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State Tipoffs Involving Pennsylvania Newsletter for Sunday June 21, 2020 ( 79 items )  

'Racism-Induced Trauma' Webinar Series Sparks Dialogue at Cabrini
RADNOR, Pennsylvania, June 18 -- Cabrini College issued the following news: On June 11, The Barbara and John Jordan Center for Children of Trauma and Domestic Violence Education at Cabrini hosted the first installment in its three-part webinar series Racism-Induced Trauma: Naming It and Framing It. Amid one of the largest and most prolonged eras of civil protest in American history, the webinar provided a forum for Cabrini students, faculty, and staff to share their personal experiences with ra  more

Advocacy Groups Celebrate Pa. Gov. Wolf's Intellectual Disability/Autism Funding
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 17 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release on June 16: Governor Tom Wolf's announcement that $260 million in CARES Act funding will be distributed to the providers of services supporting Pennsylvanians with intellectual disabilities and autism was received with praise by advocacy groups. "We will emerge from the COVID-19 crisis strongest if we continue to take care of one another, and that includes vulnerable Pennsylvanians," said Gov.  more

Bucknell's Mulligan Addresses Nation's Meatpacking Dilemma
LEWISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 18 -- Bucknell University issued the following news: Meatpacking plants across the country, including the Cargill Meat Solutions facility in nearby Hazleton, were closed in April when thousands of workers tested positive for COVID-19 and dozens died. President Trump signed an executive order under the Defense Production Act to compel them to reopen amid the threat of major meat shortages across America. But while some additional safety measures were put in place a  more

Cabrini College: A Message From Cabrini President Donald B. Taylor, PhD
RADNOR, Pennsylvania, June 18 -- Cabrini College issued the following statement by President Donald B. Taylor: As global citizens and participants in humanity--and as members of Cabrini University--we have a responsibility to identify inequity and create meaningful, lasting change in our communities. "We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life," said Pope Francis. Our institution was founded on the princ  more

Carnegie Mellon University Names Dickert as Assistant Dean for Educational Experience Assessment
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, June 17 -- Carnegie Mellon University issued the following news: Carnegie Mellon University has appointed Joanna Dickert assistant dean for educational experience assessment, effective July 1. In this newly expanded role, she will be responsible for the leadership and oversight of assessment efforts for the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences in addition to continuing these responsibilities for the Division of Student Affairs and the Office of the Vice P  more

Carnegie Mellon University Names Schwartz as Head of Computational Biology Department
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, June 20 -- Carnegie Mellon University issued the following news: Martial Hebert, dean of Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science, has named Russell Schwartz the new head of the Computational Biology Department, effective July 1. Schwartz, a professor in both the Computational Biology Department (CBD) and the Department of Biological Sciences, will succeed Robert F. Murphy, who founded CBD and is stepping down after 13 years as its leader. "Russell has  more

Carnegie Mellon University Portugal Program Announces $23M Funding for R&D Projects
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, June 20 -- Carnegie Mellon University issued the following news: A new round of research and development funding has been announced by CMU Portugal. More than $23 million will go to new projects that partner Portuguese companies with research institutions including Carnegie Mellon University. CMU Portugal is a partnership between Carnegie Mellon and the Government of Portugal and encourages collaboration between academia and industry in Portugal's innovation economy.   more

Carnegie Mellon University: 2019 SEI Year in Review Highlights Accomplishments in AI, Data Analysis, and More
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, June 19 -- Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute issued the following news: The 2019 SEI Year in Review (https://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?assetid=639908), the SEI's latest yearbook of research and development projects, is now online. This year's edition emphasizes how the work of the SEI's Software Solutions Division, CERT Division, and Emerging Technology Center furthered the Department of Defense's National Defense Strategy.   more

Carnegie Mellon University: Shaping the Research That Informs Inclusive Policy
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, June 20 -- Carnegie Mellon University issued the following news: Octavio Mesner is fascinated by ripple effects -- or, as epidemiologists call them, casual pathways. For instance, he never imagined being diagnosed with a language processing disorder as a child would lead to his focus on math, which led him to a master's degree in biostatistics, which ultimately led him to pursue a combined Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University in engineering and public policy and in sta  more

