Help for Hearing Impairment, Reading to Pets, Scholarship Winners
Help for Hearing Impairment, Reading to Pets, Scholarship Winners
Faculty research targets improved hearing assistance; author says pets can make kids better readers; students receive scholarship awards; and more
Michael Tyree stands among young pine trees surrounded by goldenrod in a field around the Flight 93 National Memorial. A tall structure known as the Tower of Voices is visible behind him.

9/11 Crash Site: Transformed by Tragedy—Now by Trees

Reforesting the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville—a site damaged by coal mining long before the 9/11 crash—has involved IUP faculty and students for nearly a decade. Read about the experiences of Michael Tyree and other project participants, shared in honor of the tragedy’s 20th anniversary.
“If you’re struggling to read and someone says, ‘Time to pick up your book and work,’ that’s not a very attractive offer. Curling up with a dog or cat is a lot more appealing.”

—Mary Renck Jalongo, author and IUP professor emerita, on having children read to pets

The Benefits of Pets for Kids,” Parents

A Pennsylvania foundation has awarded funding to Biology faculty member Paul Nealen for his research that aims to improve the next generation of cochlear implants, making language learning easier for those who are hearing impaired.
Kyle Kubicko, a hotel, restaurant, tourism, and event management major, has received the Statler Foundation’s Scholarship of Excellence, worth up to $25,000 for the academic year. He is the first IUP student to receive a Statler Foundation scholarship.
May graduate Arie Van Wieren and current student Emma Bouchard have published their research on the enzyme alanine racemase with Chemistry faculty member Sudipta Majumdar in the American Journal of Undergraduate Studies.
A Pennsylvania organization for health and physical education professionals has chosen Rachel Horrell, a senior in the Health and Physical Education Teacher Education program, as this year’s recipient of the Violet Baumgardner Scholarship Award.
Academy of Culinary Arts students Sean Lynn and Silas Gesser have received scholarships from a fund established by the Ricupero and Lubold families.
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