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State Tipoffs Involving Pennsylvania Newsletter for Sunday July 26, 2020 ( 66 items )  

California University of Pennsylvania: Student Chapter Wins National Award
CALIFORNIA, Pennsylvania, July 21 -- California University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: Cal U's chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta is honored for activities in the 2019-2020 academic year. Cal U's chapter of the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society was one of eight chapters nationwide to receive the organization's Order of Torch Award for their activities during the 2019-2020 academic year. Founded in 1924, Alpha Lambda Delta has over a million lifetime members and is present on  more

Carlow University Names Gleason as Trustee Emerita
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, July 24 -- Carlow University issued the following news release: Carlow University has named E. Jeanne Gleason, a Johnstown native and a 1960 graduate of the university, as a Trustee Emerita, a status granted to a former board member who has shown significant dedication to the university. "Carlow University and the board have benefited greatly from Jeanne's leadership, her strong engagement in the community and the arts, as well as her knowledge and experience in gover  more

Carlow University Welcomes Four New Trustees
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, July 24 -- Carlow University issued the following news release: Four new trustees were elected to the Board of Trustees at Carlow University during the June meeting of the Board. "Our four new trustees bring valuable experience and expertise to our board, as well as a passion for Carlow, our mission, and our community," said Suzanne K. Mellon, PhD, president of Carlow University. "I am excited to welcome them to the board and look forward to working with them to furth  more

Carnegie Mellon: Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Student Decodes Death Data
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, July 25 -- Carnegie Mellon University issued the following news on July 24: Zhenzhen Liu, a senior majoring in statistics and machine learning, has always been interested in data-driven analysis of social issues. For the past year, Liu has applied her passion toward Carnegie Mellon University's Center for Human Rights Science (CHRS) under the direction of Robin Mejia, statistics manager, and Jay Aronson, the center's director. Liu had followed with interest as another  more

Chatham's Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, July 18 -- Chatham University issued the following statement by President David Finegold and Dean Darlene Motley and Randi Congleton, co-chairs of the diversity inclusion council: While our country has been confronting the twin challenges of a global pandemic and structural racism since we moved to virtual operations last Spring, we have been hard at work planning for welcoming Chatham's community of students, staff, and faculty back in the Fall in ways that address th  more

DeSales University: Remembering John Lewis, a Civil Rights Leader
CENTER VALLEY, Pennsylvania, July 24 -- DeSales University issued the following statement: John Lewis, Civil Rights icon and longtime member of the House of Representatives, passed away last Friday at the age of 80 years old. His participation in the Civil Rights Movement began with the Nashville Student Movement before expanding at age 21 to the Freedom Rides; Lewis was one of the 13 original Freedom Riders who sought to integrate public transportation in 1961. He was also one of the main org  more

Drexel University: Lifelong Discrimination Associated With Greater Risk of High Blood Pressure in African Americans
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, July 18 -- Drexel University issued the following news release: Experiences of discrimination over a lifetime is associated with high blood pressure in African American adults, according to findings published this month in the journal Hypertension from researchers at the Urban Health Collaborative at Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health. High blood pressure is linked with many life-threatening conditions, including stroke, heart disease and dementia,  more

Duquesne Names Longo as Director for Small Business Development Center
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, July 23 -- Duquesne University issued the following news release: Rich Longo has been named director of Duquesne University's Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Longo-who was named interim director following former SBDC Director Mary McKinney's retirement in Feb. 2020-has been working in the SBDC for four years in both part-time and full-time roles. "We are fortunate to have Rich serve as director of the SBDC," says Dr. Michele Migliuolo, executive director o  more

East Stroudsburg University Names Coleman as Interim Vice President for Administration and Finance
EAST STROUDSBURG, Pennsylvania, July 23 -- East Stroudsburg University issued the following news release: East Stroudsburg University Interim President Kenneth Long announced the appointment of Ginger Coleman, M.B.A., as Interim Vice President for Administration and Finance effective Monday, August 3, 2020. Ms. Coleman comes to ESU from the Office of the Chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) where she currently serves as System Budget Director. Coleman has be  more

