Monday - September 28, 2020
State Tipoffs Involving Pennsylvania Newsletter for Sunday June 28, 2020 ( 75 items )  

Cabrini Distributes Initial CARES Act Funding, Application for Additional Funding
RADNOR, Pennsylvania, June 26 -- Cabrini College issued the following news: Cabrini University has completed an initial distribution to students of emergency relief funds made possible by the federal Department of Education's Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and has disseminated an application to obtain additional funding for those who demonstrate additional hardship and/or exceptional circumstances. In accordance with federal guidelines, more than $1 million of Cabr  more

Calif. A.G. Becerra Leads Effort to Immediately Block Trump Administration's Harmful Rule
SACRAMENTO, California, June 25 -- California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued the following news release: California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, and New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal led a coalition of 18 attorneys general in seeking a preliminary injunction to block the implementation of the U.S. Department of Education's final rule weakening protections for students -- from kindergarten through college -- under Title IX of the Ed  more

California University of Pennsylvania: AMS DataStreme Certificate Program Receives $97,000 Grant
CALIFORNIA, Pennsylvania, June 24 -- California University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: Project Ocean is a partnership between Cal U and the American Meteorological Society. In partnership with the American Meteorological Society (AMS), California University of Pennsylvania has received a three-year, $97,137 grant from the Office of Naval Research to continue Project Ocean, a hybrid online and in-person K-12 teacher professional development course at Cal U. Cal U has partnered  more

California University of Pennsylvania: General Assembly Supports State System Reforms
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 26 -- California University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: Pennsylvania's General Assembly approved historic legislation Wednesday, opening new opportunities for Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education to achieve affordability and sustainability at its 14 universities. House Bill 2171 passed both the House of Representatives and the Senate by overwhelming bipartisan votes. The bill now goes to the desk of Gov. Tom Wolf for his consideration.   more

CCAC and The Forbes Funds Announce Partnership to Equip and Empower Nonprofit Leaders and Organizations in Western Pennsylvania
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, June 24 -- Community College of Allegheny County issued the following news: The Community College of Allegheny County and The Forbes Funds (TFF) have established a new partnership that will enable nonprofit professionals to participate in credited courses for the purpose of supporting nonprofit leaders and organizations. The Forbes Funds University is designed to open pathways for nonprofit organizations to prepare for challenges that may arise due to shocks to the sec  more

Director of University of the Sciences' Brewing Science Program Discovers New Yeast Variety
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 23 -- The University of the Sciences issued the following news: Matthew Farber, PhD, Director of the Brewing Science Program at USciences, celebrated the launch of his new yeast variety "WildBrew Philly Sour" which was recently introduced by Lallemand Brewing. The official press release from Lallemand Brewing is below. WildBrew(TM) Philly Sour- Explore the Yeast Biodiversity Universe The wide variety of selected natural yeasts reflects the biodiversity, and y  more

DNC Releases New Television Ad on President Trump Trade Record on PA: 'Played'
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- The Democratic National Committee issued the following news release: The Democratic National Committee is releasing a Pennsylvania-specific version of its new television advertisement highlighting Donald Trump's failed record on trade. The ad, entitled "Played," highlights the devastating impact of Trump's reckless trade policies on Pennsylvania workers and farmers. "Trump said he'd get tough on China, but he didn't. Trump clamored for a trade war with China and said tha  more

DNC Releases New Television Ad: 'Played'
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- The Democratic National Committee issued the following news release: The DNC War Room released a new television and digital ad entitled "Played," which highlights the devastating impact of Trump's reckless trade policies on American workers and farmers. The ad will be targeted to critical swing voters in the states hit hardest by Trump's failed trade war, including Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin. "Trump said he'd get tough on China, but he didn't. Trump clamored fo  more

DNC: Buttigieg, Perez, Farmers-Trump 'Sold Out' American Farmers, Got Scammed by China
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- The Democratic National Committee issued the following news release: Mayor Pete Buttigieg, DNC Chair Tom Perez, Wisconsin farmer Craig Myhre, and Pennsylvania farmer Rick Telesz discussed the devastating impact of Trump's reckless trade policies on American workers and farmers. The press call followed the launch of a new television and digital ad entitled "Played," which highlights how Trump lost his foolish trade war against China and betrayed American workers and farmer  more