Duquesne University: New Game Teaches Teens About Acne and Immunology
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, June 16 -- Duquesne University issued the following news release: For many teenagers, acne is an embarrassing skin condition that can undermine their confidence. But a new game out of Duquesne University aims to help teens understand the immunology behind acne and how they can manage it. Created by Duquesne's The Partnership in Education, Dermis Defense is a game that allows players to help the main character, Benji, beat his acne breakouts. The goal is to have Benji  more

Duquesne: President Gormley Issues Statement on Inclusion
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, June 20 -- Duquesne University issued the following statement by President Ken Gormley: Over the last few weeks, since the inexcusable death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, as well as the additional tragic circumstances that led to the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and too many others, a host of students, faculty, and alumni have contacted me and others at the University with questions. Not only are they asking about the wellbeing of students and our faculty  more

East Stroudsburg University: Athletic Training Grad Students to Start In-Person Classes
EAST STROUDSBURG, Pennsylvania, June 16 -- East Stroudsburg University issued the following news release: East Stroudsburg University graduate students in athletic training will be pioneering "the new normal" when they return to campus for two weeks of summer classes, in part to do hands-on lab work in anatomy. Elizabeth Dalrymple and Jaclyn Ketterer both graduated with the rest of ESU's Class of 2020 after finishing up the spring semester online due to the coronavirus pandemic that closed cam  more

East Stroudsburg University: State System Advances a Framework for Campus Operations in the Fall
EAST STROUDSBURG, Pennsylvania, June 16 -- East Stroudsburg University issued the following news release: The Board of Governors for Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education approved a framework Wednesday to guide operations of the system's 14 universities for the upcoming Fall semester, marking a significant milestone since the coronavirus pandemic began. The framework is designed to provide flexibility for universities to plan locally while doing so in a fashion that meets systemwide   more

Eastern Plans to Resume On-Campus Undergraduate Classes
ST. DAVIDS, Pennsylvania, June 15 -- Eastern University issued the following statement by President Ronald A. Matthews: Our mission of Faith, Reason, and Justice has shaped us in our commitment to love God, our neighbors, and even our enemies. Amid the painful issues of COVID-19 and the recent national focus on racism and social injustice, our mission is most timely and aspirational as we must continuously challenge ourselves and each other to live according to our highest values. An Eastern   more

Eastern University Partners With PCOM for Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Program
ST. DAVIDS, Pennsylvania, June 18 -- Eastern University issued the following news release: Eastern University has a new affiliation agreement with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) to provide a seamless transition into their Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) program (https://www.pcom.edu/academics/programs-and-degrees/doctor-of-osteopathic-medicine-philadelphia-campus/). PCOM will guarantee acceptance for up to three BS graduates from Eastern each year who earn a cumulative  more

First Lady Frances Pa. Gov. Wolf Partners With Pennsylvania PBS to Deliver Encouraging Messages to Children and Caregivers
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 17 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: First Lady Frances Wolf offered encouraging messages to children, parents, teachers, and caregivers through the release of a series of videos created in collaboration with Pennsylvania PBS titled #TogetherPennsylvania. Videos in the series include: * a reading of Ruby Finds a Worry by Tom Percival and discussion on how to deal with anxiety with Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Lev  more

Geneva College Awarded $1M NSF Grant for STEM Education Scholarships
BEAVER FALLS, Pennsylvania, June 19 -- Geneva College issued the following news release: Geneva College announces that the National Science Foundation has awarded a $1 million Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship grant for a new Geneva Preparing STEM (GPS) Teachers program for pre-service teaching students in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM). The grant, written by Dr. Adel Aiken, Chair of the Education Department, Mrs. Kathy Austin, Adjunct Associate Professor of Chemistry and Mr. E  more

Gov. Wolf: Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs Releases Statement on Death of Dominique 'Rem'mie' Fells
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 16 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: The Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs released the following statement on the death of Dominique "Rem'mie" Fells, a transgender woman: "With sorrow and anger, we note the untimely passing of Dominique 'Rem'mie' Fells in Philadelphia. Dominique was a beloved friend to many in Philadelphia, where she made her home. We hold her memory close as we mourn this loss and celebrate her life. He  more

Gov. Wolf: Pennsylvania Launches New Policies to Increase Diversity Among State Contractors
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 16 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release on June 15: Continuing his commitment to small businesses (SBs) and small diverse businesses (SBDs), Governor Tom Wolf announced new procurement changes to improve opportunities for minority-, women-, LGBT-, veteran- and disabled-owned businesses - to compete for state government contracts and succeed in the commonwealth's economy. "This is another important step forward in the ambitious proje  more