Executive Trio Donates Corporate Aircraft to Penn College
WILLIAMSPORT, Pennsylvania, July 22 -- The Pennsylvania College of Technology issued the following news: Three partners in a corporate aircraft have donated it to Pennsylvania College of Technology for instructional use in the college's aviation maintenance program. The Bombardier (formerly Canadair) CL-600 Challenger jet, valued at nearly $825,000, is being donated by Ira M. Lubert, Anthony F. Misitano and Judith M. von Seldeneck. Lubert is chairman and co-founder of Independence Capital Par  more

Five Elected to Westminster College's Board of Trustees
NEW WILMINGTON, Pennsylvania, July 24 -- Westminster College issued the following news release: Five Westminster College alumni were elected to serve on the college's Board of Trustees, effective July 1. Elected during the board's annual spring meeting in May, Chris Carmody of Mars, Pa., Tracy Stuck of Columbus, Ohio, David Robbins of San Ramon, Calif., Glenn Thompson of Butler, Pa., and Thomas Tupitza of Erie, Pa., will serve four-year terms. Thompson and Tupitza are past board members. Carm  more

Fla. Gov. DeSantis Makes Two Judicial Appointments
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, July 24 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointments of Alexander Bokor to the Third District Court of Appeal and Joshua Riba to the Sixth Circuit Court. Alexander Bokor Bokor, of Miami, has been a Judge for the Eleventh Circuit Court since 2018. He previously served as a Judge for the Miami-Dade County Court. He received his bachelor's degree from Southern Methodist University and his law degree f  more

Franklin & Marshall: Professor, Student Data Mine Terms of 1960s Media Theorist
LANCASTER, Pennsylvania, July 21 -- Franklin and Marshall College issued the following news: More than 50 years ago, Marshall McLuhan's work on media theory produced terms like "global village" and "tribalism," which resonate even more than in the 1960s. A Franklin & Marshall College professor is studying the man she describes as "the first theorist of digital culture and society." "His notion of the 'tribal' was foundational for his theory of the 'global village,' as McLuhan believed that glo  more

HACC Foundation Allocates Over $26,000 for Key Projects
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, July 23 -- Harrisburg Area Community College issued the following news release: The HACC Foundation recently provided funding for key projects at HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College. The HACC Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises private contributions in support of HACC, approved more than $26,000 for projects at the College. This funding is made possible through generous contributions from individual and organizational donors. See the table he  more

Juniata College Names Hunt as Director of Health Professions Program
HUNTINGDON, Pennsylvania, July 18 -- Juniata College issued the following news release: Juniata is pleased to welcome Patricia "Tricia" Hunt as the new director of the health professions program. Hunt brings several years of experience in higher education, having served as an adviser in the pre-health program at Penn State University and in mechanical engineering at Perdue University. "I enjoy working with pre-health profession students," Hunt said. "It's not only about helping them achieve  more

Kentucky A.G. Cameron Announces $1 Million Settlement for Kentucky's Medicaid Program Resulting From Allegations Against Universal Health Services, UHS of Delaware
FRANKFORT, Kentucky, July 21 -- Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron issued the following news release: Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced that Kentucky's Medicaid Program will receive $929,016.95 as part of a settlement regarding allegations of fraud against Universal Health Services, Inc. ("UHS, Inc."), a for-profit holding company, which directly or indirectly owns the assets or stock of inpatient and residential psychiatric and behavioral health facilities, and UHS of Delaware, I  more

Libertarian Party Condemns Federal Court Decision Restricting Ballot Access in Pennsylvania
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- The Libertarian Party issued the following news release: The Libertarian Party is dismayed at the decision handed down by a federal court in Pennsylvania last week denying ballot access relief to minor parties. On July 14 the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania released its decision to deny an emergency motion for a temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction sought by the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania, the Green Party of P  more

Marywood University: Christopher Speicher, Ph.D. Receives International Teaching Excellence Award
SCRANTON, Pennsylvania, July 24 -- Marywood University issued the following news release: Christopher Speicher, Ph.D., associate professor and director of entrepreneurship in the School of Business and Global Innovation (SBGI) at Marywood University, has received the 2020 Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) International Teaching Excellence Award. The announcement was made during the ACBSP Annual Business Meeting that was held virtually on June 25, 2020. As the Bacc  more

