/w42k5SPb
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Penn State faculty receive Fulbright awards for 2019-20
Penn State has a long tradition of Fulbright success. Nine Penn State faculty members have been awarded for the 2019-20 cycle.

https://news.psu.edu/link/JFftMjsz
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Penn State New Kensington helping community garden grow
The New Kensington campus has put Penn State's institutional value of community at the forefront in its work and presence in the city, not only through volunteerism, but its ongoing commitment to local revitalization and sustainability efforts.

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'Little Free Library' sites promote book-sharing at Penn State Behrend
Two new "Little Free Libraries" at Penn State Behrend promote reading by leaving books in public spaces. "It's a very simple but effective way to put something positive into the world," says Hannah Moran, who built and maintains the library in Smith Chapel.

https://news.psu.edu/link/W67YYYPW
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Renovated Sbarro coming to University Park campus for fall 2019 semester
The Sbarro location in the HUB-Robeson Center at Penn State's University Park campus is currently closed for renovations and will reopen for the fall 2019 semester with an updated look and design.

https://news.psu.edu/link/5jnvYKCs
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Penn State-led national coalition bringing prevention science to life
The Penn State-led National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives is increasingly being recognized for its work in translating science to policymakers, educators, practitioners and communities.

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HIDDEN GEMS AT PENN STATE:

Old Main Frescoes capture Penn State's history and mission
For any Penn Stater who's never taken a walk through Old Main, the Land-Grant Frescoes that adorn the walls of the Old Main lobby are one of Penn State's greatest hidden gems. Originally painted in 1940, the frescoes are a visual representation of Penn State's land-grant mission.



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EVENTS:

Student-run Cafe Laura offering themed fine dining experiences in June
Cafe Laura, a fine-dining restaurant entirely run by Penn State hospitality students, is offering four special dinners in June themed around stand-up comedy, the "Godfather" films, tango music and the popular fantasy TV show "Game of Thrones."

https://news.psu.edu/link/NPPqTb1H

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