Duquesne Professors Conduct Research to Help Develop Antiviral Treatments for COVID-19
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, June 25 -- Duquesne University issued the following news release: Two Duquesne University researchers are studying the genome of SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, to identify molecular switches that control the virus life cycle and help guide the development of antiviral treatments for the disease. Dr. Mihaela Rita Mihailescu and Dr. Jeffrey Evanseck, chemistry and biochemistry professors at the University's Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences  more

East Stroudsburg University: General Assembly Supports Reforms to the State System, Providing Pathways to Future Success
EAST STROUDSBURG, Pennsylvania, June 27 -- East Stroudsburg University issued the following news release: Pennsylvania's General Assembly approved historic legislation Wednesday, opening new opportunities for Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education to achieve affordability and sustainability at its 14 universities. House Bill 2171 passed both the House of Representatives and the Senate by overwhelming bipartisan votes. The bill now goes to the desk of Gov. Tom Wolf for his consideratio  more

ExCITe Center to Help Community Members Navigate Technology Access Challenges of Working and Learning From Home as Part of City's Digital Literacy Initiative
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 25 -- Drexel University issued the following news release: Drexel University's Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) Center will join a network of organizations across the city to help ensure all Philadelphians have access to the devices and internet connections they need to learn and work remotely amid the coronavirus pandemic. With support from a Philadelphia Digital Literacy Alliance initiative, Drexel will be one of three partners to prov  more

Franklin & Marshall: Teaching COVID-19 in Real Time
LANCASTER, Pennsylvania, June 23 -- Franklin and Marshall College issued the following news: How do you teach pandemic policy? You tackle it in real time. Two Franklin & Marshall summer course offerings are challenging students to consider the broader implications of the public health crisis as it unfolds. "COVID Policy: Assessing Impacts," taught by Jennifer Meyer, assistant professor of government & public health, is prompting students to investigate and evaluate ongoing federal, state and   more

Harrisburg Area Community College: Black Lives Matter Statement
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 22 -- Harrisburg Area Community College issued the following statement: The elected officers of the Faculty Senate Cabinet (FSC) of HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, raise our voices on behalf of all faculty at the College when we say, "Black Lives Matter." We acknowledge a pervasive, national culture of explicit and implicit rules and language that disadvantage black, indigenous and people of color in education access, employment consideration, ac  more

Helping Pets Cope With Quarantine, and Reopening
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 24 -- The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine issued the following news release: Stay-at-home orders and social distancing mean many of people have been cut off from friends and family. But certain relationships have become more intimate amid the pandemic: those between people and their pets. Some people may believe that dogs relish their owners' constant presence, while cats long for more alone time. The Wall Street Journal even satirized  more

History in Flux: Penn State-Schuykill Professor Explores Public Memory and 'Outlander'
SCHUYKILL HAVEN, Pennsylvania, June 24 -- Pennsylvania State University's Schuykill Campus issued the following news: On Monday, June 29, Valerie Schrader, associate professor of communication arts and sciences, will present a webinar regarding her upcoming book project, "Public Memory and the Television Series 'Outlander.'" This free, public event begins at noon and will explore what public memory is, how it is connected to and differs from documented history, and how it can be created through  more

In Pennsylvania, Elizabeth Warren, DNC Chair Tom Perez Slam Trump for Broken Promises on China Trade Policy
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- The Democratic National Committee issued the following news release: As the nation continues to grapple with historic unemployment numbers and the ramifications of Trump's failure to stand up to China on trade and the coronavirus, Senator Elizabeth Warren joined DNC Chair Tom Perez and Pennsylvania Democrats to slam Trump for his broken promises to Pennsylvania workers, farmers, and families. The event was part of the DNC's push to spotlight Donald Trump's broken promise  more

In Pennsylvania, Senator Elizabeth Warren Joins DNC Chair Tom Perez, PA Democrats to Slam Trump for Broken Economic Promises
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, June 25 -- The Democratic National Committee issued the following news release: Senator Elizabeth Warren joined DNC Chair Tom Perez and Pennsylvania Democratic Party Chair Nancy Patton Mills for a virtual press conference focused on Trump's failed trade policy with China and his broken promises to Pennsylvania voters on the economy. The event was part of the DNC's new push -- including a new television spot in the Pittsburgh market -- highlighting Donald Trump's broke  more