Marywood University: Psychology Chapter Wins International Chapter Award
SCRANTON, Pennsylvania, July 25 -- Marywood University issued the following news release on July 24: Marywood University recently received notification from Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, that its campus chapter of the organization won the 2019-2020 Psi Chi Model Chapter award. In recognition of time and effort that went into meeting the criteria for this award, Marywood University's Psi Chi Chapter will receive a monetary award and a custom certificate. Psi Chi's Boar  more

Mich. A.G. Nessel Seeks Court Order to Immediately Block DeVos Rule Threatening K-12 Public School Pandemic Relief Funds
LANSING, Michigan, July 18 -- Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel issued the following news release: Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra are now leading an expanded coalition in a court action against a rule issued by U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos that would unfairly limit the ability of public schools to use federal funds provided under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The lawsuit, announced July 7, now i  more

Mont. A.G. Fox Announces Multi-State Settlement With Behavioral Healthcare Corporation
HELENA, Montana, July 22 -- Montana Attorney General Tim Fox issued the following news release: Attorney General Tim Fox announced Montana joined with other states and the federal government to settle allegations of fraud against Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS, Inc.), and subsidiary UHS of Delaware, Inc., to settle allegations involving improper admissions and discharges at its inpatient and residential psychiatric and behavioral healthcare facilities. Pennsylvania-based UHS is one of th  more

National Health Policy Leaders Endorse Gov. Wolf 'Bold' Action to Stop Another COVID Surge in Pa.
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, July 21 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: National health policy leaders endorsed Governor Tom Wolf's most mitigation efforts to stop another surge of COVID-19 cases in the commonwealth, reminding all Pennsylvanians that by taking these measures now we can stop further spread and end mitigation efforts sooner. "In this pandemic, it is imperative to take bold action before cases rise exponentially--to get ahead of the curve," said Eze  more

Pa. A.G. Shapiro Charges Two Companies With Environmental Crimes Following Grand Jury Investigation
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, July 24 -- Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro issued the following news release on July 22: Following a Grand Jury investigation, Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced that the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General is formally charging National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation and subcontractor Southeast Directional Drilling with environmental crimes committed in Washington County, Pennsylvania. These companies are being charged for polluting an Unnamed Tributar  more

Pa. A.G. Shapiro Stops Price Gouging at Honey Bee Gourmet Deli in Philadelphia
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, July 24 -- Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro issued the following news release: Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced that the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General has shut down price gouging efforts at Honey Bee Gourmet Deli in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. "We won't tolerate illegal price gouging during this emergency, and we're taking action every day to stop it--here in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania. Pennsylvanians need security and financial pr  more

Pa. A.G. Shapiro Sues Predatory Philly Towing Companies
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, July 18 -- Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro issued the following news release: Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced that the Attorney General's Bureau of Consumer Protection filed a lawsuit against several towing companies in Philadelphia alleging that they illegally and wrongfully towed cars throughout the city, and threatened owners for payment to have their cars returned. The lawsuit is being filed against Siani's Towing and Recovery, Aubry's Towing, A  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Administration Announces 270 New Jobs, Establishment of New Hershey Company Fulfillment Center
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, July 22 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf announced a partnership with The Hershey Company to build a new world-class fulfillment center in Annville, creating 270 new, full-time jobs. The new, 810,000-square-foot center will expand Hershey's fulfilment and warehousing capabilities to serve the United States market and will support the company's manufacturing plants and existing distribution center located in nearby P  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Administration Announces Partnership With National Nonprofit, Shatterproof, to End Substance Use Disorder Stigma
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, July 21 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: The Wolf Administration announced that Pennsylvania, through its Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), will be one of three founding partners and the first state partner with Shatterproof in supporting the nonprofit's national strategy to end addiction stigma across the country. Other founding partners include The Hartford and the Brian Mendell Memorial Foundation. "Pennsylvania has  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Announces $66 Million Investment in Water Infrastructure Projects in Nine Counties
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, July 23 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf announced the investment of $66 million for 11 drinking water, wastewater and stormwater projects across nine counties through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST). "Clean, reliable water systems serve as a vital link to the continued recovery and growth of our communities," said Gov. Wolf. "Ensuring that Pennsylvania's citizens have access to safe  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Appoints Lucas M. Miller as State Inspector General
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, July 22 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf announced the appointment of Lucas M. Miller, the current Acting State Inspector General, to serve as the State Inspector General of Pennsylvania. "Lucas Miller brings over 20 years of public service experience to the role of State Inspector General," said Gov. Wolf. "In his acting capacity, he has already proven to be a capable leader, and I know that he will continue to en  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Extends Intermodal Cargo Growth Incentive Program for Ocean Carriers
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, July 22 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf announced that Pennsylvania's Intermodal Cargo Growth Incentive Program (PICGIP), which aims to increase cargo activity by incentivizing shippers to move cargo through Pennsylvania ports, will be extended through 2022. The program was previously slated to end in June 2020. "Right now, Pennsylvania's ports are more vital than ever," Governor Wolf said. "Increasing shipping ac  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Signs Executive Order to Create Pennsylvania State Law Enforcement Citizen Advisory Commission
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, July 18 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Continuing his push for meaningful law enforcement reforms, Governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order creating the Pennsylvania State Law Enforcement Citizen Advisory Commission. This further advances his actions to address law enforcement reform and accountability that he announced in June and the first two police reform bills he signed into law on Tuesday. "My administration is committed   more

