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State Tipoffs Involving Pennsylvania Newsletter for Sunday May 17, 2020 ( 26 items )  

Butler County Community College: Grove City Resident to Become New Director of BC3 @ LindenPointe
HERMITAGE, Pennsylvania, May 12 -- Butler County Community College issued the following news: Lauren Buchanan, of Grove City, on July 1 will become director of Butler County Community College's additional location in Mercer County, succeeding John Suesser, who will retire after 11 years as BC3 @ LindenPointe's leader. Buchanan, a native of Stoneboro, has been director of BC3 @ Cranberry in Cranberry Township, Butler County, since 2017. Ryan Kociela, of Murrysville, will serve as interim direct  more

Calif. A.G. Becerra: Bipartisan Coalition of Leaders and Experts Support Supreme Court Fight to Protect ACA
SACRAMENTO, California, May 15 -- California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued the following news release: California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced that a diverse group of bipartisan attorneys general, economists, patient groups, hospitals, healthcare providers, insurance companies, cities, counties, tribes, and more filed amicus briefs in the Supreme Court supporting California's defense of the healthcare system and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The amici coalition also includes   more

Chatham University: Fossil Footprints in Tanzania Reveal Snapshot of Group Behavior in Prehistoric Humans
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, May 15 -- Chatham University issued the following news: Kevin Hatala, Assistant Professor of Biology at Chatham University, is the primary author of a new study published in Nature Scientific Reports that provides in-depth analyses of the largest human fossil footprint site that has ever been discovered in Africa. Within an area of approximately 300 square-meters, the site near the village of Engare Sero in Tanzania contains over 400 human footprints, preserved in vo  more

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Awards Cabrini Preschool Development Grant
RADNOR, Pennsylvania, May 14 -- Cabrini College issued the following news: Cabrini University is one of 10 institutions of higher education to receive funding as part of a $1.5 million investment in early childcare education (ECE) by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Cabrini's $158,493 Preschool Development Grant, awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning, is helping the University improve the preparation of ECE teac  more

Delaware Valley University Launches Its First Agriculture-Focused Graduate Degree Program
DOYLESTOWN, Pennsylvania, May 13 -- Delaware Valley University issued the following news: Building on its rich history and strengths in agriculture and business education, Delaware Valley University is launching a new Master of Science in Agribusiness Management. The 10-course, 30-credit curriculum is designed to prepare students for senior management positions in the food and agriculture industries. The online program will launch in fall 2020 with courses beginning in late August. "Delaware V  more

Dr. Jill M. Baren Named Provost at University of the Sciences
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, May 16 -- The University of the Sciences issued the following news: Jill M. Baren, MD, has been named provost and vice president of academic affairs at University of the Sciences, University President Paul Katz, MD, announced. Dr. Baren is a national leader in academic medicine, healthcare, and higher education. "Dr. Baren's experience and her strong leadership skills make her an excellent choice for this vital role at the University where she will work closely with  more

Elizabeth Howell, MD, MPP, Named New Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Penn Medicine
UNIVERSITY CITY, Pennsylvania, May 14 -- The University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine issued the following news release: Elizabeth Howell, MD, MPP, an accomplished researcher of health inequities and a respected women's health leader, has been named chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She will join Penn on Sept. 1, 2020, from her post as a professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive   more

Kutztown University Raises $30,000 and Counting to Support Students Effected by COVID-19
KUTZTOWN, Pennsylvania, May 13 -- Kutztown University issued the following news release: Kutztown University recently established a new fund to connect KU students who face financial emergencies with funds that can help them put their focus back on school. Bears Band Together, led by the Kutztown University Foundation, has raised more than $30,000 to date to support KU students. Funds from Bears Band Together helps provide relief from tuition payment difficulties, computers and internet access  more

Lebanon Valley College Celebrates 151st Commencement
ANNVILLE, Pennsylvania, May 15 -- Lebanon Valley College issued the following news release: Nearly 430 students marked their academic success and achievements during the culmination of a week-long virtual celebration as part of Lebanon Valley College's 151st Commencement Saturday, May 9, 2020. Dr. Robert Machado, chair of humanities and director of English, delivered the Commencement address. Machado encouraged students to view the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to act boldly and creative  more

Lebanon Valley College: Starting the Conversation About Mental Health
ANNVILLE, Pennsylvania, May 15 -- Lebanon Valley College issued the following news release: Only in their early 20s, Kayla Shuman '21 and Lauren Schrott '21 already have closely interacted with people who struggle with mental health. When it came time for the friends to choose a topic for their Constellation LVC courses, they selected wellness to gain a better understanding of how mental health impacts the mind and physical body. As part of their final course in a four-part series across the s  more

National Science Foundation Awards Kutztown University Student-Research Grant for Exoplanet Discovery
KUTZTOWN, Pennsylvania, May 14 -- Kutztown University issued the following news release: The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Kutztown University nearly $244,000 for a student-research grant. The grant will allow undergraduate students the opportunity to be paid research assistants at KU and travel abroad to take their research work to the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) in Australia. Beginning in 2021, four undergraduate students will be selected every year for the next th  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Announces Inclusion of Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation or Expression in COVID-19 Data Collection
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, May 14 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf took another step in his commitment to fair treatment and inclusion of LGBTQ Pennsylvanians by announcing ways the community will be counted in COVID-19 data. As counties in the commonwealth move from the red stay-at-home order to the aggressive mitigation efforts of the yellow phase, the Department of Health will be conducting extensive case histories investigations as part   more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Announces New Funding for Agriculture, Business Development Projects
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, May 16 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release on May 15: Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of four projects through the Commonwealth Financing Authority that will spur economic development, create jobs, and support Pennsylvania's agriculture industry. "As we look toward the future after we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is critical that we make smart, strategic investments that will help stabilize our economy and support Penn  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf to Pennsylvania: We Must Stay the Course, We Must Follow the Law
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, May 12 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release on May 11: Governor Tom Wolf reminded Pennsylvanians that the state's actions to stop the spread of COVID-19 are working and that we must stay the course and follow the law or there will be negative consequences. "Pennsylvanians are fighting for our lives," Gov. Wolf said. "We have fought this deadly virus in the best way we can, and sacrificed in ways we could never have imagined. It has been   more

