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State Tipoffs Involving Pennsylvania Newsletter for Sunday July 05, 2020 ( 57 items )  

Allegheny College Receives Grant to Support MLK Program in Meadville
MEADVILLE, Pennsylvania, July 2 -- Allegheny College issued the following news: Allegheny College has received a grant of $44,549 from the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and supported by the U.S.Department of Education. The grant will allow the college's award-winning Creek Connections program, an environmental education outreach program that brings hands-on environmental education to  more

Allegheny College Receives Western Pennsylvania Environmental Award
MEADVILLE, Pennsylvania, July 1 -- Allegheny College issued the following news: Allegheny College has been honored with the 2020 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Award, recognizing its 13-year program to achieve carbon neutrality on campus, becoming only the eighth college in the U.S. to realize this goal. The Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards are presented annually by Dominion Energy and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council to local organizations that demonstrate leadership, effec  more

Cabrini Awarded W.W. Smith Grants for 2020-2021
RADNOR, Pennsylvania, July 2 -- Cabrini College issued the following news: Cabrini University received $65,000 in scholarship funding from the W.W. Smith Charitable Trust for the 2020-2021 academic year. The W.W. Smith Charitable Trust has awarded a total of $1.8 million to more than 400 Cabrini students since it began issuing grants in 1980. "We are deeply grateful to the W.W. Smith Charitable Trust for its continued partnership with Cabrini and for its charitable vision to fund our Cabrinia  more

California University of Pennsylvania Provost, Senior Vice President Barnhart Retires on July 3
CALIFORNIA, Pennsylvania, July 1 -- California University of Pennsylvania issued the following news on June 30: Dr. Bruce Barnhart, provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at Cal U, is retiring after a 36-year career. Dr. Bruce Barnhart officially retires July 3 as provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at Cal U. He earned three degrees from the University - a B.S.Ed. in biology in 1983; an M.Ed., also in biology, in 1989; and an A.A.S. in physical therapy in 200  more

Carnegie Mellon University: Could Your Computer Please Be More Polite? Thank You
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, July 3 -- Carnegie Mellon University issued the following news: In a tense time when a pandemic rages, politicians wrangle for votes and protesters demand racial justice, a little politeness and courtesy go a long way. Now researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed an automated method for making communications more polite. Specifically, the method takes nonpolite directives or requests -- those that use either impolite or neutral language -- and restruct  more

Chatham University Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant for Literary Program on Immigration
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, July 1 -- Chatham University issued the following news: Chatham University is a recipient of a grant of $15,000 to host the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read in Pittsburgh. An Arts Endowment initiative in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. With this funding, Chatham's MFA in Creative Writing program plans to work in tandem with Car  more

Checklist of Pa. Bees Documents 49 New Species and Some That May Be Endangered
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania, June 30 -- Pennsylvania State University issued the following news: A study documenting bees that are reported to occur in Pennsylvania has found the presence of 437 species, including 49 never before recorded in the state. Researchers said the resulting checklist of bees in the commonwealth also identifies species not native to North America and several native species that may be of conservation concern. "Bees are a diverse and important group of insect pollinat  more

Dr. Brian Dalton Joins Christian Brothers University as Vice President for Enrollment Management
MEMPHIS, Tennessee, July 2 -- Christian Brothers University issued the following news release: Dr. Brian Dalton has joined Christian Brothers University in the position of Vice President for Enrollment Management, effective July 1. Dr. Dalton is a native of Erie, Pennsylvania and is proud to point out that he is a product of a strong Catholic education, having earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration from his hometown alma mater of Gannon University.  more

Drexel University: New Report - Pandemic in PA's Prisons Warns of a Looming Public Health Crisis
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, July 3 -- Drexel University issued the following news release: Jails and prisons are hotspots for new cases of COVID-19 and as of June 22, over 570 incarcerated people in the United States and more than 50 corrections personnel have died from the virus. The spread of the virus in Pennsylvania's correctional facilities is particularly likely and dangerous due to a confluence of systemic factors, which are documented in a recently released report, from legal scholars i  more

Drexel University: Real-Time Data Show COVID-19 Led to 60% Decline in Leisure, Hospitality and Retail Employment
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, July 3 -- Drexel University's LeBow College of Business issued the following news: There is no doubt that the COVID-19 crisis is affecting the U.S. economy and labor markets in an unprecedented way. The leisure, hospitality and retail industries have been hit the hardest by shutdown orders nationwide but new research that uses data from Homebase, a time-tracking software, to provide real-time employment estimates shows that the report by the Bureau of Labor Statistic  more

