Weekly Wrap: Global health security lab; new alumni scholarship; toxins research

A milestone of this year’s Homecoming celebration will be the launch of the Guide State Forward Award, which is part of the overall vision for Penn State Homecoming to embrace sustainability, social responsibility, and diversity and inclusion.  Credit: Penn State Homecoming Committee All Rights Reserved.

This week's top stories from across Penn State:

GLOBAL HEALTH SECURITY: Building on the University’s expertise in interdisciplinary biological, global health and defense-related research, Penn State has launched the Applied Biological and Biosecurity Research Laboratory.

ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP: The Antonio Nieves and Emily Sallack Student Success Scholarship in Educational Equity will focus on aiding students who are the first in their families to attend college or who hail from military families, reflecting Nieves’ background.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS: A study led by Patricia McLaughlin, professor of neural and behavior sciences at Penn State College of Medicine, may show a new way to monitor the progression and treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS). 

NFL DRAFT: Former Nittany Lion running back Saquon Barkley is among the 22 prospects who will attend the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

KENTUCKY DERBY: Twenty-eight Pennsylvania College of Technology students and 11 graduates have been selected to help prepare and serve food in the high-end venues of Churchill Downs during the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 5.

GENDER-NEUTRAL COURT:  Penn State Homecoming will move to a gender-neutral court in 2018, transitioning away from the long-time practice of crowning a “king” and “queen,” as part of an effort by the student-run Homecoming Committee to foster more diversity and gender inclusivity. 

E-CIGARETTE TOXINS: The flavor of an e-cigarette may affect more than a consumer’s taste buds, according to Penn State researchers who say the chemicals that make up different flavors also produce different levels of toxins often associated with cancer and other diseases.

COASTAL CARBON: Coastal waters play an important role in the carbon cycle by transferring carbon to the open ocean or burying it in wetland soils and ocean sediments, a new study shows.

Last Updated April 12, 2018