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A Symbiotic Short: Open-Source PPE Manufacturing and Sterilization

Penn State Mechanical and Industrial Engineering professor Tim Simpson discusses his work on the Manufacturing and Sterilization for the COVID-19 (MASC) Project. To hear the whole podcast conversation about this research, including the work of Moriah Szpara, associate professor of biology, biochemistry and molecular biology; and Melissa James, facilities coordinator at the Eva J. Pell Lab, visit www.thesymbioticpodcast.com.

Penn State course provides framework for addressing racism and bias

University students and educators alike are grappling with turbulent times, and Penn State’s course on the “Art and Science of Human Flourishing” is well-positioned to help undergraduates to develop strategies for caring for themselves and others. Robert Roeser, Bennett Pierce Professor of Caring and Compassion, explored ways to adapt the course to current events, along with 23 colleagues from 10 Penn State campuses, University of Virginia and University of Wisconsin-Madison, during the morning of the 2nd Annual Human Flourishing Summer Teaching Institute, held on June 16 and 17 via Zoom.

Penn State’s NSF I-Corps program seeks applications by Sept. 15 and Oct. 15

The National Science Foundation has joined in supporting Penn State’s goal of taking more of its discoveries to market by awarding Penn State a five-year, $500,000 Innovation Corps (I-Corps) grant to establish the Invent Penn State I-Corps Site in collaboration with Ben Franklin Technology Partner’s TechCelerator, Happy Valley LaunchBox, and Invent Penn State’s Innovation Hubs.