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State Tipoffs Involving Pennsylvania Newsletter for Sunday May 24, 2020 ( 35 items )  

Bastecki-Perez Named 6th President of Montgomery County Community College
BLUE BELL, Pennsylvania, May 19 -- Montgomery County Community College issued the following news on May 18: Upon completion of a nationwide search, Montgomery County Community College's (MCCC) Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Dr. Victoria L. Bastecki-Perez has been selected to serve as the College's sixth President. She has signed a three-year contract, and she will begin her tenure immediately starting May 18. "We are confident that Dr. Bastecki-Perez's strong leadership and unwa  more

Carnegie Mellon University: Video Game Helps Neuroscientists Understand Second Language Learners
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, May 21 -- Carnegie Mellon University issued the following news: Research in the Holt Lab continues as the CMU community works remotely An alien ship appears on the left side of the screen. The player hears it coming and has a laser ready. With a quick tap of the space bar, the alien is toast. The player is safe for just a moment before hearing another alien approaching, this time from the right. The sounds the alien ships make as they enter the screen are not arbitrar  more

Community College of Allegheny County Converts More Than 50 Community Education Classes This Summer to Online Format
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, May 21 -- Community College of Allegheny County issued the following news: The Community College of Allegheny County has converted Community Ed Online Classesmore than 50 community education classes that begin in June to be delivered entirely online. The move was made in an effort to provide as much noncredit programming as possible while social distancing guidelines remain in effect this summer. The list features some of the most popular offerings in CCAC's Community   more

Dr. Christina Clark Named Provost at Marywood University
SCRANTON, Pennsylvania, May 23 -- Marywood University issued the following news release: Sister Mary Persico, IHM, Ed.D., president of Marywood University, announced that Christina A. Clark, Ph.D., Arlington, Va., has been appointed by the board of trustees as the university's new provost, effective July 1, 2020. In her new role as Marywood's provost, Dr. Clark will serve as the chief academic officer of the University, providing leadership in all academic matters and working collaboratively wi  more

Drexel University: The More You Know - How Better Understanding of Transgender and Nonbinary Biology Benefits Those Patients
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, May 23 -- Drexel University issued the following news release: Many people have their complaints about navigating the health care system. But if a person belongs to an underrepresented minority group, like those in the LGBT+ community, the problems that person faces can affect not only interactions, but access to health care. More and more individuals are identifying themselves as transgender, gender queer or nonbinary. Despite this, the health care system is often i  more

Four King's College Faculty Members Contribute to Ethics Journal
WILKES-BARRE, Pennsylvania, May 19 -- King's College issued the following news release: The most recent issue of "Expositions: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities" contains contributions from four members of the King's College faculty. The four contributions represent half of the selections in the latest issue of the journal, which is administered by the Villanova University Center for Liberal Education. The theme of the forum is the implications of published works by the philosopher A  more

Franklin & Marshall College: OSPGD Explores New Terrain and Sets New Standards During COVID-19
LANCASTER, Pennsylvania, May 21 -- Franklin and Marshall College issued the following news: The Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development (OSPGD) at Franklin & Marshall prepares students for life beyond college--but how do you prepare someone for the unpreparable? During this unprecedented time, OSPGD adeptly shifted to an online environment and began exploring new COVID-19-related content to continue supporting students and alumni alike. "When our College and Career Center closed facil  more

Franklin & Marshall: Research Fair - Senior Dives Deeply Into Nanoworld
LANCASTER, Pennsylvania, May 19 -- Franklin and Marshall College issued the following news: Too tiny for the human eye, nanoparticles influence nearly every aspect of our lives. Franklin & Marshall College senior Huiyan Anna Xiong certainly knows a thing or two about the nanoworld. Her recent chemistry research explores the impact of altering nanorods for useful applications. Under the direction of Associate Professor of Chemistry Kate Plass, Xiong's work in nanoparticles (objects one billio  more

Gettysburg College: General Electric Gas Power Global Supply Chain CFO Shares Importance of Forward Progress
GETTYSBURG, Pennsylvania, May 22 -- Gettysburg College issued the following news: In the past decade, renewable energy from sources such as solar panels and wind turbines has continued to become more cost- and energy-efficient. However, gas turbines have also advanced. As reported by General Electric (GE) in 2018, citing the U.S. Energy Information Administration, natural gas has become the largest source for electricity in the nation. From the environmental and economic sustainability of trad  more

Herman Beavers Named Faculty Director of Civic House and the Civic Scholars Program
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, May 22 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: The University of Pennsylvania has appointed Herman Beavers as faculty director of Civic House and the Civic Scholars Program. The announcement was made by Provost Wendell Pritchett and Vice Provost for Education Beth Winkelstein. Beavers has taught at Penn since 1989 and is a professor of English and Africana Studies, a distinguished poet, and a widely published scholar of 20th-century American and  more

Keystone College Will Conduct Virtual Commencement in May and Plans In-Person Celebration This Fall
LA PLUME, Pennsylvania, May 21 -- Keystone College issued the following news release: Keystone College will conduct a virtual Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 23, 2020. The College had previously announced that due to the COVID-19 crisis, the planned May 9 traditional Commencement at the Pavilion at Montage could not be conducted. In addition to the May virtual ceremony, Keystone is planning to host an in-person celebration for members of the Class of 2020 during Homecoming Weekend on Oc  more

