Science and Technology

Impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on substance abuse

Penn State researchers provide informed commentary on the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on those affected by substance abuse disorder. They point out it is essential that treatment and intervention, recovery services, and prevention mechanisms remain accessible, operational and optimized. Additionally, there are multiple opportunities to leverage the expertise within Penn State to help to address acute and long-term needs.

Decreasing liver macrophages reduces inflammatory proteins in rats

Certain white blood cells, called macrophages, occur in higher numbers in older individuals and contribute to inflammation and oxidative stress that accelerate the aging process, according to a team of researchers. New findings suggest that macrophages can be altered to become less inflammatory, which may aid in improving the life span of aged individuals.

Cemetery excavation inspires Abington student's Schreyer thesis

Adriana Vagelli was watching a story unfold on a local television newscast. “It was about graves from an old cemetery accidentally being dug up in Old City (Philadelphia),” the Penn State Abington senior said. “They wanted to identify the people who were buried there. I was interested and wanted to get involved.”

Distance learners

Researchers from the College of Information Sciences and Technology found that creating computer-supported collaborative learning environments could help online learners build community and increase the likelihood that they would remain in their academic program.