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Frank Guadagnino named vice president for administration

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 9:30am
Frank T. Guadagnino, associate general counsel at Penn State, has been named the University’s new vice president for administration, effective July 1. Guadagnino succeeds Tom Poole, who will be assisting with the transition as part of his phased retirement from the University on June 30.

Eric and Molly Barron announce gifts to 'A Greater Penn State' campaign

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 3:25pm
Penn State President Eric Barron and his wife, Molly Barron, are advancing the University’s current fundraising campaign, “A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence,” not only through their vision for Penn State’s future, but also as donors themselves.

Research supports restrictions on opioid-containing cold medicines for children

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 8:17am
Prescription cough and cold medicines containing the opioid hydrocodone are more likely to cause serious side effects in children than those containing codeine, according to a new study from Penn State College of Medicine. The research supports recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) restrictions on prescription hydrocodone- and codeine-containing cough medicines for children and suggests that opioids in general should not be prescribed for coughs and colds in pediatric populations.

Holsteins born at Penn State to improve genetic diversity are 'udderly' amazing

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 1:29pm
The six bundles of Holstein joy born at the Penn State Dairy Barns in April of last year — the outcome of a research project to improve genetic diversity in the breed — have garnered a fan following.

Special Olympics athletes will compete at Penn State beginning May 31

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 1:20pm
Once again this year, Penn State’s University Park campus will be abuzz with athletes competing in the Special Olympics Pennsylvania Summer Games. Athletes from across the state will converge on campus and neighboring State College for the 2018 games from May 31 to June 2.

Proposals sought for strategic initiative seed grant funding

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 1:18pm
Penn State community members, including faculty and staff, are invited to submit ideas for pilot projects that are aimed at fulfilling the mission of the strategic plan to advance innovation, research, learning and engagement at the University and beyond. Proposals for the third cycle for RFP submissions for the Strategic Plan are due by Sept. 4 and the application form will open on July 1.

Ties between oral vocabulary and STEM difficulties to be investigated

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 12:36pm
Young children with early vocabulary difficulties in turn often have difficulty with reading during the primary grades. Penn State researchers will investigate if these oral vocabulary difficulties also lead to math and sciences difficulties throughout elementary school in a three-year, $1.5 million National Science Foundation-funded research project.

Gary Langsdale named interim chief ethics and compliance officer

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 12:13pm
Gary Langsdale, University risk officer, has been appointed Penn State’s interim chief ethics and compliance officer, effective July 1. Langsdale, who has more than 40 years in the insurance and risk management field, will assume the role following the retirement of Regis Becker, director of university ethics and compliance, as a national search progresses.

Kissinger selected for national business officers fellows program

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 10:32am
Kurt Kissinger, Penn State’s associate vice president for Finance and Business, has been selected for the 2018-19 National Association of College and University Business Officers Fellows Program.

PennDOT issues Atherton Street update for remainder of May

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 2:50pm
With construction and utility work continuing, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is issuing an update for its North Atherton Street project in State College. No work will be performed May 25 to 28.

Seed grants support 10 additional strategic initiative pilot programs

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 2:03pm
The development and dissemination of carbon-neutral technologies across campuses, the creation of a University-wide wellness network, and a plan to embed the film-based installation “FaceAge” into school curricula are among 10 proposals that Penn State is funding as part of the second round of seed grants for strategic initiative pilot programs.

Solar Turbines, Inc. selects Penn State to establish center of excellence

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 9:25am
After completing an extensive evaluation of institutions of higher learning in the United States and Europe, Solar Turbines Incorporated has chosen Penn State as a university partner to establish a center of excellence in gas turbines. The center involves numerous faculty across Penn State’s College of Engineering.

NCAA honors five Penn State squads with award for high academic progress rate

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 4:10pm
Five Penn State teams have earned an NCAA Public Recognition Award for posting elite scores in the most recent Academic Progress Rate (APR) compilation, including three of the Nittany Lions’ most recent NCAA championship squads. The five teams — women’s fencing, men’s golf, women’s tennis, women’s volleyball and wrestling — earned multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent nationally for their respective sport through the 2016-17 academic year (data from 2013-14 through 2016-17).

Benninghoff to receive Friend of Penn State Legislative Award

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 1:00pm
State Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, R-171st District, will receive the 13th annual Friend of Penn State Legislative Award for the significant role he has played in the continued improvement of Penn State.

Wasp warriors: Entomologists on samurai mission to slay stink bugs

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 11:10am
Hillary Peterson is every brown marmorated stink bug's worst nightmare. The Penn State doctoral degree student does not intend to rest professionally until she and other entomologists devise a way to reduce burgeoning populations of the invasive insect, originally from Asia, which are damaging crops and aggravating people. The goal of their research is to develop biological controls to interfere with the pest's reproduction.

Elm-tree spraying to take place at University Park

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 3:35pm
Elm-tree spraying on Penn State's University Park campus will be conducted from the ground beginning at 9 p.m. on Sunday, May 19 and will continue until about 7 a.m. on Monday, May 20, weather permitting.

Elm-tree spraying to take place May 16-21 at University Park

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 3:35pm
Elm-tree spraying will be conducted from the ground beginning at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16, and will continue until 6 a.m. on Thursday, May 17, weather permitting, on Penn State's University Park campus. Spraying also will be conducted by helicopter from 5:30 to 7 a.m. on either Sunday, May 20, or Monday, May 21, depending on weather conditions.

IST programs and opportunities lead to increased female enrollment

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 2:27pm
While nationwide statistics show that women are underrepresented in careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology has recognized significant growth in its female population in the last five years — exceeding the college’s co-ed rate.

Love hurts: Spats with spouse may worsen chronic pain, other symptoms

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 8:37am
For patients with chronic conditions like arthritis or diabetes, arguments with a spouse may have physical repercussions, according to researchers. They found that in two groups of older individuals — one group with arthritis and one with diabetes — the patients who felt more tension with their spouse also reported worse symptoms on those days.

Penn State Master Gardener programs promote pollinator populations

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 3:51pm
Penn State Extension Master Gardeners across the state are helping to restore bee populations through their Pollinator Preferences and Pollinator-Friendly Gardener Certification programs.

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