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

California University of Pennsylvania: Center Announces Research Grants
CALIFORNIA, Pennsylvania, April 21 [TNSgrants] -- California University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: The Center for Undergraduate Research at California University of Pennsylvania has issued a call for proposals for the Fall 2020 semester. Proposals may request any level of support up to $2,000, which includes a maximum student stipend of $500. Read more about the call for proposals. "We are encouraging proposals this year on the social, economic, political, geopolitical, litera  more

Carnegie Mellon Dashboard Will Help Inform State Decision-Makers During Pandemic
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, April 24 -- Carnegie Mellon University issued the following news: Carnegie Mellon University is playing a key role in Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf's planning efforts to re-open the state's economy. There is no single dashboard tool that states can use to determine the best time to ease restrictions or re-open the economy, but the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is partnering with Carnegie Mellon and other institutions of higher learning to make informed decisions based  more

Carnegie Mellon Unveils Five Interactive COVID-19 Maps
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, April 24 -- Carnegie Mellon University issued the following news: Carnegie Mellon University unveiled five interactive maps displaying real-time information on symptoms, doctor visits, medical tests and browser searches related to COVID-19 in the United States, including estimated disease activity at the county level. The maps on CMU's COVIDcast [https://covidcast.cmu.edu/] website include data developed with the help of partners including Google, Facebook, Quidel Cor  more

Conn. Gov. Lamont, Colleagues Announce Appointees to Multi-State Council to Get People Back to Work, Restore Economy
HARTFORD, Connecticut, April 20 -- Gov. Ned Lamont, D-Connecticut, issued the following news release: Governor Ned Lamont of Connecticut, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo of New York, Governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, Governor Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island, Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey, Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania, and Governor John Carney of Delaware announced their appointees that will serve on the multi-state, regional council to restore the economy and get people back to work. Th  more

Created for Anthrax Attacks, Drexel Researchers' Cold Plasma Air Filter Is Now Being Prepped to Face COVID-19
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, April 24 -- Drexel University issued the following news release: Researchers at Drexel University's C. & J. Nyheim Plasma Institute are modifying an air sterilization system they created to combat the threat of anthrax attacks post-9-11 in hopes it can now help to ward off COVID-19. "As public health research reveals how the virus can persist and be transmitted through the air in indoor environments, it will become increasingly important for engineers to develop air  more

DeSales University: Adjunct Professor Gerard Caprio '99 Put Lab Skills to Use During Pandemic
CENTER VALLEY, Pennsylvania, April 22 -- DeSales University issued the following news: By all standards, Gerard Caprio has a busy career. The 1999 alum, who has worked in research and in government, now teaches at Allentown Central Catholic High School and has been an adjunct professor at DeSales University for the past 20 years. Still, his schedule didn't stop him from jumping in to help a local laboratory during the COVID-19 crisis. "When I was watching TV and hearing all the information abo  more

Drexel University: Screen Time for Babies Linked to Higher Risk of Autism-Like Symptoms Later in Childhood
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, April 21 -- Drexel University issued the following news release: Sitting a baby in front of a tablet or television, as well as less parent-child play time, are associated with developing greater autism spectrum disorder (ASD)-like symptoms later in childhood. These findings, from the first prospective study on the subject, are published in JAMA Pediatrics from researchers at Drexel University's College of Medicine and Dornsife School of Public Health. The authors su  more

Grand Valley State University Names New Vice President for Enrollment Development
ALLENDALE, Michigan, April 25 -- Grand Valley State University issued the following news: Grand Valley State University has named B. Donta Truss as its new vice president for Enrollment Development. The university's Board of Trustees approved his appointment at its April 24, 2020 meeting, held virtually due to the COVID-19 Stay Home, Stay Safe order in Michigan. Truss is currently the senior vice president for Enrollment Management, Students Affairs and Student Success at Shippensburg Universi  more

