6/21: Enhancing care for older Pennsylvanians; Mike Reid and "The Last Day"; Medical Minute

News for the Penn State community
Friday, June 21, 2019

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IN THIS ISSUE:

FEATURED ITEM:
-- Video: Athlete and artist Mike Reid brings "The Last Day" to Penn State

TOP STORIES:
-- Nursing researchers to enhance age-friendly care for older adults in rural PA
-- South African forests show pathways to a sustainable future
-- The Medical Minute: Surviving summer's biting bugs

RESEARCH:
-- Despite dire predictions, levels of social support remain steady in the U.S.
-- Engineering professor awarded $1.1M grant to increase efficiency of organic LEDs
-- Ants maintain essential interactions despite environmental flux
-- Heard on Campus: Dean Korner on blending art and research to change lives
-- With Google Cloud, Penn State World Campus to add AI to advising services
-- Spotted lanternfly expert at Penn State offers advice on using tree bands
-- Bringing mindfulness to the masses
-- University Park Airport adds direct flights to Florida via Allegiant Air
-- Behrend trail project launches $690,000 Wintergreen Gorge restoration effort
-- Penn State Children's Hospital again ranks among best in the nation

ADMINISTRATION:
-- New workers' compensation vendor announced
-- Student-athletes McHugh and Nolf awarded Big Ten Medal of Honor

Also in this issue: Announcements and Events.

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FEATURED ITEM:

Video: Athlete and artist Mike Reid brings "The Last Day" to Penn State
Former Penn State defensive lineman and award-winning songwriter Mike Reid returns to Penn State with a new musical composed for the School of Musical Theatre. "This love of words and poetry and music — there was nothing that could assuage it," he said.

Watch video: https://news.psu.edu/link/yx3Tcp7L

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TOP STORIES:

Nursing researchers to enhance age-friendly care for older adults in rural PA
The Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded the College of Nursing and its collaborators $3.75 million to support medically underserved regions throughout rural Pennsylvania. This funding will support the development of educational programming and training for rural-based healthcare providers and caregivers, enabling them to deliver more age-friendly care.

https://news.psu.edu/link/fcFLB7mH
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South African forests show pathways to a sustainable future
Native forests make up 1% of the landscape in South Africa but could play a key role in reducing atmospheric carbon and identifying sustainable development practices that can be used globally to counter climate change, according to a Penn State researcher.

https://news.psu.edu/link/J6qX3PyM
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The Medical Minute: Surviving summer's biting bugs
Mosquito, bee and spider bites can bring summer fun to a standstill. While many are simply as annoying as a pesky fly, others can cause more serious conditions.

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RESEARCH:

Despite dire predictions, levels of social support remain steady in the U.S.
Many sociologists predicted that economic, social, and technological forces would lead to a loss of community for Americans. According to new research, the nation's social support remains intact, and might even be growing stronger.

https://news.psu.edu/link/NWKQJfBm
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Engineering professor awarded $1.1M grant to increase efficiency of organic LEDs
Chris Giebink, associate professor of electrical engineering at Penn State, has been awarded a two-year, $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for his research in organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). The research is focused on increasing the efficiency of OLEDs used for room lighting.

https://news.psu.edu/link/3LgzC7DZ
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Ants maintain essential interactions despite environmental flux
Ants adjust their social interactions to accommodate changes in population density, according to researchers at Penn State and Georgetown University. The findings suggest that ant colonies are capable of maintaining their sophisticated social organization despite potentially drastic changes in their environments.

https://news.psu.edu/link/3yznBTXS
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Heard on Campus: Dean Korner on blending art and research to change lives
"I've been hammering away at the notion that if science researchers bring artists and designers to the table at the beginning, they will find that these creatives will ask new questions, will explode those questions and explode that research wide open, and will lead to new directions and new discoveries," said Barbara Korner, dean of the College of Arts and Architecture.

https://news.psu.edu/link/RfJWWdHH
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With Google Cloud, Penn State World Campus to add AI to advising services
Penn State World Campus is working with Google Cloud to develop artificial intelligence to help its academic advising staff answer the most common requests from its students.

https://news.psu.edu/link/8pwSF4bH
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Spotted lanternfly expert at Penn State offers advice on using tree bands
According to Heather Leach, spotted lanternfly extension associate in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, one of the most effective traps for catching spotted lanternflies is a sticky band wrapped around the trunks of trees. Nymphs and adults are trapped on the sticky barrier as they crawl up the trunks to feed on newer growth higher in the tree.

https://news.psu.edu/link/PsdpBRnF
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Bringing mindfulness to the masses
Penn State researchers will share mindfulness tips and techniques with community members July 12 at the Art of Discovery booth, part of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts.

https://news.psu.edu/link/nW_YNXQD
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University Park Airport adds direct flights to Florida via Allegiant Air
Starting this fall, University Park Airport will offer nonstop commercial service to and from two locations in Florida. Allegiant Air will operate flights to Orlando Sanford International Airport and the Tampa/St. Petersburg area via St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport. Flights will be offered twice a week for both locations.

https://news.psu.edu/link/9xx4LbLV
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Behrend trail project launches $690,000 Wintergreen Gorge restoration effort
Penn State Behrend is leading a coordinated effort to protect and preserve Wintergreen Gorge, a Natural Heritage Area on and adjacent to the Behrend campus. The project will protect wildlife and make the existing trails more sustainable while improving public access to the gorge.

https://news.psu.edu/link/dvwR8Zyz
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Penn State Children's Hospital again ranks among best in the nation
For the ninth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Penn State Children's Hospital among the best in the nation in several specialties.

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ADMINISTRATION:

New workers' compensation vendor announced
After a competitive request for proposal process, Penn State has selected a new third-party vendor, Broadspire, to manage its workers' compensation claims beginning July 1.

https://news.psu.edu/link/Lzgxv57G
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Student-athletes McHugh and Nolf awarded Big Ten Medal of Honor
Senior student-athletes Ally McHugh, the first swimmer in Penn State women's swimming and diving history to win an NCAA individual championship, and Jason Nolf, who earned a third consecutive individual NCAA wrestling championship in March, have been selected as Penn State's recipients for the prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor for 2018-19.

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PHOTO OF THE DAY:

Penn State All-Sports Museum
The ice hockey exhibit is just one of many displays that trace the rich history of Penn State sports at the All-Sports Museum, which will offer eight Beaver Stadium tour opportunities over Arts Fest weekend, July 12-13.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Penn State promotions in academic rank, effective July 1, 2019
The following is a list of academic promotions for tenured and tenure-line faculty members at Penn State, effective July 1.

https://news.psu.edu/link/JYC1Tv5d
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Penn State University Press announces new books for fall/winter 2019
Penn State University Press has unveiled its fall/winter 2019 catalog featuring new general interest and scholarly books in the fields of art history, literature, religion, rhetoric, graphic medicine, Jewish studies, occult studies, medieval and early modern studies, and more.

https://news.psu.edu/link/Cz9ypLS7

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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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