Pa. Gov. Wolf: 12 More Counties to Move to Yellow Phase on May 22
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, May 16 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release on May 15: Governor Tom Wolf announced 12 additional Pennsylvania counties will move to the yellow phase of reopening at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, May 22. Those counties include Adams, Beaver, Carbon, Columbia, Cumberland, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry, Susquehanna, Wyoming, Wayne, and York. Twenty-four counties moved into the yellow phase of reopening on May 8 and another 13 moved to yellow beginning. W  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf: Pennsylvania Receives $523 Million in One-Time Federal Emergency Funds to Support Schools
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, May 14 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release on May 13: Governor Tom Wolf announced that the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) has approved Pennsylvania's application for $523.8 million in one-time federal emergency funds to help schools respond to COVID-19 impacts. "Our schools and educators have been working tirelessly to help students and their families during this crisis," said Governor Wolf. "These efforts must be paired with inves  more

Penn State to Allocate COVID-19 Federal Emergency Aid Grants to 25,000 Students
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania, May 14 -- Pennsylvania State University issued the following news: More than 25,000 Penn State students will receive cash grants of up to $1,000 each in an initial round of funding from the University's share of the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund -- money that will help students cover expenses related to disruptions in campus operations brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on a framework developed by a task group that included broad represen  more

Penn State: Researchers Study Impact of Health Care Reform on Child Development
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania, May 15 -- Penn State's College of Education issued the following news: Education has long been associated with enhanced health and well-being in large part by allowing greater access to resources such as quality health care. With the aid of a new grant, an education professor at Penn State has started a project to study the flip side of that coin -- how can health policies affect children's learning and socioemotional development? "Demographers always talk about   more

Penn State: Tracking Spread, Testing Traps Are Focus of Spotted Lanternfly Study in Altoona
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania, May 12 -- Pennsylvania State University issued the following news: Assessing the potential spread of the spotted lanternfly in the Altoona, Pennsylvania, area is the focus of a study underway by scientists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. "Outlier -- or isolated -- populations are important targets for management," said Joe Keller, a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Entomology. "Early detection and treatment can be essential for the effe  more

Perelman School of Medicine: Reddit Reveals Peaks of Public Interest in COVID-19 Topics
UNIVERSITY CITY, Pennsylvania, May 14 -- The University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine issued the following news release: Machine learning can be used to track surges in interest in health topics on popular online comment boards, like Reddit, according to a new study conducted during the COVID-19 outbreak by researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn Medicine). Such insight could help public health officials better understand and addres  more

Perelman School of Medicine: Steep Decline in Organ Transplants Amid COVID-19 Outbreak
UNIVERSITY CITY, Pennsylvania, May 13 [TNSmedicalresearch] -- The University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine issued the following news release on May 12: France and the United States, two countries hit hard by the novel coronavirus, have experienced a tremendous reduction in the number of organ donations and solid organ (kidney, liver, heart, and lung) transplant procedures since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study. By early April, transplant centers in bo  more

University of Pennsylvania: Reddit Reveals Peaks of Public Interest in COVID-19 Topics
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, May 16 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: Machine learning can be used to track surges in interest in health topics on popular online comment boards, like Reddit, according to a new study conducted during the COVID-19 outbreak by researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine. Such insight could help public health officials better understand and address public concerns and priorities, and stem the spread of misinformation. This study was pub  more

University of Pennsylvania: Supportive Work Environments Help Nurses Do Their Job to The Fullest
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, May 16 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: As the current COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates, nurses have a critical role in the coordination, delivery, and evaluation of care. In fact, prior to the pandemic, 2020 was designated as the "Year of the Nurse and Midwife" in recognition of nurses' essential contributions to health care. Studies show, however, that nursing care is often "missed," meaning that it is delayed, partially completed, or not   more

Villanova Theology Professor's New Book Examines the Global and Liminal Catholicism of Pope Francis
VILLANOVA, Pennsylvania, May 12 -- Villanova University issued the following news release on May 11: In the more than 2,000-year history of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis is the first pope to reassess the relationship between the papacy and the bishops, and one of the first to boldly advocate for the poor from the perspective of a truly global Catholic Church. This is how Massimo Faggioli, PhD, professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University, describes today's pontificate  more

Villanova University Humanities Receives $3.9M Templeton Foundation Grant
VILLANOVA, Pennsylvania, May 14 -- Villanova University issued the following news release: Villanova University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) has received a three-year, $3.9 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation to explore how the theology of human nature engages scientific approaches to humanity. The largest grant ever received by CLAS, it will fund a new research initiative, "Collaborative Inquiries in Christian Theological Anthropology," directed by Jesse Couenhove  more

Villanova University Names the Rev. Kevin DePrinzio, OSA, PhD, Vice President for Mission and Ministry
VILLANOVA, Pennsylvania, May 15 -- Villanova University issued the following news release: Villanova University President, the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, has announced the appointment of the Rev. Kevin DePrinzio, OSA, PhD, as Vice President for Mission and Ministry, effective July 1, 2020. As Vice President, he will oversee the University's Office for Mission and Ministry, which plays a vital role in ensuring Villanova's commitment to living out its Augustinian Catholic mission in every a  more