Penn State Science
- Penn State Dean Chosen as Chancellor of New Research University in Ecuador
- 23 October 2014 — Daniel Larson, Verne Willaman Dean of Penn State University's Eberly College of Science, will leave Penn State in January 2015 to become the founding chancellor of Yachay University, the first research university in Ecuador. Also known as Yachay Tech, the institution aspires to become a leading global research university in the basic and applied sciences and one that will stimulate knowledge-based business and address pressing societal needs in Ecuador and beyond. Yachay Tech is being built as the core of the new Yachay City, the first planned city of Latin America whose purpose is to become the engine powering science, technology, research, and innovation. As chancellor, Larson will be the chief academic officer. His responsibilities will include hiring the deans, department heads, and faculty members, as well as establishing the academic directions of the new university. Larson's formal introduction at Yachay Tech will occur during Convocation 2014, the celebration of the beginning of the university's first academic classes on October 28, 2014.
- In Disease Outbreak Management, Flexibility Can Save Lives and Money
- 21 October 2014 — A new approach for responding to and managing disease outbreaks is being proposed by a team of epidemiologists led by two Penn State University researchers. The team's flexible approach could save many lives and millions of dollars.
- Greater Rates of Mitochondrial Mutations Discovered in Children Born to Older Mothers
- 13 October 2014 — The discovery of a "maternal age effect" by a team of Penn State scientists that could be used to predict the accumulation of mitochondrial DNA mutations in maternal egg cells -- and the transmission of these mutations to children -- could provide valuable insights for genetic counseling. These mutations cause more than 200 diseases and contribute to others such as diabetes, cancer, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer's disease. The study found greater rates of the mitochondrial DNA variants in children born to older mothers, as well as in the mothers themselves. The research will be published in the early online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on October 13, 2014.