Maryland A.G. Frosh, Virginia A.G. Herring, D.C. A.G. Racine File Notice of Intent to Sue EPA
BALTIMORE, Maryland, May 19 -- Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh issued the following news release: Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh, joined by the Attorneys General of Virginia and the District of Columbia, filed a Notice of Intent (NOI) to sue the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its failure to require Pennsylvania and New York to develop and implement plans to achieve 2025 Chesapeake Bay restoration goals. Under the Clean Water Act, EPA has a nondiscretionary duty to  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Adds Eight Counties to Yellow and 17 to Green on May 29, Remainder to Yellow on June 5
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, May 23 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Furthering his plan for reopening Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Wolf announced eight additional counties will move to yellow and 17 to green, effective at 12:01 a.m., May 29. All remaining counties in red are expected to move to yellow by June 5 at 12:01 a.m. The counties moving to yellow on May 29 include Dauphin, Franklin, Huntingdon, Lebanon, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, and Schuylkill. The 17 coun  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Administration Awards $9.6 Million in Grants to Help the Charitable Food System
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, May 22 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release on May 21: The Wolf Administration will be awarding more than $9 million to non-profit entities for projects to fight hunger and prevent food waste. The awards come from the expanded Food Recovery Infrastructure grant program announced in April. Grants will allow food banks, shelters and soup kitchens to cover the costs of equipment purchases necessary to prepare, transport and store food acqui  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Administration Releases Summer Camp and Recreation Guidance
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, May 23 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: With an understanding of the need for Pennsylvania families to secure child care options this summer, the Wolf Administration issued frequently asked questions to provide guidance to parents, summer camp operators, public bathing places, part-day school-age programs, and other entities that provide necessary child care and enrichment and recreational activities for children and youth during the  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Announces Real Estate Industry May Conduct Limited Business Transactions Statewide
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, May 20 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release on May 19: Governor Tom Wolf announced that starting today, businesses and employees in the real estate industry may conduct limited business-related activities statewide and provided guidance for this industry to operate in red phase and yellow phase counties. "We continue to review our policies and the scientific data to determine the safest approach for all activities in the commonwealth," G  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Modifies Executive Order on Foreclosure and Eviction Suspensions
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, May 23 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Gov. Tom Wolf amended his executive order protecting Pennsylvanians from foreclosure and eviction to specify that the order only applies to evictions and foreclosures enacted due to lack of payment or because a tenant has overstayed a lease. "I am protecting housing for Pennsylvanians who may be facing economic challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic," said Gov. Wolf. "My order will not affect  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Signs Cocktails-to-Go Bill
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, May 22 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf signed House Bill 327, now Act 21 of 2020, allowing the temporary sale of cocktails-to-go from bars, restaurants or hotels with a liquor license. The law takes effect immediately. "This new temporary rule creates more business for bars and restaurants when they need it, helps to meet customer demand and supports social distancing," said Governor Wolf. "As we approach the holi  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Stresses Roles of PA Emergency Management Agency, National Guard in Pandemic Response
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, May 19 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: When it comes to a crisis, preparedness is everything, and Governor Tom Wolf stressed the critical roles the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and PA National Guard play in coordinating the state's preparedness and response to COVID-19. He was joined at a press conference by PEMA director Randy Padfield and PA National Guard Colonel Frank Montgomery. "Pennsylvania has a great tea  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf, Treasurer Torsella Announce Property Tax/Rent Rebates Arriving Early to Help Seniors, Others During COVID-19 Pandemic
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, May 20 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf and Treasurer Joe Torsella announced that many older homeowners, renters and people with disabilities will receive early rebates through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. Rebates are typically issued starting July 1, but the governor and treasurer are issuing the rebates starting tomorrow to approved applicants. The governor also signed HB 1076, which authorizes the early   more

Pa. Gov. Wolf: Federal Funding Available for COVID-19 Testing and Treatment for Uninsured Patients
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, May 19 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf announced that through the federal stimulus bills providers of COVID-19 testing and treatment services will be able to be reimbursed for providing those services to uninsured patients. "All Pennsylvanians should have access to necessary testing for COVID-19 and this federal funding will help eliminate any financial burden on those both providing and receiving tests," Gov. Wol  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf: Food Distributors Receive $50 Million for Farmers to Families Food Boxes
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, May 20 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf announced that Pennsylvania food distributors will receive more than $50 million of $1.2 billion in funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farmers to Families Food Box program. Money will fund the purchase of surplus milk and other dairy products, as well as chicken, pork and fresh produce from Pennsylvania farmers who lost markets for their products due to the COVID  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf: State to Distribute $51 Million in CARES Funding to Support Child Care Providers
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, May 22 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf announced an initial distribution of $51 million of funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to support child care providers around Pennsylvania. Distributed in partnership with the General Assembly, this initial funding will reach nearly 7,000 child care centers. "Child care providers are the backbone of our economy in many ways," G  more

