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  • HackPSU top prize goes to interdisciplinary team for collaboration software On Dec 09, 2019 Students from across the state traveled to University Park on Nov. 2 for HackPSU, a 24-hour hackathon in which students compete for prizes by developing ideas that use software to solve real-life problems. This year’s overall winners were Joel Seidel (junior, information sciences and technology and economics), Jack Quinn (junior, computer science and economics), and Casey Waverka (junior, information sciences and technology). Their winning software program was designed to help strengthen communication between employees or members of an organization.
  • Eight will receive Distinguished Alumni Awards in 2020 On Dec 09, 2019 Eight Penn State alumni selected by the Penn State Board of Trustees will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, which is the University's highest honor presented to its alumni.
  • The Empathy Option On Dec 09, 2019 Putting ourselves in situations where we will feel empathy is a choice, says Penn State psychologist Daryl Cameron. He and his students are exploring why we choose to be empathetic—and why we sometimes choose not to.
  • Study reveals human song is universal On Dec 09, 2019 Holiday music pours out of speakers in elevators, department stores and even convenience stores at this time of year; now a team of researchers has shown that music, in the form of human song, is a human universal.
  • Paterno Fellows essay contest open to all undergraduate students On Dec 09, 2019 All Penn State undergraduate students are invited to participate in the seventh annual Collegiate Laws of Life Essay Contest, sponsored by the Paterno Fellows Program and the College of the Liberal Arts.
  • Liberal Arts professor to receive distinguished award for his recent book On Dec 06, 2019 Jonathan Eburne, professor of comparative literature, English, and French and Francophone studies in Penn State’s College of the Liberal Arts, has received the Modern Language Association’s 50th James Russell Lowell Prize for his latest book, “Outsider Theory: Intellectual Histories of Unorthodox Ideas."
  • Role of universities examined in disaster-preparedness, response and recovery On Dec 05, 2019 Roughly 400 researchers and educators from more than 114 institutions across the nation recently joined together to explore how higher education can strengthen preparedness, response and recovery in the face of growing threats posed by climate change and extreme weather during the "RISE CONFERENCE 2019: Transforming University Engagement In Pre- and Post-Disaster Environments: Lessons from Puerto Rico".
  • International Fellowship Program welcomes first cohort On Dec 05, 2019 Earlier this year, Penn State announced that Paul and Beverly Perreault had provided a million dollar endowment for both international internships and veterans issues. In November, the endowment came to life with the opening of the Penn State Student Veteran Center, and with the announcement of the first round of Perreault Fellows.
  • Student delves into Iraqi culture at English language institute On Dec 03, 2019 Rafael Prado, a senior majoring in education and public policy, was given the opportunity to forge ties with Iraqis and dispel myths about the culture while participating in the American-Iraqi English for Reconciliation program in summer 2019.
  • NASA Pa. Space Grant accepting graduate research fellowship applications On Dec 02, 2019 The NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium is currently accepting applications to its graduate research fellowship program. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2020.
  • Mood of the Nation Poll examines gun control as case reaches Supreme Court On Nov 29, 2019 A McCourtney Institute for Democracy Mood of the Nation Poll conducted earlier this fall found that 90% of respondents support background checks for all firearm sales and private transfers. This includes people who say that they support the Second Amendment and the rights it guarantees.
  • Politically extreme counties may act as magnets, migration patterns suggest On Nov 26, 2019 It may not be just location, location, location that influences where people move to in the United States, but also politics, politics, politics, according to a team of researchers. In a study of county-to-county migration patterns in the U.S., the researchers found that when people migrate, they tend to move to other counties that reflect their political preferences.
  • Progressive gender views may protect health of financially dependent men On Nov 26, 2019 Men who are financially dependent on their wives and who also have more traditional beliefs about gender roles tend to have higher “allostatic loads,” or wear and tear on the body as the result of stress, according to Penn State researchers. But, men who have more “egalitarian” or progressive views about gender seem to be protected from this effect.
  • Second episode of WPSU-TV's 'HumIn Focus' examines immigration on Nov. 24 On Nov 21, 2019 “Making Home: Migration, Mobility, Hospitality," the second episode in the HumIn Focus series created by the Penn State Humanities Institute and produced by WPSU, will air on WPSU-TV at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24.
  • Schreyer Scholar alumnus leading national land-grant center On Nov 20, 2019 Penn State and Schreyer Honors College alumnus Rodney Hughes was recently named the director of the West Virginia University Center for the Future of Land-Grant Education.

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