Grove City College: Chapel Program and Campus Ministries Plan for Fall Return
GROVE CITY, Pennsylvania, June 16 -- The Grove City College issued the following news release: Over the past months, Grove City College's Chapel Ministries team learned the importance of livestreaming Chapel services, how to connect with students virtually and the magnitude of personal relationships. This fall, Chapel staff hopes to see things return to as close to normal as possible as they continue to minister to the spiritual wellbeing of students arriving on campus August 24. "We would li  more

Harrisburg Area Community College President Elected to Board of National Community College Association
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 19 -- Harrisburg Area Community College issued the following news release: HACC, Central Pennsylvania's College, remains a leader in national education advocacy with the recent election of its president to the board of directors of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). John J. "Ski" Sygielski, Ed.D., MBA, HACC president and CEO, will serve a three-year term from July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2023. He served as chairman of its Board in 2010-11. Sygie  more

Kansas Gov. Kelly Celebrates 50 Years of I-70 in Kansas
TOPEKA, Kansas, June 18 -- Gov. Laura Kelly, D-Kansas, issued the following news on June 17: Governor Laura Kelly marked the 50th anniversary of the completion of I-70 in Kansas. The 424-mile stretch of I-70 was the longest continuous segment of Interstate highway to be completed by any state in the United States. At the time, Kansas, Missouri and Pennsylvania were the only states to have a multi-lane I-70 from border to border. "Kansas's highways exemplify President Eisenhower's vision to imp  more

Mansfield University Announces Health and Safety Plan for Fall 2020 Return to Campus, Early Start to Semester
MANSFIELD, Pennsylvania, June 16 -- Mansfield University issued the following news: Mansfield University announced its Health and Safety Plan for the Fall 2020 semester that details measures for a return to in-person instruction and on-campus residency. The Health and Safety Plan for Fall 2020 relies on guidance from health experts from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH), and the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). The university will con  more

Mansfield University: Katie Hoover '21 Awarded Sigma Xi Grant for Proposal on Biochemistry of Cardiovascular Diseases
MANSFIELD, Pennsylvania, June 16 -- Mansfield University issued the following news: Mansfield University's Katie Hoover '21 was awarded a grant from Sigma Xi's Grant in Aid of Research (GIAR) program for her proposal on the biochemistry of cardiovascular diseases. Founded in 1886, Sigma Xi is The Scientific Research Honor Society and one of the oldest and largest scientific organizations in the world. The Sigma Xi GIAR program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on lea  more

Maria MacDonald Is Named Executive Director of National Non-Profit
SCRANTON, Pennsylvania, June 17 -- Marywood University issued the following news release: Maria MacDonald, director of undergraduate interior architecture studies at Marywood University, was recently named executive director of the national nonprofit, Center for the Living City, which was founded 15 years ago by friends of urban writer and activist Jane Jacobs. Jane Butzner Jacobs grew up in Scranton before her career as an author and activist in New York City and Toronto. Ms. MacDonald, who l  more

Mount Aloysius College: Five Mount Alumni Recognized in '20 Under 40'
CRESSON, Pennsylvania, June 16 -- Mount Aloysius College issued the following news: Five Mount Aloysius alumni have been selected as "20 Under 40" by the Altoona Mirror and the Blair County Chamber of Commerce. Selections are made based on entrepreneurial spirit, business success, and community service intended to better the region. "We're so proud that 25% of this year's list are Mounties," said Mount Aloysius College President John McKeegan. "Combining education, service and leadership are   more

