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  • English professor participates in Northwest Passage Project expedition On Jul 19, 2019 Hester Blum, Penn State associate professor of English and a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow, will be tracking climate change in the Arctic Ocean as part of the Northwest Passage Project research expedition. The nautical expedition launched from Thule Air Base in Thule, Greenland, on July 18 and will return Aug. 4, sailing approximately 2,000 nautical miles through the Arctic on the Swedish Icebreaker Oden.
  • New endowment honors outgoing director of Richards Civil War Era Center On Jul 18, 2019 Alumni, friends and colleagues have created the Dr. William Blair Leadership Fund to honor William Blair, outgoing director of the Richards Civil War Era Center at Penn State.
  • Trustees approve architect for Liberal Arts research and teaching building On Jul 18, 2019 The appointment of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson of Wilkes‐Barre, Pennsylvania, as architect for the Liberal Arts Research and Teaching Building to be constructed on the University Park campus was approved today (July 18) by the Penn State Board of Trustees.
  • American history professor completes residency in China On Jul 16, 2019 Amy Greenberg, George Winfree Professor of American History and Women’s Studies at Penn State, recently conducted a week-long seminar on the history of early U.S. diplomacy at Fujian Normal University in China. She was one of only three U.S. historians selected to participate in the 2019 residency program sponsored by the Organization of American Historians and the American History Research Association of China with support from the Ford Foundation.
  • Alumni Association welcomes new volunteer leadership On Jul 15, 2019 On July 1, the Penn State Alumni Association welcomed Randy Houston as the 81st president in the history of the organization. Kelley Lynch started as vice president the same day, and both are longtime volunteer leaders for the Alumni Association and Penn State.
  • Jeremy Engels named Rick and Sue Barry Director of Paterno Fellows Program On Jul 03, 2019 Jeremy Engels, associate professor of communication arts and sciences, has been named the Rick and Sue Barry Director of the Paterno Fellows Program in the College of the Liberal Arts.
  • Penn State hosts second Summer Institute on Migration Research Methods On Jul 03, 2019 Successful research methods regarding immigration and migrant populations was the focus of the 2019 Summer Institute on Migration Research Methods, held recently at Penn State’s University Park campus.
  • Though politically divided, Americans remain patriotic On Jul 01, 2019 Despite increasing polarization, people across the political spectrum appear to be largely united on what it means to be patriotic, according to new findings from the McCourtney Institute for Democracy’s Mood of the Nation Poll.
  • Factors that shape facial variation: More than what meets the eye On Jun 28, 2019 Mark D. Shriver, professor of anthropology, wants to understand the factors that shape facial variation while accurately representing human diversity. Shriver has partnered with Disney Research for the Anthropometrics, DNA, and the Appearances and Perceptions of Traits 4 (ADAPT4) study, part of the Center for Human Evolution and Diversity’s ADAPT study series.
  • Game theory shows why stigmatization may not make sense in modern society On Jun 27, 2019 Game theory can help researchers understand how stigmatizing infected people affects the spread of the disease. In this study, the researchers found that the availability to modern healthcare now makes stigmatization a less effective strategy for dealing with disease spread.
  • African American life and culture hiring effort results in nine new faculty On Jun 24, 2019 The Penn State College of the Liberal Arts will significantly enhance the diversity of its faculty and strengthen its scholarly expertise in African American and African Diaspora life and culture when it welcomes nine new faculty members to its ranks on July 1.
  • Best in the world: Chapter of Phi Delta Phi receives top accolade for 2019 On Jun 21, 2019 The Penn State World Campus chapter of Phi Delta Phi has been recognized as the legal honor society’s No. 1 chapter in the world for 2019. The Phi Delta Phi Hall of the Year award is based on academic excellence, group activities, individual member achievement, single project and improvement.
  • Partnership allows for the launch of the Pa. Civil War Deserters Database On Jun 19, 2019 After years of development, Penn State University Libraries, in partnership with the Richards Civil War Era Center, has launched the Pennsylvania Civil War Deserters Database. Containing more than 24,000 individual records of soldiers, the interactive database allows users to search the compiled records for individual solders by name, but also identify groups of soldiers by specific criteria.
  • Alumni Association announces 2019-20 Young Alumni Ambassadors On Jun 18, 2019 Nine recent Penn State graduates have been selected as 2019-20 Young Alumni Ambassadors. These outstanding young alumni will share a yearlong experience aimed at developing their skills to become Penn State’s future volunteer leaders.
  • Despite dire predictions, levels of social support remain steady in the U.S. On Jun 13, 2019 Many sociologists predicted that economic, social, and technological forces would lead to a loss of community for Americans. According to new research, the nation's social support remains intact, and might even be growing stronger.

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