Marywood is Working Together for Racial Justice and Inclusion
SCRANTON, Pennsylvania, June 26 -- Marywood University issued the following news release: Building on its ongoing efforts to support racial justice and inclusion initiatives, Marywood University recently displayed a Black Lives Matter (BLM) banner from the overlook at the Learning Commons. The banner's location, in a prominent place central to campus, serves to remind all of Marywood's commitment to racial healing through education and action, including support of the BLM movement. Sister Mary  more

Mercyhurst Earns Grant to Support Humanities in Wake of COVID-19 Limitations
ERIE, Pennsylvania, June 25 -- Mercyhurst University issued the following news release: In the wake of COVID-19 international travel limitations, Mercyhurst University has received a highly coveted grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support its mission of cultivating a sense of global responsibility among its students. The $100,000 grant will create four six-month (July 1-December 31, 2020) post-doctoral/part-time instructor positions and enable development of eight online  more

Millersville University Addresses Economic Challenges Head On
MILLERSVILLE, Pennsylvania, June 25 -- Millersville University issued the following news: The COVID-19 pandemic and associated lockdowns have led to unprecedented economic costs for businesses around the world with Lancaster County reporting an unemployment rate of 21 percent in April. To help the county in its economic recovery, Millersville University has created the Office of Community Engagement, Governmental and Economic Development. "As the largest university in the county, it is our res  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Leads Bipartisan Effort in Calling on President, Congressional Leaders to Invest in Broadband Internet Access
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 26 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: As states continue to address the COVID-19 pandemic, including economic recovery efforts, Governor Tom Wolf and a bipartisan coalition of 11 governors sent a letter urging the president and Congressional leaders to make critical investments to ensure that all Americans have access to broadband internet connectivity, which they say is critical infrastructure that's vitally important to our econ  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Reaffirms Commitment to Combat Climate Change, Provides Update on RGGI Process
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 23 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf reaffirmed his commitment to combat climate change by providing the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) with a six-week extension to develop a proposed rulemaking to allow Pennsylvania to participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). Initially, the governor through executive action instructed DEP to develop a plan to present to the Penns  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Releases Statement on Suspension of New Work Visas
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 26 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement in response to the Trump Administration suspending new work visas, including H-1B visas: "This is yet another ploy by the Trump Administration to push its xenophobic agenda under the guise of helping Americans. "Suspending forms of legal immigration, including the types of work visas entrepreneurs and highly skilled workers rely upon, will harm Pennsylvania's businesses and economy and slow our   more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Thanks Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Staff During Visit
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 25 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release on June 24: As the commonwealth continues its measured, phased reopening and COVID-19 case counts continue to decline, Governor Tom Wolf visited Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center today to thank staff and learn more about how the facility is handling the pandemic and preparing for a possible resurgence in the fall. "For almost four months, the staff here has done an amazing job workin  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Thanks Pennsylvania's Food Banks for Helping Those in Need
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 24 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf is thanking food banks, farmers, volunteers and others across the state for helping to feed Pennsylvania families during the pandemic. The governor visited the York County Food Bank's East York Emergency Food Hub, which provides groceries to approximately 2,000 families each Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. "Pennsylvania's network of food banks is helping to provide fresh and n  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf: $2 Million Awarded in 2019-20 Senior Community Center Grants
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 25 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf announced that 60 senior community centers throughout the commonwealth will be the recipients of Pennsylvania Department of Aging's 2019-20 Senior Community Center grants - totaling $2 million in funding appropriated by the General Assembly from the Pennsylvania Lottery. "Senior community centers play an immense role for older Pennsylvanians by assisting them with aging in p  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf: CARES Act Funding Now Available to Museums and Cultural Organizations
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 27 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release on June 26: Governor Tom Wolf announced the availability of $20 million in grant funding for cultural organizations and museums to offset lost revenue caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting shutdown order. The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) today approved the program guidelines for the COVID-19 Cultural and Museum Preservation Grant Program, which is funded through the feder  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf: Last PA County Will Move to Green on July 3
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 27 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release on June 26: Governor Tom Wolf announced that Lebanon County is slated to move to the green phase of reopening on July 3, putting all 67 counties in green. Twelve counties moved to green, joining 54 already in the least restrictive phase of reopening. "We will soon have all of our counties in green," Gov. Wolf said. "A milestone worth a cautious celebration of the hard work and collaborative sp  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf: Masks are Mandatory in Pennsylvania Businesses
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 27 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf reminded all Pennsylvania residents and businesses that masks are mandatory when visiting a business. "The importance of mask-wearing to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect people and businesses cannot be overstated," Gov. Wolf said. "Masks are required in businesses, for the entire time someone is visiting a business. It's that simple and that important to continue to  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf: Masks Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 24 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf noted that research confirms the importance of wearing masks to stop the spread of COVID-19 and that Pennsylvanians are required to wear masks when entering any business in all counties in both yellow and green phases of reopening. "As most counties are in or will soon be in the green phase of reopening, mask-wearing is a vital measure to help stop the spread of COVID-19,"   more