N.Y. PSC Issues Letter on Four Companies
ALBANY, New York, June 17 -- The New York State Public Service Commission issued the text of the following letter: To: Brett P. Ferenchak, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, 1111 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20004-2541 Re: Matter 20-00615 - Joint Petition of FirstLight Fiber, Inc., K & S Communications, Inc., PrimeLink, Inc. and K&S #102, Inc. for Approval to Transfer Control to FirstLight Fiber, Inc. and for Approval to Participate in Certain Financing Arrangements. Dear Mr. Ferenchak:   more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Announces $260 Million in Funding to Help People With Intellectual Disabilities and Autism During Pandemic
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 16 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf announced that people with intellectual disabilities and autism and the providers of support services for these vulnerable Pennsylvanians will receive $260 million in CARES Act funding to help continue to provide services during the COVID-19 pandemic. "This funding will help the more than 40,000 Pennsylvanians who receive assistance through one of the Department of Human Ser  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Announces $40 Million in CARES Act Funding Available to Address Dairy Industry Relief, Food Security
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 17 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release on June 16: Governor Wolf announced the availability of $40 million in funding through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to support Pennsylvania's dairy industry and food security programs, following months of uncertainty and loss from the COVID-19 pandemic. "Pennsylvania's agricultural industry represents the very best of who we are - something that's been  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Celebrates Supreme Court Recognition of LGBTQ+ Protections
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 16 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release on June 15: Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's ruling that laws barring sex discrimination in the workplace apply to LGBTQ+ workers: "America has suffered for too long from unscrupulous, discriminatory employment practices that prevent certain individuals from participating fully and equally in the workforce. By recognizing that the Civil Righ  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Honors Juneteenth National Freedom Day
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 19 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: This Friday is the first anniversary of Pennsylvania declaring June 19 as Juneteenth National Freedom Day in Pennsylvania. Governor Wolf is encouraging Pennsylvanians to reflect on the importance of the state holiday and the continued need for a fair and just society. "This Juneteenth, people across Pennsylvania and the world will celebrate this important day of independence," said Governor W  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Signs Law to Help Prepare for the General Election
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 19 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf signed into law House Bill 2502, now Act 35 of 2020, that requires the Department of State to publish a report on the June 2, 2020, primary election. The report will help identify any necessary changes to the Pennsylvania Election Code before the general election in November. "Despite a pandemic, Pennsylvania had a safe and successful primary election, but improvements can a  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf, Commission on Latino Affairs Release Statements on Upholding of DACA Program
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 19 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release on June 18: In response to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling halting the shutdown of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Gov. Tom Wolf released the following statement: "Today's Supreme Court ruling will provide some comfort to the nearly 800,000 American immigrants who faced deportation, as well as their loved ones," said Gov. Wolf. "Many of these Dreamers faced the uncon  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf: $157.5 Million Now Available for School Health and Safety Grants to Address COVID-19
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 17 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf announced that The School Safety and Security Committee (SSSC) within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) has approved the opening of two funding announcements totaling $157.5 million that school entities are immediately eligible to apply for to address COVID-19-related health and safety needs for the 2020-2021 school year. Information about the grants  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf: 12 More Counties to Go Green on June 26
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 20 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release on June 19: Governor Tom Wolf announced that 12 more counties will move to the green phase of reopening from the COVID-19 pandemic at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, June 26. These counties include Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and Susquehanna. Philadelphia County met the criteria and will move to the state's green phase on Ju  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf: Four Universities Receive Funding for COVID-19 Response Through Manufacturing Innovation Challenge
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 18 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf announced the seven project awardees of $174,603 in new funding through the Manufacturing PA Innovation Program COVID-19 Challenge to address the commonwealth's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. "We are fortunate to have some of the brightest minds in our higher education system, and they rose to the challenge in supporting our commonwealth during this unprecedented time,"   more

Pa. Gov. Wolf: Mask-Wearing is Required, Critical to Stop COVID-19 Spread
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 19 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf reminded Pennsylvanians that mask-wearing is required when entering any business in all counties in the state in both yellow and green phases of reopening. Masks are considered critical in stopping the spread of COVID, now and in preparation for a possible resurgence of the virus in the fall. The mask requirement is part of Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel's Levine's order, "D  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf: PA is One of Three States Recognized by CDC for COVID-19 Reduction Success
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 18 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: As states across the country begin to reopen and nearly half are seeing COVID-19 cases rise, Governor Tom Wolf announced Friday that Pennsylvania is not one of them. Today at a daily COVID briefing with Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine, he noted another milestone: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention proprietary data for states indicates that we are one of just three states that h  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf: Progress From House Judiciary on Police Reforms is Encouraging, Timely
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 16 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf thanked the House Judiciary Committee for the encouraging progress it made by overwhelmingly supporting amendments to two important pieces of legislation - the first steps in addressing law enforcement reform and accountability he announced on June 4. "When I introduced meaningful police reforms earlier this month, I said they would begin immediately and the General Assembly  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf: Reopening Phase Orders Updated to Include 8 Additional Counties Moving to Green on June 19
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 19 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine signed amended green phase orders for the 8 counties moving to green at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow, June 19. The counties include Dauphin, Franklin, Huntingdon, Luzerne, Monroe, Perry, Pike and Schuylkill. With these orders effective at 12:01 a.m., tomorrow there will be 54 counties in green and 13 counties in yellow. Gov. Wolf's Process t  more

