Social media has become a platform for new mothers to openly share their experiences of the joys and challenges of parenthood. Researchers at Penn State and Dalhousie University have unraveled the sentiments in nursing mothers’ tweets to better understand the factors influencing breastfeeding behaviors, which they hope can inform policies and improve resources for mothers.
Penn State IT worked with the Office of Physical Plant to determine locations for adding wireless coverage at select parking lots across the campuses last summer. This allowed commuter students access to work safely between classes while following social distancing protocols.
All Penn State residential campuses will host Swipe Out Hunger in conjunction with Earth Week 2021. During the week of April 19-23, students who have excess dining dollars left over on their meal plans can donate $5, $10, or $15 of their campus meal plan to the Student Emergency Fund any time they dine on campus.
Penn State Global Programs has announced the 2020-21 recipients of its annual awards that recognize the outstanding contributions of individuals and academic programs at Penn State who have helped to advance the University’s global engagement goals.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health recently announced the dates for phases 1B, 1C and 2 of the commonwealth’s COVID-19 vaccination distribution program and Penn State is strongly encouraging all students, faculty and staff to sign up to get a vaccine as soon as they are eligible to receive one.
As of March 1 (the conclusion of the universal required re-testing period), the University is conducting random testing of between 1% and 2% of the University’s population of students and employees living, learning or working on campus as well as those who access campus.
EDGE, or Experiential Digital Global Engagement, began in 2018 with one EDGE collaborative project between Claudia Tanaskovic at Penn State Beaver and the University of Split, Penn State’s strategic partner in Croatia. Since then, 18 EDGE projects have been delivered between spring 2018 and fall 2020, offered by faculty across five Penn State campuses.
Penn State is planning a phased return over the summer semester to a full on-campus learning environment for fall 2021. The University’s priorities continue to be the health and well-being of its students, faculty, staff and local communities, and the plans for expanded in-person classes have the flexibility built in to quickly respond to changing pandemic conditions, if necessary.
The reintroduction of 32 bobcats to an island off the coast of Georgia more than three decades ago created an ideal experiment to examine the accuracy of a genetic-modeling technique that predicts extinction of isolated wildlife populations.