Pa. Gov. Wolf: Congress Must Take Action to Help Restaurants
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, July 18 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf urged Congress to quickly provide financial relief to the nation's restaurants by passing the Real Economic Support That Acknowledges Unique Restaurant Assistance Needed to Survive (RESTAURANTS) Act. The bipartisan bill in Congress provides $120 billion to help independent restaurants with the economic challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. "Our nation's independent lo  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf: Dashboard Data Shows Weekly Case Increases Statewide, Multiple Counties With High Percent-Positives
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, July 18 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf released a weekly status update detailing the state's mitigation efforts based on the COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard comparing the seven-day period of July 10 - July 16 to the previous seven days, July 3 - July 9. The dashboard is designed to provide early warning signs of factors that affect the state's mitigation efforts. The data available on the dashb  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf: Pitt, Penn State, Temple University Presidents Voice Support for Mask-Wearing, Mitigation Efforts
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, July 23 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Presidents of the University of Pittsburgh, Penn State University and Temple University voiced their support for mask-wearing and mitigation efforts put in place by the Wolf Administration to stop the recent rise in cases of COVID-19 and keep Pennsylvanians safe. "Evidence-based strategies are vital to reducing the spread of COVID-19, and it is critical that we use them to promote the health   more

Paul E. Jensen, PhD, Named Nina Henderson Provost at Drexel
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, July 22 -- Drexel University issued the following news release: Following a national search, Paul E. Jensen, PhD, has been named Executive Vice President and Nina Henderson Provost at Drexel University. "As we prepare to return to campus in September, the provost will be integral to developing the complex logistics of a hybrid approach to learning and research that ensures high-quality educational, research and professional experiences for Drexel students," said Dre  more

Penn State Breaks Records With Gifts Targeted to Immediate and Long-Term Needs
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania, July 21 -- Pennsylvania State University issued the following news: Even as a global pandemic and a national economic downturn unfold, Penn State's alumni and friends have continued to support the University at unprecedented levels. President Eric Barron announced to the Board of Trustees last week that donors committed more than $381,323,670 in the fiscal year that ended on June 30, surpassing the record of $372,555,732 set last year and continuing a three-year s  more

Penn State: Climate Scientists Increasingly Ignore Ecological Role of Indigenous Peoples
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania, July 21 -- Pennsylvania State University issued the following news on July 20: In their zeal to promote the importance of climate change as an ecological driver, climate scientists increasingly are ignoring the profound role that Indigenous peoples played in fire and vegetation dynamics, not only in the eastern United States but worldwide, according to a Penn State researcher. "In many locations, evidence shows that Indigenous peoples actively managed vast areas   more

Penn State: Greenland Bedrock Drilling Project to Understand Past, Future Ice Sheet Melting
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania, July 18 -- Pennsylvania State University issued the following news: The Greenland Ice Sheet holds enough water to raise sea levels nearly 24 feet, yet it remains difficult to predict the rate of melt and possible tipping points in the stability of the ice sheet. Climate change is now causing Greenland to shed ice rapidly, and even a few feet of sea level rise may have grim implications for coastal cities and low-lying islands. A new project aimed at drilling thro  more