Penn College Grads Commissioned in Online ROTC Ceremony
WILLIAMSPORT, Pennsylvania, May 18 -- The Pennsylvania College of Technology issued the following news: Six Pennsylvania College of Technology seniors were among eight Bald Eagle Battalion Army ROTC cadets commissioned as second lieutenants Saturday during a virtual ceremony, the culmination of their four-year transformation from cadets to officers. With family members and other supporters joining them in person and on computer screens, Penn College students sworn into service are Hayden N. Be  more

Penn State-York: Social Distancing Leads to New Opportunities Through OLLI
YORK, Pennsylvania, May 19 -- Pennsylvania State University York campus issued the following news: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Penn State, University Park and York, is turning necessary COVID-19 restrictions into opportunities online. OLLI at Penn State is a membership organization offering affordable courses, trips and social activities geared toward adults who are 50 years and older. While in-person classes, events and trips are currently on hold, OLLI members and voluntee  more

Penn State: Collaborative Research With LTEN Contributes to Knowledge Base
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania, May 22 -- Penn State's College of Education issued the following news: The first product of an innovative emerging research partnership between the Penn State College of Education and the Life Sciences Trainers & Educators Network (LTEN), recently named the LTEN-Penn State Learning Agility Graduate Fellowship, has been published by JMIR Medical Education where the work can be accessed by training professionals around the globe. The article, titled "Current and Fu  more

Pennsylvania State University: New Urine Testing Method Holds Promise for Kidney Stone Sufferers
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania, May 23 -- Pennsylvania State University issued the following news: An improved urine-testing system for people suffering from kidney stones inspired by nature and proposed by researchers from Penn State and Stanford University may enable patients to receive results within 30 minutes instead of the current turnaround time of a week or more. Kidney stones occur due to buildup of certain salts and minerals that form crystals, which in turn stick together and enlarg  more

Pennsylvania State University: Return to Work Survey Being Sent to Penn State Employees This Week
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania, May 22 -- Pennsylvania State University issued the following news: University leaders are seeking employee feedback via a new survey launched to help make strategic decisions about how and when Penn State employees should return to their workplaces when current restrictions related to COVID-19 are lifted. While various scenarios for a safe return to campus are being considered, these survey questions will provide leadership with valuable insight into employee need  more

Ridge College Students, TRSS Collaborate on Real-World Problems
ERIE, Pennsylvania, May 19 -- Mercyhurst University issued the following news release: Five students from the Ridge College of Intelligence Studies & Applied Sciences at Mercyhurst University recently collaborated with Thomson Reuters Special Services (TRSS) on a research and analysis project focused on cyber-attacks from foreign entities. The students' findings supported TRSS's ongoing special research, innovation, and business solutions, according to TRSS officials. "Our relationship with M  more

Stockton University: Report Finds Huge Federal Court Backlog in N.J.
GALLOWAY, New Jersey, May 22 -- Stockton University issued the following news on May 21: The U.S. District Court case backlog in New Jersey has grown by 230% since 2016 and now stands at almost 39,000 cases. The cause is a combination of unfilled vacancies on the federal bench combined with a surge in federal case filings, according to a student research paper published today by the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton University. New Jersey's federal case backlog, known as  more

University of Pennsylvania: A Cautionary Tale About Medicaid Work Requirements
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, May 23 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: In a new paper in JAMA Network Open, a team from the Leonard Davis Institute looked at the potential effects of Medicaid work requirements on Medicaid participation among those not actually subject to these requirements. They estimated that these "spillover effects"--which thus far have not been part of the conversation on work requirements--could be quite large. Three years earlier, the team was h  more

University of Pennsylvania: Cavity-Causing Bacteria Assemble an Army of Protective Microbes on Human Teeth
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, May 19 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: Studying bacteria in a petri dish or test tube has yielded insights into how they function and, in some cases, contribute to disease. But this approach leaves out crucial details about how bacteria act in the real world. Taking a translational approach, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and the Georgia Institute of Technology imaged the bacteria that cause tooth  more

University of Pennsylvania: Do Political Beliefs Affect Social Distancing?
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, May 23 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: A new study found that political partisanship influenced Americans' decisions to voluntarily engage in physical distancing at the start of the pandemic, particularly in response to communications by state governors. Experts say voluntary physical distancing in the United States was essential to slowing the spread of COVID-19 in the early days and weeks of the pandemic, even before such measures were  more

University of Pennsylvania: Negative Financial Shock Increase Older Adults' Loneliness
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, May 19 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: Older adults suffering a financial shock, defined as a loss of income, experienced elevated levels of loneliness, but this effect decreased during the Great Recession, according to a new report published in the journal Social Science and Medicine from researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, University of Chicago, and University of Wisconsin-Madison. Low income and low wealth are associated w  more

University of Pennsylvania: Using Stress to Shape Microlevel Structures
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, May 21 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: New research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences describes how external forces drive the rearrangement of individual particles and shape microlevel structures in disordered materials. The study, conducted by graduate student Larry Galloway, postdoc Xiaoguang Ma, and faculty members Paulo Arratia, Douglas Jerolmack, and Arjun Yodh, provides new insights into how the micros  more