Pa. PUC Approves Real Time Text Pilot Under TRS Program to Better Connect Pennsylvanians With Communications Challenges
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 20 -- The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission issued the following news release: The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) authorized funding for Hamilton Relay Inc. (Hamilton) to conduct a 90-day limited pilot of Real Time Texting (RTT) technology for income-eligible Pennsylvanians who cannot communicate independently without assistance. The Commission voted 4-0 to approve a filing by Hamilton, the Commission's approved state relay provider, seeking au  more

Pa. PUC Damage Prevention Committee Actions Announced Against Underground Facility Owners, Excavators and Project Owners
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 18 -- The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission issued the following news release: A total of 228 disciplinary actions, including $119,600 in administrative penalties, have been taken against 79 underground facility owners, excavators and project owners in the latest enforcement actions by the Public Utility Commission's (PUC's) Damage Prevention Committee (DPC). These actions were taken during the DPC's June 2020 telephonic meeting. The DPC is tasked with enforc  more

Pa. PUC Implements Phase IV of the Act 129 Energy Efficiency Program, Establishes Additional Consumption Reduction Requirements
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 19 -- The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission issued the following news release: The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) approved the implementation of a five-year fourth phase (Phase IV) of the Act 129 Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EE&C) program, requiring additional, incremental reductions in consumption and peak demand for Pennsylvania's largest electric distribution companies (EDCs). The Commission voted 4-0 to approve the Final Implementati  more

Pa. PUC's June 18th Public Meeting to Be Conducted Telephonically
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 16 -- The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission issued the following news release: The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) announced that its next public meeting - on Thursday, June 18 - will be conducted telephonically. The PUC public meeting will begin at 10 a.m. on June 18, and members of the public, the media and others can begin accessing the telephone conference call starting at 9:45 a.m. that day. Interested parties can listen to the meeting by c  more

Penn State and University of Auckland Announce 2020 Joint Collaboration Projects
MONACA, Pennsylvania, June 20 -- Pennsylvania State University's Beaver Campus issued the following news: In late 2019, Penn State and the University of Auckland launched the Joint Collaboration Development Program, a jointly financed seed-fund program with the aim to foster collaborative research and educational projects. The Office of Global Programs has announced that eight projects have been funded and officially will commence in June of this year. Grant recipients will have the opportunit  more

Penn State Names Lopez Waterbury Chair in Equity Pedagogy
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania, June 19 -- Penn State's College of Education issued the following news: As newly named Waterbury Chair in Equity Pedagogy in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Francesca Lopez wants to help make Penn State's College of Education the place to consult for how equity work should be carried out. "I am excited to have Dr. Lopez joining the College of Education," said Dean Kim Lawless. "Her work focuses asset-based pedagogies to promote identity and achievem  more

Penn State President Eric J. Barron Shares Juneteenth Message
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania, June 20 -- Pennsylvania State University issued the following statement on June 19 by President Eric J. Barron: As many of you know, is Juneteenth -- a day that not only commemorates the end of slavery throughout the United States, but also a day that has been designated for awareness and education on race issues, past and present, as well as a time to reflect and recommit to our values -- as individuals, as an institution, as a nation and as a society -- of inclu  more

PennChart's Genomics Project Earns AAMC Award for Excellence
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 20 -- The University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine issued the following news release: For the work its done to integrate patient genomic data into electronic medical records in a way that's usable for both researchers and clinicians, Penn Medicine was recognized by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) with this year's Group on Information Resources (GIR) Excellence Award. The implementation team, which is made up of representatives  more

Pennsylvania State-York Plans to Resume On-Campus Work, Learning in Fall Semester
YORK, Pennsylvania, June 16 -- Pennsylvania State University York campus issued the following news: Following a three-month comprehensive planning process, Penn State officials have determined that the University can meet or exceed the Pennsylvania Department of Education's guidelines for colleges and universities, and look forward to welcoming back faculty, staff and students to resume on-campus, in-person classes and other activities this fall in a limited fashion. More than 250 faculty, sta  more

