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Penn State plans to enact lower tuition scenario


Penn State has decided to move forward with the lower of two possible tuition scenarios for the fall semester based on strong support being received this week in Washington and from legislators in Harrisburg. The U.S. Department of Education has ruled that Pennsylvania must include state-related institutions in the application for federal stimulus funds. Consequently, Penn State plans to send out Fall Semester tuition bills with the lowest tuition increase in the school's recent history. The figures range from 3.7 to 4.5 percent depending on campus location and residency status.


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Academic promotions announced for Penn State Beaver faculty


Effective July 1, 2009 the following Penn State Beaver faculty members received academic promotions:


Zhongyuan Che, mathematics, to associate professor

Karen Barr, business, senior instructor

Irene Wolf, philosophy, senior instructor


Che can be contacted at zxc10@psu.edu or (724) 773-3884, Barr at kcb10@psu.edu or (724) 773-3869, and Wolf at iaw1@psu.edu or (724) 773-3865.



Assistant professor of biology is co-recipient of $50,000 grant


Cassandra Miller-Butterworth, assistant professor of biology at Penn State Beaver, is the co-recipient of a $50,000 grant from the Winifred Violet Scott Estate in Australia. The funds will be shared by Penn State, the University of Melbourne, and the Australian Museum for a project designed to place the Australian Museum's collection of bent-winged bats (genus Miniopterus) in a modern conservation context, to verify species boundaries and geographic distributions of Miniopterus, and to verify species identifications as recorded in the Australian Museum.


Miller-Butterworth can be contacted at cmm48@psu.edu or (724) 773-3527.



Gettings contributes to book on aging population nutrition


Mary Alice Gettings, nutrition and health extension educator for the Penn State Cooperative Extension in Beaver County, contributed a chapter titled "Food Safety and Older People" to the book, "Food in the Aging Population," a reference for those involved in the research, development, and provision of food products for older eaters. Gettings can be contacted at mxg37@psu.edu or (724) 774-3003.


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Prospective students invited to Spend a Summer Evening


The Spend a Summer Evening program for prospective Penn State students will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21 at the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building. Participants can learn about Penn State options as well as the admissions process. To register, call (877) JOIN-PSU.


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Adult student open house will be held July 21


An adult student open house will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21 at the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building. The event is designed to guide adult students who are ready to return to college or to begin a college career.


Participants will meet with a counselor to learn about the admissions process and the various degree programs available and will also receive an unofficial

review of transfer credits at the program.


No registration is required. For more information, call (877) JOIN-PSU.



Cooperative Extension presents home canning workshop


The Penn State Cooperative Extension of Beaver County will present Preserving Food at Home: A Home Canning Workshop from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29 and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 30 in the First Presbyterian Church, 252 College Avenue, Beaver, PA 15009.  The deadline for registration is July 24. To register, call the Cooperative Extension at (724) 774-3003.


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Tickets are on sale for summer musical


Tickets are now on sale for the Center Theater Players production of the musical comedy "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," directed by Sandy Reigel. The show will be presented as part of the Penn State Beaver Brodhead Cultural Center's 33rd season of free and low-cost summer programming open to the public. For more information, call the Cultural Center at (724)

773-3610 or the events hotline at (724) 773-3600, or visit http://www.beaver.psu.edu/brodhead online.


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Probing Question: Is grilling dangerous to your health?


"Frequently consuming grilled or fried meats may increase your cancer risk," said Joshua Muscat, professor of Public Health Sciences at Penn State's Hershey College of Medicine, "but it is uncertain how often you would have to eat them for this to occur -- perhaps several times a week for decades." He concludes: "The best advice, as for anything else, is probably moderation."


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The Medical Minute: Cardiac CTA


Cardiac computed tomographic angiography, or cardiac CTA, is an ultra-fast, noninvasive imaging method that uses X-rays to create detailed pictures of the heart and its blood vessels. Cardiac CTA studies are useful for the evaluation of coronary artery disease, and can provide essential clinical information that magnetic resonance, nuclear, echocardiographic and invasive angiography

cannot do as well. In addition, these tests can assess the functional status of the main pumping chamber of the heart (the left ventricle).


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