Penn State: Harnessing Biomass, Manure to Fuel Farms Through Multi-Institutional Project
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania, July 22 -- Pennsylvania State University issued the following news: A new federal grant will allow a research team led by Iowa State University, Penn State and Roeslein Alternative Energy to develop new methods of turning biomass and manure into fuel. The five-year, $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute for Food and Agriculture will power the Consortium for Cultivating Human and Natural reGenerative Enterprise (C-CHANGE) a  more

Penn State: No Need to Mind the Gap
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania, July 20 -- Pennsylvania State University issued the following news on July 19: A comprehensive analysis of the largest three-dimensional map of the universe ever created was released by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), an ongoing project that includes Penn State scientists. The new results fill in the most significant gaps in our exploration of the universe's history and were produced by the extended Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (eBOSS), which is on  more

Pennsylvania Democratic Party Issues Statement on Death of Rep. Lewis
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, July 20 -- The Pennsylvania Democratic Party issued the following statement by Chairwoman Nancy Patton Mills on the death of civil rights titan and Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia: "Our hearts are broken with the loss of John Lewis -- a civil rights legend, American icon and relentless fighter for justice. "Throughout his life, Congressman Lewis stood for the best of what can be achieved through activism and 'Good Trouble,' and he was a towering figure in our nation and th  more

Pennsylvania Democratic Party Issues Statement on Secretary Ben Carson's Visit to Pittsburgh
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, July 25 -- The Pennsylvania Democratic Party issued the following statement on July 24 by spokesperson Andres Anzola ahead of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson's visit to the state to discuss foster youth initiatives: "Nothing Secretary Carson says today will change the fact that the Trump administration has done everything in its power to undermine vital services and protections for vulnerable Pennsylvanians while also decimating economic opportuniti  more

Pennsylvania Democratic Party on Trump's Fragile Economy, Latest Pennsylvania Jobs Numbers
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, July 18 -- The Pennsylvania Democratic Party issued the following news: The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its state-specific jobs data, which exposed that unemployment Pennsylvania remains at 13 percent -- thanks to Donald Trump's short-sighted economic policy and erratic response to the COVID-19 pandemic. "13% of Pennsylvanians are still out of work because of Donald Trump's ineffective leadership. It didn't have to be this bad, but time and time again, Trump h  more

Pennsylvania Democratic Party: Delco GOP Chair Attacks John Kane's Pledge to Fight for Workers
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, July 21 -- The Pennsylvania Democratic Party issued the following news: Last week, the Delco TImes reported that Delaware County GOP Chair Tom McGarrigle attacked SD-9 candidate John Kane for wanting to bring a "union agenda" to the PA Senate. "This Republican chairman's comments are unfortunate but not surprising. Our commonwealth is in the middle of an economic and public health crisis, but Harrisburg Republicans have left Pennsylvania with the lowest minimum wage i  more

Pennsylvania Democratic Party: Laughlin Must Suspend His Pig Roast and All Other In-Person Events
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, July 21 -- The Pennsylvania Democratic Party issued the following news: As Erie County nears 800 reported COVID-19 cases, Senator Dan Laughlin is mailing constituents to advertise his annual pig roast campaign fundraiser, set to take place on Wednesday, July 29th in Fairview. The problem? There's no mention of adhering to PA Department of Health guidelines for events during the COVID-19 crisis. There is no suggestion of social distancing or wearing a mask, no attendee   more

Pennsylvania Democratic Party: Trump Has Failed to Deliver for Working Families, Educators & Caregivers
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, July 22 -- The Pennsylvania Democratic Party issued the following news: Vice President Joe Biden will unveil his plan to create a 21st-century caregiving and education workforce. This leadership contrasts with Donald Trump, who has undermined public education at every opportunity, failed to address the rising costs of childcare, and has proposed cuts to vital earned benefits. "Since his first day in office, Donald Trump has put the interests of the wealthiest American  more

Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf Signs First Responders Bill, Other Legislation
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, July 24 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release on July 23: Governor Tom Wolf signed several bills into law including HB 1459, which establishes a mental wellness and stress management program for emergency responders who experience post-traumatic stress injuries or traumatic brain injuries on the job. The legislature passed the bill unanimously. "This COVID-19 emergency has been another reminder of how all of us depend on first responders   more