ExxonMobil, Employees and Retirees Contribute More Than $3.3 Million to Pennsylvania Colleges and Universities
IRVING, Texas, July 1 -- ExxonMobil, an international energy company, issued the following news release: More than 60 accredited Pennsylvania colleges and universities will receive more than $3.3 million as part of the ExxonMobil Foundation's Educational Matching Gift Program. ExxonMobil employees and retirees contributed more than $900,000 to Pennsylvania colleges and universities, and those individual donations were matched by nearly $2.4 million in ExxonMobil Foundation grants. ExxonMobil,   more

Franklin & Marshall Alumna Harring Named Muhlenberg College President
LANCASTER, Pennsylvania, June 30 -- Franklin and Marshall College issued the following news: Kathleen Harring '80, P'11, was named last week as the 13th president of Muhlenberg College, the first woman to lead the liberal arts institution since its founding in 1848. Harring is the latest F&M alumna called to the leadership ranks of higher education. Last year, Wanda Austin '75 finished her term as interim president of the University of Southern California, where she was the first woman and th  more

Gov. Wolf Joins Legislators, Advocates for Virtual Event on One-Year Anniversary of Clean Slate Automatic Sealing
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, July 1 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf participated in a virtual event to mark the one-year anniversary of Clean Slate automatic record sealing in Pennsylvania. The governor joined a Zoom panel with legislators and advocates for the event sponsored by Community Legal Services, The Clean Slate Initiative, Justice Action Network and Center for American Progress. "On this one-year anniversary of clean slate implement  more

Kutztown University Council of Trustees Elects New Officers
KUTZTOWN, Pennsylvania, July 1 -- Kutztown University issued the following news release: The Kutztown University Council of Trustees has appointed new officers for the 2020-2022 academic years. Jim Ludlow has been appointed chair of the trustees, Robert Grim, Esq., has been appointed vice chair and Dennis Giorno '94 has been appointed secretary. Ludlow has been a member of the KU Council of Trustees since 2013. He is currently president of Liquid Interactive, a digital marketing agency in All  more

Local Officials, Business Owners and Organizations Echo Gov. Wolf's Call to Mask Up, Pennsylvania
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, July 4 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf's repeated calls to wear a mask and Sec. of Health Dr. Rachel Levine's latest order requiring masks to be worn at all times in public, combined with scientific proof that masks help stop the spread of COVID-19, are resonating with local elected officials and business owners and organizations, who today echoed the governor's directives. "Thankfully, out of our 1,100 team membe  more

Mamta Accapadi Appointed Vice Provost for University Life at Penn
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, July 1 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: Mamta Motwani Accapadi has been named vice provost for university life at the University of Pennsylvania, effective Aug. 17. The announcement was made by Provost Wendell Pritchett. "I am delighted to welcome Mamta Accapadi to Penn at a critical moment in our history," said Pritchett. "She is a highly experienced national leader in student affairs, whose career has been devoted to the goals of inclus  more

Mansfield University Partners With Mansfield Chamber of Commerce, VFW for Independence Day Fireworks
MANSFIELD, Pennsylvania, July 1 -- Mansfield University issued the following news: Mansfield University will serve as the launch site for the annual Mansfield Independence Day fireworks display, set for Sunday, July 5. The show is made possible through funding from the Mansfield Chamber of Commerce and the Mansfield VFW. Mansfield University agreed to serve as the launch site after the originally scheduled display at Smythe Park in downtown Mansfield was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.   more

Maryland PSC Approves Settlement in Transource Case
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, July 1 -- The Maryland Public Service Commission issued the following news release: The Maryland Public Service Commission has approved a settlement agreement in the application of Transource Maryland, LLC to build two new 230 kV overhead transmission lines crossing from Maryland into Pennsylvania--a proposal known as the Independent Energy Connection (IEC) Project. A proposed settlement concerning the Pennsylvania portions of the IEC Project is currently pending regulatory  more

