2/13: Understanding power grid rules; The Medical Minute; Things to Do

News for the Penn State community
Thursday, February 13, 2020

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IN THIS ISSUE:

FEATURED ITEM:
-- Photo of the Day: Looking closer in Booker Laboratory

TOP STORIES:
-- Shedding light on the rules that govern the U.S. power grid
-- The Medical Minute: 'Swiper's thumb?' Explore some common tech-related injuries
-- Things to Do at Penn State: Feb. 13-20
-- Centre Volunteers in Medicine turns 'helplessness into hope' for the uninsured
-- Professor of Italian to translate 500-year-old literary novel into English

RESEARCH:
-- What happened in Iowa? A conversation with a cybersecurity expert
-- New class of materials shows strange electron properties
-- Local genetic adaption helps sorghum crop hide from witchweed
-- Registered dietitians help Penn State students navigate on-campus dining
-- Eisenhower Auditorium to undergo facility improvements beginning in June

EMPLOYEE NEWS:
-- University Staff Advisory Council accepting applications for new members

Also in this issue: Events.

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FEATURED ITEM:

Photo of the Day: Looking closer in Booker Laboratory
Bo Wang, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Chemistry, studies small molecules purified by chromatography in Booker Laboratory. The molecules are used to study the functions of enzymes and help provide insights for applications to human health and disease.

View image: https://news.psu.edu/link/L7kwJrpC

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TOP STORIES:

Shedding light on the rules that govern the U.S. power grid
A Penn State researcher is a part of a multi-university team that is investigating how the rules for the power grid are made and how they affect the real world.

https://news.psu.edu/link/Mrvp5f4N
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The Medical Minute: 'Swiper's thumb?' Explore some common tech-related injuries
Thanks to society's fondness for electronic gadgets, so-called tech-related injuries are on the rise. Learn how to ease the pain - or even prevent it in the first place.

https://news.psu.edu/link/2451VCYf
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Things to Do at Penn State: Feb. 13-20
Penn State Centre Stage's "The Lucky Boy," the President's Concert at Carnegie Hall in New York, TEDxPSU and a "Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure" at Eisenhower Auditorium are among the cultural highlights at Penn State this weekend and next week.

https://news.psu.edu/link/j_bWfx6_
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Centre Volunteers in Medicine turns 'helplessness into hope' for the uninsured
Before she came to the Centre Volunteers in Medicine, State College resident Jane Pennington found herself facing an impossible choice. "Paying for medical bills, that cost would be the equivalent of rent, or food bills, gas to get to work."

https://news.psu.edu/link/D4ZCsPtc
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Professor of Italian to translate 500-year-old literary novel into English
With grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts, Professor of Italian Sherry Roush will translate a popular 500-year-old novel from Italian into English.

https://news.psu.edu/link/NgV7DLRd
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More: news.psu.edu/link/1PDgnzZH

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RESEARCH:

What happened in Iowa? A conversation with a cybersecurity expert
Patrick McDaniel, the William L. Weiss Chair in Information and Communications Technology in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and a cybersecurity expert, answers questions about what happened in the Iowa caucus.

https://news.psu.edu/link/FrvmRSXC
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New class of materials shows strange electron properties
A method to observe a new class of topological materials, called Weyl semimetals, was developed by researchers at Penn State, MIT, Tohoku University, Japan and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences. The material's unusual electronic properties could be useful in future electronics and in quantum physics.

https://news.psu.edu/link/hr_nG37H
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Local genetic adaption helps sorghum crop hide from witchweed
Sorgum crops in areas where the parasite witchweed is common have locally adapted to have mutations in a particular gene, which helps the plant resist the parasite. A new study led by researchers at Penn State reveals the effects of this mutation, as well as other genes that might confer parasite resistance.

https://news.psu.edu/link/6dJ_RGf7
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Registered dietitians help Penn State students navigate on-campus dining
Among new students arriving at Penn State in fall 2019, 322 reported they had a food allergy. The Registered Dietitian's Office is on hand to support those students, and all students, as they dine on campus during their time at Penn State.

https://news.psu.edu/link/xnKxzjC5
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Eisenhower Auditorium to undergo facility improvements beginning in June
Eisenhower Auditorium on the Penn State campus will be closed to performances and other events from approximately June through November as the 46-year-old building undergoes facility improvements. The building will continue to be occupied by employees, and the box office will remain open throughout the construction period.

https://news.psu.edu/link/Fs3VY8TC
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More: news.psu.edu/link/7kttk2Z5

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EMPLOYEE NEWS:

University Staff Advisory Council accepting applications for new members
The University Staff Advisory Council is accepting applications for the 2020-21 academic year. Applications are due by March 31, and applicants from all Penn State campus locations will be considered.

https://news.psu.edu/link/BnYrdV1w
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More: news.psu.edu/link/q2zmXYQY

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EVENTS:

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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Intel to offer learning sessions on machine learning and AI tools
Representatives from Intel Corporation will be on hand for the training on Feb. 19 in the Nittany Lion Inn on Penn State's University Park campus. Researchers will have the opportunity to learn how to improve their code and how to use the company's distribution tools for deep learning and artificial intelligence, among other lessons.

https://news.psu.edu/link/j_TZ3_G8

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