Grove City College: Engineering Students Work on New Propulsion System for NASA
GROVE CITY, Pennsylvania, April 23 -- The Grove City College issued the following news release: Grove City College Engineering students experienced a unique opportunity to contribute to a NASA project in the 2019-2020 NASA Glenn Research Center University Student Design Challenge. Armand Ignelzi '21, Robert Goodrich '21 and Joshua Harhai '21 worked together with Dr. George "Geo" Richards, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering and Dr. Luke Rumbaugh, professor of Electrical and Computer   more

N.Y. Gov. Cuomo, Colleagues Announce Appointees to Multi-State Council to Get People Back to Work, Restore Economy
ALBANY, New York, April 20 -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-New York, issued the following news release: New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, Delaware Governor John Carney, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced their appointees to the multi-state council to restore the economy and get people back to work. The appointees include one health expert, one economic d  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Administration Issues Guidance as Construction Industry Prepares to Resume Work May 1
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, April 24 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: As the construction industry prepares to resume work, the Wolf Administration issued guidance for all construction businesses and employees to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. All businesses in the construction industry in the commonwealth are permitted to resume in-person operations starting Friday, May 1 - one week earlier than previously announced. Previously, Governor Tom Wolf and Secre  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Announces Nearly $16 Million in Funding for Pennsylvania Food Banks
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, April 20 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf announced nearly $16 million in funding for Pennsylvania food banks, which are providing critical assistance to Pennsylvanians during the COVID-19 health crisis. "COVID-19 has caused severe economic stress for many Pennsylvanians, and as a result our food banks have been working in overdrive with unprecedented demand," Wolf said. "We're proud of the Pennsylvanians who are s  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Announces Online Vehicle Sale Process, Construction Restart Date, PLCB Curbside Pick Up
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, April 21 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release on April 20: Governor Tom Wolf announced three actions including online sales of vehicles, which will be enabled by the signing of SB 841, restart of construction projects statewide starting Friday, May 8, and curbside pickup of wine and spirits at select Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board locations. "Over the past six weeks, Pennsylvanians have come together like never before to halt the spre  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Encourages Voters to Apply for a Mail-in Ballot
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, April 23 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: As Pennsylvania continues mitigation efforts to fight COVID-19, Governor Tom Wolf is encouraging registered voters to apply for a mail-in ballot for the June 2 primary election. The governor also announced the Department of State has launched an awareness campaign to inform the public about the new primary election date and how to apply for a mail-in ballot, including sending 4.2 million post  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Signs Senate Bill 841 to Provide Flexibility to Local Governments and Businesses
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, April 21 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf signed Senate Bill 841 that helps local communities and businesses respond to the COVID-19 emergency and protect the public. The bill provides flexibility on property tax deadlines, allows remote public meetings and notarization of documents so online vehicle sales can resume. "This bipartisan legislation gives local governments and businesses additional options to help p  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf: Mental Health Support is Vital and Available Amid Strain of COVID-19 Pandemic
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, April 25 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release on April 24: Governor Tom Wolf has made mental health access a priority during his tenure, in January introducing Reach Out PA: Your Mental Health Matters, an initiative to remove barriers to mental health care and reduce stigma. At a daily briefing on the commonwealth's work to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the governor highlighted that the need for accessible mental health services is greate  more

Penn State to Continue Remote Learning, Online Courses Into Summer
SHARON, Pennsylvania, April 24 -- Pennsylvania State University's Shenango Campus issued the following news: Given the continuing challenge and uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic and to protect the health of students, faculty and staff, Penn State has made the decision to extend virtual delivery of courses into the summer. Further, the University will adjust tuition for the summer sessions in light of the ongoing pandemic and the persistent fiscal strain it is causing across Pennsylvania a  more

Penn State-New Kensington: Virtual Expo Highlights New Kensington Students' Research
NEW KENSINGTON, Pa., April 22 -- Pennsylvania State University's New Kensington Campus issued the following news: Twenty-four student research projects as part of the 2020 Penn State New Kensington Research and Student Engagement Expo can be viewed online at newkensington.psu.edu/Virtual-Research-Expo. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the University's transition to a remote learning environment in March, the annual in-person research event originally scheduled for April 9 was canceled. However  more