Saint Vincent College: Jeff Mallory Appointed Executive Vice President
LATROBE, Pennsylvania, July 21 -- Saint Vincent College issued the following news: Saint Vincent College has appointed Jeff Mallory, Ed.D., (C'06, G'13) as Executive Vice President. He returns to Saint Vincent College after most recently serving as the Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Inclusion and Student Advancement at Duquesne University since 2018. As Executive Vice President, Dr. Mallory will serve as Chief Operating Officer of the institution while also offering direction to much   more

Scott Perry's Latest Anti-Science Tirade: He's Still Spreading Misinformation on COVID-19 for Political Purposes
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, July 21 -- The Pennsylvania Democratic Party issued the following news: Last Friday, at a press conference in Camp Hill, Congressman Scott Perry launched into an anti-science tirade against Governor Wolf's COVID-19 response. Despite COVID-19 cases being heavily linked to bar service by scientific studies and public health experts, Perry claimed that the recent guidelines are not backed up by data. This is not the first instance of Perry grandstanding with bad data on   more

Sinclair Smith Named Dean of Samson College of Health Sciences
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, July 22 -- The University of the Sciences issued the following news: Sinclair Smith, ScD, has been named Dean of Samson College of Health Sciences, Provost Designate Jill Baren, MD, announced Tuesday. Dr. Smith comes to USciences from Drexel University where he served as Chair of the Health Sciences Department- and Professor of Health Sciences. He will start at USciences beginning September 1. Dr. Smith was selected following a national search and committee process   more

Slippery Rock Names Mitchell Special Assistant to the President
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pennsylvania, July 22 -- Slippery Rock University issued the following news: Slippery Rock University President Bill Behre has announced that Terrence Mitchell has been named as a special assistant to the president for diversity and inclusion. Beginning Aug. 10, SRU will be sharing Mitchell with Edinboro University, where he works as EU's chief diversity and inclusion officer. Through this partnership with EU, Mitchell will be working part time at SRU in helping to strengthen th  more

SRU Partners With Allegheny Health Network to Review COVID-19 Mitigation Plans
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pennsylvania, July 24 -- Slippery Rock University issued the following news: Slippery Rock University has finalized a consultative services agreement with Allegheny Health Network to improve the safety of students, faculty and staff returning to campus during the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of AHN's Physician Consultant for Business program, medical experts will advise SRU administrators on implementing the University's plans for reopening the campus for face-to-face classes for   more

Thiel College Names Samson as Director of Bands and Choir
GREENVILLE, Pennsylvania, July 25 -- Thiel College issued the following news release: Nicholas Samson has been named the director of bands and choir at Thiel College. Samson will oversee music groups on campus as well as teaching within the Department of Music and Theatre. Samson is the ninth director in the choir's 68-year history. * Register for an online meeting with Nicholas Samson (https://thielcollege.wufoo.com/forms/pt6nqvs0301i20/). Samson has directed instrumental and vocal ensemble  more

University of Pennsylvania: 'Self-Eating' Process of Stem Cells May Be the Key to New Regenerative Therapies
UNIVERSITY CITY, Pennsylvania, July 24 -- The University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine issued the following news release: The self-eating process in embryonic stem cells known as chaperone-mediated autophagy (CMA) and a related metabolite may serve as promising new therapeutic targets to repair or regenerate damaged cells and organs, Penn Medicine researchers show in a new study published online in Science. Human bodies contain over 200 different types of specialized cells. All  more

University of Pennsylvania: Advancing Knowledge on Archaea
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, July 21 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: Bioinformatics and big data analyses can reap great rewards for biologists, but it takes a lot of work to generate the datasets necessary to begin. At the same time, researchers around the globe churn out datasets that could be useful to others but are not always widely shared. To foster scientific exchange and to advance discovery, biologists in the School of Arts & Sciences led by postdoc Stefan   more

University of Pennsylvania: Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients Have Low Risk of Stroke
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, July 21 -- The University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine issued the following news release: While initial reports suggested a significant risk of stroke in patients hospitalized with COVID-19, a new paper published in Stroke from Penn Medicine shows a low risk of stroke in patients hospitalized for COVID-19. Notably, the majority of afflicted patients had existing risk factors, such as high blood pressure and diabetes. These findings provide more clari  more

