Weekly Wrap: Learfield Cup; Military student fund boost; Jet stream

A look back at the top stories for the week of March 26

Cast members from Penn State Centre Stage rehearse for their production of "The Light in the Piazza," which will open on April 4 at the Penn State Downtown Theatre in State College. Credit: Patrick Mansell / Penn StateCreative Commons

A look at this week's top stories from across Penn State:

LEARFIELD CUP: Powered by the wrestling team's sixth NCAA championship in the past seven years, Penn State Athletics has moved to No. 4 in the Learfield Directors' Cup standings.

MILITARY STUDENT FUND: The Penn State Military Student Fund received a boost, thanks to an effort by the Downtown State College Improvement District.

COMPUTERS AND EMOTIONS: A new patent awarded to a Penn State team takes the next step in computer learning techniques in the hopes that computers can one day understand the complex realm of human feelings.

NURSING DEAN LEAVING: Paula Milone-Nuzzo, professor and dean of the College of Nursing, has been named president of the MGH Institute of Health Professions.

PEANUTS AND HEALTH: Eating peanuts with a high-fat meal can improve cardiovascular health. Researchers say that peanuts blunt a spike in triglycerides that normally accompany meals. That spike causes the arteries to stiffen and, over time, increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases that can lead to heart failure and stroke.

JET STREAM: Unprecedented summer warmth and flooding, forest fires, drought and torrential rain — extreme weather events are occurring more and more often, but now an international team of climate scientists has found a connection between many extreme weather events and the impact climate change is having on the jet stream.

GRAD SCHOOL TWITTER: The Graduate School has launched its own Twitter account @GradSchoolPSU.

SPANIER STATEMENT: Penn State issued a statement following a verdict in the trial of former University president, Graham Spanier.

Last Updated March 30, 2017