Pa. Gov. Wolf: Pennsylvania Businesses Endorse Mask-Wearing to Protect Employees, Customers, Communities
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 26 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Multiple research studies indicate the efficacy of mask-wearing to protect against the spread of COVID-19. Mask-wearing also has been called altruistic, a way to increase our freedoms, and a simple kindness. Governor Tom Wolf's call to wear masks has been endorsed by Pennsylvania businesses that see mask-wearing as vital to protecting customers, employees, communities and their bottom lines.   more

Pa. Gov. Wolf: Pennsylvania Reduced Prison Population by Record-Setting 3,471 Since March 1
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 23 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release on June 22: Governor Tom Wolf announced that since March 1, the population of those in state correctional facilities has been reduced by 3,471 individuals, the largest multiple-month decrease ever experienced by the Department of Corrections and one that likely helped the department reduce the number of COVID-19 cases in facilities. "When COVID-19 arrived, the Pennsylvania Department of Correc  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf: Reopening Phase Orders Updated to Include 12 Additional Counties Moving to Green on June 26
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 26 -- 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 12 counties moving to green at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow, June 26. The counties include Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and Susquehanna. With these orders effective at 12:01 a.m., tomorrow there will be 66 counties in green  more

Pa. PUC Chair Gladys Brown Dutrieuille Elected to Strong, Diverse Leadership Team for Regional Utility Regulators Organization
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 25 -- The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission issued the following news release: The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) announced that PUC Chair Gladys Brown Dutrieuille has been elected as part of a strong and diverse 2020-2021 leadership team for the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners (MACRUC). Chairman Dutrieuille will serve as MACRUC Second Vice President for the coming year following an election by fellow utility regul  more

Penn State Course Provides Framework for Addressing Racism and Bias
MEDIA, Pennsylvania, June 23 -- Pennsylvania State University's Brandywine Campus issued the following news: University students and educators alike are grappling with turbulent times, and Penn State's course on the "Art and Science of Human Flourishing" is well-positioned to help undergraduates to develop strategies for caring for themselves and others. Robert Roeser, Bennett Pierce Professor of Caring and Compassion, explored ways to adapt the course to current events, along with 23 colleagu  more

Penn State-Scranton: Campus Diversity Efforts Discussed at Recent Juneteenth Presentation
DUNMORE, Pennsylvania, June 26 -- Pennsylvania State University's Scranton Campus issued the following news: The Penn State Scranton community recently came together in a show of support for a more just and equitable society for African Americans and People of Color. On Friday, June 19, the campus Student Government Association (SGA) hosted an observance of Juneteenth on ZOOM. The event, attended by students, faculty and staff, included a presentation on both the holiday and the Black Lives Ma  more

Penn State: Initial COVID-19 Infection Rate May Be 80 Times Greater Than Originally Reported
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania, June 24 -- Pennsylvania State University issued the following news: Many epidemiologists believe that the initial COVID-19 infection rate was undercounted due to testing issues, asymptomatic and alternatively symptomatic individuals, and a failure to identify early cases. Now, a new study from Penn State estimates that the number of early COVID-19 cases in the U.S. may have been more than 80 times greater and doubled nearly twice as fast as originally believed.   more