Robert Morris to Join Horizon League
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pennsylvania, June 16 -- Robert Morris University issued the following news: RMU announced in a press conference Monday at the UPMC Events Center that the Department of Athletics will join the Horizon League as the Horizon League Board of Directors approved the university's application for membership. Beginning July 1, 2020, the Horizon League will have 12 members, including Cleveland State University (Cleveland, Ohio), the University of Detroit Mercy (Detroit, Mich.), the Unive  more

Robert Morris University: Schonecker Named Head Rowing Coach
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pennsylvania, June 17 -- Robert Morris University issued the following news: Robert Morris University Vice President and Director of Athletics Chris King announced Tuesday the promotion of Carol Schoenecker to head rowing coach. "It is a great pleasure to introduce Carol as the next head rowing coach at Robert Morris University," King said. "Carol has been an integral part of building the academic and competitive success for the rowing program. Carol's passion for rowing and her  more

Saint Vincent College Alumna Wins Literary Award
LATROBE, Pennsylvania, June 17 -- Saint Vincent College issued the following news: Abigail Chabitnoy, a 2009 Saint Vincent College graduate, was recently honored with the Colorado Book Award in the poetry category for her collection "How to Dress Like a Fish (Wesleyan University Press, 2019). (https://www.amazon.com/How-Dress-Fish-Abigal-Chabitnoy/dp/0819578495)" Colorado Humanities announced Chabitnoy's selection on May 30 via Facebook Live. Following the event, Chabitnoy wrote, "It has been   more

Salus, Immaculata Universities Launch Advanced Degree Partnership
ELKINS PARK, Pennsylvania, June 17 -- Salus University issued the following news release: Salus University recently announced a new articulation agreement with Immaculata University for undergraduate students pursuing several healthcare careers. Approved advanced degree programs under the agreement include Audiology, Optometry, Occupational Therapy and Physician Assistant Studies. The partnership was created to give undergraduate students who complete a bachelor's degree from Immaculata a pat  more

Software Engineering Institute Names Carleton as Director of Software Solutions Division
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, June 18 -- Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute issued the following news: The SEI has named Anita Carleton the director of its Software Solutions Division (SSD). Carleton has leadership and operating responsibility for a diverse staff of more than 160 researchers, expert developers, and domain experts advancing software engineering through a $55 million research and development portfolio. She leads the software engineering research, development,  more

University of Pennsylvania to Co-Lead $6.5 Million Transatlantic Grant to Investigate Cytoskeleton's Role in Heart Disease
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 18 -- The University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine issued the following news release: Benjamin L. Prosser, PhD, an assistant professor of Physiology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, will serve as the North American coordinator for a new, multi-institutional $6.5 million grant from the Leducq Foundation, aimed at better understanding the role the heart cell cytoskeleton plays in heart disease and finding new wa  more

University of Pennsylvania's Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology Receives $8 Million Grant From National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 18 -- The University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine issued the following news release: The Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology (CEET) at the University of Pennsylvania received an $8 million grant, to be distributed over the next five years, from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, a renewal of its P30 Environmental Health Sciences Core Center (EHSCC) grant. "The Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology c  more

University of Pennsylvania: 10% of Patients Continue to Use Opioids Three to Six Months After Heart Surgery
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 19 -- The University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine issued the following news release on June 18: Nearly 10 percent of patients who are prescribed opioid medications following heart surgery will continue to use opioids more than 90 days after the procedure, according to a new study led by researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (https://www.med.upenn.edu/). The study, published today in JAMA Cardiology (ht  more

University of Pennsylvania: A Link to Pregnancy Complications With Assisted Reproduction Discovered
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 16 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: An experimental study from researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine links a specific procedure--embryo culture--that is part of the assisted reproduction process (ART) to placental abnormalities, risk for preeclampsia, and abnormal fetal growth. The team, led by Marisa Bartolemei, a professor of cell and developmental biology, published their findings in Development (https://dev.biologists.org  more

University of Pennsylvania: At the Whim of the World
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 17 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: As on-campus research resumes, laboratory work is starting to make slow and careful progress once more. But for those whose work requires field surveys, large-scale collaborations, or travel, bringing research back online is not as simple as picking things up where they were left two-and-a-half months ago. For these researchers, getting back to work requires strategic planning, flexibility, and an u  more

