Weekly Wrap: Hazing Prevention Week; Free Creative Cloud; Voting challenge

A look back at the top stories for the week of Sept. 17

Jeffrey Catchmark, professor of agricultural and biological engineering, is leading a team of researchers that has developed a completely compostable material that can be used to replace plastic barrier coatings in packaging and other applications. Credit: Penn State / Penn StateCreative Commons

This week's top stories from across Penn State:

NATIONAL HAZING PREVENTION WEEK: Penn State is observing National Hazing Prevention Week. Student leaders joined their voices together to speak out against hazing in this video.

CREATIVE CLOUD: As of Sept. 18, Adobe Creative Cloud is available at no additional cost to all Penn State students and faculty members at all campus locations.

IMMUNE RESPONSE GRANT: Gary Perdew, a College of Agricultural Sciences faculty member, has received a $7.3 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences for innovative research on a cellular protein that could be a target for enhancing immune function in response to a variety of diseases and environmental toxins.

BIG TEN VOTING CHALLENGE: Member institutions of the Big Ten Conference are partnering on a voting challenge to spur civic engagement and encourage more students across the nation to head to the polls on Election Day.

$4.92M BIOTECH GIFT: CSL Behring, a global specialty biotherapeutics leader, has committed $4.92 million to Penn State over the next six years to transform biotechnology education and research across Pennsylvania and beyond.

PLASTIC SUBSTITUTE: An inexpensive biomaterial that can be used to sustainably replace plastic barrier coatings in packaging and many other applications has been developed by Penn State researchers, who predict its adoption would greatly reduce pollution.

TEACH FOR AMERICA: Penn State ranks 10th nationally among large colleges and universities in the recently released annual Teach for America rankings of schools contributing the most graduates to its teaching corps.

FIVE TOP TENS: The fall sports season is well underway and Penn State has quickly resumed its standing among the nation's premier athletic programs, tied for the national lead with five top-10 squads.

CHASING TORNADOES: Researchers are taking tips from the movie "Twister" in their efforts to gather elusive storm data.

Last Updated September 21, 2017