Penn State: Pollinator Project Supports Biodiversity at Penn State Orchard Road Solar Array
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania, June 27 -- Pennsylvania State University issued the following news: 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. In early June, millions of flower seeds were planted around and under 10 acres of solar panels on Orchard Road near Beaver Stadium. The wildflower varieties are highly attractive to pollinators such as native bees, honey bees and butte  more

PennPraxis Design Fellows Take on the Real World With Design Solutions
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 24 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: PennPraxis has been known as the Weitzman School's hub for students to gain hands-on experience and community connections since its founding in 2001. However, opportunities were limited in number and kind. When Ellen Neises, an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture, came to lead PennPraxis, she saw an opportunity for students to take on more ambitious projects, and  more

Pennsylvania Democratic Party Blast Trump-Republican Lawsuit to Dismantle Affordable Care Act in Middle of Pandemic
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 26 -- The Pennsylvania Democratic Party issued the following news: The Trump administration and 18 Republican governors and attorneys general are filing their opening briefs with the Supreme Court in California v. Texas-- a reckless lawsuit that could jeopardize health care for as many as 5.3 million Pennsylvanians during the ongoing coronavirus crisis. "Not even a pandemic that has claimed the lives of over 120,000 Americans is enough to stop Trump's reckless a  more

Pennsylvania Democratic Party: Pat Toomey to Pennsylvanians Struggling Because of COVID-19 - 'There's No Free Lunch'
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 24 -- The Pennsylvania Democratic Party issued the following news: Pat Toomey has "become one of the Senate's leading voices against another round of stimulus." When questioned whether or not working people and small businesses struggling from the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic should receive additional stimulus money, Pat Toomey has said, "It's not obvious to me that we need to load the money cannon and fire that off again," and "Let's remember, there's no free  more

Pregnant in the Pandemic: How Pennsylvania Medicine Supports New and Expectant Parents
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 24 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: The pandemic has left everyone with questions about what the future holds and whether or not they're truly safe. For those expecting a child, the number of questions is exponentially bigger. "Will my partner be allowed into the hospital when I deliver?" "Is it even safe for my baby and me to deliver in the hospital if there are COVID-19 patients there?" "What about bringing my baby back to the hospi  more

Robert Morris University Announces Anti-Racism Task Force
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pennsylvania, June 23 -- Robert Morris University issued the following news: Robert Morris University President Chris Howard announced Monday the formation of the President's Anti-Racism Task Force at RMU. "The President's Anti-Racism Task Force is the next step in our commitment to strengthening our diverse community and creating a welcoming, inclusive, and equitable campus which will better prepare our students for future careers and success," said Howard. Leading the task fo  more

Saint Vincent College Faculty Member Wins Award in Film Competition
LATROBE, Pennsylvania, June 24 -- Saint Vincent College issued the following news: David Safin, associate professor of communication at Saint Vincent College, has been named the recipient of an Award of Merit from The Best Shorts Film Competition (https://bestshorts.net/) for his film "Backward Sometimes (https://vimeo.com/378633417)." A 2000 Saint Vincent College graduate, Safin earned the Award of Merit in the Web Tube Length category for the film, which explores his nearly lifelong associat  more

Saint Vincent College Names Bartel as Chancellor
LATROBE, Pennsylvania, June 24 -- Saint Vincent College issued the following news: Father Martin de Porres Bartel, O.S.B., a monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey for 40 years who served as the 14th president of Saint Vincent College (1995-2000), has been elected as the twelfth archabbot of Saint Vincent Archabbey. With his election, Archabbot Martin also becomes chancellor of Saint Vincent College and of Saint Vincent Seminary. Archabbot Martin has been serving as the administrator of the MACH1 (Mo  more

Saint Vincent College Names Porres Bartel as Chancellor
LATROBE, Pennsylvania, June 24 -- Saint Vincent College issued the following news: Father Martin de Porres Bartel, O.S.B., a monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey for 40 years who served as the 14th president of Saint Vincent College (1995-2000), has been elected as the twelfth archabbot of Saint Vincent Archabbey. With his election, Archabbot Martin also becomes chancellor of Saint Vincent College and of Saint Vincent Seminary. Archabbot Martin has been serving as the administrator of the MACH1 (Mo  more