Maryland PSC: O'Donnell Elected to Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners Leadership Team
BALTIMORE, Maryland, June 30 -- The Maryland Public Service Commission issued the following news release: Maryland Public Service Commissioner Anthony J. O'Donnell has been elected to the 2020-2021 leadership team for the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners (MACRUC). Commissioner O'Donnell will serve as MACRUC First Vice President for the coming year. He was elected by his peers from the Mid-Atlantic region, which includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Kentucky,  more

Pa. A.G. Shapiro Announces Partnership Aimed to Unlock $100 Million in Student Loan Savings
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, July 1 -- Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro issued the following news release: Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced a partnership with Summer, a social enterprise, to provide free student loan assistance for all residents during the COVID-19 crisis. As a certified B Corp, Summer helps borrowers to simplify and save on their student debt. Their cutting-edge tools and team of student loan experts help borrowers find, compare, and enroll in loan assistance an  more

Pa. A.G. Shapiro Office Has Saved $1.65 Million for Consumers During COVID-19 Pandemic
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, July 1 -- Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro issued the following news release: Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced that his office's Bureau of Consumer Protection has saved nearly $1.65 million for Pennsylvanians during the COVID-19 crisis. The Bureau of Consumer Protections focuses on mediating complaints from Pennsylvanians who, among other things, have been cheated out of services or products they never received, and during the COVID-19 pandemic w  more

Pa. A.G. Shapiro: We Must Support Citizens Returning to Our Communities
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, July 2 -- Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro issued the following news release: Attorney General Josh Shapiro today released a statement on Governor Wolf's signing of Senate Bill 637, which lifts restrictions on acquiring occupational licenses for individuals who have been previously incarcerated, into law. The bill is the first piece of legislation that has been signed into law at the recommendation of the 2020 Pennsylvania Reentry Council's (PARC) Report, re  more

Pa. Dems, Congressman Evans, Rep. Davidson & Kristy Gnibus Call Out Trump and Pennsylvania GOP's Failed, Anti-Science Coronavirus Response
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, July 2 -- The Pennsylvania Democratic Party issued the following news on July 1: Earlier, Pennsylvania Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy Patton Mills, U.S Representative Dwight Evans (PA-3), Representative Margo Davidson (D-Delaware County), and PA-16 Candidate Kristy Gnibus hosted a press call to highlight how Pennsylvania Republicans at every level, from President Trump, to Congress, to the General Assembly in Harrisburg, have failed to listen to experts and pushed a  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Administration: CARES Act Funding for Small Businesses
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 30 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release on June 29: Governor Tom Wolf announced that beginning small businesses across Pennsylvania can apply for grants to offset lost revenue caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting shutdown order. "In unprecedented times, like those we are currently facing, collaboration is imperative to getting help to those who need it most, as quickly and effectively as possible," said Gov. Wolf. "This  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Administration: Life Science Company Expansion to Bring New Jobs to Chester County
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, July 3 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf announced that Fujirebio Diagnostics, Inc., a manufacturer of in vitro diagnostics (IVD) in Chester County, will expand its operations in southeastern Pennsylvania, creating 41 new jobs and retaining more than 348. "Fujirebio Diagnostics is a longstanding Chester County company that has been a part of the community for more than 20 years," said Gov. Wolf. "Their expansion wil  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Issues Statement Supporting Federal Judge Order to Release Migrant Children From Berks County Residential Center
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 27 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement supporting the Federal Judge Dolly M. Gee's ruling on ordering the release of migrant children from Berks County Residential Center: "The Wolf Administration applauds the order of a federal judge announced late Friday to release children held with their parents at the Berks County Residential Center in Berks County and two other federal immigration detention facilities operated by the U.S. Immigr  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Signs Bipartisan Bill to Remove Barriers to Work for People With Criminal Convictions
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, July 2 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Building on his criminal justice reforms and fulfilling a recommendation to modernize job licensing, Governor Tom Wolf today signed Senate Bill 637, which removes outdated licensing barriers so skilled workers with criminal records can get a second chance and start good careers. The governor has advocated for sweeping changes to the licensing process for years. The governor proposed reforms to  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Visits UPMC Pinnacle Community Osteopathic, Thanks Staff, Discusses Required Mask-wearing Benefits
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 30 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: As health care professionals work the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic and the commonwealth continues to emphasize the importance of mask-wearing and social distancing to protect all, Governor Tom Wolf visited UPMC Pinnacle Community Osteopathic Hospital in Harrisburg to thank staff and stress why mask-wearing is a necessary requirement to fight the spread of COVID-19. "The past four mont  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf: 'Wear a Mask, Pennsylvania'
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, July 3 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Reiterating the mandate of the mask-wearing order Sec. of Health Dr. Rachel Levine signed yesterday, Governor Tom Wolf again today advised all Pennsylvanians that wearing masks when outside the home is mandatory. "As we approach the Fourth of July holiday weekend and we see another spike in cases today in Pennsylvania, it's critical that Pennsylvanians take the mandate to wear masks seriously,  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf: More Than $2 Million in Grants for Employment Services for Individuals With Opioid Use Disorder
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, July 3 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf announced that the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) is awarding more than $2 million in federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grants to provide employment support services for individuals with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). The grants are part of the $55.9 million SAMSHA grant secured by the Wolf Administration to bolster the sta  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf: More Than 310,000 Pennsylvanians Receive Rebates Early to Provide Support During COVID-19 Pandemic
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, July 2 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf and Treasurer Joe Torsella announced more than 310,000 Pennsylvanians have received their rebates early through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, which provides support to older homeowners, renters and people with disabilities. Governor Wolf called on the Department of Revenue, the agency that administers the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, to work with the Treasury Dep  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf: Pennsylvania Restaurants, Bars Required to Protect Workers, Patrons During COVID-19
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, July 2 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: The Wolf Administration reminded Pennsylvanians of the requirements put in place for restaurants and bars to protect the health and safety of workers and patrons from COVID-19. "As we continue to make public health and safety a top priority, it's also important that we take measured and necessary steps so that Pennsylvanians can patronize businesses safely," Gov. Tom Wolf said. "Restaurants an  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf: Reopening Phase Orders Updated to Include Last County Moving to Green on July 3
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, July 3 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine today signed amended green phase orders for the last Pennsylvania county to move to green. Lebanon County is moving to green at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow, July 3. With these orders effective at 12:01 a.m., tomorrow every county in the commonwealth will be in the green phase. The administration reminds Pennsylvanians that masks are required   more