Penn State: New Website Helps K-12 Teachers Tackle Remote Learning
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania, April 21 -- Penn State's College of Education issued the following news: The coronavirus pandemic has forced widespread school closures in the U.S. in an unprecedented disturbance of K-12 schooling. In response to the uncertainty surrounding the transition to remote learning, the College of Education has developed a website that enables K-12 educators to have easy access to a variety of online tools and articles that address key questions and concerns related to r  more

Pennsylvania State University: Research Information Outlines Pennsylvania Specifics Related to COVID-19
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania, April 24 -- Pennsylvania State University issued the following news: Many Pennsylvania residents are facing an increased risk for severe symptoms of the novel coronavirus, while having limited access to medical services, and policy briefs from Penn State's Pennsylvania Population Network (PPN) demonstrate why. Raeven Chandler, assistant research professor and director of the PPN at Penn State, recently published a new brief, COVID19 & The Commonwealth: Vulnerable  more

Perelman School of Medicine: A Link Between Obesity and Sleep Loss? Researchers Identify How Metabolism Regulates Sleep in Worms
UNIVERSITY CITY, Pennsylvania, April 22 -- The University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine issued the following news release: Can staying up late make you fat? A growing body of research has suggested that poor sleep quality is linked to an increased risk of obesity by deregulating appetite, which in turn leads to more calorie consumption. But a new study published this week in PLOS Biology found that the direction of this reaction might actually be flipped: It's not the sleep los  more

Rice University: Remote Teaching Makes Us More Human, Rice U. Expert Says
HOUSTON, Texas, April 23 -- Rice University issued the following news release: In March, thousands of universities around the world said goodbye to spring break and hello to a world of online instruction. At Rice University, only three undergraduate classes were scheduled to be conducted completely online from the beginning of the semester. Now more than 1,900 have gone remote. The biggest revelations have been about the human -- rather than the technical -- dimension of teaching, said Caroli  more

Saint Vincent College: Tulk Announces Retirement
LATROBE, Pennsylvania, April 24 -- Saint Vincent College issued the following news: The Saint Vincent College Department of Athletics has announced the hiring of 2011 graduate Zach Wilfong as head men's lacrosse coach, replacing longtime head coach Peter Tulk, who has announced his retirement. A four-year men's lacrosse standout for the Bearcats from 2008-11, Wilfong returns to his alma mater with considerable coaching experience, most recently serving as head coach at La Roche University. "I  more

University of Nevada: Obesity Linked to Sleep Loss? Researchers Identify How Metabolism Regulates Sleep
RENO, Nevada, April 23 -- The University of Nevada issued the following news: Can staying up late make you fat? A growing body of research has suggested that poor sleep quality is linked to an increased risk of obesity by deregulating appetite, which in turn leads to more calorie consumption. But a new study published this week in PLOS Biology found that the direction of this reaction might actually be flipped: it's not the sleep loss that leads to obesity, but rather that excess weight can ca  more

University of Pennsylvania: Fixing Leaky Optical Pipes With Topological Glue
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, April 23 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: A new study published in Nature describes a novel design of optical devices that radiate light in a single direction. This new single-sided radiation channel for light can be used in a wide array of optoelectronic applications to reduce energy consumption in optical fiber networks and data centers, demonstrating how new theories from the field of topology can be used to improve existing technologie  more

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio: Traffic Officer Protein Governs Speed of Sugar/Fat Conversion Pathway
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, April 25 -- The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio issued the following news release: Scientists in Texas and Pennsylvania have identified a protein sensor that restricts how much sugar and fat our cells convert into energy during periods of starvation. It is possible, the scientists say, that the sensor could be fine-tuned to prompt more sugar and fat conversion in people with metabolic conditions such as diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease wh  more