University of Pennsylvania: Better Care for COVID-19 Patients Through Virtual Reality
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 17 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: When a physician on the coronavirus frontline in New York wanted to create a VR video that demonstrated best practices, especially for medical personnel operating in regions and communities without a large teaching hospital, he reached out to Kyle Cassidy, a staff member at Penn's Annenberg School for Communication (https://www.asc.upenn.edu/), to discuss a fast-tracked collaboration. Earlier this y  more

University of Pennsylvania: Can Contact Tracing Stop the Spread of COVID-19?
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 16 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: As economies around the world start to reopen, governments are looking for ways to help track and contain new coronavirus infections. One tool is contact tracing, used by public health officials to halt the ongoing transmission of an infectious disease. Some states have already retrained state employees (https://www.npr.org/2020/05/18/857727105/utah-is-one-of-the-states-at-the-forefront-of-contact  more

University of Pennsylvania: Final Chapter in a Pandemic's Shadow
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 18 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: Historian David Ruderman was set to have a big finish this spring. After 25 years at Penn, where he founded and directed the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies (https://katz.sas.upenn.edu/) and was the Joseph Meyerhoff Professor of Modern Jewish History, Ruderman was retiring in June. And amid this milestone, he had a new book, "Missionaries, Converts and Rabbis: The Evangelical Ale  more

University of Pennsylvania: Five Takeaways From the DACA Ruling
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 19 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: The Supreme Court ruled last week that the Trump administration could not dismantle an Obama-era program protecting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants known as "dreamers" from deportation. The 5-4 decision was written by Chief Justice John Roberts, who was joined by the Court's four more liberal members. "We do not decide whether DACA or its rescission are sound policies," Roberts wrote. "  more

University of Pennsylvania: Homeless Patients Are More Likely to Be Readmitted to a Hospital Within 30 Days of Discharge
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 19 -- The University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine issued the following news release: Patients who are homeless are far more likely than housed individuals to be readmitted to a hospital within 30 or 90 days of their discharge, according to a new multi-center analysis of inpatient data from Florida, Massachusetts and New York. The team of researchers, led by experts in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (https://www  more

University of Pennsylvania: How the COVID-19 Lockdown is Affecting India's Households
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 19 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: Amid a gradual reopening of its economy, India has extended its nationwide lockdown (https://www.news18.com/news/india/nationwide-lockdown-in-coronavirus-containment-areas-extended-till-june-30-announces-mha-2644989.html) in containment zones - areas where people have tested positive for COVID-19--through June 30. The wisdom of even a phased reopening in select sectors such as malls, restaurants a  more

University of Pennsylvania: LGBTQ Data Added to the State's COVID-19 Testing
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 19 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: The Pennsylvania Department of Health began collecting race and ethnicity data after racial disparities were revealed during the pandemic. It has expanded the effort to include sexual orientation and gender identity. In his announcement, Wolf said that collecting the additional data will help ensure that everyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania has equal access to diagnostic testi  more

University of Pennsylvania: Novel Ways to Store Data in Light Waves
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 18 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: With the enormous amount of data being generated around the world on a daily basis, traditional approaches for sending and receiving data becoming difficult to keep up. Because light is faster than electricity, scientists and engineers are now using photons of light instead of electricity to transmit data, and the demand for data centers that rely on fiber optic communication systems is rapidly incr  more

University of Pennsylvania: Nuclear Softening Allows Cells to Move Into Dense Tissue, Encouraging Injury Repair
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 20 -- The University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine issued the following news release: By softening a cell's nucleus so that it can squeeze its way through dense connective tissues, a group of researchers believe they've demonstrated a new way to help the body efficiently repair injuries. The team of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania tested this theory by using a medication to inhibit enzymes in the nucleus of knee's meniscus cells,   more

University of Pennsylvania: SCOTUS Ruling a 'Major Milestone in LGBTQ Rights'
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 16 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: In a decision released on Monday, June 15, the Supreme Court ruled that the country's landmark civil rights law offers protection to gay and transgender individuals in cases of workplace discrimination. The ruling, says Penn Law's Tobias Barrington Wolff, is a "major milestone in LGBTQ rights and is the product of decades of work by brave LGBTQ people and dedicated civil rights lawyers and advocat  more