Pa. Gov. Wolf: Sec. of Health Signs Expanded Mask-Wearing Order
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, July 2 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Expanding on the business safety order signed by Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine in April that requires the wearing of masks in businesses, Governor Tom Wolf today announced a new order signed by Dr. Levine that takes the mask-wearing directive one step further. With this order, signed under Dr. Levine's authority under the Disease Prevention and Control Act, masks must be worn whenever   more

Penn Power Begins Work to Modernize Electric System in Lawrence County
NEW CASTLE, Pennsylvania, July 1 -- Penn Power, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy, issued the following news release: The Pennsylvania Power Company (Penn Power), a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), is upgrading infrastructure and installing technology to modernize its electric system in Lawrence County as part of a new, four-year plan expected to enhance electric service reliability for customers. This work builds upon the company's previous system upgrades that have decreased electric ser  more

Penn State Leaders Discuss Work Ahead as University Tackles Issues of Race, Bias
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania, June 30 -- Pennsylvania State University issued the following news: As the country continues to grapple with the killing of George Floyd and the nationwide protests that have erupted as a result, Penn State President Eric Barron, along with co-chairs of a new racism, bias and community safety commission and other University leaders discussed the enormous task of fighting ignorance and intolerance, being more inclusive and embracing diversity during a virtual Town   more

Pennsylvania Democratic Part Issues Statement on June Jobs Report
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, July 3 -- The Pennsylvania Democratic Party issued the following statement by spokesperson Andres Anzola: The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its June jobs report which exposed that over 17 million Americans are still out of work and the unemployment rate remains above 11 percent -- thanks to Donald Trump's erratic response to the COVID-19 pandemic. * * * "The coronavirus crisis is getting out of hand. Nearly 130,000 Americans have lost their lives, over 47 milli  more

Pennsylvania Democratic Part Statement on Secretary Ross's Visit to Erie
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, July 2 -- The Pennsylvania Democratic Party issued the following statement on July 1 by spokesman Andres Anzola in response to the announcement that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross plans to visit to the commonwealth: "Nothing Secretary Ross says today will change the fact that Donald Trump has failed Pennsylvania workers. Even before coronavirus hit, Erie County had 19,000 fewer manufacturing jobs than when Trump took office and workers around the Commonwealth were faci  more