Saint Vincent College: Participants Sought for Online COVID-19 Impact Study
LATROBE, Pennsylvania, June 25 -- Saint Vincent College issued the following news: Dr. Sarah E. Daly, assistant professor of criminology, law and society (https://www.stvincent.edu/academics/majors-and-programs/criminology-law-and-society) at Saint Vincent College, is participating in a collaborative research study on public response to the COVID-19 pandemic and how it has shaped the lives of people around the world. Daly and colleagues Dr. Manish Madan of Stockton University, Dr. Brenda Rowe   more

Seven University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Researchers Receive COVID-19 Pilot Awards
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 24 -- The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine issued the following news release: Seven researchers from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn Vet) have been selected to receive distinctive COVID-19 Pilot Awards from the Penn Vet COVID Research Innovation Fund. The Fund, provided with critical start-up support through a generous gift from Vernon and Shirley Hill, will bolster Penn Vet's rapidly expanding re  more

Ten Penn State Research Teams Earn Manufacturing PA Innovation Grants
DUBOIS, Pennsylvania, June 25 -- Pennsylvania State University's DuBois Campus issued the following news: Penn State was awarded 10 grants through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Manufacturing PA initiative. The initiative awarded $2.8 million, across 43 grants in total, and will bring together government, industry, and higher education in holistic collaboration to spur new technologies and processes in the manufacturing sector. The Corporate Engagement  more

University of Pennsylvania Names Howard as Vice President for Social Equity and Community
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 24 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: President Amy Gutmann and Provost Wendell Pritchett are pleased to announce the appointment of Charles L. "Chaz" Howard as the University of Pennsylvania's first-ever Vice President for Social Equity and Community. Howard, who has served as University Chaplain since 2008, will assume his new role on August 1. As Vice President for Social Equity and Community, Howard will lead programs and initiativ  more

University of Pennsylvania Names Winkelstein as Deputy Provost
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 23 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: Provost Wendell Pritchett has announced the appointment of Beth Winkelstein as Deputy Provost. "Beth Winkelstein has become one of our most essential leaders of teaching, learning, and student life," said Pritchett, "since she began her tenure as vice provost for education five years ago. Her insight and energy enhance every part of our campus. She leads both undergraduate and graduate education, c  more

University of Pennsylvania: 'Beauty Alone' is a Reason to Read Q-INE
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 26 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: A vivid close-up of hyacinths framed in lavender graces the inaugural issue of Q-INE (pronounced "queen"), a newly launched LGBTQ+ interest magazine showcasing writing and art from the Penn community. Founding editors Ana Acevedo and Liam Forsythe, both seniors, attended the launch party for La Vida, a Penn-based Latinx magazine and felt the need for a similar platform for LGTBQ+ folks, Forsythe say  more

University of Pennsylvania: 300-Million-Year-Old Fish Resembles a Sturgeon But Took a Different Evolutionary Path
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 23 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: Sturgeon, a long-lived, bottom-dwelling fish, are often described as "living fossils," owing to the fact that their form has remained relatively constant, despite hundreds of millions of years of evolution. In a new study in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society (https://doi.org/10.1093/zoolinnean/zlaa044), researchers led by Jack Stack, a 2019 University of Pennsylvania graduate, and pale  more

University of Pennsylvania: A Unique Recession Amidst a Global Pandemic
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 25 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: The U.S. economy officially entered a recession in February as the viral pandemic started its sweep across the nation. That determination earlier this month by the National Bureau of Economic Research officially ended the longest economic expansion in American history. Penn Today spoke with economists Francis Diebold and Jesus Fernandez-Villaverde to learn about recessions, what makes this one uniq  more

University of Pennsylvania: Can Spending Time in Nature Prevent or Lessen Postpartum Depression?
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 26 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: After the birth of her third child, Lee ScottLorde experienced postpartum depression, something that affects one in nine mothers. Injuries she'd incurred during the delivery made it hard for her to walk, which exacerbated her unhappiness. "I decided I would start by taking small walks outside," she says. "Initially I would walk to the corner. I would let the cool, fresh air wash over my face, look  more

