6/30: Tackling issues of race, bias; Scholarships supporting diversity; New species of bees in Pa.

News for the Penn State community
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

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IN THIS ISSUE:

FEATURED ITEM:
-- Story: Penn State leaders discuss work ahead as University tackles issues of race, bias

TOP STORIES:
-- Penn State offers match for scholarships supporting diversity
-- Cleaning and disinfecting facilities is priority for Office of Physical Plant
-- Checklist of Pa. bees documents 49 new species and some that may be endangered
-- Researchers receive NSF grant to develop novel immersive learning technologies
-- A Symbiotic Short: Open-Source PPE Manufacturing and Sterilization
-- Erickson Grants awarded for summer 2020
-- Diversity roundtable to explore race, campus and workplace climate

'WE ARE' STORIES:
-- Parents and Children Together continues to make an impact during pandemic

Also in this issue: Announcements.

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FEATURED ITEM:

Story: Penn State leaders discuss work ahead as University tackles issues of race, bias
As the country continues to grapple with the killing of George Floyd and the nationwide protests that have erupted as a result, Penn State President Eric Barron, along with co-chairs of a new racism, bias and community safety commission and other University leaders discussed the enormous task of fighting ignorance and intolerance, being more inclusive and embracing diversity during a virtual Town Hall event on June 29.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/bYQWSxLg

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TOP STORIES:

Penn State offers match for scholarships supporting diversity
Amid a national reckoning with questions of race and justice, spurred by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Penn State has made a $10 million commitment to scholarships that will support diversity across the institution.

https://news.psu.edu/link/4ptgjHs6
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Cleaning and disinfecting facilities is priority for Office of Physical Plant
As Penn State continues to plan a limited fall return to classroom, campus and community, a multitude of plans are taking shape, including new protocols and policies to help alleviate the risk of coronavirus spread.

https://news.psu.edu/link/wcprWPKs
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Checklist of Pa. bees documents 49 new species and some that may be endangered
A study documenting bees that are reported to occur in Pennsylvania has found the presence of 437 species, including 49 never before recorded in the state.

https://news.psu.edu/link/VRqpfWGp
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Researchers receive NSF grant to develop novel immersive learning technologies
The multi-campus research team of Ashkan Negahban, Omar Ashour and Sabahattin Gokhan Ozden received a three-year, $831,276 grant for research on immersive simulation-based learning models.

https://news.psu.edu/link/wZvStzyy
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A Symbiotic Short: Open-Source PPE Manufacturing and Sterilization
Penn State Mechanical and Industrial Engineering professor Tim Simpson discusses his work on the Manufacturing and Sterilization for the COVID-19 (MASC) Project. To hear the whole podcast conversation about this research, including the work of Moriah Szpara, associate professor of biology, biochemistry and molecular biology; and Melissa James, facilities coordinator at the Eva J. Pell Lab, visit www.thesymbioticpodcast.com.

https://news.psu.edu/link/Y1PgJfnV
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Erickson Grants awarded for summer 2020
A total of 64 Erickson Discovery Grants were awarded for summer 2020, allowing for funded student research, scholarship or creative processes.

https://news.psu.edu/link/H8B49q14
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Diversity roundtable to explore race, campus and workplace climate
In a new series of roundtable conversations titled "Toward Racial Equity at Penn State: Social Difference, Social Equity and Social Change," University leaders aim to engage the Penn State community in dialogue to advance greater equity and inclusion for students, faculty and staff from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.

https://news.psu.edu/link/N7C3HPJQ
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More: news.psu.edu/link/BxCTc6QV

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'WE ARE' STORIES:

Parents and Children Together continues to make an impact during pandemic
Parents and Children Together, an interdisciplinary initiative and partnership between Penn State researchers and the greater Harrisburg community, finds ways to work together during the COVID-19 pandemic.

https://news.psu.edu/link/frsvk6SQ
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More: news.psu.edu/link/z6Fxc3Jh

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

New look coming to the Learning Resource Network for employees
The Penn State Human Resources' Talent Management team will partner with Cornerstone to launch a new, user-friendly design and layout for the Learning Resource Network (LRN).

https://news.psu.edu/link/4kGyVc4R

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