Katherine Baker feels vindicated. She and other microbiologists have been warning for years that anti-bacterial soaps containing triclosan are bad for the environment, harmful for health, and do nothing to prevent disease.
In September 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned the use of triclosan and a related product, triclocarban, from consumer soaps and wash products. But, triclosan also is incorporated in cosmetics, kitchen utensils, clothing, and even bowling balls – 22,000 consumer products in all. The FDA rules do not yet affect these products.
As part of a university exchange program, Marwin Kripp, an industrial engineering student from Hochschule Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt, Germany, came to Penn State Harrisburg during the fall 2016 semester. He not only learned more about engineering and business management, but he had an opportunity to make many friends, play on the Penn State Harrisburg men’s soccer team, and travel a bit.
On February 23 and 24, Penn State Harrisburg’s International Affairs Association/Rotaract Club will host the 45th annual Model United Nations conference. The two-day event provides high school students from central Pennsylvania the opportunity to discuss and develop solutions for major international issues and concerns.
Maly Jackson will present “A Walk to Freedom” as part of the Penn State Harrisburg Center for Holocaust and Jewish Studies speaker series, on Tuesday, February 21 at 7 p.m. in the library Morrison Gallery on campus.
Faculty members from several schools at Penn State Harrisburg will discuss the 2016 Nobel Prize winners as part of the college’s faculty seminar series on Wednesday, February 22 from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the Olmsted Building Gallery Lounge.
From the School of Business Administration, Dr. Sabri Yilmaz, instructor in economics, will present the Sveriges Riksbank Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences (Winners: Oliver Hart and Bengt Holstrӧm).
As part of the college’s 50th anniversary celebration, the Penn State Harrisburg School of Humanities will present Henry Glassie, an internationally renowned author and educator and one of Penn State Harrisburg’s first faculty members, on Monday, February 20 at 7 p.m. in the Student Enrichment Center theater on campus.
Penn State Harrisburg’s Diversity and Educational Equity Committee (DEEC) will host a screening of the locally produced film titled "African American Oral History Project: Part One" on Thursday, February 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Olmsted Building auditorium on campus.
Penn State Harrisburg has joined with the YWCA Greater Harrisburg to bring a dedicated, full-time sexual assault advocate to campus to assist the college in efforts to educate the campus community and provide support and assistance to survivors.
Lily Duarte, a Penn State Harrisburg alumna, will assist the college in providing bystander intervention programming; bringing awareness and education to the campus related to sexual assault, stalking, dating violence, and human trafficking; and providing direct services to survivors.
To celebrate Black History Month and highlight African American authors, the Office of Student Life at Penn State Harrisburg will host an African American Read-In on Tuesday, February 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Oliver LaGrone Cultural Arts Center, Olmsted Building on campus.
Dr. Sai Kakuturu, associate professor of civil engineering from Penn State Harrisburg’s School of Science, Engineering, and Technology will present "Why do sinkholes form? Why do dams/levees break? New insights using x-ray microCT" on Wednesday, February 15 from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the Olmsted Building Gallery Lounge on campus.