University of Pennsylvania: New Stellar Stream, Born Outside the Milky Way, Discovered With Machine Learning
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, July 18 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: Researchers have discovered a new cluster of stars in the Milky Way disk, the first evidence of this type of merger with another dwarf galaxy. Named after Nyx, the Greek goddess of night, the discovery of this new stellar stream was made possible by machine learning algorithms and simulations of data from the Gaia space observatory. The finding, published in Nature Astronomy, is the result of a coll  more

University of Pennsylvania: Offsetting Carbon Emissions, One Ton at a Time
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, July 21 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: This past winter, the global climate breached multiple tipping points, while at the same time the U.S. formally announced plans to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. Early 2020 brought forest fires and climate protest marches. Despite the disasters and the responses, people around the world continued to board airplanes, drive petroleum-powered vehicles, and purchase electricity produced from  more

University of Pennsylvania: Partisanship and the Pandemic
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, July 22 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: Partisanship, not health concerns, is the main driver of whether Americans are social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new study, and researchers say understanding the influence of partisanship is key to developing successful strategies to get people to change their behavior and help tamp down the virus. John Lapinski, faculty director of Penn's Program on Opinion Research  more

University of Pennsylvania: Plato Was Right. Earth is Made, on Average, of Cubes
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, July 18 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: Plato, the Greek philosopher who lived in the 5th century B.C.E., believed that the universe was made of five types of matter: earth, air, fire, water, and cosmos. Each was described with a particular geometry, a platonic shape. For earth, that shape was the cube. Science has steadily moved beyond Plato's conjectures, looking instead to the atom as the building block of the universe. Yet Plato seem  more

University of Pennsylvania: Rare Genetic Mutation Leaves People at Higher Risk for Multiple Cancers
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, July 21 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: Rare inherited mutations in the body's master regulator of the DNA repair system--the TP53 gene--can leave people at a higher risk of developing multiple types of cancer over the course of their lives. Now, for the first time, a team led by researchers in the Basser Center for BRCA at the Abramson Cancer Center details the potential implications of a lower risk TP53 mutation, including an associatio  more

University of Pennsylvania: The Future of Veterinary Education
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, July 24 -- The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine issued the following news release on July 23: The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine has announced a leadership gift of $5 million from Gail P. Riepe, CW'68, and Jim Riepe, W'65, WG'67, HON'10, to build a new clinical skills center on the New Bolton campus, located in Kennett Square, PA. The gift, a part of The Power of Penn Campaign, is the largest of its kind to the New Bo  more

University of Pennsylvania: U.S. Military Has Improved Mortality Since World War II, But There Have Been Some Alarming Exceptions
UNIVERSITY CITY, Pennsylvania, July 22 -- The University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine issued the following news release: New analysis shows that while the survivability of wounds on the battlefield has steadily improved for United States service members since World War II, there were several increases that bucked that trend during subsequent conflicts. By understanding these bumps and making steps to improve readiness between conflicts, troops' lives could be saved in the futur  more

Villanova Biology Professor Alyssa Stark, PhD Receives National Science Foundation Grant
VILLANOVA, Pennsylvania, July 24 -- Villanova University issued the following news release: The National Science Foundation has awarded a $480,927 grant to Alyssa Stark, PhD, assistant professor of Biology in Villanova University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, to support her research on how environmental factors affect the performance, behavior and morphology of biological organisms. The project, "RUI: Functional morphology and ecological implications of ant adhesion in the tropical f  more

Villanova University: Engineering-Led National Science Foundation Grant Supports University-Wide High-Performance Computing
VILLANOVA, Pennsylvania, July 23 -- Villanova University issued the following news release: A Villanova University research team has been awarded a two-year, $397,196 National Science Foundation Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CC*) grant. Titled "CC* Compute: High-Performance Computing (HPC) Backbone for Accelerating Campus-Wide and Regional Research," the award will fund a university-wide HPC cluster that will help advance Villanova's computational research. The team is comprised of Principal Inv  more

Westminster College: McMinn Named Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of College
NEW WILMINGTON, Pennsylvania, July 22 -- Westminster College issued the following news release: Dr. Jamie McMinn, associate dean of academic affairs and professor of psychology, was appointed vice president for academic affairs and dean of Westminster College, effective July 1. McMinn fills the vacancy created following the resignation of Dr. Jeffrey Coker. "We look forward to Dr. McMinn's continued leadership on campus," Westminster College President Dr. Kathy Brittain Richardson said. "His   more