University of Pennsylvania: Virtual Cataloging for Community School Libraries
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 11 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: Gina Pambianchi's work for the Penn Libraries typically entails a considerable amount of social proximity. As Penn's Community Outreach Librarian, a normal work-week finds her in schools across the city, collaborating closely with teachers, student workers, and volunteers. Under Pambianchi's guidance, Penn Libraries Outreach plays a central part in an established, multistep process to reinvigorate   more

University of Pennsylvania: What Do 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' 'Macbeth,' and a List of Facebook Friends All Have in Common?
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 16 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: To an English scholar or avid reader, the Shakespeare Canon represents some of the greatest literary works of the English language. To a network scientist, Shakespeare's 37 plays and the 884,421 words they contain (https://www.opensourceshakespeare.org/stats/) also represent a massively complex communication network. Network scientists, who employ math, physics, and computer science to study vast an  more

University of Pennsylvania: When Alcohol and a Pandemic Mix
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 17 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: By Edwin Kim, medical director To stay connected during the COVID-19 pandemic, some groups of coworkers, friends, and families set up regular Zoom happy hours. And as bars and restaurants temporarily shuttered, consumers began ordering wine and spirits online, sometimes in bulk. Isolation, disruptions to routine, and anxieties about the future can pose challenges for people who have struggled wit  more

University of Pittsburgh Bradford Names Fitz as Vice President of Institutional Integration and Community Engagement
BRADFORD, Pennsylvania, June 17 -- The University of Pittsburgh's Bradford Campus issued the following news release: Dr. David Fitz, who has served several years as campus dean at the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville, has been named vice president of institutional integration and community engagement at Pitt-Bradford. Fitz was to have started his new position at Pitt-Bradford in January. However, when the vice president and dean of student affairs resigned that month, Dr. Catherine Kover  more

University of Sciences Names Ingerick as Director of Academics
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 17 -- The University of the Sciences issued the following news: Patricia Ingerick, MBA, MSHS, D.Ed. joined USciences in February as the Director of Academics within the USciences Online team. Dr. Ingerick brings a wealth of experience around online education programs in both academic and corporate settings. She has developed and taught numerous courses which have been primarily focused on healthcare topics. With experience as a part-time faculty member at both   more

University of the Sciences' Physician Assistant Program Achieves Accreditation From ARC-PA
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 16 -- The University of the Sciences issued the following news: University of the Sciences has received notification from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant that the University's Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program has been granted provisional accreditation and may begin enrolling students. The announcement follows a review based on a site visit, application, and report submitted to the ARC-PA boar  more

University of the Sciences: Professor Publishes Research of the Impact of Occupational Therapists During COVID-19
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 16 -- The University of the Sciences issued the following news: Wendy Walsh PhD, OTR/L, chair of the USciences Department of Occupational Therapy, has been published by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). The article, titled "Occupational Therapy's Role in Times of Disaster: Addressing Periods of Occupational Disruption,"was written in collaboration with Rondalyn Varney Whitney, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, director of faculty development and scholarship  more

Widener Community Leads Conversations on Race and Equality
CHESTER, Pennsylvania, June 16 -- The Widener University issued the following news: As nationwide protests spark a renewed and invigorated call for racial justice, Widener students, faculty, and staff are leading conversations on racial inequities and committing long term to enact positive change in the university and the wider world. 'We're All Widener' is an expression created by students in 2013 that embraces and signifies the university's strong culture of diversity and inclusion. It serve  more

Wilkes University Recognized for Distance Learning Efforts Amid COVID-19
WILKES-BARRE, Pennsylvania, June 16 -- Wilkes University issued the following news: Wilkes University was ranked as a tier one institution in the latest rankings by Educate To Career. The rankings recognize a school's ability to "offer a quality education under any conceivable scenario: in-classroom, online and a blend of each format." Schools are ranked in four tiers. With systems to deliver a full curriculum online and in-person, Wilkes is ranked in the highest tier. To be considered a tier   more

Wolf Administration Condemns Trump Administration Rule That Strips Health Care Rights of Americans
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 15 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf and cabinet members of his health and human services agencies condemned the Trump Administration's final rule stripping Americans of their right to health care because of their sexual orientation and gender identity that was previously guaranteed under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). "This rule flies in the face of every policy and protection my adminis  more