University of Pennsylvania: Cave Discovery Holds Clues to Earliest Homo Sapiens in Europe
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 25 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: Ancient DNA from 46,000-year-old bone fragments and a tooth reveals this group likely overlapped with Neanderthals for thousands of years. In a cave in Bulgaria, Penn Museum researcher Zeljko Rezek and colleagues discovered the oldest known unequivocally defined remains of Homo sapiens in Europe, dating back nearly 46,000 years. That's about 5,000 years older than the previous recordholder and poin  more

University of Pennsylvania: Critically Ill Patients With COVID-19 Are More Likely to Develop Heart Rhythm Disorders Than Other Hospitalized Patients With Disease
UNIVERSITY CITY, Pennsylvania, June 23 -- The University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine issued the following news release: Patients with COVID-19 who were admitted to an intensive care unit were 10 times more likely than other hospitalized COVID-19 patients to suffer cardiac arrest or heart rhythm disorders, according to a new study from researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (https://www.med.upenn.edu/). Researchers say the results sugg  more

University of Pennsylvania: Critically Ill Patients With COVID-19 at Risk to Develop Heart Rhythm Disorders
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 24 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: Patients with COVID-19 who were admitted to an intensive care unit were 10 times more likely than other hospitalized COVID-19 patients to suffer cardiac arrest or heart rhythm disorders, according to a new study from researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine. Researchers say the results suggest that cardiac arrests and arrhythmias suffered by some patients with COVID-19 are likely triggered b  more

University of Pennsylvania: Engineering's Firooz Aflatouni's Electronic-Photonic Innovations
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 23 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: The first-ever image of a black hole, published in 2019, was constructed from five petabytes of data. These files were so large that they had to be flown to data analysts in giant stacks of hard drives; a plane ride from Hawaii was faster than the internet. Thankfully, Firooz Aflatouni is improving the fundamentals of data transfer to make sharing information about black holes--or just texting a fri  more

University of Pennsylvania: Engineering's Stephanie Weirich Designs Tools for a Safer World
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 26 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: Stephanie Weirich, ENIAC President's Distinguished Professor in Computer and Information Science, aims to make software systems more reliable, maintainable, and secure. Her research improves tools that help programmers to determine the correctness of their code, which is applicable to a broad scope of software. Specifically, Weirich researches and improves Haskell, a programming language that places  more

University of Pennsylvania: Food Insecurity, Not the 'Quarantine 15,' is the Real Pandemic Concern
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 25 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: As many Americans are spending more time at home amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a newly minted phrase--'the Quarantine 15'--has crept into collective thought. But results from a recent nationwide survey conducted by Penn researchers indicate that claims about the trending pandemic weight gain concern may not be credible after all. "Only a tiny portion--around 2%--of our survey respondents reported ga  more

University of Pennsylvania: Greater Transparency and Accountability Curb Online Hate Speech and Deception
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 26 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: A new report by the Transatlantic High Level Working Group on Content Moderation Online and Freedom of Expression urges the adoption of a flexible regulatory framework to curb online hate speech, violent extremism, and viral deception. The group calls for greater transparency and accountability from digital platforms, as well as a redress system for promptly dealing with user complaints. The repor  more

University of Pennsylvania: How Clinical Research Coordinators Run COVID-19 Trials
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 23 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: Clinical trials have always been a centerpiece of how medical research moves forward to establish that new treatments are safe and effective. This year, as COVID-19 spread from country to country, clinical trials for treatments and vaccines for the new coronavirus drew massive public attention. Trials were launched in record time throughout the world, including more than a dozen at Penn Medicine inv  more

University of Pennsylvania: How to Begin Talking About Race in the Workplace
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 26 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: Wharton management professor Stephanie Creary explains her framework for middle managers in corporate environments who would like to initiate conversations about race in the workplace. "To eradicate systemic racism," she writes, "it is important for managers to empower employees and provide them with resources for having productive conversations about race." "Over the past few weeks, countless com  more