Pennsylvania Democratic Part Statement on Trump Lawsuit to Suppress Pennsylvania Voters
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 30 -- The Pennsylvania Democratic Party issued the following statement: Pennsylvania Democratic Party Executive Director Sincere Harris released the following statement on the Trump campaign and Congressmen Mike Kelly, Guy Reschenthaler, Glenn Thompson and John Joyce pushing a lawsuit to suppress the votes of Pennsylvanians in the 2020 election. "Donald Trump and Washington Republicans are trying to suppress the voices of Pennsylvanians because they know the easi  more

Pennsylvania Democratic Party: GOP Congressmen Suing to Restrict Vote by Mail All Have History of Voting by Mail
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, July 3 -- The Pennsylvania Democratic Party issued the following news: On Monday, the Trump campaign was joined by Pennsylvania Republican Congressmen Mike Kelly, Guy Reschenthaler, John Joyce and Glenn Thompson in a lawsuit that seeks to restrict the commonwealth's use of mail-in ballots. Donald Trump's history of voting by mail is well-documented. It turns out that all four GOP Congressmen who joined his lawsuit also have a history of using mail-in ballots. "It's s  more

Pennsylvania Democratic Party: Perry Votes Against Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, Sides With Washington Over Pennsylvania Families
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, July 3 -- The Pennsylvania Democratic Party issued the following news: Earlier this week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a landmark bill that aims to invest nearly $500 billion in American infrastructure projects and blue collar jobs -- including in South Central Pennsylvania. The bill passed on a bipartisan basis, but despite being a clear win for the region he represents, it was opposed by Rep. Scott Perry (PA-10). "A vote for blue collar jobs, better sch  more

Saint Vincent College: Cybersecurity Program Earns National Recognition
LATROBE, Pennsylvania, July 3 -- Saint Vincent College issued the following news: The National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have named Saint Vincent College a Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense Education for its bachelor of science program in cybersecurity. The jointly sponsored award program aims to reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in cyber defense and producing a gro  more

Thiel College Names Daley to Board
GREENVILLE, Pennsylvania, July 1 -- Thiel College issued the following news release: Ricardo Daley '96 is serving his first three-year appointment on the Thiel College Board of Trustees. His board appointment will run until 2023. Ricardo Daley is a business owner and entrepreneur from Avon Lake, Ohio. Daley graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration and received his M.B.A. from the Keller Graduate School of Management in finance. He is in candidacy for Qualifi  more

TRIO Upward Bound Program at MCCC Receives $3K Gift From the R.O.S.E. Foundation to Help Students and Families
BLUE BELL, Pennsylvania, July 2 -- Montgomery County Community College issued the following news: The R.O.S.E. Foundation, the charitable arm of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated Phi Beta Omega Chapter, recently presented a $3,000 gift to the TRIO Upward Bound Program at Montgomery County Community College. Upward Bound is part of the U.S. Department of Education's TRIO Programs that serve and assist low-income, first-generation college students and individuals with disabilities to progr  more

Two New Trustees Appointed at Kutztown University
KUTZTOWN, Pennsylvania, July 1 -- Kutztown University issued the following news release: Phillips Armstrong '71 and student Marshae Batchelor have been named Kutztown University's newest additions to its Council of Trustees. Armstrong is a KU graduate and taught social studies in the Lehigh Valley for more than 40 years. Batchelor was selected as the student trustee and enters her senior year at KU. Armstrong brought creativity and innovation to the classroom, ensuring that his students were a  more

University of Pennsylvania Launches Region's First Center for Translational Neuromodulation
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, July 2 -- The University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine issued the following news release: The brain is one of the most complex systems in the body, controlling movement, memory, communication, emotion, thought, and more. Unfortunately, serious diseases and injuries such as stroke, dementia, and psychiatric disorders can impede and disable core functions in the brain. Now, thanks to recent advances in neuroscience, neuroengineering, and other convergin  more

University of Pennsylvania: A Task Force for Higher Education's Pandemic Budget Challenges
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, July 2 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: State lawmakers and public higher education officials are facing their toughest summer since the Great Recession. Massive state budget shortfalls and lost revenue at colleges because of the COVID-19 pandemic are making for a scary budget season. Forty million Americans filed unemployment claims in May, and many will need retraining before their next job with a livable wage. At the same time, highe  more

