2/11: $15M grant establishes engineering scholars program; No. 1 producer of Fullbright Scholars; Guide to THON Weekend 2020

News for the Penn State community
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

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IN THIS ISSUE:

TOP STORIES:
-- $15.5 million investment creates engineering scholars program at Penn State
-- Penn State No. 1 US producer of faculty Fulbright Scholars for 2019-20
-- Here's what you need to know if you're going to THON Weekend 2020
-- TEDxPSU curator and president gained leadership skills through IST
-- Exhibit highlights work of Center for Arts and Crafts students and instructors
-- New WPSU podcast highlights Penn State researchers' work, community impact

RESEARCH:
-- Penn State receives five-year $3.7 million grant to study virus evolution

ACADEMICS:
-- Director of Intellectual Property Clinic helps boost entrepreneurship success
-- Summer Founders Program offers $15,000 to student startup teams

Also in this issue: Announcements and Events.

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TOP STORIES:

$15.5 million investment creates engineering scholars program at Penn State
The A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation has committed $15.5 million to create the A. James Clark Scholars Program in the Penn State College of Engineering to support high-achieving engineering students with significant financial need.

https://news.psu.edu/link/hhZ8WLtb
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Penn State No. 1 US producer of faculty Fulbright Scholars for 2019-20
Penn State has been recognized as the top U.S. producer of faculty Fulbright Scholars for 2019-20 by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. In addition, the University is listed as a top producer of student Fulbright recipients.

https://news.psu.edu/link/4VdVL_H1
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Here's what you need to know if you're going to THON Weekend 2020
The 2020 Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON) will be held at the Bryce Jordan Center from 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, through 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23. Here's what you need to know about entrance and access, public transportation and parking if you're planning to attend THON.

https://news.psu.edu/link/7SzkZ1rD
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TEDxPSU curator and president gained leadership skills through IST
For Leah Miller, a junior studying data sciences in the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology, activities outside of the classroom are just as essential to the Penn State experience as education in her classes. That's why once she heard about TEDxPSU — the Penn State version of the nationally recognized Ted Talks — she got involved right away.

https://news.psu.edu/link/9RtLCg9V
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Exhibit highlights work of Center for Arts and Crafts students and instructors
The HUB-Robeson Galleries will host an exhibition of artwork by the instructors and participants of Penn State's Center for Arts and Crafts in the display cases on the first floor of the HUB-Robeson Center as well as in Art Alley. The work will be on view in the display cases from Feb. 6 to April 19 and in Art Alley from April 8 to 19.

https://news.psu.edu/link/z72tTwGY
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New WPSU podcast highlights Penn State researchers' work, community impact
A new podcast that highlights the work of Penn State researchers and how their findings impact communities near and far is now available through central Pennsylvania's public media station.

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

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RESEARCH:

Penn State receives five-year $3.7 million grant to study virus evolution
The evolution of viruses will be the focus of a five-year, $3.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation's new program on convergence research, to an interdisciplinary team led by Penn State. The grant is in two phases, depending on successful completion of phase one milestones.

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More: news.psu.edu/link/7kttk2Z5

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ACADEMICS:

Director of Intellectual Property Clinic helps boost entrepreneurship success
Rachel Herder knows a thing or two about how complex systems work. As director of the Penn State Law Intellectual Property Clinic and assistant professor of clinical law, she leverages her multiple degrees and experience in life sciences patent law to help entrepreneurs across Pennsylvania determine how to properly secure a patent, trademark, copyright or trade secret.

https://news.psu.edu/link/BrDbJN4f
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Summer Founders Program offers $15,000 to student startup teams
The 2020 Summer Founders program provides selected Penn State entrepreneurial teams (founders) $15,000 to work full time on their startup, social good or nonprofit idea. Working over the summer, the program provides workspace and a plethora of resources and support.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Penn State reminds employees of federal and state lobbying disclosure laws
To help the University meet its lobbying disclosure obligations under state and federal laws, Penn State employees who have contact with state or federal officials on behalf of the University must notify the Office of Government and Community Relations and submit documentation of their lobbying activities and associated time and expenses, pursuant to Penn State Policy AD50.

https://news.psu.edu/link/W5JPBnMZ

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EVENTS:

Award-winning director and 17-year-old climate activist to visit Penn State
Between Feb. 12-15, Penn State will have an opportunity to build its awareness of climate justice through a series of events and workshops with Judith Helfand, award-winning director of "COOKED: Survival by Zip Code," and Isaac Vergun, a youth climate activist who is one of the 21 student plaintiffs in the case Juliana v. United States.

https://news.psu.edu/link/dC556c4v
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Poet Chet'la Sebree to be featured in the Mary E. Rolling Reading Series Feb. 13
Known for poems that refuse to fall into specific spaces of time or genre, poet Chet'la Sebree will offer a reading as part of the Mary E. Rolling Reading Series. The free public reading will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13, in Paterno Library's Foster Auditorium.

https://news.psu.edu/link/DGdK7trP
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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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