University of Pennsylvania: Kelly Writers House Forum Amplifies Ideas and Voices on Racial Justice
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 24 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: Kelly Writers House (http://writing.upenn.edu/wh/) held a forum on racial justice featuring faculty, students, staff, and alumni reading written works, their own and those by others, that speak to these times. "We firmly now and always stand against racial injustice, inequality, and police brutality. We resolutely affirm that Black lives matter. And we are committed as always to amplifying the idea  more

University of Pennsylvania: Long-Term Use of Muscle Relaxants Has Skyrocketed Since 2005
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 26 -- The University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine issued the following news release: Office visits for ongoing prescribing of skeletal muscle relaxant drugs tripled from 2005 to 2016, according to a new study (https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2767591?resultClick=3) from researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Moreover, in 2016, nearly 70 percent of patients prescribed muscle   more

University of Pennsylvania: Research Shows Patients and Clinicians Rated Telemedicine Care Positively During COVID-19 Pandemic
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 25 -- The University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine issued the following news release: After surveying almost 800 gastroenterology and hepatology patients and their physicians at Penn Medicine (https://www.pennmedicine.org/), 67 percent of both viewed their video and telephone appointments held during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic as positive and acceptable substitutes to in-person appointments. One caveat the researchers uncovered, however, w  more

University of Pennsylvania: Researchers Identify Novel Genetic Variants Linked to Type 2 Diabetes
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 26 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: After examining the genes of more than 200,000 people all over the world who have Type 2 diabetes, researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine and the Veterans Health Administration's (VHA) Corporal Michael J. Crescenz Veterans Affairs Medical Center found hundreds of genetic variants never before linked to the disease. The study also identified gene variants that vary by ethnicity, as well as   more

University of Pennsylvania: Researchers Identify Novel Genetic Variants Linked to Type-2 Diabetes
UNIVERSITY CITY, Pennsylvania, June 24 -- The University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine issued the following news release: After examining the genes of more than 200,000 people all over the world who have type-2 diabetes, researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Veterans Health Administration's (VHA) Corporal Michael J. Crescenz Veterans Affairs Medical Center (CMCVAMC) found hundreds of genetic variants never before linked to the  more

University of Pennsylvania: SP2 Graduate Now Advocates for Philly's LGBTQ Population
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 25 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: As policy fellow with Philadelphia's Office of LGBT Affairs, Sayeeda Rashid of the School of Social Policy and Practice (SP2) found herself in a room with the police force's top brass. Rashid was there to leverage support for Directive 4.15, a police policy that would provide additional protections for trans and nonbinary people, including the right to request the gender of the officer conducting a   more

Villanova Receives Funding for COVID-19 Response Through Manufacturing Innovation Challenge
VILLANOVA, Pennsylvania, June 25 -- Villanova University issued the following news release: Two Villanova University College of Engineering initiatives were among seven projects at four Pennsylvania universities to be awarded $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. Dr. Moeness Amin, director of the Center for Advanced Communications, received $24,802 for "COVID-19 Risk Monitoring   more

Westminster College Receives National CASE Fundraising Award
NEW WILMINGTON, Pennsylvania, June 23 -- Westminster College issued the following news release: Westminster College is one of 101 colleges and universities from across the nation to win a prestigious 2020 Educational Fundraising Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Westminster earned the award for its overall improvement by demonstrating significant program growth over three years of data. Westminster is one of only five colleges recognized in the category of  more

Widener University Student-Designed Mental Health Campaign & Research Wins International Award
CHESTER, Pennsylvania, June 24 -- The Widener University issued the following news: Widener University's Breathe Campaign - a mental health initiative created by two students and their faculty advisor as part of a summer research project last year - has won a CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) Circle of Excellence bronze award for communications. The prestigious award recognizes senior Christiana Dunn and 2020 graduate Michaela Kolenkiewicz, along with their faculty adviso  more

Widener University: Undergrad Summer Research Aims to Advance Our Knowledge of COVID-19 Pandemic
CHESTER, Pennsylvania, June 24 -- The Widener University issued the following news: Donovan Stuard '21 hopes to never see another global health crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic in his lifetime, but if there is one, research he is conducting at Widener this summer could help predict how the financial markets will react. As part of Widener's Summer Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA) program, Stuard and his classmate, Noel Franczyk, along with faculty advisor Assistant Profes  more