6/29: Submit your return to campus questions; Contact tracing & testing implementation; Town Hall today

News for the Penn State community
Monday, June 29, 2020

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IN THIS ISSUE:

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES:
-- Penn State faculty can submit questions about return to classroom and campus
-- COVID task group to provide options for testing, contact tracing implementation
-- Technology helped CAPS serve students without missing a beat
-- Pollinator project supports biodiversity at Penn State Orchard Road solar array

RESEARCH:
-- NIH grant recipients to study why some blood clots can't be cleared
-- Project to study pandemic impacts on Alaskan salmon season
-- Is wearing a face shield the same as wearing a mask? | Ask CIDD
-- Penn State Extension educator offers advice on insecticide use for lanternflies
-- Penn State Smeal to sponsor international MBA symposium
-- Barron to host June 29 Town Hall on race and bias

"WE ARE" STORIES:
-- New Kensington biomedical engineering alums help keep hospitals running

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CORONAVIRUS UPDATES:

Penn State faculty can submit questions about return to classroom and campus
A new forum for accepting questions from faculty related to Penn State's plans for a return to classrooms in the fall has been launched by the Provost's Office as an additional avenue for communicating suggestions, concerns and updates.

https://news.psu.edu/link/9QF8XGF_
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COVID task group to provide options for testing, contact tracing implementation
The COVID-19 Health Resources Task Group will soon be providing a set of options to Penn State leadership for the implementation of a rigorous testing and contact tracing program this fall.

https://news.psu.edu/link/XTLqnKSc
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Technology helped CAPS serve students without missing a beat
The Student Affairs IT team worked closely with Counseling and Psychological Services staff to provide needed technology for them to continue their student services.

https://news.psu.edu/link/3mNcmTwj
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Pollinator project supports biodiversity at Penn State Orchard Road solar array
An innovative project is creating a buzz around Penn State's University Park campus, especially among the many species of pollinators that call Centre County home.

https://news.psu.edu/link/GGHVrr6X
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More: news.psu.edu/link/Ss8br7p8

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RESEARCH:

NIH grant recipients to study why some blood clots can't be cleared
Penn State researchers received a $2.49 million NIH grant to study why some blood clots in the brain cannot be cleared.

https://news.psu.edu/link/ZN8nfNLd
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Project to study pandemic impacts on Alaskan salmon season
Penn State is part of a research team conducting surveys with fishery participants and residents to better understand the costs and benefits of varied mitigation policies and developing pandemic preparedness scenarios in Bristol Bay, Alaska, home to the world's largest commercial sockeye salmon fishery.

https://news.psu.edu/link/xxMz_QTP
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Is wearing a face shield the same as wearing a mask? | Ask CIDD
Professor Elizabeth McGraw, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics, explains why face shields may be appropriate for some medical professionals, but not for members of the general public—who should wear cloth masks. To see more coronavirus questions answered by experts at the CIDD, submit a question of your own, or learn how you can do your part to #flattenthecurve, visit http://askcidd.psu.edu

https://news.psu.edu/link/cz9923Dn
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Penn State Extension educator offers advice on insecticide use for lanternflies
As summer progresses — and spotted lanternflies make themselves at home just about anywhere, including on residential properties — frustrated homeowners might find themselves wrestling with the idea of using insecticides to vanquish the insect interlopers. Before doing so, homeowners should do their research, weigh the pros and cons, and seek professional advice if needed.

https://news.psu.edu/link/WV4YXJj_
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Penn State Smeal to sponsor international MBA symposium
The Penn State Smeal College of Business has been tapped to serve as the sponsor and host of the international MBA Roundtable annual Curricular Innovation Symposium on Oct. 29-30.

https://news.psu.edu/link/9YQ7T1TF
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Barron to host June 29 Town Hall on race and bias
Penn State President Eric Barron will host a virtual Town Hall event at 3 p.m. on Monday, June 29, at LiveEvents to highlight the elements outlined in his June 10 message and the University's planned efforts to fight ignorance and intolerance, model inclusivity and embrace diversity.

https://news.psu.edu/link/3gW9QPmz
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More: news.psu.edu/link/7kttk2Z5

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"WE ARE" STORIES:

New Kensington biomedical engineering alums help keep hospitals running
Alumni of Penn State Kew Kensington's biomedical engineering technology program are helping keep vital healthcare equipment working and hospitals running across Pennsylvania and the nation during a critical time. ""Hospitals would not be able to function without us, and it is rewarding work," said one program alum.

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

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