University of Pennsylvania: Coping With COVID-19 Stress - From Pandemic Brain Fog to Resilience
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, July 2 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: With the COVID-19 pandemic comes a barrage of daily health anxieties, rising death tolls, increasing unemployment numbers, and physical isolation--on top of strong feelings of frustration and anger as people protest against injustice across the country. While feelings of anxiety and concern are normal during a crisis like this, this stress can impact people in a variety of ways. Overall, feelings o  more

University of Pennsylvania: Glowing Dye May Aid in Eliminating Cancer
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, July 2 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: In dogs with mammary tumors, researchers from the School of Veterinary Medicine and Perelman School of Medicine used a substance that glows under near-infrared light to illuminate cancer. "Clean margins" are a goal of cancer excision surgery. If even a small piece of cancerous tissue is left behind, it increases the likelihood of a local recurrence and spread of the disease, possibly reducing overal  more

University of Pennsylvania: Glowing Dye May Aid in Eliminating Cancer
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, July 2 -- The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine issued the following news release: "Clean margins" are a goal of cancer excision surgery. If even a small piece of cancerous tissue is left behind, it increases the likelihood of a local recurrence and spread of the disease, possibly reducing overall survival time. With an innovative approach to cancer surgery, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are investigating a technique to help su  more

University of Pennsylvania: Jelani Williams is Seizing the Moment to Protest Systemic Racism
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, July 2 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: Jelani Williams escaped the tear gas but not the tears. The Penn basketball guard was at a protest near the White House on June 1 when his mother, who had a foreboding feeling while watching TV at home, texted him to get out of there. So he did--just a few moments before federal law enforcement officers fired rubber bullets and chemical gas at peaceful protesters to clear a path for President Donald  more

University of Pennsylvania: Spending on Charity Care Stalled as Medicaid Expanded
UNIVERSITY CITY, Pennsylvania, June 30 -- The University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine issued the following news release: In the years following the enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), non-profit hospitals across the country benefited from the expansion of state Medicaid programs, which alleviated financial stresses from previously uninsured patients. However, while many experts hoped that hospitals would directly invest these savings into their communities, the growth i  more

University of Pennsylvania: The Gut Shields the Liver From Fructose-Induced Damage
UNIVERSITY CITY, Pennsylvania, June 30 -- The University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine issued the following news release: After one consumes food or a beverage containing fructose, the gastrointestinal system, or gut, helps to shield the liver from damage by breaking down the sugar before it reaches the liver, according to a new multi-center study led by researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. However, the consumption of too much fructos  more

University of Pennsylvania: To Heal Meniscus Injuries, Researchers Go to the Heart of a Cell
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, July 2 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: 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 tested this theory by using a medication to inhibit enzymes in the nucleus of knee's meniscus cells, which allowed the cells to move through environments that were previously i  more

University of Pittsburgh Bradford: Buchheit Retires After 40 Years With Facilities Management
BRADFORD, Pennsylvania, July 3 -- The University of Pittsburgh's Bradford Campus issued the following news release: Peter Buchheit retired as the director of facilities management at the University of Pittsburgh on Tuesday after nearly 41 years of overseeing the construction and upkeep of the campus's buildings and grounds. Buchheit came to Pitt-Bradford in 1979 after five years of serving as the director of the Department of Health and Buildings for the City of Bradford. "My first education   more

Villanova History Professor Judith Giesberg, PhD, Receives $100,000 Grant From National Archives
VILLANOVA, Pennsylvania, July 3 -- Villanova University issued the following news release: American slavery tore apart families--separating wives from husbands, children from parents, siblings from each other. When slavery ended at the end of the Civil War, emancipated slaves searched for their lost loved ones by placing hopeful and often-heartbreaking newspaper advertisements. Judith Giesberg, PhD, a professor of History at Villanova University, has received a grant of $100,000 from the Nation  more

Westminster College Sets Live Commencement
NEW WILMINGTON, Pennsylvania, July 2 -- Westminster College issued the following news release: Although the coronavirus pandemic delayed its traditional spring commencement ceremony, Westminster College will celebrate the Class of 2020 during a series of smaller, socially distant ceremonies on Saturday, Aug. 1. Complying with state guidelines on limited group sizes and social distancing, Westminster's 166th annual commencement will feature four separate ceremonies on Weisel Senior Terrace adja  more