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  • What do I need to know about Monkeypox? On May 26, 2022

    Penn State's Sagan Friant, assistant professor of anthropology, recently answered some questions about the outbreaks, including how monkeypox is transmitted, how it’s different from COVID-19, and whether it could become endemic outside of Africa.

  • Dick and Bebe Hayes bequest to benefit Child Study Center, scholarships On May 23, 2022

    With a $2.5 million estate commitment, 1968 liberal arts alumnus Dick Hayes and his wife, Bebe, will support the Child Study Center at Penn State and create a new scholarship endowment.

  • Libraries selects Whiting Indigenous Knowledge Student Research Award winners On May 19, 2022

    The Penn State University Libraries has selected the winners of the 2022 Whiting Indigenous Knowledge Student Research Awards, funded by the M. G. Whiting Endowment for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledge. Applicants must be Penn State students planning to conduct research related to an approved topic for an undergraduate capstone course, honors thesis topic, master’s or doctoral thesis, or similar project.

  • Gene and Roz Chaiken welcome President Bendapudi with major gift to Penn State On May 18, 2022

    Penn State 2021 Philanthropists of the Year Gene and Roz Chaiken have made another major gift to support students and to honor President Neeli Bendapudi as she begins her tenure at Penn State.

  • High rates of landscape degradation not product of landscape fires On May 18, 2022

    Once humans discovered how to tame fire, they began using it for heat, for cooking, to scare away animals and to alter their environs, especially burning areas to plant and to restore grazing land. In Madagascar, scientists and conservationists have long believed that fire is a leading cause of high landscape degradation, but an international team of researchers has found that medium to large fires on the island are similar to other tropical locations.

  • Liberal Arts Career Enrichment director to retire after 27 years at Penn State On May 13, 2022

    Two-time Penn State alumna Susan Knell, founding director of the Career Enrichment Network in the College of the Liberal Arts, is retiring after a 27-year career at Penn State.

  • Annual substance use and addiction conference examines community solutions On May 12, 2022

    The Penn State Consortium on Substance Use and Addiction hosted its second annual conference, “Community Approaches to Substance Use and Addiction” on May 3.  

  • People high in narcissism less likely to comply with COVID-19 mitigations On May 11, 2022

    A Penn State research team looked at the effects of both "grandiose" and "vulnerable" narcissism on whether people were more or less likely to wear a mask in public or get vaccinated against COVID-19 and found a person’s individual level of narcissism affects whether they are more, or less, willing to participate in these efforts.

  • Stateless Histories project brings understudied subject to light On May 09, 2022

    Oliver-McCourtney Professor of History Laura Robson and a colleague from the University of Manitoba have joined forces to create Stateless Histories, a digital humanities project that explores the concept of statelessness and tells the little-known histories of people who have been denied or cannot claim citizenship or nationality in any country.

  • Nora Van Horn named the recipient of inaugural Changemaker Scholarship On May 09, 2022

    Recent Penn State graduate and Schreyer Scholar alumna Nora Van Horn left an indelible impression on her community during her four years at the University. In recognition of her achievements, she has been awarded the inaugural Neil C. Patel Memorial Changemaker Honors Scholarship.

  • Final 2022 Expanding Empathy lecture to examine empathy in groups On May 06, 2022

    The Rock Ethics Institute will host the final lecture in the 2022 Expanding Empathy series on May 11, on Zoom. This panel will focus on the topic of empathy and prosociality, and feature Emma McClure, assistant professor of philosophy at St. Mary’s University, and Linda Tropp, professor of social psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

  • Trustees talk advancing inclusion, equity and diversity across University On May 05, 2022

    At its meeting on May 5, the Penn State Board of Trustees Committee on Equity and Human Resources held a discussion on one of the University’s six Strategic Plan foundations — “Advancing Inclusion, Equity and Diversity” — as part of the board’s continued commitment to creating a more diverse and inclusive University. 

  • From Essence to Black Girl Magic: History of Black women’s image in media On May 04, 2022

    Timeka Tounsel, an assistant professor of African American studies and media studies at Penn State, has written a new book exploring how mainstream brands and mass media companies have represented — and profited from — Black women throughout the years.

  • Third 2022 Expanding Empathy lecture to examine empathy with perspective On May 03, 2022

    The third lecture in the Rock Ethics Institute's 2022 Expanding Empathy series begins at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, on Zoom. Focusing on empathy and prosociality, the lecture features Heidi Maibom, professor of philosophy at the University of Cincinnati, and Stefan Pfattheicher, associate professor in the Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences at Aarhus University.

  • English course brings unique opportunities to connect with Penn State On May 02, 2022

    Students in ENGL 411 have the opportunity not only to read about Centre County but also engage with their coursework through field trips to the areas surrounding Penn State's University Park campus.

  • Flooding, environmental justice discussed on latest 'Growing Impact' podcast On May 02, 2022

    The latest episode of the "Growing Impact" podcast features a seed grant project that seeks to better understand the social effects associated with flooding, such as whether racial and ethnic minorities, children, and those with low income suffer the most.

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